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Mercedes-Benz crashes record for most expensive car sold at $142M

These wheels of fortune are turning in Mercedes-Benz’s favor.

The German automotive brand confirmed that it has sold a luxury car for a mind-boggling $142 million (135 million EUR), shattering the previous record for the most expensive vehicle ever sold.

“We [wanted], with one single act, to demonstrate the power of the Mercedes brand,” said their chairman, Ola Källenius, in a statement following the closed invitation auction on May 5 at the Mercedes museum in Stuttgart, BNN Bloomberg reported. The event was held in collaboration with car auction firm RM Sotheby’s.

The automobile in question was an ultra-rare 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé, one of only two ever manufactured. Mercedes hasn’t divulged the buyer’s identity; however, the auction reportedly featured around a dozen bidders with multiple Swiss-Italian, English and US Mercedes-Benz collectors being floated as possible purchasers.

Of the nine 300 SLR cars made, there were only two
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Charity team aiming to set world record on seven-seater bike ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End

Team member Jeff Kapp kept riding all the way through his cancer treatment.
Team member Jeff Kapp kept riding all the way through his cancer treatment.

A team of cyclists will set off this weekend on a John O’Groats to Land’s End charity challenge in the hope of setting a world record.

The university friends, calling themselves the Magnificent Seven, will be using a seven-seater bike as they raise funds and awareness for Cyclists Fighting Cancer (CFC), a national children’s cancer charity.

Setting out from Groats on Sunday (May 22), they intend to complete their 1000-mile journey by the following Saturday (May 28), breaking a Guinness World Record in the process.

CFC was founded in 2005 to give new lightweight bikes, tandems and specially adapted trikes to children and young people living with cancer.

The riders aim to raise £50,000 for the charity, enabling more youngsters to enjoy cycling for mental health, for exercise-based rehabilitation and as an enjoyable activity.

The seven-seater conference bike is designed to allow everyone to sit facing inwards in a circle, with six pedalling while one at the back steers.
The seven-seater conference
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The Rearview Mirror: The Car That Begat Automotive Safety Laws

In 1969, the last Chevrolet Corvair is built. America’s only mass-produced car with a rear-mounted, air-cooled engine, its sales plunge after Ralph Nader alleges the car was an unsafe deathtrap in his book, “Unsafe at Any Speed.”

1960 Chevrolet Corvair Deluxe 700, the car’s upper trim level.

Whether it was or not is open to debate. But Nader’s book led to a push for auto safety, resulting in the passage of National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act and the Highway Safety Act. Passed by Congress and signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1966, they were the first federal laws dictating safety requirements in automobile and highway design, and the first of many. If anything, this is the Corvair’s true legacy.

A secret leaks

Call it an oops.

The news leaked on April 11, 1958. General Motors was planning to build a small car at its Willow Run

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Romney Marsh Classic Bike Show In June


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Romney Marsh Classic Bike Show In JuneFollowing the successful Ride-in event in May, the popular Classic Bike Show and Jumble returns to Romney Marsh, Kent on Sunday 26th June 2022.

A must for all dyed-in-the-wool classic fans, Romney boasts a ginormous bike-only jumble, with tons of new and used spares; a plethora of potential projects – from basket cases to complete bikes – and specialist parts and service providers on-hand to offer their advice and expertise.

Those needing to free-up space at home can book a Workshop Clear-Out Stall for only £15 – details of how to secure a pitch can be found on the website.

Visitors looking to sell a bike can do so for free in the dedicated BikeMart section, where complete running machines are displayed.

Anyone wishing to enter their classic (pre-1990) motorcycle in the Show can pre-book online and get a free entry

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