許多男人都是愛車成癡，但是這位來自維也納的80歲Ottocar J. 不僅是愛車成癡，更特別鍾愛保時捷車款，日前他才剛買下他的第80輛Porsche車款－Boxster Spyder！
▲80歲Ottocar J.近日剛入手他的第80輛保時捷車款－Boxster Spyder。（圖片來源／Porsche，以下同）
Ottocar的保時捷故事始於約50年前，當時身為業餘賽車手的他在賽道上不斷的被其他駕駛保時捷的參賽者追過，因此他開始存錢在1972年購買了第一台屬於自己的保時捷 911 E，之後更將917、910、956、904加入自己的收藏行列，連Carrera RS都買了9種版本。不久前，Ottocar才從德國 Zuffenhausen 的保時捷工廠帶回了一台邁阿密藍 Porsche Boxster Spyder，是他的第80台保時捷。
現在在車庫中可以看見38輛保時捷車款，Ottocar表示，他每個月每天都可以駕駛一輛不同的汽車，而周末甚至可以開兩輛。他最常開的車是911 R、991、911 Speedster和近兩代的Boxster Spyders，雖然他沒有說出最喜歡的車，不過在旅行的時候通常都會都選擇981 Boxster Spyder。
In the world of rallying, few cars are as iconic as the Audi Quattro, commonly known as the ‘Ur-Quattro.’
Audi introduced the Quattro back in 1980 and quickly started competing with the car in various rally championships. As the regulations changed, the car morphed into the Sport Quattro from Group B that you may be most familiar with. A touch over 11,000 units of the ‘regular’, road-going Audi Ur-Quattro were produced and RM Sotheby’s will auction one off at its Arizona event on January 22.
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Audi only sold the Ur-Quattro in North America between 1983 and 1986 and over this period, just 763 examples were delivered through its official channels. This particular model was ordered by its first owner from Trainer Motors in Connecticut and delivered on 22 November 1982. It was acquired by the consignor in 2015.
The listing reveals that the car remained with its original owner until 30 October 1992 when it was acquired by someone in New Jersey with 53,000 miles on the clock. This owner was an Audi mechanic and upgraded the car to European specification, fitting Ronal alloy wheels, larger brakes, Koni shocks, stiffer springs, a performance camshaft, upgraded instruments, European headlights, and European bumpers.
Finished in a shade of Mars Red, the car has only been driven 2,000 miles (3,200 km) over the past 28 years and is being sold with its original owner’s manual, maintenance booklet, jack, spare tire, tools, and maintenance invoices.
Bentley’s factory in Crewe is actually a fairly green place. With more than 300,000 bees, 30,000 solar panels, and gardens a-plenty, the manufacturer is trying to improve its impact. And its latest effort involves increasing the biodiversity around the plant.
Crewe is the home to endemic bird and bat populations. So Bentley is trying to help the local blue tit and pippistrelle bat populations flourish by building little homes for the creatures.
The manufacturer invited the UK’s Autocar magazine around to help put up the boxes. Although Bentley purchased the bird and bat boxes from a supplier, the British company does have in-house carpenters, so it gave them the opportunity to carve the brand’s logo into the wood before hanging them.
It should be noted here, that the boxes are necessary because of Bentley’s factory-among others. Lest we give the manufacturer too much credit, they aren’t actually helping the local wildlife, they’re just lessening the impact of their factory, to say nothing of the big, thirsty engines they produce.
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Greenwashing notwithstanding, bird boxes are put up because a number of bird species need to hide their nests in dead trees and other places. Beaks struggle to break through factory walls, so bird boxes help them find a place to make a nest.
Bat boxes act in much the same way, except instead of a little hole, there is a letter slot at the top and a bar from which the bats hang.
And although I think Bentley should hardly be celebrated for trying to hurt the local environment a little less, encouraging it and other brands to do better means recognizing the good. And Bentley’s head of site planning, Andrew Robertson, claims the effort to do better is a genuine one.
“There’s no certificate for increasing the biodiversity of a car park,” he told Autocar, “but it’s the right thing to do.”
Robertson’s next effort will be to collect rainwater to make the factory water-neutral. That’s a tough sell in the UK, where the financial benefit of collecting water is limited, but he says the ecological benefit is enough. I imagine the benefit of good press is also a consideration, but hopefully that’s a worthwhile trade.
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