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Richard Hammond reveals his new car rebuild project

Published: 29/Mar/2020 14:35

by Connor Bennett

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The Grand Tour host Richard Hammond has revealed his new car restoration project in the form of a Jaguar XK 120 – though it isn’t the only Jaguar he has work being done on. 

As a part of the iconic Top Gear – now The Grand Tour – trio, Richard Hammond has been able to get behind the wheel of some of the world’s fastest, rarest, and most unique cars. 

Aside from his on-screen work, the British TV presenter has amassed a pretty nice collection of vehicles for himself as well – though his ownership of a Tesla might be a bit touch-and-go after his almost disastrous charging blunder. Yet, while plenty of the UK is working from home, Hammond is diving into an all-new restoration project. 

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The Grand Tour host has driven some of the most expensive cars in the world.

The Birmingham-born host revealed that he, as well as a few mechanics, are working on restoring a Jaguar XK 120 back to its former glory, although it isn’t going to be an instant rebuild. 

“We’re going for a total restore on this, ground-up,” the DriveTribe member said, showcasing what parts he has for the classic Jaguar. “There are bits missing. The chassis, the engine we have, all the running gear, but this is the key bit – the body.”

Though, Hammond did allow himself to jump ahead a few steps and talk about the potential paint job for the car once it’s finished – but the trio couldn’t quite settle on what it should look like at the end. 

Aside from that, the car reviewer also revealed that he has another Jaguar XK in the works with the same mechanics – but that one is an XK 150 and it is ready to be painted and fitted with a few other parts.

As for when he’ll be able to take the pair for a spin and have them back on the roads, that remains to be seen as there is still plenty of work to be done. But, he said he was hoping it was “soonish” and would be keeping fans up-to-date with a few other videos.

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Russian Instagram influencer torches his $150,000 Mercedes on purpose

Published: 25/Oct/2020 0:46

by Bill Cooney

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An Instagram influencer literally set his own $150,000 Mercedes Benz on fire after he got fed up with how his local dealership was repairing it.

Several videos of Russian Instagram and YouTube star Mikhail Litvin torching the black GT 63 S went viral over the weekend, with people around the internet both amazed and horrified that someone has enough extra cash rolling around they can just send a luxury car up in flames.

But, Litvin’s display surprisingly wasn’t just a random instance of pure, nihilistic capitalism captured on film, as he claims he was sending a message to his local Mercedes dealership and the company as a whole.

The saga begins like this: Mikhail bought a brand new GT 63 S (running around $140,000 to $160,000) and somehow, broke the engine five times in a row through various automotive shenanigans.

Eventually, he became fed up with how his local Mercedes Benz dealership was repairing the vehicle each time he brought it in, even replacing the turbo kit with one purchased off of eBay at one point.

Paying to have sub-par parts installed in his car seems to have been the final straw for the Russian, who filled his trunk up with gasoline and brought plenty of cameras to a deserted field to send his vehicle off with a Viking funeral.

After bathing the car in fuel, Litvin lights a Looney Tunes-style trail from offscreen and the poor four-door goes up in a massive fireball.

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Litvin made sure not to miss a spot.

After contemplating all the memories he had in the Mercedes while the inferno raged behind him, the YouTuber drove into the sunset with his new whip, a classic teal Lada that only needed a little bit of a running start to get going.

With over 11 million followers on Instagram and 4 million subscribers on YouTube, chances are good that Litvin will be picking up a fly new car sometime soon to replace the smoking heap that was his GT 63 S.

Exactly what he’ll replace it with remains to be seen, but we’d bet he’ll have a video out about it when he does.