Bobby Unser, Pikes Peak, 1958
OF ALL the many cars the XK engine has powered over its 70-year history, none is more unusual than a single-seater built for the Pikes Peak hill climb by the Unser family.
Pikes Peak is the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in North America and was discovered by Lieutenant Zebulon Pike in 1806. It soon became a popular tourist attraction, and the first hill climb for cars and motorcycles was held there in 1916, the same year a dirt road to the summit was constructed.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) – also known as ‘The Race to the Clouds’ – is now an annual automobile and motorcycle hill climb and, due to its challenges, is famous all over the world.
The track is 12.42 miles long, has 156 corners, and climbs 4,720ft on grades averaging 7.2 percent.
One name is linked to the event above all others: Unser.
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The Old Way
With manufacture of the X351 XJ now finished, the F-TYPE takes over the mantle of Jaguar’s oldest production model. To discover more about the continuing allure of this six-year-old sports car, we drive a 380PS V6 convertible from Lincoln to Bath on the UK’s oldest road, the Fosse Way
On the brink of the abyss in the early Eighties, Jaguar saw its fortunes turned around by a new chairman, John Egan. We meet up with him at the Jaguar Heritage Trust at Gaydon to talk about his strategies for the company’s recovery
The good old days
Dressing The Bonnet
With the bonnet now fitted to our E-type, we adorn it with lights
2003 XJ8 4.2 Sport
A heavy schedule sees Paul using the Project XJ8 to drive to photoshoots all over the country. But is the car reliable?
Forget handmade limousines – today’s luxury saloons are smaller and more economical, and while they don’t come with a chauffeur, they do offer a high level of specification. We check out the XF Portfolio
Bobby Unser, Pikes Peak, 1958
1966 E-type FHC; 1966 OTS
Jim is pleased to see the fixedhead coupe arrive homewith its bonnet fitted, while the open car goes into hibernation
After years learning his trade, Colin James felt it was time to establish his own business. We visit his workshop near Wakefield to learn more
UF/IFAS Professor Leads Effort to Establish Pomegranates in Florida
GROWING UP IN IRAN, Ali Sarkhosh worked on the family’s pomegranate farm, which has thrived for four generations.
The Greening Challenge
Executive Director of CRDF Tweaks Approach to Research
SIGNS of the SEASON
Cantaloupe Thrive in Florida’s Warm Climate
Minor Scores Major Win
Longwood Boy Places Second in Inaugural Cooking Competition by PAUL CATALA photos provided
GSA graduates 76 at June 13 commencement
BLUE HILL—Fair skies, seasonal temperatures, hugs, tears of joy, cheers and optimism set the tone for the George Stevens Academy Class of 2021 commencement.
Prepare for the Worst, Hope for the Best
AS ANY TRUE FLORIDIAN WILL TELL YOU, June marks the beginning of the hurricane season. And while Floridians pride themselves on their unflappable nature when it comes to crisis prep, it would be reckless to think a hurricane couldn’t bring this state to its knees. The agriculture industry, in particular, has a lot to lose if a storm targets our state. And unlike the cone of certainty, one thing is certain: Hurricanes can, and have historically, taken a toll on the agriculture sector. The damage can be catastrophic.
Longtime area pastor Vencill to come out of retirement
Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, New England Conference of the United Methodist Church, and Rev. Dr. Jacquelyn Brannen, Katahdin District superintendent, have appointed Rev. Gary R. Vencill to serve the Brooksville United Methodist Church and the Penobscot United Methodist Church effective July 1.
In The Heartland Highlands County
New UF/IFAS Extension Director Takes Lifetime Work in Ag, 4-H to the Next Level
Grassroots group seeks collaborative solutions for climate adaptations
BLUE HILL—If you’ve noticed milder winters, warmer waters, and a spike in sweltering summer days, you’re not alone. “Many, many people, hundreds of people, told us that they’ve noticed over their lifetimes that Maine is warming up,” said Dr. Cassaundra Rose of the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future. “Climate change is already a reality for Maine.”
Building Premier Blueberry Breeding Headquarters
TO BUILD A BETTER BLUEBERRY, the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is building a better blueberry lab. By mid-2022, we expect to complete U.S. higher education’s premier blueberry breeding headquarters.