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Posted by on Jun 17, 2018 in Cars |

Why are used car prices plummeting rapidly? How to avoid the pitfalls of buying used.

Why do new cars cost more every year yet their used counterparts are decreasing in value? According to a detailed study conducted by Used Cars Exposed, a five year old used car is worth considerably less now than five years ago for the same age car. In other words, the average new car in Australia in 2000 depreciated by 30% after three years compared with 21% in 1995. At this rate, a 2003 model will lose 36% of its value after three years.
Alarmingly, used car values in the United States have dropped by the same amount although used cars in this country depreciate quicker than in Australia.
The average car in the united Kingdom now loses a staggering 68% of its new purchase price after three years compared with 62% from 1993.
The big question on everyone’s lips right now is: ‘how much will my new car be worth in five years?’ More to the point, how much can the average person afford to lose? As times are slowly getting tougher and inflation is on the rise, many families and average wage earners are turning to used cars. Whether it is the average family buying a second run-about or the student looking for his/her first car, used cars are going to be with us long into the future.
But before you go out and buy the first used car that you see, or even the one that your grandfather’s friend is selling, there are dangers to look out for.
I, James Alphonse, was recently in the market for a used car but did not have a clue what to buy. People with well meaning advice scared me with comments like: ‘what if the car is unreliable?’ or ‘do you know what problems to look for?’ and ‘do you understand how each car operates and handles?’
No, I had no idea. Foolishly I bought an old Gemini from a friend for more than it was really worth and it proved to be the most unreliable bomb I ever owned. Over a period of three years I ended up spending nearly $4,000 just to keep it in working order. What a waste of money!
It was only then that I decided to look for some sort of information book that would give detailed information about every used car such as the average used price per year, reliability and recall report, test drive, what problems to look out for, fuel economy, overall practicality and model history. nothing of its kind existed – up until now. An acquaintance, Mr. A. Milkins has recently started a new web site that provides this very information plus more. Derived from technical service bulletins and extensive research since 2001, Used Cars Exposed was released in late 2003. Speaking to mr. Milkins, this is what he told me:
“Basically, Used Cars Exposed endeavours to provide the average person with all the vital information they need when considering purchasing a used car. For a modest AU$35 price tag, buyers in this market have all the resources for nearly every make and model dating from 1970 to the present day. It takes virtually all the worry and risk out of finding the right car. Armed with this valuable data, one can boldly select a used car and rest assured knowing they may have saved themselves from losing thousands in repairs,”
Does Used Cars Exposed serve only Australia?
“No, special editions are available for the American and British markets as well as Australia. A South African version will also be on offer soon,”
Do you think this is good value for money?
“AU$35 is only US$18 and 14 pounds in England. Considering that the Used Cars Exposed CD-book contains around 200 of pages of valuable information that can save you a small fortune, of coarse it is good value,” Mr. Milkins said.
The advice in the CD was definitely worth its weight in gold as I have been able to avoid a few pitfalls and am now driving a decent used vehicle.
Check out http : // usedcarsexposed . com and save a fortune.

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Posted by on May 21, 2018 in Cars |

b1163

Here is a Nissan Sunny (B11)

image from: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nissan_Sunny_(B11)_01.jpg

I mean it ant the fastest car in the world but it might be a fun fixer upper to zip around for a kids starter car.

what would you do to it? how would you fix it up? add-ons and cool features you would do if it was yours or your kids?

leave your comments below please.

have you ever owned this same car?

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Posted by on May 21, 2018 in Cars, Race Cars |

a19794

What about a 1979 for a race car… a BMW!

Check out this sweet ride:

Image from: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BMW_M1_(1979)_p2.JPG

 

do you like the color of this car?

My daughter says this car is unique and economical and the tires don’t have enough silver, that’s the bad part about it. She does not like the BMW emblem.

She says the tires are to much black, she would like it if they were fuchsia pink. 🙂

This car she would love to decorate with stickers on the outside but just not the windows and she would love this car to sparkle.

She would also want this car to have the shape the taller so that when she gets in the car into her car seat she wouldn’t hit her head on the top every time.

She would like the review side mirrors to be the color of green.

She says the color of this car is not in unique and she would like this car to be the color of violet.

by the way she is 5 years old in a few weeks. lol

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Posted by on Mar 22, 2018 in Cars, Race, Tinted Windows |

Does Your Street Race Car Have Tinted Windows?

Hey there,

Happy you stopped by this post… I wanted to write a post about your street Race Car having Tinted Windows or not and if not, why?

As Race Car lovers, we put so much money into our rides, from rims, tires, paint, graphics, and all sorts of engine enhancements plus all kinds of interior upgrades and add-ons…

One of the most valuable things you can invest in your race car is window tinting. There are many benefits, most commonly is changing the looks with Tinted Windows. But you also get UV protection from the sun’s harmful rays. You can also protect the interior from cracking and fading from the sun damage… most high quality films protect from skin cancer and is backed my the Skin Cancer Foundation.

With Tinted Windows you can go with dark tints for more of a privacy look also known sometimes as a ghetto look but can also serve a purpose if you need privacy to hide tools or something like that in the back of a truck or van… As you know we are more taking about race cars here and not trucks or van, so some of us do like there windows blacked out pretty dark getting the Gangster look.

You can also go with a really light shade if you want to be seen easier in your ride, this is more for the benefits of UV Protection and or Heat Rejection from some of the higher end films out there.

You can also go with something in-between, the medium shades keep your race car looking more classy looking, more of my personal favorites. People can obviously tell your windows are tinted but its not supper dark either.

All Tints are not created equal… there are many different brands of automotive window film out there and within each brand there are multiple different lines of films. Each have there different qualities and benefits that should be considered before getting your windows tinted.  So do your research before investing in window tinting for your ride… Trust me it’s not worth it to go cheap in the short run just to save money because it will cost you double or triple in the long run if you go with cheap tint. I have seen it first hand.

Enjoy this video I found on YouTube

and feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you think…

Do you have your car tinted?

How light or dark did you go?

What brand of film did you go with?

What line within that brand did you get?

leave a pic of your car if you can.

 

Thanks and all the best,

Check you on the next post.

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Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Cars, Race |

The Drivers I’m Obsessed With Now

I’m going to just kinda blog a list of the drivers I’m obsessed with right now.

Sometimes it changes depending on how the race season is going and I do have a few that I cheer on win or lose.

But I do like to branch out and cheer for others and get to know their stories.

You never know, they might become the next big racecar driver.

 

Jimmie Johnson, just thinking about that amazing 2006 win.

Just an amazing over all athlete.

Jimmie Johnson


Dale Earnheardt Jr. mostly because I love that he is Dale Earnheardt’s son.

Like I said in a previous post, I believe racing is in your blood.

Dale Earnheardt Jr.


 

Denny Hamlen, I’m just excited to watch this guy and see what he does.

Denny Hamlen

 


Ty Dillon because I like the state of North Carolina.

I’ve visited there a lot for some races and I like this guy.

Ty Dillon


Danica Patrick because she is rocking it for the women.

Women love racing too!!

Danica Patrick


Really watching Chase Elliot too.

Such a young and fun to watch racer.

Chase Elliot


So excited to watch these drivers in this Sunday’s race.

I may have a new favorite by the end of the race or be surprised that I’m rooting for someone who I didn’t think twice about.

I’ll be setting up all my snacks and enjoying this race for sure.

Interested to see how everyone’s cars are doing and how they believe the season is going to go.

There is a new point system and a few rule changes based on the size of the motors.

Every race always has something exciting going for it.

I’ll be rooting the loudest for Chase Elliot for this race.

Really believing in him and his team.

I love rooting for an underdog.

Excited to see who takes home that checkered flag!!

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Posted by on Mar 19, 2017 in Cars, Race |

Becoming A Racer In A Race Car

How do you become a race car driver.

This is a tough question. I’m not sure it’s an easy one to answer.

There’s all kids of advice out there on the web. I think one thing that is missing from what most people will tell you is that it just might need to be in your blood. That’s right! I said it. I’ve been around race cars all my life.

There’s so much to learn and I’m not sold on the idea that you can be taught how to drive a race car.

There’s something about the hand eye coordination, the risk assessment, and listening to your intuition that comes into play when your driving a race car. I think its passed down in your DNA. Sure you could be a pretty boy and only drive a car, I know drivers out there that are just the face.

There’s something about working on your car and knowing every part of it. When you get inside it becomes part of you and you work together to win the race. There’s something about knowing the sounds your car makes.

It gives you an extra boost of adrenaline to know your car is about to fall apart but you need one more lap. Let alone the fact that you can’t afford for the car to fall apart because you don’t have that many sponsors.

When you grow up around race cars, you’ll know what kind of chassis you want for the type of racer you want to become.

You’ll already know all the great junkyards and parts stores that you’ll need to be hooked up with.

Race car driving is a tight knit community.

You’ll have a lot of questions coming in blind, so to speak. The community you will want to get acquainted with is your local speedway.

After you have your car, which OMG takes a lot, you’ll enter yourself in a race based on that car. Work on winning these races and making money and racking up your points. This will give you your first sips of fame of becoming a race car driver.

How I Became A Racing Driver And Bought My Own Godzilla

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Published on Feb 24, 2016

When Jann Mardenborough entered Nissan’s GT Academy back in 2011, he never thought he would go on to win the whole competition and become a professional racing driver. This is his incredible story…

Follow Jann on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/jannthaman

—– Follow Car Throttle —–
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/carthrottle
On Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/carthrottle

—– Music by —–
YouTube: http://youtube.com/tomkentmusic

—– Credits —–

“GAMER TAKES ‘REAL’ STEP TOWARDS F1” by NISMO TV
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YQMX

“SEBRING 12HR – JANN MARDENBOROUGH” by NISMO TV
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_Y5X

“Nissan GT Academy: Introducing 2011 Winner, Jann Mardenborough” by NissanUK
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMy0O

“AMAZING JOURNEY FROM GT ACADEMY TO F3 – Jann Mardenborough’s first Formula 3 at Silverstone” by NISMO TV
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMRVE

“Jann Mardenborough, Ep. 1 – A winning taste for Gran Turismo” by Nissan Europe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-s2D

“Jann Mardenborough, Ep. 2 – Toughing out the competition” by Nissan Europe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgDXi

“PLAYSTATION TO P1” by NISMO TV
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrZke

Comments • 1,308

Tarik Tune

Play video games, become a race car driver? Count me in.

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Xtreme Gamerz

+Leijonafani gran turismo sport must use a VR as well as da Academy.

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Qusay Aqooly

Xtreme Gamerz me2 I play video games of racing

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Stevethe11th

When I saw the video in my feed I was like, Alex get over the fact you aren’t a race car driver. And then it was an actual story from a race car driver.

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joey BOYER

+Stevethe11th forgot to tag you

Stevethe11th

+joey BOYER lol, I agree, country and hip hop is unbearable

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UKnoIT

Holy shit! He looks like the PRETTY VERSION of Black Panthaa

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Hyundai Accent Fan Club

Do you ever plan on buying a Hyundai Accent???

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LEET H4X0R

+Weston Adams it was a joke I love my civic. I’ll never get eid of it 400k strong

Weston Adams

+LEET H4X0R Thank god. You nearly gave me a heart attack.

L_E_A_N_D_Y

I like this more than my my school’s anti drug video

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Almighty

+Whydoesitmatter cars and weed 😀 😀

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Ruben van der Peet

+Whydoesitmatter cause cars are good for you

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RepsolHonda26

I work in a supermarket bit different to racing driver 😔

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Gamer Z

shopping carts have really good steering angel for drifting

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ThatGuyNamedScott. C

+Gamer Z I learnt that! Getting them transitioning on point

Felix Gijón

such a great video. nice to know people still achieve their dreams nowadays.

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Car Throttle

+Felix Gijón Agreed

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bmwz4931 MLG420

+Car Throttle i love your channel <3

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IAN LAI

First saw the title and thought Alex bought the GTR…

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nubserver

+Human Being original Godzilla not old gtr.

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Edison Widener

+IAN LAI its still the godzilla

LA of LA

Documentary quality (which is a complement) good job Ethan

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Mouldy CPU

+Huey Camus I’m amazed by the fact that so many YouTube commenters don’t know they can edit their comments.

Tom24cupra

what accident happened

B Fuller

I’ve asked like a dozen times but you need to do more of these high quality reader’s rides. they are your best videos.

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DeathlyHall0w

SO THATS WHAT GT ACADEMY WAS….. FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

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Bryan Doherty

To me he looks like a younger Lewis Hamilton. I wish him the best of luck in his racing career.

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Bryan Doherty

+Bahamuttiamat he would have to get into a young driver program. Maybe he’ll find someway to get involved with Infiniti the hopefully it would get him a seat in Red Bulls young driver program. I think Infiniti still sponsors Red Bull Renault

Bahamuttiamat

+Bryan Doherty Infiniti and redbull have severed their ties.  Infiniti is only associated with renaults works team.

xboxgamer969

So basically, if that update for Gran Turismo didn’t come out he’d be probably working a 9 to 5 job instead of being a racecar driver

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Giovanni T

gran turismo changes lives…

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Judge Victorio

+GXTdrifts Lives not life’s..

Mikeeeeu

Is a Nissan Racing Driver, parks on the wrong side of the gas pump. 4:46

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Boi

Mikeeeeu newbie

Sidharth Babu

he looks and sounds like Lewis Hamilton lol

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Fearless Ghost

Babu Nair that’s what I was thinking too!!😂😂

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daniglevelas_

A lot of people share this dream. Unfortunately, I play Xbox.

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SofaKingSteezy

+Joeri Smit lol

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daniglevelas_

+Ryan Zamora (SofaKingSteezy) No, it´s not the same. There are many exclusive games that are also avaible on PC. Halo, for example. “Xbox exclusive”. (The industry just want to make money, so all is possible ;))

StifleroGaming HD

My dream is to become a racing driver. When I was a kid, my dad took me and put on the driver seat, and the only thing what I could see then is pedals and the dash. From that moment, I love cars. Anything about them. I was driving the kart, but never get ongoing with that because it is too expensive. I was following F1 since 2003, when I was 6-7 years old. I remember sitting in the sofa and watching them racing at Monaco, and when that onboard video came up to the screen, I would take the remote controller and acting like I’m using real steering wheel. I was so happy watching them, and “driving” with them. Now, I can only race on computers, playing simulations of the old F1.. ’89. Golden era of F1. Because I don’t have a chance to get my dream become true, I wish for people who does have chance and have LOVE, pure LOVE to do racing – please go. It is something beautiful. Most beautiful thing on this earth! And yes, if you want to check my videos here on YT, go to my channel.. I have few of them, maybe you will like it. And yes, I’m happy about this guy. He madded my day.

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Pedro Antunes

Thx for the inspiration will do my best sir

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giro227

sounds so easy right? well he had to be better in a video game and better then million of other gamers.. and he worked hard and made it, stop hating and admire him. GT is the best racing game ever!!!

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Alberto 9324

+Cricis11700 nuuuuuu

MozoFozo

giro227 nfs ultimate rice 2 is the best

Joshua Chandra

this man gives us all hope to an unattainable dream

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M RO

6 seconds into the video i’m already wet :3

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Landon Bierfreund

He looks like Lewis Hamilton and Black Panthaa had children

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Adam Glover

If car throttle responds I will walk down the shop and buy some Jaffa cakes in my pjs

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Adam Glover

+Christopher Smart lol

Christopher Smart

+Adam Glover if I could take a photo I would haha I have 36 of them…

Rudy

sucks that the price of most GTRs are skyrocketting as we speak…

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godzillaisnuclea123

Jealousy intensifies

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fin slidezz

i just bought my own project mazda 626

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fin slidezz

+Alex Missi ei kannata tuomita autoa näyn takia

KlanStar

+miksu poika No ny kuulostaa hyvältä, mutta mieluummin Fiat Multipla sleepperi :DD

salman12322

Car Throttle, notice me! #ilovephil

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Car Throttle

+salman12322 Noticed

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Bradley Porter

Car throttle is the best Gas Kings sucks! It’s annoying

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Tai Lopez

Bradley Porter *best, Gas

MozoFozo

Bradley Porter they are are good

NFSNinerFan

That R32 is gorgeous!

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Arian-S

+NinerFanGaming Well hello there!

Aaron Pagaduan

I always wanted to be a racer and I’m 16yrs old but thing is I would never make it to the top I don’t have a chance like the guy in the video did

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Aaron Pagaduan

+clhatcher1 thanks I’ll look into it!!

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Seth the guy

I am in ur same position, but i have a plan, if some miracle doesnt come thru like this, i take auto mechanics at my career center, im going to try to go to a tech school then work til enough cash is at hand for a full race course at a high performance driving school

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RJ jr.

is it just me or he actually looks like long lost brother of lewis hamilton ? i mean at first sight i was like ” is that lewis hamilton or what ?” maybe i should stop watching F1 … :/

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Shift4g

I was on my way to being a racing driver, but I just kept getting taller. Stupid genes!

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Bas van der Meij

The point is.. I like this very much and I love that he got his chance to follow his dream but so many people can’t.. So many people can actually have the skill and talent but just never get noticed. I mean, many people actually don’t make it in their dream career and have to work dead end jobs.. I guess only go for opportunities if they actually are there or try a different route. I am first focusing on getting something stable and then I want to see if I can get involved in things like rallycross, it is something I have always been into as a kid, Whenever I watched it I was like omg, cool!!!! Though, the closest I can get now is go to an empty parking spot near where I live and try to push the car as far as it can on a really tight corner section. Anyway, driving feels good. (=

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Daniel Smith

+Bas van der Meij Brother, that’s great! I’m NOT hating on you for having a relationship! If it’s serious, really serious, let her know exactly what you want to acheive and what you’re doing to strive for it. Women love dreamers, as long as they’re achievers! Trust me, you want as many people in your corner as you can. I’m just saying, make it before you start a family… Just my opinion, nothing more.

Bas van der Meij

+Daniel Smith I know man, I know. ^^

felipegames12

I wonder how can GranTurismo have the GT Academy with all the racing cars and money that they spend on it, but fail to make a decent racing simulator.

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PoisonHeadcrab

+felipegames12 Because if they made a “decent” or realistic racing simulator, designed for players with hundreds or thousands of dollars of racing peripherals, by far not as many people would play it, and they wouldn’t get as much money as they get now, where they made a game that aims to be accessible to all the everyday console players. A bit tragic indeed, but still, I feel it’s a necessary part to get people into the hardcore simulators (which are not available on console too) and buying somewhat usable wheels and pedals.

Honey Weed

+PoisonHeadcrab You are right. I started with GT4, then GT5 and bought myself a g25. Now I only play iRacing and some other sims on PC. This is the route that most simracers go. Forza/GT, buy a wheel and then go to the cool stuff.

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The Scottish Stig

I swapped out all of my dads car CDs for some Phil Collins CDs I found in the basement…

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Car Throttle

+The Scottish Stig Alex will be thrilled to hear this.

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Walsh

I got the skills to, but never got chance to use it on real track.. Only on streets. To bad we live in a world like this. Where we can’t get a chance for something greater. Only few of us go through…

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simon jones

+laos85 Race street only. it’s much more exciting and better skill

laos85

Your point does not makes sense, street is not for racing, only stupid kid do it. There’s way more fun and challenge corner on the tracks.

Antique Production

i wait for Battlefield academy…

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Rasiel0nBlackBerry

you know you could just join the army it’s not some prestigious thing that cost lots of money or time just enlist yourself

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ZenGamer97

Having played Gran Turismo for years and participating in the GT Academy races etc i have huge respect for this dude. Cool guy

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Lord Gaming

im 13 and my dream is to become a racing car driver just like Jann Mardenborough I really hope that GT academy will be on in 5 years

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destructo

He forgot what side his tank was on while fueling. Ha

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Knight of the Templar

if lewis hamiltons mum was chinese…

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