AUTO DE FETE
Ferrari 250 GTO
The most desirable car ever. In the past 40 years Ferrari hasn’t surpassed this marriage of power and beauty. One went for Rs 56 crore at an auction.
Americans once made real cars, and how. One of the most powerful, most expensive, fastest, cars of the 1930s. A mint example might fetch Rs 20 crore at auction.
Named after a hot dusty desert wind, when launched in 1967, it was one of the fastest, most powerful cars available. It is still one of the most beautiful ever made.
Alfa Romeo 2900B 8C
A racing car for the road. An absolute treasure from the days when artists and engineers determined what cars would look like, not CAs and mbas seeking market share and profits.
There is a motoring God out there. There is no other explanation why a giant corporate makes something this good to drive—and makes it affordable.
So you thought you knew all about
This 34-year-old political whizkid is now the second Indian-American to become a US Congressman. Catch the glitch in his bio.
A. Has visited his ancestral village Khanpur in Punjab twice after his birth.
B. Converted to Roman Catholicism as a teenager.
C. Credited with rescuing Louisiana state’s Medicaid programme.
D. Gave himself the nickname ‘Bobby’ in college.
Answer D. He was a pre-schooler when he declared that his name was no longer Piyush, but Bobby. The nickname stuck.
Extreme (and extremely dangerous) sport where you leap off Buildings, Antennas, bridge Spans or natural features on the Earth like cliffs (and hence the acronymic name), and free fall for a while before parachuting to the ground.