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Auto Briefs: Ferrari fights superfan for Facebook page Add to ...

Sammy Wasem’s six-year-old Ferrari fan page on Facebook is wildly popular. In fact, it is so popular that Ferrari took control of the social media site and has sued Sammy, 21, and his father Olivier Wasem, Bloomberg News reports. Ferrari claims that the father and son misused the auto maker’s trademark to advertise non-Ferrari merchandise on the page.

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Olivier Wasem disputes this, saying they made no money selling stuff, and now the Wasems have filed a criminal complaint against Ferrari SpA, alleging copyright infringement because they lost control of the site.

“They dared to take away a kid’s dream,” Sammy Wasem told Bloomberg. “They have no scruples.”

However, Ferrari sees it in a different light. “The issue isn’t with Facebook or with our fans but with those who try to use Ferrari’s intellectual property to make money out of it,” Stefano Lai, a Ferrari spokesman told Bloomberg.

Tell CAA where the worst roads are

It’s been a particularly brutal winter across Ontario and the province’s roads have suffered accordingly. Deteriorating streets littered with potholes are everywhere. So there should be some no-brainer selections as the CAA kicked off its annual worst roads campaign last week. Motorists can vote at worstroads.ca and the campaign runs until April 25. Dufferin Street in Toronto captured the dubious crown in 2013.

What did you expect for less than $10,000?

The Nissan Micra debuted at the Montreal International Auto Show, and caused a stir at the Toronto show when its starting price was announced at $9,998. Now Nissan has announced what Canada’s cheapest car, the Micra S MT, comes equipped with – and, to no one’s surprise, it’s basic. A five-speed manual transmission is a given and a four-speaker AM/FM/CD/AUX sound system is the modcon highlight.

Buyers have to move up to the Micra S 4AT, priced at $13,298, for automatic transmission, air conditioning and cruise control. In all, there are eight different configurations to be had among three trim levels, which tops out at $16,748 for a fully loaded SR 4AT.

Franchitti to lead the pack at Indy 500

IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti, forced into retirement by a near-fatal race crash at the Grand Prix of Houston last October, will drive the Camaro Z/28 pace car at the Indianapolis 500 on May 25. Franchitti is a three-time winner of the Indy 500, in 2007, 2010 and 2012.

Quoted

“Investigators determined the cause of the fatal solo-vehicle collision was unsafe speed for the roadway conditions.”

– Los Angeles County Sheriff Commander Mike Parker states the obvious in a statement concluding the probe into the death of actor Paul Walker and friend Roger Rodas. The modified 2005 Porsche Carrera GT the pair was travelling in slammed into a light pole on a suburban street at a speed of about 145 km/h.

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