For more than 25 years, Michael Dunlap has crafted uniquely original automobile models. Typically they are built to 1:12 scale, hand engraved and finished in 24 Karat gold. They are purchased for different reasons — their beauty as artwork, display in museums and trophies to commemorate special automotive racing events.
Each model is a commissioned order. Therefore, the price is determined by the complexity of the project desired by the client. The Indy cars displayed on the website got sold off for $60,000 and the NASCAR models managed to generate $70,000. Mike Dunlap is currently pricing a yacht, for a potential client in Dubai, for around $180,000.
Las Vegas comes to Vietnam via the Ho Tram Strip, a US$4.2 billion, 9,000 room integrated luxury resort and entertainment destination.
The resort will be Vietnam’s largest single tourism venture and it wll be built on the white sand beaches of Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province, in southern Vietnam.
Designed by renowned Las Vegas architect Paul Steelman, and themed on the concept of environmental preservation and conservation, Project I of the Ho Tram Strip will resemble a wildlife preserve, highlighting the lush natural beauty of the area while showcasing Vietnamese and Asian culture. Phase 1 of the project calls for a five-star hotel resort with 1,100 rooms, a championship golf course designed by Greg Norman, and Vietnam’s first Las Vegas-style casino.
The second phase will include an additional resort, another casino and more restaurants and nightclubs. When the Ho Tram Strip is complete there will be five resorts and a conference center.
Construction of Project 1 (Phase 1 and 2) – including the two five-star hotels, Vietnam’s first Las Vegas-style casinos and the specially designed Greg Norman golf course – is scheduled to commence in the second half of 2008 and be completed by 2011. The entire 169 hectares of the Ho Tram Strip, featuring five Las Vegas-style integrated resorts, is scheduled to be completely developed and operational within ten years.
MAZ Aviation has placed a commitment for six Airbus A350 XWB Prestiges to serve its customers, in what is the first deal for the type in the Middle East. The deal is also the largest single deal ever for Airbus corporate jetliners, and comprises one A350-800 and five A350-900s.
All six Airbus A350 XWBs will feature VIP cabins, and be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. The choice of cabin outfitters has yet to be announced.
The Airbus A350 XWB Prestige is the world’s newest airliner and, in its VIP version, offers unmatched widebody space and comfort – as well as the range to fly non-stop to the world. It has the widest cabin, greatest floorspace and longest range of any aircraft in its class.
“The kind of private customer that buys a VIP widebody wants the very best, and that’s exactly what they get with the Airbus A350 XWB Prestige,” says MAZ Aviation Chairman Mohammed Al Zeer. “With more cabin space, more range and a more modern design, the Airbus A350 XWB is the VIP widebody of the future.”
The Airbus A350 XWB features an advanced and efficient aerodynamic design, more than 50 per cent of its airframe is made of weight-saving carbonfibre composites, and has all of the new features customers expect in a new design from an innovative company such as Airbus.
Porsche Sport Driving School is a high performance driver education program, designed to enhance the driving skills of automotive enthusiasts by focusing on control, safety, situational awareness, and smoothness.
As such, the program teaches skills that have broad application in everyday driving.
There is so much that goes into expert driving that Porsche Sport Driving School divides these skills into singularly focused exercises.
The Chicago Spire, is one of the most ambitious projects in the U.S. According to Chicago Tribune, developer said Tuesday that it has sold 30 percent of the building’s condo units, which, it says, is proof the world’s tallest residential structure will be built.
The developer says they have already sold 30 percent of the building’s condo units, sending a strong signal that there is enough interest in the project despite the fact that the condos are priced higher than others in the city (the studio units start at $750,000) and that the developer has required 15 percent of a unit’s price upfront for each sale.
Spire spokeswoman Kim Metcalfe said the sales were achieved in just four months of marketing and counters critics who claimed the 2,000-foot-tall structure would never go up. Metcalfe emphasized that the 352 units booked are sales, not just offers of interest accompanied by deposits. “This is clearly a benchmark,” she said.
The Spire is designed with 1,194 units, including a $40 million penthouse, which is still for sale. The building is scheduled for completion in 2012.
French luxury-goods company Christian Dior have eventually unveiled its line of mobile phones, that we introduced to you two weeks ago, extending beyond its traditional fashion business to boost sales.
It took around three years to design the mobile clamshell and now “My Dior” is available in two editions
The first model is available for around $5,000 usd and the second one comes festooned with 640 stones of 3251 carats of Swarovski crystals, all imprinted on the case made of crocodile skin, hence justifying its price tag of $26,000.