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 |  May 02 2011, 3:11 PM

Flavio Briatore has quite an interesting past. Having been accused of fraud, which lead to jail time, only to re-emerge running a string of Formula-One teams, including the Benetton F1 and Renault F1 teams. He was then given a lifelong ban from the sport for trying to fix races.

Briatore was later exonerated from the charges and his ban was lifted, however he is still no longer a visible player in the world of Formula-One racing.

Briatore is also known to have lots of beautiful women around him, having dated Naomi Campbell and Heidi Klum. He is now married to lingerie model Elisabetta Gregoraci.

In addition to these noteworthy accomplishments, Briatore is an avid car collector, but has decided to get rid of a 1994 Jaguar XJ220. This all black example has covered 22,000 km and recently went through an inspection and service. The car as a result now has a new fuel tank.

The car obviously has lots of “provenance” and may even come with a “wonderful patina” – to put it politely. But with XJ220s existing in such small numbers, this may be a good opportunity to pick one up, not to mention one with a colorful past.

[Source: GT Spirit]

 |  Dec 13 2010, 6:05 PM

Race car magnate Tom Walkinshaw has died at age 64 after being diagnosed with lung cancer. Walkinshaw began his career as a driver, and then established legendary firm Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) in 1976, and contested European and Australian motor racing, with his team winning the Bathurst 1000 endurance race in 1985.

TWR was also a major behind the scenes player in the motor racing world, working with teams like Benetton, Ligier and Arrows and attracting the best driving talent, including Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher. TWR’s long affiliation with Australia also extended to Australian V8 Supercars, specifically the Holden Racing Team, and the establishment of Holden’s HSV tuning arm.

[Source: BBC Sport]