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17 10, 2017

The MHCC Fall Color Tour – 2017

By | 2017-10-17T11:23:19+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Driving Experience, MHCC Excursions|0 Comments

Last week we decided that the fall colors had almost hit their peak, so we hit the open road and cruised to Lord Fletcher’s on Lake Minnetonka for an evening of food and fun. We had around 10 cars on this year’s cruise, and we made a little noise, took in all the best Minnesota fall colors, and grabbed an excellent dinner on the lake. We’ll let the pictures do the talking for now, but don’t fret if you missed out – we’re already planning our Spring Fun Run for next year! Again, thank you to those who joined and we hope to see you again next year! […]

16 10, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Oct. 16th

By | 2017-10-16T14:36:26+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I can always get hyped on the McLaren F1. To this day, it’s still my all-time favorite car and when it was new, it had more in common with an alien spacecraft than just about any other car on the market at the time. And maybe that’s why I’m so excited that there’s still a brand-new, as-delivered 1997 McLaren F1 out there with just 138 miles on the odometer. Sure, when it’s a shame that it’s never been driven because it’s an icon amongst analog supercars, but for whoever is looking to cash in, selling this pristine machine is likely to net them more profit than I can ever hope to make over the course of my adult life. If you have the means and are shopping for the perfect McLaren F1, here’s your opportunity. […]

9 10, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Oct. 9th

By | 2017-10-09T15:06:40+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

As most of you reading this might’ve noticed if you weren’t living under a rock for the last couple months, there was a rare total solar eclipse in August. While many people jumped on the bandwagon in the months or weeks leading up to the eclipse, some people (mostly astronomers or nerdy photographers) had been planning to view the event for years. Sam Bendall, for instance, had been looking forward to the eclipse for close to a decade and had been planning his ideal way of viewing the eclipse when the time came. Luckily, as the time approached, his schedule cleared to allow him to make a once in a lifetime journey from California to Oregon on his motorcycle where he enjoyed over 1500 miles of beautiful roads over the course of 4 days. His story is both interesting and awe-inspiring and will make you long for a similar opportunity. […]

3 10, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Oct. 2nd

By | 2017-10-03T09:24:32+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I love weird cars. Cars with a story, a unique history, or a secret life. And that’s exactly why I had to feature this Porsche 356-based “Kaiserslautern Coupe”. It’s one of those cars that can show up at a car show or event and despite the condition, it’ll draw a crowd and hundreds of questions all day because everyone is curious what it is, where it came from, and why it exists. The story about this rare car is actually even more interesting than I would’ve guessed, but not wanting to spoil the surprise, I recommend you head on over to Petrolicious to read the owner’s story about it. […]

25 09, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Sep 25th

By | 2017-09-25T14:14:44+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

When it comes to racing, there’s passing someone and then there’s passing someone. If you watched yesterday’s IMSA race from Laguna Seca, you might’ve seen what could likely be one of the most epic passes of the entire 2017 motorsports season. If you’ve been following the IMSA season, you’ll know that the Cadillacs have been pretty dominant this season, which is why it was so surprising that Renger Van Der Zande made a heroic pass for the lead in his #90 Ligier prototype, squeaking by one of those Cadillacs IN the Corkscrew on the second to last lap. He then hung onto that lead for the last lap of the race to take his and his team’s first victory in IMSA. Many have said that this move echoes Alex Zanardi’s epic Corkscrew pass during the 1996 CART race at the same track. But why not watch it for yourself and decide if this should qualify for “pass of the year” or not? […]

20 09, 2017

Overland (Mis)Adventures: What’s Better Than Sleeping in a Van by the River?

By | 2017-09-20T11:25:15+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Driving Experience|0 Comments

There are a lot of things that beat sleeping in a van by the river. For instance, sleeping in your bed, at home. Or sleeping in a bed in a hotel room. Or pretty much sleeping on a bed with 4 solid walls and a roof over your head. Just about all of that is more comfortable than sleeping in a van. But as the saying goes: “you can’t drive a house” and that was all I needed in order to find a way to turn my beloved ’99 Toyota 4Runner into an off-road capable RV. […]

19 09, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Sept. 18th

By | 2017-09-19T08:31:17+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Leave it to the Goodwood Revival to bring everyone back to the heyday of Formula 1. Last weekend, a killer assortment of some of the most beautiful Formula cars ever assembled took to a soggy track to duke it out for bragging rights. Petrolicious was there to capture all the action as these flyweight cars ripped around the circuit. Not only was the racing period correct, but so was the event, with nostalgic costumes and events that harked back to a simpler time. Although famous drivers like Fangio and Brabham are long gone from the racing scene, it’s incredible to see their cars still being driven in anger. […]

11 09, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Sept. 11th

By | 2017-09-12T09:54:12+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The Jaguar D-Type is arguably one of the most beautiful, and certainly one of the most valuable, cars that Great Britain has ever produced. That’s why it was such a treat to see so many of them racing at the Goodwood Revival this past weekend. As a photographer, I’m sure it would be a treat to shoot one of these amazing cars sitting in the paddock but could you imagine how cool and exciting it would be to actually ride along in one around the track, hanging out the side over that glorious side-exit exhaust and snap rolling photos of multiple other D-Types as they follow you around the track?! That’s some serious bucket list level stuff right there, and luckily, someone from Classic Driver had the opportunity to make my dream become their reality this past weekend at the Goodwood Revival. And if for some reason Jaguar D-Types don’t get your heart racing, they’ve got plenty of other coverage from the event here, here, and here. […]

5 09, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Sept 4th

By | 2017-09-05T12:57:24+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

When most people think about modifying trucks, they don’t usually think of commercial trucks or even car haulers. This, however, is simply too cool to ignore. Say hello to the “Baller Hauler”, designed and created by Miles Shinneman. What started off as an Isuzu NPR box truck has now been converted into a pretty badass car hauler with the help of tons of rat-rod-ish bodywork and a custom articulating ramp to accommodate even the lowest of cars. Power is now provided by a Chevy 6.0-liter Vortec V8 and an onboard 9,000-lb winch helps load just about any car in a snap. This is one of those projects that goes beyond just having a certain look and I’d argue that this build is definitely cooler than the sum of its parts might have you believe. Heck, it’s not even done yet! There’s still more body and paint work to be done as well as swapping out those 22″ semi truck wheels to even more ridiculous 24-inchers. This is one build that is definitely worth keeping an eye on! […]

28 08, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Aug 28th

By | 2017-08-28T12:58:59+00:00 August 28th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Because I’m still living vicariously through everyone who was in Monterey Car Week a couple weekends ago, it only seemed fair to share a few more galleries and articles that popped up in the past week. One of the best I’ve seen was from Classic Driver with all of their favorite cars from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Road & Track created two awesome photo sets highlighting the most beautiful cars to roll onto the fairway at Pebble Beach while the other photo set shares all of the most interesting cars to be raced in anger over at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Road & Track also took time over Car Week to interview two motor racing legends: Sir Jackie Stewart and Tom Kristensen. Petrolicious also shared a handful of awesome galleries and articles from a few of the events they covered during the week as well. […]

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