If you’re not familiar with Boyd Jaynes and Brian Godfrey, all you need to know is that they’re probably cooler than you are. What makes them so cool? Well, for starters, they race a 1968 Ford Bronco that has racked up 7 class wins in the NORRA Mexican 1000 race. After almost 10,000 offroad race miles on the same 351 Cleveland V8, Boyd and Brian just prepped the Bronco with a fresh 347 CID crate motor directly from Ford, which puts out a healthy and reliable 360 hp. Because you want reliable power when you’re driving through desolate and treacherous terrain. These NORRA races offer a serious course and serious competition but Boyd and Brian are not your typical stone-faced racers. Sure, they work hard to prep their Bronco for the race but they also grow out mustaches for the race weekend and their fire suits were custom-made to resemble mariachi band outfits. It’s great to see serious competitors that don’t take themselves too seriously. To learn more about Boyd and Brian and their rad ’68 Bronco, head over to Silodrome.
Porsche really established their engineering credentials in the late 1980s with the Porsche 959 street car and 956 race car. Great engineering costs lots of money and after building two of the most well-engineered cars in the world, Porsche was hurting for money throughout the early 1990s. Luckily, there were a pair of German automakers just down the road that wanted Porsche’s help to pump up some of their more consumer-friendly vehicles. Audi and Mercedes-Benz both reached out to Porsche and offered healthy infusions of cash in exchange for enthusiast-driven sports sedans like the RS2 and E500, respectively. At the time, nobody batted an eye at either of these two 300+ hp cars, both were rocketships in their own right. While the RS2 was faster from a dig than the McLaren F1, the E500 could crush Autobahn miles better than just about anything on 4 wheels, capable of running up to about 180 MPH once the restrictor was disabled. To learn more about these two iconic sleepers, head over to Hagerty.com.
We’re hosting a trip to Road America for the Indycar race weekend on June 22nd-23rd, so when I saw this throwback to Road America in 1964 with Roger Penske driving his Corvette race car around the track, I figured it was worth a share. Most of this footage looks like it was filmed during practice sessions prior to the 1964 Road America 500 and it’s amazing to see how although the course layout is the same today as it was back then, nearly everything off the pavement is completely different now. What surprised me most was seeing a corner worker standing what looked like three feet from the track in the middle of the carousel. To see more great historic footage from this race weekend, you can see part 2 here and part 3 here.
Depending on who you ask, living with a Hummer H1 can be a walk in the park or surprisingly difficult. Despite the street versions being direct descendants of military vehicles, Hummers aren’t actually as reliable as you might expect a rugged, battle-proven machine to be. People who drive the H1 can experience all sorts of quirks and issues that aren’t necessarily a problem on the battlefield but make it more difficult to live with in the real world. Although Hummers are known for being big, their size isn’t usually an issue in the US. In Europe, however, the H1 is MASSIVE and that can make it a bear to drive on smaller roads. But don’t take my word for it, watch this video from Car Throttle as their host attempts to live with an H1 in England.