We’ve all done something a bit crazy to scratch that automotive itch, right? Some people take the long way to get ice cream just for the enjoyment that those extra few miles bring. Others spend hours in the garage cleaning and polishing their cars just for the joy that running their hands over the sheet metal brings. Then, some truly crazy people like photographer Andrew Trahan buy a 44-year old Alfa Romeo GTV sight unseen and fly from Detroit to Eastern Texas to pick it up and drive it over 1,700 miles home to Los Angeles through some of the hottest parts of the country in the middle of the summer. Sounds like a recipe for adventure to me. Andrew’s story is one you don’t want to miss!
It’s always nice to see people come together after a tragedy and make the best of a bad situation. When European hillclimb superstar Georg Plasa died in an unfortunate accident during a major hillclimb event, his family friend and founder of KW Suspension Karl Wohlfarth stepped in to buy Plasa’s former E36 race car. After running a highly-strung 400+ hp S14 motor out of an E30 M3 that needed to be rebuilt after every event, it received a decidedly more intense heart transplant in the form of a Judd 3.4l V8 that was originally built for an ALMS LMP2 car. With 560 hp and a 10,000 RPM redline, this rocket on wheels was further improved with completely custom KW suspension, composite bodywork, and massive aero. To learn more about the build and how it’ll be used going forward, head over to Petrolicious.
If you’re like me and you love the idea of a Safari 911 but you also like the idea of longer journeys or traversing really rough terrain quickly, this overland-spec Porsche Cayenne Turbo might be just the ticket. Although the massive mudflaps, beefy BFG KO2 tires, and more lights than you can shake a stick at all scream “expedition ready”, the straight-piped 4.5-liter twin-turbo V8 and its subsequent 550-hp make this Cayenne more ready to tackle the Dakar Rally. Either way, it sounds like my kind of fun! To learn more about this crazy retro-liveried Cayenne that was inspired by Porsche’s 959 Dakar efforts, take a peek at the rest of the story on Road & Track’s website.
If you’re at all interested in Porsches, you probably heard of the marque-specific infiltration of Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca this past weekend for the 6th annual Rennsport Reunion. Drawing the most historic Porsche vehicles to the equally historic racetrack, the weekend-long celebration of all things Porsche saw plenty of racing, the debut of a new track-only 935 model based on the current 700-hp GT2 RS, and other activities designed to further engrain the love for the brand in the hearts of its loyal fans. Check out the videos above and below for a look at the weekend’s activities both on and off the track.