Lap Around the Web – May 28th, 2018

Few people realize that Aston Martin once competed in Formula 1. Despite the checkered success the British sports car manufacturer has had in GT racing throughout the years, their only foray into F1 was largely unsuccessful since they debuted what should’ve been a sleek, world-class, front-engined race car just as Ferrari and others were introducing their first mid-engined cars. As such, only four of these DBR4 F1 racecars were built in 1957. This particular car was actually rebuilt with pieces from a DBR4 F1 that was disassembled and sold off in pieces back in the late 1950s, and since its reconstruction, has been used extensively in vintage races throughout England and the rest of Europe. And isn’t that what a car like this deserves? To be put through its paces instead of sitting in a museum somewhere, collecting dust? I sure think so. To learn more about this beautiful Aston Martin DBR4 F1, head on over to Petrolicious.

There aren’t many car shows that can bring out this solid of an assortment of rare, vintage cars like the Concours d’Elegance at Villa d’Este can. From astronomically expensive cars like Lamborghini Miuras and Ferrari 250 GTOs to rarities like the stunning Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale, or even vintage concept cars, the Concours d’Elegance at Villa d’Este will make your head spin. As if the cars weren’t gorgeous enough on their own, the show itself is set on the shores of the infinitely picturesque Lake Como where even the beautiful wooden boats regularly seen cruising between historic hotels and resorts compete to steal your attention from the show itself. To see more from the show, head on over to Classic Driver where they have a huge gallery of all of the show’s highlights.

On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve always dreamt of building something as insane as this V8-powered Prius. Taking a car designed for ultimate fuel economy and championed by the left-lane hoggers and hyper-milers, and ditching all that boring stuff in favor of the supercharged V8 out of a Dodge Hellcat along with a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission sure sounds like a recipe for fun in my book. Perhaps not surprisingly, there’s very little left from the Prius in this build, but I don’t think you’ll hear many complaints from fellow car enthusiasts about that! Heck, even the engine itself, starting life with a measly 707 horsepower has been upgraded to produce a staggering 800+ horsepower at the wheels with a larger supercharger. If this won’t scare those pesky Priuses (Prii?) out of the left lane, I don’t know what will.

If you’ve got a spare 50 minutes or so, I highly recommend you watch both of these videos as Harry Metcalfe takes his 1969 Rolls Royce Shadow to the Arctic Circle in February to see the Northern Lights in action. I’m still not sure what possessed him to make such a treacherous journey in a rare, hand-built British luxury barge that he paid less than $6,000 for, but it looks like the adventure of a lifetime. Covering about 4,000 miles over the course of the trip, the old Rolls does a surprisingly good job, rarely skipping a beat.

Speaking of epic road trips, Will Sabel Courtney from TheDrive.com covered over 1,000 miles on a 6-day camping trip where he essentially lived out of a Lamborghini Huracan Performante. Now, I don’t know about you but unless I was driving to and from race tracks, I’m not so sure I’d want to drive Lamborghini’s most track-focused car from campsite to campsite, but either way, Will finished the trip in high spirits with lots of praise for the bright green car. To read more about his incredible journey, head on over to thedrive.com.

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