This Rally-Prepped Porsche 356 is Only as Impressive as its Trailblazing Driver

first_img A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing WhistlePig Teams Up With Four Chefs on a New Whiskey Editors’ Recommendations The only thing better than a story about a classic car being given new life is one that includes an owner who is just as inspiring as the car.Renee Brinkerhoff is a 61-year-old mother of four, thrill-seeker, and amateur racing driver. Since acquiring a modified VW Beetle at the age of 17, Renee has been a self-prescribed car nut. After dreaming about racing for 35 years, Renee finally bit the bullet at age 55 and decided to get serious about her withheld passion.Image Courtesy of Valkyrie RacingFirst, Renee found the right car: a 1956 Porsche 356A Outlaw (if only we could all be so lucky to find such a perfect mate). To prove to herself and others that she was sincere in her ambitions, Renee signed up to compete in Mexico’s La Carrera Panamericana rally. After training with racing instructors and sharing a car in the 2012 competition, Renee settled on the 2013 rally as her earnest racing “debut.”To prepare for the race, the 356A was gutted and rebuilt into a competitive racing weapon. On the outside, it was still a classic shape, but beneath the sheetmetal was a 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine, dual weber carborateurs, a limited-slip differential, five-speed manual gearbox, 911-derived rear suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, roll cage, and 80-liter fuel cell.Image Courtesy of Valkyrie RacingPleased with the build, Renee entered the 2013 La Carrera Panamericana expecting to use the event as her own racing school. To say she learned quickly would be a gross understatement. Supported by a novice race team (Valkyrie Racing) and seasoned navigator, Renee made history as a woman, placing first in her class. The following year, Renee finished second in her class and 14th overall (she was the only woman who competed that year). After intense mechanical and psychological hurdles, Renee achieved another 2nd place class finish in 2015.The momentum hasn’t slowed: Renee and her race team are hungrier for seat time than ever before. Valkyrie Racing is now embarking on the 356 World Rally Tour, which will see her race the 356A in six rallies on all seven continents. The first race, completed this past October, saw Renee win her class at La Carrera Panamericana. Her next challenge is Australia’s Targa Tasmania this coming April 2018.From housewife to rallying trailblazer, Renne Brinkerhoff is our kind of hero. You can be sure we’ll be keeping tabs on her transcontinental adventures – you should too.Images courtesy of Valkyrie Racing. 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacylast_img read more

Aurora Cannabis revenue more than triples to 191 million

EDMONTON — Aurora Cannabis Inc. capped a busy year by seeing its revenues more than triple to $19.1 million in the fourth quarter.The Edmonton company says revenues for the three months ended June 30 were up from $5.9 million a year earlier.The company said the gross margin on medical cannabis was 74 per cent, up from 58 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017. The increase was mainly due to higher average selling price per gram of dried cannabis and a higher proportion of cannabis oil sales.Aurora Cannabis targeting October for U.S. stock listingThe cash cost for dried cannabis sold was $1.87 per gram, down from $2.09 a year earlier. The cash cost to produce dried cannabis also decreased 11 per cent, to $1.70 per gram, from $1.91. The decrease was primarily due to efficiencies from automation and yield expertise.The company sold 1,617 kilograms of dried cannabis and cannabis oils in the quarter, up from 755 kilograms a year earlier.The number of active registered patients increased to 43,308, up from 16,400.Net income attributable to shareholders was nearly $80 million, up from a $4.82 million loss a year ago.The increase was primarily attributable to the unrealized non-cash gain on derivatives and marketable securities, which was partially offset by increased finance costs, share-based payments, acquisition and project evaluation costs.For the full year, revenues increased to $55.2 million from $18.1 million in 2017.Net income attributable to shareholders was $71.9 million, up from a $13-million loss a year ago.Aurora Cannabis has completed 11 strategic acquisitions in the past year, while another is in progress.The number of employees increased to 1,400 from 300 at the end of the last fiscal year.The company says it intends to list its shares on a senior U.S. stock exchange.“Listing our shares on a senior U.S. exchange reflects the level of corporate and business maturity and our high-paced execution,” stated CEO Terry Booth. “This listing provides access to a broader investor audience who gain the opportunity to participate in our continued success.”Analyzing the performance of marijuana companies is tough because of accounting rules used in the agriculture industry that require companies to put a value on their pot plants before they are harvested, and approaches differ between producers on how to apply these guidelines. read more