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13 11, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 13th

By | 2017-11-13T11:10:59+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

While plenty of modern automotive factories feature floor to ceiling glass walls, sleek, modern designs, and cutting-edge machinery all laid out across a huge plot of land, Fiat strove to be an integrated part of Turin, Italy when they built their Lingotto plant and test track in the heart of the city in 1916. That’s right, Fiat built not only a large-scale automotive factory in the center of a bustling city but in order to also test their vehicles as they came off the assembly line, the roof was transformed into a banked oval test track. Raw materials would be delivered to the ground level and as cars underwent their assembly, they’d move higher and higher until the completed cars ended up on the rooftop test track to be driven prior to delivery. This was standard practice for more than 65 years until production ended in 1982. The building is now a mixed-used space with apartments, a piano store, art galleries, and rather fittingly, the Automotive Engineering school at Turin Polytechnic. […]

6 11, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 6th

By | 2017-11-06T16:27:41+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The big news over the weekend was that Swedish manufacturer of so-fast-it’ll-rip-your-face-off cars, Koenigsegg, surpassed the Bugatti Chiron to become the fastest car in the world. For the record attempt, one of Koenigsegg’s well-heeled customers managed to secure a closed stretch of road 11 miles in length in Nevada and kinda let Koenigsegg’s test driver make several high speed runs in his Agera RS. The end result? An average of 277.9 MPH taken across two runs (to certify the record, the run must be run on the same stretch of road in both directions). If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to go that fast on a public road, you’ve got to watch this video. Pay special attention to the way the Agera RS builds speed above 180 MPH, accelerating faster from 180 to 240 MPH faster than many of cars can go from 0-60 MPH, but I guess that’s what 1341 horsepower will do for you. […]

31 10, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Oct. 30th

By | 2017-10-31T14:33:01+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

As an amateur architecture buff and car guy, I've always dreamt of building a custom home that was more garage than actual living space. And while that seems like an awesome idea in my theory, there are so few people who have actually built such a structure that it's been hard to visualize exactly what a living garage home would - or at least could - look like. When I stumbled across this house, I was blown away by the large and functional (but tidy) garage on the majority of the first floor while the upper level makes up the living space. Located in Austin, TX, it's really nicely done and although it's not currently for sale, I'm ready to pack up and move on in. A couple weeks ago, I shared a story about a never-registered, delivery mileage McLaren F1 being available for sale, and while the fact that it was kept pristine will likely help it fetch a pretty penny when the right buyer comes along, Petrolicious had a great counterpoint from another F1 owner who actually drives their car regularly. While it's easy for collectors to get hung up on keeping cars mothballed away for value's sake, cars are meant to be driven and it's a shame, especially for great drivers' sports cars, to sit and collect dust instead of being used as intended. So if you've ever wondered what it's like to own and drive a McLaren F1, here's your chance. Now here's something you've probably never [...]

17 10, 2017

The MHCC Fall Color Tour – 2017

By | 2017-10-17T11:23:19+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Driving Experience, MHCC Excursions|0 Comments

Last week we decided that the fall colors had almost hit their peak, so we hit the open road and cruised to Lord Fletcher’s on Lake Minnetonka for an evening of food and fun. We had around 10 cars on this year’s cruise, and we made a little noise, took in all the best Minnesota fall colors, and grabbed an excellent dinner on the lake. We’ll let the pictures do the talking for now, but don’t fret if you missed out – we’re already planning our Spring Fun Run for next year! Again, thank you to those who joined and we hope to see you again next year! […]

16 10, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Oct. 16th

By | 2017-10-16T14:36:26+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I can always get hyped on the McLaren F1. To this day, it’s still my all-time favorite car and when it was new, it had more in common with an alien spacecraft than just about any other car on the market at the time. And maybe that’s why I’m so excited that there’s still a brand-new, as-delivered 1997 McLaren F1 out there with just 138 miles on the odometer. Sure, when it’s a shame that it’s never been driven because it’s an icon amongst analog supercars, but for whoever is looking to cash in, selling this pristine machine is likely to net them more profit than I can ever hope to make over the course of my adult life. If you have the means and are shopping for the perfect McLaren F1, here’s your opportunity. […]

9 10, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Oct. 9th

By | 2017-10-09T15:06:40+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

As most of you reading this might’ve noticed if you weren’t living under a rock for the last couple months, there was a rare total solar eclipse in August. While many people jumped on the bandwagon in the months or weeks leading up to the eclipse, some people (mostly astronomers or nerdy photographers) had been planning to view the event for years. Sam Bendall, for instance, had been looking forward to the eclipse for close to a decade and had been planning his ideal way of viewing the eclipse when the time came. Luckily, as the time approached, his schedule cleared to allow him to make a once in a lifetime journey from California to Oregon on his motorcycle where he enjoyed over 1500 miles of beautiful roads over the course of 4 days. His story is both interesting and awe-inspiring and will make you long for a similar opportunity. […]

3 10, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Oct. 2nd

By | 2017-10-03T09:24:32+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I love weird cars. Cars with a story, a unique history, or a secret life. And that’s exactly why I had to feature this Porsche 356-based “Kaiserslautern Coupe”. It’s one of those cars that can show up at a car show or event and despite the condition, it’ll draw a crowd and hundreds of questions all day because everyone is curious what it is, where it came from, and why it exists. The story about this rare car is actually even more interesting than I would’ve guessed, but not wanting to spoil the surprise, I recommend you head on over to Petrolicious to read the owner’s story about it. […]

25 09, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Sep 25th

By | 2017-09-25T14:14:44+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

When it comes to racing, there’s passing someone and then there’s passing someone. If you watched yesterday’s IMSA race from Laguna Seca, you might’ve seen what could likely be one of the most epic passes of the entire 2017 motorsports season. If you’ve been following the IMSA season, you’ll know that the Cadillacs have been pretty dominant this season, which is why it was so surprising that Renger Van Der Zande made a heroic pass for the lead in his #90 Ligier prototype, squeaking by one of those Cadillacs IN the Corkscrew on the second to last lap. He then hung onto that lead for the last lap of the race to take his and his team’s first victory in IMSA. Many have said that this move echoes Alex Zanardi’s epic Corkscrew pass during the 1996 CART race at the same track. But why not watch it for yourself and decide if this should qualify for “pass of the year” or not? […]

20 09, 2017

Overland (Mis)Adventures: What’s Better Than Sleeping in a Van by the River?

By | 2017-09-20T11:25:15+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Driving Experience|0 Comments

There are a lot of things that beat sleeping in a van by the river. For instance, sleeping in your bed, at home. Or sleeping in a bed in a hotel room. Or pretty much sleeping on a bed with 4 solid walls and a roof over your head. Just about all of that is more comfortable than sleeping in a van. But as the saying goes: “you can’t drive a house” and that was all I needed in order to find a way to turn my beloved ’99 Toyota 4Runner into an off-road capable RV. […]

19 09, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Sept. 18th

By | 2017-09-19T08:31:17+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Leave it to the Goodwood Revival to bring everyone back to the heyday of Formula 1. Last weekend, a killer assortment of some of the most beautiful Formula cars ever assembled took to a soggy track to duke it out for bragging rights. Petrolicious was there to capture all the action as these flyweight cars ripped around the circuit. Not only was the racing period correct, but so was the event, with nostalgic costumes and events that harked back to a simpler time. Although famous drivers like Fangio and Brabham are long gone from the racing scene, it’s incredible to see their cars still being driven in anger. […]

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