26 06, 2017

Lap Around The Web – June 26th

By | 2017-06-28T08:10:47+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The world is a crazy place, and sometimes the only way to make sense of it all is with an even crazy car. Something that bucks normal traditions and just immerses you in the driving experience. And maybe that’s just what I love about this ’72 Nissan Skyline turned racecar/canyon carver. It’s a traditional JDM approach to an iconic car that is built strictly for enjoyment on some of North America’s most beautiful roads. Speedhunters has an awesome article on this beautiful Skyline, which ditches the stock L20 straight-6 for a L28 that has been massaged into a 3.0-liter. I can only imagine how glorious it sounds. […]

19 06, 2017

Lap Around the Web – June 19th

By | 2017-06-19T14:47:53+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I’m going to start right off with something that is basically breaking the internet and blowing my mind. Since I’m basically head-over-heels in love with our ’66 Jag E-Type Roadster, I was immediately drawn to this Speedhunters article about this rat-rod E-Type that will be rocking a Mazda 20B rotary engine. It’s a total mashup of different Series I, II, and III parts but it’s still 100% rad with the slammed stance and widened rear fenders to cover the meaty BBS mesh wheels. This is clearly a labor of love, with a dash of lunacy, and I’m very much excited to see the finished product. […]

12 06, 2017

Lap Around the Web – June 12th

By | 2017-06-12T13:41:40+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I probably shared some photos from Luftgekuhlt 4 a few weeks ago, but very few people can capture the event like Speedhunter's Larry Chen. He had early access to the event space the day before the show to capture the carefully curated selection of iconic Porsches as they were being unloaded and moved around. Now Speedhunters is sharing all the beautiful photos that Larry captured, both before and during the Luftgekuhlt. If you like vintage Porsches, it's definitely worth a look. Canepa Porsche 917 Engine Restoration from Canepa on Vimeo. Speaking of air-cooled Porsches, the legends at Canepa Motorsports recently shared this awesome video of a 917 engine being torn down, restored, and rebuilt. It's so rare to see such intricate details of such an iconic and powerful car so it's amazing that Canepa took the time to document and share the process. Better yet, it's probably the very same car seen in this video with Patrick Long piloting it around Willow Springs. Who says you can't have your cake and eat it too? Fast, sporty people movers are kind of all the rage these days, but there was a time when crazy, sportscar-blooded vans and SUVs used to take to the track and stomp on much sportier cars. Auto manufacturers built V12-powered SUVs, F1-engined minivans, and shoved supercar development engines into cargo vans. Crazy stuff like that has all been watered down into 500+ horsepower SUVs that spend most of their time in traffic or hauling kids to soccer practice, but [...]

5 06, 2017

Lap Around the Web – June 5th

By | 2017-06-05T14:48:36+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Vintage racing offers a whole host of advantages for spectators over its modern equivalents, such as better access to the cars, (usually) cheaper tickets to the races, and in some cases, better racing. Looking back at last week's Monaco Grand Prix, there was barely any passing on the tight streets of Monaco during the race because the new cars are wider and more evenly matched than ever before, but with vintage racing, the tiny little race cars of yore, before all the big front wings and steamroller sized tires, were able to dash around each other for position with relative ease. Click the link to Jalopnik for the full video of this race and just watch as the gorgeous, cigar-shaped '58 Maserati 250F picks its way through the grid of equally lovely competition. Speaking of vintage racing, Petrolicious just stocked their marketplace with a number of gorgeous illustrations depicting a number of historically significant race cars from yesteryear created by artist Guy Allen. Petrolicious currently has six different prints in stock, covering all the high points of German and Italian sports and race cars. Although I'm rather partial to the Alfa Romeo GTA and Lamborghini Countach LP400, you can never go wrong with some BMW 3.0 CSLs or Group C race cars either. 1984 Lancia 037 Group B Evo 2 from Girardo & Co. on Vimeo. Continuing with the vintage race car vibe I seem to have accidentally started going with today, I was pretty excited to find this video showcasing all [...]

30 05, 2017

Lap Around the Web – May 30th

By | 2017-05-30T14:21:45+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

It was a big weekend for racing, between F1’s historic Monaco GP, the Nurburgring 24 Hour race, and arguably the biggest race of them all, the Indy 500. As usual, MHCC hosted a live Monaco GP viewing party at The Dojo, but I spent the better part of Sunday afternoon watching the Indy 500 in the garage while tackling a few projects on my car. As someone who doesn’t usually follow Indycar racing, I was amazed at how much on-track action there was compared to the Monaco GP I watched just a few hours earlier. With so many cars running in such close proximity, there was plenty of passing and aggressive maneuvers around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that you just don’t see on the narrow streets of Monaco. With all eyes on Fernando Alonso, who skipped the premier F1 race to try his hand on the banked oval of the Indy 500, an engine failure forced him to drop out of the race in the final stages of the race and leaving the door open for fellow F1 driver Takuma Sato to take the checkered flag. If you recorded the race and planned to watch it, I’m sorry that I just spoiled it for you, but check out Road & Track for a much more detailed synopsis with video highlights from the race. […]

22 05, 2017

Lap Around the Web – May 22nd

By | 2017-05-22T15:30:31+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

There was no shortage of excitement in Italy this past weekend with the modern interpretation of the Mille Miglia taking place. The annual 1,000-mile race from Brescia to Rome and back again serves as a homecoming of sorts for many of the world's fastest and most famous historical race cars that were built prior to 1958, as well as a number of their modern counterparts. Although it's still on my bucket list to attend at least one stage of the Mille someday, seeing all the beautiful photos from Classic Driver and Petrolicious sure makes me want to go all the more. It's so cool to see all these beautiful old race cars put through their paces during such a grueling event! From the most beautiful vintage race cars in the world to the most haggard Datsun. Here comes the Roadkill Rotsun: a turbocharged 5.0-liter V8-powered Datsun 240Z. This thing is a 4-wheeled tetanus shot waiting to happen but with a big turbo forcing mouthfuls of boost into the junkyard 5.0, it's bound to be a blast until it blows up, right? In either case, it shows what can be done when you're low on funds but high on...something. Let's call it shade tree mechanics skills and ingenuity. Anyway, give it a watch and try to tell me that doesn't look like fun! Mercedes-Benz knew they had a hit on their hands when they co-developed the C11 alongside Sauber for the 1990 race season. The sleek, carbon fiber machine was powered by [...]

15 05, 2017

Lap Around the Web – May 15th

By | 2017-05-16T09:03:54+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

We all know Steve McQueen was a cool dude. He was a handsome movie star turned race car driver whose one dream was to make a box office hit that captured the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Unfortunately, the movie envisioned ended up being a flop, destroyed his marriage, bankrupted a production company, and put a huge black mark on McQueen's acting career. Now, Don Nunley, the man in charge of providing props for McQueen's film "Le Mans" has written a tell-all book about the filming of that ill-fated movie. Given all of the calamities involved in filming one of the best vintage racing movies of all time, I can't wait to read the book, titled "Steve McQueen: Life in the Rearview Mirror".   On the rare occasion you tend to see a Mercedes 300SL, it's usually either in a museum or crossing the auction block. These rare and highly valuable cars are almost always kept 100% stock and painstakingly restored, but every once in awhile, someone bucks the trend and decides to actually enjoy driving one of these gorgeous machines. In the case of this particular 300SL, this lucky owner decided to customize the car precisely to his tastes and driving style, with custom-fitted rallye lights in the front grille, a Zagato-esque double-bubble roof to accommodate taller drivers, and an interior retrimmed in gorgeous ostrich leather. While purists may scoff, I've got to admit that it really works well in this situation. The end result is no less beautiful than any of [...]

8 05, 2017

Lap Around the Web – May 8th

By | 2017-05-09T14:15:41+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

We’ve long been pining for a nice Datsun 240Z driver to add to the MHCC fleet. And although we don’t have one yet, sometimes while day-dreaming about that gorgeous teardrop shape and luscious straight-6, I stumble across something really interesting that I can’t stop focusing on. In this case, I came across an incredible (albeit horribly impractical for MHCC purposes) carbon fiber-bodied, Nissan VQ35-powered 240Z. Not only did this guy create his own carbon body panels from scratch, but he went on to design and machine his own set of wheels! The end result is a car with well over 500 hp from a modern engine with only about 1700 lbs to motivate. While I have a hard time wrapping my head around all the hours and hours of work that went into this build, I can’t help but wish I could take a spin in the finished car. If you’ve got a few hours to kill, it’s definitely worth paging through the build thread. […]

1 05, 2017

Lap Around the Web – May 1st

By | 2017-05-09T13:49:12+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Having done a bunch of amateur racing in formerly street-legal production cars, I think it’s always a little tempting to take them out on the road for shakedown runs, or even just the thrill of running errands #becauseracecar. And for rich folks, it gets a little easier to scratch that itch with most prestigious automakers building track day specials of their already sporty models, like the Ferrari 458 Speciale, the McLaren 675LT, and the Porsche GT3RS. Heck, if that’s not enough, those companies will gladly fleece you for a few million dollars and give you track-only models like the Ferrari FXX K, McLaren P1 GTR or Aston Martin Vulcan. But none of those cars are capable of being driven directly to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and winning outright. Luckily, Porsche was willing to bend some rules for one of their best customers, and took one of their Martini-liveried 917’s, shaved the fins off the rear bodywork, fitted antilock brakes and mufflers, and lined the interior in leather before selling it to Count Rossi to drive on the street. Unfortunately, after being turned down for registration throughout most of civilized Europe, the only place Rossi was able to legally drive it on the street ended up being Alabama, where the car has spent most of its post-racing life. For more info and photos on this incredible car, head on over to Drive Tribe. […]

24 04, 2017

Lap Around the Web – April 24th

By | 2017-04-24T15:03:00+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The Ferrari 250 GTO is commonly considered to be one of the most beautiful and valuable race cars ever built. In its heyday, it was raced by all of the best drivers, and as you might expect, the GTO dominated the GT racing scene. Phil Hill was one of those legendary drivers, and he shared some of his favorite stories about the history of the 250 GTO and what it was like to race in this awesome piece for Road & Track. It's a great read full of really interesting insights into some of the Scuderia's best racing days. Plus, I just thought it was cool that Phil's 250 GTO has Minnesota collector plates on it!   Piece of Chic from Thomas Goux on Vimeo. Despite living in the land of near-endless winter, it never occurred to me that vintage skis could pair nicely with a vintage car or even a motorcycle until I watched this video. The L'Alpine Classique is a gathering in the French Alps where a love of vintage machines meets beautiful ski slopes. Think of it as a miniature version of the Goodwood Revival on the side of a snowy mountain. That sounds like a recipe for success in my book!   Luckily, we just locked in our new heritage manager before he found out that McLaren has one of those too. Petrolicious gives us an inside look at how McLaren runs their Special Operations, or MSO, with an interview with Henry Winkworth Smith, their Heritage Manager. The MSO program [...]

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