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Part 2 of Daniel Stern (Lighting) interview.

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Here's Why the Pagani Huayra Is Worth $3 Million



[video=youtube;WnyPtKQKP3Y]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnyPtKQKP3Y&frags=pl%2Cwn[/video]

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Aston Martin Is Putting the Achingly Gorgeous DB4 GT Zagato Back In Production

There's also a DBS GT Zagato coming up. The pair is yours for a little under $8 million.





Aston Martin began its long-running partnership with Italian design house Zagato in 1960 with the stunning DB4 GT Zagato. Lighter, smaller and more streamlined than the standard DB4, the GT Zagato proved itself to be a great race car, but it was the looks that made it an icon. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the designer, Aston is putting the DB4 GT Zagato back into production.

Aston Martin is calling its "new" DB4 GT Zagato a "Continuation" car, but really, it's a near-perfect modern replica. Just 19 examples will be built at Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell, England, the company's in-house classic-car department. The all-aluminum bodywork will be created from digital scans of an original DB4 GT Zagato, and hand finished for maximum authenticity. The new DB4 GT Zagatos will get a 380-hp, 3.8-liter twin-plug straight-six and a four-speed manual just like the original, too.




Unfortunately, the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation will be a track-only machine. Like Aston's recently announced new Goldfinger-tribute DB5, these are actually new cars built to old-school standards. That means they can't be registered for street use.

But, Aston Martin has a good solution for those disappointed their new DB4 GT Zagatos won't ever see a public road—a new, street-legal car. Each of the 19 cars Aston plans to build will be sold as a pair with the yet-to-be-revealed DBS GT Zagato, which is based on the new DBS Superleggera. Like the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation, only 19 examples of the DBS GT Zagato will be built, but it'll be put together at Aston Martin's main factory in Gaydon.



Teaser sketch for the upcoming DBS GT Zagato

Aston Martin Zagatos have never been cheap, and this is especially true of this DB4/DBS pairing. Price is set at £6 million ($7.9 million) plus any applicable local taxes. Aston plans on delivering the first examples of the DB4 GT Zagato continuation in the fourth quarter of 2019, while the DBS should arrive a year later.

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The 2019 Toyota Supra Lives Up to the Legend


We drove a prototype of the fifth-generation Supra and found out that Toyota hasn't forgotten how to build a serious performance car.




The new Supra needed a straight-six. Every Supra has had one, from the very first model in 1978 to the twin-turbo legend that ended production in 2002. When a group of Toyota engineers decided to revive the Supra for the 21st century, they knew they needed a row of six pistons under the hood.

But today’s Toyota is a different company. In the years since the last MkIV rolled off the assembly line, Toyota has become one of the three largest automakers on earth. A zealous philosophy drove that achievement: Design broadly-appealing vehicles, make them easy to assemble quickly, and sell them by the boatload. Asking Toyota’s powertrain division to halt work on tomorrow’s hybrid, electric and fuel cell technology to build a small-volume engine for a niche sports car was out of the question.

Still, the engineers got their wish. Underneath the tumbling hood of the fifth-generation Supra—called A90 by Toyota employees and MkV by everyone else—is a straight-six. The 3.0-liter single-turbo powerplant satisfies strict Supra tradition. Even if it came from BMW.





There’s still a lot we don’t know about the new Supra. Horsepower? More than 300 is all Toyota will say. Torque? An engineer tells me it will be “more than twice that of the Toyota 86,” which makes 156 lb-ft. Zero to 60? A number less than five seconds, the automaker says. When will it go on sale, and how much will it cost? I wish I could say.





The Supra and Z4 share a jointly-developed rear-drive platform. Their chassis components are identical, though each automaker will use its own unique tooling and calibration. When production begins, the two cars will be built side-by-side at Magna Steyr’s factory in Graz, Austria.

So while Toyota hasn’t divulged any detailed Supra specifications, we can look to the Z4 for the basics. The cars have a surprisingly squared-off footprint, with a stubby 97.2-inch wheelbase and a track width of just over 63 inches—a smidge shorter than a two-door Mini, but roughly four inches wider. Toyota says the Supra, like the Z4, will have perfect 50/50 weight distribution, and a knowledgeable source predicts the Supra will weigh in at less than 3300 lbs, a significant chunk lighter than the drop-top BMW. As for performance, the six-cylinder Z4 makes 382 horsepower, 369 lb-ft of torque, and does 0-60 in 4.4 seconds; a prototype ran the Nurburgring in 7:55 at the hands of a German sports car magazine.





Out on the hairpins of Jarama, that short wheelbase makes the Supra more than happy to pivot. You feel the thing squirm around a bit under braking, especially at the end of the straightaway where you’re flirting with 140 mph. Rolling on unique compound Michelin Pilot Super Sports (255s up front, 275s in the rear, on upgrade 19-inch wheels) and optional adaptive dampers, the close-coupled car feels playful and engaging, never squirrely.

It also feels decidedly un-turbocharged. Final calibration is still being done—despite sharing its engine with the Z4, the Supra will have unique drivetrain programming—but I’m told this single-turbo engine maxes out at a little more than seven psi of boost. The torque comes on early and never really drops off; unlike some turbo powerplants, this engine rewards a run all the way to its 6500-rpm redline, and unless you’re demanding full boost at 50 mph in top gear, you’ll never catch the turbo sleeping on the job. You’ll never hear it, either: The engine note is pure straight-six rip, with a whisper of boost so faint as to be drowned out by the cabin fan. The exhaust gets notably louder in Sport mode, crackling obediently on deceleration.


The only transmission planned for the Supra is the ubiquitous ZF eight-speed torque-converter automatic. As always, it’s a peach, shifting itself well enough to make the wheel-mounted paddles seem superfluous even on track. Flipped into manual mode via BMW’s regrettably overcomplicated console shifter, the gearbox responds instantaneously to the paddles. The steering is quick, if a little mushy in the first few degrees off-center. The brakes on the prototype I drove around Jarama had clearly been punished by the journalist colleagues that drove before me, but despite a slightly soft pedal, the car always slowed confidently, with no fade.

Toyota engineers say they spent 90 percent of Supra development time on the road, to mimic how customers will presumably use the car. Most Supra buyers won’t be commuting on the sinewy mountain roads that skirt Madrid, poor saps. No matter: The Supra is a riot pretty much wherever you drive. This car lives to dive into a decreasing-radius corner. Nearly as wide as a Stingray but an acre shorter, the Supra is surefooted and planted even over choppy, worn-out pavement.

The only unfairness in all of this was the Toyota 86 we brought in our convoy through the mountains. Longer, narrower and considerably lighter than the Supra, the 86 was a different animal on these looping byways. The feedback from the Supra’s brake pedal and small-diameter, thin-rimmed steering wheel never quite lived up to the 86’s chatty interfaces. Then again, the four-cylinder coupe disappeared in the Supra’s dust with every rip up the tach. One car rewards precision and momentum; the other has grip, poise and pace to make any driver feel like a hero. Out of the mountains and back onto the motorway, the Supra thrums lightly with tire noise, and you hear every pebble that the rear tires fling into the floor, but overall the drive is calm and easy.

And while the 86 has plucky style, the Supra looks muscular and dramatic in person. At six-foot-two, I had ample head, shoulder and hip room, but the rear edge of the side window only comes about as high as my ear. Minimizing blind spots requires creative mirror adjustment.


Even wrapped in Toyota’s ever-present multicolor camo, you can’t ignore the draw and depth of the Supra’s rear fenders. Designers shaped the car’s rear expecting the production team to send it back to be toned down; no such revision was ever requested. The car’s prominent front overhang takes some getting used to, but it serves a purpose: The long nose keeps the car aerodynamically balanced, a trick often used by Porsche. The only chuckler is the fact that the dramatic air slits in the hood, doors, and front and rear bumpers were all completely blocked-off, at least on these preproduction prototypes.

As for the interior? An errant breeze lifted just enough of the concealing camouflage for a quick peek. Judging by this glimpse, a new BMW Z4 owner would feel an eerie familiarity in the Supra’s HVAC controls, landscape-layout dashboard screen, and console-mounted clickwheel user interface.


Toyota hasn’t had a true high-performance sports car since 2002. That means this Supra gets to set its own precedent, in terms of performance, character and feel. It’s truly a fresh start: Among the entire A90 Supra team, the only person who was around for the A80 was chief engineer Tetsuya Tada. Toyota could have used this distance to veer away from the Supra tradition. Instead, the automaker stuck to the time-honored formula: Six cylinders, two doors. Is it a rebadged BMW? Behind the wheel, you won’t care to ask.


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https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-car...ototype-drive/

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The comments on off-center and general steering feel worry me. I had the previous generation and the steering feel was barely perceptible until one was going way, way too fast for the street. It felt like a Camry....

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With the many references to the Z4, it makes me think maybe just picking up a BMW would be better.
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Well, the cars were co-developed but are still different. Until they are accurately tested and evaluated, I haven't an opinion.

Moreover, Toyotas tend to be demonstrably more reliable than BMWs.

I can wait...

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The 2020 Supra Proves Toyota Hasn't Forgotten How to Make a Sports Car


We can't tell you anything about the numbers yet, but Toyota's new sports car is terrific to drive.





If someone 10 years from now pops the hood of a lightly wrecked 2020 Toyota Supra and says, "B58 engine, no shiz," or whatever profanity is popular at the time, we'd be surprised. Not that there is anything wrong with the BMW inline-six. In fact, it is one of the smoothest and lag-free turbocharged engines in the world. If you were setting out to build a rear-wheel-drive sports car powered by a turbocharged inline-six, it's about as good a starting point as you could find. Some will still consider it sacrilegious to power a Supra with anything but the legendary 2JZ inline-six of the Mark 4 Supra and, less importantly, The Fast and The Furious fame.

HIGHS
Handles like a dream; (probably) looks like one, too; the greatest inline-six Toyota could possibly use . . .

LOWS
. . . still isn't a 20-year-old 2JZ to the Toyota faithful, could use a little brake refinement.


Those two things—chassis layout and engine configuration—are the only elements of heritage that carry over from the fabled fourth-generation A80 Supra to this new A90 Supra. The gap between them stretches over enough years to grow an adult driver from scratch, after all. Conceivably, other nuggets of commonality might be found in the specifications, but for now, Toyota is keeping a tight lid on those details. Before cutting us loose on a racetrack and roads used as rally stages north of Madrid, Spain, assistant chief engineer Masayuki Kai gave us one quasi-spec: The new Supra's wheelbase-to-track ratio would be at least 1.6:1 for optimal handling, but he wouldn't reveal either dimension. Nearly every other question about metrics was answered with an inequality: "More than" 300 horsepower. A zero-to-60-mph time of "less than" five seconds. A target curb weight of "about" 3300 pounds. You get the picture.

Kai-san makes it pretty clear that Toyota wants us to think less about the numbers and more about how its new hero car feels. But to review, this is what we know: Toyota has revived the Supra name for a new sports car in a collaboration with BMW. BMW gets the roadster Z4, which we've had a similar exposure to, while Toyota gets the coupe. As we mentioned, BMW supplies the engine, and it's paired with ZF's ubiquitous eight-speed automatic. Both cars will be manufactured by Magna Steyr in Austria. The Supra will hit dealerships midway through 2019 as a 2020 model and probably will ring in at about $50,000. Most, if not all, of the camouflaged switchgear we saw in the cabin looked BMW-like. If earlier reports are to be believed, the engine will flaunt 335 horsepower, and an inline-four also is in the works but won't be offered at the start.





Feels Right

We were fully expecting the Supra to be much like a modern BMW, which is to say plenty capable but a little numb. Instead, there is a smoothness to the Supra that we haven't felt in a BMW in years. Turn-in is crisp without being too heavy. The claimed 50/50 front/rear weight distribution—there's a spec—lends itself to tuning for minimal understeer, while an electronically controlled limited-slip differential ensures great traction on corner exit. The transmission's logic in Sport mode makes shifting with the paddles an exercise in vanity.

The one dynamic component that could still use some attention from the engineers is in the brake tuning. The pedal never had that "I'm a track car, stand on me with confidence" feel, instead evincing a dead spot in the initial travel and a generally spongy response. Both the Jarama circuit and the nearby rally roads are taxing venues for brakes, and while what we felt could have been the residual effects from repeated abuse, we can't say for sure because we never got in a fresh car. That said, the brakes never gave up, and there wasn't so much as a single pucker moment.

With a nearly identical component set as the BMW—including adaptive dampers, a shear plate stiffening the front end, 19-inch BMW-spec Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires (17- and 18-inchers will be available, too), and Brembo brake hardware—the Supra's tuning limitations were defined by a crisp box. The personality instilled in the chassis comes down to the critically important knobs that Toyota controlled. When asked what the Toyota engineers thought of the Z4, they had no answer—not because they didn't want to badmouth the competition/partner, but because they had never driven nor even laid eyes on a Z4.

Both based in Munich, the Z4 and Supra engineering teams split four years ago and haven't communicated about the development paths they've followed since. Kai-san remembers fighting for a little more control over the engine. It wasn't loud enough (the European models are downright quiet), and he wanted to get more sound to tickle the heartstrings.

Concessions were made, and Toyota got its way. Sport mode opens a butterfly valve in the exhaust, and there is, unfortunately, some faux noise pumped through the stereo. European pass-by-noise standards are tough, but we're told the U.S. market will get a louder exhaust than the one on the cars we drove.


Designed for Toyota Fans

If the attention these camouflaged prototypes received in Madrid is any indication, the car won't need the exhaust to turn heads. The shape is nearly identical to that of the aggressive FT-1 concept shown in Detroit back in 2014. What doesn't show through the camo is that, despite the Bavarian roots, this is an unmistakably Japanese design. Cues from two of the great '90s Japanese cars are present. The rounded nose and front overhang are unmistakably A80 Supra influences. Resemblance to the FD Mazda RX-7 is seen in the double-bubble roof as well as in the taillights split by a ducktail spoiler integrated with the hatch; it's different from the Mazda in detail but similar in concept. Either way, this new, A90 Supra has a distinctive exterior you won't mistake for anything European.




Driver comfort is exceptional for such a tightly packaged cabin. The roof carves out more headroom than the exterior suggests, although mid-six-footers will find it tight. The C7 Corvette is the poster child for practicality in two-seaters, and the Supra won't dethrone it. An hourglass-shaped hatch opening looks to have the room to squeeze a set of golf clubs into the cargo bay, but not much more will fit.


Only Finishing Touches Remain

According to engineers, the cars we drove were 90 percent complete. Just a few more tuning tweaks plus some decisions on interior elements and option packages remain to be decided before it gets the final stamp of approval. By the time that comes, the Munich-based team will probably be working on variants such as the aforementioned four-banger; a targa roof is still possible, and there may yet be a manual transmission, although the latter is unlikely with the six because of concerns over shift quality with such a torque-rich engine.

It has been a very long time since there was a Toyota sports car filling the gaping void in the showrooms between the budget-conscious 86 and the budget-be-damned, now-discontinued Lexus LFA. The Supra is poised to fill it. Kai-san said, "We believe this will be the final generation of Supra with just internal combustion." We're never going to live long enough to hear, "AC motor, no shiz." It's a great thing to know that a 90-percent-finished Supra is so good to drive, and we're looking forward to actually seeing it. Reactions will likely include profanity.


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After Parents Are Killed, Family Had To Auction Dads Classic Car. Spontaneous Beauty Followed.





Nicole and Brent Keryluke of Red Deer, outside of Alberta, loved the crispness of the air that morning, and decided to go for a motorcycle drive in an area were the leaves on the trees were already red and yellowing.

They had to be back within two hours, because both of their two young children had medical appointments, as they both suffer from hearing impairments and one needs speech therapy.

As they were turning a curve, a truck coming from the other direction veered into their lane and hit them head on.

They were killed immediately.

The driver of the car behind them said that Nicole had her arms wrapped around her husband, with her face in his back...and never saw it coming. And that Brent, before the moment of impact, instinctively put his arm behind him to hold his wife.

Brent’s parents, Ben and Marilyn, now had guardianship of three-year-old Liam and six-year-old Arielle, and especially because of the additional costs of the medical bills, they had to sell Brent’s classic 1973 Pontiac Parisienne, which he restored himself and hoped would one day be Liam’s on his eighteenth birthday.

They didn’t want to, but had to.

And they took it to EGAuctions to sell.

Said EG Auction owner Lindsey Payne, “When Liam and his grandpa walked into the show office I knew that when I saw that little boy and his grandpa that we were going to do everything we could to help them out. Certainly waive any fee.”

And this this happened.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=Y8SpqQGFFlM

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In the middle of the auction, when their car was to be next, they brought the Keryluke family up on stage to tell the audience about the events that transpired that made the auction necessary, and the meaning behind it.

“They basically stopped the auction, let everybody know what was happening, where the money was going to go, and then we were shocked what happened after that,” said Ben.

First, Rod McWilliams from Red Deer Motors bought the car for $29,000...and immediately gave the car back to be auctioned again!

Then Danny Fayad, who had driven up from Edmonton, bought the car for $30,000….and immediately gave the car back to be auctioned again!

All the while, members of the community yelled out pledges to go over and beyond whatever it finally sold for.

One man yelled out, “2,000 over the price!”, another yelled out “$4,000 over”, and it happened again and again and again.

One woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, told a reporter that she came with $2,500 to see if she could “score a deal” on an older unrestored car that was coming up later in the auction, but pledged her money for the Keryluke family. “ I have two kids myself. I thought of them. What if? I have one car already.”

It was finally purchased for $20,000 to Bob Bevins from Bulldog Metals in the third and final round.

The reason he didn’t also give the car back to be sold again, was because after the auction was over, he went to the Keryluke family...and gave the car to them.

“Maybe someday that young man will drive his father’s car,” he said.

Said Lyndsay, “People were overwhelmed with just the generosity of people of central Alberta and the support that this family has. “It was incredible. People were cheering, I was crying.

Our auctioneer Rod had a hard time getting through it because he was crying. He was emotional."

When the last buyer stepped forward and said ‘I want your family to have that car, so I'm giving it back to you,’ the audience erupted.

When our auctioneer Rod announced that, the place just went wild. There was a standing ovation, people were cheering, whistling. It was wonderful."

Said Grandpa Ben, “The children are faring well. They greet each day with joy. They get up in the morning and both of them are smiling and laughing," he said.

“It’s been just incredible to see the generosity of people to help a family to be able to raise the children.

How do you thank people for something so huge?”

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Lotus Wants Your Help Finding Its Long-Missing First Car


Colin Chapman built the Lotus Mark I in 1948. Two years later, it seemingly fell off the face of the earth, never to be seen again. Do you know where it is?


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In the spring of 1948, Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus, built the company's first car, the Mark I (pictured above). It was a modified Austin Seven with a reinforced chassis, lightweight panels, and easily replaceable parts—the kind of stuff Lotus is famous for today. He raced the Mark I for a little while before selling it in 1950 for £135 (around $177), after which point it was never seen again. Now, Lotus is asking your help to find it.

Lotus announced the search today as a part of its 70th anniversary celebrations. Though extensively documented, Lotus has no leads on the Mark I's whereabouts, even after years of research.

"The Mark I is the holy grail of Lotus’ history," said Clive Chapman, son of Colin, in a statement. "It’s the first time that my father was able to put his theories for improved performance into practice when designing and building a car.

"We want fans to take this opportunity to look in every garage, shed, barn and lock-up they’re allowed to."


https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod...esize=768:*The Mark I with Colin's wife, Hazel Chapman, in the passenger seat.

The car was originally finished in bare metal, before being painted white, then repainted red. It was sold through an ad in Motor Sport Magazine to a new owner somewhere in the North of England. "It’s even possible that the Mark I was shipped from the UK, and we’d love to know if it survives in another country," Chapman said.

Though it's possible the Mark I could be sitting in an untouched garage hidden away from the world for nearly 70 years, it's just as likely to have rusted away, been parted out, or sold for scrap. But being the Lotus fans we are, we're holding out hope it'll turn up somewhere.

If you have any information that can lead to the Mark I's location, contact Lotus as soon as possible.

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Just in case somehow, someone missed the story and video.




Tiny 7-year-old prodigy belts out a national anthem for the ages at MLS game

Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja clutched the microphone and looked at the crowd for a moment before gazing into the camera. Wearing a white LA Galaxy jersey almost as big as she is, the 7-year-old, labeled as “tiny but mighty” by the MLS team’s public address announcer, was ready to perform the national anthem on Sunday in front of more than 25,000 fans at StubHub Center in Los Angeles.

After humming the first line to herself, the 3-foot-9, 40-pound Los Angeles native raised her left arm and began. If she was nervous, it wasn’t evident. She was crushing it. Less than two minutes later, Malea Emma had belted out a striking rendition that was part Christina Aguilera and part Whitney Houston — and all soul. Fans and players, including legendary forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, were left wondering whether they just witnessed the birth of a star.

“I was thinking that I cannot do anything wrong because it’s a really special song to America,” Malea Emma said to ABC News.

Since then, Malea Emma’s performance has gone viral, not only stealing the show from the men on the pitch but also turning Sunday’s national anthem into a celebration of a prodigy who has wanted to sing since she was 1.

The soprano’s short journey has already been an enviable one. Not every 7-year-old has an Instagram following of more than 16,000 or their own YouTube channel. When she was 3, she performed at a talent show at L.A. Live, the downtown Los Angeles entertainment complex adjacent to the Staples Center, according to the résumé on her website. By the time she was 5, she played Carnegie Hall as a winner of the American Protégé International Vocal Competition.

“She’s been singing forever, basically before she could speak,” her father, Arman Tjandrawidjaja, told USA Today. “Sometimes we have to tell her to be quiet.”

She loves acting, too. Malea Emma, whose interests also include piano, violin and swimming, has been featured in commercials for Progressive and Jeep, and she even had a guest spot last year on the Adult Swim show “Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories.” In July, she starred in the Hollywood Bowl’s production of “Annie” as Molly, the protagonist’s best friend. The Los Angeles Times called Malea Emma “a comic spitfire” who “stole hearts right and left,” while BroadwayWorld tagged her as an “audience favorite.”

But performing the national anthem holds a special place in her heart. She had performed it three times before, but the crowds were dwarfed by the one at the LA Galaxy match.

She wasn’t even aware that she would be performing until last week. The Galaxy had announced that, for the first time ever, the club was holding a contest on social media to find a national anthem singer for an upcoming match, according to ABC News. Malea Emma knew she was one of the finalists but didn’t know whether she would be picked.

“Malea, guess what?” her father asked on Sept. 19.

“What?” she replied.

“You are going to sing national anthem for LA Galaxy,” he said.

“I won?” she asked, grinning ear to ear.

A moment later, she flung the book she was reading, screaming and jumping up and down on her bed.

“L! A! Galaxy!” she chanted, before falling backward onto the bed in excitement.

In the days leading up to the performance, Malea Emma said she practiced singing to a lamp, according to ABC. She’s based her singing style on Aguilera, her favorite singer, which came through in Sunday’s performance. Her father told USA Today that she always gets nervous before she performs, but he tells her it’s a good thing since she never shows it.

“Always before I sing, my heart will beat really, really fast,” she said to CBS News.

She’s been celebrated by the Galaxy, fans and even Ibrahimovic, one of soccer’s most prolific goal scorers.

While her family members are grateful for the exposure and experience for their daughter, they also recognize she’s still just a kid and are not looking too far ahead.

“We don’t know where this will end up going,” her father told USA Today. “We are just trying to introduce her to a lot of opportunities.”

As the fans erupted Sunday, Malea Emma, downright giddy, waved to the crowd and offered a simple response to their cheers: “Thank you!”

Her performance said the rest.

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I don't know why video aren't showing up. What am I doing wrong??


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This Lotus Elise Was Totaled Thanks to One Microscopic Bumper Crack


Damage that could be repaired with a pen on most cars is enough to render an Elise dead, at least to an insurance company.





The Lotus Elise is great because it's a fun, good-looking sports car that can be reliably bought in good condition for around $30,000. But there are some downsides to Elise ownership—the main one being that if you damage the car's clamshell even slightly, the car will be totaled out by your insurance company. It happened to this car.

The owner of this beautiful bronze Elise purchased it with a salvage title—not because it had been in a major accident or flooding, but because someone damaged the right side of the front bumper near the headlight. For most cars, the damage would've been a quick, cheap fix. Maybe a bumper replacement at most. But because the Elise's clamshell is one giant piece, the whole thing would've had to have been replaced at great cost. When asked to confirm if the small scuff was enough to write off the entire car, the seller said "yes, that is correct."

Otherwise, the car looks to be in great condition. The seller says it's just been through a major service, which included new fluids, brake rotors, pads, and air filters. Upgraded toe links, carbon fiber door cards, a clear bra, and aftermarket forged lightweight wheels have been added. The seller estimates only five to six Elises painted in this bronze color were brought to the US.

Though the damage is minimal, that rebuilt title means a major drop in value versus any other 2005 Elise. The car, which shows 68,406 miles on the odometer, is currently listed for sale on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $24,000—around $6000 less than market value. If you're looking for a cheap Elise in good condition and don't have a problem with it having a branded title, this could be the car for you. Just make sure you know what you're getting into.


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In reading about Montana's unusually high suicide rate, I saw that the suicide rate goes up with elevation.

3000' is the height of its 6 most populous cities.

This has been studied and appears to be true, according to scientists.

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Big fan of James Randi.


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The Lotus Elise Has Evolved Without Being Compromised


Compared to a Series 1, the current Series 3 Elise is a highly evolved sports car. But progress didn't make it any less entertaining.



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Coming up with a new aluminum platform for an affordable mid-engined car was not easy after the financial failure of the front-wheel drive Lotus Elan. But Romano Artioli's team went the extra mile to create something truly significant, and the 1996 Elise Series 1 instantly became the new standard for lightweight sports cars.

Weighing just 1665 pounds, the first Elise was a pure handling machine, a car that could make the most of its aging Rover K-Series engine's 118 horsepower. Not to mention making the most of its driver. As experienced racing driver and proud Elise Sport 140 owner Mark Williamson explains, the S1 is "pretty raw", not to mention how it "rattles and rolls a little bit” as you push it through the corners. But that means it will also communicate every movement worth mentioning, teaching you how to drive flat out step by step.

Following the 2000-2009 Series 2, the third-generation Elise came in 2010, with twice the power courtesy of a supercharged Toyota engine, and a much tighter six-speed gearbox instead of the old five-speed. Air bags, bigger wheels and a few comfort upgrades also made it a touch heavier than the previous cars, but Lotus made sure that wouldn't compromise the driving experience. Keeping cars light takes a lot of effort, but the now 22 years old Elise proves its well worth it. And while the team at Hethel works on a successor perhaps positioned higher, let's be grateful that the next Lotus will certainly be legal in America. As well as down under:


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Hubris:

I signed up for a difficult English class in college.

The professor was known to be good…and very difficult.

I’d heard enough to compel me to actually go to the first class. I typically skipped those.

He spoke quickly and it was hard to keep good notes.

He said that he almost never gave out an A. I’d heard that.

Course work was very good; terrific teacher. I worked hard.

The University was always glacially slow getting paperwork out. So, we gave our teachers stamped, self-addressed postcards.

Mine read:

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Final Exam Grade: ________

Final Grade for Class: ________

Was I the Only One to Get an A? [ ] Yes [ ] No

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Answers: A, A, and Yes.

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I had to get some Emergency Lights for a girlfriend and some for me.


These plug in and automatically light up when power goes off. So, you can see the room and you have a fully-charged flashlight at hand.


Bluetech LED Emergency Flashlight w/Sensor (Amazon)


These are excellent.

LEDs are very bright; one set on front with many LEDs and another set on top (flashlight).

I really like that they are also a nightlight if that setting is chosen. The motion sensor will instantly turn the light on when its dark in that room.

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Everyone should have these strewn about unless the home has a stand-by generator.

I also have water alarms under each sink and in basement...

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There is a drug called Prevagen that supposedly helps memory.

The mfgr says it’s based on jellyfish.

Hmm, I’ve seen jellyfish and they don’t seem very bright.

In 2017 the FTC and NYS Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit accusing false advertising.

No independent research backs up Prevagen’s claims.

Did they forget???

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