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Jan 14

F1: Mansour Ojjeh Takes Time Off From McLaren Role

Mansour Ojjeh is no longer a director of the McLaren Group. (Photo: Getty Images)

Mansour Ojjeh is no longer a director of the McLaren Group. (Photo: Getty Images)

Mansour Ojjeh has relinquished his role as a director of the McLaren Group, and has been replaced by his younger brother Aziz, his partner in the TAG organization.

Ojjeh had a double lung transplant late last year after battling IPF lung disease, and thus it’s perhaps no surprise that he is cutting back on his business commitments. He has been a low-key but important player in F1 for more than 30 years.

Jan 14

Cars: Barrett-Jackson Salon Collection — 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

Mercedes-Benz created the gold standard in collectible sports cars with their always-coveted 1955 300SL gullwing coupe. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

Mercedes-Benz created the gold standard in collectible sports cars with the always-coveted 1955 300SL gullwing coupe. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

Article by Roger C. Johnson

Since Mercedes-Benz is credited with producing the very first automobile, it should be no surprise that the company also created the gold standard in collectible sports cars with their always-coveted 1955 300SL gullwing coupe.

To fully appreciate this amazing machine, the mid-‘50s, a magical period for the auto industry, should be taken into account. Consider the sparked enthusiasm of engineers and designers who were finally given the chance to create peacetime products based on the staggering manufacturing knowledge gained over the previous decade and a half. As a result, world-class automotive power and style were suddenly available.

Iconic cars such as the Chevrolet Corvette, the Ford Thunderbird and the Chrysler 300 all debuted during this period. Each left indelible marks on the industry. Yet the 300SL Mercedes gullwing coupe has maintained a status that continues to outshine the rest of the best.

Jan 14

Cars: Toyota FT-1 Concept Looks Good For Gamers

Toyota FT-1 (Photo: Associated Press)

Toyota took the wraps off the FT-1 during press previews at the North American International Auto Show. (Photo: Associated Press)

As reported at Auto Section — FOXnews.com

Video game players will get a chance to try out a virtual version of Toyota’s new concept sports car that was unveiled in Detroit as a symbol of the automaker’s design future, the company said Monday.

The Japanese automaker took the wraps off the FT-1 during press previews at the North American International Auto Show. Toyota said the “FT” in the red, rear-wheel-drive FT-1 stands for “Future Toyota” and the number represents “the ultimate.”

Jan 13

Cars: Corvettes Set For Auction At Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

Gorgeous vintage Corvettes are everywhere you look at Barrett-Jackson.  (Photo: Tom Jensen)

Gorgeous vintage Corvettes are everywhere you look at Barrett-Jackson.
(Photo: Tom Jensen)

 

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Jan 13

F1: Williams Adds Depth To Engineering Team

Autosport International Show NEC, Birmingham.  Friday 10 January 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photo)

Williams is making changes for the upcoming F1 season. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photo)

Williams has given details of changes to its engineering management as the team rebuilds for the new season. Rather handily, it has given a job description for the key players, who will work under chief technical officer Pat Symonds.

As revealed by FOXSports.com on Nov. 29, former McLaren and Force India man Jakob Andreasen has joined as Head of Engineering Operations. The team says his “focus will be on better integrating trackside operations with the continued design and development of the Williams-Mercedes FW36 at the factory.”