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25 04, 2018

It Smells Like Spring – MNillest Spring Opener

By | 2018-04-25T07:59:45+00:00 April 25th, 2018|Events|0 Comments

After a tortuously long winter, I awoke this past weekend to feel warm rays of sunshine on my skin. I heard birds chirping in the nearby trees. It appeared as if the snow was finally receding instead of accumulating for the first time in more than six months. That's when I knew it was safe to leave the house and attend a car show, so I went to the MNillest Spring Opener in White Bear Lake this past Sunday. Having never attended before, I wasn't sure what to expect but there was a solid turnout of fun and interesting cars to peruse for a few hours on a beautiful afternoon. Hard to beat that!

23 04, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 23rd, 2018

By | 2018-04-24T10:55:14+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The big news over this past weekend was Luftgekühlt 5 – an intense celebration of air-cooled Porsches – that was hosted in a giant lumber yard in LA and organized by a veritable who’s who of Porsche fanatics including Patrick Long and Howie Idelson with help from Jeff Zwart, Rod Emery and many others. The show drew tons of gorgeous old Porsche street and race cars, and features some significant public debuts of high-profile cars such as a super rare (1 of 6), street-legal Porche Schuppan 962CR, Bruce Canepa’s new 959SC, and a new super lightweight Singer reimagined 911 called the MLHLND. It looked like an incredible event and as a Porschephile, I spent most of Sunday scrolling through various social media feeds and crying because I was missing out. Luckily, Petrolicious has a great album of photos from the event if you, like me, weren’t able to attend. […]

17 04, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 16th, 2018

By | 2018-04-17T10:02:27+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Hot on the heels of Ben’s ringing endorsement of the movie “Hitting The Apex” about motorcycle racing, I felt it was only appropriate that I start this week’s Lap with this wild, custom Yamaha GTS 1000, dubbed “Project Rhodium Omega”. While the bike’s architecture may be 25 years old, you could tell me this bike was sent back in time from 2068 and I’d believe you. There’s a really cool mix of super futuristic styling with some old-school touches that I can dig, and that wild light pod on the front makes it look a little like an angry Transformer. If you scroll to the bottom of the article, you’ll see some interesting build photos that show just how much work went into making this bike look the way it does today. […]

9 04, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 9th, 2018

By | 2018-04-09T15:05:55+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Wedge-shaped cars were a hallmark of the late 1970s and into the early ’80s. Like disco music, they’re one of those trends that were everywhere at the time but looking back, it might not have aged very well. Still, there’s something both nostalgic and futuristic about these photos depicting some of the most radical wedged concept cars to ever be built. Head on over to Petrolicious to see 10 of the wedgiest concept cars ever made, including favorites like the Lancia Stratos Zero, the Alfa Romeo Carabo, and the Lamborghini Marzal. Heck, there are even a few non-wedgy cars in the mix that carried the torch for the vintage futuristic photo shoot look that never seems to go out of style. […]

2 04, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 2nd, 2018

By | 2018-04-02T15:14:08+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I know I’ve professed my love for all things “Alfa Romeo” here before and if you’ve been listening, you’ve probably heard me call the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale the most beautiful car in the world. But Alfa, being Alfa, wouldn’t call something the “Stradale” if there wasn’t also a “Competitizione” version to take racing, which is how this amazing Petrolicious video came to be. Here we see three amazing drivers, including Derek Bell, Nanni Galli, and Arturo Merzario climbing behind the wheel of three of the gorgeous Alfa Romeos they used to race back in the day for a fun day of lapping around Alfa’s Balocco Proving Grounds. […]

27 03, 2018

Oddities, Eccentricities, and Aberrations – March 2018 Edition

By | 2018-03-27T16:05:55+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Cars We'd Like to Own|0 Comments

I've always liked Caterhams because they're raw and ridiculously fun to drive. For those people who want something barebones, fun, and tossable as the Caterham is known for, perhaps this one-off is the right car for them? Based on a Caterham CSR, it's just called the "Ultimate Driving Machine" and it features angular new bodywork that encloses the wheels as well as the driver with a custom hardtop and butterfly doors. The looks might not be everyone's cup of tea but I'm sure it's still plenty of fun to drive! Keeping things on the small and lightweight end of the spectrum, I'm kind of digging this little 1975 Mazda Chantez. This is the first time I've ever heard of this pocket-sized hatchback but I've got to admit, it's pretty neat looking; sort of like Mazda's version of the Honda N600. The 359-cc two-stroke engine might only produce a whopping 32 hp but it only needs to propel a little over 1,000 lbs of weight. Honestly, I'm stumped on how to feel about this thing. Both a '92 Corvette and a '67 Volvo P1800 gave their lives to become this... Thing. Functionally, it's a Corvette underneath with P1800 bits and pieces adapted to the nose and tail. It's not a particularly bad look but one must wonder what the thought process was that led to what we see here. Maybe the builder couldn't figure out how to fit a V8 in a P1800 and this seemed like the next best idea? [...]

26 03, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Mar. 26th, 2018

By | 2018-03-26T13:25:00+00:00 March 26th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Sometimes, life just isn’t fair. For example, 99.995% of us will never know the joy of piloting one of Michael Schumacher’s Formula 1 cars around a race track. We’ll never know what it’s like to be invited to pay millions of dollars for a custom-tailored Ferrari FXXK Evo race car that we won’t actually own or even take possession of. Yup, it’s a cruel, unfair world that only allows rich friends of the hallowed Ferrari brand to take part in extravagant private track days at some of the world’s best race tracks. It’s almost like a secret society of speed. But luckily, someone from Jalopnik weaseled their way into one of these private track days and took a bunch of pictures so you’ll at least know what you’re missing (besides a billion dollar bank account). […]

19 03, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Mar. 19, 2018

By | 2018-03-19T15:01:43+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The world needs more cars like this Amilcar. It’s a mix of parts from different sources and different eras, but the headlining feature is the 12-liter V8 built by Hispano-Suiza that was borrowed from a World War I era fighter plane. Although 300-hp might not sound like much by today’s standards, this car was a monster in the 1930s when it was raced. Now, it mostly gets brought out for events like the Goodwood Members’ Meetings, such as the one that just happened this past weekend. The simple 2-speed gearbox doesn’t allow for much top speed, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing since the drum brakes don’t do their job as well as they could. As you might imagine though, the car sure sounds every bit as wicked as it looks. […]

12 03, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Mar 12th, 2018

By | 2018-03-12T12:47:43+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Jaguars have always been desirable cars. They’re coveted by enthusiasts and collectors alike for their beauty, character, and charm. Maybe that’s why Jon Strader’s story about a particular baby blue 1954 Jaguar XK120 and the troubles he went through to acquire it as a 17-year-old in 1971 can certainly resonate with lots of other car enthusiasts today. For more on the story of this very special Jag, head on over to Road & Track to read their story. […]

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