August 10, 2012
The parents of a man killed while riding in a Porsche driven by Jackass star Ryan Dunn last year are suing Dunn's estate and a local bar that served him alcohol. Dunn, 34, and Zachary Hartwell, 30, of West Chester, died in the crash just before 3 a.m. June 20, 2011, when the Porsche 911 GT3 veered off the westbound lanes of the Route 322 bypass in West Goshen Township, Chester County. Hartwell, 30, of West Chester, was a recently married Iraq War veteran. His parents, George and Arma Hartwell of Melbourne, Fla., are suing Dunn's estate and the tavern owner, Barnaby's West Chester Inc. The wrongful-death suit, first reported by Courthouse News, was filed in Common Pleas Court.
April 6, 2012
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, 76, who designed Porsche's classic 911 sports car and cemented his grandfather's name into the modern psyche, died Thursday in Salzburg, Austria. Mr. Porsche, known as F.A. to his colleagues, was head of the Porsche design studio in the early 1960s when the company developed the 911 model that remains its brand-defining product. The car, now in its seventh version, remains recognizably the same vehicle, with its sloping roofline; long, low hood; and prominent headlights.
March 26, 2012 |
It comes in an eye-popping shade of orange and zooms from 0 to 60 m.p.h. in less than four seconds with a feature called "launch control" on its way to a top speed of 200 m.p.h. - if you dare. And most buyers come to Chester County's sleek new McLaren Philadelphia dealership insisting on the fully loaded model at more than $300,000, or roughly 50 percent more than the current median price of a house in the region. Who buys such a pricey set of wheels when so many are standing in unemployment lines, drowning in underwater mortgages, and feeding their families with food stamps?
December 4, 2011 |
The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is a hot-rod variation on Jeep's superb new premium SUV. You could think of the SRT8 as the domestic answer to the Porsche Cayenne S or the alphanumeric-happy BMW X5 xDrive 35i. You could also regard this good-looking beastie boy, with its 460-horsepower Hemi V-8 and Brembo racing brakes the diameter of the earth's orbit, as the sport ute counterpart to the 556-horsepower Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon. Just as the CTS-V was the most fun I ever had in a wagon, the SRT8 gave me the best rush I ever experienced in an SUV. The SRT8 gets its considerable 2.5-ton self from zero to 60 in about 4.5 seconds.
October 28, 2011 |
A minor traffic accident involving a Jackass star turned surreal at times Thursday in Chester County when the driver at fault reportedly became giddy when he recognized the other motorist. State police said MTV star Brandon "Bam" Margera was "stopped at a properly posted stop sign" at 1:48 p.m. on southbound Locust Grove Road at Corrine Road in Pocopson Township, close to his home. An unidentified driver of a Ford pickup who was turning onto Locust Grove sideswiped Margera's 2011 Porsche Panamera, police said.
September 25, 2011 |
Rolls-Royce, which offers cars like the $447,000 Phantom convertible, enjoyed a record first half in 2011, with U.S. sales soaring 40 percent over the first six months of 2010. Bentley, purveyor of transit like the $193,270 Continental Flying Spur, was up 36 percent. High-ender Porsche's year-to-date sales here went up 30 percent. Luxury automaker Audi has set a U.S. sales record every month of this year, and probably could sell more here if it had enough cars. These national numbers are echoed in the experience of F.C. Kerbeck & Sons, an ultra-luxury and exotic-car dealer in Palmyra, Burlington County.
June 20, 2011 |
As a star of MTV's Jackass franchise, Ryan Dunn made a career out of cheating death, one cringe-inducing, skin-crawling stunt after another. Early Monday on a Chester County highway, that daredevil streak caught up with him. Dunn, 34, of West Chester, died just before 3 a.m. when his Porsche 911 GT3 veered off the westbound lanes of the Route 322 bypass in West Goshen Township. It careered through a guardrail, flipped over into a wooded ravine, crashed into a tree, and burst into flames.
March 5, 2011
BRADENTON, Fla. - WTSP.com in Tampa reported yesterday that the $190,000 Porsche Panamera belonging to Phillies reliever J.C. Romero was stolen Thursday night while being serviced at a local dealership. Romero drove the car to spring training from his home in Alabama. No further details were immediately available. Romero did not accompany the team to Bradenton yesterday. - Paul Hagen
November 7, 2010 |
A red Porsche 930 Turbo missed a curve at 5:41 a.m. A sports star at the top of his game slammed into a concrete wall in front of an elementary school in Camden County. The Flyers kept winning hockey games, but life was never exactly the same. It's been a quarter-century since Pelle Lindbergh was taken off life support in a South Jersey hospital on Nov. 11, 1985. His name still resonates, images still flicker, a tragic chapter in local sports folklore is still discussed. Virtually all sports fans living here at the time can remember getting the news of the car crash and the details that soon filtered out. The Flyers goalie had been drinking at an after-hours place with teammates.
August 10, 2010
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - In the context of world events, DeSean Jackson's first real comments at Eagles training camp rank somewhere in between Lindsay Lohan's recent stay in the pokey and Brett Favre's umpteenth retirement. (Is he back yet?) But on the 15th day of camp - the 12th since the star wide receiver arrived at Lehigh - Jackson briefly broke his vow of silence to reveal how much longer he would remain, well, silent. "I'll talk with y'all closer to the regular season," Jackson said as he got into his black, four-door Porsche following Monday afternoon practice.