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Southern Racer's Auction & Trade Show
Calendar: Events Calendar
January 19th to January 24th 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where: Old Builder's Square Building, 2601 Memorial Parkway, Huntsville, AL 35810
Contact: MCS Auctions, 765-366-2263, mcsauctions@wico.net

From the MCS Auctions web site:

Friday Jan 22
Doors open 10:00 AM
Auction Begins 11:00 AM

Saturday Jan 23 and Sunday Jan 24
Doors open 9:00 AM
Auction Begins 10:00 AM

CONSIGNORS: All Pre-consignments must be in hall by 3:00 PM on Thursday, January 21st or your numbers will be used by someone else!
Tuesday, Jan 19th, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday, Jan 20th, 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday, Jan 21st, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

EXHIBITORS: Exhibit Set-up - All exhibitor move-ins must be coordinated with our Trade Show Coordinator, prior to unloading.
Wednesday, Jan 20th, Noon - 7:00 PM
Thursday, Jan 21st, 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Doors will open hour prior to auction beginning each day for Vendors only for booth preparation. Trade Show Coordinator will post closing times each day for Vendors.

This looks like an interesting event full of race car parts and vendors.
First Look: 2010 Audi R8 V10
Calendar: Events Calendar
January 19th 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where: Hiley Audi, Huntsville, AL
Contact: Matt Kosmowski, Hiley Audi, 256-881-1881

After selling their previous r8, Hiley Audi placed an order for a new 2010 v10 model. This time, it was spec'd out exactly the way they wanted--manual, in white with carbon fiber sigma sideblades, with the older style 5-arm r8 wheels in a titanium finish and a whole bunch of other options. The msrp on this car runs around $160k, about $20k more than the v8 version that they previously had. But this is the only white one in the southeast US, so if you like it, this is the only place to get it.

The 2010 r8 changes several things from the original r8. Most notably is the new Lamborghini powerplant, producing over 100 more horsepower and changing the exhaust tone of the car.

Complimenting this new powerplant is a new exhaust system with automatic baffles that open up at speed to allow the new powerplant to release its full growl. I don't think the baffles opened up in any of the video clips, so the sound you hear is still just a muffled version of what this beast is capable of.

I had an opportunity to drive the previous r8, which was equipped with the r-tronic automatic. Since the new model was equipped with a manual, I simply took the word of those that have driven the both for the differences between the two.

The most notable comment I heard on the differences was a sense of refinement. The v10 model is smoother during normal driving, with less suspension and road feedback until put into sport mode. I was also told that it wakes up in a major way when driven aggressively.

The older v8 model was more linear in it's response, and I didn't recall sport mode changing much on the suspension in comparison to engine management, transmission, and throttle response.

Everyone said the v10 definitely makes its mark with a significant increase in power and acceleration from the v8. This was one of the areas where many saw the r8 lacking, but in v10 form, it is now up to par.

The manual comes equipped with a standard H gate, which took some time for drivers to get used to. But the appearance of the shifter and gate is almost like a work of art in itself, so this may be one area to sacrifice form over function.

The v10 comes equipped with LED lighting everywhere, including the headlights. This was my first time seeing LED lighting up close. And it's an interesting design, with a series of large LEDs aimed at a lens that creates the headlight beam. The signals and parking lights are also integrated into the front headlight unit, with arcs being the shape for most of the lighting besides the now signature Audi running light.

One thing I was disappointed about was that the running light now looks like a single light as opposed to the series of LEDs like on the v8. On the v8, these sparkled like jewels, while on the v10, they don't stand out as much.

Ironmancelica was detailing the new r8 in preparation for its place on the showroom floor, and since he has one of the nicest Celicas I've seen in the area, I took a few pictures of his car as well.

I'd like to thank Matt Kosmowski and the staff of Hiley Audi for contacting me about the opportunity to see this car up close. You'll want to go by and see the car in person. And while you're there, check out all the r8 features incorporated into the rest of the Audi line.

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Rocket City Miata Tuesday Social
Calendar: Events Calendar
This event occurs every 2 week(s) on Tuesday
January 1st to December 31st
06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where: See the calendar on www.rocketcitymiata.org

This is a social dinner for the Rocket City Miata club. If you have a Miata or are a Miata enthusiast, this is a great group of people to eat dinner with.
Rocket City Mustang Club Meeting
Calendar: Events Calendar
This event occurs on the Third Tuesday of every 1 month(s)
May 20th to December 31st
07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: Lone Star Steakhouse, 5901 University Drive Northwest, Huntsville, AL 35806-2506

This is the monthly organizational meeting for the Rocket City Mustang Club. Dinner starts at 6pm with the meeting starting at 7pm. Come out and see what this club has to offer.
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