1960-1969 Jaguar Mark II

Production of the 1960-1969 Jaguar Mark II:
Specifications of the 1960-1969 Jaguar Mark II: Length, inches: 181.0 Wheelbase, inches: 107.4 Weight, pounds: 3,200-3,360 Price

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, new: $4,800 U.S. for 3.8-Litre in 1960 Engines for the 1960-1969 Jaguar Mark II:

Different Ways to Cook Whole Kernel Corn

Fresh, crisp whole kernel corn is a favorite addition to summer meals, but can be enjoyed all year long if you opt for frozen or canned corn. You can cook corn to serve as a side dish, or include it in casseroles, skillet dishes or salads. Experiment with new cooking methods to vary the flavor of this all-American classic.
Boiling is the easiest way to cook fresh or frozen corn. Remove the husks and silk from fresh corn and cut away the kernels from the cob. Place one to two inches of water into a saucepan and add a pinch of sugar, rather than salt. Bring the water to a rolling boil over high heat and add the corn. Wait for the water to return to a rolling boil and immediately remove the corn from the hot water for crisp, moist kernels or allow to boil for three to seven minutes if you prefer a more tender kernel. Drain excess water and add butter to the hot corn

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. Salt and pepper to taste.
Roasting corn in the oven is a flavorful alternative to boiling. Toss corn kernels with a small amount of olive oil, then season — try cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, garlic or your favorite spices. Arrange the corn kernels in a shallow baking pan, preferably in a single layer. Roast in a preheated 425 degree Fahrenheit oven for 20 minutes, stirring several times as the corn browns in the oven.
Saut¨¦ed or fried corn is a rich and luxurious change from boiled kernel corn. Cut corn from the cob for the best result, or use frozen corn. Melt several tablespoons of butter over medium heat, then add the corn to the pan. Saut¨¦ until cooked through, approximately seven to eight minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add jalape?os or mild chilies for an extra flavor boost.
While canned or frozen corn works for corn casseroles, you can also create a creamy and delicious casserole with fresh corn. Cut the kernels off of the ear with a sharp knife. Press firmly on the cob to remove as much of the juice as possible. Mix the corn with half and half, whole milk or heavy cream and butter. Allow 1/3 cup half and half and 1 tbsp. of butter per four ears of corn. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes.

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti

Famed coachbuilder Sergio Scaglietti hadn¡¯t worked with Ferrari in 17 years when the phone call came. ¡°I found out two hours before the presentation the car¡¯s name was [Ferrari 612] Scaglietti,¡± he beamed. ¡°They called me and said to be sure to make it to the introduction of ¡®my car.¡¯ I was flabbergasted.¡±
Ferrari indeed wished to honor the Modena stylist and coachbuilder associated with some of its most beautiful early sports cars. It chose for the purpose the new Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, six to suggest the liters displacement, 12 for its number of cylinders.

Ferrari pitched this, its largest road car ever, as a genuine four-seater rather than a 2+2. The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti’s long-hood, short-deck Pininfarina-styled body with its scalloped sides paid homage to the famous Ferrari 375 MM ¡°Berlinetta Aerodinamica¡± Pininfarina built in 1954 for Roberto Rossellini as a gift to Ingrid Bergman.
The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti¡¯s unveiling at the 2004 North American International Auto Show in Detroit marked two Maranello milestones. It was the first time America was the site of the international launch of a Ferrari model. And it commemorated the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the first Ferrari road car into the United States.
Once the nostalgia and hoopla were satisfied, it became evident the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti also represented a revolution in Ferrari construction through weight savings from its all-aluminum technology. The body was made in the Scaglietti body-construction facility, and it featured a space-frame chassis developed in conjunction with aluminum giant Alcoa.
The chassis was of aluminum extrusions connected by aluminum casts that acted as joints. Sheet aluminum reinforced the structure

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, and special heat treatments made the alloy panels more resistant to deformation.
The 540-horsepower 5748cc V-12 had four valves per cylinder, light alloy construction, and a new exhaust system that reduced back pressure. It was positioned far behind the front axle for superb handling, a placement that dictated the car¡¯s somewhat controversial rearward cabin placement.

This was the first Ferrari with CST (Control for Stability and Traction) as a handling aid. The system, which worked with the antilock and antiskid functions, had Normal and Sport settings, or could be deactivated completely. Buyers could choose a traditional six-speed manual transmission or an updated version of the F1-derived paddle-shift system.
Despite being longer than a Mercedes E-class sedan and weighing 4,100 pounds, the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti was a superb road car, perhaps the best Ferrari grand-tourer ever. Car and Driver in August 2004 compared it with the day¡¯s other premier four-place coupes and picked the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti over the Bentley Continental GT, Mercedes-Benz CL600, and Aston Martin DB9. The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti stormed to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, needed just 9.5 to hit 100, and clipped the quarter-mile in 12.5. Top speed was 192 mph.
¡°Drive our quartet hard,¡± the magazine said, ¡°¡­ the Ferrari oozes character and dynamic ability to elevate the entire experience beyond its rivals¡­.¡± That was the essence of the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti¡¯s mission — to feel like a classic sports car even with two posti behind the driver.
Though not universally regarded as one of Pininfarina¡¯s best design efforts, the Ferrari 612 Scagliletti was an unqualified commercial success. Deliveries in 2005 alone totaled 864, robust sales by Ferrari standards.
Two new options arrived that year to enhance the 612¡¯s appeal: available two-tone paint schemes in a near-limitless choice of colors and combinations, and a ¡°Handling GTC pack.¡± The latter made for grander and safer high-speed touring with its included CCM brakes. CCM stands for carbon-ceramic material, which virtually eliminated heat buildup and thus fading in hard use, a notable advance on conventional steel brakes.

The package also delivered premium ball-polished modular wheels and, on cars with the F1 sequential gearbox, more aggressive shift programming for improved responsiveness and acceleration.
The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti was further enhanced in 2007 with availability of new ultra-soft leather upholstery by Poltrona Frau — ¡°as seductive to the touch as it is to the eye,¡± said Ferrari. The leather stitching and surface finish were also revised for a more-luxurious look and feel.
At the same time, the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti debuted a new high-tech Bose ¡°infotainment¡± system with home-quality digital 5.1 surround sound. Called the Bose 2 DIN Radio-Navigator, this all-in-one package combined regular and satellite radio with audio/video DVD playback, hands-free cellphone link, and a navigation system whose dashboard screen could display signals from a built-in rearview camera and an onboard TV tuner. (For safety, the last could be used only with the vehicle stopped.)
As the latest in the long line of ¡°deluxe¡± Ferrari 2+2s, the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti was a delightful contradiction: a fast, supremely comfortable long-distance GT that could shame many ¡°pure¡± sports cars on a winding road. Who says you can¡¯t have it all?
Learn about these other great Ferrari Road Cars:
166 MM
250 GT SWB
365 California
Testarossa
212 Inter
400 Superamerica
365 GT 2+2
F40
340 America
250 GTE
365 GTB/4 Daytona
348
375 America
250 GT/L Lusso
365 GTC/4
456 GT
375 MM
330 GT 2+2
512 BBi
F355
250 Europa GT
500 Superfast
400i
F50
250 GT Boano
275 GTB/4
308 GT4
550 and 575
410 Superamerica
275 GTS
308 and 328
360 and F430
250 GT Coupe
Dino 246 GT
Mondial
Enzo
250 GT Spyder California
330 GTC
288 GTO
612 Scaglietti
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55 Plus RV Parks in St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Petersburg is located in a part of Florida suitable for 55-plus RV resorts. The beaches and outdoor leisure facilities provide plenty of opportunity for keeping active, while the shopping and dining areas in St. Petersburg and surrounding towns offer a range of options. Many over-55 RV resorts offer on-site amenities and entertainment for residents.
RV resorts in St. Petersburg offer many local attractions for over 55s. Take a stroll down to casino cruise ships, watch greyhound racing or enjoy downtown shopping and dining. You can enjoy the nearby sandy beaches or stroll down to St. Petersburg Pier for a spot of fishing. The Palm Haven Mobile Home Park is a community for 55-plus residents located in the center of St. Petersburg, just off Highway 19. Baseball fans can take a bus from outside the park and head for Tropicana Field to watch the Tampa Bay Rays in action.
Many RV parks provide facilities to keep residents active and entertained. Park amenities at Palm Haven include a library, karaoke nights, shuffleboard, bingo and a Jacuzzi spa. Robert¡¯s Mobile Home and RV Resort is located one mile from the fishing and boating facilities available at Tampa Bay. The resort has a heated pool, Jacuzzi, mini-golf and shuffleboard where over-55s can keep active, or more relaxing planned activities such as bingo, bridge and crafts. You can keep fit with swimming pool exercise sessions, line dancing or Saturday dances. Tennis, volleyball and horseshoes are also available.
There is plenty to do outside of St. Petersburg. You can drive to Walt Disney and other central Florida attractions. In the Tampa area, there is a choice of golf courses, the Busch Park Theme and the Florida Aquarium. Football fans can watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in action. In the Zephyrhills area, you have access to hiking trails at Flatwoods Wilderness Park or even try skydiving at Skydive City.
There are further options in the towns near to St. Petersburg. Largo is 15 miles northwest of St. Petersburg, toward the Gulf Coast. The Yankee Traveler is a 55-plus community in the area, located close to beaches, golf courses, fishing and shopping. Sports fans can take in the action watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or horse racing at Tampa Bay Downs. The park has a full schedule of activities and events for residents including bowling, women¡¯s golf and sequence dancing. You can also make use of the seven shuffleboard courts or the heated pool with Jacuzzi jets

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You should contact individual parks for information on buying units on site. Annual and seasonal rents vary, and you can check on park websites or by phone

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The Difference Between a Texturizer and a Relaxer

There are vast numbers of beauty products available for managing hair health and style. Getting the right product for your hair type is not always a straightforward process. This is especially true if your hair is difficult to manage. Once you understand the differences between products such as a texturizer and a relaxer, you may be able to make proper choices for hair that is full and luxurious.
A texturizer relaxes natural curl patterns in hair. The purpose of a texturizer is to take tightly curled hair and loosen it. The texturizer¡¯s job is not to straighten hair but relieve some of the tension in curls. The end result is loose waves of curls as opposed to tightly coiled spirals. Benefits of a texturizer include hair that is easier to comb and style without damaging strands.
Use a texturizer that is made with herbal and botanical ingredients to improve conditioning while loosening curls. Application methods vary per product, but most texturizers are on hair for a short time. Once a texturizer is on, it shouldn’t be combed through hair. This may straighten the hair as opposed to just loosening curls.
A relaxer will straighten hair completely. A relaxer leaves behind sleek hair and does more straightening than a texturizer

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. While relaxers come in formulations with or without lye, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises even though a relaxer may contain a no-lye formula, there is still potential for scalp burning. Skin Biology reports sodium hydroxide is a common ingredient in relaxers. This chemical alters the pH factor of hair to straighten it. No-lye formulas use guanidine hydroxide, which may be less damaging but still harsh enough to cause problems.
The potentially harsh chemicals in a relaxer require the user to follow instructions provided with the product closely concerning the application, pre- and post- conditioning as well as how often to use the product. Product instructions should clearly state how long to leave the relaxer on the hair after applying it. When straightening completes

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, the hair is washed with warm water and a neutralizer is then applied. The neutralizer provides chemicals that stop the straightening action and keep hair from overprocessing.
When selecting the product best for your tight curls, consider the condition of your hair, the results you hope to achieve and the health of your scalp. Those with damaged hair may want to use a texturizer as opposed to a relaxer. The relaxer may harm hair while a texturizer may be less harsh.

The Best Inexpensive Organic Skin Care Products

Skin problems can include dryness, wrinkles and discolorations, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Fight such skin conditions with a conditioning, nourishing skin care product. Unfortunately, some skin care treatments contain chemicals and other synthetic ingredients that may be bad for you. Opt instead for an organic skin care product that helps protect your skin without breaking your budget.
Aubrey Organics’ organic anti-aging skin serum comes formulated with vitamin C. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that topical use of this antioxidant vitamin can help with wrinkles and other signs of aging

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. It also contains organic jojoba oil and sea buckthorn oil. Skin care expert Paula Begoun says these moisturizing oils “can be helpful for dry skin” and notes that the buckthorn oil has antioxidant properties of its own. Begoun reports that the serum costs less than $16, as of 2009.
Rainwater Organics’ skin lotions come recommended by “InStyle” magazine’s beauty editors. They’re all certified as organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and come in a wide range of scents, such as mint rainwater and citrus ginger. The editors note that beneficial ingredients include natural emollients that smooth and soften the surface of your skin. The magazine reports that the lotion costs $8, as of 2010.
Jarrow Formulas’ skin moisturizing oil was praised by “Real Simple” magazine, which states that it feels luxurious and works as a “dense emollient” to help restore your skin’s natural moisture barrier. It’s derived from organic, unrefined coconuts that are naturally rich in skin conditioners like triglycerides and caprylic acid, and the oil works by physically trapping moisture in your skin. The treatment rings in at $9.99, as of 2010.
Defending your skin from the sun’s aging ultraviolet rays is one of the ideal ways to keep your skin healthy. Aubrey Organics’ organic sunscreen has an ideal SPF rating of 20, according to Begoun. She says it costs just $8.50, as of 2009. She praised its lightweight texture, which doesn’t leave your skin feeling exceptionally heavy or greasy. The manufacturer also adds iron oxide pigments to give the sunscreen a sheer tint that helps even out your skin tone and camouflage blemishes.

5 Indoor Grilling Tips

Firing up the grill is a great way to prepare healthy food and to add that smoky taste that only an open flame can provide. It’s also a great way to entertain, with backyard barbecues being a three-season staple in the United States. Guests crack open a cold one and hang out around the grill

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, the aromas wafting through the air making the neighbors drool. Those are good times for sure, but what about the apartment dwellers of the world? Some apartment complexes may have a community area and grill, but good luck getting flame time on a nice summer evening. And many city dwellers don’t have access at all. In this case, the only option may be the indoor grill. While it’s no replacement for the real thing, it provides a decent alternative. Here are five tips for grilling indoors

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1990 Aston Martin Virage

The Virage had a sleeker body, still aluminum-paneled

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, with integral spoilers at each end, plus flush headlamps and side glass — all for a lower drag coefficient, down to a claimed 0.34. It also featured a modernized dash and even more luxury features than late AM V-8s, including a heated windshield, rear window, and front seats; trip computer; and remote infrared alarm system.
The 1990 Aston Martin Virage was very expensive but the company planned for low production — 300 yearly at most.
Pluses of the 1990 Aston Martin Virage:
Minuses of the 1990 Aston Martin Virage:
Production of the 1990 Aston Martin Virage: NA
Specifications of the 1990 Aston Martin Virage: Wheelbase, inches: 102.8 Length, inches: 186.4 Weight, pounds: 3,950 Price, new: $150,000-$258

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1947 Packard Custom Super Clipper Touring Sedan

When Packard resumed production after World War II, it debuted its Twenty-First Series cars, which would be built for the 1946 and 1947 model years. The ten-model lineup came in four series: Clipper Six, Clipper DeLuxe Eight, Super Clipper Eight, and — at the very top — the Custom Super Clipper Eight.
The last included two 148-inch-wheelbase models, seven passenger sedan and limo, plus the 127-inch-wheelbase Club Sedan and Touring Sedan. The Touring Sedan listed at $3274, but escalated to $3449 during the model year.
It boasted Packard’s largest engine, a 165-bhp 356-cubic-inch straight eight with a nine-main-bearing crankshaft and silent hydraulic valve lifters. The Custom Super Clipper sported distinctive interior trim, special carpeting, broadcloth and leather upholstery, and imitation wood paneling.
Neil Torrence, from Arcadia, California, says his car was originally sold on September 10, 1947

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, in Long Island, New York. It later migrated to Atlanta, and finally to California. Equipment includes a Philco push-button radio with roof-mounted expanding antenna, Goddess-of-Speed hood ornament, special cloisonn¨¦ and dove wings in place of a front license plate, heater, defroster, and overdrive (“an absolute necessity for over-100-mph touring — which it will easily do,” says Neil).
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Neil’s Packard also has an Electromatic clutch, which is identified by a red clutch pedal. This vacuum-and-electric relay operated mechanism was offered from 1941-1950, and eliminated only the need to use the clutch — the driver still had to shift gears.
The Custom Super Clipper was not often seen even when new as only 5690 Club and Touring Sedans were built for 1947. They were — and are — respected as top level luxury cars, having attained Milestone status with the Milestone Car Society and full classic status with the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA). Neil’s 99-point beauty (with engine and body numbers F520229 and 7879) is the last classic Packard known to exist. And as recipient of the 1986 Paul Cerf trophy, it is only the second postwar Packard ever to win in CCCA Senior Class competition.
Neil’s Custom Super Clipper, acquired in 1984, has also been awarded CCCA National first place Primary, 1985; Best of Show, Post War, Packards International Grand Salon, 1985; and Best of Show, Packard Automobile Classics Annual Los Angeles Concours, 1986.
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How to Fix Lumpy Cheese Fondue

Creamy, savory cheese fondue is an ideal appetizer for a cool winter evening. Making cheese fondue is a simple process requiring only a few ingredients: garlic, white wine, shredded cheese and kirsch

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, and if all goes well you will have a luxurious appetizer. Sometimes, the heating process does not go as planned, however, and fondue becomes lumpy. This lumpiness can result from undercooking the fondue, improperly aged cheese or overcooking. Most of these problems can be easily remedied.
Stir the cheese constantly while heating it over low heat. If you are using Swiss, Gruyere or Emmentaler cheese, the cheese may not be heated enough. These cheeses often take time to melt completely.
Add 1/4 cup more Gruyere if you are sure that you heated your fondue correctly. If the Swiss or Emmentaler cheese wasn’t matured correctly, it will melt in a lumpy fashion and might not melt completely. Adding some additional Gruyere cheese may reduce the lumps by diluting the amount of improperly aged cheese because Gruyere is not likely to melt with lumps.
Add 2 tbsp. warm white wine to the fondue if the cheese is forming lumps after it initially melted. Your cheese may be lumpy because it is overcooking. The wine must be warm or it will make the cheese even lumpier. Heat the fondue on low and stir in the wine until the lumps disappear.
Add in 1/2 tsp. cornstarch and stir it in if the cheese is separating from the wine. The cornstarch is a last resort because it can change the texture of the fondue, but it will help bind the cheese and the wine together.