Car shows 2013

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What a glorious July, perfect weather for Car Shows, whether your into German, US Muscle Jap or old skool Euro cars, and it's only going to get better.

planet auto are on the Volkswagen and Audi show circuit this weekend Cumbria VAG, watch out this week for a report from VAG show hosted at the Westmorland Show ground, Cumbria.

We've already had Goodwood FOS, GTI international and Bug Jam is this weekend, to mention a few, and their are many to come including MITP, Ultimate Streetcar and Coventry fesival of speed.

Which ever Car shows you wish to visit in 2013, please drive carefully and enjoy.

for more info on the latest car events visit our Car show guide 2013 - 2014

have a great summer

Ben, Michael and Annabelle 



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Autosport international to host MIA motorsport and automotive jobs fair

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Autosport international is to host its inaugural MIA motorsport and automotive jobs fair, a wide range of high profile companies from the motorsport and automotive sectors are set to attend. The event shall run on Friday 12th January in the concourse suites 1 & 2 from 10:30am to 4pm.
Free entry to prospective job seekers over 16 years old
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Cars the Star Show KLMC 2013

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RR at the KLMC Cars the Star Show 2013

The Sun was shining, the car planet auto Golf was gleaming it was time to head to the Heaves Hotel for the KLMC Cars the Star Show, as we pulled off the A590 there were two VW Campers pulling out onto the carriageway, concourse in looks.

The entry was £5 per person or £10 per car, very reasonable, we made our way to the car park a grassy field filled with a range of fine motor cars Ferrari, classic Mini's, Alfa Spider, Corvette Stingray, AMG Mercedes, M3 BMW even a US Made Mercury, bear in mind this was just the car park.

The show was organised into different clubs as well different categories from pre 1960 to Military and utility, there was well 70 cars ranging from the the classic the Rolls Royce to the Robin Hood 2B kit car, it was strange to see what was considered a classic in todays eyes Citroen ZX, Honda s2000 even a Saab Viggen 9000 Convertible.

Their was wide array of Rally cars on display including, the Mk2 Escort Mexico and RS2000, Mk1 Escort Mexico, Lotus Sunbeam and a Mini 1275 GT, one of the highlights had to be the Ford racing Puma, a wide bodied version of the popular Puma hot hatch. 

The Cumbria and Lancashire Porsche clubs were representing with the 911 & 944, a few of each. 

Watch out for our short videos on the Planet Auto YouTube channel.



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New Alpine At The Nurburgring

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All new Alpine 
The all new Alpine sports car, an all new rear wheel drive two-seater which should be on the market by 2016. Alpine are working alongside Caterham to make an original design from the ground up, although the earlier model being based on a Lotus.
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Fast and Furious star Paul Walker RIP

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At first it was a hoax, then within hours the truth came to light, Paul Walker star of the Fast and Furious films had been in a car crash with his friend and his new Porsche Carrera GT. This story isn't here to detail the crash, rather it's a celebration of his great car career and his love of cars in general. RIP Paul Walker, the Fast and Furious films will never be the same without you, fond farewell Brian Spilner (Brian O Connell).

If one day the speed kills me, do not cry because I was smiling

'attributed to Paul Walker' 

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Could trackable GPS cannons prevent road deaths and catch criminals

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According to USA Today, 1 in 3 deaths caused by high speed chases are the deaths of innocent bystanders – a shocking figure that US authorities are now seeking to change with new police car GPS cannons.

GPS cannons fire a GPS tracker onto the car being pursued, allowing the police to track its location without a car chase. Preventing any need for dangerous driving and allowing criminals to be caught safely.

High speed car chases look exciting on the big screen but in reality, they’re very dangerous and put lives at risk every year. They risk the lives of police, the suspects and innocent bystanders and can cause expensive vehicle damage.

So is it time to stop the chase and implement GPS cannons?

How do police car GPS cannons work?

In Florida and Iowa in the USA, a new cannon called Starchase is being tested. During a car chase, police fire a ‘bullet’ containing a GPS tracker at their target.

Once the tracker has been fired from the police car and is connected to the vehicle in pursuit, police can back off and track the vehicle from a distance – without the need for high speed.

In fact, it’s already been a success in the US. Police can track the car’s whereabouts and arrest them shortly after – allowing them to catch criminals without any damage to police cars and without any bodily harm to the people involved.

The reality of implementing GPS cannons

Unfortunately, the reality is that these GPS cannons are expensive. Very expensive in fact, but far less costly than a human life.

Each cannon costs around $5,000 to install on a police car and each round or ‘bullet’ costs $500.

However, this is less expensive than the damage that would be caused to vehicles in the event of a crash.

And while they’re currently being tried and tested in several American states, it could be a while before they’re rolled out throughout the whole of the US – and even the UK.

Do you think they’d be worth the money? Would you like to see police car GPS cannons used in the UK? Let us know what you think below! 

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Jethro Bovingdon Interview: MotorTrend onDemand

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Earlier this month we spoke to Jethro Bovingdon about his new show coming to Motor Trend. This petrol head is starring in Head to Head and Ignition. Jethro started back in May 2001 as a road tester at EVO magazine, he then went on to work for Drive Tribe, and CAR Magazine amongst others. He has now moved on to Motor Trend! 

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planet auto update shows, shows & more shows 2014

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It's November already, car shows well and truly finished for 2013, except for club meets etc. This makes it the busiest time for the pa team, hence why news is a little thin on the ground. Currently Michael and I are sourcing and adding as many car shows is possible, today we are adding VW festivals, next it's, well whatever we find Vauxhall, Ford, French Euros you name it.

If you would like your show adding please comment with the shows details below or add a car event here.


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Northern Group Of Motoring Writers

Annabelle Quirk Vice Chairwoman
Ben D T Quirk Member