20 05, 2019

Lap Around the Web – May 20th, 2019

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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. […]

13 05, 2019

Lap Around the Web – May 13th, 2019

By |2019-05-14T09:43:56-05:00May 13th, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

It’s rare to see a Bentley driven on anything other than perfect pavement or occasionally across a perfectly manicured lawn. This Bentley is something special though. It trades its four wheels for a pair of tracks that lift it well off the ground while also giving it the ability to traverse any terrain imaginable with ease. The 550+ HP twin-turbo W12 engine under the hood has no problem transferring that power to the ground either. Leave it to the Russians to try something this oddball with a Bentley, but I’ve got to say, it’s pretty darn cool if you’ve got more money than sense. Make sure to turn on subtitles when you watch the video below, and click the link to see more info about this ridiculously over-the-top Bentley on Road & Track. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=201&v=taLvoVXFDmM […]

6 05, 2019

Lap Around the Web – May 6th, 2019

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I’m not sure what it is specifically about the AMC Spirit AMX that makes my pulse quicken just a little bit, but I’m going to try to find the words to explain it here. Maybe it’s because it was a sporty, RWD hatchback with a V8 up front. Maybe it’s because of the wild graphics and window louvers. Perhaps it’s those massively flared wheel arches and the distinctly utilitarian ground clearance that make it look like someone built a muscle car to go rally racing (which, ironically is exactly what AMC did with this and later the Eagle SX/4). Either way, it was weird by 1980’s standards and in 2019 car culture, weird 1980s cars are massively cool. And despite being weird and cool and unapologetically fun, the example you see here, arguably one of the nicest you’ll find for sale is still cheap, with RM Sotheby’s estimating it’ll sell for between $6,000-10,000. To learn more about the car, head over to Silodrome or take a peek at the auction listing here. […]

30 04, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 29th, 2019

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Porsche made a name for itself in the 1950s racing small, lightweight, and nimble sports cars. By the early 1960s, the 356s and 550 Spyders weren’t quite cutting it anymore so the German brand turned to the Italy-based coachbuilder Carlos Abarth to optimize the shape of their 356 for aerodynamics while also cutting weight wherever possible. The end result was the Porsche 356 Carrera GTL Abarth. It was 5 inches lower, while also shorter and narrower than the 356 it was based on. This had a tremendous effect on lowering the car’s aerodynamic drag and the lightweight aluminum bodywork shaved off 45 kg in the process. It’s a shame only 20 of these lightweight racers were built because they dominated the race track at the time, racking up multiple class wins in prestigious events like the Targa Florio and the 24 Hrs of Le Man in the early 1960s. It paved the way for Porsche’s lightweight, aerodynamic-focused designs that led the way for a long lineage of successful race cars including the 904, 917, 956, and 962. To read more about the Porsche 356 Carrera GTL Abarth, visit Classic Driver. […]

22 04, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 22nd, 2019

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The middle of April is always a great time for the Long Beach Grand Prix. It’s a nearly week-long event centered around a street course in Long Beach, CA that plays host to drifting, stadium trucks, and world-class sportscar and prototype racing. However, the hot new thing at this year’s Long Beach Grand Prix wasn’t even new. Instead, everyone was excited to see some vintage IMSA GTO cars rip around the narrow street circuit. Stuff like Nissan 300ZXs, C4 Corvettes, Fox Body Mustangs, Merkur XR4Tis, and so much more ’80s and ’90s nostalgia raced wheel-to-wheel in front of fans of all ages. Call me a cynic but I’d almost rather watch these cars race than the latest and greatest IMSA cars. It just looks like so much more fun! To see more photos from the vintage race in Long Beach, head over to Speedhunters. […]

15 04, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 15th, 2019

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If you’re going to own one of the most beautiful Italian cars ever made, it only makes sense that you’d keep the car in one of the most beautiful places in Italy as well. That’s just the case here with this ATL Alfa Romeo 1900 that is stored and driven in Lake Como, Italy. For those not familiar, ATL (which stands for Autotecnica del Lario) was a small Italian coachbuilder in the 1960s and ’70s and the Alfa Romeo you see here might’ve been one of their most beautiful creations. Powered by a 1.9L 4-cylinder that produced around 100 hp, this car was built to be as light and nimble as possible. Coming in at 1750 lbs thanks to its birdcage-like chassis and thin-gauge aluminum skin, the ATL-built 1900 is able to make the most of its modest power. It’s speculated that ATL built just eight examples of this car and it’s anybody’s guess how many of those survive today, but after a loving restoration in the 1980s, this particular car still gets driven regularly around the beautiful rolling hills surrounding Lake Como. For more about this gorgeous car, including more incredible photos, head over to Petrolicious. […]

8 04, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 8th, 2019

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Hopefully, it’s safe to say that winter is mostly behind us at this point. It’s rare to see any remaining piles of snow on the ground and the ice is out on most of the lakes at this point. In parts of Russia, however, it’s not all that hard to still find snow and ice. That’s why the designer of the Flanker-F race cars you see below, Sergey Kabargin, thought it would be a cool idea to break the tandem drifting speed record on the frozen Lake Baikal. Not only do the cars look awesome but the scenery around Lake Baikal is absolutely gorgeous as well. What better place to drive flat out than on a wide open, frozen lake with two 650+ horsepower cars sliding side by side on the ice? To get all that power down, both cars feature full sets of studded tires, with 480 studs each. This all led to the tandem drift speed record being broken at a recorded 152.8 MPH. To read more about this thrilling record and the cars that made the record possible, head on over to Speedhunters. […]

1 04, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 1st, 2019

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The Lincoln Continental of the 1960s was basically the perfect executive car. It looked stately with its iconic 3-box shape and the “suicide doors” made it instantly iconic. Maybe that’s why Rich Plavetich hung onto his grandfather’s Continental after all these years. After an issue with the first Continental that he purchased new, Lincoln traded him into an “executive demo”, loaded with all the bells and whistles of the time. Almost 60 years later, Rich has kept his grandfather’s Continental in tip-top shape, a rolling memorial of the man who first solidified his love of cars. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0MLAxBKUO8 […]

25 03, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Mar. 25th, 2019

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Part of the reason I’ve always loved station wagons is for their practicality and because they make the best sleepers. Nobody really expects a family station wagon to be that fast, so that’s why cars like the Mercedes-AMG E63 wagon and Cadillac CTS-V wagon always get a ton of respect from me. They take something really useful and stately and then stick a bonkers engine in it so you can have your cake and eat it too. A fast wagon is rare enough, but one powered by a V12 is unheard of… Until now. Check out this 1993 BMW 525i Touring for sale on Craigslist in East Hampton, CT. According to the seller, this 525i Touring is actually a BMW 850CI underneath, including the 5.4L V12, 6-speed manual transmission, suspension, and brakes. The V12 produces roughly 326 hp which is quite a healthy bump over the 189 hp that came in the stock 525i. I approve. […]

18 03, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Mar. 18th, 2019

By |2019-03-18T14:03:17-05:00March 18th, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The Porsche 919 Hybrid is one of the most dominant endurance race cars of the current era. With a virtually identical power to weight ratio as a modern F1 car, the 919 is ruthlessly fast but its complex aerodynamics make it fairly easy to drive. The combination of a highly-strung 700+ HP V4 engine along with some incredibly power-dense battery cells mean that the 919 is producing just shy of 1,200 HP going to all four wheels with computers to control everything seamlessly so the driver can focus on making the absolute most of the mechanical symphony being orchestrated around them. Chris Harris of Top Gear got the quite enviable job of driving the Porsche 919 for a day and you can see what that was like for him in the video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D4l4TUj8sQ&t=0s […]

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