I would gladly argue that Spa Francorchamps is one of the most beautiful race tracks on the planet. It’s a long, thin ribbon of tarmac that carves its way through the hillside forests in Belgium and it makes a great home all manner of racing, including a stop on the Formula calendar, WEC endurance racing, and perhaps best of all, vintage racing. I say vintage racing is the best of the bunch because the race cars of yesteryear had far less grip, made much better noises, and required far more skill to drive and keep running for the duration of an entire race weekend. And that’s why I love seeing these photos on Petrolicious from the 2018 Spa Classic. Much like the vintage racing at the Nurburgring and other famous historic race tracks around the world, this is another one of those bucket list events that I’d love to attend someday.
We all probably played with Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars as kids, driving them around the house or on the sidewalks or in the dirt, pretending we were actually driving the real thing. Some people do actually grow up to drive like that in real life, and maybe it’s that emotional connection to playing with those miniature cars growing up that made me love this video from the King of Hammers offroad race shot with a tilt-shift lens that made the cars look like toys. Some of the obstacles these vehicles encounter and conquer even look like the crazy things I used to put my Hot Wheels through when I was growing up! It’s hard to believe real cars and real people can make it through terrain like that!
Would you believe me if I told you what you see above is a Ferrari 308? Well, underneath that boxy hatchback body is a mid-engined two-seater with a gated shifter and 2.9-liter Ferrari V8. This car turns out to be a creation of Sbarro, the funky and innovative Swiss automotive designer, who has designed and built dozens of concept cars over the last 40+ years. This particular model, the Super Eight, was recently offered for sale on eBay, offering a rare look at an incredibly interesting car that few people have seen before. For more photos and information about the Sbarro Super Eight, head over to Road & Track or check out the now-expired eBay listing for yourself.
If you haven’t been to the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles, CA yet, you’re missing out. Or so I’ve been told because I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting it yet either. But now that the Porsche hype has died down, the Petersen is switching gears to focus on Japanese car culture with a showcase featuring a number of very historically significant JDM cars that you’ve likely never seen or even heard of before. As if that wasn’t enough, the Petersen is actually opening two separate exhibits focusing on JDM cars: “The Roots of Monozukuri: Creative Spirit in Japanese Automaking”, as well as “Fine Tuning: Japanese-American Customs”. Looking through the handful of featured models over on Road & Track, I was certainly fascinated by the unique styling and detailing of many of these cars. The new exhibits both opened on May 26th, so if you find yourself in LA with a little time to kill, you might as well go check this out.
The world of modified motorcycles is a big one. One that I don’t even pretend to know much about. However, if you want to see some of the coolest custom bikes on the planet, look no further than the Bike Shed Motorcycle Club Summer Expo. There are so many beautiful custom creations formed from aluminum, steel, and carbon fiber, it’ll make your head spin.