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Tesla late on Thursday celebrated the start of deliveries of the world’s quickest car, the 2021 Model S Plaid. Tesla delivered the first 25 customer examples at its plant in Fremont, California, and confirmed the final specs, including a higher starting price of $131,190 with shipping, up $10,000 from the previously announced price. For a brand…

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Ken Block’s 1977 Ford F-150 Hoonitruck for sale for $1.1M

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Ken Block’s “Gymkhana 10” 1977 Ford F-150 Hoonitruck

Ken Block’s 1977 Ford F-150 “Hoonitruck” is currently for sale through LBI Limited, with an asking price of $1.1 million.

If you’re unfamiliar, the heavily-modified pickup was commissioned by Block as a follow-up to the “Hoonicorn” Ford Mustang for his “Gymkhana” video series. Block chose a 1977 F-150 because, as a teenager, he did some of his early hooning in the same model year truck, which was owned by his father.

The truck is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 based on the Ford GT race engine. It produces 914 hp and 702 lb-ft of torque, which is channeled to all four wheels through a Sadev 6-speed transmission. The choice of engine is fitting, as the modern F-150 also uses a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6.

Ken Block’s “Gymkhana 10” 1977 Ford F-150 Hoonitruck

At just over 79 inches wide, clearance was deemed too slim for trailers, so the truck was designed to be disassembled for transport to filming locations. It also has a modular design to make repairs easier onsite.

Block drove the Hoonitruck up the road to China’s “Heaven’s Gate” in “Climbkhana Two,” and the truck was also featured alongside many of Block’s other vehicles in “Gymkhana 10.”

After ending his exclusive partnership with Ford, Block is also parting ways with some of his Blue Oval rides. In addition to the Hoonitruck, he recently put two Ford Fiesta rally cars and a rare 1986 Ford RS200 up for sale. Now a free agent, Block has tried out Skoda and Subaru rally cars in recent months, and it’s unclear if he’ll commission another truck build to replace the Hoonitruck.

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Documentary illuminates the story of an American icon

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Icons of the American roadways are subject to debate: Corvette or Model T? Route 66 or the modern interstates? Waffle House or Stuckey’s? Standard Oil or Shell? Paper maps or GPS?

But there may be one road-going icon that stand alone, above debate. It’s the Airstream trailer, and “Alumination,” a documentary film about the aluminum-riveted icon is scheduled to premiere in October (though read on to discover how you can view the movie before its official debut).

Actually, the film was scheduled to premiere months ago, but that was before the coronavirus pandemic put such debuts, and people such as actor-turned-filmmaker Eric Bricker, on hold.

Alumination poster

Actually, Bricker isn’t on hold, he and his team have been working on their next film project. Bricker is a native of St. Louis, where his grandmother took him to a lot of movies and where he was part of a high school choir. He was encouraged to try out for the school’s production of “Guys and Dolls” and landed the leading role of Sky Masterson.

He enrolled at Indiana University to study business, only to end up majoring in English literature with minors in theater and art history and acting in a production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Movies seen with his grandmother sparked his interest in Hollywood, and he moved there after college, only to discover he would rather make movies than appear in them. After 15 years, he also discovered he’d rather make those movies from a base in Austin, Texas, where he’s lived since 2007.

Bricker and his co-producer, Lisa Hughes, premiered their first joint project, “Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Schulman,” with Dustin Hoffman narrating the story of architectural photographer Julius Shulman. It was Hughes who called Bricker in 2013 and suggested the Airstream trailer as their next film project.

“That’s where the adventure began,” Bricker recalled, admitting that he and Hughes not only discovered the story of the popular aluminum trailers, but also that of their creator, Wally Byam, and the community of Airstream owners.

“We were fascinated by these iconic travel trailers, the iconic design piece and the iconic brand, that was our point of departure,” Bricker said. “But once we jumped in, the thing that really stood out was the people that use these trailers. We didn’t know about the community. We didn’t know what we were in for, the cult of Airstream. It’s the most welcoming world, a combination of enthusiasm and an openness and willingness to share.”

If that sounds like the collector car community, it makes sense. Airstream trailers are cherished by their owners much like collector cars by their owners. In some cases, Airstream owners have sought out vintage cars or trucks to pull their vintage trailers.

“Everyone, even Generation Z, has emblazoned in their memories Airstream travel trailers,” Bricker added.

But the Airstream community wasn’t the only surprise the filmmakers encountered.

Alumination movie poster

Alumination movie poster

“The story and the spirit of Wally Byam,” Bricker said of perhaps his biggest surprise in the long process. “He’s an unsung American entrepreneurial hero. There aren’t too many individuals who have had his sense of vision, the rigor he would apply, continually striving to make things better, weathering the hard times, doing these caravans for marketing. I’m very happy we had the opportunity to tell the Airstream story, his story.”

However, figuring out how to braid together the various strings was one reason it took so long for the film to go from inspiration to final cut. What finally brought everything together, Bricker said, was a photograph of Byam touching an Airstream, “almost like he’s installing his spirit into the trailer, and I do think the travel trailers carry the spirit of Wally Byam.” A spirit, he added, activated as well by the people who use those trailers.

“Alumination,” which runs 77 minutes and is narrated by Kate Pierson of The B-52s, was scheduled to debut in the spring of 2020 at the Newport Beach Film Festival, which now will be held in October 2021.

However, you don’t have to wait until then to see the movie. Silverstream Filmworks offers private screenings for groups of 50 or more, and if you want will offer question-and-answer sessions with the producers as well.

“Independent film is tough,” Bricker noted. “If you want to achieve financial freedom, I would not recommend going down the documentary path. But for the majority of documentary filmmakers, it’s passion, following their curiosity.”

Curious about Airstream? Gather a group of 49 or more friends now, or wait until this fall when the movie makes its official debut at the Newport Beach festival. And then? The producers, of course, hope for a theatrical release, followed by a run on one of the digital platforms such as Netflix or Amazon, and by fans buying copies for their film libraries, perhaps even to view yet again in some wilderness location while camping in their Airstream trailers.

This article, written by Larry Edsall, was originally published on ClassicCars.com, an editorial partner of Motor Authority.

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Verstappen extends lead with 2021 French Grand Prix win

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2021 Formula One French Grand Prix

Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen beat Mercedes-Benz AMG’s Lewis Hamilton by almost three seconds to claim victory on Sunday at a thrilling 2021 Formula One French Grand Prix, held at Circuit Paul Ricard.

Third place on the podium went to Red Bull’s other driver, Sergio Perez, who finished about nine seconds behind his teammate.

Verstappen started the race on pole but soon lost the lead to Hamilton on the exit of Turn 1 due to a bit of oversteer. Verstappen rejoined quickly and was eventually able to jump into the lead thanks to an undercut as both drivers stopped for fresh tires, with Verstappen going first on lap 18 and Hamilton one lap later.

2021 Formula One French Grand Prix

Then on lap 32, Red Bull took a risk and called Verstappen in again for fresh tires, in an attempt to emulate Hamilton’s successful two-stop strategy at the Spanish Grand Prix. Verstappen exited the pits at fourth, with Hamilton, fellow Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas, and Perez ahead.

Verstappen had about 20 laps left to charge to the front. His first real challenge was getting past Bottas on lap 44, which he managed at the inside through Les Signes. Then it was Hamilton’s turn to defend a pass by Verstappen. The Red Bull driver’s moment came on the penultimate lap, with a DRS-aided blast down the Mistral Straight and a quick pass on Turn 8.

Thanks to his latest win plus an extra point for setting the fastest lap, Verstappen’s lead in the 2021 Drivers’ Championship has extended to 131 points. Hamilton is second with 119 points and Perez is third with 84 points. In the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull leads with 215 points versus the 178 of Mercedes and 110 of McLaren. The next race on the calendar is this coming weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen at the 2021 Formula One French Grand Prix

Max Verstappen at the 2021 Formula One French Grand Prix

Below are the full results from the 2021 Formula One French Grand Prix:

1) Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
2) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-Benz AMG +2.904 seconds
3) Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing +8.811 seconds
4) Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes-Benz AMG +14.618 seconds
5) Lando Norris, McLaren +64.032 seconds
6) Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren +75.857 seconds
7) Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri +76.596 seconds
8) Fernando Alonso, Alpine +77.695 seconds
9) Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin +79.666 seconds
10) Lance Stroll, Aston Martin +91.946 seconds
11) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari +99.337 seconds
12) George Russell, Williams +1 lap
13) Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri +1 lap
14) Esteban Ocon, Alpine +1 lap
15) Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo +1 lap
16) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari +1 lap
17) Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo +1 lap
18) Nicholas Latifi, Williams +1 lap
19) Mick Schumacher, Haas +1 lap
20) Nikita Mazepin, Haas +1 lap

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