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Mini owners, pack your bags, get your car serviced and then get your butt to San Francisco; the Mini Takes the States road rally is back! This biennial event is the largest official Mini road rally covering 18 states, 15 cities and more than 5,000 miles. The trip will begin on Saturday July 26 in San Francisco California and will end two full weeks later on Sunday August 10 in Boston.

Along the way, you will get the chance to see much of our great country as the journey winds West into Colorado, then cuts south into Texas. From there you head towards Memphis, Tennessee and up to Chicago finishing with a northern detour to Buffalo, NY and finally arriving Boston. There are several more stops scattered through the middle as well.

While the cost for the trip will be what you make of it, Mini has thankfully made the entry and registration fees decidedly affordable at $45 per person with kids under 12 and all pets being freebies. If you decide that a 14-day cross-country vacation is not quite your cup of tea, Mini happily invites you to join for any portion of the festivities you prefer.

Whether you own a Cooper Hardtop , Clubman , Countryman or any other member of the Mini brand, join in and have fun.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mini Takes The States Event.

Supercars boasting incredible horsepower aren’t anything new in the auto industry. But that’s what Trion Supercars is promising with the Nemesis, an exotic that’s promising returns of unimaginable proportions to the tune of 2,000 horsepower.

That’s not so much as a misprint as it is a call for high expectations. Trion Supercars is laying down the gauntlet with a vehicle that definitely looks the part of a modern-day supercar, complete with some unique features that should allow it to stand out in a market that doesn’t have any shortage of stomach-churning performance and mind-bending technology.

One of the more unique features of the Nemesis is its apparent convenience for tall drivers, something not a lot of exotics take into the equation when building their own supercars. But the Nemesis is different, in large part because of an interior package that can comfortably sit driver 6’4" and above. There’s also a package for the hardtop that can accommodate 7-footers comfortably.

If Trion Supercars intended the Nemesis for professional basketball players, it sure hit that niche right on the mark. If for nothing else, that’s a market that it can dominate for as long as it holds true to its promise.

Click past the jump to read more about the Trion Nemesis.


The 2014 running of the Festivals of Speed is in full swing, and it is on its way to St. Petersburg, FL from April 4th through 6th. Since this show is right in our stomping grounds here in the Sunshine State, we wouldn’t dare miss it. We’ll be there live and in person on April 6th, and you can be there too.

Tickets to the April 4th Jet Port Reception at Tampa International Airport will set you back $100. This event kicks off at 8:00 p.m. on April 6th and runs through 11:00 p.m. The cost of the ticket gets you entry into the hangar-based show, which will have on display vintage and contemporary aircraft, exotic cars, custom motorcycles, high-performance watercraft and luxury products. You also get access to an open bar and themed food, while a jazz orchestra delights your ears.

If that’s not your cup of tea, you can opt to hit up Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg on for the April 6th Festivals of Speed Motorsports Display for just $12 per person. This is the show that I will be at, and it kicks off at 10:00 a.m. on the 6th and runs until 4:00 p.m. Not only do you get to drool over some of the finest cars, motorcycles and watercraft in the U.S., but you also have access to fine cuisine, jazz music, and cigar and wine tasting.

If you want the full treatment, you can opt for the VIP Weekend Package for $190. This package include entry to both events and all sorts of VIP treatment at the Motorsport Display on the 6th.

You can pick up tickets online HERE

So, if you have that weekend off, are in the St. Pete area, and want to check out tons of awesome supercars , luxury cars and sports cars , the Festivals of Speed may be right for you. Plus, you can see yours truly at the show.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed to see the coolest that FOS has to offer.


What would you do if you were driving back from a casino or just a really high-stakes game of Bingo, and a cop pulled you over and took all of your winnings legally without any guilt on your end? I suspect you would be like me and be rather irate about it. Well, in Nevada and plenty of other states, there is a lot of this happening, and the police are raking in the dough because of it. But now, the citizens are fighting back.

Enter in Tan Nguyen, a man that claims he was on his way to a cousin’s house in California after winning $50,000 at a local casino and as he headed through Humboldt County, Nevada, Deputy Lee Dove pulled him over for doing — get this — 78 in a 75-mph zone. Dove then searched Nguyen’s car and Nguyen opened a briefcase for the deputy, exposing the $50,000 he was carrying. Dove then claimed to smell marijuana in the car and made Nguyen sign a "property for safekeeping receipt," which basically says "here, take my stuff without any criminal charges, because he thought the money was illegally obtained. Nguyen claims he only signed the form under the threat that Dove would confiscate his car and leave him stranded if he hadn’t.

After that was all said and done, Dove warned Nguyen about speeding and left without citing him for anything, but kept the money. The next day, Dove was pictured next to the money with a caption that read: "This cash would have been used to purchase illegal drugs and now will benefit Humboldt County with training and equipment. Great job."

Dove then did the same thing three months later to Ken Smith, as after pulling him over and running a warrant check, he found that a man with that name had a warrant out. Dove detained Smith, swindled him out of over $13,000 and a 0.40 -caliber handgun, and let him go. What’s more, the Ken Smith in question is a white man and the one in the warrant was African-American .

Both Nguyen and Smith have rightfully filed lawsuits, but Nevada seemingly protects itself from this by requiring the owner of the money to prove that it was obtained legally. So essentially, they are guilty until they prove themselves innocent. What makes this all a little fishier is the fact that the Police keep 100 percent of the proceeds from the forfeiture.

Don’t go thinking that this can only happen in Nevada either, as 25 states allow police to keep all the forfeited and seized money, and 37 states have a "guilty until you prove your innocence" stance on forfeitures.

I, for one, say this is completely insane. Who would think that the men and women that are supposed to protect and serve are robbing people blind, and the laws back them up? Check out the video after the jump to see some of the crazy things the police have bought with forfeited money.

Check out the video after the jump.

Source: Forbes

Honda fans in North America want the Honda Civic Type R to come to the US, and they’ve taken to Change.org to make it happen. Listen up, Honda . You gotta give the people what they want!

It’s one of the boldest proclamations of support the Honda Civic Type R has received, and to the credit of those who signed the petition at Change.org, the bold move could work. If it does, we have to give credit to Nikos Stoufis from Northfield, Minnesota, who initiated the petition asking Honda to bring the production model stateside and end what he said was "discrimination against our market."

The man has some cojones, especially when he follows it up by saying Honda has "no excuse anymore" and "if other countries can enjoy the best Honda has to offer, we should be able to enjoy the same rights."

You hear that, Honda?

Well, apparently, it did. Once the signature drive picked up steam, Chris Martin, a member of Honda North America’s Public Relations team, shot Stoufis a reply, saying that while he can’t promise anything, "we’ll take your support of
Type-R into account".

Here’s the best part though, Stoufis petition has already reached the maximum 10,000 signatures.

Your move, Honda.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Honda Civic Type R.

Source: Change.org
Koenigsegg Agera R

Selling cars worth well in excess of $1 million isn’t an easy thing to do. First and most important, you need to have a market, or at least a client base willing to shell that kind of money. Second, you need to be able to move the cars and find them these owners, which in some cases is the job of dealerships. And finally, you need to go to a market where these cars are going to be enjoyed to their fullest because it’s going to be pointless if you shell out the money only to let the car collect dust in the garage.

Koenigsegg is one of these exotic brands that need checkmarks to all three conditions before it decides to venture into a market. So the recent announcement that Koenigsegg is returning to the U.S. through the Manhattan Motorcars of New York City dealership seems to suggest that the Swedish supercar is ready to conquer America once again.

To its credit, Koenigsegg picked a very capable dealership to handle the job of offering its range of exotics to prospective American clients. After all, Manhattan Motorcars is renowned as an award-winning new and pre-owned retailer for a number of high-end performance brands, including, Bugatti , Rolls-Royce , Bentley , and Lamborghini .

Adding Koenigsegg to that mix not only establishes Manhattan Motorcars as the go-to-place for high-end exotics, but also gives the Swedish company a chance to once again turn some heads and stake some claim to the country’s high-end performance car segment.

As part of its deal, Manhattan Motorcars will be represent Koenigsegg at the New York International Auto Show with a display of the company’s newest model, the 2014 Agera R .

There is no mention as to when Manhattan Motorcars will start selling Koenissegg models, but we have reached out to them for additional information. Until then, we’re sure they’d love to speak to any prospective buyer, so feel free to call them at 1-866-325-1538 or you can visit their webpage HERE

Click past the jump to read more about the Koenigsegg Agera R.

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Last week Tesla undertook a world-record continental crossing with what it dubbed the Tesla Cross Country Rally. The goal was simple; take a pair of Model S sedans from Los Angeles to New York while spending an absolute minimum of time charging by using the new Supercharger network.

As if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, the team decided to take a northern route during what has been one of this country’s worst winters in decades. Along the journey the team encountered temperatures well below zero, closed interstates, and more than a foot of snow in some places.

Despite all these challenges, a full seventy-six hours after leaving Los Angeles, the team rolled into New York City. The total trip was 3,427 miles and the team only spent 15 hours and 57 minutes tied to a charger.

The going was tough enough that one of the gasoline powered support vehicles for the trip suffered a breakdown.

I was part of a cross country record attempt last year with Audi , and I can attest that this type of journey is anything but easy. It is a grueling punishment of your mental and physical health. Aside from the sleep deprivation, sitting in a car for that length causes cramps, muscle spasms and many other maladies.

I personally applaud Tesla for their outstanding effort.

If you would like to see some of the crazy weather they traveled through, as well as see a few more facts about the journey, click the play button on the video we have above.

Click past the jump to read more about the Tesla Model S.

Maserati Ghibli

Ever since Jaguar reinvented itself and turned into a major player in the automotive market, it hasn’t been afraid to show its claws and display its mean streak.

It did so a few months ago with Mercedes and its Magic Body Control system, and now, fresh off of a letdown of a Super Bowl commercial, Jaguar its taking a shot at a competitor looking to make some headway in the U.S. market.

As if picking up a fight with Mercedes isn’t enough, Jaguar’s taking some shots at Maserati and its new luxury sedan, the Ghibli . In a tweet that was posted after the Super Bowl, Jaguar intentionally wondered out loud to all its Twitter followers exactly what the word "ghibli" means.

Jaguar’s actual tweet: "Did you know that #ghibli means hot air? Seems appropriate."

Shots fired, indeed.

Give credit to Jaguar for injecting a little bit of humor into its shot at the Ghibli, since a quick Google search did reveal that ghibli is "a hot, dust-carrying desert wind in North Africa, somewhat similar to the foehn". Then again, we doubt that Maserati took it with the same good humor that we did.

We eagerly await for Maserati’s response.

Click past the jump to read about the Maserati Ghibli and you’ll realize that contrary to Jaguar’s shots, the Ghibli is actually all that...and maybe even more.

Super Bowl commercials always brings out the best, the worst, and sometimes the weird from all these companies looking to make a presence during the game with their commercials.

This year, the winner for the weirdest ad belongs to Audi .

No, it’s not because of the decision to bring in Sarah McLachlan that’s weird. On the contrary, we’re huge fans of Ms. McLachlan dating back to her years of releasing one chilling song after another. What really raised our eyebrows about Audi’s Super Bowl commercial is its star, a deformed-looking dog that apparently is a cross-breed between a doberman and a chihuahua, and the obvious play on her SPCA public service announcements.

Really, can it get stranger than that?

Don’t get us wrong, we love dogs of all breeds and sizes, but a doberhuahua? Really? Couldn’t Audi have throught of two dog breeds that fit in the same body type? Maybe a "GermanWeiller"? Or a "Spitzhuahua"?

Instead, it chose Doberhuahua and its planning to introduce it to the world during the Super Bowl on February. Seems even stranger that Audi posted an entire commercial of the "doberhuahua" without even mentioning any of its cars.

Strange times over there in Ingolstadt, eh?

Click past the jump to watch the other Super Bowl-bound Audi commercials

Unlike Aston Martin’s long-standing connection to James Bond, Jaguar’s reputation in Hollywood as a car that attracts bad guys has lasted for years.

So now that Jaguar has finally risen (back) to prominence and has declared its intentions to challenge its German rivals, the company doesn’t appear to have any problems wearing the proverbial black hat again.

Leading up to the Super Bowl this coming February 2nd, the Big Cat wants to make an impression, and what better way to do that than getting some of Britain’s bad boys to star in what’s shaping up to be an epic series of ads.

The ad campaign, which carries the hashtag #goodtobebad, features Sir Ben Kinglsey, Tom Hiddleston, and Mark Strong, all English actors who have performed their share of bad guy roles, teasing us on why being such a baddie may not be such an appalling thing.

Bad is sexy, their message says, and at the Super Bowl, we’re all going to be treated as to how bad these three Hollywood A-listers are in their respective Jaguars.

Click past the jump to watch personal messages from Sir Ben Kingsley, Tom Hiddleston, and Mark Strong


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