Classic Car Show Power Voting

I received a call from a very nice lady after our last event. She was concerned and confused. She was concerned with the number of trophies won by Clubs. She was also confused as to how club members seemed to win a majority of the trophies. I then explained Power Voting to her. Here’s what I said.

Power Voting is when all the group & club members vote for all the other club members in the show. This almost guarantees the club will have lots of winners. The reason that this small group of 10 to 30 club members can sway the results is the same reason we end up with lousy politicians Apathy!

Not casting your vote puts the results in the hands of a few rather than the many. Power Voting would be ineffective at Car Shows if a majority of the attendees would take the time to check out the cars and vote for their favorites. If the General Public would just do that, then Power Voting would be of little consequence. But if the General Public doesn’t want to be bothered with casting their votes, then Power Voting can absolutely affect the outcome of the trophies awarded.

I know some of you are thinking, “Why not have trophy classes? Won’t that help?” We tried having trophy classes for years. It just didn’t work and was really unfair to some. One time we would have dozens of cars in the Street Rod Class, then the next time only a few. This was true for almost every event where we had classes. One class would be overloaded and another under represented. Then when we changed things, the problem still existed only in different classes. We felt like a dog chasing its tail trying to keep the classes balanced. It just didn’t work. So now we do a People’s Choice Award system: if the people like your ride AND they vote for it, you win! The best ideas are always the simplest: get the most votes, and you get Best of Show. This has resulted in the usual outcome, like the Low Rider Bike winning Best of Show in January. The people loved his bike, and he got the most votes so he Won! It’s that simple.

For our part, we will continue to ask people to take a ballot and vote for their top 10 favorite vehicles. If they don’t, then groups & clubs will control the outcome of the People’s Choice Awards at any Car Show. Please do your part, come out on Monday, Memorial Day, May 28 to the next San Diego Car & Cycle Show & Swap at the Q and VOTE!.

See Ya There!

Ray Taylor

Owner of the San Diego Classic Car & Cycle-Show & Swap –

Michelle Mouton Reunites With Her 1985 Pikes Peak Hillclimb Winning Audi Sport Quattro

Michelle Mouton, one of the most successful and best-known female rally drivers of all time, will open Race Retro at the International Historic Motorsports Show at Stoneleigh Park near Coventry on Saturday, March 24, 2007 and will make a rare visit to Britain next weekend to be reunited with her 1985 Pikes Peak Hillclimb winning Audi Sport Quattro.

The 55 year-old French lady driver still remains to be the only woman to win a round of the World Rally Championship, sweeping the Audi to a record time of 11 minutes 25.39 seconds in Colorado. The World Rally held in Colorado was a 12.42 mile course that featured over 150 corners and climbed almost 5,000 ft. in elevation.

According to Michelle Mouton, ?I was very pleased to win the race for myself?it was the first outright victory ever scored by a woman ? and proud for Audi as it was the first time a European manufacturer?s rally car had won?it was something very special to beat the Americans on their home ?soil?.?

The famous 1985 Pikes Peak near 500 bhp Audi Sport Quattro after 22 years was restored to its original glory not really by following the Volkswagen repair manuals that goes with the Quattro but through the relentless effort of the rally Quattro specialist John Hanlon. According to Hanlon, ?The car has been stripped back to a bare metal body shell and fully rebuilt over the last nine weeks. Every component has been re-furbished to Audi Sport specification and we have imported the original BBS split rim wheels which the car competed on at Pikes Peak in 1985. The car will be in its authentic livery and technical specification at Stoneleigh. The fact that this actual car competed in the very last Group B WRC round (1986 Olympus Rally) is a huge factor of its appeal.?

Mouton said, ?I was used to driving this Audi but the problem was the altitude. It starts at almost 9,500 ft above sea level ands we had to make adjustments to the electronic gearbox and turbocharger. The Hillclimb itself was very difficult as it?s very fast and quite narrow with no markers and sheer drops off the side?the event?s ?Race to the Clouds? title is very true?and I think it was probably the toughest challenge in my career.?

She also added, ?There had been problems in testing which meant I wasn?t allowed to drive my car to the start, mechanics instead pushing me to the line, which made me mad and very determined. I really wanted to win, so I pushed very hard?sometimes almost too hard.?

It was in the year 1981 in Sweden that Hannu Mikkola scored Audi?s first World Rally Championship while Mouton won the San Remo Rally later that year and claim the first World Rally Championship for a lady driver. The Audi Quattro was also the first car with the four-wheel-drive and turbocharged engine to compete in the World Rally Championship.

A year after, in 1982, Mouton achieved an outright WRC wins in Portugal, Greece— wherein the Acropolis Rally was held– and also in Brazil where she was able to win a second place in the Driver?s WRC and contested 50 WRCs between 1974 to 1986. Audi won the Manufacturers? World Championship in 1982 and 1984. Hannu Mikkola and Stig Blomqvist both win the Drivers? titles with Audi for years 1983 and 1984 respectively.

John Hanlon purchased the Audi last March from a private collector in America, aside from Mouton the Audi Sport Quattro was also driven by Walter Rohrl for the 1985 Corsica WRC and afterwards was taken hold by John Buffum who has successfully campaigned in North America.

At present Audi is leading the way in creating the technology in diesel-engined sportscars in endurance racing and made history last year when it won the Le Mans 24 Hours with its diesel Audi R10 TDI.

Bugatti Veyron: The Fastest Car On Course

By the end of last month, Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S, a Volkswagen AG subsidiary, has delivered 60 Bugatti Veyron 16.4s. The deliveries are deemed in excess of the intended production volume of the company.

In December 2003, the burden of managing Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. went to Dr. Thomas Bscher, the new president of the company. Additionally, Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber was appointed as the technical director and manager of the Bugatti Engineering department. With such changes, the entire Bugatti project was then totally reassessed and a new schedule for the completion date of the Veyron was fixed. The objectives established have all been achieved since then.

The delivery of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 started in March last year after its production in Alsatian Molsheim at the end of 2005. For the first production year, Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. has reached the planned 50 units.

Production of the super sports car has been limited to a maximum of 300 units. The number of Veyron units for the first production year has amounted to 50 vehicles, as previously set. At present, the automaker is already able to increase the annual production volume and thus is able to lessen the waiting time for customers.

?In 2007 we are planning to increase the production of the Bugatti Veyron,? said Bscher at the International Geneva Motor Show, ?because the order entry for the Veyron is getting close to a 140 and we wouldn?t want our customers to have to wait longer for their Bugatti.?

Bscher continued, ?It is not unexpected that most of the orders come from the US; traditionally the most important market for luxury vehicles. Thirty percent of the 140 contracts received up to now with a down payment of EUR 300,000, which is the condition for the production of the vehicle to start, come from the United States. This means that that is where ? on a country basis ? up to now most of the Bugatti Veyron have been delivered.?

In Europe, majority of the demand for the super sports car come from Germany and England and these countries are two of the most important markets for luxury cars outside the United States. Other European countries that showed interest in purchasing the Veyron include France, Monaco, Benelux, Austria, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. The Bugatti Veyron has also wowed the Middle East countries. Deliveries have also been made to the Arab countries.

Within a year, a network of Bugatti sales and service partners has been developed. So far, the network covers 26 locations. Consistent with the sales figures, the United States is also top in this area with nine contact points. Other points include five on the west coast, one in Florida and the traditional areas in the east with three partners sharing the responsibility.

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is currently the fastest car in the world with a top speed of over 400 km/h. The Veyron is also the most powerful and expensive street-legal production car. The Veyron is equipped with a W16 engine, which is composed of 16 cylinders in four banks of four cylinders. It is the equivalent of two narrow-angle V8 engines mated in a “W” configuration. Each cylinder has four valves, for a total of 64. However, the narrow V8 configuration allows two camshafts to drive two banks of cylinders so only four camshafts are required. The engine of the Veyron is supported by four turbochargers.

How much does a Veyron cost? The base price of the car is a ?1,127,210 that when converted equals ?757,359 or $1,440,800! The price could drill a hole in the pocket even to some well-offs.

The Bugatti Veyron comes with a fabulous appeal, a distinctive bumper, an ulta-powerful engine, and other remarkable auto parts accessories. The Veyron is made an international car to let other aficionados savor its impressive performance, sophisticated parts and extraordinary drive feel. It imbibes Bugatti?s philosophy – nothing is too expensive, nothing is too beautiful.

Eight Kia Vehicles Dubbed ?best Bet? By The Car Book

Kia is continuing its drive to provide safe and high performance vehicles to the motoring public. One of the vehicles in the company?s range, the Kia Sedona, recently was awarded by MotorWeek as the ?Best Minivan?, and more recently, the minivan, along with seven other Kia models were given the ?Best Bet? distinction by The Car Book. The seven other Kia vehicles to have received the honor are the Kia Rio, Rio5, Spectra, Spectra5, Optima, Sportage and the Kia Sorento.

Last year, the Rio and the Optima received the merit, but this the first year that Kia had eight vehicles to receive the honor. This is a significant achievement for the Asian car maker since out of the 11 vehicles on their lineup, eight made it as the ?Best Bet? in 2007.

Len Hunt, the Executive Vice President and COO of Kia Motors America, is apparently proud of their achievement and it is very evident in the statement that she issued. ?Obviously, we are extremely thrilled and proud to have eight vehicles from our lineup be distinguished as ?Best Bets? by The Car Book. Since this distinction is only given to vehicles that have the safety and performance needs of consumers in mind, we consider it a true testament to Kia’s commitment to providing only the highest quality vehicles to customers,? states Hunt.

The achievement of Kia in the recently published Car Book will surely increase their popularity among consumers. The Car Book, after all, is one of the most reliable buyers? guides in the field. It provides an updated and comprehensive guide for those looking for a car, van, truck, or sports utility vehicle to buy. The book is published in cooperation with the Center for Auto Safety which is the country?s leader in automobile safety advocacy. Among the attributes of the vehicle that The Car Book presents to prospective car buyers are safety ratings, dealer prices, fuel economy, insurance premiums, maintenance costs, tires, and also a chart of state laws which concerns automobiles. The guide book is as helpful in the choosing of a car to buy as Active Brakes Direct is as helpful to car owners in looking for high performance brake components.

The Car Book gives the ?Best Bet? distinction annually to vehicles which rates highly on the different areas aforementioned. The data evaluated by The Car Book comes from different sources. Both government and private studies conducted on 2007 model year vehicles were taken into account in the selection of the ?Best Bet? vehicles. The greatest emphasis though is given to the result of crash tests performed on the vehicles. Those automobiles that posted good ratings on the crash tests and have significantly less number of complaints from testers are the ones considered to be part of the ?Best Bet? selection.

Jack Gillis of The Car Book stated that: ?The Car Book has long been the consumer?s best guide to smart and sensible car buying. We appreciate the fact that Kia continues to make a significant contribution to improving the market choices for the American buyer?.

Indeed, Kia has shown itself as a serious competitor in the automotive market in the US. With these distinctions bestowed upon eight of their eleven vehicles sin their lineup for the 2007 model year, Kia will be enjoying the boost and this may translate to higher sales figures. This also shows that Kia is dedicated to providing safe cars to the American motoring public, and that these vehicles are not only safe, they are also user friendly since they have good fuel economy and relatively low maintenance costs. This may start a new era for Kia where they start to make their presence felt in the US market.