Sunday, April 30, 2017

Al Capone's 1928 Cadillac 341a Town Sedan



Hours after Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941, the Secret Service found themselves in a bind. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was to give his Day of Infamy speech to Congress on Tuesday, and although the trip from the White House to Capitol Hill was short, agents weren't sure how to transport him safely. At the time, Federal Law prohibited buying any cars that cost more than $750, so they would have to get clearance from Congress to do that, and nobody had time for that. One of the Secret Service members, however, discovered that the US Treasury had seized the bulletproof car that mobster Al Capone owned when he was sent to jail in 1931. They cleaned it, made sure it was running perfectly and had it ready for the President the next day.

And run properly it did. Capone's car was a sight to behold. It had been painted black and green so as to look identical to Chicago's police cars at the time. It also had a specially installed siren and flashing lights hidden behind the grille, along with a police scanner radio. To top it off, the gangster's 1928 Cadillac 341A Town Sedan had 3,000 pounds of armor and inch-thick bulletproof windows. Mechanics are said to have cleaned and checked each feature of the Caddy well into the night of December 7th, to make sure that it would run properly the next day for the Commander in Chief.

Footnote:  The car was sold at auction in 2012 for $341,000.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Sako TRG 22 “Finland 100” sniper rifles with white camouflage



Sako is manufacturing a limited edition of numbered Sako TRG 22 "Finland 100" sniper rifles with white camouflage, designed in the spirit of Finnish persistence to celebrate fFnland's 100 years of independence. This jubilee model will become a collector's item.

SAKO, which started as a gunsmith's shop for the White Guard's joint chiefs of staff and has evolved into a globally renowned manufacturer of rifles and ammunition, has been an important element of the history of independent Finland. Now SAKO wants to pay homage to its traditions and above all to its 100-year old homeland by manufacturing a numbered series of 100 Sako TRG 22 "Finland 100" sniper rifles.

The TRG 22 "Finland 100" jubilee model is offered in .308 Win caliber. The white snow camouflage colouring of the stock and barrelled action of this real collector's item reflects the severity of the Finnish winter, and, also pays homage to the heroes of the Winter War who saved Finland's independence in demanding conditions – and relied on Sako products even then.

The Sako TRG 22 "Finland 100" sniper rifle has the text "Finland 100", and the gun's serial number is laser-engraved on its frame. The rifle is packaged in a carry case with a jubilee knife with the same engravings as the rifle itself. The jubilee model also comes with two magazines, bipod, muzzle brake and removable open sights.

Sako is retaining part of the series for its own use, for example to be sold in charity auctions. However, part of the series of 100 guns will also be available for sale. Those interested in the Sako TRG 22 "Finland 100" collector's item should enquire from the importers of Sako products in their respective countries.

SAKO, Salomonkatu 17b, Helsinki, 00100 Suomi

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Deer Jet Named "World's Best Private Jet Company"




Deer Jet has been named the "World's Best Private Jet Company" at the 2017 World Tourism Awards, highlighting the world-class, distinctive design and excellence in service of the brand.

Regarded as one of the most prestigious accolades in the industry, the World Tourism Awards are held each year under the sphere of the World Tourism Forum Global Meeting in Istanbul.

Recognized as the "Davos of tourism", the high level meeting convoked a collective of renowned travel and tourism leaders from more than 85 countries to share insights and outlooks on the future of the industry.

The awarding committee had considered Deer Jet's outstanding commitment towards innovation and excellence, stating that: "Deer Jet is the first private jet company to evolve into a luxury and art brand, having introduced pioneering products and services such as the world's first Dream Jet. Furthermore, the company launched a renewed brand image with the vision of - Making Travel an Art, aiming to rewrite the history of private aviation by creating Art Aviation."

At the awarding ceremony Deer Jet has showcased the very foundations of its brand values of elegance, performance and distinction.




Deer Jet Co. Ltd was established in 1995 as the very first private jet company in China providing with a comprehensive range of services comprising private jet charter, aircraft management, air medical and rescue, aircraft brokerage, maintenance, FBO/MRO, ground handling, helicopter and luxury yacht charter, and luxury travel. To date, the company operates and manages a diverse fleet flying to 820 airports across 180 countries and territories, including the world's first and only Dream Jet.


SOURCE: DEER JET (Beijing) CO. LTD


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ayrton Senna exhibition at the Lamborghini Museum until October



Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini, inaugurated the Ayrton Senna exhibition at the Lamborghini Museum in Sant'Agata Bolognese.

The event welcomed the participation of Ercole Colombo and Giorgio Terruzzi, curators of the photographic record, and Mauro Forghieri and Daniele Audetto, who attended the test drive in 1993 when Senna drove a McLaren fitted with a Lamborghini engine on the Estoril circuit.

Every race car ever driven by the Brazilian champion is on display, from his debut outing to his tragic accident, heightening the appeal of the "Ayrton Senna. The last night" photography exhibition. The cars on display include the white MP4/8, identical to the one tested at Estoril, along with its engine.

The exhibition is open daily from 12 April to 9 October, including Sundays, from 9.30 am to 7 pm, and runs alongside the Lamborghini Museum's permanent collection.

For more information on Automobili Lamborghini:
www.lamborghini.com

Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Royal Enfield Himalayan - on or off road. The only motorcycle you will ever need.


Royal Enfield Australia and New Zealand announced the pricing of its new Himalayan Adventure Bike at the 2016 Melbourne Moto Expo.

The new motorcycle was presented to an eager scrum of Australian motorcycle journalists by Royal Enfield’s head of international business Arun Gopa. “Our single biggest insight in all these years of riding, has been that the best motorcycle for mountains like the Himalayas is not the one that tries to dominate its landscape, but the one that is able to go with its flow”.

All of Himalayan’s sums and parts work in perfect harmony to utilize the energy of the terrain it traverses. A grounded stance, terrain tested suspension, dual purpose tyres combined with agile handling means the Himalayan can handle almost any off road environments.

*The Royal Enfield Himalayan will be available in ‘Snow' and 'Granite’, late January 2017 with a two year warranty and two years roadside assist in Australia for $6990 rideaway and in New Zealand with a two year warranty for $5990 incl. GST plus on road costs.




The Himalayan - in detail

Built on a rugged duplex split cradle frame designed and developed by Harris Performance, the Himalayan is stable and agile in equal parts. A strong mono shock rear suspension with linkage allows for longer travel and delivers a smoother ride experience regardless of terrain. The Himalayan’s 220 mm ground clearance ensures it gobbles up obstacles comfortably be it in the Himalayas, rocky-river beds or at streamcrossings. An optimal wheel size combination allows for better control while riding over rocks and ruts. The motorcycle enables both seasoned riders, as well as riding enthusiasts to explore more with just one motorcycle.

The Himalayan is powered by a completely new and evolved overhead camshaft engine platform that forms the base for its new long stroke LS 410 engine. The all new engine delivers high torque and usable power at lower RPMs. This makes for smooth riding in higher gears at lower speeds, making it easy to climb hills, or to maneuver through traffic. Modern design and materials of the engine translate to increased efficiency and low maintenance, and the engine can go 10,000 kilometres between oil changes.

Touring utility is built inherently into the Himalayan. A 15 litre fuel tank provides a long range of approximately 450 kilometres. Luggage mounting points, for hard panniers, soft luggage and jerry cans are integral to the motorcycle’s design. A simple instrument cluster keeps track of speed, direction, ambient temperature, travel time, service intervals and multiple trip distances. Most importantly, an ergonomic sync between footpegs, handlebar & seat height provide a comfortable upright riding posture that is necessary for long rides. An accessible 800mm seat height with lower mass-balance ensures ease of planting feet on ground for complete control. Royal Enfield Himalayan comes fitted with dual-purpose tyres that lend a confident grip and performance across a range of conditions. In addition to complete braking control, the 300mm front and 240mm rear disc brakes and Dual Channel ABS brakes help to reduce braking effort. Starting from the Bruntingthorpe airfield in UK to the race track in Sriperumbudur, Chennai, India; from off-road terrains to urban settings and then in real world riding conditions in the Himalayas; the Himalayan has been tested extensively by experts, for both off-road and on-road manners



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