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5 03, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Mar 5, 2018

By | 2018-03-05T15:14:22+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|1 Comment

Having spent a number of years working in an automotive assembly plant, I have a certain affinity towards seeing photos from inside other plants. Although the aging plant I worked in wasn't as stark, quiet, or clean as many modern-day assembly plants are, it's cool to see other old-school plants where truly desirable cars were once produced. While there are certainly differences between how a factory that assembles VW Buses or Fiat 500s would look and operate compared to one that assembled Ferraris, there are plenty of fun similarities too. And looking for those similarities is totally why I geeked out over these photos collected by Petrolicious this past weekend. Just. Look. At. This. Nothing on four wheels has any right to be this beautiful. This is the 1967 Ferrari 412 P Competizione and it's gorgeous and I think I love it. And you know what? I bet it sounds every bit as good as it looks too. There's just something special and organic about hand-formed aluminum panels. There's a soul there that modern, mass-produced cars can't emulate, no matter how beautiful they may be. This thing looks like just as much of a spaceship today as it did 51 years ago. Do you ever start driving somewhere and forget what vehicle you're in? Maybe this guy woke up on the other side of the bed and hopped into this box truck, and forgot it wasn't his drift car? Either way, watching this guy slide is huge box truck down [...]

26 02, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Feb 26, 2018

By | 2018-02-26T13:30:19+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Besides being “The People’s Car” the VW Beetle has done a LOT for the auto industry and one of my favorite things it’s done has been to provide a platform for a myriad of kit cars, offshoots, and custom designs. There are countless iterations of vehicles using either the Beetle floorpan or its flat-4 engine over the years, including one of my favorites: the Meyers Manx. And even with the Manx, there have been a few different versions, including this beautiful 4-seater model called the “Manxter 2+2”. This is easily the slickest Meyer’s Manxter I’ve ever seen and it’s been beautifully restored and updated, prior to its upcoming sale at the RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction. […]

19 02, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Feb 19, 2018

By | 2018-02-19T14:33:20+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

You work hard and that means you owe it to yourself to own and drive a cool collector car. If you're not sure what the best collector car for you would be, the fine folks at Road & Track have some great ideas for where to start looking. If your budget is still relatively small, they put together a list of sub-$20,000 collector cars that are relatively easy to find, fun to drive, and easy to live with. If you've got a little more money to toss around and want something rarer or more exotic, this list might also be helpful. AMC Javelins don't get enough love. This one, if you can even still call it a Javelin anymore, is one of the coolest muscle cars I've seen. The Ring Brothers have built an illustrious career for themselves building the most badass muscle cars on the planet and this '72 Javelin AMX is no exception. With well over 1,000+ HP on tap, it can shred tires with ease, but it's so much more than just an epic tire shredder. Speaking of tire shredders, would you ever have guessed that this 1948 Chrysler Town & Country is hiding a beastly 8.4L V10 out of a Dodge Viper under the hood? I can't imagine a much cooler burnout machine than this thing. In all-original form, these cars make great nostalgic boulevard cruisers but now it's got some punch for those impromptu stoplight-to-stoplight pulls. The Viper engine has been touched on too, hiding [...]

12 02, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Feb 12, 2018

By | 2018-02-12T15:30:08+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

If you like Porsches, you probably love Rufs. Much like Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher built the fastest, most infamous Mercedes’ in the ’80s and ’90s, Alois Ruf did with Porsches. He’d get body-in-white 911s directly from the Porsche factory and fit hotter engines and sleeker bodywork, and blow the doors off anything else coming out of Germany, or any other country for that matter, on any given race track or stretch of road. The CTR-series cars especially are still legendary for their speed, even today. Which is why it’s so awesome that Ted Gushue from Petrolicious spent the day Alois himself in Southern California with a CTR and CTR2, driving some of the most beautiful roads the west coast has to offer. […]

5 02, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Feb 5, 2018

By | 2018-02-05T15:08:38+00:00 February 5th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I wasn’t sure what to make of this car at first. The rear reminds me of the gorgeous Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale while the rest of the car seems like some weirdly proportioned DeTomaso knockoff or something. It turns out to be a one-off concept car built by former GM engineer, Bill Molzon, who got sick of the bean-counters and wanted to build his own dream car that was faster than a Corvette, better on fuel than a Corvair, and handled like a Lotus. The end result was the 1968 Molzon Concept Corsa GT38. The tiny car packed a 200-hp punch in the form of a Corvair flat-6 that was massaged to generate about 200 hp. Not bad for a car weighing only 1100 lbs. Despite fantastic results and heaps of praise from the likes of Road & Track, Mr. Molzon only ever built the one. […]

30 01, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Jan 29, 2018

By | 2018-01-30T11:59:44+00:00 January 30th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

This is the kind of stuff that dreams are made of for those that love racing through the dirt. It’s pretty amazing to see a truck on a rutted shoulder keep pace with a car traveling on a smooth highway. Better yet, you can watch all of the suspension components suck up all those huge bumps like they’re nothing. Sure, this truck, built by Psychotic Racing is just one of the many trucks they’ve built specifically to handle the Baja 1000, but watching it in action as it goes over bump after bump without a fault is mesmerizing and so much more interesting than the usual quick fly-by or helicopter shot you see from that race. […]

23 01, 2018

Oddities, Eccentricities, and Aberrations – January 2018 Edition

By | 2018-01-23T15:25:37+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

We’re just going to jump right into the deep end of this month’s weird automotive finds with this thing: a 2009 Dobbertin Hydrocar. Believe it or not, this amphibious vehicle is one-of-a-kind, featuring hand-formed aluminum body panels, including the retractable pontoons on the sides that raise up to function as the Hydrocar’s fenders or lower 8″ to help it float on water. Apparently, it also features 4-wheel steering that allows the driver to choose between having the rear wheels follow the fronts or to turn the opposite direction. Plus, it has gullwing doors, so… there’s that. […]

22 01, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Jan. 22, 2018

By | 2018-01-22T12:01:59+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

When I first saw photos of the Liberty Walk “Miura”, I thought/hoped it was some sort of CGI trickery. Surely, nobody would take such a rare, iconic, and valuable car and go full “hellaflush” on it. And luckily, this wild creation is based on a Ford GT40 kit car chassis with custom body panels formed around it to resemble the Miura, all done to surprisingly accurate effect. The result is a car that sits just 32.2″ tall (that’s below the top of the tire on most Jeeps) and with the over fenders and super dished wheels, it looks more like a skateboard than it does a car. While this build surely ruffled plenty of feathers when it was debuted last week, I’ve got to say that I like the idea behind it. Really though, I’m just glad no real Miuras were hurt in the making of this build. […]

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. […]

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