London—May 1st was the kickoff here of the Around the World in 80 Days motoring challenge, which sees about 40 classic cars vying along a 17,000-mile route over mountains and across deserts in some of the world's most remote areas.
Surf'll be up in Uzbekistan for this 1949 Buick Super 'Woody' Wagon, one of the American entries in the new-millenium-celebrating 'Great Race.'
The course runs through Europe, into Turkey, then across former Soviet republics, and into China along the fabled Silk Road. From Beijing the contestants will be airlifted to Anchorage for travels across the Yukon, Klondike, and then into Newark, NJ. From there, another airlift brings the 21st Century Phileas Foggs to Casablanca for a final leg across Spain and France, and back into London on July 18.
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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