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22 07, 2019

Lap Around the Web – July 22nd, 2019

By |2019-07-23T15:53:29-05:00July 22nd, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I’m not sure how else to introduce this than by saying it’s one of the coolest vehicles I’ve ever seen and I want one badly. What you see below is called a “SHERP” and I’m pretty sure I’ve shared a video of them in action before. But up until a few weeks ago, I had no idea where to get one, how to get one, or what I’d do if I did get one. Now, thanks to Matt Farah at Road & Track, I learned everything I ever wanted to know about the SHERP and found out one of the company’s few US distributors is up near Bemidji, MN as well as a several-hundred-acre test facility. Although I’m not in a position that affords me the ability to pay for a $120,000 offroad toy at the moment, I would love to get my hands on one someday. Heck, it’s only a 4-hour drive… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCScCEQsHsM […]

25 06, 2019

Schweinehaus – A Curated Celebration of Porsches

By |2019-07-11T12:38:27-05:00June 25th, 2019|Events|0 Comments

You’ll be forgiven for not having heard of Schweinehaus before. German for “Pig House”, Schweinehaus is the latest Porsche-centric event in the midwest. Taking place this past Sunday at Keg & Case Market in St Paul, the curated event brought together an eclectic group of Porsche’s cars and the brand’s enthusiasts. Highlights included some beautifully built customs including Christopher Runge’s newest creation – the RS010 – as well as Rod Emory’s latest build – a Porsche 908K-themed 1968 911 called the “911K”, in addition to the 5th Porsche 901 to leave the factory in 1964, paving the way for the 911 we know today. Take a gander at the photos below and enjoy. Maybe we’ll see you there next year! […]

17 06, 2019

Oddities, Eccentricities, and Aberrations – June 2019

By |2019-06-17T13:39:47-05:00June 17th, 2019|Cars We'd Like to Own|0 Comments

If you’re into Hawaiian shirts and drinking Pina Coladas out of coconuts, you might need this 1948 Crosley Tiki Taxi in your life. With room for three on the unique wicker seats, custom thatched side panels and bamboo front grille panel, the creator of this Tiki Taxi has thought of darn near everything. Even the exhaust pipe has been custom painted to look like a bamboo chute. It’s everything you need for a tropical road trip in a single car! To live out your festive Tiki dreams, check out the listing on eBay Motors. […]

29 05, 2019

Maker Spotlight: Patience Metal Fab

By |2019-05-29T08:52:57-05:00May 29th, 2019|Community|0 Comments

We recently had the chance to meet with Brian, the part owner of Patience Metal Fabrication. After honing his skills as an automotive technician and learning fabrication along the way, he left his technician life behind to focus on fabricating parts for race cars and other custom projects. The reason for our visit is to see Ben’s Porsche 914-6 racecar as it’s undergoing some reconstructive surgery. Brian was kind enough to show us around the shop and answer a few questions in the interview below. […]

28 05, 2019

Lap Around the Web – May 27th, 2019

By |2019-05-29T08:54:59-05:00May 28th, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Old, crusty Jeeps are cool. Old, race-prepped motorcycles are cool. Using an old 52-yr old Jeep Commando to tow your 25-yr old Ducati M900 to the race track is off-the-charts awesome. Alex Earle is the owner of both this nicely patinaed Jeep Commando as well as this customized Ducati, and despite the vast differences between both machines, they also compliment each other perfectly. Built out of simplistic functionality, both vehicles provide joy to Alex, and isn’t that what it’s all about? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkuwSvos4Sw […]

21 05, 2019

Oddities, Eccentricities, and Aberrations – May 2019

By |2019-05-29T08:55:44-05:00May 21st, 2019|Cars We'd Like to Own|0 Comments

Although there isn’t a ton of information supplied about this orange toast….er, I mean Scion xB, there are some key facts in the eBay Motors listing to indicate it’s something special. First of all, it’s been converted to RWD. That’s a pretty big deal right there but look a little deeper and you’ll notice there’s a 383 CID V8 crammed under the boxy hood and a beefy solid rear axle out back. You might also notice the twin exhaust pipes that surely produce a mighty sound from the otherwise pedestrian looking box on wheels. Although I’d love to see a manual transmission instead of the OEM-looking automatic, it looks like this Scion xB was built more for surprising people between stoplights than hustling down twisty backroads so I’ll give the choice of transmission a pass here. To see more about this odd-ball Scion, check the listing on eBay Motors where bidding starts at $28,000. […]

20 05, 2019

Lap Around the Web – May 20th, 2019

By |2019-05-29T08:56:26-05:00May 20th, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

If you’re not familiar with Boyd Jaynes and Brian Godfrey, all you need to know is that they’re probably cooler than you are. What makes them so cool? Well, for starters, they race a 1968 Ford Bronco that has racked up 7 class wins in the NORRA Mexican 1000 race. After almost 10,000 offroad race miles on the same 351 Cleveland V8, Boyd and Brian just prepped the Bronco with a fresh 347 CID crate motor directly from Ford, which puts out a healthy and reliable 360 hp. Because you want reliable power when you’re driving through desolate and treacherous terrain. These NORRA races offer a serious course and serious competition but Boyd and Brian are not your typical stone-faced racers. Sure, they work hard to prep their Bronco for the race but they also grow out mustaches for the race weekend and their fire suits were custom-made to resemble mariachi band outfits. It’s great to see serious competitors that don’t take themselves too seriously. To learn more about Boyd and Brian and their rad ’68 Bronco, head over to Silodrome. […]

13 05, 2019

Lap Around the Web – May 13th, 2019

By |2019-05-29T08:57:27-05:00May 13th, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

It’s rare to see a Bentley driven on anything other than perfect pavement or occasionally across a perfectly manicured lawn. This Bentley is something special though. It trades its four wheels for a pair of tracks that lift it well off the ground while also giving it the ability to traverse any terrain imaginable with ease. The 550+ HP twin-turbo W12 engine under the hood has no problem transferring that power to the ground either. Leave it to the Russians to try something this oddball with a Bentley, but I’ve got to say, it’s pretty darn cool if you’ve got more money than sense. Make sure to turn on subtitles when you watch the video below, and click the link to see more info about this ridiculously over-the-top Bentley on Road & Track. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=201&v=taLvoVXFDmM […]

13 05, 2019

Sometimes You Just Need A Truck – Mini Horse To The Rescue

By |2019-05-13T10:39:42-05:00May 13th, 2019|Driving Experience|0 Comments

I used to own a basic Ford Ranger. Prior to my ownership, someone probably used as a work truck. It had no frills and I didn’t drive it often, but I hung onto it for almost 10 years because it was a workhorse. Every once in a while, I found myself needing a truck to carry things I couldn’t – or didn’t want to – fit in the back of whatever car I had at the time. Over time, I found myself using my old Ranger less and less. Eventually, I donated it to charity and it found a new life with someone else. Instead, I bought an SUV that would be better suited to off-road adventures but could still fill in for the occasional trip to the home improvement store. […]

6 05, 2019

Lap Around the Web – May 6th, 2019

By |2019-05-29T08:58:06-05:00May 6th, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I’m not sure what it is specifically about the AMC Spirit AMX that makes my pulse quicken just a little bit, but I’m going to try to find the words to explain it here. Maybe it’s because it was a sporty, RWD hatchback with a V8 up front. Maybe it’s because of the wild graphics and window louvers. Perhaps it’s those massively flared wheel arches and the distinctly utilitarian ground clearance that make it look like someone built a muscle car to go rally racing (which, ironically is exactly what AMC did with this and later the Eagle SX/4). Either way, it was weird by 1980’s standards and in 2019 car culture, weird 1980s cars are massively cool. And despite being weird and cool and unapologetically fun, the example you see here, arguably one of the nicest you’ll find for sale is still cheap, with RM Sotheby’s estimating it’ll sell for between $6,000-10,000. To learn more about the car, head over to Silodrome or take a peek at the auction listing here. […]

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