Shmee150 http://shmee150.com Living the Supercar Dream Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:08:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Vauxhall Maloo VXR8 LSA – Does a 550hp Ute Make Sense? http://shmee150.com/vauxhall-maloo-vxr8-lsa-does-a-550hp-ute-make-sense/ http://shmee150.com/vauxhall-maloo-vxr8-lsa-does-a-550hp-ute-make-sense/#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:08:33 +0000 http://shmee150.com/?p=9946 Vauxhall Maloo VXR8 LSA – Does a 550hp Ute Make Sense?

Sometimes something unusual comes along, and in this case it's the Vauxhall Maloo VXR8 LSA - a pick-up 'ute' with 544PS and a 6.2l V8! Originating from the Australian Holden HSV Maloo, the car is on sale in the UK in limited numbers and really is unique in its field.

With a huge storage area that's set for 540kg of goods, it still manages to get to 62mph in 4.6 seconds and to a top speed of 155mph, meanwhile with a crackling V8 doing its thing. In the UK it is officially classed as a 'Commercial Vehicle', meaning it can be bought with the VAT removed through a company.

While visiting the Vauxhall Heritage Centre to take the new car out for a drive, it's also an opportunity to have a look around some older gems.

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Vauxhall Maloo VXR8 LSA – Does a 550hp Ute Make Sense?

Sometimes something unusual comes along, and in this case it's the Vauxhall Maloo VXR8 LSA - a pick-up 'ute' with 544PS and a 6.2l V8! Originating from the Australian Holden HSV Maloo, the car is on sale in the UK in limited numbers and really is unique in its field. With a huge storage area that's set for 540kg of goods, it still manages to get to 62mph in 4.6 seconds and to a top speed of 155mph, meanwhile with a crackling V8 doing its thing. In the UK it is officially classed as a 'Commercial Vehicle', meaning it can be bought with the VAT removed through a company. While visiting the Vauxhall Heritage Centre to take the new car out for a drive, it's also an opportunity to have a look around some older gems.

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Am I Doing the Gumball 3000? [Fuel For Thought] http://shmee150.com/am-i-doing-the-gumball-3000-fuel-for-thought/ http://shmee150.com/am-i-doing-the-gumball-3000-fuel-for-thought/#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:03:34 +0000 http://shmee150.com/?p=9943 Am I Doing the Gumball 3000? [Fuel For Thought]

It's been a big re-occuring question recently, will I be taking part in the 2017 Gumball 3000 rally from Riga to Mykonos. As well as that specific question I wanted to discuss a bit about what's coming up over the year ahead in terms of events and car rallies. Spoiler below!

Long story short, no I will not be on Gumball because there is a scheduling conflict with the Goodwood Festival of Speed which sadly means it's not possible for me to attend both. After 5 years on the trot it's time to take a break however I can announce that I will be doing this year's Streetgasm rally starting in Amsterdam in June: http://streetgasm.com

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Am I Doing the Gumball 3000? [Fuel For Thought]

It's been a big re-occuring question recently, will I be taking part in the 2017 Gumball 3000 rally from Riga to Mykonos. As well as that specific question I wanted to discuss a bit about what's coming up over the year ahead in terms of events and car rallies. Spoiler below! Long story short, no I will not be on Gumball because there is a scheduling conflict with the Goodwood Festival of Speed which sadly means it's not possible for me to attend both. After 5 years on the trot it's time to take a break however I can announce that I will be doing this year's Streetgasm rally starting in Amsterdam in June: http://streetgasm.com

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Bringing the GT8 and 675LT Home! http://shmee150.com/bringing-the-gt8-and-675lt-home/ http://shmee150.com/bringing-the-gt8-and-675lt-home/#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:07:02 +0000 http://shmee150.com/?p=9940 Bringing the GT8 and 675LT Home!

After a fantastic Autosport show, it's time to bring the cars home - in the case of the Vantage GT8 it is quite literally for the first time! Both the LT Spider and Aston Martin board the All Transports Ltd truck from the NEC to head back to join the FF, Focus RS and Mini at home in my garage. A first for all the cars being together too.

It's been fun with MrJWW joining in the activities at Autosport too but that's it for this year. Thank you to everyone who came along, hope you enjoyed the show!

Check James at: http://www.youtube.com/mrjww

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Bringing the GT8 and 675LT Home!

After a fantastic Autosport show, it's time to bring the cars home - in the case of the Vantage GT8 it is quite literally for the first time! Both the LT Spider and Aston Martin board the All Transports Ltd truck from the NEC to head back to join the FF, Focus RS and Mini at home in my garage. A first for all the cars being together too. It's been fun with MrJWW joining in the activities at Autosport too but that's it for this year. Thank you to everyone who came along, hope you enjoyed the show! Check James at: http://www.youtube.com/mrjww

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The £1.5m Jaguar! http://shmee150.com/the-1-5m-jaguar/ http://shmee150.com/the-1-5m-jaguar/#respond Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:09:50 +0000 http://shmee150.com/?p=9937 The £1.5m Jaguar!

The most expensive Jaguars ever built; the six 'missing' Lightweight E-Types complete the originally intended set of 18. Built to the standards of 1963 using original manufacturer techniques and methods, the new cars have the 3.8l straight-six from the XK with 340bhp and a dry weight of 960kg. Built by Jaguar's Heritage department they came in with a price tag of £1.5 million, one of which is owned by Stratstone UK and can be seen here.

Stratstone use the car to show it at events and put it on display, allowing people to visit and view it. They even have a website dedicated to this specific car: http://www.stratstone.com/jaguar/e-type/

During my time at Autosport I wanted to still bring you content while I'm busy presenting the live shows so here's a video I had shot in advance.

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The £1.5m Jaguar!

The most expensive Jaguars ever built; the six 'missing' Lightweight E-Types complete the originally intended set of 18. Built to the standards of 1963 using original manufacturer techniques and methods, the new cars have the 3.8l straight-six from the XK with 340bhp and a dry weight of 960kg. Built by Jaguar's Heritage department they came in with a price tag of £1.5 million, one of which is owned by Stratstone UK and can be seen here. Stratstone use the car to show it at events and put it on display, allowing people to visit and view it. They even have a website dedicated to this specific car: http://www.stratstone.com/jaguar/e-type/ During my time at Autosport I wanted to still bring you content while I'm busy presenting the live shows so here's a video I had shot in advance.

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Driving My McLaren 675LT in a Live Show! http://shmee150.com/driving-my-mclaren-675lt-in-a-live-show/ http://shmee150.com/driving-my-mclaren-675lt-in-a-live-show/#respond Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:09:06 +0000 http://shmee150.com/?p=9934 Driving My McLaren 675LT in a Live Show!

This is a first for me, being part of the presenting team at the Autosport Performance Car Show; a live action arena where I drive the 675LT Spider amongst other cars out in front of the crowd.

It's such an exciting show and I hope those of you who have been down have enjoyed it!

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Driving My McLaren 675LT in a Live Show!

This is a first for me, being part of the presenting team at the Autosport Performance Car Show; a live action arena where I drive the 675LT Spider amongst other cars out in front of the crowd. It's such an exciting show and I hope those of you who have been down have enjoyed it!

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Why is the Ford GT Stuck in a Corner!? http://shmee150.com/why-is-the-ford-gt-stuck-in-a-corner/ http://shmee150.com/why-is-the-ford-gt-stuck-in-a-corner/#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:10:19 +0000 http://shmee150.com/?p=9931 Why is the Ford GT Stuck in a Corner!?

It's Autosport! Let's go for a quick look around some of the highlights in the exhibition part of the show before we get tomorrow to sneaking a peak behind the scenes at the Live Action Arena; where I'm joining the presenting team.

There is a lot to see, and far more than I've captured on camera however I am taken by surprise that a car as awesome as the new Ford GT is squeezed away in the corner!

For more information on the show, check this blog post on my website: http://shmee150.com/shmee150-autospor...

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Why is the Ford GT Stuck in a Corner!?

It's Autosport! Let's go for a quick look around some of the highlights in the exhibition part of the show before we get tomorrow to sneaking a peak behind the scenes at the Live Action Arena; where I'm joining the presenting team. There is a lot to see, and far more than I've captured on camera however I am taken by surprise that a car as awesome as the new Ford GT is squeezed away in the corner! For more information on the show, check this blog post on my website: http://shmee150.com/shmee150-autospor...

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The First Drive in My Aston Martin Vantage GT8 [Episode 11] http://shmee150.com/the-first-drive-in-my-aston-martin-vantage-gt8-episode-11/ http://shmee150.com/the-first-drive-in-my-aston-martin-vantage-gt8-episode-11/#respond Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:02:06 +0000 http://shmee150.com/?p=9927 The First Drive in My Aston Martin Vantage GT8 [Episode 11]

Following on from collection of the new Shmeemobile Aston Martin Vantage GT8, it was inevitable that I'd be taking it for the first drive! This time though, there's a small difference as the car is going directly to be on display at Autosport for the weekend.

The Road to GT8 storyline has been amazing so actually being behind the wheel of the car and able to start easing it through the paces is quite an incredible feeling. Combined with collecting it from the factory itself to embark on immediately presenting it an event it is made even more special. Thank you for watching and being part of this storyline for such a wonderful car.

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The First Drive in My Aston Martin Vantage GT8 [Episode 11]

Following on from collection of the new Shmeemobile Aston Martin Vantage GT8, it was inevitable that I'd be taking it for the first drive! This time though, there's a small difference as the car is going directly to be on display at Autosport for the weekend. The Road to GT8 storyline has been amazing so actually being behind the wheel of the car and able to start easing it through the paces is quite an incredible feeling. Combined with collecting it from the factory itself to embark on immediately presenting it an event it is made even more special. Thank you for watching and being part of this storyline for such a wonderful car.

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COLLECTING My Aston Martin GT8! [Road to GT8 Episode 10] http://shmee150.com/collecting-my-aston-martin-gt8-road-to-gt8-episode-10/ http://shmee150.com/collecting-my-aston-martin-gt8-road-to-gt8-episode-10/#respond Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:06:46 +0000 http://shmee150.com/?p=9924 COLLECTING My Aston Martin GT8! [Road to GT8 Episode 10]

The big day arrives! After an amazing process and journey along the 'Road to GT8', it's time to head back to Gaydon for the official collection of my new car. The 'Shmeemobile' Aston Martin Vantage GT8 is now here and for episode 10 the keys are officially handed over to me to take it away from the factory.

Thank you to everyone who has followed this journey, George and David on the ordering side, everybody at Aston Martin for the opportunities and behind the scenes access, it's been something I will never forget and that's technically all only in the build-up to delivery itself. The journey doesn't end here though, there is a lot planned and I can't wait for the adventures!

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COLLECTING My Aston Martin GT8! [Road to GT8 Episode 10]

The big day arrives! After an amazing process and journey along the 'Road to GT8', it's time to head back to Gaydon for the official collection of my new car. The 'Shmeemobile' Aston Martin Vantage GT8 is now here and for episode 10 the keys are officially handed over to me to take it away from the factory. Thank you to everyone who has followed this journey, George and David on the ordering side, everybody at Aston Martin for the opportunities and behind the scenes access, it's been something I will never forget and that's technically all only in the build-up to delivery itself. The journey doesn't end here though, there is a lot planned and I can't wait for the adventures!

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I Tuned My Focus RS at MOUNTUNE! http://shmee150.com/i-tuned-my-focus-rs-at-mountune/ http://shmee150.com/i-tuned-my-focus-rs-at-mountune/#respond Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:31:28 +0000 http://shmee150.com/?p=9917 I Tuned My Focus RS at MOUNTUNE!

The long awaited upgrades to my Focus RS have started! I've taken the ecoBeast along to Mountune to get started with the FPM375 package, boosting power from 350PS to 375PS and torque from 470Nm to 510Nm. The best thing is that Mountune work directly with Ford and as such it is fully covered by warranty through the Ford dealer network.

As well as the FPM375, there is also the M380 package but that is not fully warrantied through Ford, but I did use the opportunity after taking a look around the workshop to take Mountune's demo car for a little drive. I'm not going to lie, the axle-back exhaust system has me tempted as the next modification!

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I Tuned My Focus RS at MOUNTUNE!

The long awaited upgrades to my Focus RS have started! I've taken the ecoBeast along to Mountune to get started with the FPM375 package, boosting power from 350PS to 375PS and torque from 470Nm to 510Nm. The best thing is that Mountune work directly with Ford and as such it is fully covered by warranty through the Ford dealer network. As well as the FPM375, there is also the M380 package but that is not fully warrantied through Ford, but I did use the opportunity after taking a look around the workshop to take Mountune's demo car for a little drive. I'm not going to lie, the axle-back exhaust system has me tempted as the next modification!

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I Made SeenThroughGlass Buy a McLaren 540C! http://shmee150.com/i-made-seenthroughglass-buy-a-mclaren-540c/ http://shmee150.com/i-made-seenthroughglass-buy-a-mclaren-540c/#respond Mon, 09 Jan 2017 18:05:34 +0000 http://shmee150.com/?p=9914 I Made SeenThroughGlass Buy a McLaren 540C!

He's only gone and bought a McLaren! After shopping around, Sam from SeenThroughGlass has picked up a rather nice McLaren 540C. He's had his heart set on the Sports Series for a fair while and his brand new car comes equipped with a matte khaki military wrap (from Dub Customs) so naturally we met up to put the two together and discuss his purchase.

I feel like a little devil on Sam's shoulder, having pushed him into the land of mid-engine supercars. We drove in my 650S, a loaned 650S in Dubai, the 570GT press launch, out in my 675LT and most recently we crossed in Dubai when I had a 540C to drive. It's kind of been scripted out for him!

Sam's full launch video is over on his channel now: http://www.youtube.com/seenthroughglass

Congrats to him, what a car!

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I Made SeenThroughGlass Buy a McLaren 540C!

He's only gone and bought a McLaren! After shopping around, Sam from SeenThroughGlass has picked up a rather nice McLaren 540C. He's had his heart set on the Sports Series for a fair while and his brand new car comes equipped with a matte khaki military wrap (from Dub Customs) so naturally we met up to put the two together and discuss his purchase. I feel like a little devil on Sam's shoulder, having pushed him into the land of mid-engine supercars. We drove in my 650S, a loaned 650S in Dubai, the 570GT press launch, out in my 675LT and most recently we crossed in Dubai when I had a 540C to drive. It's kind of been scripted out for him! Sam's full launch video is over on his channel now: http://www.youtube.com/seenthroughglass Congrats to him, what a car!

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