12 11, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 12th, 2018

By | 2018-11-12T16:50:36+00:00 November 12th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The early 1970’s were a great era for the early days of the SUV. Before people were worried about fuel economy or safety standards, there was a trio of big, burly 2-door SUVs that ruled the world: the Ford Bronco, the Chevy Blazer, and the International Scout II. While 2-door SUVs were quite popular from the 1970’s until the 1990’s, consumer’s desires more space and utility, relegating these fun, stylish trucks to the shadows. Now though, there is a resurgence of people who want 30-year-old oddball trucks and suddenly the hot rodders and customizers like Icon and The Ring Brothers are picking up old Blazers and rebuilding them to be far superior to their original forms. This 1971 example, built by the highly skilled Ring Brothers in neighboring Wisconsin, features a Chevy LS3 V8 crate engine with 430-hp on tap and absolutely gorgeous finishing throughout, making it half sculpture, half adventure vehicle. To learn more, head over to Silodrome. […]

6 11, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 5th, 2018

By | 2018-11-06T15:11:30+00:00 November 6th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I’m not sure if this qualifies as part of the rebirth of the “Van Life” movement but there’s something about seeing a bunch of big 20+ year old full-size vans sliding and dive bombing each other around a race track that gets my juices flowing. There’s something about these “Dajiban” that screams cool. Who’d of thunk a big metal box with expensive shocks, sticky tires, and half-assed aero (because who are you kidding by putting a wing on your van?) would be so much fun to look at? Diving deeper, this has become a bit of cultural phenomenon in Japan as used short wheelbase, rear-wheel drive vans from the 1970s through the early 1990s have been repurposed as track toys in the most ridiculous way. Inside, the plush rows of seating have been stripped out, only to be replaced by spindly racing seats and all the typical controls you’d expect in a race car. To read more about the art of racing in a van, check out Sam Smith’s wonderful article on Road & Track. […]

23 10, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Oct. 22nd, 2018

By | 2018-10-23T15:11:25+00:00 October 23rd, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

In love with classic coachbuilt Ferraris of the 1950’s but unable to find or afford one in Mexico City, Jose Fernandez has spent the last 57 years building his own tribute car to the classic Cavillinos he loves so much. It all started with a book about Ferrari that he discovered in a bookstore, where he was so taken by the beautiful, sleek designs of 250 Europas and 340 Americas that he went home and carved his own dream car out of a block of balsa wood. Years later, he commissioned a full-scale foam and plastic model of what he dreamt his perfect Ferrari would look like. The next steps were the hardest though. He spent decades finding someone who could build a body based on his design that would fit over a 330 GTC chassis that he had shipped down to Mexico City from New York. Once a body was finally ready, it took years of refinement to get it to fit like it should, and then came all of the interior assembly and other details that needed to be finished. In the end, Jose ended up with a backdated Ferrari that he always dreamed of, even though it isn’t actually a factory-built Ferrari. He doesn’t care though. He’s passionate about the brand and loves the car he now gets to drive. To read more about this amazing project that took decades to become a reality, head over to Classic Driver. […]

15 10, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Oct. 15th, 2018

By | 2018-10-15T15:51:04+00:00 October 15th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

In the world of model cars, there is a wide spectrum of quality ranging from your average Matchbox all the way up to an actual car. Amalgam Collection models are about as close to the real thing as you can get, with such insane attention to detail that you can almost smell the leather and gasoline and tires just looking at them. Each complicated model is handmade to exacting precision and, in the case of modern cars, is made from the manufacturer’s CAD drawings to be as accurate as possible. Amalgam got started making architectural models before breaking into cars making models of Ferrari’s Formula 1 cars. This kept growing and growing until the company now makes hundreds, or even thousands, of different automobile models, in sizes ranging from the popular 1:18 and 1:8 models up to full-scale concept cars. To learn more about the process behind these beautiful scale models, head over to Petrolicious to read their story on Amalgam Collection. […]

9 10, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Oct. 8th, 2018

By | 2018-10-09T11:55:58+00:00 October 9th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

There aren’t many people with jobs that are more fun than mine, but I’m definitely a bit envious of the team of engineers, designers, and drivers behind the new Singer DLS reimagined Porsche 911. The team, led by Singer Vehicle Design CEO Rob Dickenson, carries a wide range of skills but are joined by the common philosophy that “everything is important”, a concept that gets taken to near-OCD levels with their attention to detail. It’s my firm belief that this new Dynamic Lightweight Study, or DLS, built in conjunction with Williams Engineering, is the best possible version of the 911 ever built. Of course, it’s taken years of sweat equity and sleepless nights to get to the point of having a fully running example which means the fun part – dynamic testing – can begin. To learn about the finer points of the new Singer DLS and what it’s taken to develop the best 911 ever built, visit Road & Track’s website. […]

1 10, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Oct. 1st, 2018

By | 2018-10-01T20:21:45+00:00 October 1st, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

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! […]

25 09, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Sept. 24th, 2018

By | 2018-09-25T10:55:48+00:00 September 25th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

So you’ve got an old race car that competed amongst the top levels of the FIA GT Championship back in 1997 but now it’s just sitting and collecting dust in your tiny 12-car garage or warehouse in between vintage racing events. That seems like a waste and you want to drive it! So what do you do? You send your McLaren F1 GTR “Longtail” – the last of just 10 such cars built specifically for racing – to Lanzante, who can convert this track-only race car into something a little more livable that can be driven on public roads. So now your priceless racecar has a new lease on life and can be driven at your leisure! But what do you do now that the world is your oyster? You slap some Michelin all-seasons on those bright orange centerlock wheels and drive it through the freaking Swiss Alps, obviously! […]

18 09, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Sept. 17th, 2018

By | 2018-09-18T10:24:34+00:00 September 18th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Now that the ’74 BMW 2002tii is sorted out and running like a top, it seems like a perfect opportunity to share this brief history of one of BMW’s most iconic cars. Starting off with the sporty looking, but underpowered 1602 model, the 2002 came about serendipitously when it was discovered that one of BMW’s engine designers, as well as one of its director of product planning, had both installed bigger, 2.0-liter engines in their personal 1602s. After realizing they both loved the bigger engine, they teamed up to pitch the idea of a more powerful 2-door coupe, which became known as the 2002. It took a few iterations before BMW reached the point of the 2002tii, which replaced the twin Solex carbs with a mechanical fuel injection system that increased horsepower from 119 to 130. Eventually, the 2002 would go on to become one of the first turbocharged street cars, combining ample power with good looks and solid handling. Eventually, the 2002 model was phased out in favor of the more modern 3-Series. To learn more about the famous BMW 2002, check out the rest of the article over on Silodrome. […]

11 09, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Sept. 10th, 2018

By | 2018-09-11T10:31:48+00:00 September 11th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

This past weekend, a large number of Europe’s finest vintage racecars descended upon the historic Goodwood racing circuit for the annual Goodwood Revival. The Goodwood Revival is basically a time warp back to the 1950s, with period-correct cars, attire, and activities filling the grounds at the Goodwood estate. It’s pure sensory overload with all the sites and sounds of the past everywhere you look, and nowhere else will you see such intense wheel-to-wheel racing with cars that cost millions of dollars. Check out some highlight photos from the event here on Classic Driver and here on Petrolicious and make sure to check out some of the awesome racing highlight videos below as well. […]

4 09, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Sept. 3rd, 2018

By | 2018-09-04T15:47:16+00:00 September 4th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

2018 is the year of green. Everywhere you look, manufacturers are coming out with new cars in stunning hues such as Porsche’s bright and wild Lizard Green on the GT3RS or Audi’s classy and sophisticated Sonoma Green they used a launch color on the new RS5 Sportback. All signs are pointing to green being very much the “it” color right now and taking that trend to new heights is, of course, a small Italian company known as Automobili Amos who has embued their new reimagined Lancia Delta Futurista. Other than the price, which is $350,000, Automobili Amos hasn’t published any numbers about this new project. And that’s because, according to the creator of this project, the Delta Futurista isn’t about numbers. It’s about how it makes you feel; it’s about the emotion of driving the car. And to me, that’s pretty cool. Sure, it’s lighter, faster, and more luxurious than the original Delta Integrale, but that’s not the point. To learn more about the gorgeous and green Lancia Delta Futurista as reimagined by Automobili Amos, check out this article about it on Jalopnik. […]

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