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    Vegas Velocity

    By Bob Whitby

    OK, so maybe you’re not the reincarnation of Argentinian racing legend Juan Manuel Fangio. Maybe your prowess on the track is more akin to that of Juan Valdez driving a donkey loaded with coffee beans. No matter. This is Las Vegas, the city where every schlub can be a star, and now every wannabe can drive a racing Ferrari.

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    Hands Off My Bike!

    By Bob Whitby

    They say collectors buy what they wanted but couldn’t afford in their youth, and it must be true, because hundreds of beautiful, lust-worthy, collectible motorcycles are rolling into town to be auctioned off this weekend. I’ve got my eye on one in particular: a 1984 Yamaha RZ350 two-stroke screamer complete with “King” Kenny Roberts’ signature on the cowl. So, I’m warning you right now: step off, it’s mine.

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    Up in Smoke

    By Bob Whitby

    A dusting of asphalt particles wafted in the open window of the 2011 Jaguar XKR, coating the “warm charcoal” leather interior—with contrasting stitched accents—in a fine grit. Very uncivilized. I was warned. The instructor riding in the passenger seat lectured me about object fixation, smooth inputs and the punch of the Jag’s 510-horsepower, supercharged V-8 when it’s freed from the electronic traction control, a sort of leash that won’t allow the Jag to spin a wheel no matter how bad the driver.

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    Moto Geek Out

    By Bob Whitby

    What an incredible week for geeks. Porn geeks had the Adult Entertainment Expo, geek geeks had the Consumer Electronics Show, and motorcycle geeks had two, count ’em!, two high-end bike auctions in town. Heavenly.

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    Nikola Would Be Proud

    By Bob Whitby

    I have driven the future, and it’s electric. Expensive as hell, but electric. Tesla Motors, the California electric car manufacturer, wants to crack the Las Vegas market, so they’ve stationed representative Lance Merkin in Summerlin for the winter with a Lighting Green 2010 Roadster Sport, a $129,000 two-seater that does zero to 60 in 3.7 seconds, virtually tied with a Porsche 911 Turbo.

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