Daily Brief 29 August 2013

Last updated 18:00 BST.

NEWS: Cannonballers arrive in Geneva – RR Hybrid on the Silk Road – MFL uncertainty affecting business – Kadyrov bans himself.

See below for the latest Traffic/Travel/Weather.

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Cannonball Photo: Laurent Guiraud via

Cannonball2000 rolls into Geneva. According to local press reports, yesterday evening thirty six cars made it to the Grand Hotel Kempinski, one of the city’s smartest hotels, having undergone a full customs check at the local Bardonnex border crossing. No reports of any arrests. Despite being three hours late the atmosphere was ‘festive’ with many fans and press waiting to greet them. Participants might not have been able to drive quite as fast as they wanted but they are certainly causing a stir. Today’s leg, to Cannes on the Route Napoleon from Grenoble, is a relatively gentle 280 miles and won’t provide many opportunities for top speed runs. Photo: Laurent Guiraud via Tribune de Geneva, www.tdg.ch. update: it emerged later that a German national, resident in Singapore, driving a UK-registered Ferrari California – according to an official statement a participant in Cannonball2000 – was caught speeding twice within 10km. He paid a provisional fine of 12,000CHF (approx.£8,500). Criminal charges are possible. The man was banned from driving in Switzerland. The car was not confiscated because it didn’t belong to him.

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Channel delays: Condor – disruption expected to last until Friday.

Weather alerts: Amber: heavy rain southern Spain and Portugal.

Weather: fair and at least warm mostly with some heavy rain in the Alps, Austria, Italy, southern Spain, western Norway, the Baltic States and Russia.

Traffic: see @DE_Traffic from 09:00, major delays on major routes.

See Travel/Traffic/Weather for more.

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Range Rover on the Silk Routes. The brand new Range Rover Hybrid is being put through a near 10,000 mile endurance test from the UK to India, part of the vehicle’s final development ahead of deliveries early next year. Three examples set off from the company’s base at Solihull on 22 August. As of today they have covered 1,885 miles and are on route from Krakow, Poland, to Odessa, Ukraine. The trip takes in twelve countries, including Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China and Nepal.

Range Rover on the Silk Routes. The brand new Range Rover Hybrid is being put through a near 10,000 mile endurance test from the UK to India, part of the vehicle’s final development ahead of deliveries early next year. Three examples set off from the company’s base at Solihull on 22 August. As of today they have covered 1,885 miles and are on route from Krakow, Poland, to Odessa, Ukraine. The trip takes in twelve countries, including Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China and Nepal.

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The Channel – according to Lloyd’s Loading List the uncertainty over MyFerryLink’s future is directly damaging the new Dover-Calais operator’s business prospects. Until the appeal is heard against the UK Competition Commission’s June ruling – expected mid-October – regular customers are unsurprisingly reluctant to sign forward contracts.

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You have to hand it to Ramzan Kadyrov sometimes. The Chechen president, who reputedly rules the south west Russian republic with something harsher even than a rod of iron – he apparently has his own ‘private prison’ – has shown he is able to cope with some dissent after all, albeit one step removed. The Blue Buckets campaign group, who use the child’s toy to mimic the flashing roof top lights used by Russian officials to avoid traffic jams, took Kadyrov to task after he posted an Instagram video of himself driving at 241kph (150mph) in his Mercedes ML (above). According to a subsequent post, Kadyrov has banned himself from the road and will now get around on horseback only. Disclaimer: none of the allegations against the Chechen president have ever been proved and he denies them all.

You have to hand it to Ramzan Kadyrov sometimes. The Chechen president, who reputedly rules the south west Russian republic with something harsher even than a rod of iron – he apparently has his own ‘private prison’ – has shown he is able to cope with some dissent after all, albeit one step removed. The Russian Blue Buckets campaign group, who use the child’s toy to mimic the flashing roof top lights used by Russian officials to avoid traffic jams, took Kadyrov to task after he posted an Instagram video of himself driving at 241kph (150mph) in his Mercedes ML (above). According to a subsequent post, Kadyrov has banned himself from the road and will now get around on horseback only. Disclaimer: none of the allegations against the Chechen president have ever been proved and he denies them all.

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