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One Lap of the Web: a lap of the 'Ring, a lap of the YouTubes and a lap of the eBays

Wed, 11 Sep 2013

-- The Porsche 918 achieved a spectacular and borderline-unbelievable time just a few days ago, but here are some less heroic cars lapping the 'Ring, like Peugeot 205s, modern BMWs and a few bikes mixed in for good measure. Check out the classic Heckflosse (fintail) Mercedes-Benz at 2:05.

-- Filmmaker Casey Neistat filmed, umm, a pretty good commercial for the new Mercedes-Benz CLA, but it's the making-of video that's even more fun to watch. And ... $29,900? We're old enough to remember a time when the C-class Sportcoupe started at just $25,000, but then somebody convinced Mercedes-Benz that Americans only like sedans and trucks.

-- Someone is selling a very photogenic 1972 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV that seems ready for classic rallies. But this isn't some example that's been thrashed, but rather one that seems equally at home on the lawn of a concours event. The seller writes: "Finished in tasteful and era-specific Rosso Amaranto over a black interior, this car is particularly attractive as presented with a bevy of rally lights, vintage Alfa Romeo racing decals and Cromodora lightweight wheels. A California car from new, it has always been well looked after and maintained and never subjected to the elements. As such, both the body and the undercarriage are exceptionally solid and original, a significant point to make about any Alfa of this period, as a majority of them have fallen prey to corrosion over the years. The panel fits and gaps are factory correct and consistent and a magnet test reveals solid sheet metal throughout the car's body."

-- We have a feeling that London's "walkie-talkie" building is going to get a new nickname after it's caught melting a Jaaaaaaag with a focused ray of sunlight, commonly known as a phaser beam. Oh, 21st century problems. ... One Vegas hotel acquired a similar reputation for liquifying things with a slow-moving ray of focused sunlight, but that's Vegas. What we want to know is how London managed to have a sunny day in the first place? That's got to be something that happens once every 105 years, like the Transit of Venus.

By Jay Ramey