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20 08, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Aug 20th, 2018

By | 2018-08-21T12:37:23+00:00 August 20th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Italy is well-known for its stunning cities, fabulous food, and rich culture, but for those of us who love cars, it’s known as an automotive mecca, home to some of the most famous sports car brands on earth. Of course, it wouldn’t make sense to build great sports cars if you didn’t have great roads as well, and luckily, Italy is known for having plenty of those too. Add all that together and you end up with a perfect place to host this year’s Vernasca Silver Flag, a vintage road rally type of event that has run through central Italy for the past 23 years, from Vernasca to Castell’Arquato. Now, I have no idea what that route actually looks like on a map, but based on the cars in attendance, it could be a 600 ft jaunt across a Walmart parking lot and I’d still just about consider selling an organ to be there. For more information about this amazing event, check out the full story over on Petrolicious. […]

13 08, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Aug. 13th, 2018

By | 2018-08-14T15:30:08+00:00 August 13th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

What’s better than going to a carnival? How about going to the carnival of vintage motorsports?! It turns out that that’s exactly what Classic Days is, which takes place every summer on the grounds of a German castle, with all manner of vintage race cars for as far as the eye can see. And what a beautiful scene to showcase just about everything from early 1920’s race cars to the famous Mustang and Challenger that were used in the movie Bullitt. The event brought out tons of noteworthy cars, but also plenty of famous racing drivers who piloted these speed machines in anger when they were new. From the photo gallery on Petrolicious, this looks like a future bucket-list event to attend! […]

6 08, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Aug 6th, 2018

By | 2018-08-07T11:17:05+00:00 August 6th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Just like the saying “the clothes make the man” points out that what a person wears can often be a judge of their character, the same can apply to wheels on a car. One of the most important parts of a car is where the rubber meets the road and the perfect set of wheels can make or break the look of a car. While most modern cars don’t really look right on anything smaller than 18″ wheels, I’m totally enamored with the much more intricate 14-, 15-, and 16-inch wheels of the 1960’s through the 1980’s. That’s why I couldn’t help but bug out when Petrolicious shared this cool throwback look at all the classic wheels that adorned sportscar 30+ years ago. There are just so many creative and quirky designs from the likes of ATS, Compomotive, Campagnolo, and Speed Star. Which vintage wheel design is your favorite? […]

31 07, 2018

Lap Around the Web – July 30th, 2018

By | 2018-07-31T13:03:27+00:00 July 31st, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

In case you didn’t already know, the Morrie’s Heritage ’71 Corvette is a blast to drive. With a little help from a more modern LS1 V8, it’s got plenty of reliable power and its big sticky tires and wide footprint help it handle like it’s on rails. But in the land of excess, sometimes an LS-swap and sticky tires just aren’t quite enough, which is why Garrett Randall decided to take his C3 ‘Vette to the next level. That means more power with a built LS6 putting down 520+ hp and more grip courtesy of custom JRI coilovers all-around, combined with some super sticky 305 and 315 section width rubber tucked under some custom-molded fender flares. To learn more about what makes this green machine so cool, take a gander at the full Speedhunters’ article. […]

23 07, 2018

Lap Around the Web – July 23rd, 2018

By | 2018-07-24T15:17:27+00:00 July 23rd, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Yamaha is well-known for their sporty motorcycles, musical instruments, and electronics, but very few people realize the impact they’ve had on the auto industry. Sure, they designed some engines like the Ford Taurus SHO V6 and V8 engines of the 1990s and early 2000s, as well as the spine-tingling 4.8-liter V10 found under the long hood of the Lexus LF-A, but did you know the Japanese manufacturer also attempted to build their own supercar from scratch at one point? Much like the upcoming Mercedes-Benz Project One, Yamaha built their own F1 car for the road, calling it the OX99-1. Remove all of the sleek, swoopy bodywork, the headlights, and the windshield and underneath was a narrow, single-seat, carbon fiber tub with pushrod suspension and a 3.5-liter V12 that wailed to over 10,000 RPM. The end result was a 400-hp, 2,500-lb road weapon that would have cost well over $1,000,000 in the early 1990’s. Unfortunately, Yamaha terminated the project after producing just three cars, one of which was driven by Road & Track’s Paul Frere and received heaps of praise. To learn more about what could’ve been one of the most exciting road cars of all time, head over to Bring a Trailer for their in-depth look at the OX99-1. […]

17 07, 2018

Ralleye de Valleye – Mini Horse Rides Again

By | 2018-07-17T10:27:34+00:00 July 17th, 2018|Driving Experience, MHCC Excursions, MHCC Trips|3 Comments

Last weekend, Adam (our MHCC Program Coordinator) and I threw a couple backpacks into the back of “Mini Horse” a.k.a. the 1977 Mazda Rotary Engine Pick Up and joined 20 other classic cars on the first annual Ralleye de Valleye which took us from Hastings, MN over the river  and into Wisconsin as we snaked our way through the absolutely wonderful “ABC” roads along the Mississippi River with stops along the way in Wabasha and Winona before stopping overnight in La Crosse, WI and heading north again the following day before ending the journey at StoneRidge Golf Club in Stillwater. […]

16 07, 2018

Lap Around the Web – July 16th, 2018

By | 2018-07-17T15:03:27+00:00 July 16th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Our man on the ground already shared a few images from what is arguably the biggest and best car event of the year at Goodwood, but now that the Goodwood Festival of Speed has come to an end, it’s time to share all of the best galleries of images from the event so you’ll all know what you missed out on. This is definitely a bucket list event for me, and if you’ve got high octane petrol coursing through your veins too, you’ll want to be there too. But for now, just check out all these awesome photos from Speedhunters here, here, here, and here, or head over to Petrolicious to see their coverage, or take a peek at Classic Driver to look at their big gallery as well. If you’re in the mood to hear the cars roar up the hill as well, I urge you to visit the official Goodwood Road & Race Youtube channel for hours of awesome video and commentary of these cars charging up the hill. […]

9 07, 2018

Lap Around the Web – July 9th, 2018

By | 2018-07-10T08:45:12+00:00 July 9th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

As impressive of a race as Le Mans is today, some would argue that it’s lost a bit of its je ne sais quoi head on over to Classic Driver in these modern times. With more safety regulations that prevent things like running starts (more commonly known as a “Le Mans Start” for good reason) and just all around safer, more homogenized cars running the race these days, it’s no wonder that fans come out in droves for the Le Mans Classic, held just a couple weeks after the big 24-Hour race. With all sorts of gorgeous vintage race cars like Ford GT40s, Porsche 917s and 935s, and slightly more modern race cars from the 90’s and early 2000’s, there were a lot of amazing cars to watch circling the historic race track. For more photos and information of this year’s Le Mans Classic, check out Classic Driver’s coverage of the race. […]

2 07, 2018

Lap Around the Web – July 2nd, 2018

By | 2018-07-02T21:51:23+00:00 July 2nd, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

There’s nothing like the bark of a Porsche flat-6 in the morning. Add to that the faint ticking of stones hitting the insides of widened wheel arches as fat, sticky tires do what they were designed to do, and you’ve got a recipe for an unforgettable drive in a vintage 911 RSR tribute. Because the real deal is so rare and valuable, it’s no wonder drivers seek out these beautiful recreations, especially when they house more modern drivetrains like this example here. Built back in 2011 by Paul Stephen’s capable team at RS-Teknic, this car was based on an ’85 911 and backdated to the racing look you see here. And if that doesn’t look like a good time, I’m not sure what to tell you. Read more about how this gorgeous 911 RSR tribute came to be over on Petrolicious. […]

25 06, 2018

Lap Around the Web – June 25th, 2018

By | 2018-06-25T10:29:42+00:00 June 25th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

“Vintage Racing” and “Nürburgring” are three words that always make auto enthusiasts perk up a little bit. There’s just something about those old race cars that get people psyched up, especially when racing at a track with as much heritage as theNürburgring. Heck, even the pre-war Bugattis and such that attended the Nürburgring Classic this year could’ve raced there back when they were new. And that’s perhaps what makes this event so interesting; it brings together some of the finest vintage race cars in all of Europe to one of the best race tracks in the world where people can get up close and personal with these icons of speed. Things like old DTM cars, Can-Am McLarens, Porsche 917s and 935s, old Bugattis, and more, the Nürburgring Classic had it all. And to see more from the event and see what it’s like to be there in person, head on over to Speedhunters. […]

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