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We cover a lot of automotive-related material here at TopSpeed. From the latest and greatest vehicles with promises of fast quarter-mile times, insane 0-to-60 sprints , and the occasional gravel-shredding off-roader , it’s all about the newest and fastest.

But sometimes, you just have to slow down and enjoy the drive — to bask in every last mile of a pure driving experience in a pure sports car . That’s exactly what one man set out to do.

Scott Fisher and his beloved 1967 Datsun Fairlady Roadster are on a meandering mission to travel the United States in a clockwise fashion, while soaking in the experience on the timeless journey. No schedules needed.

Fisher started his epic journey last spring from his home in Las Vegas after selling his manufacturing business that he ran for 16 long years. It has since taken him over 30,000 miles through the American heartland, rolling over local highways and byways, while avoiding major routes and interstates “like the plague.” And it was all done in his beautiful ’67 Fairlady.

“I knew I needed to kinda’ get out, and unwind, and get my mojo back,” the 45-year-old man says. His journey has taken him north through the Pacific Northwest and over through the flyover states. Fisher’s goal was to stay up north during the summer months to avoid the extreme heat and sun exposure. “[It’s] allowed me to keep the top down, maybe 80 percent of the time.”

Click past the jump to keep reading about Scott’s amazing travels


US - Stage 1 - Car/Bike - Stage Summary... by Dakar

The 35th running of the Dakar Rally began its official start yesterday in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina and ending in Valparaíso, Chile, some 800 miles over some of the roughest, most unforgiving landscape traversed in modern motorsports. Sunday’s race is only the beginning, representing the first, yet longest stage in a 13-stage race. The total distance traveled will be over 2,600 miles over 14 days through three countries in central South America.

Racing each stage are four classes of vehicles: bikes, quads, cars, and trucks . Each is highly modified and capable of handling the extreme terrain. The cars, for example, look something like a cross between a Baja 1000 truck and a Rally America racer with massive shock absorbers, knobby tires, all-wheel drive and a fearless driver. The truck, or Lorrie class, includes cab-over-engine trucks weighing over 7,716 pounds and look something like a Mercedes Unimog .

Continuing today through January 18th, the Dakar will snake its way through Argentina up to Bolivia, then turning south again for Chili. Separate routes are mapped out — one for the motorcycles and quads, the other for the cars and trucks — keeping the race circuit more suited for the vehicle types.

A live feed is available on the official Dakar website, along with more photos and videos of the action. The results for each day’s finishers are posted there as well.

Click past the jump for more videos of the Dakar Rally

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All this talk of gorgeous HD Point-of-View driving videos reminds me of a knockout drive to share here as part of a travel article.

The four videos show the high-def ascent of the Pikes Peak Toll Road outside Colorado Springs, Colorado. Taken earlier this summer by none other than this grinning goon.

The car of choice for this adventure is the only car for the job, in my opinion. My cherished but battered 2005 http://www.topspeed.com/cars/subaru... Subaru Legacy GT manual Wagon.

This is the car that I mention in my bio as currently non-functional in garage ion the updated TopSpeed Team page...

It is still needing a big electronics overhaul to come back to life as spunky as it was when new.

But watching the clouds roll by while the upgraded turbo spins furiously and boost spikes as high as 19 PSI.

Climbing Pikes Peak takes about 45 minutes and costs about $12.00 per car. It is mostly tourists driving very slowly, with double yellow no-passing zones all the way to the top.

But on that rare sunny day, the only things slowing you down are fear of heights and the thin atmosphere at the 14,000-foot crest of the peak.

Click past the jump for the next four videos in this series, in order, going up and coming down the legendary Pikes Peak in all its high-definition glory.

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Car television shows have come a long way in the last five years. From the previous drought of anything car-related but entertaining on American television, there are now at least 10 incredible automotive-themed television shows.

Some focus on road and track testing, some on adventures and some on the popular resto-mod template. Finding which of these shows is the best for real car enthusiasts can be tricky. They take a long time to film, are expensive to make and edit, and generally are nowhere near as popular as TMZ and other garbage.

To help car guys to find the best way to see all the latest cars being driven to the max, these 10 television programs are our favorites right now. The best part? The new seasons of Top Gear USA and Fifth Gear UK are airing, so there is some new car content to devour.

So sit back, relax, and never have to suffer through MotorWeek again.

Please click past the jump to see the full details of the Top Ten Best Car TV Shows.


Some people say that people should dress for the job they want, not the job they have. That is surely excellent advice and should be applied to more than just someone’s clothes, like say, their supercar. Black & White Car Rental from Beverly Hills, California now has the $387,000 Lamborghini Aventador available for rental driving pleasures for those looking to step ahead in life. The cost for the ultimate driving pleasure is $5,000 per day or $30,000 for the week. At this price, the driver can drive the supercar for 30 miles, but every additional mile will add another $5 to the rental’s cost. Not exactly cheap, but far better than the supercar’s price.

As a reminder, the Aventador is powered by a new 6.5-liter V12 engine with an AWD layout that produces 700 HP at 8,250 rpm and 509 lb-ft at 5,500 rpm. This powerful setup sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds, up to an impressive top speed of 217 mph.

Reservations for the Lamborghini Aventador can now be made at Black & White’s official web page.

Hit the jump for a video of the white Lamborghini Aventador rental car.

Source: CarBuzz

Ferrari president, Luca di Montezemolo, is an ambitious man. After all, he didn’t get to where he is now by sitting on his chair and sipping hot cocoa. A few years ago, he announced that he was investing in a plane to bring a private high-speed rail line to Italy.

It took a couple of years to get to this day, but finally, Montezemolo has unveiled the very first train his company NTV is putting on the tracks in Italy. The train, which is being called "Italo," is the fruit of years and years of testing and development by NTV and is considered as one of the most modern trains in Europe.

How awesome is it? Among the many features of Italo, the few that stood out were on-board wi-fi and a small theater. Yep, a small theater.

NTV is expecting ITALO to have its maiden voyage on March 2012 with the company looking at a goal of carrying 10 million passengers annually across Europe by 2015.

Montezemolo isn’t the only big-time investor in the company. In addition to the Ferrari president, other investors in NTV include Tod’s Shoes CEO Diego Della Valle, the French Rail Company SNCF, and a slew of other Italian businessmen.

Everyone’s favorite trio since the Three Stooges is back in the headlines after a few months of relative obscurity.

Yes, friends; Clarkson, Hammond, and May are coming back for the 18th season of Top Gear and one of the first segments that has been leaked out is a real doozy. The trio was recently spotted filming a segment for Top Gear in Rome, Italy with a trio of exotics that would make any car-loving individual turn green envy.

Check out the digs the boys have in their hands - a Lamborghini Aventador , a Noble M600, and a McLaren MP4-12C - and tell us that you don’t want to just to beat up these guys and run away with their supercars.

Thoughts of violence aside, we’re actually pretty happy to see these guys back in action. We don’t know what kind of gimmick they have for those three exotics, but considering their long and rather infamous history with the cars they drive on the show, anything short of memorable will be a disappointment.

While we await for the season to kick off at the break of 2012, we can sit down and enjoy this video of the three supercars being prepped for the three luckiest men on the planet.

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Of course this is not the first time we are talking about a car-inspired hotel here at TopSpeed, but this one is by far the coolest one. Tata Motors have signed an agreement with Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces to offer two special bedrooms inspired by classic and contemporary Jaguar models, from the legendary 1960’s E-type to the state-of-the art C-X75.

The two bedrooms feature materials taken from the cars, such as leather, metal and high gloss veneer. At the doors customers will receive sleek wood panelling greeting guests, Jaguar damask lining the bedroom walls, a fireplace referencing the shape of the brand’s hallmark rear window and the finest leather that lines the cars, ebony veneer doors and custom-made Jaguar wallpaper.

The suite is 170 square meters and contains two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a kitchen and living and dining areas. The walls are are adorned with pictures, models and items of Jaguar history.

Of course this exclusivity comes with a huge price: $8,000 a night.

If taking a trip to the Isle of Man was ever on your agenda, you may want to take it sooner rather than later. And while you’re there, send your friends a postcard with one of the latest, specialized stamps: TopGear stamps. A set of six stamps featuring a selection of the most bizarre and ingenious automotive challenges featured on the most popular auto show on British television has just been released, making every die hard collector quiver in their memorabilia rooms.

The six stamps each feature of the most innovative transport solutions created by Clarkson, Hammond, and May. And as you may remember from the show, most of these cars didn’t actually work very well, some of them caught fire or sank, occasionally simultaneously, but they are just the perfect proof that people can get very inventive.

The cars featured in these stamps are motorhomes, the Triumph Herald sailboat, the Robin Reliant Space Shuttle, the Polar Hilux, the Caravan Airship, and the Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust.

More details about this impressive collection can be found after the jump.

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We can’t do a series of road trip ideas without including a road - or series of roads - that has been named America’s Most Beautiful Drive and America’s Best Free Attraction. The Pacific Coast Highway is officially less than 130 miles long from Dana Point and Oxnard in Southern California, but many consider the "real" Pacific Coast Highway to be a series of roads running up the entire west coast of the United States. All in all, the entire length runs no less than 1800 miles, taking about two weeks if you include time to enjoy the sights of the trip.

If you don’t have the time or energy to take in the full length of the trip, there are various parts of the Pacific Coast Highway that can be utilized as shorter trips. Of course, you may want to avoid July and August because the traffic can be a killer.

Hit the jump to check out the many highlights of the Pacific Coast Highway, including the shorter routes and entertainment.


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