12 06, 2017

What’s Going On – Week of 06/12/17

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Father’s Day Twins Game – Sunday, June 18th “Take your Dad to a weekend day game at Target Field! Cheer on your Minnesota Twins as they take on the defending ALCS Champion Cleveland Indians. Enjoy the breathtaking views, and dazzling amenities of Target Field, the world class home of Twins Territory.” […]

6 06, 2017

A Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Trip

By | 2017-06-06T12:12:04+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

This story is basically the tale of a picture being worth a 1,000 words. I don't want to bore everyone with the details of each gas stop, or the specifics of how many bugs my headlight killed. I want to share the experience through photographs and make someone feel like they were along for the ride. I've been on several motorcycle trips in the past, but something about this one just felt right. The cold Colorado mountain air hitting your face, the rain washing away the dust and dirt on the bike from an overpass trail stop...it all just seemed to come together. It was an experience – not just another ride. The freedom of the open road is exhilarating, and when the scenery is this good, it was impossible not to enjoy every second.

5 06, 2017

Lap Around the Web – June 5th

By | 2017-06-05T14:48:36+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Vintage racing offers a whole host of advantages for spectators over its modern equivalents, such as better access to the cars, (usually) cheaper tickets to the races, and in some cases, better racing. Looking back at last week's Monaco Grand Prix, there was barely any passing on the tight streets of Monaco during the race because the new cars are wider and more evenly matched than ever before, but with vintage racing, the tiny little race cars of yore, before all the big front wings and steamroller sized tires, were able to dash around each other for position with relative ease. Click the link to Jalopnik for the full video of this race and just watch as the gorgeous, cigar-shaped '58 Maserati 250F picks its way through the grid of equally lovely competition. Speaking of vintage racing, Petrolicious just stocked their marketplace with a number of gorgeous illustrations depicting a number of historically significant race cars from yesteryear created by artist Guy Allen. Petrolicious currently has six different prints in stock, covering all the high points of German and Italian sports and race cars. Although I'm rather partial to the Alfa Romeo GTA and Lamborghini Countach LP400, you can never go wrong with some BMW 3.0 CSLs or Group C race cars either. 1984 Lancia 037 Group B Evo 2 from Girardo & Co. on Vimeo. Continuing with the vintage race car vibe I seem to have accidentally started going with today, I was pretty excited to find this video showcasing all [...]

31 05, 2017

Oddities, Eccentricities, and Aberrations – May 2017 Edition

By | 2017-05-31T13:01:32+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Cars We'd Like to Own|0 Comments

We’ve got the need for speed this month, so we’re doing a special Race Car edition of the Oddities roundup and right off the bat we’ve got something pretty special: the only Panoz DeltaWing ever made available for public sale. As far as weird race cars go, this one is right up there as one of the weirdest of weird, but how cool would you look showing up to the next track day in a DeltaWing?! It’s chassis #001 and has a substantial racing history in the P1 class of ALMS and P2 class of IMSA. The DeltaWing, along with spares and even track support, can be all yours for just $375,000 directly from DeltaWing Racing. […]

30 05, 2017

Lap Around the Web – May 30th

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It was a big weekend for racing, between F1’s historic Monaco GP, the Nurburgring 24 Hour race, and arguably the biggest race of them all, the Indy 500. As usual, MHCC hosted a live Monaco GP viewing party at The Dojo, but I spent the better part of Sunday afternoon watching the Indy 500 in the garage while tackling a few projects on my car. As someone who doesn’t usually follow Indycar racing, I was amazed at how much on-track action there was compared to the Monaco GP I watched just a few hours earlier. With so many cars running in such close proximity, there was plenty of passing and aggressive maneuvers around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that you just don’t see on the narrow streets of Monaco. With all eyes on Fernando Alonso, who skipped the premier F1 race to try his hand on the banked oval of the Indy 500, an engine failure forced him to drop out of the race in the final stages of the race and leaving the door open for fellow F1 driver Takuma Sato to take the checkered flag. If you recorded the race and planned to watch it, I’m sorry that I just spoiled it for you, but check out Road & Track for a much more detailed synopsis with video highlights from the race. […]

30 05, 2017

So Many Vintage Cars at the Harvey West Memorial Races

By | 2017-05-30T11:29:35+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Many people consider Memorial Day Weekend the official start to summer. For me it's the official start of the vintage racing season. For as long as I can remember I've headed to Brainerd International Raceway over memorial weekend to see an eclectic mix of  vintage race cars hit the track. While the weather has always been hit or miss (this weekend included), there's always a neat mix of cars racing with Vintage Sports Car Racing, the local vintage racing club. McNama1969 ra Formula Vee For me this my first race back in the saddle of my Porsche 914-6 vintage racer following an unplanned, three year hiatus. If you've followed the MHCC blog for awhile you may have seen the chronicling of my engine (mis)adventure. With that behind me, and also a new engine behind me, I was very excited for the weekend. I'll spare you all the details, but I will tell you the car ran flawlessly and I managed a second place finish, somehow holding off a fast Formula Ford and gaggle of firebreathing Corvettes in the process. #29 1971 Porsche 914-6 Since I was participating in the race weekend it simply wasn't possible to capture any trackside action photos. It's kind of hard to do when you're strapped in a car on track. I did, however, spend some time wandering around the paddock and snapping pictures of the wide variety of vintage race cars. For trackside action shots you can view this gallery of photos shot [...]

22 05, 2017

Lap Around the Web – May 22nd

By | 2017-05-22T15:30:31+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

There was no shortage of excitement in Italy this past weekend with the modern interpretation of the Mille Miglia taking place. The annual 1,000-mile race from Brescia to Rome and back again serves as a homecoming of sorts for many of the world's fastest and most famous historical race cars that were built prior to 1958, as well as a number of their modern counterparts. Although it's still on my bucket list to attend at least one stage of the Mille someday, seeing all the beautiful photos from Classic Driver and Petrolicious sure makes me want to go all the more. It's so cool to see all these beautiful old race cars put through their paces during such a grueling event! From the most beautiful vintage race cars in the world to the most haggard Datsun. Here comes the Roadkill Rotsun: a turbocharged 5.0-liter V8-powered Datsun 240Z. This thing is a 4-wheeled tetanus shot waiting to happen but with a big turbo forcing mouthfuls of boost into the junkyard 5.0, it's bound to be a blast until it blows up, right? In either case, it shows what can be done when you're low on funds but high on...something. Let's call it shade tree mechanics skills and ingenuity. Anyway, give it a watch and try to tell me that doesn't look like fun! Mercedes-Benz knew they had a hit on their hands when they co-developed the C11 alongside Sauber for the 1990 race season. The sleek, carbon fiber machine was powered by [...]

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