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On Sunday, August 12th, Danny Thompson laid down a 450.909mph record run at the Bonneville Salt Flats using the Challenger 2, a vehicle originally built by his father, Mickey Thompson, in 1968. This run, averaged with a 446.605mph pass he made the previous day, gives the Challenger 2 a new AA/FS record of 448.757mph, and makes it the world’s fastest piston driven record holder. Not bad for a 50 year old race car!

As you can tell, it was a hairy ride, with Danny going almost lock-to-lock on the steering wheel to control a slide at over 430mph. For more information, check out the team website: www.thompsonlsr.com

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Verve Rally’s Spanish Adventure from London to Ibiza includes driving through the changing landscape of Spain – Cantabria, Picos de Europa, San Glorio Pass, wine regions, an enchanting 13th century cisterian monastery converted into a 5* thermal spa hotel and the ancient city Toledo set high above the plains of Castile-La Mancha. After another epic drive to Valencia our cars are loaded onto an enclosed transporter bound for London while we fly to the picturesque island of Ibiza for our last night. It’s an island that caters to all, offering the best parties for the young at heart or relaxed island beauty for a slower pace and chill time after the rally.

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Amid the bustle and hubbub of a popular Riviera restaurant, a baritone burble rises through the floor, vibrating up high, elegant heels and tapered table legs to resonate around the rims of thin-stemmed wine glasses.

Angry pops and crackles from the street outside are followed by a final ear-splitting bark that sees food spill from silver forks and a waiter, weaving through the startled diners, drop an unopened bottle of Biondi Santi onto unforgiving terracotta tiles.

Or at least, this is how we like to think it plays out   …  More

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