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18 06, 2018

Lap Around the Web – June 18th, 2018

By | 2018-06-18T14:31:26+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I remember seeing CGI renders of a couple years ago of a 1930’s Ford with styling reminiscent of Formula 1 cars manipulated to fit the Ford’s boxy shape. It blew my mind at the time but I knew it was just a render and nobody would be crazy enough to build something like that. Luckily, my pessimism didn’t stop someone from actually building what I had thought was impossible and what you see here, although not quite in its final form, is a running, driving version of that F1-inspired 1930 Ford. Not only that, but this one gets absolutely thrashed on the streets of Miami. And with a driveline out of a Honda S2000 that will happily rev out to 9,000 RPM, you’re most of the way there to having a vintage formula car for the street. I’m excited to see the final form of this car and hopefully, it’ll make an appearance at SEMA in the near future but for more photos, head on over to Speedhunters. […]

12 06, 2018

Lap Around the Web – June 11th, 2018

By | 2018-06-12T14:37:07+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Summer is pretty much here now and the trails are calling. It’s time to get off-road and find some sketchy adventures with friends. As if having a new off-roader didn’t make that need for adventure burn strong enough, reading about the exploits of Mike Burroughs of Stanceworks and his FJ60 through the deserts and mountains of Utah sure makes me want to load up my new-to-me FJ Cruiser and hit the road. In the final chapter of Mike’s three-part story, he and his buddies overcome broken parts and tricky trails to cap off their big 2018 off-road trip. […]

4 06, 2018

Lap Around the Web – June 4th, 2018

By | 2018-06-04T14:56:12+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I would gladly argue that Spa Francorchamps is one of the most beautiful race tracks on the planet. It’s a long, thin ribbon of tarmac that carves its way through the hillside forests in Belgium and it makes a great home all manner of racing, including a stop on the Formula calendar, WEC endurance racing, and perhaps best of all, vintage racing. I say vintage racing is the best of the bunch because the race cars of yesteryear had far less grip, made much better noises, and required far more skill to drive and keep running for the duration of an entire race weekend. And that’s why I love seeing these photos on Petrolicious from the 2018 Spa Classic. Much like the vintage racing at the Nurburgring and other famous historic race tracks around the world, this is another one of those bucket list events that I’d love to attend someday. […]

31 05, 2018

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2018

By | 2018-05-31T08:43:38+00:00 May 31st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

So you’ve been procrastinating since Mother’s Day and now it’s time to get something for dear old Dad. In case you’re just now remembering that Father’s Day is on June 17th, we’ve got the low-down on some great gift ideas that your dad will love! Whether he likes to explore the great outdoors, hit the road and listen to his favorite 8-tracks, or prefers to stay inside and play with gadgets, we’ve curated the perfect list of gifts for your Pops. […]

29 05, 2018

Lap Around the Web – May 28th, 2018

By | 2018-05-29T15:22:26+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Few people realize that Aston Martin once competed in Formula 1. Despite the checkered success the British sports car manufacturer has had in GT racing throughout the years, their only foray into F1 was largely unsuccessful since they debuted what should’ve been a sleek, world-class, front-engined race car just as Ferrari and others were introducing their first mid-engined cars. As such, only four of these DBR4 F1 racecars were built in 1957. This particular car was actually rebuilt with pieces from a DBR4 F1 that was disassembled and sold off in pieces back in the late 1950s, and since its reconstruction, has been used extensively in vintage races throughout England and the rest of Europe. And isn’t that what a car like this deserves? To be put through its paces instead of sitting in a museum somewhere, collecting dust? I sure think so. To learn more about this beautiful Aston Martin DBR4 F1, head on over to Petrolicious. […]

22 05, 2018

Track Day Is The Best Day

By | 2018-05-22T15:56:40+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Driving Experience|0 Comments

Ah, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and a warm breeze blows gently across your face. It’s a beautiful spring day in a beautiful resort town in Minnesota and we couldn’t be happier. But we’re not on a lake or standing around a grill, cooking hot dogs. No, we’re at the race track! Brainerd International Raceway, to be precise, for another one of our fabulous track days! It was a great time with plenty of cool street and race cars taking to the track to be put through their paces. We even had a few vintage German race cars as well as some brand new Mazda6’s being driven around the track by professional race car driver, Aaron Telitz. If this looks like your kind of fun and you’d like to join us next time, we’ll be opening up registration for our September 29th track day soon! […]

21 05, 2018

Lap Around the Web – May 21st, 2018

By | 2018-05-22T10:59:51+00:00 May 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Not everyone has heard of “The Mitty” and maybe that’s what makes it so special. It’s not as big or illustrious as Monterey Historics, but given its history dating back to the 1970s as a rebellion to Richard Nixon’s fixation on 50 MPH speed limits during the oil crisis, the Mitty has a special charm all of its own. Taking place at Road Atlanta each spring, The Mitty plays host to roughly 350 vintage race cars that spend the weekend racing wheel to wheel across various classes. As you’d expect from a grassroots vintage race such as this, the atmosphere throughout the spectator areas, as well as the paddock, is pretty laid back, with fans of all kinds enjoying the nice weather. For more photos from the event, head on over to Petrolicious. […]

17 05, 2018

MHCC Spring Fun Run 2018

By | 2018-05-17T11:30:26+00:00 May 17th, 2018|Driving Experience, MHCC Excursions|1 Comment

You couldn’t have asked for better cruising weather than what we had last night for our annual Spring Fun Run. We left the MHCC warehouse with 9 cars and toured the back roads out west of Lake Minnetonka before arriving at Lord Fletcher’s for a group dinner. With the temperature in the high-70’s, it was beautiful top-down weather and everyone arrived at Fletcher’s in high spirits. We hope you can join us on the next one! […]

14 05, 2018

Lap Around the Web – May 14th, 2018

By | 2018-05-15T13:41:10+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I'll admit that I'm still very much a motorcycle noob, but ever since seeing a few of Adam's bikes over the past few summers, I've gained a huge appreciation for them, especially Cafe Racers. What makes this particular bike really cool is that it was commissioned by Norton Motorcycles and unlike a lot of the cheap, parts-bin specials out there, it uses only the finest materials. Everything on this Norton Dominator built by Goblin Works Garage is real stainless steel, aluminum, carbon fiber, or leather, and the effect is amazing. This Goblin Works Garage Norton Dominator is every bit as intricate as it is sinister; as classic as it is alien. Every surface begs you to take a closer look. To learn more about everything Goblin Works Garage did to this awesome Cafe Racer, head on over to Silodrome. Now that Spring has sprung, it's time to get those cars out and set those ponies free. And that's just what Internet Troll Sensation Cleetus McFarland does with his stripped-down, 1300-hp C5 Corvette Kart. It turns out that if you buy a wrecked Corvette and triple the horsepower, the rear tires aren't always ready to handle the extra power, in this case with spectacular results. Cleetus goes on to prove that the Chevy LS really is "America's Engine" and when you cram it full of air courtesy of some twin turbskis, you'll be able to hear those eagles sing. In addition to being a monster of a car in the burnout [...]

8 05, 2018

Lap Around the Web – May 7th, 2018

By | 2018-05-08T13:30:24+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

It’s a shame that Volkswagen hasn’t built a car this ridiculous to tackle the infamous Pikes Peak Hill Climb since 1987, but I don’t think anyone sees the gargantuan German automaker attempting to build a 650+ hp, twin-engined Golf ever again. From the sound of things, a Golf with a turbocharged 4-cylinder mounted at each end of the car was as sketchy to drive as it was fast. You’d think with perfect 50/50 weight distribution, the car would be really well balanced, but sometimes the computers keeping the engines in sync would get confused, sending different throttle inputs to each end of the car, making the short wheelbase Golf quite the handful to drive. To learn more about the craziest Golf Volkswagen has ever built, click the link and head over to Road & Track. […]

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