11 12, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Dec. 11th

By | 2017-12-12T10:57:05+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

With a killer soundtrack bested only by the incredible cars racing across the screen, Simon Kidston’s latest short film is nothing short of amazing. If you love vintage European sports cars, you’ll love “Wolf of the Autostrada”. In addition to a Countach, a Testarossa, a Ruf CTR, and an old Aston Martin V8 Vantage, there’s even a cameo from famous Lamborghini test driver Valentino Balboni. It’s also a wonderful showing of some expensive and rare cars being driven hard and used as they should be. […]

4 12, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Dec. 4th

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In honor of the most recent addition to the Morrie’s Heritage fleet, what better time is there to share this awesome time-lapse video of an old VW Beetle engine getting torn down and rebuilt by the guys at Hagerty? After driving the Beetle 2500 miles from Portland, OR to Traverse City, MI, the teardown began, eventually replacing the aluminum case and exhaust with new items. Although we don’t expect Adam to rebuild the engine in our ’73 Super Beetle anytime soon, it’s really interesting to see all the work that goes into just such a job. […]

27 11, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 27th “The Leftovers Edition”

By | 2017-11-27T10:54:40+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Hopefully, you’ve woken up from your Thanksgiving turkey-induced coma, wiped the leftover gravy or cranberry sauce from the corner of your mouth, and it back to work today. To make that post-holiday Monday a little better, I’m going to start by bringing you some Grade-A vintage racing from the historic Daytona International Speedway. Normally, vintage races get chopped down to what is essentially a sprint race of maybe a dozen or so laps to fit in all the different classes or to fill time before more modern series run. Luckily, that isn’t the case for the Classic 24 Hours of Daytona, where all of your favorite race cars from yesteryear come back to one of the most iconic tracks in the world to duke it out for glory yet again. And not only are the cars themselves incredible but because the racing season slows down significantly around this time of year, it brings out some big name drivers as well, including Patrick Long, Jochen Mass, Ron Fellows, and Adrian Newey. Between the sights, the sounds, the cars, and the drivers, there’s simply no other race like it. […]

20 11, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 20th

By | 2017-11-20T13:10:43+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

One of the most interesting race weekends that nobody knows about took place this past weekend in Macau. The Macau Grand Prix is one of the most difficult and dangerous races on the calendar for a wide range of series, offering motorcycle, open wheel, and touring car races on the narrow and barrier-filled street circuit. With such close quarters and zero runoff areas, there’s no room for error and nearly every race features its fair share of disastrous crashes. This year we saw a huge GT-class crash that took out all but four cars and watched the first and second place drivers in the Formula 3 race crash on the last corner of the last lap of their race. It may be dangerous but oh boy is it exciting! […]

13 11, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 13th

By | 2017-11-13T11:10:59+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

While plenty of modern automotive factories feature floor to ceiling glass walls, sleek, modern designs, and cutting-edge machinery all laid out across a huge plot of land, Fiat strove to be an integrated part of Turin, Italy when they built their Lingotto plant and test track in the heart of the city in 1916. That’s right, Fiat built not only a large-scale automotive factory in the center of a bustling city but in order to also test their vehicles as they came off the assembly line, the roof was transformed into a banked oval test track. Raw materials would be delivered to the ground level and as cars underwent their assembly, they’d move higher and higher until the completed cars ended up on the rooftop test track to be driven prior to delivery. This was standard practice for more than 65 years until production ended in 1982. The building is now a mixed-used space with apartments, a piano store, art galleries, and rather fittingly, the Automotive Engineering school at Turin Polytechnic. […]

6 11, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 6th

By | 2017-11-06T16:27:41+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The big news over the weekend was that Swedish manufacturer of so-fast-it’ll-rip-your-face-off cars, Koenigsegg, surpassed the Bugatti Chiron to become the fastest car in the world. For the record attempt, one of Koenigsegg’s well-heeled customers managed to secure a closed stretch of road 11 miles in length in Nevada and kinda let Koenigsegg’s test driver make several high speed runs in his Agera RS. The end result? An average of 277.9 MPH taken across two runs (to certify the record, the run must be run on the same stretch of road in both directions). If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to go that fast on a public road, you’ve got to watch this video. Pay special attention to the way the Agera RS builds speed above 180 MPH, accelerating faster from 180 to 240 MPH faster than many of cars can go from 0-60 MPH, but I guess that’s what 1341 horsepower will do for you. […]

31 10, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Oct. 30th

By | 2017-10-31T14:33:01+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

As an amateur architecture buff and car guy, I've always dreamt of building a custom home that was more garage than actual living space. And while that seems like an awesome idea in my theory, there are so few people who have actually built such a structure that it's been hard to visualize exactly what a living garage home would - or at least could - look like. When I stumbled across this house, I was blown away by the large and functional (but tidy) garage on the majority of the first floor while the upper level makes up the living space. Located in Austin, TX, it's really nicely done and although it's not currently for sale, I'm ready to pack up and move on in. A couple weeks ago, I shared a story about a never-registered, delivery mileage McLaren F1 being available for sale, and while the fact that it was kept pristine will likely help it fetch a pretty penny when the right buyer comes along, Petrolicious had a great counterpoint from another F1 owner who actually drives their car regularly. While it's easy for collectors to get hung up on keeping cars mothballed away for value's sake, cars are meant to be driven and it's a shame, especially for great drivers' sports cars, to sit and collect dust instead of being used as intended. So if you've ever wondered what it's like to own and drive a McLaren F1, here's your chance. Now here's something you've probably never [...]

16 10, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Oct. 16th

By | 2017-10-16T14:36:26+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I can always get hyped on the McLaren F1. To this day, it’s still my all-time favorite car and when it was new, it had more in common with an alien spacecraft than just about any other car on the market at the time. And maybe that’s why I’m so excited that there’s still a brand-new, as-delivered 1997 McLaren F1 out there with just 138 miles on the odometer. Sure, when it’s a shame that it’s never been driven because it’s an icon amongst analog supercars, but for whoever is looking to cash in, selling this pristine machine is likely to net them more profit than I can ever hope to make over the course of my adult life. If you have the means and are shopping for the perfect McLaren F1, here’s your opportunity. […]

9 10, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Oct. 9th

By | 2017-10-09T15:06:40+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

As most of you reading this might’ve noticed if you weren’t living under a rock for the last couple months, there was a rare total solar eclipse in August. While many people jumped on the bandwagon in the months or weeks leading up to the eclipse, some people (mostly astronomers or nerdy photographers) had been planning to view the event for years. Sam Bendall, for instance, had been looking forward to the eclipse for close to a decade and had been planning his ideal way of viewing the eclipse when the time came. Luckily, as the time approached, his schedule cleared to allow him to make a once in a lifetime journey from California to Oregon on his motorcycle where he enjoyed over 1500 miles of beautiful roads over the course of 4 days. His story is both interesting and awe-inspiring and will make you long for a similar opportunity. […]

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