19 03, 2019

Thunderbirds Fly South for the Winter

By | 2019-03-19T09:48:06+00:00 March 19th, 2019|MHCC Trips|0 Comments

Hopefully, you followed along with us during our time down in Arizona, but if not we’re going to recap our auction trip to the Mecum Auctions in Phoenix. Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. The Thunderbird made it’s way to Arizona last week, but did it find a new home? We don’t want to give it all away just yet, so here’s the tale of my recent trip to Arizona with our 1966 Ford Thunderbird […]

18 03, 2019

Oddities, Eccentricities, and Aberrations – March 2019

By | 2019-03-18T16:38:37+00:00 March 18th, 2019|Cars We'd Like to Own|0 Comments

If you’ve ever wanted to a vehicle that can go wherever you want offroad, you’re probably familiar with the Mercedes G-Wagen, Land Rover Defender, and Hummers. Those who like to get a bit more in the weeds have probably familiar with Unimogs and Pinzgauers. But even the most savvy off-roaders have probably never heard of the UMM Alter II. That’s because it was a small, low-volume manufacturer based in Lisbon, Portugal that specialized in rugged agricultural and military vehicles. The UMM Alter II even had a stint in the Dakar Rally back in the day, where it garnered a reputation for bulletproof reliability when all the vehicles entered by UMM finished the rally under their own power. And power comes from a Peugeot 2.5-liter turbodiesel 4-cylinder. I don’t know why but I really want this thing. Please, somebody, buy it before I do something foolish. […]

18 03, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Mar. 18th, 2019

By | 2019-03-18T14:03:17+00:00 March 18th, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The Porsche 919 Hybrid is one of the most dominant endurance race cars of the current era. With a virtually identical power to weight ratio as a modern F1 car, the 919 is ruthlessly fast but its complex aerodynamics make it fairly easy to drive. The combination of a highly-strung 700+ HP V4 engine along with some incredibly power-dense battery cells mean that the 919 is producing just shy of 1,200 HP going to all four wheels with computers to control everything seamlessly so the driver can focus on making the absolute most of the mechanical symphony being orchestrated around them. Chris Harris of Top Gear got the quite enviable job of driving the Porsche 919 for a day and you can see what that was like for him in the video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D4l4TUj8sQ&t=0s […]

18 03, 2019

What’s Going On – Week of 03/18/19

By | 2019-03-18T09:25:12+00:00 March 18th, 2019|What's Going On?|0 Comments

Northwest Sportshow – Thurs. – Sun. – Mar. 21st-24th The outdoors is calling! Get outdoors with the beautiful upcoming weather that’s forecasted. This show is all about fishing, hunting, and all things outdoors. $14.00 Adults,13 & up. Save $2 on full-price admission when you purchase tickets in advance online. […]

11 03, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Mar. 11th, 2019

By | 2019-03-11T13:12:50+00:00 March 11th, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The latest season of Top Gear has already started airing on the BBC in the UK but we won't be able to watch it in the US until the middle of April. That being said, they've been teasing out some content on their Youtube channel, including what looks to be an awesome racing challenge between Chris Harris, Matt LeBlanc, and Rory Reid in some cheap (sub-$10K) high-luxury cars. Between the Mercedes 600SEL, Bentley Arnage, and Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, they all look pretty good as race cars but we'll have to wait for the episode to air next month to know which one is the fastest. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmhrAbl5Js0   For Audi nerds or just fans of fast, practical, sports cars, there are few things more lust-worthy than the Audi RS2, built in limited quantities between 1994-1995. The RS2 was the ultimate evolution of the Audi 80 Avant platform. With further fine-tuning from Porsche, the 2.2-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder produced 315-hp going to all four wheels, which were also supplied by Porsche along with the massive brakes. All in all, Audi made just under 3,000 RS2s and unfortunately, none of them were imported into the US. However, now that they're 25 years old, that will hopefully start to change. I'll let Jalopnik tell you the rest of the reasons why you should import one right now. Niki Lauda was one of Formula 1's most prolific drivers. Back when he was still actively racing for Ferrari, the cars were much more of a handful than [...]

5 03, 2019

We’re Heading to Mecum Auctions in Phoenix

By | 2019-03-05T13:40:03+00:00 March 5th, 2019|MHCC Trips|0 Comments

We’ve decided to part with a few of our vehicles, but it’s not with a heavy heart that we are doing so. You come to love, enjoy, and respect each one of these classic vehicles differently. Then you decide that you have entirely too many, and something has got to go. We’re beginning that trend with our 1966 Ford Thunderbird, which will be heading to auction next week at the first-ever Mecum Auction in Phoenix | Glendale, AZ. You can follow along with us as we spend next week checking out the auction and running our Thunderbird on Thursday evenings. […]

4 03, 2019

Aaron Telitz, Guest Speaker – Thanks Attendees!

By | 2019-03-04T14:22:06+00:00 March 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Thank you to those who joined us for an evening with Aaron Telitz. Aaron races as the Dale Coyne/Vasser Sullivan Indy Reserve Driver and the AIM Vasser Sullivan IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship endurance series driver. During his visit, Aaron gave us the low down on what it really takes to be a professional racing driver. From his training to victories, Aaron is a dedicated racing driver who lives and breathes hitting the apex just right. Thank you again to those who attended and we hope to provide more of these sessions in the future! […]

4 03, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Mar. 4th, 2019

By | 2019-03-04T13:00:55+00:00 March 4th, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Plenty of manufacturers design cars using CAD (computer-aided drafting) software prior to putting it into production. That’s all pretty normal these days. But what if you want to take an old car that already exists and make it a wild, modern interpretation of what you’ve always dreamt of? It turns out you can do that on a computer too, just like Ken Block did when he commissioned designer Ash Thorp to design a new, racier version of his beloved 1993 Ford Escort Cosworth rally car. Taking feedback from Ken, Ash was able to blend some of his favorite features of modern rally cars onto the iconic Escort Cosworth body. The rough model looks great as-is, but Ash went one step further, grafting Ken’s newest livery onto the 25 yr old rally car. Once everything is signed off, the dimensions for the new body panels are all right there in the software and get sent over to the team that actually builds the car. It’s amazing what modern technology can do for old cars! […]

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