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Celebrating the production of its one-millionth Land Rover Discovery, a Land Rover team treks a 50-day, 8,000 mile expedition from Birmingham to Beijing. A¬†¬£1 million (GBP) fundraiser is also held to benefit the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, a Global Humanitarian Partner of Land Rover.
Just last week, Land Rover reported on its visit to Chernobyl. This week, the convoy makes a stop at an old Soviet submarine base. Serving as a reminder of Soviet’s Cold War past, the former Black Sea submarine base was one of the Soviet Union’s most protected top-secret nuclear bases during the era.
Carved out from the base of a mountain in the port town of Balaklava on Ukraine’s Crimean coast, the 15,300 sq. ft. facility took 9 years to build. At its peak, the base served as the operation home of the fearsome Soviet Black Sea Fleet, which was signed off by Joseph Stalin in 1953. To protect its assets, the entrance to the mountain base is camouflaged from any spy plane. If targeted, the base is reinforced to sustain a direct nuclear impact, sheltering a max capacity of 3,000 people, providing each with supplies to last for a month.
Now, team Land Rover has been invited to drive through its hidden tunnels and¬†visit its history. Check out team Land Rover’s video of their visit below.
An insane nine car accident occurred out in Kiev, Ukraine, caused by a speeding Bentley Continental Flying Spur. And while this isn’t as painful to see as the Ferrari accident out in Japan, this Bentley did cause some real havoc.
Reports came in that the Bentley was just going way too fast at a junction, starting the accident that even involved a poor police officer that was controlling the junction. Fortunately he only suffered a fractured leg but the Mercedes-Benz CL500 that the Flying Spur hit can’t say the same. From the photos, the collision with the CL500 was so strong that most of the front end is missing and the engine is well, not quite where it’s supposed to be.
Check out the news report video after the break.
GALLERY: Bentley Continental Flying Spur Nine Car Accident
[Source: GT Spirit]
For all the talk of “tax cuts” in our national discourse, Americans have nothing on our friends in former Soviet bloc states. These photos from the Ukraine show a novel method of getting around the high tariffs placed on imported used vehicles in many parts of the world.
According to photos, vehicle importers in the Ukraine have taken to cutting vehicles in half and then re-welding them back together once the vehicle has cleared customs. Importers apparently save a substantial amount of money – import taxes on new vehicles can be roughly 43%, but if the vehicle is sawed in half, the pieces can be imported as “spare parts” and the amount paid in taxes is reduced dramatically.
Frankly, the prospect of driving a vehicle that was welded back together is downright frightening. Evidently, some people are willing to take that risk just to save a buck and look good in a BMW at the same time.
[Source: Today I Learned]