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Neck and Neck in the Skies Above Reno

The 500-mph History of America’s Highest-Flying Sport

On September 15, spectators at the 51st National Championship Air Race in Reno, Nevada witnessed a gut-wrenching photo finish. Thousands came to their feet and roared as two of air racing’s fastest, most highly-modified P-51 Mustangs screamed past the home pylon at 500 mph in the closest race at Reno in more than two decades. As the pilots pulled their racers skyward, up and off the race course, neither was sure who had won. Below, the thousands in the stands continued their howled excitement.

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This Week's News On Wheels

This Week In Motoring: September 2, 2014

This Week in Motoring: a whale of a plane, the Uber/Lyft wars, one man’s reunion with his vintage Porsche, a commemorative Land Cruiser and more.

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Petrolhead Playthings

Small Wheels, Big Thrills: 10 Best Automotive Toys

Kids love cars and trucks and things that go — get ‘em hooked early and they’ll be motorheads for life. Whether you want to start small with miniature die-cast models, build patience with tedious model-building or see how well your offspring hoon, there’s a car toy out there that’ll fit the bill. We’ve rounded up ten awesome — and classic — car toys that you’d be proud to bestow upon your kid and that he or she will be more than happy to crash pilot.

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Optimus Prime's Second Cousin

Breakdown: Advanced Tactics AT Transformer

Cross a helicopter with an SUV and you get the Advanced Tactics AT Transformer, a platform that enables the world’s first roadable, vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (VTOL). We break down the AT Black Knight Transformer, a Mad Max-ian vehicle that aims to use the Transformer technology for cargo drops or extractions during urban firefights.

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Get Above the Action

Rotary Club: Take to the Skies with These 3 Drones for the GoPro

Drones with GoPro capability have exploded in popularity over the past two or three years and are finally beginning to arrive at price points that might make the budget-minded filmmaker’s ears perk up. With that in mind, we sought to find the best drones for aerial filmmaking; after some worthwhile learning experiences (don’t try and learn to fly one in a New York City office), we’ve arrived at our three favorites.

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Stalwart of the Skies

At Flight: Behind the Scenes with Lufthansa’s Boeing 747-8

747. The Jumbo Jet. Whether you’re a million miler or just look for the cheapest thing on Kayak, the 747 is a plane that requires no introduction. You know it has an upstairs. You know that’s what Air Force One is. You know it’s been around forever and it still imparts second glances through the glass even when you’re beelining it for baggage claim. It’s a stalwart of the skies.

Since its birth in the ’60s as a revolutionary way to tackle long distance flights with large passenger loads, the 747 has undergone several evolutions. Today the 4th generation 747, the 747-8 Intercontinental, is, in our opinion, the finest one yet, though its success has been somewhat marred by its misunderstood approach. In the previous decades while manufacturers focused on making their products bigger, newer and faster, Boeing took a different tact with the 747: efficiency and evolution. We got aboard one on an inaugural Lufthansa flight.

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Let's Luxuriate

JetBlue Mint

When it comes to flying, passengers seem to enjoy reflecting on the so-called “golden age of aviation” which, as far as we can tell, just means any time before present day. On any cross-country flight you’ll hear fliers reminisce on days of lax security standards as they’re digitally cavity searched or on the lost glamour of air travel as they’re entombed between the impressive combined girth of 17A and 17C. And it’s true. Flying today sucks. Even first class today sucks. Where’s the $1,000 value in a couple extra inches of legroom and three ounces of booze? Jet Blue tends to agree. The New York-based carrier just introduced an impressive new trans-continental service featuring their totally revamped take on first class: Mint.

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Conquering the beast

GP Short: Ford Racing F-150 SVT Raptor Assault

We spent a full day at the Ford Racing F-150 SVT Raptor Assault School at Miller Motorsports Park in Toole, Utah, learning the finer points of hill climbing, mixed terrain blasts and bona-fide offroading, all the while tossing the F-150 Raptor so hard that its dusty rooster tails could be seen from space. Read on to watch the GP Short and to find out more about our upcoming feature.

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King of the Skies

Breaking Down the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is both a pilot’s and a passenger’s dream come true. The first truly revolutionary commercial jet has arrived, and the technology within makes other planes look like their place of departure was Kitty Hawk. The Dreamliner doesn’t just look different, it takes all the old ways of thinking and throws them…

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Icarus plus one

Kickstarter: Sunseeker Duo

Solar-powered airplanes are nothing especially new (particularly in this age of instant tech turnaround), but one that has the capacity to skim the heavens while carrying two people has never been done… until now. The Sunseeker Duo aims to be the very first date-worthy solar airplane, but first they need to raise some funding via…

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Viewfinder: Split of a Second

While the helmet cam videos of man’s boldest quarrels with gravity will never get old, Split of a Second earns our nod of approval for offering a rare glimpse in to the mind of one of the sport’s most famous pioneers, Wingsuit World Champion Espen Fadness. As you might have guessed, successfully defying death is…

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Bring the scuba gear and the ski pants

Lisa Airplanes Akoya

The world of light sport aircraft is ever-expanding, giving rise to fairly affordable aircraft that doesn’t cost you Lear Jet “arm-and-a-leg” prices. One of the newest and most unique offerings is the LiSA Airplanes AKOYA, a revolutionary personal aircraft that has the ability to take off and land on the ground, water, or snow, known…

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Whirly bird extraordinaire

Bell Helicopters 525 Relentless

If you ever have the urge to take sixteen of your best friends for the ride of their lives, then you’ll want to hold out for the Bell 525 Relentless medium-lift helicopter. Unveiled at the 2012 Heli Expo in Dallas earlier this year, the sleek aircraft takes commercial helicopter technology to the next level. The…

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It's a chopper, baby

PAL-V ONE Personal Air and Land Vehicle

We have just witnessed the birth of a new class of vehicle, and it’s a doozy. Presenting the PAL-V ONE Personal Air and Land Vehicle, a two seat hybrid car and gyroplane. On the road, the 3-wheeled PAL-V ONE can reach speeds up to 112 mph and go from 0 to 60 in about 8…

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Flight by light

Design Spotlight: Sunrise Thermal Airship

It may look like a mechanical dragonfly but Metin Kaplan’s “Sunrise” is not a Da Vinci helicopter. By harnessing the power of the sun, Kalpan’s project aims to make thermal-powered flight a reality for a wider audience — and if you’re wondering who needs slower, solar-powered aviation just think about its applications in filming, patrolling,…

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All-Inexclusive Adrenaline

Parajet Let’s Fly Paramotor Package

You don’t just dive into the sport of Paramotoring all willy-nilly like — no matter how much tequila you’ve had. You need training, a motor, a couple of parachutes, a gliding wing, and some fairly large cojones. For those with the appetite for aviation and the wallet to back it up, though, Parajet’s 1-2-3 Let’s…

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Hot 100

Icon 100: A5 Limited Edition

Back in 2008, we introduced you to the first renderings of the revolutionary Icon A5 personal aircraft. Small, light, maneuverable and sleek, it showed what portability and cutting-edge design could look like in a small aircraft. Well, ICON has now released info about the first production run of the Limited Edition ICON 100 A5. The…

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Fly By Numbers

Velocity Kit Aircraft

In the grand scheme of DIY jobs, we’re pretty sure building an airplane is one of the most ambitious (and ballsy) projects you can take on. Starting with a kit from Velocity Aircraft, however, can help make the monumental task slightly more manageable. Their business model revolves around selling comprehensive “experimental aircraft” kits that can…

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Yes. This is Real.

BMW Powered Twin-Rotor Hoverbike

Every once in a while something comes along so crazy, so unearthly cool, we have to shout it from the rooftops. Today just happens to be that once in a while, so feast your eyes on the BMW boxer engine powered Hoverbike. Framed around an 1,170cc 4-stroke BMW boxer engine that powers the twin rotors,…

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Sky Limo

Eurocopter EC145 by Mercedes-Benz Style

Everybody and their uncle is slapping clothing brand names on vehicles. It started with goofy ideas like the “Eddie Bauer” Ford Explorer and the “Nautica” Mercury Villager minivan and now it’s morphed into the ridiculous Hyundai Genesis Prada Special Edition. Finally, a carmaker is doing it to someone else. Mercedes-Benz did just that by emblazoning…

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Great 8

Breakdown: Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental

Just last month the all-new Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental embarked on its maiden test voyage from Paine Field in Everett, Washington and with it, a legacy that started 42 years ago entered another chapter of its storied life. The 747 is a modern-day icon, representing a crux of engineering, design and ambition — maybe even more…

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Big Deux Coupe

2012 BMW 650i Coupe

The original BMW 635CSi from the 80’s was a tough act to follow. Crisp, clean lines and an aggressive stance, along with a beautifully forward angled grille made the 6-Series Coupe of yesteryear a true classic.The reincarnation in 2003 proved to be less than thrilling, looking more like a large lozenge than an iconic coupe….

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Higher Flyer

Fly Products Xenit Plus Hang Glider Trike

Working in a 15,000 square foot factory in Grottammare, Italy – Fly Products has been producing some of the world’s best motorized paragliding gear in the world. Focusing their research & development efforts on high-quality paramotors and trikes that not only inspire and stun, their creations will have you itching for aerial acrobats at every…

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Meet the Bass Pro Shop On Wheels

Toyota Tundra Sportsman

Toyota has been pulling out all the stops for SEMA 2010 and there are plenty of amazing concepts worth browsing. The Toyota Tundra Sportsman though is hands down one of the most awe-inspiring pick-ups we’ve come across. Described by the automaker as a “command center for extended hunting trips” and “the ultimate sportsman fantasy transport…

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Jealousy Still Applies At 17,500 Feet

Cirrus Aircraft SR22T

If the spoils of your endeavors have imparted you with roughly half a million in spare change (e.g. short selling British Petroleum), the newest member of the Cirrus SR22 aircraft lineup might be the definitive differentiation purchase. The Cirrus Aircraft SR22T ($475,000+) touts an exclusive 310 hp Teledyne Continental Motors twin-turbocharged engine mated to a…

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Cirrus Vision SJ50

Unlike The Stock Market, The Cirrus Vision Soars We got the chance to learn about the Cirrus Vision SJ50 and I’ve got to say that it’s a stunning mark of aviation machinery. This, in a time where the experience and innovation of flying conjures thoughts of delays, shoddy service and general inconvenience. The Cirrus Vision…

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ICON A5 Unveiled

[click on image to enlarge] Right now, a revolution is occuring in aviation. If you haven’t noticed, the team here at GP enjoys a healthy dose of vehicular obsession, be it by land, sea or air. That’s why we are excited that today, the ICON A5 shed its cloak at AirVenture 2008. This will be…

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Eclipse 400 Single-Engine Jet

[click on image to enlarge] Forget saving up for a car or home. A single-engine jet is what you need. An Eclipse 400 at that. The Eclipse 400 is a single-jet powered plane that cruises 41,000 feet aloft at a speed of 380mph propelled by the 1,200 lbs of thrust enimating from its Pratt &…

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U.S. Marine One | The $11,000,000,000 Program

The VH-71 is a good looking helicopter. That is, until we read on Danger Room that this little beauty and it’s 28 sisters will cost the U.S. around $11 bilion dollars to operate, about $400 million per chopper. Airwolf didn’t even cost that much and at least they had Jan-Micahel Vincent at the helm. Just…

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Osprey V-22 Tiltrotor

The Osprey V22 from Boeing may be one of the most incredible looking and functioning aircrafts you never come in contact with. Its ability to function like a heavy-duty turboprop at high-speeds and high altitudes, then tilt its nacale Rolls-Royce Allison turbshafts to land and hover like a helicopter, then fold its wings back into…