Pod Rods shows you a special anniversary Mustang and BMW M5; shows a classic ol' Bentley running a very classic endurance race; and has a high-flying video and a fun photo gallery.
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Of course it's Wimbledon White and it's a convertible. And yes, you could get your hands on this very special one-off 50th anniversary Ford Mustang since it will be raffled off this summer to raise funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The winner will be announced Aug. 16 in Mustang Alley during the annual Woodward Dream Cruise.
The car will be among the first regular production 2015 Mustang GT convertibles built this fall. Power comes from a 5-liter V8 generating more than 420 horsepower and more than 390 lb.-ft. of torque, paired with a six-speed manual transmission. This will be the only 2015 Mustang convertible built with a special performance pack that includes 19-inch Pirelli P-Zero summer tires, Brembo six-piston painted front brake calipers and a limited-slip differential.
Raffle tickets can be purchased through National MS Society, Michigan Chapter and Ford Motor Company, at $20 each. Ticket requests can be placed online anytime at www.ford4ms.com.
Bentley is competing in Mille Miglia 2014 on May 15 to 18 in Italy, and the cars it will use will be two of its famous 4 ½ Liter supercharged 'Blowers." One is the 1930 Le Mans 'Team Car' once owned by Sir Henry 'Tim' Birkin, one of the Bentley Boys, and it will be joined by a former company demonstrator Blower with its original Vanden Plas Open Sports Four Seater body.
Both Bentleys have successfully completed the modern Mille Miglia challenge several times in classic dark green livery and distinctive rumbling exhaust note. To celebrate the start of Mille Miglia 2014, the Bentley team will meet with customers and friends from the Bentley Drivers Club (www.bdcl.co.uk) in the city of Brescia on the afternoon before the race. Live updates from Mille Miglia 2014 will be provided via the Bentley Communications Twitter feed, @BentleyComms
One of the most beautiful racing cars of all time, the iconic 1924 Lyons Grand Prix Type 35 Bugatti, is set to run at the new Bournemouth Wheels Festival (May 24-26) in England. The National Motor Museum in Beaulieu will bring this rare piece of motoring history to the inaugural festival. The Bugatti was the groundbreaking superior racing car of its era, with countless victories from 1924 to 1930 . The museum will also bring two additional pre-war cars to the Festival - a 1935 Auburn 851 and 1939 Rolls-Royce Alpine Eagle. Also running on the circuit: Michael Schumacher's 1992 Bennetton; a 1984 Toleman once driven by Ayrton Senna; and a Ford GT40 raced by Jochen Rindt and Lotus Formula One driver Innes Ireland. For information, visit bournemouthwheels.co.uk.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars celebrated its 110th anniversary on Sunday, remembering the day Charles Rolls and Henry Royce met for the first time and agreed to form the company. Celebrations took place at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex and at The Midland Hotel in Manchester.
Three special new Rolls-Royces – Wraith, Phantom Coupé and Ghost – were displayed at the "Supercar Sunday" Breakfast Club at the Goodwood Motor Circuit, near the company's main facilities. The event was the largest in the history of the Breakfast Club, with 1,000 cars on display inside the circuit and more than 14,000 visitors.
In Manchester, a 2014 Rolls-Royce Phantom joined more than 30 heritage Rolls-Royces on display outside the Midland Hotel, the setting for the first meeting of Charles Rolls and Henry Royce. The event was hosted by the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club.
Racing For Kids will be the official charity of Historic Sportscar Racing, sharing the passion of vintage racing with children. HSR will bring the world of historic racing with hospital and race track visits at historic tracks like Daytona International Speedway, Sebring International Raceway, Road Atlanta and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
"Everyone at Racing For Kids is very excited about our new partnership with HSR," said former IndyCar racer Robbie Buhl, now national spokesperson for Racing For Kids. "Visiting sick and hospitalized children is at the core of what we do and so whenever we can bring a new team of drivers into our mission that helps us expand our reach to even more kids."
Racing For Kids is a Detroit-based national charity that uses motorsports to focus public awareness and funding on the health care needs of children. Historic Sportscar Racing was formed in the mid-1970s to celebrate the race cars from our past. For information, go to www.HSRrace.com and www.racingforkids.org.
Speaking about HSR, the vintage racing organization has some great vintage racing events scheduled when the summer is over, all within an hour or two of Jacksonville.
The Savannah Speed Classic is set for the weekend of Oct. 24 to 26 at the Grand Prize of America Road Course across the Savannah River from the historic city. This is part of the annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d'Elegance. More information - www.hhiconcours.com.
Then from Nov. 12 to 14 at Daytona International Speedway, it's the Daytona Historic races with a new event – the Classic 24 Hours of Daytona.
To wrap up the year, it's the Sebring Historics from Dec. 4 to 7 at the historic Central Florida track. One feature will be the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, plus season-end awards.
For more information, go to www.hsrrace.com.
Want to really celebrate the 30th anniversary of BMW's M5 performance sedan?
Check out the 30th anniversary M5, of which only 30 copies will be available in the U.S.
With a 4.4 liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo V-8 spitting out 600hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, it will be the most powerful M5 ever as well as the most powerful BMW production model ever. The price starts at $138,275, and the first 29 copies will be offered to the first 29 people who reserve it by dialing the dedicated BMW Customer Relations hotline at 1 p.m. Wednesday May 21. The 30th copy stays with BMW of North America, and may be sold at a later date.
Those who get a 30th Anniversary M5 get a one-day M Driving School, while the car comes in a Frozen Dark Silver Metallic paint with Black Chrome anniversary badges and 20 inch bi-color M light-alloy wheels.
So, what do you do if you live in sunny Florida and own one of BMW's new electric or plug-in hybrid cars? Go solar.
With the all-electric BMW i3 on sale and the plug-in hybrid sports car almost ready for sale, the international media launch in Los Angeles will show off a new solar carport concept developed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA. In addition to the carbon elements on the side of the carport bamboo struts are used because that wood is a particularly sustainable raw material. For the generation of electricity, high-grade glass-on-glass solar modules are used. For the panels used in Europe, the manufacturer offers a 30-year guarantee.
Beware the BEAST, the latest supercar from a California company called Rezvani Automotive Designs.
Based on the Ariel Atom, which is basically a 2-seat 4-wheel superbike, the BEAST is a lightweight, high-performance 1,470 lb. sports car with a six-speed manual transmission, rear-wheel drive and the claim of 60 mph in 2.7 seconds. Power comes from either a turbocharged 315-hp 2-liter engine, or a supercharged 2.4-liter with up to 500 hp. Both engines are prepared by DDM Works of South Carolina. The BEAST 300 Launch Edition sells for $99,500; the BEAST 500 Launch Edition begins at $124,900.
I love the io9 website for its mix of sci-fi and science. Here's its take on some of the microcars that came out overseas for two reasons – gas savings, or lack of steel after wars to make full-size cars.
Finally, here in Florida, we have sand – lots of sand. But not a lot of it can be driven on with the wild abandon that these guys from Dubai do with their powerful, springy-suspended sand buggies. Enjoy the ride as posted on YouTube.
As spring comes close to turning into summer, there are a bunch of car events coming soon, including a popular cruise-in right here at the Times-Union:
Car shows in Florida:
• Oak Leaf Annual Car Show - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Oak Leaf High School, 4035 Plantation Oaks Blvd. Free for spectators and $25 per show vehicle at the gate - proceeds benefit the Oakleaf High School band program.
• Good Sam Car Show - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at The Church of the Good Samaritan, 3813 Old Jennings Road in Middleburg. Free for spectators and $25 per show vehicle.
• Motorcycle Safety Awareness Event and Expo - 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at The Jacksonville Landing. The event is event is free and designed to promote motorcycle awareness to the general public. It includes an advanced rider course demonstration, a Florida Highway Patrol riding skills demonstration and motorcycle simulators as well as live music.
• Post 137 seventh annual Veteran's Car Show - 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday May 17 at American Legion Post 137 at 5443 San Juan Ave. Free for spectators and $25 per show vehicle.
• Second annual Armed Forces Day Car and Motorcycle Show - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday May 17 at the Military Museum of North Florida, 1 Bunker Ave. in Green Cove Springs. Free for spectators and $20 per show vehicle.
• Corvette and All-Chevrolet Show - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday May 17 at Nimnicht Chevrolet, 1550 Cassat Ave. Free for spectators and $30 for Chevrolet or Corvette show cars. proceeds benefit the Safe Harbor Boy's Academy.
• St. Augustine Cruisers 12th annual Car and truck Show - 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday May 17 at the Florida school for the Deaf and Blind at 207 N. San Marco Ave. in St. Augustine. Free for spectators and $20 per show vehicle.
• Taylor Residences 16th annual Spring Fling Car Show - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday May 17 at Taylor residences at 3937 Spring Park Road. Free for spectators and show vehicles with driver and guest.
• American Legion Riders Post 88 sixth annual Fun Run - Registration starts at 9 a.m. Saturday May 17 at the American Legion at 3662 Spring Park Road for $20 per motorcycle and $5 per passenger, with the poker run set to start at 10:15 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Sulzbacher Center's veterans program.
• Cats Cars and Canines Car Show - noon to 3 p.m. Sunday May 18 at the Jacksonville Humane Society, 8464 Beach Blvd. Free to spectators and $25 per show vehicle. Poceeds benefit the humane society.
• Informal cruise-in - 7 to 9 a.m. every Saturday at the Krispy Kreme doughnut shop at 11117 San Jose Blvd. in Mandarin.
• Cars Coffee and Conversation - Hosted by Auto Legends Amelia from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Starbucks at 1460 Sadler Road in Fernandina Beach.
• Automotive Addicts Cars and Coffee - 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Florida Times-Union's riverfront parking lot at 1 Riverside Ave.
• Clay County Cruzers - 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Chick-fil-A, 1910 Wells Road in Orange Park.
• First Coast Car Council - 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Medical and Merchants Center at 11701 San Jose Blvd.
• Ancient City Cruise-In - 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Steak 'n Shake, 1760 U.S. 1 in St. Augustine.
• Southeast Georgia Car and Truck Club cruise-ins - 6 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at Sonic's, 395 Charlie Smith Senior Highway, St. Marys; and 6 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month at the Millhouse Steakhouse, 1215 East King Ave. in Kingsland, next to Interstate 95.
• Bike Enthusiasts show - 7 p.m. the first and third Thursdays, Cavagnaro's restaurant at 1810 South GA Parkway W. in Waycross.
Please send information on car shows, cruise-ins, and automotive and motorcycle events to firstname.lastname@example.org or Dan Scanlan, Florida Times-Union, 1 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, Fla. 32202