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8 01, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Jan. 8, 2018

By | 2018-01-08T15:37:02+00:00 January 8th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Toyota’s robust JZ-series of engines has long been known as a great platform for reliable horsepower. While the 2JZ has reached near-mythical status as the heart of plenty of 1,000+ hp Supras, it’s older brother, the 2.5-liter 1JZ hasn’t shared the limelight for making reliable 4-figure horsepower. That’s why Minneapolis-native Don Groff bought two 1JZs and started hacking them apart with a bandsaw before welding them together at the crank to make his own twin-turbo, 5.0-liter V12. Now, most people undertaking such a laborious project would have a vehicle in mind to swap just such a crazy engine into, but not Don. He decided to build his dream engine first and later decided to fabricate his own tube-chassis in the shape of an old ’60s Formula 1 car to match. The project has taken just shy of 10 years, but according to Don, he’s right on schedule. To learn more about the build, head on over to Road & Track where they have a video of the engine firing up for the first time. […]

2 01, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Jan 2nd, 2018

By | 2018-01-02T14:24:33+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|Lap Around the Web|1 Comment

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to work on the best car in the world (spoiler alert: it’s the McLaren F1), there’s only one man trained to do so in the entirety of North America. His name is Kevin Hines and he calls McLaren of Philadelphia his home. Although he started off wrenching on American iron with his dad, he became a BMW tech in the ’90s before working his way up the food chain to Porsche, and finally onto McLaren where he now has the skillset to work on one of the most fanatically engineered cars on the planet. Road & Track recently had the chance to interview Kevin about what it’s like to work on such a finely tuned machine and his stories are almost as amazing as the car itself. […]

27 12, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Our Favorites From 2017

By | 2017-12-27T09:55:21+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

With 2017 winding down, it’s time to look back at some of our favorite articles and stories from around the interwebs this past year. We’ve compiled 10 of the most interesting stories we found this year into one place so you can read through them while you’re sipping eggnog or whatever else people do around this time of year. […]

19 12, 2017

Oddities, Eccentricities, and Aberrations – December 2017 Edition

By | 2017-12-19T16:36:55+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hey! It's been awhile since we dug up some of the weirdest, most interesting cars for sale on the internet but today we found some good ones, starting with a grill only a mother could love. Get a load of this 1972 Citroen HY converted into an RV! What is it? Why would someone build this? None of those questions matter. The only question you should be asking is how can you afford NOT to buy this for just $30,000. That's way cheaper than anything else you can live in, including a house. Anyone can go buy a Westfalia and be a hippy but can YOU can be a hippy with a certain je ne sais quoi. Qu'est-ce qui se passe? C'est très gentil. If you've got gasoline in your veins (Morrie's Heritage Car Connection does not recommend or condone injecting gasoline intravenously), then this car ought to get your blood pumping a little faster. While this isn't a legit Audi Sport Quattro S1, it's awfully close and with at least 700 hp on tap, it's probably every bit as exciting to drive as the real deal for a fraction of the cost. OK, so $300k isn't exactly cheap, but who can put a price on something this awesome? I mean, that's like paying $37,500 per headlight and a crazy rally car thrown in for free! According to the ad, you can even crank up the boost to generate 1,000+ hp if you really wanted to end up in the hospital (or morgue) [...]

18 12, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Dec. 18th

By | 2017-12-18T13:10:09+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Having recently spent some time in LA and the surrounding area for the LA Auto Show, it never fails to blow my mind just how big California is. You don’t have to drive very far to get out of the city and find barren deserts, thick forests, or snow-capped peaks. And that’s why it makes such a great place to own an old Land Cruiser like Mike Burroughs from StanceWorks. He’s done a solid handful of really awesome off-road adventures in his FJ60 and his latest trip to The Salton Sea looks to be one of the most interesting yet. […]

11 12, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Dec. 11th

By | 2017-12-12T10:57:05+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

With a killer soundtrack bested only by the incredible cars racing across the screen, Simon Kidston’s latest short film is nothing short of amazing. If you love vintage European sports cars, you’ll love “Wolf of the Autostrada”. In addition to a Countach, a Testarossa, a Ruf CTR, and an old Aston Martin V8 Vantage, there’s even a cameo from famous Lamborghini test driver Valentino Balboni. It’s also a wonderful showing of some expensive and rare cars being driven hard and used as they should be. […]

4 12, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Dec. 4th

By | 2017-12-04T16:23:20+00:00 December 4th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

In honor of the most recent addition to the Morrie’s Heritage fleet, what better time is there to share this awesome time-lapse video of an old VW Beetle engine getting torn down and rebuilt by the guys at Hagerty? After driving the Beetle 2500 miles from Portland, OR to Traverse City, MI, the teardown began, eventually replacing the aluminum case and exhaust with new items. Although we don’t expect Adam to rebuild the engine in our ’73 Super Beetle anytime soon, it’s really interesting to see all the work that goes into just such a job. […]

27 11, 2017

Morrie’s Road Trip – Back From The Dead(th Valley)

By | 2017-11-27T16:57:37+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Driving Experience|1 Comment

Instead of the usual family time for Thanksgiving this year, my wife and I decided to pack up and head down to Las Vegas where we could binge on huge buffets, avoid awkward conversations with that one weird uncle, and just laze around next to a swimming pool with some friends. Although I missed some aspects of the traditional Thanksgiving feast, sitting down to a buffet that significantly bigger than my entire house and eating half my body weight in shrimp cocktail and prime rib made up for it. The downside to this gluttony, however, meant that I was in no shape to do much physical activity for the next 24 hours. That's why a 3-hour road trip to Death Valley National Park sounded like such a good idea on Black Friday. Death Valley is somewhere that I've always wanted to visit and this was the closest I was going to get anytime soon. So we packed a light lunch, grabbed plenty of water, and hit the road. The plan was to get to the visitor center in time for a late lunch and then explore the park until it got dark. Our first stop was Dante's View, one of the highest points of the park that overlooked the lowest point of the park: Badwater Basin. The drive through the hills to get to Dante's View was a great taste of what was to come later in the day as the serpentine road wound its way between cacti [...]

27 11, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 27th “The Leftovers Edition”

By | 2017-11-27T10:54:40+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Hopefully, you’ve woken up from your Thanksgiving turkey-induced coma, wiped the leftover gravy or cranberry sauce from the corner of your mouth, and it back to work today. To make that post-holiday Monday a little better, I’m going to start by bringing you some Grade-A vintage racing from the historic Daytona International Speedway. Normally, vintage races get chopped down to what is essentially a sprint race of maybe a dozen or so laps to fit in all the different classes or to fill time before more modern series run. Luckily, that isn’t the case for the Classic 24 Hours of Daytona, where all of your favorite race cars from yesteryear come back to one of the most iconic tracks in the world to duke it out for glory yet again. And not only are the cars themselves incredible but because the racing season slows down significantly around this time of year, it brings out some big name drivers as well, including Patrick Long, Jochen Mass, Ron Fellows, and Adrian Newey. Between the sights, the sounds, the cars, and the drivers, there’s simply no other race like it. […]

20 11, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 20th

By | 2017-11-20T13:10:43+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

One of the most interesting race weekends that nobody knows about took place this past weekend in Macau. The Macau Grand Prix is one of the most difficult and dangerous races on the calendar for a wide range of series, offering motorcycle, open wheel, and touring car races on the narrow and barrier-filled street circuit. With such close quarters and zero runoff areas, there’s no room for error and nearly every race features its fair share of disastrous crashes. This year we saw a huge GT-class crash that took out all but four cars and watched the first and second place drivers in the Formula 3 race crash on the last corner of the last lap of their race. It may be dangerous but oh boy is it exciting! […]

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