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  Celebrities and their fast and expensive cars' stories.

There was lots of speculation surrounding the death of Paul Walker . Some said the Carrera GT may have had a mechanical failure, some thought maybe the driver was under the influence, some thought Walker survived the crash only to die in the resulting fire and others thought maybe this was all the result of a street race gone bad. Well, the investigators checking into the crash have released their findings and we found that none of these scenarios are true.

Plain and simple, it was pure speed that was the demise of Mr. Walker. According to the report, the Carrera GT — a notoriously difficult sports car to drive — was doing between 80 and 93 mph when it collided with the power pole, which meant they were traveling well in excess of the posted 45-mph speed limit — there was no evidence of a street race though. Walker broke his wrist and arm, and fractured his jaw, collarbone, pelvis, ribs and spine in the accident. Because Walker only had "scant soot" in his trachea, investigators believe it was not smoke or fire that killed Walker.

Both the Driver (Roger Rodas) and Walker were wearing their seat belts, and the airbags deployed as designed. Unfortunately, the Porsche was traveling way too fast when it impacted the pole for either to do any bit of good in saving their lives. The only mechanical issue on the car was the fact that the tires were nine years old, and the rubber may not have been in the greatest of condition for handling that type of speed.

At the very least, this closes up the Paul Walker case and affords us the chance to look at his impact in the world rather than focusing on what killed him.

RIP, Mr. Walker...

Click past the jump to read more about Paul Walker’s death and how it affected "Fast & Furious 7."

Source: CNN

Universal Studios has announced production of Fast and Furious 7 will continue with the late Paul Walker returning in CGI form, along with a rewritten scrip, in order to complete the movie. Universal is said to be respectfully retiring Walker’s character Brian O’Conner rather than killing him off.

Walker will return, thanks to the heavy use of CGI and voice effects, along with four body doubles providing the movements as a base.

Filming has recently resumed in Abu Dhabi, as evidenced by the video below, after being on break since Walker’s untimely death last November. Co-star Vin Diesel confirmed via Twitter the movie is scheduled for debut April 10, 2015, almost nine months after the original debut date of July 11, 2014. There’s no word yet on whether the Fast and Furious franchise will continue producing movies, though we suspect this will likely be the last.

The franchise has been a lucrative one for Universal, grossing nearly $2.4 billion worldwide since the first movie hit the silver screen in 2001.

Click past the jump to read more about Fast & Furious 7.

Source: NY DailyNews

It’s been nearly 20 years since we lost a legend in race car driving. A man that in 10 years of Formula One driving took home 41 wins, stood on the podium 80 times and won three championships. And today we celebrate what would have been his 54th birthday. The man in question is none other than Mr. Ayrton Senna .

We are not the only ones celebrating his birthday either, as the Google doodle — the Google logo that changes every so often to reflect a key date — is celebrating him too. You can see the doodle (above), which has a digitized image of Senna, an F1 car and is all done up in his home Country’s colors: green and yellow.

It’s crazy to thing that it has been 20 years since he perished in an accident at the San Marino Grand Prix. It is even crazier to wonder if he would still be racing today at 54 years old.

Let us know some of your favorite Ayrton Senna moments in the comments below.

Click past the jump to read more about Ayrton Senna.

The Terminator turned California Governor turned aging action-movie star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is still one of the most entertaining people on screen. And though his movie career is on a bit of a decline, he still has lots of name recognition and that bad-ass Austrian accent to go along with his tree trunk-like neck. Now, he is looking for people to come crush some stuff, using a tool that he has always wanted: "his own fu@#ing tank!"An M47 Patten tank, to be precise...

What better mode of destruction for the Governator to use, as he looks right at home with his head poking out from the top of this piece of heavy machinery. In this little clip, he gives us a preview of all the things that he wants to smash, including all 66 of his birthday cakes, a piano, his 501-pound bench-press record, bubble wrap, Million Dollar Baby and even a Microsoft Zune!

All you have to do is head to www.omaze.com/arnold to buy entries and wait to see if you win. You’ve gotta hurry though, as the contest closes on March 14th. You can also rest easy knowing that all of the proceeds from the entry fees will go to benefit the After-School All Stars — a program that provides safe after-school programs for kids.

I’ve got to say, the video in itself is pretty funny and I honestly thought it was a joke at first. Even if you don’t have the extra $10 laying around to enter, you can at least get a nice chuckle seeing Arnold crushing random things in dramatic fashion.

Click past the jump for the video.

Source: omaze.com
Schumacher will Drive a 2011 Formula 1 Silver Arrow Around Nurburgring

It’s been over two months since Michael Schumacher’s horrible skiing accident that left him fighting for his life in a French hospital, but recent reports by Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport indicates that Schumacher is now breathing on his own.

While this seems like a significant development for the seven-time Formula One world champion who is, according to his manager Sabine Kehm, still in the "wake up phase," the family has released a statement through Schumi’s manager claiming that this claim is false, according to a report from TGCOM24..

The same Gazzetta article also indicated that two of Schumacher’s best buds in Formula One — Jean Todt and Ross Brawn — have made frequent visits to the hospital to be by Schumacher’s side. It’s also been reported that when Todt and Brawn visit Schumi, recordings of pit radio conversations and F1 engine sounds are played in an attempt to stimulate his memories.

We’re still holding out for better and more definitive news of his condition, and we’d love to believe that this report is true. Unfortunately, it looks like we are still in a holding pattern with this situation

Click past the jump to read more about Michael Schumacher.

Source: TGCOM24

Things are going very well for Maserati these days. Its Super Bowl commercial “Strike” was a tremendous hit and basically defined the brand’s position to storm the performance/luxury marketplace. Now Maserati is concentrating on a cross promotion with 40-year-old model, Heidi Klum, in the upcoming swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated.

In a seven-page pictorial feature titled Beyond the Swimsuit, Klum will pose with both the Ghibli S Q4 and the GranTurismo MC Trofeo racecar. The two cars will act as a play on emotion and mindset with Klum presented in a business-woman-like fashion posed along side the Ghibli S Q4, while a juxtaposed set of images will convey her thrill-seeker side as she stands with the GranTurismo MC Trofeo.

This particular issue of Sports Illustrated will be extra special as it celebrates the swimsuit issue’s 50th anniversary and Maserati’s 100th year of production. All the photographs were taken by renowned Italian photographer Francesco Carrozzini and will play a major part in the issue’s celebration. The issue hit newsstands on February 18 and is the largest issue Sports Illustrated has produced since 1989, with a total of 260 pages.

Click past the jump to read more about the new Maserati Ghibli and to read why Maserati likely picked Klum.

$1.35 million is an extremely ridiculous price to pay for an ordinary Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 , but truth be told, there’s nothing ordinary about his particular model.

For one, it’s actually a movie car and one that was heavily used in the film it was on. More importantly, that film was "Fast & Furious 4," and the man who drove this Skyline was none other than the late Paul Walker. So yeah, it’s a pretty special ride driven by one special dude.

But after Walker’s sudden and unexpected death late last year, the car now finds itself on the market and the attached price tag — €1 million, which is around $1.35 million at the current exchange rates — speaks not only to the uniqueness of this particular Skyline GT-R (fully souped up and all), but also to the man who once treated the ride like one of his own.

Normally, we’d be turned off by a sticker price like that. After all, there are a lot of things you can do with that much money. But not this time.

See, the car itself will probably gain value as the years go by and Walker’s legend grows. But that’s trivial and inconsequential to the more important reason as to why if we had the money to spare, we’d buy it in a heartbeat.

What’s more, this car is going to help a great cause. See, 50 percent of the proceeds of the sale will be donated to Walker’s Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW) charity, one of the finest charitably organizations you’ll ever find.

Unlike other movie cars that have gone on sale in recent years, we’re pretty sure that this one will find a new owner soon enough.

Click past the jump to read about the 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34

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2014 has started "in style" for Justin Bieber; he’s having problems with his neighbors and he’s almost been arrested for cocaine possession, and now the pop star is into even more trouble.

Police officers in Miami confirmed that the 19-year-old singer was arrested for drag racing. According to the police report, Bieber was racing a yellow Lamborghini Gallardo (image above) around 4:09 this morning against a red Ferrari . Both drivers were arrested and the two cars were towed.

That’s not where the fun stops. Bieber also failed a field sobriety test, so he was hauled off to the Miami-Dade County jail for a breathalyzer test. We have to remind you that Bieber is only 19 years old — 21 is the legal drinking age in Florida — and the test must come back with a blood-alcohol content level of less than 0.02 percent, or he can face a six-month license suspension. For the drag-racing offense, he can receive a jail sentence of up to six months, a fine of $500 to $1,000, and a one-year license suspension.

Of course, we don’t any judge to throw the book at "The Bieb," as Bieber’s lawyers will likely get him off with just a fine and a license suspension. But, do you think this will stop him for making the same mistake again? We think not!

At least we can all get a good look at his rather awkward happiness in his mugshot (above).

Click past the jump to read more about Bieber’s latest issues.

Source: Yahoo
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This weekend not only marks the beginning of the 2014 Detroit Auto Show , but also the launch date of the annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The 43rd edition of the auction will be a special one, as the company prepared a series of special vehicles that will be auctioned to benefit the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund.

One of these vehicles is a 2008 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 owned by Simon Cowell. When Cowell bought the Veyron back in 2008, it was the fastest street-legal vehicle in America, so this makes it even more special.

The car comes with only 1,300 miles on the odometer and all of them were with Cowell at the helm. It features a custom black paint with black interior — this is one of just a few Veyrons offered in American in this configuration. The car also benefits from a full one-year, extended factory warranty offered directly through Bugatti.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bugatti Veyron 16.4

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On November 30, 2013, Paul Walker was involved in a horrific crash that cost him his life. Back then it was not known how Roger Rodas — the driver at the time of the accident and former race car driver — lost the control of the Porsche Carrera GT . It was pretty clear that speed was the main factor, but there was no official cause provided by the police.

Now, according to the final report from the L.A. County Coroner’s Office, it looks like the Carrera GT was driving at more than 100 mph before the moment of impact. Police officials said that the car was headed east on Hercules Street "at an unsafe speed, approximately 100+ mph," lost control for some "unknown reasons," and hit both a tree and a light post. The car then spun around another 180 degrees, hit another tree and burst into flames.

The same report stated that Rodas was not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.

After his death, Universal Studios announced that the release date for the new series in the Fast and Furious franchise was moved from July 2014 to April 10, 2015.

This final piece is hopefully the final piece of news regarding this tragedy and serves as a reminder that no matter how good of a driver you are and how awesome the car is, always save the crazy driving for the race track...

Click past the jump to watch a cool tribute to Paul Walker.


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