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Paris Bans All Cars For a Day in September

Paris Bans All Cars For a Day in September

The city of Paris is trying an interesting experiment next month. ‘Une Journée Sans Voiture’ translates to ‘A Day Without a Car,’ and on September 27th Paris will prohibit all motorized vehicles from taking to the streets. With roots that stretch back to the third century B.C., it’s a chance for residents and tourists to see the city as it was before the arrival of the automobile.

“Paris will be completely transformed for a day,” explained Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo in March. “This is an opportunity for Parisians and tourists to enjoy the city without noise, pollution and therefore without stress.” Une Journée Sans Voiture coincides with European Mobility Week and a United Nations climate change summit, both of which will also be in Paris.

Restricted areas will include the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, 10th and 11th arrondissements (neighborhoods) and popular landmarks like the Champs Élysées, the Eiffel Tower, Place Stalingrad, Place de la Republique, Place Bastille and the Bois de Vincennes and Boulogne. Of course, exceptions will be made for ambulances, fire trucks and other emergency vehicles, but other than that, commuters and tourists will have to hoof it or take the Paris Metro.

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Car Infographic: Iconic Journeys, Why You Should Love Modern Transport

Car Infographic: Iconic Journeys, Why You Should Love Modern Transport

Adventure-seekers frequently retrace the routes of famous travelers. Though the modern versions might be less epic in scope, they do have a way of showing off just how good we’ve got it in terms of transportation, and that’s kinda special. To traverse the North American continent or the nation of Japan once required a significant chunk of time, and now with a Land Rover Evoque or bullet train at your disposal, the trip across Japan, at least, can be dispatched in a matter of hours.

Modern transportation has changed the face of the world, and nowhere is that more clear than in this infographic, which compares the time originally taken to complete famous journeys with the amount of time it takes now. The time comparison makes sense, coming as it does from watches2u.com, but the comparison of technology is definitely of interest to gearheads. The 2,481-mile trip from Chicago to Los Angeles took over three months in 1800, but a new car cuts that time down to eight days (apparently the writers of this infographic only plan to drive for five hours a day), as well as accomplishing the trip in air-conditioned comfort and with plenty of restaurants along the way. Similarly, in the 1960s the 503-mile jaunt from Tokyo to Hiroshima was a nine-hour trip by car. With modern bullet trains the trip is down to just over four hours, including bus transfers.

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Enter To Win a "MAKEcation" From Craftsman

Enter To Win a "MAKEcation" From Craftsman

The typical gearhead knows a thing or two about getting down and dirty under his vehicle. Oil changes, brake jobs, spark plug swaps, and water pump replacements – it’s all done in fun with a grand sense of accomplishment and ownership when the task is done and the tools are wiped clean.

It’s that sense of accomplishment after a job well done that Craftsman will be instilling in the participants of its annual MAKEcation event coming this September 24 through 27 in Brooklyn, New York. The event plays host to several skilled artisans and craftspeople who will guide and coach attendees through a weekend-long workshop where things will be made and spirits will be high. Craftsman’s MAKEcation is basically a DIYer’s chance to sharpen her existing skills and learn some new ones.

Best of all, you can win your trip for free!

Yep, Craftsman is giving away spots to its MAKEcation event. All you need to do is register as a Craftsman Club member, then enter to win. (Enter Here!) It’s that easy. What’s Craftsman Club, you ask? Think of it as a manly version of Pinterest combined with forums that cover a variety of topics, from home repair and woodworking to blacksmithing and of course, automotive interests. What’s more, Craftsman Club members get super-deep discounts and coupons on Craftsman gear through the “Deal of the Day” program.

The deadline to enter for the MAKEcation is fast approaching. All entries must be in by July 31, 2015.

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Mercedes-Benz G-Class Explores 12 Countries In 15 Days

Mercedes-Benz G-Class Explores 12 Countries In 15 Days

Mercedes-Benz continues its longtime partnership with the famed explorer, adventurer, and extreme athlete Mike Horn with his “Drive 2 Climb 2 Ski K2” expedition as he and his companions traveled across eastern Europe and central Asia with the ultimate goal of skiing down the world’s second-highest mountain.

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Mercedes-Benz G-Class Explores 12 Countries In 15 Days

Mercedes-Benz G-Class Explores 12 Countries In 15 Days

Mercedes-Benz continues its longtime partnership with the famed explorer, adventurer, and extreme athlete Mike Horn with his “Drive 2 Climb 2 Ski K2” expedition as he and his companions traveled across eastern Europe and central Asia with the ultimate goal of skiing down the world’s second-highest mountain.

Horn, along with Fred Roux and Kobi Reichen, plan to climb the 28,251-foot mountain called K2 where they will then be the first trio to attempt the feat. And of course, a small fleet of Mercedes-Benz G-Wagens is providing the transportation. Modified with a small suspension lift, BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires, roof racks, off-road lights, and plenty of extra gear, the G-Wagens provide the expedition with capable transportation over the terrain that is often times nearly impassable.

The journey is taking the team through 12 countries and over 10,640 kilometers, or 6,611 miles, on only 15 days’ time. “The off-road capability and innovative technology of this car are simply unbelievable. The car is my perfect, motorized alter ego," says Horn. The explorer gives credit to the G-Wagen’s ability to trek up 54 percent inclines and ford two feet of water thanks to its 4WD, locking differentials, and tall ground clearance.

The expedition started on May 14, 2015 from Château-d’Oex, Switzerland and has continued through Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kirgizstan, China, and Pakistan.

Horn says one of his main reasons for embarking on the journey is to draw attention to the remote regions of the world and the Earth’s beauty. "Everybody should know what the world looks like, so that the desire arises to protect it,” he says. “Accordingly, I could hardly wait to set off on this new challenge.”

You can follow Horn’s progress on his the Mercedes-Benz G-Class Facebook page here.

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Video: The 2014 JK-Experience Is What Jeeps Were Made For

Video: The 2014 JK-Experience Is What Jeeps Were Made For

UPDATE 02/18/2015: The fourth and final installment to the JK Experience series is live on YouTube. Click past the jump to see all four videos.

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Video: The 2014 JK-Experience Is What Jeeps Were Made For

Video: The 2014 JK-Experience Is What Jeeps Were Made For

Every year, a dedicated group of Jeep Wrangler JK enthusiast led by Eddie and Cindy Oh and their organization Wayalife, gather together for an adventure trekking across hundreds of miles of open road and narrow off-road trails. It’s called the JK Experience and it includes folks from around the world who are obsessed with the Jeeping experience and lifestyle.

For 2014, the hearty group of 46 people and 22 built-up JK Wrangler gathered in the Pacific Northwest. The group began the journey just east of Mt. Vernon, Washington at the Walker Valley ORV Park before heading over the Cascades and into the sand dunes of Moses Lakes. The group ends up venturing more than 200 miles south, down in the wild countryside below Seattle.

Along the way, the Wranglers had extreme obstacles to overcome, tight trails that narrowly wound between trees, and plenty of mud and rocks. Plenty of Jeeps got stuck and needed to be winched free. Thankfully each Jeep packed hard-core equipment like 37- to 40-inch tires, locking front and rear differentials, thick skidplating, roll cages – and oftentimes most importantly – winches.

The four-part series showcase the extreme off-roading, mechanical mishaps, and comradery between Jeepers. Currently three of the four videos are live on YouTube with the fourth coming soon. Be sure to watch them in order below the jump.

UPDATE 02/18/2015: The fourth and final installment to the JK Experience series is live on YouTube. Click past the jump to see all four videos.

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Land Rover Gives You a Chance to Win a Trip to Space

Land Rover Gives You a Chance to Win a Trip to Space

Land Rover has always stood for adventure and exploration of the most remote places on earth. Now Land Rover is raising the bar higher — much, much higher — with a chance to win an adventure into space. Together as a partner with Virgin Galactic, Land Rover is hosting a contest to find the most adventurous person and three of his or her friends.

The lucky contest winner and the three friends will have seats aboard the space ship Virgin Galactic, the crown jewel of the free-enterprise space program ran by Sir Richard Branson.

To enter, contestants must create a 30 second video showing how they embody the spirit of adventure and what it means to them. Rock climbing, camping, midnight drives, are all on the list of examples. Once completed, the video gets uploaded online and a short explanation of why you’re a good choice for a space adventure must be posted to your Facebook page.

All this is to help Land Rover celebrate its all-new 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport. The new SUV combines the sportiness and silky lines of the Range Rover Evoque with the ruggedness of a Land Rover Discovery.

If you’re looking to enter, you’ve got just over 50 days before the contest closes. So hop to it, adventure lovers!

Click past the jump to read more about the new Land Rover Discovery Sport.

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Flyin' Miata Summer Camp: An Unforgettable Experience

Flyin’ Miata Summer Camp: An Unforgettable Experience

When I was a child, my only real experience with the idea of summer camp was watching Salute Your Shorts on Nickelodeon. I was always active and outside, I just never went to an actual camp. Now that I am an adult who is staring at 30, the idea of going to summer camp sounds even more laughable. At least, it did until I got a quick message from Flyin’ Miata asking me if I wanted to come out for its annual Summer Camp.

This isn’t a s’mores, campfires and Kumbaya style of summer camp. Rather, it would be a several days of epic drives, track time, food and friends, all wrapped up with the lovely veneer of driving in a roadster.

Within hours of the invitation I was trying to arrange flights.

Upon my arrival in the great state of Colorado my time as a FM Summer Camp attendee began. From my blast up Pikes Peaks in the supercharged NC, Nancy, to a welcoming party, two full track days, several information seminars and the awards dinner, the next few days were packed with fun, friendship and long-lasting memories. The heat was a bit intense though, and as you can see by the photo, it made me do some really weird things.

Special thanks to Travis Ingram Photography for the photo.

Read more about the Flyin’ Miata Summer Camp Festivities after the break.

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We Are In The Gumball 3000 Rally!

We Are In The Gumball 3000 Rally!

If you watched the live podcast this morning, you are well aware that I am heading to Miami to take part in this year’s Gumball 3000. As you read this I am likely in the air on my way to the sandy beaches and hot cars of Southern Florida.

While there are more than one hundred cars on this year’s grid, the one I will be spending my time with is a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. The car and team are owned by an online dating company called Anastasia Date, and two lovely ladies from the company are going to be the main pilots of the car on its 1500+/- journey to New York City.

The trip officially begins on Thursday, but there are lots of things to see and do on Wednesday, so expect to hear a lot from me.

After the jump I have included every social outlet I will be using, if you are interested in all the different ways to keep up with my live coverage. I have also included a photo of the lovely ladies who will be piloting the car along most of its journey. I was even nice enough to include some info about some of the other cool cars that are in the rally. Enjoy.

Feel free to Tweet in my general direction if you have any questions or comments about the car, the team, or the event. I may even try to do a live stream chat from the car if the cell signal holds up. Anything is possible.

Check the jump for the best ways to keep up with Moe during the rally, see some pretty cool people, and learn more about some of the teams.

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2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport & a NASCAR Roadtrip

2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport & a NASCAR Roadtrip

There are few things in this country more American than a NASCAR race. Sure, apple pie and baseball might outrank it, but neither of those can compete with stock cars thundering around a track at 200 mph while continually riding on the brink of catastrophe as they race just inches away from a concrete wall and other drivers gunning to win. So when the opportunity arose to become deeply immersed in the culture during the recent All-Star race, I jumped at the chance.

It all started a few months ago with an email invite from Toyota. It read something along the lines of, “how about joining us at the NASCAR All-Star race and tours of the Joe Gibbs Racing Center and NASCAR Hall of Fame?” My reply went something like, “Heck yeah, I’ll be there!”

I decided to skip the crowded airports for a 2014 Lexus IS350 F Sport and a seven-hour drive through the heart of the eastern seaboard. I viewed this almost like a pilgrimage; setting out on a roadtrip for a destination of racing importance located in the rolling hills of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Once on the road, my choice of chariot was immediately affirmed. Unlike my last Lexus experience, the front seat was perfectly molded, padded, and bolstered. The more I drove, the more the car seemed to shrink around me, making tight maneuvering a thing of ease. The stout 3.5-liter V-6 offered plenty of grunt while the tight steering and sport-tuned suspension made each corner a memorable event.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Lexus IS350 F Sport and about my time spent at Joe Gibbs Racing Center

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Vintage Datsun Fairlady Travels 30k Miles to Help Owner Rediscover Life

Vintage Datsun Fairlady Travels 30k Miles to Help Owner Rediscover Life

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Vintage Datsun Fairlady Roadster Travels 30,000+Miles, Helps Owner to Recharge His Life
by 日産自動車株式会社

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

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