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Daily Edition: Nov. 30, 2005 Page 2


Classics: London to Brighton Car Run

1999 Honda CR-V

1999 Honda CR-V

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It's billed as the world's longest-running motoring event, and considering that it started in 1896, not many will argue with that.

It's Britain's London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, and earlier this month, it saw some 500 old cars setting off from Hyde Park, the center of the most genteel part of London, on the 60-mile run to Brighton, the town on the South coast often referred to as "London by the sea."

The first run was for cars that were the very latest models, and was held to celebrate the fact that new legislation meant that "horseless carriages" could run at up to 12 mph on the public highway and no longer had to be preceded by a man carrying a red flag. The new law went onto the statute books at midnight on November 13, 1896, and the pioneer automobilists decided to celebrate the fact by driving to Brighton at dawn on November 14. Almost 40 cars set off on a run supported by the leading lights of the infant industry - even Gottlieb Daimler came over from Germany to ride in one of his latest products.

That first run was celebrated in 1927 by a run for what were then called "Old Crocks," and apart for interruptions for war and gasoline rationing, it has been run every year since. But it is no longer a demonstration of the latest technology, as it was in 1896; now it is limited to cars from the dawn of the industry, with nothing built after 1904 eligible to run. That means that this year, for the first time, every one of the runners was over one hundred years old.

Classics: London to Brighton Car Run (11/28/2005)
A nice Sunday drive - since 1896.

TCC Drives: 2006 Hyundai Accent

2001 GMC Yukon XL

2001 GMC Yukon XL

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Though the showroom around it may be changing, with the addition of Azeras and Santa Fes and even a coming minivan, Hyundai's Accent still matters. It's been the South Korean company's keynote vehicle since the brand pulled out of a post-Excel swan dive in the early '90s. Always inexpensive and decently engineered, the Accent has given plenty of shoppers a reason to turn up their nose at used vehicles and turn over their paychecks to Hyundai. It's also become the subject of endless cases on Judge Mathis, but that's just a little too revealing of our work habits now, isn't it?

Now it's time for the Accent's third act. And while America can't seem to decide if it needs smaller cars for geopolitical survival, or if it can still get away with titanic SUVs, the Accent willingly soldiers on, more capable and charming than it's ever been, ready to play its part no matter what the global drama du jour might be.

Notice that fancy French accent? We chose it because it's apropos of this car. This time around, the Accent comes in two body styles, but the first to launch is the classy-looking four-door, available only in GLS trim. And while you might not know about the dramatic change in Hyundai's image - courtesy J.D. Power and Consumer Reports studies - Hyundai's willing to bet you'll be interested in a more smartly-styled, dare we say more worldly, Accent nonetheless.

2006 Hyundai Accent (11/28/2005)
Branching out from the family tree.

From TCConfidential

Ferrari Theme Park for Abu Dhabi

Ferrari's known mostly for its sportscars, but the Italian supercar company's also a pretty savvy outfit when it comes to licensing its name - for outfits, eyeglasses, laptop computers, and all sorts of consumer tschotschkes. But now Ferrari is stepping into Disney territory, as it's signed an agreement for the development of a Ferrari theme park to be built in the Arab emirate of Abu Dhabi. Ferrari signed the agreement recently with ALDAR Properties, a Middle Eastern development company, with the mission to build a park featuring a racetrack, rides, and attractions, a display of Ferrari history, and even driving instruction. Hotels, shops, and residences will be a part of the development in the UAE. An opening day in 2008 is being eyed.


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