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The aim: to select the ideal mode of transport for each leg of a pilgrimage from Venice, Italy to Pau in France – home to a legendary street circuit and the origins of Grand Prix racing. On the way we prepare by taking to the track at Monza – the home of Italian Formula One. We try to get noticed on the road course in Monaco in a Bugatti, a Lamborghini and a Model T Ford. After cruising the canals in Venice we take to the tarmac and things look good – thanks to the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and Mercedes SLS Black. Throw in a Pagani Huayra, Porsche Cayman S and a GT3 as well as the Aston Martin Vanquish centenary edition, Bentley V8 convertible, Rolls Royce Phantom coupe and the face-bending BAC Mono all seems pretty perfect to us.
Using archival footage, United States Cabinet conversation recordings, and an interview of the eighty-five-year-old Robert McNamara, ‘The Fog of War’ depicts his life, from working as a WWII Whiz Kid military officer, to being the Ford Motor Company’s president, to managing the American Vietnam War, as defense secretary for presidents Kennedy and Johnson.
I’m in the South of France. My base? The high-tech testing ground for Formula One Circuit Paul Ricard. My mission? To find find my favourite car of the year. There’s a pair of Ferraris, the V12, 6.3 litre FF and the 458. There’s the UK challenger to the 458, McLaren’s MP4-12C. The latest gizmo-laden Nissan GTR, Porsche’s GT2 RS, the 570-horsepower Lamborghini Performante and the fun BMW 1M. Helping me are The Stig and Formula One new boy, Karun Chandhok. I look into the future, in the shape of the hybrid-engined Mugen Honda CR-Z, And there are blasts from the past as well. The beautiful Eagle Speedster a modern twist on the iconic, timeless E-Type, with its 4.7 litre engine and an eye-watering £500,000 price tag. And there’s the all new Jensen Interceptor R with its 6.2 litre Corvette motor. The mighty Brutus, a vintage car fitted with a flame-spitting BMW airplane engine. Also the single-seater, B.A.C. Mono – capable of 0-60 in 2.8 seconds. What more could you want?…