We aren't the only ones to take advantage of a little alternative transportation. Jay Riecke and Byron Burkhardt (of Team Riecke), plus Richard Rawlings and Dennis Collins chartered helicopters. Meanwhile, a cargo plane transports Team Rieke's Renntech Mercedes CL 600 and the Rawlings/Collins Ferrari 550 Maranello from Miami to Key West. Rawlings and Collins broke the 28-year-old New York-to-Los Angeles record in a blistering 31 hours and 59 minutes-in this 550. The incredible feat was accomplished just prior to joining the Bullrun midway.
All told, the menacing Magnum ran the route in the least amount of time, collecting the most consistent top finishes along the way. By car, boat or plane, winning or losing, it really doesn't matter. In the end, the glory and unforgettable memories are shared by all.
For the directionally challengedJust about every car on Bullrun had some sort of navigation or GPS aid in order to reach every rally checkpoint in the quickest way possible. Some even had multiple systems. Here are a few portable navigation devices to get you where you need to go, whether you're an aspiring Claus Ettensberger or an average Joe trying to shorten the daily commute.
CEC opens new Florida tuning centerA couple of days following the Bullrun, Claus Ettensburger celebrated the opening of CEC Miami, a brand-new state-of-the-art tuning facility located in Coral Gables, Florida. Coral Gables is to Miami as Beverly Hills is to Los Angeles.
Conceived by architect Pierluigi Bonvicini, the 12,000 square-foot building is impressive inside and out, with giant storefront windows offering passers-by a clear view of CEC's world. The contemporary showroom features fully equipped vehicles from AC Schnitzer, Brabus and TechArt, to name a few. On-site services range from mounting/balancing wheels and tires, to installing aerodynamics, to extensive engine conversions with the latest, most advanced equipment.
In addition to the CEC Miami Tuning Center, CEC operates full service showrooms in West Los Angeles and Newport Beach, as well as distribution centers in California and Florida. Parts and services are available through a network of authorized dealers throughout the US, Canada and Mexico.
A Look Inside The Beast
It's almost 16 feet long, 6.75 feet wide and weighs some 5200 pounds. It's an intimidating machine, the mad spawn of a psychotic soccer mom and a steroid-snorting WWF wrestler.
Subtlety is not the TechArt Widebody Magnum's forte.
TechArt's aerodynamics essentially re-body the Cayenne with new door panels, fenders, bumpers, hood and rear taillight assembly. Designed in the wind tunnel at the University of Stuttgart, the system was designed for significantly more downforce and cooling, something a standard Cayenne Turbo has in adequate measure. However, the Magnum is far beyond a standard vehicle. Its 500-hp twin-turbo V8 has been significantly modified with larger variable vane turbos, gigantic intercoolers, custom software and new intake and exhaust systems. Now, more than 600 hp is funneled through all four wheels, leaving this monster capable of brilliant all-wheel-drive burnouts. TechArt highly recommends that Magnum customers have the car fitted with its larger eight-/four-piston brakes and 15-inch/14-inch rotors.
Interior upgrades include TechArt's custom airbag steering wheel-a nice piece of work featuring a thick diameter and perforated stitching. Mats, door panels, seats and shift knob are TechArt pieces too.
A standard Cayenne Turbo requires $93,700. The TechArt program adds another $52,000 to that. Although it's a huge chunk of change, it will allow you and your four best friends to breach 60 mph in 4.6 seconds or cover the quarter-mile with a 12.7.
Be sure to ask them for gas money.