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8:24 AM on 12.20.2009

A change of pace

Lately I have felt a need to play something different. So I decided to try some PC gaming for a bit and take a break from my Xbox360.

I have always loved the Lord of the Rings series and being that I have a couple freinds that already play the game I figured I would too. So After downloading and installing and getting my account set up, I was all ready to delve into Middle Earth.





I began my trek as an Elf Hunter. I have always preferred the Nukers in MMORPG's. I can sit back at a distance and just pick off my enemies. Most of them don't even get a single hit on me before they are simply decimated.After my first day of playing my character is already to level 10. Not bad for a few hours of playtime.

The one thing I had never liked about the usual RPG is that the game has an end. Well in MMORPG's that isn't the case... the game just keeps going. I have always hesitated in the past to subscribe to one of these games because I simply felt that I would lose myself in them. Never to be seen again in the Xbox360 world. But Now that I actually have one of these games; I think I can make room for both.




The graphics are pretty decent even on my old beat up PC. And the musical score is not to bad either. The controls, however are taking a bit of getting used to. I didn't realize how long it had been since I played a PC game. Talk about rusty. Well needless to say after a couple hours I was starting to get back into the feel of the mouse and keyboard combo.

Overall I think LOTRO is a pretty fun game and I am glad that I got it for a Christmas present. Thanks Ma :)


And thats about all I have to say about that. Hope everyone has a great holiday!


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11:31 AM on 12.11.2009

top 20 in B class

Well I have finally finished laying down banker laps for all of B class for Forza3. For those that dont know what a banker lap is, I will explain. A banker lap is just a lap to get in the books... it is by no means a top lap.

But even with the banker laps finished I am sitting in the top 20 overall in B class. 18th is my position and I can certainly knock off a substantial amount of time in this class. Not too bad considering my wheel is broken and I am a lot slower with the controller.

Now what class to attack next? Do I go up and use faster cars...like A, S, and higher classes... or do I go slower with C, D, E and F classes. I think I will go with C class next.


If you want a good tuning set-up thats made for no assists then head over to my storefront. I have tons of tunes for B class.


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8:32 AM on 12.05.2009

Fun with a couple classics

Well being that my wheel is broken; my hotlapping has been put on hold. But I still cant get enough car porn. So, yesterday I took a couple classics out for a spin around the Benchmark Tracks for a bit of playground fun.

The first car was the 1950 Chevrolet Corvette. What an insanely beautiful automobile. A true classic.



This car was super easy to get drifting around the course (as you can see from the pic above). She was a real blast to drive and really amazing performance for a car that is about to turn sixty years old!


Second, we come to the 1957 Ferrari Testarossa. With its jaw dropping beauty this car was a real piece of art. All the way down to the wood finish steering wheel.




Maybe there's some good to come from my wheel being broken after all. I mena now I am playing forza a whole different way then I ever would have with my wheel in working order. Usually, I spend most of my time chasing (and sometimes beating) the worlds fastest ghosts. With a constant influx of cars from one of the games greatest tuners (Richie Roo) I have little time to spend actually just playing with the cars in their stock format. But with the controller I am now much slower than with the wheel so I figured I would spend some time playing around and maybe take a few pics.

Both cars were a joy to drive around like a lunatic. And I suspect that I will be doing quite a bit more of it over the next couple weeks whilst I await my new racing wheel.

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11:24 AM on 11.30.2009

Back in the saddle again....

As many of you have seen I havnt been around too much these past few weeks.
The reason is simple: I had to move and also we were in the midst of changing owners in our business. So, as you might expect, this has taken an extremely large amount of my time and energy.


But, no worries as I am now back in action again. I will be finishing my Nurburgring stories as well as some new adventures coming in December.


Thanks to all those who have supported me during this strenuous time. It is greatly appreciated and its good to be back ;)

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8:27 AM on 10.06.2009

Episode 12: Tone's Rush to Forza3: Nurburgring Extravaganza 500!!

Greetings and welcome back to:


Tone's Rush to Forza3: Nurburgring Extravaganza What the Hell was I thinking? 500!!


Episode 12: Fifty laps in one day?!?!

laps- 211-260
As some of you may have read in my previous installments; I had driven twenty laps in one day a few times over now. Those events, distractions included, took me the majority of the day for each run. So what the hell was I thinking when I decided to try to do fifty laps in one day?!

With the Ring being around 13 miles in length that amounts to just over 650 miles in 24 hours or less. I was pushing for less; unless, of course, I wished to fall asleep at the wheel (again). Being that I had no desire to use the wheel as a pillow I set off bright and early. The wife was ready to help support me in my endeavor and she made me an awesome fruit smoothy for my morning energy needs. With Strawberries, bananas and Pinapple and loaded with vitamins and minerals. I was now set to begin my day of driving.


But, wait a tick. What the hell was I going to drive for fifty laps? After almost a half hour of interanl debate and browsing; My selection brought me to my all time favorite car: The Lambroghini Countach LP5000 QV. Sure I had already driven it for a lap earlier in this challenge. But, thats exactly why a picked it for a long distance run. When I drove this car in its single lap in one of my previous episodes, I remembered why I fell in love with this car to begin with. The sound of that big V12; the look of timeless 'supercarishness" (yes I think I just made that term up); The witdth of those tires. It reminded me of one of my favorite movies as a kid "Cannonball Run".


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Now before we get out on the road here are the stats on this magnificent automobile:


General specifications
Country of origin Italy
Chassis number KLA12700
Numbers built 657
Produced from 1988 - 1990
Body design Marcello Gandini for Bertone and Horacio Pagani

Engine:
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Configuration V 12
Location Mid, longitudinally mounted
Construction alloy block and head
Displacement 5.167 liter / 315.3 cu in
Bore / Stroke 85.5 mm (3.4 in) / 75.0 mm (3 in)
Compression 9.2:1
Valvetrain 4 valves / cylinder, DOHC
Fuel feed Bosch K-Jetronic Fuel Injection
Aspiration Naturally Aspirated

Drivetrain:
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Chassis/body aluminum and composite body on steel tubular frame
Suspension (fr/r) double wishbones, coil springs, telescopic shock-absorbers, anti-roll bar
Steering rack-and-pinion
Brakes Girling ventilated discs, all-round
Gearbox 5 speed Manual
Drive Rear wheel drive

Dimensions:
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Weight 1568 kilo / 3456.8 lbs
Length / Width / Height 4240 mm (166.9 in) / 2017 mm (79.4 in) / 1070 mm (42.1 in)
Wheelbase / Track (fr/r) 2473 mm (97.4 in) / 1535 mm (60.4 in) / 1606 mm (63.2 in)

Performance figures:
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Power 425 bhp / 317 KW @ 7000 rpm
Torque 500 Nm / 369 ft lbs @ 5200 rpm
BHP/Liter 82 bhp / liter
Power to weight 0.27 bhp / kg
Top Speed 295 km/h / 183 mph



I was so excited as I started out. I mean I had a full day with my favorite car from childhood. I was going to make the most of it. So I began my Run at 7:32 am and as the clock struck 7:41 I crossed my first lap. Nine minutes. I was off and away, but not at a blistering pace. I began to plot numbers in my head while I was on my second lap. how much driving time would it take me to do 650 miles? At 9 minutes a lap and each lap being roughly 13 miles; I crunched the numbers in my head. I was shocked that my trip at 9 minutes per lap was only going to take seven and a half hours! Also, at 9 minutes per lap I was had an average speed of roughly 86 mph! I crossed the line on lap two at 7:49. A lap time of 8:37 seconds.


But I remembered my single lap with this car and I knew I had a 8:23.xxx and I had to start pushing myself. So I did. The next 4 laps got progressively faster. By lap seven I had managed to crawl within 2 seconds of my time of 8:23.

Lap 8 was not an improvement as I pushed to hard through the edge of the second carousel and I scooted just off of the tarmac. No harm was done; save my lap time.

Lap nine was over almost before it began. Why? Well, many of you know that first straight at the start/finish line. At that moment my mind was so focused on the speedometer that I missed my braking point and almost totaled the car of my dreams!
I came to a screeching halt just before the track ran out into the right hand turn that brings you into the pits. I stopped for a seconds and regathered myself. I took a drink and a 420. Reflecting on the fact that I almost lost myself to the "Green Hell"; I was resigned to paying a bit more attention to the road and not worry so much about getting that final mph out of the car in the long straights.



Laps 10-21

These laps went on without incident and I spent most of the time cruising at around 8:45 seconds a lap and singing Bob Marley songs. Feeling Irie I's, ya know, mon.


Lap 22 brought me back to reality as the haze in the room began to clear; so to did my mind. I realized I had driven 273 miles. I looked over at the clock and it read 10:42. So I had been driving for 3 hours and 11 minutes. I was still averaging 9 minutes a lap. Which at first I thought was kinda slow. And it is, if your trying to get that one fast lap. But this was about endurance. Finishing lap 22, I decided to pull over and have a stretch. After all 286 miles were now under my belt. I only had 364 miles left...almost half way!



Laps 23-30

I was now in uncharted territory. The only time I had actually driven this long in my life was when the wife and I drove from the bottom of Florida (our home in the Keys) to Maine. to visit her family. We left the night prior and got to North of Orlando and got a hotel for the night. The following morning we drove from the north Florida to Mass in one day! And that was going through NY and the GW bridge at midnight or so. anyway, I was thinking of that very day as I was rounding the last turn and finishing my 30th lap. But unlike the trip to Maine; I was driving all alone on a great track and not stuck in traffic through the Beltway in DC.


laps 31-36

I was tiring. And I needed to pull over for about a half hour and take a good break. My eyes were red and dry and irritated and it wasn't from the greens. So I stepped outside into the sunshine and after about 15 seconds decided going outside in the middle of the afternoon in South Florida was not the best idea. So inside to the fresh AC and my comfy bed for a few minutes. the time was 12:24pm.


Two and a half hours later I awoke to see 2:56pm staring back at me. Slightly cursing myself I gathered my carcass off the bed and made my was back to the cockpit. After watching the above "Cannonball Run" clip again and putting on some grooving tunes; I started off again for the continuation of my trek.


Laps 37-44

After working out the cobwebs from my nap; I was able to keep a steady pace for the next few laps. My time was averaging around the 8:35 mark and I was making up for some of that lost time as a result of my slumber. 4:10 PM.

lap 45

I rounded the last turn and realized that the time was approaching 4:20pm. So I pulled off to the curb and took a small break to honor the herb. As the clock struck 4:21pm I pulled back onto the road with Peter Tosh Singing the main Chorus to "Wanted Dread and Alive".


Laps46-49

With a great mood and refreshed vigor, I began my final assault on the completion of this 650 mile run of insanity. I was flying through the laps now with an avg time of 8:29 seconds. What a great car this had been. I only had one lap left!


Lap 50

One thing had been noticeably absent throughout the day. I had not been interrupted by the cat. I hadn't even thought about it. Fortunately, fate was with me today as my feline friend had already been fed by the wife and was sleeping it off over on a pillow in the corner. Thankfully, I was able to pull my last lap with only 3 seconds of penalty and a lap time of 8:41. The time was 5:09.


I had actually made it through 50 laps in one day! 9 hours and 37 minutes. With roughly 7 hours of actual driving time. Also I was alot closer to my goal of 500 laps. I now had 260 laps finished. Over half way now.



Thanks again for stopping by and I hope you have enjoyed this episode of :Tone's Rush to Forza3: Nurburgring Extravaganza 500!! We will see you again next time.


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7:23 AM on 09.25.2009

Episode 10: Tone's Rush to Forza3: Nurburgring Extravaganza 500!!

Hello once again, and welcome back to:

]Tone's Rush to Forza3: Nurburgring Extravaganza 500!!

]Episode 10: A Day with the BMW M3 GTR




Laps 91-110

So up to this point I have been driving a different car for each lap. But today I felt like something a bit different. I wanted to take a single car and just drive. So I picked one of my all time favorite cars: The 2002 BMW M3 GTR.

The BMW M3's roots begin in 1986 with the first model of the BMW M3 series. Previously there was the BMW M1. However, the M1 was mired with a myriad of problems from production to performance.

BMW redeemed themselves with the M3 series. But The M3 has never been as "bad ass" as the 2002 M3 GTR. Truly a car that performs head and shoulders above the rest.


Specs:

Chassis
Brakes F/R: ABS, vented disc/vented disc
Tires F-R: 225/40 R19 - 255/35 R19
Driveline: Rear Wheel Drive
Engine
Type: V8
Displacement cu in (cc): 244 (3997)
Power bhp (kW) at RPM: 350(258) / 7250
Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM: 270(365) / 5000
Redline at RPM: n.a.
Exterior
Length × Width × Height in: 181 × 70 × 53
Weight lb (kg): 2976 (1350)
Performance
Acceleration 0-62 mph s: n.a.
Top Speed mph (km/h): 155 (250)
Fuel Economy EPA city/highway mpg (l/100 km): n.a.


The BMW M3 has had a storied racing career as well with then following under its belt:

* World Touring Car Championship; 1 title (1987)
* European Touring Car Championship; 2 titles (1987 and 1988)
* British Touring Car Championship; 2 titles (1988 and 1991)
* Italia Superturismo Championship; 4 titles (1987, 1989, 1990 and 1991)
* Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft; 2 titles (1987 and 1989)
* Australian Touring Car Championship; 1 title (1987)

Races

* Guia Race; 5 wins (1987, 1988, 1991, 1992 and 1993)
* 24 Hours Nürburgring; 4 wins (1989 – 1992)
* Spa 24 Hours; 4 wins (1987, 1988, 1990 and 1992)



So I set out on what would surely be a long day around the ring. After all I was setting out on a momentous task. 20 laps around the ring in one day! The day was young, however, as I was up before the sun. So at 4:20 in the morning I fired up my Forza2 and sat down to what was going to be over 275 miles of driving.

As I began, I fired up some Bob Marley on the PC for some driving music. I simply cannot drive without some good tunes to mix with the sounds of my engine and brakes and tires. With the music now pouring out of my speakers; I was now able to sit back and start cruising. The first lap went of without to much trouble as I began to warm up. Taking the corners with a decent pace, but not blistering, I Felt the car and I were instantly bonded. I could feel the grip on the road and easily made short work of my first two laps.

Lap three, however was another story. As I was heading down the first set of S-curves I went in a bit too hot and lost control. fortunately, I didn't hit any walls. I merely spun around a couple times. After almost releasing my bladder, I gathered my wits and put the car back, rightly, on the track. The rest of the lap went on without incident.

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Laps 4-8(94-98) went pretty smooth. This was mainly due to the fact that I was now driving with a bit more trepidation; thanks to the spill on lap three.

Lap 9 (99) I decided at this point that I was going to try to pick up the pace again. So I began to increase my pace just a bit. Fortunately, I was spared another crash. and I also increased my lap time from the lower mid 8:30 minute mark to to an 8:17.



Laps 10-13(100-103). As my Bob Marley CD wound down and my Frank Zappa kicked in; I began what I can only describe as sort of a "trip" I completely zoned out. I can only vaguely remember even going around the track during this time as my mind was lost in a myriad of sound that came from "Frank Zappa's Night at the Roxbury" I found myself comparing the complexity of Frank's music to the complexity of this amazing M3. Sure none of the comparisons I was making in my mind would make much of any sense to anyone here... but I thought them just the same. If you ever drive this car around the Ring while listening to "Penguin in bondage" you'll know what I mean.

Laps 14-15.(104-105)
After lap 13 I pulled over for a few minutes to take a stretch. After all I had just driven 179 miles already. I had, after all, been driving for almost 2 hours straight. So I stretched the legs and had a little 420 to get my mind back into gear. For those of you that don't know what 420 is... well, you'll just have to figure that one out on your own. Then I proceeded to slowly cruise my way around these two laps.


Laps 16-19(106-109)
With a good buzz now going I thought I was flying. The key word here being thought. because after looking at my lap time for the 16th I realized that I was going a lot slower than I had thought. My lap time had dropped to a 8:45! What the hell was I doing? I wsa almost a half minute off my pace! So I set myself into concentration mode again and pushed the car as I had in the previous laps. This went pretty well as I had an 8:20 on lap 18. But then disaster struck! Coming in to the first carousel I turned in just a touch too late and the car jumped out of the bowl and flew straight into the barrier. I was ok but the car had to be taken into the pits.

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After what seemed like an eternity, the car was fixed and running enough for me yo finish my laps for the day. After all, I only had one lap to go. Unfortunately, the car had had its best laps already come to pass. I got around in a decent time 8:23, but was far from my best time of the day.


So there I was finished a twenty lap stint with the 2002 BMW M3 GTR and I must say that this car is a real one of a kind sports coupe. It performs much better than even the number indicated. If you ever wanted a car that can stand with the best; this is that car.

Thanks for stopping by this week, We hope you have enjoyed today's episode and we hope that you'll check back next week.

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7:20 AM on 09.18.2009

Episode 9: Tone's Rush to Forza3: Nurburgring Extravaganza 500!!

Welcome once again to the continuation of:

]Tone's Rush to Forza3: Nurburgring Extravaganza 500!!


]Episode 9: American Muscle: Old School vs New School!


Laps 83-90



Lap 83.) 2002 Chevrolet Camaro SS

Also known as the 35th Anniversary Camaro and was also the last year that Chevy produced the car (until recently). We took this car around the track and ended up with a time of 9:09.909. Which was about 30 seconds faster than it's 1969 predecessor. One more thing: they found a fifth gear. Too bad there is no need to use it since the power band is very weak at the top of fifth gear. Let alone sixth which you'll never see. So, the 69 Camaro had excess power and no gears and the new Camaro has the gears and lacks the power. Interesting indeed. Top speed for the SS was 153 mph.



Lap 84.) 2006 Dodge Challenger Concept

In what can only be called the "mid life Crisis" era of the American muscle car; the Challenger Concept hails as the epitome of the movement. With its retrogressive design they forgot on small detail: power! Sure this car is sporting a Hemi... but somehow it seemed toned down. Again, there's the fifth gear that you wont ever get to. Maybe they shouldve just left out the fifth gear entirely. Or even better still, put it into the original model when the power was still there to utilize the extra gear. With a top speed of 162 it was slightly faster than the 35th Anniversary SS and the time was also a touch better with a 9:02.872. Still, this car was a bit disappointing overall.


Lap 85.) 2006 Dodge Charger SRT 8

Again with the tamed Hemi; the Charger was not what I was expecting in this 425 hp monster. The car felt heavy and unresponsive. The time reflected this with a 9:16.152. Also the top speed was consistent with its Hemi bearing sibling: the Challenger Concept.



Lap 86.) 2005 Ford Mustang GT

An American Icon: the Ford Mustang has withstood the test of time nad has been producing models for over 40 years! We took the 2005 GT model out for a test spin and found the ride to be better than we expected. The time, however, did not reflect this and we ended up with a 9:15.528. The top speed was 150 mph.



Lap 87.) 2000 Ford Mustang Cobra R

A very special Mustang. Only 300 were produced and the car sported an impressive 385hp. Our time with this car was pretty solid at a 8:45.328 and our top speed was 161mph. Probably one of the better rides of the day, overall.



Lap 88.) 2004 Pontiac GTO

The remake of a classic. But could it stand up to the lofty status of its predecessor? Performance wise? absolutely. The car had no trouble beating its older sibling with a time of 8:51.293 it was a full 39 seconds faster than the original Goat. But it just didn't have the style or the character. And honestly the "feeling" was just gone. Top speed 162.



Lap 89.) 2007 Shelby GT500

A Shelby tuned Mustang that was improved in almost every aspect. Our top speed was a nice 172mph and the time was 8:49.413, which was one of the best times of the day. The car felt more responsive than the Mustang GT as well.



Lap 90.) 1999 Shelby Series 1

A truly beautiful automobile. Its styling reminiscent of days gone by and a true convertible; the Series 1 was as fast as it was gorgeous! Our time was a 8:30.910 and easily the fastest of ALL the muscle cars around the Ring. Truly the cream of the crop of our testing session.



So what have we learned? That even tough technology may improve the performance of the muscle cars; it doesn't necessarily improve its character and presence. But if you look hard enough (series 1) you'll find both character and performance.

We've also learned that the old cars need 5th gear and when they finally did get them (newer models) they no longer needed them.

So there you have it... the good... the bad... and the ugly of the American muscle: new school vs old school.


Be sure to check back next week when we take a look at luxury 2 door coupes. Until then peace, love and axle grease.


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8:53 AM on 09.11.2009

Episode 8: Tone's Rush to Forza3: Nurburgring Extravaganza 500!!

Hello again and welcome back to another episode of:

Tone's Rush To Forza 3: Nurburgring Extravaganza Are You Really Still Driving This Challenge 500!!


]Episode 8: American Muscle: Old School vs New School



America is known throughout the world as the home of the Muscle Car. You know, cars that have way too much HP and Torque with horrible suspensions and overweight Chassis. Cars that go really really fast.... in a straight line. Well I wondered just how would these cars fair on one of the most demanding tracks in the world: The Ring. Further How far have American Muscle cars come over the last 40 plus years? Would they measure up to the Classic cars of old? Or, would the originals massacre their upstart replacements? I was going to find out.


Laps: 69-82


Lap 69.) 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe

My first lap was to be done in grand style. The Classic '69 Chevy Camaro Super Sport(SS). This car Has 375 horses under the hood and 4 gears. I rteally enjoyed the ride to be honest. But, there was one small problem. We had all this horse power and only 4 gears! The cr was banging off the rev limiter during the long straight sections and this car could have gone faster if it had a fifth gear!
9:41.978 was the time and I was happy to go faster than 10 minutes in this car. Top speed 137.


Lap 70.) 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS-454

Here's a classic Beast! With 450 HP; this car has 75 more than the Camaro SS. But despite this the Chevelle was a full 4 seconds slower around our track. 9:45.941 was the time and top speed of 132. This car felt heavy and sluggish in the turns (as expected). Once again the missing fifth gear was a standout inhibitor. This car has more than enough power to use a fifth or even sixth gear, yet there was no gear to be had.



Lap 71.) 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

The SS wasn't the only Camaro released by Chevy in 1969. The Z28 was also issued after decent sales numbers in 68. This car registers with only 290 HP but, but dyno tests reveal this car has more like 400 HP. Easily modifiable; the Z28 was outperformed the SS car we drove with a top speed of 146 and a time of 9:25.901


Lap 72.) 1970 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

The 1970 Corvette Zr1 May just be the most attractive car of the bunch in terms of styling; but, in terms of performance.... let's just say I have driven much better. 9:44.331 and 2 spin outs later; we finally arrived at the end of our lap. 370 horses and I couldn't keep them under control. as much as I love the way this car looks is as much as I disdain the way it drives.



Lap 73.) 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 427

What can you say about the Classic Stingray? You could talk about its stats ( pretty impressive: 425 HP 460 lb of Torque). But more impressive was the way this car felt. more nimble than most of the cars of this era; the Stingray had a top speed of 150 (again wheres the fifth gear?) and finished our lap with a time of 9:26.564. Not too bad.... not too bad at all.



Lap 74.) 1970 Dodge Challenger Hemi R/T

Here's a car that I can honestly say is as ugly to me as the day is long... But what she lacks in styling she made up for in the way she drove. Our time was a decent 9:38.425 which was not too shabby for this 3800lb behemoth!


Lap 75.) 1969 Dodge Charger R/T-SE

This car made famous by the popular TV show: 'The Dukes of Hazard' was a real joy for me to get behind the wheel and feel like I was a 7 year old kid again. Runnin from the law and m,aking that big jump off a dirt mound to get away from ole Sheriff Roscoe. We topped out at 137 mph and had one spin out during our wild ride. Our time still was passable at 9:32.143 and was just a fun but wild ride!


Lap 76.) 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429

The Boss: One of Ford's best Mustangs ever. No nonsense was this ride and our time of 9:27.194 reflected this well. One of the best handling cars of the group; the Mustang was an unexpectedly good ride. Top speed 137.



Lap 77.) 1968 Plymouth Barracuda Formula-S

Originally from the "Valiant"; the Barracuda suffered from idendtity crisis. You see this car underwent several design changes during its short lived career. We got our hands on the 68 model. Although this car had a top speed(146) of 9 miles an hour faster than the Mustang; it just couldn't measure up handling wise and the time was a 9:47.478. Honestly I was a tad disappointed.


Lap 78.) 1968 Pontiac GTO Hardtop

Also made in the classic convertable; the GTO is known mostly as the 'Goat'. This car is legendary and one of my all time favorite muscle cars. 385 HP and more torque than you can shake a stock at(450) this car and I were set to take on the Ring. 9:30.511 was our time and it was great to try to keep this car under control throughout the lap. I was grinning from ear to ear while driving this magnificent automobile!


Lap 79.) 1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am SD-455

This is a car I have driven in real life. Can I just say this: HOLD ON to your seat! with a top speed off 144 this car car make you a little edgy. Our time was a 9:35.699 but that doesn't tell the whole story. This car has character. This car has something about it that screams American Muscle. So, even though it wasnt as fast around the ring as I would've liked; it still was a great drive.


Lap 80.) 1968 Shelby Mustang GT-500KR

Here's a car that needs no introduction. The GT-500 KR. This car has 339 horses and a top speed of 151 mph. But that couldn't help it beat the BOSS 429 as its time was a 9:36.776. A full 9 seconds slower. honestly I was surprised.



Lap 81.) 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 s/c

The Cobra. A car that was ahead of it's time. Styling that still looks as attractive today as it did 44 years ago. The Cobra is truly an iconic muscle car. With almost 500 hp (491) this car has more get up and go than Little Richard on a Coke binge! Once again where the hell is the fifth gear?!!?! This car would have gone another 30 or 40 mph faster with another gear... its that powerful! As it was our top speed was 155 and our time was a blistering 8:45.940! Easily the fastest car of the day and our overall top pick! You just cant beat this car!



Lap 82.) 1987 Buick Regal GNX

We jump ahead now a few year to 1987 and the Buick Regal GNX. This car is something else indeed. its power is a humble 276 and its top speed was 144. But its time was a 9:22.868 which was no small potatoes for the day's times. The car could go faster with aftermarket additions for sure. There was a bit more body roll than I would've likes as well... but overall a good drive.


One of the things that was ever apparent in these old School Muscle cars was this: Where the hell is the fifth gear!?! These cars would've been worlds faster if they had another gear. But they are what they are I guess... and they were still tons of fun to drive.

Thanks again for checking out this episode of Tone's Rush to Forza 3: Nurburgring Extravaganza 500!! Stay tuned for our next episode to feature the continuation of the American Muscle showdown. The New School Muscle will see if it can dethrone the Shelby Cobra's 8:45 around the ring.


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7:51 AM on 09.04.2009

Episode 7: Tone's Rush to Forza3: Nurburgring Extravaganza 500!! Look Out!!

Hello again and welcome back to our 7th Episode of:

Tone's Rush to Forza3: Nurburgring Extravaganza 500!! Look out!!

NSX: What's the Difference?!?

laps 59-68

In today's Episode we take a look at the NSX. Acura, Honda whats the difference? Well, simply put, there is none. You see Honda made the Car as Acura in the US. Honda tapped Italian Car Designer Pininfarina to design the v6 prototype HP-X (Honda Pininfarina Xperimental). Which of course, became the NSX (New Sportscar eXperimental) prototype.
So we got to try a variety of NSX's both production over the years and a few race cars as well. Lets see how they did.



Lap 59.)1992 Honda NSX-R

In 1992 Honda decided to take out some of the creature comforts of the original NSX (1990) and make the car more track ready. The result is the 1992 Honda NSX-R. Our time with this car was a 8:50.677.

Lap 60.)1994 Do-Luck NSX

Du -Luck tuned and improved the already impressive NSX design. But I came away a bit underwhelmed to be honest. I expected a little more from this car. 8:49. 694 was our time and only one second faster than the '92 NSX.


Lap 61.)1997 Acura NSX

1997 Brought alot of Change to the NSX. They improved the motor from 3.0 to 3.2 liters giving the car a few more horses. They also increased the torque from 280 to 305 lbft. With wider wheels and lighter frame to also help this car improve its acceleration and handling. With a time of 8:58.622 however, this car was more than a disappointment considering the numbers. It just didn't add up.



Lap 62.)2005 Honda NSX-R

This was to be the end of the NSX legacy. In 2005 Honda new the car was not making enough to sustain its production. And with that they decided to end Production of this model with the last NSX. With a time of 8:44.523 this car was certainly a marked improvement over its older counterparts.



Lap 63.)2005 Acura NSX

The American version of the last gen NSX. Farewell to the "everyday supercar". This design originally inspired the McLaren F1. And will go down as one of the most easy supercars in the world to drive. We had a spot of trouble however when I tried to answer my phone while driving around the Green Hell's technical section. Needless to say; I had technical difficulties. Our time of 8:58.655 clearly reflected this.



Lap 64.)2005 Honda NSX-R GT

This car was believed to be a "unicorn" for some time. Thought to not even exist; this car has been as evasive as a four leaf clover. Not only does it exist; but we actually managed to track one down. Boy, what a joy to drive! No wonder this car was so hard to find. It is simply amazing! So how did this car do? would it be worth the difficulty in tracking it down? or would it just be more of the same "don't believe the hype? 8:39.875 five seconds faster than the NSX-R from the same year.



Lap 65.)2002 Acura NSX #42

Racing for the NSX is common place especially in the Japanese GT championships. This car was no stranger to the series. We got to take it around the Ring for one fo the most stable and fun drives of the series. 7:52.071 was the time and I couldnt have been happier with the drive.


Lap 66.)2003 Honda NSX #16

An improved version of the 2002 NSX. This model competed in the Japanese GT series. DFast an agile this car was a pleasure to ride. 7:26.646 was the time and the fastest of the day! This car was simply brilliant!



Lap 67.)2005 Honda NSX #8

Another of the NSX racing lineup. We were not disappointed by this car in the slightest. Every turn felt as smooth as butter and we were left with a really big smile on our faces with this one. Although the time was almost 6 seconds slower than the 2003 NSX; it was a little smoother in the turns overall. 7:31.643


Lap 68.)2005 Honda NSX #18

In 2005 The Championships changed their name to the 'Super GT' series. The cars, however, changed little. This Car was so much fun to drive around the ring that I almost forgot I was driving!
Our last car was neck and neck with our other 2005 NSX. 7:31.996 and we couldnt believe just how identical the cars felt...well yeah we could, really. but what a day!

Lap------Car-----------------------Time
59-----1992 Honda NSX-----8:50.677
60-----1994 Do Luck----------8:49.694
61-----1997 Acura NSX-------8:58.622
62----2005 Honda NSX-R----8:44.523
63----2005 Acura NSX--------8:59.655
64----2005 NSX R GT--------8:39.875
65----2002 #42 ----------------7:52.071
66----2003 #16 ---------------7:26.646
67----2005 #8 ------------------7:31.643
68----2005 #18-----------------7:31.996



And here is the link to more vids from BBernes our resident video driver.He is actually heading to Nurburgring later this month..talk about lucky!!.

[URL="http://www.youtube.com/bbernes#play/all/uploads-all/1/Kkmg6LWxj_s"]BBernes youtube channel[/URL]


We now know a few more things about the NSX than we did before the day began and we were much happier for it. There is no difference between the cars really, but one thing is certain: the NSX will go down in history as one of the easiest supercars to drive in the world. Farewell to a great series of automobiles!

Thanks again for stopping by! We will be back with another episode: American Muscle: Old School vs. New School! So check back soon!

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6:02 AM on 08.26.2009

Episode 6: Tone's Rush to Forza3: Nurburgring Extravaganza 500!!

Hello again and welcome back to another episode of:

Tone's Rush to Forza3: Nurburgring Extravaganza 500 MegaBlitz!!



In today's installment we pay tribute to the God of the Automotive world: Ferrari

Ferrari was established in 1928 by none other than the world famous Enzo Ferrari. For almost 20 years Ferrari developed Races cars exclusively. It was not until 1947 that Ferrari produced their first production models.

We pick up on the trail in the 60's where it was a golden age for Ferrari (even with the defeat in the latter 60's by Ford after the deal went sour between Enzo and Ford). One of the most gorgeous cars ever produced came out of the 60's: The Ferrari 250GT and the California model (convertible, also seen in 'Ferris Beuller's Day Off').


August 10th:


Lap 33.) 1964 Ferrari 250 GT
With that, we begin our trek with this very car: The 1964 Ferrari 250 GT and what a drive it was. With its long swooping bonnet and its aerodynamic curves that are still sexy today; the 250 was alot of fun to drive. This car has 301 HP for 1964!! Our time with this car was just over 9 minutes, which isn't too shabby for a car that is now 45 years old. And just as beautiful as the day she was created.




Lap 34.) 1967 Ferrari Dino 246 GT
Ahhh what a attractive car.The body style would later be re-adopted in the GTO series in the 80's. Sure its under powered for a Ferrari (especially 3 years after the 250). But there is a reason: you see, Dino was the title reserved for Ferrari's of the day the did were not V-12's or flat 12's. So away we went for our lap and it took a while. 9:51.541 and felt very un-Ferrari-like. She looks better then she drives.



Lap 35.) 1967 Ferrari 330 P4
An Amazing Racecar developed to replace the P3 ( with some known issues). This car was unfortunately over shadowed by the Ford GT40 which won from '66-'69. Still an amazing automobile by Enzo Ferrari. Our time with this beast was 8:30.184. She felt loose and full of power with tons of torque for a car that is now weighs less than 2000 lbs and is looking at 42 years of age!



Lap 36.) 1984 Ferrari GTO
One of my all time favorite cars: The GTO. This car some of you older guys may remember from the movie 'Cannonball Run' where Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. played a couple drunk priests dirving this amazing car. Or maybe you may remember i this car from the hit TV show from the 80's: Magum PI. Well, either way I remember the car from both and drove it like I remembered. 8:25.970 was my time and was 5 seconds faster than the P4! I love this car... from the styling to the engine.. this car is a dream come true! And still looks as "super" today as it did 25 years ago!



Lap 37.) 1987 Ferrari F40
Just when you thought Ferrari had outdone themselves with the GTO they come out with the F40. This car, for all intents and purposes, is a racecar. From the 200 mph top speed; to the completely gutted cockpit. You know your in for a no nonsense kind of ride. I felt like I was in a rocket more than a car and my time was a fun and fast 7:54.957 I almost lost it a couple times with this car. But I managed to save myself and my wallet by recovering in the nick of time...wheewwww.



Lap 38.) 1989 Ferrari F40 Competezione
As if the F40 wasn't powerful enough with 478hp.... "nope; that's no t enough" Said Ferrari. They then proceeded to throw in another 319 more stallions. I took off another 20 seconds with this car and finished my lap with a 7:33.145 not bad but a bit too much for my liking...Im just a tad more subtle than this, I guess.



Lap 39.) 1991 Ferrari 512 TR
Here it is... the car that replaced my 2nd all time favorite car: The Ferrari Testarossa. This car was made famous in the TV Show 'Miami Vice'. The car has an impressive 428hp but was notoriously heavy. I could care less if she was a bit 'big in the pot' I was finally sitting behind one of my biggest childhood "heroes". Which brings me to my point: it is often said that you should never meet your childhood hero. Why? because the real thing never measures up to your expectations. This car was just that. As much as I loved the look; was as much as I couldn't stand the drive. With 428hp I was expecting much more from this car ; but it just wasn't there. Maybe a turbo would've helped? Well our time reflected this with a 8:32.400. Seven seconds slower than the GTO!... ouch.




Lap 40.) 1994 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta
Wow! In a word this car is simply: Wow! My time was awful but that was completely and utterly my own fault. I drove like Mrs Daisy. I had my cat jump in my lap; errr my TV went blank; um..... My wheel did the Dash glitch a couple times.... Well Whatever my pitiful excuse, make no mistake; This car is better than the time I got....by far. Looking for a great Ferrari? this is one of them!




Lap 41.) 1995 Ferrari F50
The F40 was redesigned into the F50 with more aerodynamic styling. the car also has more hp at 513. Our time with this magnificent ride was 7:55.440. But why slower? well simply put the handling was better on the F40. This car just didn't feel as lively or responsive as did the F40. Which just goes to show.... newer doesn't necessarily mean better.



Lap 42.) 1996 Ferrari F50GT
One year later Ferrari deceides to make probably one of the fastest cars ever produced: the Ferrari F50GT. Unlike the standard F50 this car is anything but a disappointment. Our time was a blistering 7:13.148 and would have been faster if it were not for me being a bit overly cautious as to no wreck.




Lap 43.) 1998 Ferrari F333 SP #12
The Ferrari F333 project was the company's first sports car prototype racer in twenty years, and was developed jointly with Dallara. The racer was created specificlly to challenge the IMSA prototype class. The nickname for the project was 'Il Sogno Americano', meaning the American Dream. The driving force for the creation of these cars was Giampiero Moretti, the founder of MOMO, and the president of Ferrari North America, Gian Luigi Buitoni. And what a creation it is. Our lap with this car was 6:58.758 and I couldnt have enjoyed it more! The amount of grip in these cars is incredible!



Lap 44.) 1998 Ferrari F355 Challenge
The Berlinetta reborn; well sort of. The F355 was redesigned in 98 with more power and better handling and it shows. This car was 30 seconds faster than its sibling with a time of 8:22.134.




Lap 45.) 1999 Ferrari 360 Modena
For the 360, Ferrari partnered with Alcoa to produce an entirely new all-aluminum space-frame chassis that was 40% stiffer than the 355, yet 28% lighter. Along with the new frame was a new Pininfarina body styling that varied greatly from the last decade's sharp angles. This car has 400 hp V8 that replaced the F355. Our time with this car was 8:27.382. Which isnt bad and much better than the original F355 that it replaced and only 5 seconds slower than the 355 Challenge.




Lap 46.) 2002 Ferrari 575 Maranello
This is the Grand Touring Coupe that replaced the 550 Maranello. with a few mods and Spec changes this car was not as much fun to drive for me. Maybe its because I have grown accustomed to driving the mid engine models. Our time was 8:28.038 which considering it has over 100 horses more than the Modena; really isn't too impressive.



Lap 47.) 2002 Ferrari Enzo
This car is a mid engine Berlinetta that was made to honor the Founder Enzo Ferrari. With a top speed over 200 MPH this car does not disappoint. 7:59.236 was our time and it would be quicker still with a faster driver than myself. Amazing car, simply a moving work of art!



Lap 48.) 2003 Ferrari Challenge Stradale
Beefing up a 360 sound like fun? well it is and the performance upgrades show. 8:16.499: a full 11 seconds faster than it's lesser powered sibling. great ride!



Lap 49. and 50.) 2003 Ferrari 550 Maranello GTS #72 and 2003 Ferrari 550 Maranello #88
Two amazing race cars designed from the production 550 Maranello. Our time with these cars was almost identical with 7:25.664 and 7:24.973 for the two cars respectively.




Lap 51.) 2004 Ferrari F430
The car that replaced the F355 was the 360. The car that replaced the 360 was this car: the F430. With advances made in styling and power. this car looked poised to dethrone its predecessors. Our time was 8:13.965 and with that it did beat its older counterparts. great car but hold on as she can get a bit loose in a hurry.



Lap 52.) 2005 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti
At the time this car was unveiled in Maranello Italy; 25,000 gathered outside Ferrari's gates to catch a glimpse at the newest Grand Touring Coupe. The 612 Scaglietti. As expected I drove this car pretty poorly as I seem to do with most of these front engine Ferrari's. The time was not great at a 8:32.108.



Lap 53.) 2005 Ferrari 550 Maranello GTS #11
Upgraded with new parts and newer design the Maranello comes out of the gates yet again. 7:23.276 and it was a full second plus ahead of its 2 year older kin.



Lap 54.) 2006 Ferrari FXX
This car is purely INSANE. I believe there are only 11 of them and they are ONLY allowed on the track. Michael Schumacher owns one and drove it on the UK hit show 'Top Gear' in Season 13. Amazing car and the time showed too. 7:13.385 one of the fastest times of the day and wouldve been faster but I drove it like a scared little girl.



Lap 55.) 2006 Ferrari F430 GT #62
2006 also saw Ferrari bring out its F430 into the racing scene and went head to head with the Posche 911 in last years 24 hours at Sebring. Amazing race that went down to the wire. Well our drive was no different. 7:16.732 was all it took to fly around this track and only 3 seconds slower than the Ferrari FXX!



Lap 56.) 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
The replacement for the 575 Maranello; this car was amply powered (611 hp). However, my difficulty with driving front eninge Ferrari's persists and as a result, my time suffered. 8:21.948 not too good really...



Lap 57.) 2007 Ferrari F430 Scuderia
This is the result of taking a F430 and pumping it full of juice. 8:04.503 a good ten seconds faster than the original F430. Nice design too. Just love those curves.... I could almost have relations with this car....



Lap-----Car-----------------------Time
--------------------------------------------------------
33----250GT-------------------9:09.906
34----246Dino-----------------9:51.541
35----330P4-------------------8:30.184
36----GTO---------------------8:25.970
37----F40----------------------7:54.957
38----F40 Comp------------7:33.145
39----512TR------------------8:32.400
40----F355--------------------8:51.404
41----F50----------------------7:55.440
42-----F50GT-----------------7:13.148
43-----F333SP---------------6:58.758
44-----F355Chal-------------8:22.134
45-----360----------------------8:27.382
46----575-----------------------8:28.038
47 ----Enzo--------------------7:59.236
48------Chall Stradale------8:16.499
49------550 #2----------------7:25.664
50-----550 #88---------------7:24.973
51-----F430-------------------8:13.965
52-----612 scag-------------8:32.108
53-----550 #11--------------7:23.276
54-----FXX--------------------7:13.385
55-----F430 #62-----------7:16.732
56-----599 GTB-------------8:21.948
57-----F430 Scud----------8:04.503


Heres a vid of BBernes driving the 1984 Ferrari GTO:

http://www.youtube.com/bbernes#play/all/uploads-all/0/ii9jdrFOwkU

I hope you have enjoyed today's episode... check back next week for episode 7: "NSX Whats the Difference?"

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8:12 AM on 08.21.2009

Episode 5: Tone's Rush To Forza3: Nurburgring Extravaganza! 500 are you crazy?! Blitz

Hello and Welcome to another day of: [SIZE="4"]Tone's Rush To Forza3: Nurburgring Extravaganza! 500 are you crazy?! Blitz!![/SIZE]

Today we take a look at 40 years of Lamborghini. Founded in 1963 by Ferruccio Lamborghini, The car maker has given the world some of the most exotic sports cars ever produced. The company was actually founded as a tractor company. Lamborghini's first car produced was the Miura although it went by a couple other names in its concept stages.
We were fortunate enough to get some track time with several of Lamborghini's most amazing cars and see what they could do.



August 5th:



Lap 24.) 1967 Lamborghini Miura

Ahhh the car that began it all. The Miura was a V12 developed to compete with Ferrari's of the day. Although it didn't quite measure up to Ferrari in terms of performance, it did however, strike a chord with it's impressive styling. In our lap, this car had the slowest time of the day at 9:14.016. But, when you remember that this car was made in 1967; you just gotta live in the nostalgia of the ride.




Lap25.) 1988 Lamborghini Countach LP5000

Probably the most famous of all the worlds supercars; the Lamborghini Countach is the bar by which all supercars appearances are measured. But you better be short because the cockpit is tiny and cramped. Fortunately for me, being only 5' 7" I had plenty to room for my lap around the Ring. The Countach came in at a time of: 8:23.945 which was a solid time considering its aerodynamic flaws. Still my favorite car of all time from childhood and will always remain: the Lamborghini Countach LP5000.




Lap26.) 1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV

Lamborghini had been quiet for a few years when it stunned the world with the release of this beautiful new model; The Diablo SV. With performance as sinister as its namesake; the Diablo was a lot of car to handle with more horses than a Texas ranch. Our time with this car was 8:12.347.



Lap 27.) 1999 Lamborghini Diablo GTR

As if the Diablo SV wasn't enough; Lamborghini decided to throw some more power into the car to make the Diablo GTR. Our time was also 5 seconds faster with this model at a time of 8:07.847 and what a wild ride it was! You could really feel the power difference between the two models.




Lap 28.) 2005 Lamborghini Gallardo

The Gallardo marks a big change in Lamgorghini. Why? because with the Gallardo comes the first of Audi Owned Lamborghinis. The Gallardo was not just an audi though. With its all wheel drive and ample power this car still has the 'bull by the horns'. Our time with this amazing car was 8:12.347. Not too bad when you consider it has less HP than the Diablo.





Lap 29.) 2005 Lamborghini Murcielago


This 500 HP monster was now at my fingertips and I was not going to let it go to waste. As I climbed in to What was surely a cockpit more akin to something out of Star Wars than your average car; I knew I was in for the ride of a lifetime. With a time of 7:57.190, the Murcielago was the second fastest Lambo we tested. All wheel drive kept this car glued to the tarmac as I flew through the course.




Lap 30.) 2006 Lamborghini Miura Concept

Well here it is 40 year Anniversary of Lamborghini and they celbrate in style with the Miura Concept. The body design is the only thing that resembles the original however. This car pumps out almost 2 times the hp with almost 700 hp. This car is INSANE!!!!! Unfortunately, she is as loose as she was powerful and our time suffered a 8:16.898... but still a full minute faster than the original Miura.





Lap 31.) 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Superlaggera

What happens when you put a Gallardo on Steroids? You get the Superlaggera. This car was simply bigger, better and faster than the original Gallardo. Our time was a blistering 7:58.408 and was only one second behind the Murcielago... not bad, not bad at all.





Lap 32.) 2007 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640

Not content on just pumping more juice into the Gallardo; Lamborghini thought; "what if we improved our best car; the Murcielago". Well they did and the car got better. Our time was only one second faster than the original Murcielago; BUT..... and that's a big but.... I did go off track and had a minor spill. Fortunately there was no body damage but it did slow me down by a about 15 seconds or so. It was not the cars fault. This car is simply incredible!


Here is our Vids for today from BBernes. Enjoy :)

http://www.youtube.com/bbernes#play/all/uploads-all/2/00G6SZhrBPI

Lap------------Car------------------------Time
---------------------------------------------------------------
24----------- 67 Muria ----------------9:14.016
25 --------- 88 Countach------------8:23.945
26-----------97 Diablo SV ----------8:12.368
27 ----------99 Diablo GTR --------8:07.847
28 ----------05 Gallardo -----------8:12.347
29 ---------05 Murcielago ------- 7:57.190
30 --------06 Miura Concept ---8:16.898
31 --------07 Superlaggera-------7:58.408
32 ---------07 Murcielago LP640---7:56.220

Driving time this episode: 1hr 14:19.239
Total cumulative driving time: 4 hr 44:16.016


Thanks again for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed todays issue of :

[SIZE="5"]Tone's Rush to Forza3: Nurburgring Extravaganza 500 Blowout Mega Blitz Spectacular![/SIZE]

Check back soon for our next installment when we highlight Our tribute to the King of Cars: Ferrari.

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8:35 AM on 08.19.2009

The Face of Greed

We are told daily by the Media, the Govt., the Corporations and damn near everyone else out there; that we are in a recession.

Well, Bobby Kotick the CEO is no exception . As reported at [URL="http://news.spong.com/article/18838/Activisions-Kotick-Id-Raise-Game-Prices-Even-More"]Spong.com[/URL], Kotick was quoted as saying "And Tony, you know if it was left to me, I would raise the prices even further."


The face of greed.

Then less than a week later, as a follow up report on [URL="http://news.spong.com/article/18918/Activisions-Kotick-Makes-USD22-Million-in-Two-Days"]Spong.com[/URL]

[QUOTE]So, on the August 5th this year, Bobby made the off-the-cuff statement that if he could he'd raise the price on Activision games.

On August 12th and 13th he acquired two million shares in Activision Blizzard at $1.0315 per share. And on August 12th and 13th he sold two million shares in Activision Blizzard at around the $12.50 mark per share.

This resulted (before tax and any other expenses) in a profit of... $22,822,967.38. As you can see, this is just a bit bigger than his $14,950,102 'compensation' for all of 2008 according to Forbes.[/QUOTE]

So what does this mean? More importantly, why should you care?

First let me state that: after thinking about this for a few days and getting the 'initial steam off my chest', I began to see this from both sides a little bit more.

Now, first of all, Kotick has been CEO of Activision since 1991. thats 18 years. And thats a good tenure for ANY CEO. For that I tip my hat to his loyalty.
He certainly deserves a decent compensation for his tenure and performance over the years.

[SIZE="6"]BUT[/SIZE] and thats a big but, That is NO EXCUSE for his complete and utter lack of TACT (something that the Corporate world knows nothing about...a lot like ETHICS. Ever heard of either Mr. Kotick?). You see, he cannot go publicly on record and cite the recession as one of his main reasons for wanting to raise prices; and then less than a week later he cashes in stocks that him get an incredible deal (someone might want to look into insider trading, SEC..hello). The figures work out to buying the stock at $1.03 per share and selling at the market rate ($12.5). On August 12 he does just that and nets 22 MILLION in less than 2 days work (using the term as loosely as possible)!

With that much in just two days do you think Kotick will EVER be worried about this recession?

Simple answer is no, of course not. SO why is it that he ( and the all the above mentioned) keep saying the sky is falling. Its obviously is NOT falling for them... is it Mr Kotick?

Now, sure it is Kotick's right do earn his money and do with his stock options that which are legal to do. But he KNEW what he had said in the conference. He KNEW that there were people watching him after the media grabbed his statements. Still, he doesnt wait a couple months to let the dust settle. He KNOWS the light is still on him and so he cashes in his stock option and nets 22 MILLION dollars in TWO DAYS (just to re-stress that point).

So basically, its as though the first comment (raising prices) wasn't enough of a big fat "up yours" to the consumer (who are suffering through this recession a lot more than he is); he goes and rubs everyone's nose in it by cashing in 22 MILLION dollars!

Now I don't know about ANY of you readers out there, but, I don't like ANYONE telling me "up Yours"; especially while they are taking my money; crying poor while getting rich.

If you do like that sort of thing, then perhaps you should arrange a visit to my house, so I can verbally berate you while you pay me to do it.

Obviously, this group will be buying the game day one and handing Kotick more money he desperately needs during these troubling financial times.


So whats left?
If you do not like this sort of treatment; you are left with two options:

1.) boycott the game- yeah this is a great idea! but only on paper. You see, while you sit and watch all your friends playing activision/blizzard your gonna soon realize that you just went on a campaign of 'boycotting' your own good time.

So that option sucks...

2.) Buy the game preowned-

Do you really have to have the game on day 1? Sure its great to get the game the minute it comes out. Especially since there are many times that we wait for months or even years for said game to be released.

You see if you buy the game pre-owned... then Kotick doesn't get the profits. Activision only gets profits frrom new sales. So buying the game a week or two later pre owned will make sure that we (the gamers) make our voice heard through our wallets. Because, lets face it, Activision does publish some damn good games... but we pay enough for them already. By buying the games preo-wned we send a clear message that we do not wish to pay 70 or 80 or more dollars per game.

Most importantly, you'll save a few bucks from buying it "new".


There's something to marinate on!

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