12 11, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 12th, 2018

By | 2018-11-12T16:50:36+00:00 November 12th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The early 1970’s were a great era for the early days of the SUV. Before people were worried about fuel economy or safety standards, there was a trio of big, burly 2-door SUVs that ruled the world: the Ford Bronco, the Chevy Blazer, and the International Scout II. While 2-door SUVs were quite popular from the 1970’s until the 1990’s, consumer’s desires more space and utility, relegating these fun, stylish trucks to the shadows. Now though, there is a resurgence of people who want 30-year-old oddball trucks and suddenly the hot rodders and customizers like Icon and The Ring Brothers are picking up old Blazers and rebuilding them to be far superior to their original forms. This 1971 example, built by the highly skilled Ring Brothers in neighboring Wisconsin, features a Chevy LS3 V8 crate engine with 430-hp on tap and absolutely gorgeous finishing throughout, making it half sculpture, half adventure vehicle. To learn more, head over to Silodrome. […]

6 11, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 5th, 2018

By | 2018-11-06T15:11:30+00:00 November 6th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I’m not sure if this qualifies as part of the rebirth of the “Van Life” movement but there’s something about seeing a bunch of big 20+ year old full-size vans sliding and dive bombing each other around a race track that gets my juices flowing. There’s something about these “Dajiban” that screams cool. Who’d of thunk a big metal box with expensive shocks, sticky tires, and half-assed aero (because who are you kidding by putting a wing on your van?) would be so much fun to look at? Diving deeper, this has become a bit of cultural phenomenon in Japan as used short wheelbase, rear-wheel drive vans from the 1970s through the early 1990s have been repurposed as track toys in the most ridiculous way. Inside, the plush rows of seating have been stripped out, only to be replaced by spindly racing seats and all the typical controls you’d expect in a race car. To read more about the art of racing in a van, check out Sam Smith’s wonderful article on Road & Track. […]

6 11, 2018

SEMA 2018 – An Overview of All Things Good

By | 2018-11-06T09:26:02+00:00 November 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

If you’re familiar with the aftermarket world of the automotive industry, you know that SEMA is basically the Mecca for anything and everything automotive. From a basic wheel and tire swap to a full frame off 10-year restoration project, you can find just about anything you ever needed to see (or didn’t need) at the SEMA show. So SEMA is the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association which is fancy speak for, “just cool stuff everywhere” and this was our third year heading to the show to explore. So roll along here with us as we take you on the tour of the show! […]

5 11, 2018

Road Trip Role Reversal with a 1980’s Porsche 911

By | 2018-11-05T10:04:39+00:00 November 5th, 2018|Driving Experience, Test Drives, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Imagine yourself crammed into the backseat of a 1980’s era Porsche 911 exploring the Midwest on family road trips for hours on end. Sounds comfy, right? Well, that’s how I spent many a summer when I was growing up. Mom and Dad would enjoy the relatively expansive front seats while my awkward teenage body was crammed like a sardine in the back seat. For hundreds and hundreds of miles. First world problem, right? Truth be told a Porsche 911 wasn’t the best road trip vehicle for a backseat passenger approaching his late-teens, but the reality is those road trips were a lot of fun. And thank god I was an only child because the way my mom packed there wasn’t room for anyone else but my pudgy self and her abundance of extra baggage in the back seat. Strangely, while I’ve had a lot of (back) seat time in Porsche 911s, I’ve never really spent any significant time behind the wheel. That is until we acquired the MHCC Porsche 911. The car is one of our most popular rentals and whenever it’s not booked I look for any excuse I can find to drive it. The perfect opportunity arose two weekends ago. […]

5 11, 2018

What’s Going On – Week of 11/5/18

By | 2018-11-05T09:45:56+00:00 November 5th, 2018|What's Going On?|0 Comments

Cheese Curd Cook Off – Saturday, November 10th “If you’re a true Wisconsinite… You’ll be here!!! Come on and join us for the inaugural Cheese Curd Cook Off! Local restaurants, Chefs, and food trucks will compete to show why they should be named BEST CURD CHEF!! Guests can buy limited tickets to help judge who makes the best cheese curds right here in the Chippewa Valley!! Each ticket purchased will get you samples of cheese curds with your chance to win a GRAND prize for voting!” […]

29 10, 2018

What’s Going On – Week of 10/29/18

By | 2018-10-29T08:18:02+00:00 October 29th, 2018|What's Going On?|0 Comments

Casks & Candy – Wednesday, October 31st “Join us on Halloween for a lineup of delicious casks and FREE candy/treats! – S’mores Porter (3:30) – Day of the Dead Mole Porter (4:30) – Pumpkin Spiced Latte Banshee Cutter (5:30) Enjoy Phantom Taxi at happy hour prices. All day. All night. Don oishi kitchen food truck will be serving up some of the best in Japanese Fusions in the Twin Cities. Costume or not, stop by, we’re looking forward to seeing you. 👻👻👻” […]

23 10, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Oct. 22nd, 2018

By | 2018-10-23T15:11:25+00:00 October 23rd, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

In love with classic coachbuilt Ferraris of the 1950’s but unable to find or afford one in Mexico City, Jose Fernandez has spent the last 57 years building his own tribute car to the classic Cavillinos he loves so much. It all started with a book about Ferrari that he discovered in a bookstore, where he was so taken by the beautiful, sleek designs of 250 Europas and 340 Americas that he went home and carved his own dream car out of a block of balsa wood. Years later, he commissioned a full-scale foam and plastic model of what he dreamt his perfect Ferrari would look like. The next steps were the hardest though. He spent decades finding someone who could build a body based on his design that would fit over a 330 GTC chassis that he had shipped down to Mexico City from New York. Once a body was finally ready, it took years of refinement to get it to fit like it should, and then came all of the interior assembly and other details that needed to be finished. In the end, Jose ended up with a backdated Ferrari that he always dreamed of, even though it isn’t actually a factory-built Ferrari. He doesn’t care though. He’s passionate about the brand and loves the car he now gets to drive. To read more about this amazing project that took decades to become a reality, head over to Classic Driver. […]

22 10, 2018

Weekly Feature – Cadillac DeVille

By | 2018-10-22T12:07:41+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

When I think classic luxury the immediate picture that pops into my head is an overload of chrome, dramatic wings, and a boat-length body – You guessed it, I award the prize for the most iconic classic-luxury vehicle goes to the Cadillac de Ville. In 1959, Cadillac won the Motor Trend of the Year award for their innovation of the overhead valve V8 engine, the engine used in the prototype Cadillac de Ville. Read on for more classic-car history! […]

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