News Issue 30

Sleigh Ride

The show season may be over, but it’s not dead yet. If you hurry, you could join the Bagshot Breakfast Meet’s 8th Annual Christmas Toy Run, on December 8th. Meet up at 9am at Pine Ridge Golf Club, Camberley GU16 9NX, followed by a noon cruise to Frimley Park Hospital’s Children’s Ward to deliver presents to the kids who’ll be spending Christmas in hospital, and raising money for the hospital. Find details on Facebook.

Joint Effort

At the very end of October, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Groupe Peugeot SA announced plans to join forces, creating a new group owned 50% by FCA shareholders and 50% by PSA shareholders. The combined brands would include FCA’s Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Ram Trucks, Lancia, Abarth and Maserati, and PSA’s Peugeot, Citroen, Opel, Vauxhall and DS, making the group the world’s fourth largest OEM. Peugeot have long wanted to crack America, and this could also make Chrysler vehicles stronger in Europe. But what we want to know is, of course, does that mean we get Challengers here in Europe?!

Youngest Swinger

On November 20th, Dodge celebrated 50 years since the launch of the Challenger at the 2019 AutoMobility LA Motoring Invitational event. They’re bringing 50 classic and new Challengers along, including celebrity-owned and “fan-favourite” cars…

Half-Billion Horses

Dodge started off the year saying that they wanted to sell 500,000,000 horsepower in 2019. They blew past that milestone before the end of October. Yee-ha.

ElectroStang

On November 18th, just as this issue goes to press, Ford will have revealed their “game-changing” all-new, Mustang-inspired, all-electric SUV. The launch will be livestreamed from the LA Auto Show, fronted by actor, Idris Elba, who worked for Ford as a young man. Could be interesting, though I’m not convinced that ‘Mustang,’ ‘electric’ and ‘SUV’ should appear in the same sentence…

Ford v. Ferrari

A new Hollywood story of Ford’s challenge to Ferrari hit the cinemas on November 15th. Titled Le Mans ’66 in the UK (and Ford v. Ferrari in the US), it’s based on the true story of Henry Ford II, who, after being rebuffed in a Ferrari takeover bid in the early Sixties, vowed revenge on the racetrack, which led to the all-conquering Ford GT40 programme. Anybody been to see it yet?

Hot Pursuit

Land Speed Record

At time of press, the Bloodhound Land Speed Record team were still testing in Africa’s Hakskeenpan desert. On November 8th, they reached 481mph before aborting the run due to an overheating warning on the dash. Efforts continue, though they’re still a way off the hoped-for 1,050mph.

Indy Sold

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which was built in 1909 and still hosts the world’s largest single-day sporting event, has just been bought by the Penske Corporation. Hulman & Company, who have owned the venue since 1945, sold the track, the NTT IndyCar Series and all other assets to Penske at the beginning of November.