Bill Wood’s – Some Things You Should Know: 11-10-31

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Monte Carlo winner Bryan Bouffier will not be among the contenders for the Intercontinental Rally Challenge title in next week’s Cyprus decider after Peugeot decided to only send Thierry Neuville to the event. Bouffier is currently fifth in the standings, 21 points behind leader Jan Kopecky, but with double points on offer in Cyprus. Corsica and Sanremo winner Neuville is third, five points ahead of Bouffier. Neuville admitted that he would be an underdog in Cyprus given his limited gravel experience. Here’s more:

Bryan Bouffier – Xavier Panseri. Peugeot 207 S2000. San Remo 2011 SS7

IRC: Rally of Scotland 2011_Highlights (Part 1/2)

After SS14/SS15: Scotland win for Mikkelsen. IRC: Rally of Scotland 2011_Highlights (Part 2/2)

The early stages of preparations at Paphos for the 2011 IRC Cyprus Rally, final event of the IRC season.

An out lap in the #4 Corvette at Road America, 5th May 2011. Oliver Gavin driving.

Le Mans Complete Lap Onboard narrated by Oliver Gavin as he drives his Corvette around Circuit de La Sarthe, Le Mans, France.

Each year, Phoenix Marketing International analyzes national data on millionaire households to reveal which U.S. states attract the most high-income families. This information is being published first on The overall number of millionaire households in the U.S. has increased nationwide for the second time in two years. In 2011, there were 5.94 million millionaire households, compared with 5.56 million households a year earlier, an increase of approximately 6.8 percent. Nearly every U.S. state saw an increase in its total number of millionaires, adding thousands of households to millionaire status, according to the new numbers from Phoenix Marketing. The study defines millionaire households as those with $1 million or more in investable or liquid assets (excluding sponsored retirement plans and real estate). Here’s more:

Seven-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb is launching his own sports car team, with entries in the Le Mans Series and France’s Porsche Cup planned for 2012. The Frenchman says the project will be his post-rallying future. The rallying legend twice raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours and other smaller events. Loeb recently committed to two more seasons in the WRC with Citroen. Sebastien Loeb Racing will be a partnership with Loeb’s friend Dominique Heintz, and will run two cars in France’s Porsche Matmut Carrera Cup and a single car in the one-make prototype FLM class of the LMS. Loeb said he saw the sports car team as the focus of his post-WRC career. Here’s more:

Rally driver Kevin Abbring has won the Driver of the Academy award following the completion of the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy for 2011. The 22-year-old Dutchman, along with the 11 other drivers included in the FIA Institute Academy, completed the final workshop in Austria this week. The award win comes shortly before Abbring’s chance with Volkswagen’s young driver assessment program on next month’s Rally GB. Here’s more: Dutch rally driver Kevin Abbring entered the Gymkhana Grid Invitational with a quick rally car and found the convergence more than acceptable. He was one of the fastest because of his skill, his car and his methanol fuel. You can get inside all of it with Kevin during these few minutes.

Now, What Do You Think? this week: A recent You Tube comment had this suggestion for Sebastien Loeb: “Stop Winning!” I enjoy history and Loeb’s string of championships is historic. Would you like to see it stopped at seven during Rally GB? Yes, Absolutely! No, Loeb’s too tough! You can vote at GET BUSY!! Take a minute to vote. Learn something about yourself!

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An unusually early and powerful nor’easter dumped wet, heavy snow Saturday on parts of the mid-Atlantic region, weighing down or toppling trees and power lines and knocking out electricity for 1.7 million as the storm headed toward New England.

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