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Jul 31, 2008

More On The Big Kahuna AMA Superbike Event August 15-17 At VIR

DANVILLE, VA Club Ferdinand, the world's only "Fleet Sharing Club" composed exclusively of an extensive collection of Porsches is joining forces with The Mast Farm Inn once again to give three lucky fans the "stay and drive package" of a lifetime at The VIRginia International Raceway's AMA Superbike Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals.

The world famous Mast Farm Inn will host three lucky fans courtesy of Club Ferdinand after they attend the Big Kahuna at VIRginia International Raceway, August 15-17. Three lucky ticket purchasers will be selected to win a certificate good for two nights at the Inn, plus the use of one of the Club Ferdinand collection Of Porsches.

World famous for its multi-faceted accommodations and beauty, the inn, located at Valle Crucis, N.C. just a few minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, will provide a lodging and a Porsche gift certificate package valid for use up to two years after the race.

"The fans who won last year had what they called the best experience possible," said event promoter Cameron Gray, of M1 Entertainment. "This year, with more to do and see at the track, we plan to improve on that experience for the lucky trio of winners."

"We were extremely pleased with everything last year," said Mast Farm Inn and Club Ferdinand's Henri Deschamps. "It was an impeccable, ultra-professional event, with a hefty serving of good-old-fashioned fun.... And We love VIR," he commented. "Although in Virginia We consider it our home track."

For the second year in a row, Club Ferdinand will also provide the pace car for the Big Kahuna: after last year's Porsche 911 Carrera 4 TechArt, this time the 2008 Porsche 911 Turbo. This turbocharged, 3.6 liter, 480 hp speedster is capable of running superbike-style acceleration, with zero to sixty times well under four seconds, and a 40-60 sprint in under one second, Using Porsche's Variable Turbine Geometry to virtually eliminate turbo lag, the all wheel drive uses Porsche Traction Management to meet the challenge of putting so much power to the road while keeping the car manageable.

Founded in 2005, Club Ferdinand is the first Exotic Car Sharing, or "Fleet-Sharing Club," in the world composed exclusively of the legendary Porsche automobiles. Club Ferdinand's fleet of cars is always growing, most recently with this star addition a new 2008 Turbo. "It does 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, can probably hit 175 (mph) on your back straight, and can actually reach 198. I've had it up to 170 on the track and it is smooth" added Deschamps.

"The combination of a cottage at The Mast Farm Inn and a new Porsche for a weekend make these prizes unequalled," added Gray. "With the thrills of Superbike racing, the luxury of Mast Farm Inn and a Porsche for a weekend all combined, it's an experience that will be remembered by our winners forever."

Tickets for the Big Kahuna are selling fast, with only a few of the Trackside VIP Suite tickets still available. For more information on the many ticket options available, check out the promoter's web site at: www.moto1usa.com or call them at 303-377-3278.

There is more to the Big Kahuna than just motorcycle racing. The Big Kahuna Big Give supports motorcycle safety and education for young riders with the Ethan Gillim "Chasin a Dream" foundation, along with the fight against breast cancer. A donation of only $3 to the raffle could win the grand prize of a 2008 Suzuki GSX-R600 along with an Arai helmet and complete riding gear. Other prizes range from an Arai helmet signed by past and present stars of AMA and World Superbike and MotoGP, to a Leo Vince exhaust system, a Makita drill kit and a year's supply of RockStar energy drink.

About M1 Entertainment: At M1 Entertainment, our goal is to provide fans with more than just a motorcycle race. Our events include extra attractions and entertainment for the whole family, creating a truly unique experience for the devoted fan and the beginning spectator. To that end, we are always ready to listen to the people to help make our events even better.

M1 Entertainment is best known as the creator and promoter of the Honda Superbike Classic at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. For 10 years, the Honda Superbike Classic was one of the most successful motorcycle events in the U.S., drawing close to 100,000 fans over the three-day schedule. It was the only event in the world to combine the World Superbike series on the same weekend.

Other notable M1 Entertainment events have included The Big Kahuna Nationals at Road Atlanta (1998-2000), The Reno Supermoto Classic in 2004 and the Red Bull Supermoto A-Go-Go in 2005. Our current events include the Suzuki CycleFest (2003-present) in Copper Mountain, Colorado, and the awesome Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals at VIRginia International Raceway - our inaugural event taking place in August of 2005 with five more years under contract through 2010.

A Denver-based company, M1 Entertainment has been working in motorsports for 15 years. Originally spawned from Daniels Corporation under the name FAST, the fledgling company was heavily involved in television production for car and motorcycle racing. With the birth of Speedvision in 1995, FAST took an advertising sales and event promotion, in addition to television production duties.

Now under the umbrella of Fox Television Networks, Speed Channel (formerly Speedvision) is thriving. FAST morphed into M1 Entertainment (Race Promotion Management) and now is operating as M1 Entertainment with many of the same staff still in place. We still sell advertising for Speed Channel and promote our own events, keeping us busy year-round.

VIRginia International Raceway is a multi-purpose road racing facility, located on the Dan River between Danville and South Boston, Virginia. Reopened in 2000, VIR hosts a wide range professional and amateur auto and motorcycle racing and track events, and is well established as "America's Motorsport Resort." In addition to its historic 3.27 mile natural-terrain road racing circuit, VIR is the cornerstone of VIR Club, America's first motorsports country club; the VIR Raceplex Industrial Park and Motorsports Technology Park, which includes the Virginia Institute for Performance Engineering and Research ("VIPER"); the Plantation Valley Kart Track, a 5/8 mile paved natural terrain karting circuit; an expanding variety of on-site lodging (including 45 hotel rooms and the trackside Villas which are for sale); Camp Motorsport for enthusiasts of all ages; and the Oak Tree Tavern, a full-service restaurant located within the circa-1840 Plantation Clubhouse.

The next big events at VIR are a Porsche Club of America race August 9-10, followed by the AMA Big Kahuna Superbike National on August 15-17, bringing America's best Superbike racers to VIR's North Course. The weekend of October 3-5 sees GT Live and the KONI Challenge bring a combination of motorcycle stunts, drifting, track attack and endurance sports car races. These events are all combined with a wide variety of amateur and vintage road racing and schools throughout the year.

Season passes to VIR's major events include preferred parking and access to the major spectator events. For information on the track and other event schedules, call 434-822-7700 or check our web site at www.virclub.com.
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