Just like the saying “the clothes make the man” points out that what a person wears can often be a judge of their character, the same can apply to wheels on a car. One of the most important parts of a car is where the rubber meets the road and the perfect set of wheels can make or break the look of a car. While most modern cars don’t really look right on anything smaller than 18″ wheels, I’m totally enamored with the much more intricate 14-, 15-, and 16-inch wheels of the 1960’s through the 1980’s. That’s why I couldn’t help but bug out when Petrolicious shared this cool throwback look at all the classic wheels that adorned sportscar 30+ years ago. There are just so many creative and quirky designs from the likes of ATS, Compomotive, Campagnolo, and Speed Star. Which vintage wheel design is your favorite?
It’s not every day that you see a top-tier F1 car being driven on public streets, especially mixing it up in traffic in some of the busiest cities in the US. But that’s exactly what F1 driver and all-around good guy Daniel Ricciardo did with his Aston Martin Red Bull Racing F1 car did as he makes his way from San Francisco to Las Vegas on Red Bull’s road trip, presumably to the US Grand Prix in Austin, TX in a couple weeks. I’m sure it saves on gas when you just drive the car to the track instead of trailering it on all those big enclosed semi trucks! Plus, it sounds like ‘ol Danny Boy is having a good time getting it out on some real roads in the US.
Close your eyes for a second and try to envision a turbodiesel pickup truck. Now, look at the picture above and I bet that’s not what you saw in your mind’s eye. This 1929 Ford Model A pickup is packing a vastly different engine than what it left the factory with almost 90 years ago, with a massive 1,100-lb Cummins 6BT turbodiesel V8 crammed between the wheels. We’re guessing that massive engine, which invites itself into a significant portion of the cockpit, probably totals close to 50% of the vehicle’s total weight, but luckily this Model A’s owner modified this truck heavily to accommodate all that extra mass up front by fitting a custom air suspension setup that looks the business. Of course, there are tons of other clever and beautiful details that went into the making of this badass truck. To learn more about this wildly powerful and just plain wild Model A, head over to StanceWorks.
For a long time, the little Mazda Autozam AZ-1 has been forbidden fruit, but now that they can legally be imported into the US, we’ll hopefully start seeing more of them. This beautiful blue example makes an introduction on Jay Leno’s Garage, where the tiny Kei car makes Jay look like an absolute giant. All I know is that it looks like a blast to drive!
If you like blue, mid-engined cars, with flip-up doors like the Autozam above, you’ll probably also dig the bonkers McLaren Senna. Ollie Marriage, Top Gear Magazine’s Motoring Editor was tasked with the enviable job of tracing Ayrton Senna’s footsteps from the Estoril Circuit in Portugal to the streets of Monaco on an epic road trip in McLaren’s hottest new hypercar. With 789 horsepower and all comfort features stripped down in pursuit of the ultimate lap time, it’s certainly better suited to smooth, fast pavement, but other than a small fuel tank, there are surprisingly few complaints.