19 03, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Mar. 19, 2018

By | 2018-03-19T15:01:43+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The world needs more cars like this Amilcar. It’s a mix of parts from different sources and different eras, but the headlining feature is the 12-liter V8 built by Hispano-Suiza that was borrowed from a World War I era fighter plane. Although 300-hp might not sound like much by today’s standards, this car was a monster in the 1930s when it was raced. Now, it mostly gets brought out for events like the Goodwood Members’ Meetings, such as the one that just happened this past weekend. The simple 2-speed gearbox doesn’t allow for much top speed, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing since the drum brakes don’t do their job as well as they could. As you might imagine though, the car sure sounds every bit as wicked as it looks. […]

12 03, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Mar 12th, 2018

By | 2018-03-12T12:47:43+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Jaguars have always been desirable cars. They’re coveted by enthusiasts and collectors alike for their beauty, character, and charm. Maybe that’s why Jon Strader’s story about a particular baby blue 1954 Jaguar XK120 and the troubles he went through to acquire it as a 17-year-old in 1971 can certainly resonate with lots of other car enthusiasts today. For more on the story of this very special Jag, head on over to Road & Track to read their story. […]

5 03, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Mar 5, 2018

By | 2018-03-05T15:14:22+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|1 Comment

Having spent a number of years working in an automotive assembly plant, I have a certain affinity towards seeing photos from inside other plants. Although the aging plant I worked in wasn't as stark, quiet, or clean as many modern-day assembly plants are, it's cool to see other old-school plants where truly desirable cars were once produced. While there are certainly differences between how a factory that assembles VW Buses or Fiat 500s would look and operate compared to one that assembled Ferraris, there are plenty of fun similarities too. And looking for those similarities is totally why I geeked out over these photos collected by Petrolicious this past weekend. Just. Look. At. This. Nothing on four wheels has any right to be this beautiful. This is the 1967 Ferrari 412 P Competizione and it's gorgeous and I think I love it. And you know what? I bet it sounds every bit as good as it looks too. There's just something special and organic about hand-formed aluminum panels. There's a soul there that modern, mass-produced cars can't emulate, no matter how beautiful they may be. This thing looks like just as much of a spaceship today as it did 51 years ago. Do you ever start driving somewhere and forget what vehicle you're in? Maybe this guy woke up on the other side of the bed and hopped into this box truck, and forgot it wasn't his drift car? Either way, watching this guy slide is huge box truck down [...]

26 02, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Feb 26, 2018

By | 2018-02-26T13:30:19+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Besides being “The People’s Car” the VW Beetle has done a LOT for the auto industry and one of my favorite things it’s done has been to provide a platform for a myriad of kit cars, offshoots, and custom designs. There are countless iterations of vehicles using either the Beetle floorpan or its flat-4 engine over the years, including one of my favorites: the Meyers Manx. And even with the Manx, there have been a few different versions, including this beautiful 4-seater model called the “Manxter 2+2”. This is easily the slickest Meyer’s Manxter I’ve ever seen and it’s been beautifully restored and updated, prior to its upcoming sale at the RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction. […]

19 02, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Feb 19, 2018

By | 2018-02-19T14:33:20+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

You work hard and that means you owe it to yourself to own and drive a cool collector car. If you're not sure what the best collector car for you would be, the fine folks at Road & Track have some great ideas for where to start looking. If your budget is still relatively small, they put together a list of sub-$20,000 collector cars that are relatively easy to find, fun to drive, and easy to live with. If you've got a little more money to toss around and want something rarer or more exotic, this list might also be helpful. AMC Javelins don't get enough love. This one, if you can even still call it a Javelin anymore, is one of the coolest muscle cars I've seen. The Ring Brothers have built an illustrious career for themselves building the most badass muscle cars on the planet and this '72 Javelin AMX is no exception. With well over 1,000+ HP on tap, it can shred tires with ease, but it's so much more than just an epic tire shredder. Speaking of tire shredders, would you ever have guessed that this 1948 Chrysler Town & Country is hiding a beastly 8.4L V10 out of a Dodge Viper under the hood? I can't imagine a much cooler burnout machine than this thing. In all-original form, these cars make great nostalgic boulevard cruisers but now it's got some punch for those impromptu stoplight-to-stoplight pulls. The Viper engine has been touched on too, hiding [...]

12 02, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Feb 12, 2018

By | 2018-02-12T15:30:08+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

If you like Porsches, you probably love Rufs. Much like Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher built the fastest, most infamous Mercedes’ in the ’80s and ’90s, Alois Ruf did with Porsches. He’d get body-in-white 911s directly from the Porsche factory and fit hotter engines and sleeker bodywork, and blow the doors off anything else coming out of Germany, or any other country for that matter, on any given race track or stretch of road. The CTR-series cars especially are still legendary for their speed, even today. Which is why it’s so awesome that Ted Gushue from Petrolicious spent the day Alois himself in Southern California with a CTR and CTR2, driving some of the most beautiful roads the west coast has to offer. […]

5 02, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Feb 5, 2018

By | 2018-02-05T15:08:38+00:00 February 5th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I wasn’t sure what to make of this car at first. The rear reminds me of the gorgeous Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale while the rest of the car seems like some weirdly proportioned DeTomaso knockoff or something. It turns out to be a one-off concept car built by former GM engineer, Bill Molzon, who got sick of the bean-counters and wanted to build his own dream car that was faster than a Corvette, better on fuel than a Corvair, and handled like a Lotus. The end result was the 1968 Molzon Concept Corsa GT38. The tiny car packed a 200-hp punch in the form of a Corvair flat-6 that was massaged to generate about 200 hp. Not bad for a car weighing only 1100 lbs. Despite fantastic results and heaps of praise from the likes of Road & Track, Mr. Molzon only ever built the one. […]

30 01, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Jan 29, 2018

By | 2018-01-30T11:59:44+00:00 January 30th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

This is the kind of stuff that dreams are made of for those that love racing through the dirt. It’s pretty amazing to see a truck on a rutted shoulder keep pace with a car traveling on a smooth highway. Better yet, you can watch all of the suspension components suck up all those huge bumps like they’re nothing. Sure, this truck, built by Psychotic Racing is just one of the many trucks they’ve built specifically to handle the Baja 1000, but watching it in action as it goes over bump after bump without a fault is mesmerizing and so much more interesting than the usual quick fly-by or helicopter shot you see from that race. […]

22 01, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Jan. 22, 2018

By | 2018-01-22T12:01:59+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

When I first saw photos of the Liberty Walk “Miura”, I thought/hoped it was some sort of CGI trickery. Surely, nobody would take such a rare, iconic, and valuable car and go full “hellaflush” on it. And luckily, this wild creation is based on a Ford GT40 kit car chassis with custom body panels formed around it to resemble the Miura, all done to surprisingly accurate effect. The result is a car that sits just 32.2″ tall (that’s below the top of the tire on most Jeeps) and with the over fenders and super dished wheels, it looks more like a skateboard than it does a car. While this build surely ruffled plenty of feathers when it was debuted last week, I’ve got to say that I like the idea behind it. Really though, I’m just glad no real Miuras were hurt in the making of this build. […]

16 01, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Jan. 15, 2018

By | 2018-01-22T09:56:49+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

If you’re from Minnesota and have been following racing for some time, there’s a good chance you’ve seen Paul Newman wandering around the Brainerd International Raceway, or Road America in Wisconsin. Not particularly today, but most likely in the 70’s and 80’s when he ran some pretty unique and special cars that still leave us with the same feelings today. So take a look at Paul’s Datsun 280ZX that we wouldn’t mind having in our garage.   […]

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