I remember seeing CGI renders of a couple years ago of a 1930’s Ford with styling reminiscent of Formula 1 cars manipulated to fit the Ford’s boxy shape. It blew my mind at the time but I knew it was just a render and nobody would be crazy enough to build something like that. Luckily, my pessimism didn’t stop someone from actually building what I had thought was impossible and what you see here, although not quite in its final form, is a running, driving version of that F1-inspired 1930 Ford. Not only that, but this one gets absolutely thrashed on the streets of Miami. And with a driveline out of a Honda S2000 that will happily rev out to 9,000 RPM, you’re most of the way there to having a vintage formula car for the street. I’m excited to see the final form of this car and hopefully, it’ll make an appearance at SEMA in the near future but for more photos, head on over to Speedhunters.
Although Aston Martin debuted their new Vantage GTE race car at this past weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, it’s cool to see an inside look at their efforts a couple years ago at Le Mans. From nasty weather to sleep deprivation, the Aston Martin Racing team persevered for the most famous 24-hr race on the planet. If you have ever wondered how a racing team keeps their car on the track for that long, this video from Carfection will show you that it’s certainly no walk in the park and those mechanics and pit crew work just as hard, if not more so than the drivers themselves.
It’s easy to argue that the Ferrari 250 GT California Spider is one of the best convertibles of all time. Certainly, it’s one of the most beautiful, and that sonorous V12 engine doesn’t hurt either. Maybe that’s why values for the 37 covered-headlight models that Ferrari built hover in value around $15-20M and why places like DK Engineering are hired for extensive, nut and bolt restorations that take thousands of hours. The depth of detail that the team at DK Engineering goes into during these restorations is simply staggering. They start by completely stripping the car down to just a shell and then assess each component individually. Using historic imagery and 3D scans, they check to make sure the shape of the car is exactly how it was when it left the factory, often times stripping the car down to bare metal to repair panels by hand. It’s an incredibly laborious process, but a labor of love as well, that goes into making these cars concours-ready and that’s part of why they command the level of money that they do. For me, I’ll stick to my old Alfa Romeo Spider for a fraction of a fraction of the cost.
The car scene in the Gulf area of the Middle East is one of the wildest and most diverse in the world. While most people are used to seeing Lamborghinis and Ferraris covered in gold or heart-stopping drifting and cars getting up on two wheels, the desert offroad scene is one of the craziest. From the looks of things, it’s not terribly uncommon to see a relatively normal-looking SUV that is putting down close to 1,000 HP at the wheels or sand rail buggies that can easily hold wheelies for the entire length of a football field when racing across the sand. Check out this video from Vice News to get a look into the people who build and race these cars at one of the biggest off-road racing festivals in the world.
After spending a little time getting pelted with mud by one of Leh Keen’s Safari 911 builds a few weeks ago, I’ve learned a strong appreciation for rally-driven 911s. And if you’re looking for the real deal, things don’t get much better than this 911 SC that was campaigned in the World Rally Championship back when it was new. Now, Carfection takes a ride with this car’s driver, Jean-Pierre Nicolas, on a few stages from the Rallye Monte Carlo, which this car won in 1978.