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Rare sports car sells for record breaking £10.7m

A rare Ferrari has gone under the hammer for a record breaking £10.7 million at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex.

The 375-Plus model, fitted with a 4.9 litre V12 engine, broke the world record auction price for the manufacturer's luxury cars.

The car was sold with its original body panels, still bearing traces of the 1957 Cuban Grand Prix race colours. Credit: Bonhams/PA

The racing car, which was Ferrari's ultimate weapon to win the 1954 Sports Car Championship, was also the third highest price paid for any car sold at Bonhams auction house.

The sports car was entrusted to only be driven by the most skilled racing drivers and these included Argentinian Jose Froilan Gonzalez and the renowned Italian road racer Umberto Maglioli.

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Iconic speed record motor starts up in over 50 years

For the first time in 50 years, Sir Malcolm Campbell's iconic vehicle in which he set two world speed records, has revved her engine!

The Blue Bird was fired up at Beaulieu in the New Forest having undergone a complete rebuild.

The Blue Bird has been started up for the first time in 50 years Credit: ITV Meridian

Military vehicles gather in Museum

Among the vehicles will be an amphibious 6-wheel drive Stalwart Credit: Brooklands Museum

A museum in Surrey is hosting a range of assorted military vehicles as part of its celebrations for its 11th annual Military Vehicles Day.

The event has expanded this year to include re-enactment groups to represent some of the periods of the visiting vehicles.

The Royal Union Rifles will be representing the British Army of the Rhine, Infantry Battalion during the Cold War years of 1982 – 1989.

Sir Winston Churchill will also be in attendance, courtesy of Stan (Winstan) Streather.

The event will take place on Sunday 17th November alongside exhibitors and organisations including Help for Heroes and Scotties Little Soldiers- two charities which support those affected by conflict.

One of the cars at the museum on display to the public Credit: Brooklands Museum

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Creating the cars of the future

The government have launched funds for automotive companies to develop more energy efficient cars.

The £75 million fund will enable businesses to make and test new low carbon technologies.

The announcement was made by Vince Cable today.

He also announced a £1.5 million project that will test driverless cars.

The 'pods' will be able to carry two people and will run on designated pathways in Milton Keynes city centre.

It is planned in 2015 that 20 pods will be driver-operated and will run on lanes separated from pedestrians.

By 2017, 100 pods will use sensors to avoid obstacles and will run alongside pedestrians.

Video: the carwash where motorist became trapped

A driver has been rescued after becoming trapped in a carwash. It happened at a filling station in Oxfordshire.

The man left his car to enter the start code in the machine at Frilford Heath filling station, Abingdon. The carwash started, trapping the man between the frame of the machine and his vehicle. Fire crews rescued him by cutting away the car door.

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