Archive for March, 2009
At the beginning of January Peter Lemon, a Norfolk businessman, trekked to the South Pole to raise money for charity. Peter trekked from 89 degrees south to 90 degrees and the Geographic South Pole, around 60 miles. The conditions were very unforgiving and he had much to contend with, 24 hour daylight, the constant threat of frostbite and temperatures around -30°C and with wind chill getting down to -50°C.
Although having spent three weeks camping on the ice, Pete has returned with all his fingers and toes although was missing part of his nose for a short while, we’re sure it was worth it though having raised nearly £20,000 for the Prince’s Trust. Having been Chairman for the local fundraising group of the Prince’s Trust, Peter has helped many young people who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law. This could well be Pete’s last adventure after having also tackled the New York Marathon and Mount Kilimanjaro, both also to raise money for the Prince’s Trust.
Going on at the moment is the 79th annual Geneva Motor Show. Here are some of the cars that have stood out to me:
Aston Martin Lagonda concept
Aston have revived the Lagonda brand, one of the oldest names in luxury car manufacturing. The Lagonda concept is a striking four door luxury car that Aston hopes will increase their global appeal, helping the brand expand into over 100 global markets. Although the Lagonda looks remarkably like a 4×4, there is a sprinkle of Aston magic with familiar styling cues and a meaty V12 engine up front.
Spyker C8 Aileron
The Spyker C8 Aileron is the latest variant of the C8, Spyker have called it their second-generation of cars. The Dutch Supercar uses the same Audi V8 as before, laying down an impressive 400 hp and is now available with automatic transmission. As you can see below the car looks great and has a very unique interior. The Aileron has kept Spyker’s signature aviation design theme. As a representation of the second generation of cars, the propeller motif has been replaced with turbines as they were the second-generation of aircraft propulsion.
Citroën DS Inside concept
Now for something that is a bit more affordable, Citroën are also reviving a brand with the new DS Inside concept. The DS name was first used for the iconic stylish premium car in the mid-fifties. The DS model is part of a major rebranding for Citroën, that includes the changing of the corporate logo, the range of the cars, the website and even the showrooms. When the DS Inside is released later in the year, it will be called the DS3 and will be joined by the larger DS4 and DS5.
The new influx site has also covered many of these cars and more, including the green supercars like the Koenigsegg Quant and Frazer-Nash Namir (another brand revival!) as well as the Aston Martin One-77. The One-77 is definitely worth checking out, it has been described by Aston Martin as a ‘technical showcase’ and has 700 hp, carbonfibre chassis and a handcrafted aluminum body. It also has the small pricetag of 1.2 million pounds!
Today marks the start of our brand new tie-up with PistonHeads and we’d like to welcome all the PHers to our pad. We’re really pleased to be associated with PistonHeads, and we know that everyone using the site is as car-mad as we are. We’ve already announced a great introductory offer, where one lucky punter in with a shot to win free car insurance.
But we’ve got some even more exciting things in store for you over the coming weeks and months, and although I’d love to reveal more, you’ll just have to wait.
While you’re waiting, you could do worse than check out www.influx.co.uk – our online car magazine, updated daily.
And while I’m here, here’s something for the weekend – this is one reason we prefer to insure people who love their cars – they know how to work their handbrake…