Spyker eyes China, Gumball eyes Spyker

Victor Muller doesn’t slow down, does he?
In Geneva, whilst promoting Saab, he also decided on new wristwatch designs for Spyker and now in China, whilst showing both Saab and Spyker to the world’s biggest car market, he’s signed a deal for Spyker distribution in China.

Supercar producer Spyker has inked a deal with China Automobile Trading Co (CATC) to set up a joint venture in the country to distribute its models according to reports in Beijing.
The deal – apparently sealed at the Beijing Auto Show – by Spyker Cars CEO Victor Muller – would see the JV responsible for sales and after-sales service.
Both parties are however, still waiting on government approval for the JV deal.

I don’t think they’re going to have any trouble at all in selling their quota of vehicles this year and with their production now concentrated where their bodies are made in England, the result for Spyker could be much better than what we’ve seen in the past.
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I don’t know a lot about the Gumball 3000. From the little I do know, it looks like a bunch of wealthy types paying a bucketloand of money to drive exclusive cars – sometimes outside the boundaries of the law – and go to exclusive parties with other wealthy types.
It’d be my kind of gig if I only had the money and the car.
Anyway, the founder of the modern day Gumball 3000 is a guy named Maximillion Cooper (sounds like a rich guy, doesn’t he?) and apparently there’s a good amount of interest each year in the car he chooses to drive in his own event.
This year, it’s a Spyker C8 Laviolette LM85.
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It seems like a suitably outrageous car for such an event.
A look through the photos at that link shows you some of the great detail on the car, too.
Thanks to Martin K for the link!

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