It’s easy to forget about the Toyota 2000GT. Only a scant 351 examples were ever built, and at $6,611 in 1967, it was more expensive than both the Porsche 911 and the Jaguar E-Type. Still, Toyota built the best car they knew how to at the time, with a stiff, lightweight chassis and a healthy 150-bhp from a Yamaha-tuned inline-6. With swoopy, teardrop styling and a well-appointed, but driver-focused interior, the car looked every bit as good as it drove – if you were of small enough stature to fit in it, of course. There’s a lot more to the mystique of the legendary Toyota 2000GT than I have room to get into here, but the folks at Silodrome broke down the fascinating history of the car that paved the way for the Toyota Supra so you can get up to speed.
You can’t look at JDM car culture without seeing Wataru Kato’s influence on it. If you’ve ever seen a Japanese car with bolted on fender flares, slammed on the ground, with bright racing colors, there’s a good chance it was inspired by something Kato-san built. His Rocket Bunny brand of modifications are wild and in-your-face, but somehow seem just as interesting on an old Nissan or Mazda as they do on a new Ferrari or Lamborghini. Whether this style looks good to you or not is a matter of personal taste but Kato-san and his company have built an eclectic mix of cars at this point, and there aren’t any signs of Rocket Bunny slowing down. To learn more about Kato-san and Rocket Bunny, head over to Speedhunters.
Whenever evo Magazine conducts their Car of the Year testing, I always tune in. Although the magazines are 100% worth picking up on their own merits, I appreciate that they do a video recap of their big comparison test to pick the best driver’s car of 2018. This year, the range of competitors covered quite the spectrum from cheap hot hatches like the VW Up! GTI and Ford Fiesta ST to supersonic sports cars like the Porsche GT2RS, McLaren 600LT, and Ferrari 488 Pista. Whether it was a tarted up commuter car or a hardcore track day special, the guys at evo Magazine skipped over the outright performance numbers and instead gave each car a fair shake on how it felt to drive. In the end, only one of the eight cars in the test could win, but I won’t spoil it for you.
Why am I sharing a story about a yacht with you? Because “Sunday Money”, the 100-ft yacht you see here, was owned by none other than Dale Earnhardt Sr. Unfortunately, he died in a crash at Daytona before seeing the yacht completed but his special touches are all over this thing, including a custom Snap-On tool kit in the engine room. If you’re looking for a yacht and you want to “do it for Dale”, here’s your chance. To learn more, head over to Jalopnik where they have all the details about the former Intimidator’s yacht.