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Former club archivist as well as lead SOEC creative director, 2005-2018.

TORQUE.TV GOES ‘DRIVING WITH DANNY’ ORIGINAL SERIES ON THE ALL DIGITAL NETWORK FEATURES RACING GREAT DANNY SULLIVAN

Torque.TV, the digital television network for motorheads, hit the track with legendary driver, and former Indianapolis 500 winner Danny Sullivan. “Driving with Danny” is an original series available only on Torque.TV.

New York (PRWEB) November 27, 2007

“To hit the race track with a car driven by Danny, is truly an eye opening event you won’t forget”

Torque.TV, the digital television network for motorheads, hit the track with legendary driver, and former Indianapolis 500 winner Danny Sullivan. “Driving with Danny” is an original series available only on Torque.TV.

Torque.TV heads to the scorching hot Southern California desert home of the “Fastest Track in the West–Willow Springs” so Danny can tear it up in two of the most coveted supercars in the world–an Aston Martin Vanquish and 750hp Saleen S7. Two different cars with two different missions, and Danny gives you a taste of both.

“To hit the race track with a car driven by Danny, is truly an eye opening event you won’t forget,” said Gregory Stacy, VP of programming. “We decided to buckle up our beautiful, cohost Michelle Lintel (star of SciFi Channel’s “The Black Scorpion”) and have her ride along with Danny for a true driving experience.”

“When approached by Torque.TV about Driving with Danny, I jumped at the opportunity to evaluate vehicles that I’d normally not the have the chance to drive,” said Danny Sullivan. “To be involved with broadband TV and all of this new technology at this early stage is very exciting to me.”

“Driving With Danny” goes beyond the traditional magazine road test of hard facts and numbers, and gives the viewer an insight to the personality and purpose of each car from a true driver’s perspective.

“We are extremely thrilled to have Danny involved with this production. The driving skills, knowledge and talent he brings to the table are priceless,” said Jesse Raiford, CEO.

“Driving With Danny” premieres November 27, 2007 on Torque.TV

About Torque.TV
Torque.TV, launched October 2007, is the next generation of car, truck, and motorcycle television, brought to you by the nation’s leading producers of vehicle entertainment. The Torque.TV team has proven experience in television programming, ad sales, and delivery of niche content. Based in New York, with productions facilities in Los Angeles, CA, and Nashville, TN, Torque.TV offers full screen, high-quality, video entertainment for vehicle lovers around the globe.

For More info, log on to Torque.TV to get twisted.

Press Contact:
Jarrod Holland or Danielle Gunnels
JAH Communications
910-395-4829

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MECHANIC HITS THE JACKPOT IN THE BP NATIONAL SEARCH FOR THE BEST AUTO TECHNICIAN IN AMERICA

Amoco Ultimate ‘Golden Mechanic’ Wins Spokesperson Contract, $25,000 and a Year’s Worth of Amoco Ultimate Fuel at BP

LAS VEGAS, Nev., Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ — Greg Damon hit the jackpot in Las Vegas today when he competed against top mechanics from across the country to take top prize in the BP search for the 2007 Amoco Ultimate “Golden Mechanic.” Damon, from St. Charles, Mo., who leaves his tools behind at Sant Automotive in Crestwood, Mo., won based on his superior auto repair skills, community involvement, environmental consciousness and of course, winning personality. Damon took home the grand prize of $25,000, a year’s worth of Amoco Ultimate fuel at BP, and will serve as an Amoco Ultimate national spokesperson in 2007.

The national competition took place on November 2 at the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas and was hosted by Car and Driver radio host, Alan Taylor. Finalists were rated by an expert panel of judges including The Car Coach(R), Lauren Fix; Denny Kahler, past Chairman of the Board for Automotive Service Association (ASA); Road & Track editor Andrew Bornhop and Steve Saleen, founder and president of Saleen Inc.

“I am honored and thrilled to have been selected as the 2007 Amoco Ultimate Golden Mechanic and I am looking forward to serving as the spokesperson throughout the next year,” said Greg Damon. “It will be a great opportunity to work with mechanics all over the country and to help educate drivers about the benefits of Amoco Ultimate at BP.”

The final competition featured multiple challenges testing each of the three finalists in various areas. Each competitor had the opportunity to showcase their auto repair knowledge and auto diagnostic skills in a series of fast-paced physical challenges. The finalists then flexed their brain power by answering tough questions from a panel of industry experts. The finalist who tallied the most points took top honors, collecting the grand prize and received the coveted Golden Mechanic giant wrench award.

“We are thrilled that Greg won our second annual Amoco Ultimate ‘Golden Mechanic’ contest,” said Christine Jagher from BP. “Greg will continue the important work performed by our 2006 winner, Ryan Kooiman. Over the past two years, we have seen hundreds of examples of the outstanding level of talent represented in the automotive service field today. BP is honored to continue to salute the mechanics who keep our cars running smoothly and safely.”

BP began its search for the Amoco Ultimate Golden Mechanic earlier this year to find a mechanic who has premium auto repair abilities, is trustworthy, active in the community and environmentally conscious. The contest drew hundreds of qualified applications from all over the country from which twenty-five semifinalists were selected.

Of the semi-finalists, three finalists were chosen to compete in the final competition in Las Vegas. The two runners-up in the contest included, John Vallely of Elgin, Ill., and Scott Davidson of Dayton, Ohio.

For more information on BP’s Amoco Ultimate “Golden Mechanic” contest, please visit: http://www.bpgoldenmechanic.com .

About BP
BP markets more than 15 billion gallons of gasoline every year to U.S. consumers through 13,000 retail outlets and supplies more than four billion gallons of fuel annually to fleets, industrial users, auto and truck manufacturers, railroads and utilities. BP is the single, global brand formed by the combination of the former British Petroleum, Amoco Corporation, Atlantic Richfield (ARCO) and Burmah Castrol. BP is a global producer, manufacturer and marketer of oil, gas, chemicals and renewable energy sources.

Media Contacts:
— Dana Fennewald — 312-729-4348 (O); 815-222-4074 (C)
— Ingrid Wolf — 312-729-4301 (O); 773-494-2321 (C)

SOURCE BP

A TRUCK THAT REALLY ‘HAULS’

Saleen’s New Supercharged S331 Packs a 450 Horsepower Punch,
Seats Up to Five Adults and Can Tow a House

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ — In its first year of production, the 2007 Saleen S331 Sport Truck revived the diminishing performance truck segment with the first fully-functional, high-powered sport truck to the market in several years. Many performance trucks quickly followed, but none came close to offering the same combination of functionality, performance and aggressive styling.

2008 S331 Supercharged Supercrew
2008 S331 Supercharged Supercrew

The 2008 edition continues to lead the performance truck segment with the same aggressive 450 horsepower, supercharged V-8 engine, Saleen RaceCraft suspension and the addition of a new SuperCrew four-door cab option. The S331 also maintains the ability to tow up to 9,500 lbs. Designed and engineered by the same technicians that hand-built the Saleen S7 Twin Turbo super car, the S331 continues as a functional truck with the optimum performance and styling of a world-class sports car.

The S331’s package is complete with 23-inch Saleen wheels on ultra-high performance tires and power assisted four-wheel ABS brakes. Like all true performance vehicles, the S331’s cockpit has a commanding driving position from two-toned, double-stitched leather sport seats.

Starting at $54,200, the S331 Sport Truck will outperform any truck on the road, tow lots of heavy toys and comfortably carry up to five adults. And since it’s a Saleen, the vehicle will maintain a high resale value.

Saleen, a niche vehicle manufacturer, engineers vehicles under the same requirements as the big three automotive manufacturers (Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Chrysler LLC). This is an extensive process, but it guarantees buyers each body panel is made of the same high-quality, injection-molded plastics as the original equipment manufacturers (OEM) require. Each performance modification is engineered and calibrated by Saleen to provide efficient power and exceptional handling, without over exerting the engine or drivetrain. The end result is an exclusive vehicle offering of high-performance cars and trucks unlike anything else on the road.

As of 2007, Saleen equipped more than 600,000 vehicles worldwide, including 12,000 complete and EPA-certified vehicles, more than any other specialty automobile manufacturer. Saleen also helps major automotive manufacturers engineer and produce their performance vehicles including the Ford GT and Harley-Davidson Edition F-150 for Ford Motor Company and Dodge Viper for Chrysler LLC.

To find one of 200 Saleen-certified Ford dealers in your area, please visit http://www.saleen.com.

Saleen Media Bureau
(949) 597-4900
pr@saleen.com

SOURCE: Saleen, Inc.

MUSTANG APPROVAL

By: N.A. on September 22, 2007
Original Article: DAILY TELEGRAPH, THE (SYDNEY)

Right-hand-drive converted models of the latest Ford Mustang GT have been approved for sale in Australia.

Performax International this week announced it would import coupes and convertibles from the US for conversion for Australian roads following ADR approval.

A company spokesman says the 4.6-litre V8s will be available at $115,000 ready for registration throughout Australia, with a four-year 120,000km warranty.

Ford Australia does not import the cars and the company is not liable for warranty claims or servicing.

The hot Mustang Shelby GT500 Coupe, with a supercharged 5.4-litre engine, will be available at $179,990. The high-performance Saleen Mustang is also on their agenda.

THE RAZZ: KIERON ELLIOTT

By: BEVERLEY LYONS and LAURA SUTHERLAND on July 26, 2007
Original Article: DAILY RECORD, THE

ROCK Radio DJ Kieron Elliott is revving up his engine for the famed Cannonball Run.

In the race across the USA, daredevil Kieron and his co-pilot, Real Radio MD Billy Anderson, will travel in a 600bhp Saleen Mustang for the race from New York to LA on July 29.,

Kieron said: “Getting the opportunity to do this is a dream. I can’t wait to get behind the wheel and complete the race.”

DJ KIERON’S ON RUN FROM COPS

By: DONOHOE GRAEME on July 13, 2007
Original Article: SUN, THE

Hunk in 1m Dollar US road race

DAREDEVIL TV star Kieron Elliott is revving up to win $1million by outrunning US cops in a real-life Cannonball Run dash across America.

Kieron, 33, is one of more than 400 hellraising petrol heads taking part in a wacky race from New York to Los Angeles on July 29.

The flying Scotsman, above, from Airdrie, will take the wheel of a Mustang Saleen for the 2,900-mile coast-to-coast trek.

And the former River City star has a few tricks up his sleeve to foil cops – just like screen hero Burt Reynolds in the classic Cannonball Run flick.

Keiron, now breakfast DJ for Rock Radio 96.3FM, has air support to help him win – drafting in a HELICOPTER to help avoid police. He grinned: “Cannonball Run has to be one of the best films ever and we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves.

“The helicopter will be going ahead to look out for cops so we have a ticket to go as fast as we want.”

Kieron – who played cancer sufferer Duncan Robertson in the BBC soap – will be racing with radio pal Billy Anderson.

Parties
The super-rich racers stump up Pounds 5,000 just to take part.

Kieron and Billy hope to be a hit with the ladies at the riotous parties being thrown along the route to LA.

Kieron beamed: “We’ll be wearing our kilts the whole way. I’m really looking forward to the parties.”

Kieron will be phoning in with daily updates for his Rock Radio show – and listeners will have a dream chance to win his super-fast Mustang.