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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Consumer Reports: Testing Advanced Technology Vehicles

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Untervelt Session

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Copa DeHeArt 4.17.2010

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Tour of the Guy Absinthe Distillery in Pontarlier France
Established in 1880 the Guy Distillery started Making Absinthe in 1880. In 1915 Absinthe production was banned in France and the Maison Guy repurposed their stills for production of brandy and Anise based spirits. When the ban was lifted ten years ago they started producing absinthe again using the same stills from the late 1800s.

Paul takes us on a tour of the distillery where you can see these 100 year old stills in producing Francious Guy Absinthe - the most award winning Absinthe on the market today.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

All things creative-video interview with Ricardo Acevedo

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2010 Modified Supersport Shootout Video - Stage 1

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APD bring PIT maneuver to stop carjacking to Austin

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Combs enthusiastic about F1 after watching British Grand Prix

Combs enthusiastic about F1 after watching British Grand Prix

Combs enthusiastic about F1 after watching British Grand Prix
Comptroller says she's even more encouraged about Austin project.

About the only thing state Comptroller Susan Combs didn't like about her recent trip to England and the British Grand Prix was the 300,000 frequent flier miles it cost her and husband Joe Duran to get there and back.

"We're still in a grieving process," Combs joked.

A little less than two weeks ago, Combs and Duran, at their own expense, took a six-day vacation to London and Silverstone, a storied racing circuit about 70 miles north of London. She was on the track's starting grid, chatting with Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone , until three minutes before the start of the race.

Combs, along with promoter Tavo Hellmund, has been instrumental in Austin securing the U.S. Grand Prix for 2012 and beyond. Combs said she was even more encouraged about the project after seeing her first F1 race and meeting with Ecclestone.

"He couldn't have been nicer," Combs said. "He's really excited about the project. He has known Tavo for a long time. He likes him. He wants this to work."

Combs said she expects a U.S. Grand Prix to have an annual economic impact of $300 million for Texas. The state has pledged to put up $25 million in public funds annually for 10 years to pay the sanctioning fees for the race, which is being promoted by Hellmund's Full Throttle Productions.

The first year's amount has already been appropriated; in subsequent years, it will come out of the Texas Major Events Trust Fund, which will use money generated in sales and other taxes by the previous year's race.

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Tourist Trophy - Isle of Man 2010 (Highlights)

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Tones on Tail - Rain

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Sade - Cherish The Day

Music video by Sade performing Cherish The Day. (C) 1992 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

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Sampling the Knockout Qualifying Stage of the Progressive Insurance Auto...

The Knockout Qualifying Stage of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE was held between June 19-29, 2010 at the Michigan International Speedway. The Stage started with 21 teams and 26 vehicles and ended with just 12 teams and 15 vehicles that now move on to the Finals Stage, the last on-track set of events in Michigan to determine which teams win a portion of the $10M prize purse. This $10M Competition is for the best 100 MPGe production-capable cars. Join us for more excitement at the Finals Stage that runs from July 19 to 27, 2010. For more info:

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Human Trafficking in Los Angeles: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and New...

The University of California Institute for Research in the Arts and the UCLA Center for the Study of Women presented a symposium on "Human Trafficking in Los Angeles: Local Discussions and New Collaborative Directions in Anti-Trafficking Work and Research" at UCLA's Royce Hall, Room 314 on May 14, 2010 from 9am to 4pm. The symposium brought together scholars, students, professional advocates, activists, and artists in Southern California to discuss regional trends, collaborative interventions, and artistic responses to human trafficking for the purposes of forced labor. Organized around structured conversations and panel discussions, this event provides a platform to reflect upon the multi-professional, cross-institutional relationships that have been forged to respond to human trafficking in Los Angeles and questions recent trends in identifying and protecting trafficked persons and researching the issue. This event was funded through support from University of California Institute for Research in the Arts and was cosponsored by the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, the UCLA Department of Women's Studies, and the UCLA Anti-Trafficking and Human Rights Coalition Student Group. It featured representatives from the LA Metro Task Force on Human Trafficking and the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking. This panel features: Kathleen Kim, Professor, Loyola Law School; Jennifer Musto, symposium organizer and UCLA student; and Susie Baldwin, LA County Dept of Public Health.

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Austin promoter Tavo Hellmund led a delegation representing the 2012 US GP project at Silverstone last weekend.

Texas state comptroller Susan Combs was part of the group, which spent a lot of time based at Bernie Ecclestone’s motorhome and met several key F1 players. The race was also Hellmund’s first public appearance since he became a promoter.

“I think there’s a lot of excitement,” he told “People are looking forward to coming to Austin, and it’s been great. I was going to try to go to Montreal but had a scheduling conflict.

“I needed to bring some of my partners over, and it just coincided that the comptroller was going to make a visit to a Grand Prix as well just to see the size and the scope and everything, so the timing was perfect.

“There’s about 12 people here. Two or three of them are partners of mine. We’ve got some of our legal team, and a couple of our communications people. I needed for them to get to know the FOM system, see how things run are run at a Grand Prix.”

Hellmund insists that plans are moving ahead: “We’re almost done with the design stuff. We’ve changed a few things based on the site, and the biggest thing is trying to finish the proper plan for the FIA Circuit Commission. I believe that’s in September. The
Tilke people have been in Austin pretty much non-stop and have met with our architects and our contractors. We’re hammer down.”

Combs has committed the state to a $25 million yearly payment from the Texas Special Events Fund. That is designed to cover expenses related to major events, and is believed to represent the annual fee paid to host the race. The state is not involved in the actual development of the circuit. Local media has indicated that not all taxpayers will be supportive, but Combs downplayed such suggestions.

US GP promoter Tavo Hellmund (Pictured) calls in to discuss the return of Formula One to the United States with SPEED's Bob Varsha. (Image: SPEED)
“The legislation is already passed; it’s a done deal,” she said. “I think they’re going to be very excited.”

Combs said she enjoyed her first experience of the F1 scene: “It’s very, very exciting. It has lots of technology, which I found particularly interesting, and it’s a real crowd pleaser, a real show. We’re now more excited. With the incredible impact that this has on England, we hope to have a similar impact on the United States.

“It’s going to put Texas on the international and global map, it’s going to put Austin on the international and global map and it will brand Texas as the home of cars.”

Adam Cooper notched up his 25th season as a racing journalist in 2009. Born in London, England, he saw his first F1 race at age 10 in 1976. He began freelancing for Autosport magazine in 1985 and was on the fulltime staff from 1987-92. He then went freelance again, initially spending two years in Japan before following the 1994 Champcar series from a base in Indianapolis. He has not missed a Grand Prix since Suzuka ‘94, a run that has extended to Abu Dhabi ’09. Adam has written books about Eddie Irvine, Piers Courage and Michael Schumacher and hosts a race preview show on Sirius XM. He has written about F1 for since 2005. Check out Adam's Blog or follow him on Twitter

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Ecurie 25 Super Car Club Ferrari Showreel

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