9 07, 2018

Lap Around the Web – July 9th, 2018

By | 2018-07-10T08:45:12+00:00 July 9th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

As impressive of a race as Le Mans is today, some would argue that it’s lost a bit of its je ne sais quoi head on over to Classic Driver in these modern times. With more safety regulations that prevent things like running starts (more commonly known as a “Le Mans Start” for good reason) and just all around safer, more homogenized cars running the race these days, it’s no wonder that fans come out in droves for the Le Mans Classic, held just a couple weeks after the big 24-Hour race. With all sorts of gorgeous vintage race cars like Ford GT40s, Porsche 917s and 935s, and slightly more modern race cars from the 90’s and early 2000’s, there were a lot of amazing cars to watch circling the historic race track. For more photos and information of this year’s Le Mans Classic, check out Classic Driver’s coverage of the race. […]

2 07, 2018

Lap Around the Web – July 2nd, 2018

By | 2018-07-02T21:51:23+00:00 July 2nd, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

There’s nothing like the bark of a Porsche flat-6 in the morning. Add to that the faint ticking of stones hitting the insides of widened wheel arches as fat, sticky tires do what they were designed to do, and you’ve got a recipe for an unforgettable drive in a vintage 911 RSR tribute. Because the real deal is so rare and valuable, it’s no wonder drivers seek out these beautiful recreations, especially when they house more modern drivetrains like this example here. Built back in 2011 by Paul Stephen’s capable team at RS-Teknic, this car was based on an ’85 911 and backdated to the racing look you see here. And if that doesn’t look like a good time, I’m not sure what to tell you. Read more about how this gorgeous 911 RSR tribute came to be over on Petrolicious. […]

25 06, 2018

Lap Around the Web – June 25th, 2018

By | 2018-06-25T10:29:42+00:00 June 25th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

“Vintage Racing” and “Nürburgring” are three words that always make auto enthusiasts perk up a little bit. There’s just something about those old race cars that get people psyched up, especially when racing at a track with as much heritage as theNürburgring. Heck, even the pre-war Bugattis and such that attended the Nürburgring Classic this year could’ve raced there back when they were new. And that’s perhaps what makes this event so interesting; it brings together some of the finest vintage race cars in all of Europe to one of the best race tracks in the world where people can get up close and personal with these icons of speed. Things like old DTM cars, Can-Am McLarens, Porsche 917s and 935s, old Bugattis, and more, the Nürburgring Classic had it all. And to see more from the event and see what it’s like to be there in person, head on over to Speedhunters. […]

18 06, 2018

Lap Around the Web – June 18th, 2018

By | 2018-06-18T14:31:26+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I remember seeing CGI renders of a couple years ago of a 1930’s Ford with styling reminiscent of Formula 1 cars manipulated to fit the Ford’s boxy shape. It blew my mind at the time but I knew it was just a render and nobody would be crazy enough to build something like that. Luckily, my pessimism didn’t stop someone from actually building what I had thought was impossible and what you see here, although not quite in its final form, is a running, driving version of that F1-inspired 1930 Ford. Not only that, but this one gets absolutely thrashed on the streets of Miami. And with a driveline out of a Honda S2000 that will happily rev out to 9,000 RPM, you’re most of the way there to having a vintage formula car for the street. I’m excited to see the final form of this car and hopefully, it’ll make an appearance at SEMA in the near future but for more photos, head on over to Speedhunters. […]

12 06, 2018

Lap Around the Web – June 11th, 2018

By | 2018-06-12T14:37:07+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Summer is pretty much here now and the trails are calling. It’s time to get off-road and find some sketchy adventures with friends. As if having a new off-roader didn’t make that need for adventure burn strong enough, reading about the exploits of Mike Burroughs of Stanceworks and his FJ60 through the deserts and mountains of Utah sure makes me want to load up my new-to-me FJ Cruiser and hit the road. In the final chapter of Mike’s three-part story, he and his buddies overcome broken parts and tricky trails to cap off their big 2018 off-road trip. […]

4 06, 2018

Lap Around the Web – June 4th, 2018

By | 2018-06-04T14:56:12+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I would gladly argue that Spa Francorchamps is one of the most beautiful race tracks on the planet. It’s a long, thin ribbon of tarmac that carves its way through the hillside forests in Belgium and it makes a great home all manner of racing, including a stop on the Formula calendar, WEC endurance racing, and perhaps best of all, vintage racing. I say vintage racing is the best of the bunch because the race cars of yesteryear had far less grip, made much better noises, and required far more skill to drive and keep running for the duration of an entire race weekend. And that’s why I love seeing these photos on Petrolicious from the 2018 Spa Classic. Much like the vintage racing at the Nurburgring and other famous historic race tracks around the world, this is another one of those bucket list events that I’d love to attend someday. […]

14 05, 2018

Lap Around the Web – May 14th, 2018

By | 2018-05-15T13:41:10+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I'll admit that I'm still very much a motorcycle noob, but ever since seeing a few of Adam's bikes over the past few summers, I've gained a huge appreciation for them, especially Cafe Racers. What makes this particular bike really cool is that it was commissioned by Norton Motorcycles and unlike a lot of the cheap, parts-bin specials out there, it uses only the finest materials. Everything on this Norton Dominator built by Goblin Works Garage is real stainless steel, aluminum, carbon fiber, or leather, and the effect is amazing. This Goblin Works Garage Norton Dominator is every bit as intricate as it is sinister; as classic as it is alien. Every surface begs you to take a closer look. To learn more about everything Goblin Works Garage did to this awesome Cafe Racer, head on over to Silodrome. Now that Spring has sprung, it's time to get those cars out and set those ponies free. And that's just what Internet Troll Sensation Cleetus McFarland does with his stripped-down, 1300-hp C5 Corvette Kart. It turns out that if you buy a wrecked Corvette and triple the horsepower, the rear tires aren't always ready to handle the extra power, in this case with spectacular results. Cleetus goes on to prove that the Chevy LS really is "America's Engine" and when you cram it full of air courtesy of some twin turbskis, you'll be able to hear those eagles sing. In addition to being a monster of a car in the burnout [...]

8 05, 2018

Lap Around the Web – May 7th, 2018

By | 2018-05-08T13:30:24+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

It’s a shame that Volkswagen hasn’t built a car this ridiculous to tackle the infamous Pikes Peak Hill Climb since 1987, but I don’t think anyone sees the gargantuan German automaker attempting to build a 650+ hp, twin-engined Golf ever again. From the sound of things, a Golf with a turbocharged 4-cylinder mounted at each end of the car was as sketchy to drive as it was fast. You’d think with perfect 50/50 weight distribution, the car would be really well balanced, but sometimes the computers keeping the engines in sync would get confused, sending different throttle inputs to each end of the car, making the short wheelbase Golf quite the handful to drive. To learn more about the craziest Golf Volkswagen has ever built, click the link and head over to Road & Track. […]

30 04, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 30th, 2018

By | 2018-05-01T08:23:58+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|1 Comment

Rotary engines are just insane little things, aren’t they? Even as someone who has dedicated my entire life to learning every possible thing I can about cars and the auto industry, I still find myself slightly mystified by those tiny, little brap factories. In normal, everyday applications like your average RX7, where they make anywhere from about a 100-hp up to 255-hp when they went out of production in the US, the rotary engine starts to resemble something made on this planet, but then you consider that all throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, Mazda raced wild Prototype-class cars at Le Mans and elsewhere with over 700 hp (and up to 900 hp for qualifying) from a relatively minuscule 2.6 liters. The secret, well one of them anyway, was the innovative variable-length intake runners that could extend out like a trombone to help the engine create more torque at lower RPMs while then shorten up to improve top-end power. This design even led to Mazda’s incredible Le Mans win in 1991. To learn more about these insane race engines and the cars that utilized them, head on over to Jalopnik. […]

23 04, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 23rd, 2018

By | 2018-04-24T10:55:14+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The big news over this past weekend was Luftgekühlt 5 – an intense celebration of air-cooled Porsches – that was hosted in a giant lumber yard in LA and organized by a veritable who’s who of Porsche fanatics including Patrick Long and Howie Idelson with help from Jeff Zwart, Rod Emery and many others. The show drew tons of gorgeous old Porsche street and race cars, and features some significant public debuts of high-profile cars such as a super rare (1 of 6), street-legal Porche Schuppan 962CR, Bruce Canepa’s new 959SC, and a new super lightweight Singer reimagined 911 called the MLHLND. It looked like an incredible event and as a Porschephile, I spent most of Sunday scrolling through various social media feeds and crying because I was missing out. Luckily, Petrolicious has a great album of photos from the event if you, like me, weren’t able to attend. […]

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