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June 18, 2019

The 503-HP 2020 BMW X4 M Competition Is a Real M Car Whether You Like It or Not

The latest high-performance car to come from BMW’s M division may be an ugly crossover coupe, but the 2020 BMW X4 M Competition also has over 500 horsepower from BMW’s most powerful inline-six ever, a rear-biased all-wheel drive setup, and 100 percent functional air vents. The X4 M is a real M car, and it’s actually pretty awesome. (Full Disclosure: Lexus was kind enough to loan me an ES350 for a week to drive out to New Jersey,

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June 03, 2019

The Science of Performance

SPONSORED BY  As dutiful readers of InsideHook, you’ve no doubt come to understand that we believe life is meant to be an adventure — with apologies to variety, getting out of one’s comfort zone is the true spice of life. So when the opportunity arose to join our friends at TAG Heuer in celebrating the launch of their new Autavia Isograph chronometer by putting the pedal to the proverbial metal at one of America’s premier

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May 21, 2019

NBC’s 1st Look: Lady Boss – Full Episode

Stuntwoman, Janeshia-Adams Ginyard, magician, Misty Lee, butchers, Leah & Sunny, and pro racecar driver Aurora Straus, show Johnny Bananas who’s boss VIEW FULL EPISODE. 

May 21, 2019

2019 FERRARI 488 PISTA DRIVE REVIEW: A SUPERCAR FIT FOR THE STREETS AND THE TRACK

This 710-hp Prancing Horse is one hell of an Italian Stallion. MARA BALAGTAS The launch of any new Ferrari is always an epic automotive event. The supercar’s signature red color scheme, iconic Prancing Horse branding and sheer speed and ferocity are just a few of the automotive attributes that have made Ferrari an absolute icon. So when I was recently invited to test drive the all-new 488 Pista at the Miami-Homestead Speedway, I was definitely eager to put the

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May 21, 2019

What Are the Best Tracks Never to Appear in Racing Games?

by Kyle Patrick We’re a little spoiled this generation in terms of racing games. The combination of ever-increasing computing power and tech like laser-scanning has made real-world circuits commonplace in our favorite titles. Despite that, there’s still a huge laundry list of tracks waiting to get the digital treatment. Cars are one thing: games like Forza Motorsport 7 feature over 800 done up to near-photographic levels of detail, inside and out. But the time needed for track creation means

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May 21, 2019

Stars Attend 20th Anniversary Gala Preview of the New York International Auto Show

On Thursday, April 18, East Side House Settlement (ESH) once again partnered with the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA) to host the 20th Anniversary Gala Preview of the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). Attracting more than 1,400 guests, the annual event was an exclusive preview night for car enthusiasts with the proceeds benefiting ESH, a community-based non-profit organization that provides educational and economic opportunity for some of New York City’s most vulnerable communities.

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May 21, 2019

Drifting A Supercar Is So Easy Even A Kid Can Do It

BY JOHN TALLODI  At least that’s what this 14-year-old will have you believe. The internet is so full of cars going sideways you would think that modern tires were simply not up to the task of putting the power down to the road. Seeing a car carve up a set of corners in a perfectly controlled drift does make for some good viewing, but it is far from being as easy as it seems. When it is

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March 18, 2019

Baruch Shemtov learns to drive

NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) – Like many New Yorkers, Baruch Shemtov doesn’t know how to drive. Baruch grew up in Manhattan and in his teen years, he was more focused on the 6 train than a 6-speed. But now, he’s determined to get his license.  Read more on fox5ny.

March 16, 2019

Video of 14-Year-Old Snow Drifting a Ford GT Directly Targets My Jealousy Gland

I had a good 14. I knew my hometown back to front, and my bike took me everywhere I needed to go. At least that’s how I remember it now. Maybe my 14 was trash. Certainly I wasn’t sliding someone else’s Ford GT around a snow-covered race track. This is Monticello Motor Club, both in that it is the club’s track and it’s the club’s boss’ personal Ford GT, as the club’s shooter/media coordinator Christopher Szczypala told

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March 08, 2019

The Porsche Ice Experience with Monticello Motor Club

XOJET’s President of Commercial Operations, James Henderson, recently had the chance to partake in Monticello Motor Club’s exclusive Porsche Ice Experience. Spending four days with the crew, he received a thrilling introduction to the Porsche 911’s handling techniques on ice and snow, inspiring him to recap the one-of-a-kind experience for XOJET Arrivé:   It’s a picturesque scene from the chalet at Mecaglisse Motorsport Park in Quebec: As a cup of coffee warms my hand, huge snowflakes

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February 28, 2019

Trading Fairways for Straightaways at Automotive Country Clubs

Some people like to hit the links; others would rather do laps. For those affluent people who feel that a great drive involves a Porsche instead of a tee time, a different breed of country club is eager to cater to their hobby. In a 2017 piece for Automotive News, Robert A. Lutz, the outspoken retired auto executive, lamented the inevitability of driverless cars. “Automotive sport — using the cars for fun — will survive, just

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February 28, 2019

After 2018 Growth, XOJet Eyes Expansion Under New Owner

XOJet closed out 2018 under new ownership with an 8 percent bump in total revenues, 17 percent rise in brokerage revenues, and expansion in its membership programs and fleet. Acquired by Vista Global Holding in the fourth quarter, XOJet surpassed 1,000 members last year, a milestone reached in a little more than 18 months after the Brisbane, California–headquartered firm rolled out its Access Solutions membership programs. Access Solutions offers three options: Select Access for occasional fliers;

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February 28, 2019

Watch a 1967 Jaguar E Type Playfully Drift Around an Ice Track

A fresh dumping of snow in upstate New York meant one thing to Monticello Motor Club track director Chris Duplessis: make an ice track. The former four-time rally champion took three days to painstakingly groom a chunk of the track to get a slick but manageable surface. The next step? Invite the private track’s members to bring their toys and hoon. Only 1.6 miles that comprise the South Course were used, but that was more than ample for

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February 28, 2019

Safe driving tips even the most experienced drivers need to know

NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) – Traffic accidents can be a big problem expecially when the weather turns snowy and icy. To avoid being ‘that guy’ who makes the rest of us late for work, I caught up with Chris Duplessi at the Monticello Motor Club for tips on winter driving. The private racetrack is the place where those with money in their wallet and gasoline in their veins go to have fun in cars like a $70,000 BMW X4. You can

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February 07, 2019

Watch a Jaguar E-Type, a Ford Raptor, and Porsches Galore Dance in the Snow at Monticello Motor Club

Apparently, the folks at Monticello Motor Club are getting antsy for spring. As the calendar turned over to February, New York’s MMC threw open its gates for the inaugural “track day” of 2019, despite ski-worthy conditions at the Catskills-area road course. Track director and former rally champion Chris Duplessis spent a few nights plowing MMC’s 1.6-mile South Course to create a slippery-yet-drivable surface, while MMC’s multitalented Chris Szczypala captured the frightful, delightful winter action in this cool drift video

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December 28, 2018

All-New Defender Coming to America in 2020!

Land Rover is ringing in the new year a little early this year by announcing that the next Defender will be coming to the shores of North America in 2020 after making its debut in 2019. You may have seen on Instagram and Facebook recently that testing of the new Defender in camo is already underway in multiple locations around the world. The first of the all-new Defender prototypes started testing in North America in

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December 20, 2018

Minty Porsche 934s And Corvettes Wearing Ferrari Stickers Are Just Part Of This Collection

Courtesy of Petrolicious: Deep in the Catskill mountain range in upstate New York is Monticello Motor Club, a private race track that was developed from a defunct airport. The asphalt strip once saw small aircraft barreling down the runway until rotation; now it sees everything from spec Miatas to manufacturers testing still-secret concept race cars, and these days the last thing any driver wants to do on this old runway is rotate. With all the

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October 24, 2018

MMC featured in Robb Report Guide to Private Track Clubs

Courtesy of Robb Report: “It’s my happy place,” a private club member says. “I forget about work for a few hours and hang out with my best friends.” The private facility is in New York’s Catskills, with acres of lush grass and forested hills. High topiary walls hide it from public view. “It’s gorgeous, right?” the member adds. Then he jams on a full-face helmet and jumps into an orange Porsche GT3 RS sports car. “Oh yeah,”

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October 15, 2018

Inside Ferrari’s Corsa Pilota driving school

Courtesy of Pulse:  Monticello Motor Club’s race track is 4.1-miles of unadulterated fun. Fast and swooping in the likes of a Mazda Miata, it becomes otherworldly in a Ferrari 488 GTB and a Ferrari 812 Superfast. But before you uncork 600-plus horsepower supercars on a silky ribbon of asphalt, you need to know what hell you’re doing. Enter Ferrari’s Corsa Pilota. Read the full article ►

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