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10 12, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Dec. 10th, 2018

By | 2018-12-11T08:36:24+00:00 December 10th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Old VW Beetles are cool and so are overland rigs. So why not combine them into the best of both worlds and make an overland-ready Baja Bug like this one? When Jamie Wiseman bought this ’67 Bug, he was planning to turn it into a cool Baja Bug. After taking it camping in Colorado, he decided to go a little further with the build and began equipping it with overland essentials like a roof basket to hold extra fuel jugs and tires, a shovel, and lights. He beefed up the wheels and tires as well and transformed this old Beetle into a rough and tumble overland-ready Baja Bug that could go anywhere he wanted. It’s surely earned its nickname of “El Burro” and it’s seen some beautiful terrain, far off the beaten path. To learn more about “El Burro”, head over to Expedition Portal. […]

6 12, 2018

Two Guys and a Miata: Say Hello To Project Rudolph

By | 2018-12-06T13:59:18+00:00 December 6th, 2018|MHCC Trips, New Additions|0 Comments

Missing our white 2013 Mazda MX-5 Club ever since we sold it, we’ve been considering a suitable replacement for quite awhile. These small, lightweight roadsters are just so fun to drive, they have a way of getting under your skin, which is precisely why we’ve been casually looking for an early Miata ever since. The sharing of Craigslist ads for NA and NB Miatas became nearly a weekly occurrence over the summer until we finally found the perfect example right in our own backyard: a bright red 1990 Mazda Miata with a factory hardtop. This two-owner example appeared to be meticulously cared for over its 130k miles of use and was just recently traded into our Morrie’s Chippewa Valley Mazda store for a new Mazda6. […]

4 12, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Dec. 3rd, 2018

By | 2018-12-04T16:20:46+00:00 December 4th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Local metalworking master, Christopher Rünge, has spent the better part of a decade toiling away in his small shop in Alexandria, MN, hand-forming huge sheets aluminum until they look like the gorgeous vehicle you see above. Taking his inspiration from Porsche race cars from the 1950s, Christopher designs and builds these cars from the ground up, incorporating rebuilt air-cooled Porsche motors, his own custom chassis, and a thin aluminum skin over an equally delicate aluminum wireframe. If you’ve ever seen one of his builds at Cars & Coffee, you’ll understand why Christopher is becoming a household name amongst collectors and enthusiasts around the globe, with his cars being featured all over the internet, and even making it onto an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. The former professional snowboarder now turned car builder sat down recently with Classic Driver for an insightful interview about how he got where he is today and what inspires him to keep pushing into the future. […]

26 11, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 26th, 2018

By | 2018-11-26T16:46:40+00:00 November 26th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I love the Mazda RX-7. Every generation looked cool in its own way and the rotary engines that powered them are the brappy, fire-breathing, rev machines that dreams are made of. So what do you do when you love RX-7s but also want 4 seats? You get yourself an RX-3 and put a more modern 13B rotary and slap a big turbo on it. That’s how you get a 4-seat car that weighs roughly 2,000 lbs while making an ear-shattering 420 hp. But this 1971 Mazda RX-3, owned by California native Joe Feng, isn’t only about going fast in a straight line. Instead, over the 5 years that this RX-3 was built, Joe focused just as much on the suspension and interior to make it a well-balanced, do-everything street car. With 15×9- and 15×10-inch wheels and equally massive sticky rubber on those flared fenders, and an interior full of period-correct Mazda goodies, this RX-3 is a canyon carver’s dream! To read more about this beautiful and functional RX-3, make sure to visit Speedhunters. […]

19 11, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 19th, 2018

By | 2018-11-19T15:42:00+00:00 November 19th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

One of my favorite lines from any movie is when Doc Brown at the end of “Back to the Future” says “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” before his DeLorean lifts off the ground, tucks its wheels, and takes off into the sky. The thought of flying cars always seemed like a fantasy and it technically still is, but this hovercraft DeLorean is about as close as you can get. Although it didn’t start its life as a hovercraft and it can’t be driven on the road, it’s a pretty faithful replica that can drive over just about anything else from sand to sea. Best yet, it’s for sale on eBay Motors right now if you want your very own hovering DeLorean! […]

12 11, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 12th, 2018

By | 2018-11-12T16:50:36+00:00 November 12th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The early 1970’s were a great era for the early days of the SUV. Before people were worried about fuel economy or safety standards, there was a trio of big, burly 2-door SUVs that ruled the world: the Ford Bronco, the Chevy Blazer, and the International Scout II. While 2-door SUVs were quite popular from the 1970’s until the 1990’s, consumer’s desires more space and utility, relegating these fun, stylish trucks to the shadows. Now though, there is a resurgence of people who want 30-year-old oddball trucks and suddenly the hot rodders and customizers like Icon and The Ring Brothers are picking up old Blazers and rebuilding them to be far superior to their original forms. This 1971 example, built by the highly skilled Ring Brothers in neighboring Wisconsin, features a Chevy LS3 V8 crate engine with 430-hp on tap and absolutely gorgeous finishing throughout, making it half sculpture, half adventure vehicle. To learn more, head over to Silodrome. […]

6 11, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 5th, 2018

By | 2018-11-06T15:11:30+00:00 November 6th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I’m not sure if this qualifies as part of the rebirth of the “Van Life” movement but there’s something about seeing a bunch of big 20+ year old full-size vans sliding and dive bombing each other around a race track that gets my juices flowing. There’s something about these “Dajiban” that screams cool. Who’d of thunk a big metal box with expensive shocks, sticky tires, and half-assed aero (because who are you kidding by putting a wing on your van?) would be so much fun to look at? Diving deeper, this has become a bit of cultural phenomenon in Japan as used short wheelbase, rear-wheel drive vans from the 1970s through the early 1990s have been repurposed as track toys in the most ridiculous way. Inside, the plush rows of seating have been stripped out, only to be replaced by spindly racing seats and all the typical controls you’d expect in a race car. To read more about the art of racing in a van, check out Sam Smith’s wonderful article on Road & Track. […]

23 10, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Oct. 22nd, 2018

By | 2018-10-23T15:11:25+00:00 October 23rd, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

In love with classic coachbuilt Ferraris of the 1950’s but unable to find or afford one in Mexico City, Jose Fernandez has spent the last 57 years building his own tribute car to the classic Cavillinos he loves so much. It all started with a book about Ferrari that he discovered in a bookstore, where he was so taken by the beautiful, sleek designs of 250 Europas and 340 Americas that he went home and carved his own dream car out of a block of balsa wood. Years later, he commissioned a full-scale foam and plastic model of what he dreamt his perfect Ferrari would look like. The next steps were the hardest though. He spent decades finding someone who could build a body based on his design that would fit over a 330 GTC chassis that he had shipped down to Mexico City from New York. Once a body was finally ready, it took years of refinement to get it to fit like it should, and then came all of the interior assembly and other details that needed to be finished. In the end, Jose ended up with a backdated Ferrari that he always dreamed of, even though it isn’t actually a factory-built Ferrari. He doesn’t care though. He’s passionate about the brand and loves the car he now gets to drive. To read more about this amazing project that took decades to become a reality, head over to Classic Driver. […]

15 10, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Oct. 15th, 2018

By | 2018-10-15T15:51:04+00:00 October 15th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

In the world of model cars, there is a wide spectrum of quality ranging from your average Matchbox all the way up to an actual car. Amalgam Collection models are about as close to the real thing as you can get, with such insane attention to detail that you can almost smell the leather and gasoline and tires just looking at them. Each complicated model is handmade to exacting precision and, in the case of modern cars, is made from the manufacturer’s CAD drawings to be as accurate as possible. Amalgam got started making architectural models before breaking into cars making models of Ferrari’s Formula 1 cars. This kept growing and growing until the company now makes hundreds, or even thousands, of different automobile models, in sizes ranging from the popular 1:18 and 1:8 models up to full-scale concept cars. To learn more about the process behind these beautiful scale models, head over to Petrolicious to read their story on Amalgam Collection. […]

9 10, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Oct. 8th, 2018

By | 2018-10-09T11:55:58+00:00 October 9th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

There aren’t many people with jobs that are more fun than mine, but I’m definitely a bit envious of the team of engineers, designers, and drivers behind the new Singer DLS reimagined Porsche 911. The team, led by Singer Vehicle Design CEO Rob Dickenson, carries a wide range of skills but are joined by the common philosophy that “everything is important”, a concept that gets taken to near-OCD levels with their attention to detail. It’s my firm belief that this new Dynamic Lightweight Study, or DLS, built in conjunction with Williams Engineering, is the best possible version of the 911 ever built. Of course, it’s taken years of sweat equity and sleepless nights to get to the point of having a fully running example which means the fun part – dynamic testing – can begin. To learn about the finer points of the new Singer DLS and what it’s taken to develop the best 911 ever built, visit Road & Track’s website. […]

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