Cars – SOC USA http://www.soc-usa.org/ Thu, 30 Jun 2022 23:56:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://www.soc-usa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-26-150x150.png Cars – SOC USA http://www.soc-usa.org/ 32 32 40 rare supercars are up for auction this Sunday on Collecting Cars – Robb Report https://www.soc-usa.org/40-rare-supercars-are-up-for-auction-this-sunday-on-collecting-cars-robb-report/ Thu, 30 Jun 2022 23:56:13 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/40-rare-supercars-are-up-for-auction-this-sunday-on-collecting-cars-robb-report/ Supercar Sunday is back by popular demand. Collecting Cars is hosting another online auction this Sunday, July 3, dedicated to the world’s most valuable high-performance vehicles. The first themed sale took place in March and was a big success, according to Collecting Cars founder and CEO Edward Lovett. This time, the range includes no less […]]]>

Supercar Sunday is back by popular demand.

Collecting Cars is hosting another online auction this Sunday, July 3, dedicated to the world’s most valuable high-performance vehicles. The first themed sale took place in March and was a big success, according to Collecting Cars founder and CEO Edward Lovett. This time, the range includes no less than 40 collectible four-wheelers from three different continents.

“We will once again be offering global auctions for some of the world’s rarest and most sought-after supercars from Australia, Denmark, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. “, Lovett said in a statement.

2016 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Miura Tribute.

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With coveted exotic cars like Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Ligier, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, it’s hard to pick a lot that stands out. There are, however, a quartet of rarefied rides that piqued our interest.

Lamborghini is representing a 2016 Aventador LP700-4 Miura Homage. This special edition was one of 50 built to celebrate the Miura’s 50th anniversary. The coveted Raging Bull is one of the few examples to be finished in Verde Scandal paint with silver accents. Under the hood, it is powered by a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 good for 700 hp. Furthermore, it is presented in “like new” condition with only 240 miles on the odometer.

2009 Ferrari 430 Scuderia 16m

2009 Ferrari 430 Scuderia 16M.

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Another highlight comes courtesy of Prancing Horse. The 2009 Ferrari 430 Scuderia 16M in question was part of a limited production run of 499 examples. Covered in the brand’s signature Rosso Corsa paint, the speed machine is equipped with a powerful V-8, race-tuned suspension and carbon-ceramic brakes. The sleek black cabin, meanwhile, features carbon fiber accents. Best of all, the car has only done 1,056 miles from new.

Porsche 911 (997) GT3 RS 4.0 2011

2011 Porsche 911 (997) GT3 RS 4.0.

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Of course, you can’t have a car auction without a Porsche 911. It’s not just any 911 either. This is a 2011 997 generation GT3 RS, which is widely considered the ultimate embodiment of the model. This example is number 131 of only 600 built. It comes with a 4.0 liter flat-6 engine and less than 10,000 miles on the odometer.

2019 Ligier JS P4

2019 Ligier JS P4.

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We would be remiss not to mention the 2019 Ligier JS P4 on offer. The lightweight endurance racer, which looks like an actual Batmobile, is built around a carbon fiber monocoque chassis and has a full carbon body. It has a Ford V-6 mated to a 6-speed Quaife transmission with paddle shifters and can produce around 330 hp. Originally specified as a demonstration vehicle at United Autosport, it has clocked up just 18 hours of operation.

Although bidding opens on Sunday, bidding will continue until July 10. This should give you plenty of time to submit your offers.

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Two cars stolen in ‘2-in-1’ burglary in Hartlepool https://www.soc-usa.org/two-cars-stolen-in-2-in-1-burglary-in-hartlepool/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 12:20:00 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/two-cars-stolen-in-2-in-1-burglary-in-hartlepool/ A ‘2-in-1’ vehicle break-in last night (Tuesday June 28) until this morning (Wednesday June 29) in Hartlepool led to a police call. Hartlepool CID detectives are appealing for the public’s help as they continue to try to locate two vehicles stolen in a so-called 2-in-1 burglary. The black Ford Kuga registered CR15 WYT and the […]]]>

A ‘2-in-1’ vehicle break-in last night (Tuesday June 28) until this morning (Wednesday June 29) in Hartlepool led to a police call.

Hartlepool CID detectives are appealing for the public’s help as they continue to try to locate two vehicles stolen in a so-called 2-in-1 burglary.

The black Ford Kuga registered CR15 WYT and the silver Ford Transit Connect registered SD61 BXY were stolen from an address in Spalding Road, Hartlepool.

Spalding Road, Hartlepool. Photo: GOOGLE STREETVIEW

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8 sports cars that saved their builders from ruin https://www.soc-usa.org/8-sports-cars-that-saved-their-builders-from-ruin/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 20:31:00 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/8-sports-cars-that-saved-their-builders-from-ruin/ When car manufacturers start sports cars, the idea is always, as with any car, to be a hit. While some sports cars go on to become legends, some turn out to be duds or even lemons. They’re not always bad sports cars, sometimes just launched at the wrong time or with the wrong kind of […]]]>

When car manufacturers start sports cars, the idea is always, as with any car, to be a hit. While some sports cars go on to become legends, some turn out to be duds or even lemons. They’re not always bad sports cars, sometimes just launched at the wrong time or with the wrong kind of expectations.



We’re not talking about the sports cars that missed the mark today, but rather the ones that turned out so good that they firmly anchored the brand in the minds of buyers. Some of these sports cars even turned the tide for their struggling manufacturers, becoming such huge sellers that their legacy lives on in new cars from the same automakers today. Here are eight such sports cars that were released at the right time, with the right technology, and changed the history of their automakers.

8 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

Mercedes has been making glamorous cars for the crème de la crème of society for donkey years. However, it has had some issues in the past, especially in the midst of World War II. By the end of World War II, many if not all of Germany’s automakers were virtually destroyed, but they were slowly getting back on their feet.

Enter the Mercedes-Benz 300SL butterfly in 1954 which was initially only offered as a coupé until 1957. In 1957, the butterfly coupés were abandoned to make way for the roadster version until Mercedes pulled the plug in 1963 Mercedes had already sold more than 3000 copies of the 300 SL and is back to winning ways. This car remains a much-vaunted sports car classic today.

seven 1994 Aston Martin DB7

In the late 80s, Aston Martin was facing the costly failure of the wedge-shaped Lagonda, so they desperately needed a winner to survive. Ford owned Aston Martin from 1988 to 2007 as well as Jaguar from 1990 to 2008, so the Aston Martin DB7 launched in 1994 was the first product based on the redesigned and improved Jaguar XJS platform.

The first iteration of the DB7 featured a supercharged 3.2-liter inline-6 ​​engine that produced 335 horsepower and 361 lb-ft of torque. It could easily waltz for 5.7 seconds at 60 MPH on its way to a top speed of 165 MPH. It was never driven by Bond but it sold 7000 copies. It was more than all the other DB cars that came before it, combined, and enough to bring Aston Martin back into the sports car business.

RELATED: Best Features Of The 1994 Aston Martin DB7

6 Lamborghini Gallardo 2003

By the mid-1990s, Lamborghini had already had several new owners who tried but failed to turn the company’s fortunes around. However, things changed when it was acquired by Volkswagen and placed under the Audi group in 1999. Under this new ownership, the first to be launched was the Lamborghini Murciélago, in 2001. The change of fortune for Lamborghini came with the 2003 launch of the Gallardo.

Being a smaller, more affordable supercar, this V10 machine stole the hearts of every gearhead. Lamborghinis sold around 14,000 Gallardos, more than all other Lamborghinis sold in the past combined. It remained the company’s best-selling model for a very long time.

5 1996 Porsche Boxster

When the Stuttgart automaker’s future was in the doldrums due to declining sales in the early 1990s, the Porsche Boxster was tasked with saving the company. The car debuted in 1996 as an affordable mid-engined roadster with Porsche’s impeccable performance, handling and build quality.

It was Porsche’s first volume product that was inspired by the 550 Spyder of the 1950s. The car became a runaway success and remained Porsche’s best-selling model between 1996 and 2003. This achievement brought Porsche on the map and earned him enough moolah to later develop his most successful model, the Cayenne.

RELATED: What You Need to Know Before Buying Porsche’s Cheapest Model, the Boxster

4 2003 Bentley Continental GT

Today, the Continental GT may be a familiar sight on American roads, but very few people know that it was the car that saved Bentley from the downfall in the mid-2000s. Things were going badly when Volkswagen acquired Bentley in 1998. Even in 2003, five years after switching to Volkswagen, Bentley was producing an average of around 1,000 cars a year. It needed a real savior and the newly launched 2003 Continental GT was Bentley’s best bet at the time.

Under the hood, it carried a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter 12-cylinder engine developing 552 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. It was way more power than any Bentley could ever boast. In 2004 Bentley sold 6,896 cars resulting in a sevenfold growth and the rest is history.

RELATED: These Features Make The Bentley Continental GT The Coolest Grand Tourer On Sale

3 1968 Jaguar XJ6 Series 1

The company’s co-founder and member of the Motoring Hall of Fame, Sir William Lyons, played a major role in the success of the Jaguar XJ series of cars. Also known as Mr. Jaguar, for his undying love for his cars, the original XJ model was his last masterpiece, so it had everything to be a successful car. The XJ6 series debuted in 1968 when Jaguar was part of a newly formed British Leyland.

This new company is the result of the merger between Leyland Motors and British Motor Holdings; however, it was never a success. The company struggled financially due to poor management, but the XJ6 held the company together. The XJ6 Series 1 lasted until 1972, selling around 78,000 units worldwide. It was the car that kept Jaguar afloat when it needed support the most.

2 1996 Lotus Elise

This British brand was on the rocks in the late 80s after the death of its founder, Colin Chapman in 1982. Lotus Cars traded many hands to stay afloat before it was on the verge of bankruptcy. In 1982 General Motors bought Lotus and resurrected the old nameplate, the Elan, as a cheaper, better looking and more entertaining roadster, but the more successful Mazda Mx-5 Miata won out in no time.

General Motors pulled out and sold the company to an Italian entrepreneur, Romano Artioli, who did what Lotus had done before. He created an extremely lightweight, technically innovative and back to basics sports car that became a legend in no time. The Lotus Elise sold more copies in a single year than it had ever sold before.

RELATED: Why The Lotus Elise Should Be On Every Gearhead’s Bucket List

1 1959 BMW 700 Coupe

Today, the “BMW” name is synonymous with fireball performance and class-leading capability, but there was a time when it was on the verge of bankruptcy. BMW was floundering in the 1950s and needed cars that could save its fortune. The Isetta bubble car is fitted with the BMW R25/3 motorcycle engine and is one of those wonders that helped save BMW from trouble. That said, there was another luxury nameplate that brought salvation in these trying times.

It was the new 700 Coupé which was also the first BMW with a monocoque body. Powered by a rear-mounted 697cc flat-twin borrowed from BMW’s motorcycle engine, the 700 quickly became BMW’s cash cow for years. It was so successful in motorsport that BMW launched its racing special called 700 RS to raise the bar.

Sources: Classic and Sports Cars, BMW

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Keynsham cars and homes destroyed in a trail of destruction https://www.soc-usa.org/keynsham-cars-and-homes-destroyed-in-a-trail-of-destruction/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 18:17:15 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/keynsham-cars-and-homes-destroyed-in-a-trail-of-destruction/ Keynsham Police are sweeping the town making multiple arrests after homes and cars were destroyed in a series of criminal damage sparked by a row between neighbours. The destruction began early today – Saturday June 25, when there was a row on Coronation Avenue around 7.30am in which a woman allegedly climbed onto the bonnet […]]]>

Keynsham Police are sweeping the town making multiple arrests after homes and cars were destroyed in a series of criminal damage sparked by a row between neighbours. The destruction began early today – Saturday June 25, when there was a row on Coronation Avenue around 7.30am in which a woman allegedly climbed onto the bonnet of a car.

The first call reporting damage to windows to a house and car came from nearby Caernavon Road just before 8am. And other calls from members of the public reporting similar incidents in which car windows and house windows were smashed continued to reach Avon and Somerset Police from Coronation Avenue, St George’s Road and Queens Road in Keynsham.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said they were trying to make arrests in the town during the day as investigations intensify into what happened this morning.

Read more: Man arrested for murder after death in village near Bristol

“Officers believe the incidents may be related to an argument that took place on Coronation Avenue around 7:30 a.m. during which a woman allegedly climbed onto the hood of a car,” she said. “Neighborhood officers are targeting their patrols in the area and arrest attempts are underway for a number of people that police have identified through their ongoing investigations.

“If you witnessed or have dashcam, CCTV, doorbell or phone footage of any of the incidents, please call 101 and give reference 5222150532. Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111,” she added.

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The Pretoria Old Motor Club celebrates the 40th Cars in the Park exhibition at Zwartkops Raceway https://www.soc-usa.org/the-pretoria-old-motor-club-celebrates-the-40th-cars-in-the-park-exhibition-at-zwartkops-raceway/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 12:25:26 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/the-pretoria-old-motor-club-celebrates-the-40th-cars-in-the-park-exhibition-at-zwartkops-raceway/ The annual Cars in the Park motor show is back at Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria after a three-year break. The organiser, the Pretoria Old Motor Club, was set to celebrate Cars in the Park’s 40th anniversary in 2020, but the Covid-19 lockdown put an end to the events. So now, in 2022, Cars in the […]]]>

The annual Cars in the Park motor show is back at Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria after a three-year break.

The organiser, the Pretoria Old Motor Club, was set to celebrate Cars in the Park’s 40th anniversary in 2020, but the Covid-19 lockdown put an end to the events. So now, in 2022, Cars in the Park is celebrating the 40th edition of Africa’s biggest motor show.

“There has been huge interest in the event, which takes place on July 31,” said chief organizer Frik Kraamwinkel.
“We are expecting no less than 150 clubs, who will line their places around the race track, and the interest from merchants has been immense.”

This year, the event will take place on the last Sunday of July, instead of its traditional date of the first Sunday of August. The reason for this is that the first Sunday in August falls on a long weekend, which would severely affect attendance as many people would head to distant destinations.

Recent Cars in the Park events have attracted over 2,500 classic and special cars, and up to 12,000 spectators. With pent-up demand for motor shows after two and a half years of lockdown, organizers are expecting one of the biggest crowds ever.

This year, Lazarus Motor Company celebrates its 65th anniversary at Cars in the Park and will host a huge display, consisting mostly of classic Fords and a few special Jaguars.

Well worth the restoration. A 1960s Reliant Scimitar, a British sports car that used a Ford V6 engine.

“We plan to bring at least 20 classic cars to the event, and if we can get an early production example in time, we also plan to show the all-new Ford Ranger pickup there,” Colin said. Lazarus.

Among the special Ford Lazaruses on display are a 1957 Thames Trader transporter that has been converted into a race car transporter, a 1957 Ford Thunderbird and three spectacular Ford GTs. Lazarus has the only 2020 latest generation Ford GT in the country and this car will be flanked by a 1966 Mk 1 Ford GT continuation series and a 2005 Ford GT.

The latest version of the Ford GT has a rated top speed of 350 km/h!

Other notable cars on display at Lazarus will be a recently restored 1960 Jaguar XK150S, some early Land Rover Defenders and an all-original 1972 Ford Mustang Mach 1 with less than 40,000 km on the odometer.
The Austin 7 Car Club will celebrate the centenary of this remarkable little English car at Zwartkops on July 31.

The Austin 7 was announced in July 1922, and this tiny 750cc four-cylinder car transformed the British motor industry in its 13 years of production.

Some 290,000 copies were produced and many ended up in South Africa.
Interestingly, when the famous Mini designed by Issigonis was first announced in 1959, the Austin version was first known as the Austin Seven.

The second-generation Ford GT will be a star of the Lazarus Motor Corporation display at Cars in the Park 2022 at Zwartkops on July 31.

The almost identical Morris version was known as the Morris Mini Minor, and in 1961 the Austin and Morris versions were then known as Minis, as they were known to the general public!
In the special vehicles section of Cars in the Park, located in the Zwartkops track pits, a very special and rare 1922 Ford Model T pickup truck will be on display. This vehicle is 100 years old and genuine Model T pickups are extremely rare.

This one belongs to Andre Wessels of Wellington in Cape Town, who will transport the car to Pretoria to be part of Ford’s big presence at Cars in the Park this year. Wessels will also present a 1914 Ford Model T Speedster, a racy version of the Model T.

At the start of production, Model Ts were imported into this country. However, Ford Model Ts were the first cars to be assembled in South Africa in large numbers, with local production beginning in February 1924 in a converted wool shed in Port Elizabeth. American production of the Ford Model T ran from 1908 to 1927, during which time 15 million cars were built. The Model T was truly the car that “put the world on wheels”.

A much lesser-known Ford will be featured in the Special Vehicles section, and like so many cars at Cars in the Park, it has an intriguing history, just like its owner.

The late 1940s Chevrolet coupe arrives early for Cars in the Park in 2018.

Bobby Scott was the South African Formula 2 hot-rod champion in 1972, and in 1975 he won the South African Formula Ford championship and spent the following year racing single-seaters in Europe. He also finished second to Ian Scheckter in the Formula Atlantic Championship in South Africa in the late 1970s.

42 years ago, Scott bought a 1959 Thames 10/12 van from his friend Jannie Stander. Bobby had worked for Jannie at his motorcycle shop, Racing Motors, in the 1960s and had always coveted the van, which was Ford’s British answer to the VW Kombi. Bobby used the van for trips to Kruger Park, before parking it, where it lasted for over 20 years.

Recently, he restored it to its absolute original condition. It still runs with the original 1.7 liter Ford Consul engine, but with a Weber carburettor and branch exhaust. The restoration will be completed just in time for July 31 and the big day at Zwartkops.

Classic convertibles at Cars in the Park. A 1956 Ford Thunderbird and a 1959 Ford Skyliner.

With 120 auto clubs exhibiting, you can be sure to see your favorite classic car on display at Cars in the Park.
Fans of Volkswagen Beetles and Kombis, Ford Cortinas and Escorts, rumbling V8-powered Mustangs, Camaros and Chargers, and all sorts of other weird and wonderful machines will be on display.

No cars will be allowed on the track during normal show hours, for safety reasons.

The large number of classic vehicles and other specialist vehicles at Cars in the Park means it’s essential to get to Zwartkops for the 08:00 opening time if you want to see the whole show.

Spectator entry fee is R120 per person (R100 if booked via iTicket). Children under 12 are admitted free.

Lazarus Motor Company’s unique lineup will include these three Ford GTs, left to right a 2020 model, a 1966 model and a 2003 model.

Drivers of vintage cars built before 1985 are admitted free and are encouraged to arrive early, with exhibitor doors opening at 06:00. The show lasts until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday

For more information, see the Pretoria Old Motor Club website at http://www.pomccitp.co.za or visit the club’s Cars in the Park page on Facebook.

Source: Motor Press

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‘Cyberpunk 2077’ now has awesome flying cars https://www.soc-usa.org/cyberpunk-2077-now-has-awesome-flying-cars/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 14:39:03 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/cyberpunk-2077-now-has-awesome-flying-cars/ Cyberpunk 2077 CDPR Of the many things missing from Cyberpunk 2077’s vision of the future, the inability to fly around the city in any type of vehicle seemed like a pretty big oversight. While there are a number of scripted sequences that will take you into hovering/flying aerial vehicles, players cannot pilot them, yet another […]]]>

Of the many things missing from Cyberpunk 2077’s vision of the future, the inability to fly around the city in any type of vehicle seemed like a pretty big oversight. While there are a number of scripted sequences that will take you into hovering/flying aerial vehicles, players cannot pilot them, yet another thing a game like Grand Theft Auto has had for decades, that Cyberpunk 2077 did not include.

Enter the modders, again.

As always, the Cyberpunk 2077 modding community continues to be exceptionally talented, and now there’s a new flying cars mod called “Let There be Flight” that inserts hovercars into the game. Not just cars that can fly, but once they’ve been redesigned to have real thrusters, Blade Runner-like engine sounds, and custom controls for getting around.

You can see the mod in action below:

And you can download it here if you want to try it for yourself.

The mod was released just under two weeks ago and is continuously being improved. Plans are to expand the concept to more vehicles in the game.

I highly doubt that even with the next major DLC coming to Cyberpunk, we’ll see flying vehicles there. The game is very limited to cars and bikes, and its transportation options seem to have been something significantly reduced in scope by the time the game was released. There aren’t even NPC motorcycles, only the player can lead them. There’s also an unfinished rail system that ended up being finished and fleshed out by, you guessed it, modders.

I really like the flying car mod because it gives off extremely distinct Blade Runner 2049 vibes and doesn’t break the immersion considering it is a time period that has flying machines, we just can’t fly one of them ourselves in the game. Something to think about for the inevitable sequel I guess.

For now, I’m staying relatively independent of Cyberpunk until another major patch arrives or DLC marketing ramps up, which is supposed to happen before the end of the year. We’ll see what that brings, but the coolest additions may still end up being mods like this for a while.

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India: This gardener from Bengaluru is a multimillionaire, with houses, gold, cars and much more https://www.soc-usa.org/india-this-gardener-from-bengaluru-is-a-multimillionaire-with-houses-gold-cars-and-much-more/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 11:10:01 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/india-this-gardener-from-bengaluru-is-a-multimillionaire-with-houses-gold-cars-and-much-more/ Bengaluru (Karnataka): Karnataka Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials were shocked to discover the wealth of Shivalingaiah, a Bangalore Development Authority gardener who reportedly owned four houses, agricultural and commercial land, three cars as well as other assets. According to a statement by ACB, the gardener owned three houses, five prime plots in Bengaluru, agricultural and commercial […]]]>

Bengaluru (Karnataka): Karnataka Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials were shocked to discover the wealth of Shivalingaiah, a Bangalore Development Authority gardener who reportedly owned four houses, agricultural and commercial land, three cars as well as other assets.

According to a statement by ACB, the gardener owned three houses, five prime plots in Bengaluru, agricultural and commercial land in Channapatna in Ramanagara and Mysuru district worth millions of rupees, 510 grams of gold ornaments, 700 grams of silver items, 2 two-wheelers, three cars, Rs 86,000 in cash, savings or deposits of Rs 80,000 and household items worth Rs 10,000,000.

On Friday, more than 500 ACB officials swooped down on 21 government agents at 80 locations suspected of amassing assets disproportionate to their known sources of income, ACB authorities said yesterday.

Search operations by ACB officials began on Friday morning and a huge amount of gold and silver ornaments, cash, savings, land and vehicles were seized from the looted locations.

In Karwar district, ACB officials raided the residence of Sridhar BS district registrar and found two houses in various settlements in Bengaluru, an open site in Lakkasandra, 650 silver ornaments, a farm at Kanakapura Maralawadi, two acres of land at Mailanahalli at Nelamangala Taluka, two motorbikes, two cars, Rs 30,000 in cash, savings or deposits of Rs 24 lakhs in various banks and household items worth Rs 6 lakhs .

Cash and jewelry were seized from a house belonging to the parents of Police Inspector Uday Ravi at Mudugal in Raichur district of Karnataka.

Meanwhile, in Udupi, ACB officials raided the home of Harish, assistant engineer in the small-scale irrigation department.

A total of 80 ACB teams have raided and are currently checking assets, properties, gold, bank accounts and other valuables. Document verification and information gathering are currently underway.

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Public Advisory: How important is size? Plus, cars off Guadalupe! – New https://www.soc-usa.org/public-advisory-how-important-is-size-plus-cars-off-guadalupe-new/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 15:28:56 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/public-advisory-how-important-is-size-plus-cars-off-guadalupe-new/ During a work session a few weeks ago, CM Chito Vela talked about the importance of three to five story buildings, which he called the “sweet spot” for a lot of developments, and that’s a key point. There’s a lot of talk about upper height limits – can we go to 75 feet, or 90 […]]]>

During a work session a few weeks ago, CM Chito Vela talked about the importance of three to five story buildings, which he called the “sweet spot” for a lot of developments, and that’s a key point. There’s a lot of talk about upper height limits – can we go to 75 feet, or 90 feet, to get the highest density density – but actually, as Vela pointed out, those mid-rise buildings that can being constructed with wood instead of steel are the most economical to build (and they are also the most durable).

As a measure of effective density, the maximum height of buildings is grossly overestimated. It’s an easy shortcut, and it’s an easy political rallying point, but in reality, it’s not really a hill worth dying for for either side in the debate over density: most developments don’t want to go anywhere near 120 feet, because very tall buildings are very expensive per square foot; and most neighborhoods and local businesses, to the extent that they may be threatened by redevelopment, will not fall prey to high rises, but three to five storey blocks of mixed-use developments such as rows of condominium buildings that now line the north and south of Lamar, as indeed they line the main thoroughfares of major cities around the world.

Following Council’s actions last week to allow more mixed-use construction along transit corridors, social media may light up with comparisons of where buildings can now reach the permitted 90 feet, but most important is where they can go. 45 or 65, and what they can do within that limit.

Seen from this angle, what the Council has just adopted was mixed. whatever you think affordability requirements – 10% of units? 12%? 15%? Take your pick, as the staff admitted they had no methodology on which to base a decision – there are places they could have done more. Deletion front setbacks in VMU for example, would allow storefronts down to the sidewalk and create more buildable space where the greatest heights are permitted. (As the Hyde Park NCCD does along Guadalupe for example; presumably the more lenient NCCD standard will prevail where the two orders conflict.)

The main discordant note concerned whether a VMU property could be rezoned to VMU2″by right– administrative approval without the normal process of notice and protest rights for neighbors. Council voted yes, which may land this ordinance in the same legal hot water that killed the rewrite of the land use planning code ; Doug Becker, the same lawyer who killed that one, threatened the same lawsuit against this one. So perhaps all of this will also take place in the tubes, although you should assume that the Council has obtained solid legal advice on this point before diving in. City Legal sure can’t be wrong about this Againcan they?


The night lasted a long time: it was past midnight when the mayor Steve Adler closed the meeting, and according to the online transcript on the city’s website (compiled from uncorrected Speech-to-Text), this is how the meeting ended. Cheers.

OK, WITH THAT, I WILL ADJOURN THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING HERE AT 12:22 PM.

GOOD JOB TODAY.

SWEET DREAMS. .

I AM 18 YEARS OLD.

MOTHER HAD SIT DOWN.

SHE EVEN BOUGHT A HAT.


Connect Project the staff did their long awaited job Drag with traffic analysis presentation Tuesday evening June 14, confirming that their preferred alternative is a car-free transit hub with either a shared bike/bus lane or with dedicated bike lanes and buses running on the train tracks. These are options C1 and C2; Option B – which would leave one lane of car traffic in each direction, but would overall carry slightly fewer total people per hour according to staff calculations – is irrelevant unless someone raises it with at the top.

As for the promised “traffic planning strategies around the Drag,” the bottom line is that Guadalupe and West Campus would be eliminated as a north-south throughway for cars and trucks. There would be a slightly improved route on Nueces and San Antonio streets between 29th Street and MLK, but planners said they considered this primarily for local traffic, not a replacement for the current Guadalupe. Motor traffic would be asked to use Lamar, I-35 or MoPac. Or maybe Red River, if it ever reopens – transportation staff have been particularly quiet about it. They pointed out that converting Nueces to two-way traffic was already in the plans even without Project Connect; they hope to have this work done at the end of this year, during UT’s winter break.

There is one last meeting in the current awareness cycle: a presentation on what subway stations will look like and how they will work, this Wednesday, June 22 at 5:30 p.m. Sign up or check out the public engagement library of previous reports at projectconnect.com/get-involved.

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Project Connect plan calls for eliminating cars on the Drag in Austin https://www.soc-usa.org/project-connect-plan-calls-for-eliminating-cars-on-the-drag-in-austin/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 22:35:02 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/project-connect-plan-calls-for-eliminating-cars-on-the-drag-in-austin/ An updated design for Austin’s multi-billion-dollar Project Connect transit plan calls for removing vehicular traffic from the Drag — a popular and heavily traveled stretch of Guadalupe Street along the western edge of the University of Texas campus — and to make the area open only to people who walk, bike, ride the bus, or […]]]>

An updated design for Austin’s multi-billion-dollar Project Connect transit plan calls for removing vehicular traffic from the Drag — a popular and heavily traveled stretch of Guadalupe Street along the western edge of the University of Texas campus — and to make the area open only to people who walk, bike, ride the bus, or use the city’s planned light rail system.

Peter Mullan, head of architecture and urban design for the Austin Transit Partnership, said that between increasing transit options and improving key intersections, such a change would not result in a increased traffic elsewhere in the city.

Mullan and other members of the Austin Transit Partnership, which operates Project Connect, presented the Drag’s updated design to the community at a town hall Tuesday night. Updates are based in part on community feedback, Mullan said. His goal was to hybridize the two previously presented designs and solicit more feedback to incorporate into the next version.

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‘We need fewer cars and more incentives’ Readers share their thoughts on whether cyclists should have insurance https://www.soc-usa.org/we-need-fewer-cars-and-more-incentives-readers-share-their-thoughts-on-whether-cyclists-should-have-insurance/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 07:19:58 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/we-need-fewer-cars-and-more-incentives-readers-share-their-thoughts-on-whether-cyclists-should-have-insurance/ If you’re a local or have visited the city several times, we’re sure you’ve come across a cyclist or two. Cambridge was crowned the UK’s cycling city hotspot last year – no surprise when many commuters choose to cycle to work instead of driving. The Highway Code was updated in January with the aim of […]]]>

If you’re a local or have visited the city several times, we’re sure you’ve come across a cyclist or two. Cambridge was crowned the UK’s cycling city hotspot last year – no surprise when many commuters choose to cycle to work instead of driving.

The Highway Code was updated in January with the aim of improving safety for cyclists and pedestrians and making drivers of large vehicles more responsible. It comes after data from the Department for Transport revealed that cycle traffic increased by 96% between 2004 and 2020.

As a city heavily used by cyclists, we asked our readers if they thought cyclists should be required to have insurance to ride on the roads. We’ve had a variety of responses from our readers on the subject.

Read more: Should cyclists be required to have insurance on the road?

A large proportion of our readers agreed that cyclists should be required to carry insurance. User Britishbrian said: “Yes they should. My car was badly scratched a few years ago when a cyclist crossed in front of me without first looking over his shoulder or signaling with his arm.

He added: “I was shocked but the police weren’t interested when I went to Parkside to report an accident. Insurance and number plates on bikes like motorbikes.”

Liveincrete said: “Cyclists should be required to carry insurance, especially as there are now many e-bikes which are faster and more dangerous and we also need to crack down on illegal e-scooters using trails. ” And Kev1941 added: “Yes, cyclists should have insurance and an identification badge attached to the bike that can be easily scanned by roadside cameras and cell phones.”

Annie 1 also added: “I think cyclists should have insurance but I don’t think they should pay for cycle lane maintenance as some suggest here. As for disabled cyclists, bikes can cost a lot more expensive than they would for non-disabled cyclists.”

However, some readers believe that cyclists should not be required to have insurance to ride on the road. User amykate said: “No, definitely not. We need fewer cars, less pollution and more incentives to get people on their bikes, not punitive measures to discourage them.”

Some of our readers have also shared alternatives to keep cyclists safe on the road. Allforme said: “Cyclists should only be allowed on the road if they have front and rear lights, wear a helmet and have liability insurance.”

CambridgeMover said: “I wish cyclists had annual road safety checks on how to cycle on busy roads and county roads, but no they shouldn’t be paying road tax as if there were more bike lanes to ride, so they should use them.” And Tyrone Cole added, “Cyclists don’t do anything like the amount of damage cars do to roads, let alone emissions.”

Join the conversation with other CambridgeshireLive readers.

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