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. […]

27 08, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Aug. 27th, 2018

By | 2018-08-28T10:19:03+00:00 August 27th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

If you have been living under a rock for the past week, you might not have heard that Car Week invaded the Central California coast last week with a slew of auctions, car shows, rallies, and races that brought out some of the finest cars in the world. While the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance always cranks the snob factor up to 11, the Tour d’Elegance seems a bit more approachable, sending a number of the cars that would later take over the greens of Pebble Beach onto public roads for a cruise around town for all to see and enjoy. Car shows are cool and all, giving you a chance to get up close and poke around plenty of rare cars that you’ll probably never see again, but to see and hear them moving under their own power on public roads just heightens the cool factor all that much more, in my humble opinion. To see more of these gorgeous cars on the move, head on over to Classic Driver or Petrolicious. It’s also worth checking out this gallery from the Quail Motorsports Gathering on Petrolicious as well. […]

20 08, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Aug 20th, 2018

By | 2018-08-21T12:37:23+00:00 August 20th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Italy is well-known for its stunning cities, fabulous food, and rich culture, but for those of us who love cars, it’s known as an automotive mecca, home to some of the most famous sports car brands on earth. Of course, it wouldn’t make sense to build great sports cars if you didn’t have great roads as well, and luckily, Italy is known for having plenty of those too. Add all that together and you end up with a perfect place to host this year’s Vernasca Silver Flag, a vintage road rally type of event that has run through central Italy for the past 23 years, from Vernasca to Castell’Arquato. Now, I have no idea what that route actually looks like on a map, but based on the cars in attendance, it could be a 600 ft jaunt across a Walmart parking lot and I’d still just about consider selling an organ to be there. For more information about this amazing event, check out the full story over on Petrolicious. […]

13 08, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Aug. 13th, 2018

By | 2018-08-14T15:30:08+00:00 August 13th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

What’s better than going to a carnival? How about going to the carnival of vintage motorsports?! It turns out that that’s exactly what Classic Days is, which takes place every summer on the grounds of a German castle, with all manner of vintage race cars for as far as the eye can see. And what a beautiful scene to showcase just about everything from early 1920’s race cars to the famous Mustang and Challenger that were used in the movie Bullitt. The event brought out tons of noteworthy cars, but also plenty of famous racing drivers who piloted these speed machines in anger when they were new. From the photo gallery on Petrolicious, this looks like a future bucket-list event to attend! […]

6 08, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Aug 6th, 2018

By | 2018-08-07T11:17:05+00:00 August 6th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Just like the saying “the clothes make the man” points out that what a person wears can often be a judge of their character, the same can apply to wheels on a car. One of the most important parts of a car is where the rubber meets the road and the perfect set of wheels can make or break the look of a car. While most modern cars don’t really look right on anything smaller than 18″ wheels, I’m totally enamored with the much more intricate 14-, 15-, and 16-inch wheels of the 1960’s through the 1980’s. That’s why I couldn’t help but bug out when Petrolicious shared this cool throwback look at all the classic wheels that adorned sportscar 30+ years ago. There are just so many creative and quirky designs from the likes of ATS, Compomotive, Campagnolo, and Speed Star. Which vintage wheel design is your favorite? […]

31 07, 2018

Lap Around the Web – July 30th, 2018

By | 2018-07-31T13:03:27+00:00 July 31st, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

In case you didn’t already know, the Morrie’s Heritage ’71 Corvette is a blast to drive. With a little help from a more modern LS1 V8, it’s got plenty of reliable power and its big sticky tires and wide footprint help it handle like it’s on rails. But in the land of excess, sometimes an LS-swap and sticky tires just aren’t quite enough, which is why Garrett Randall decided to take his C3 ‘Vette to the next level. That means more power with a built LS6 putting down 520+ hp and more grip courtesy of custom JRI coilovers all-around, combined with some super sticky 305 and 315 section width rubber tucked under some custom-molded fender flares. To learn more about what makes this green machine so cool, take a gander at the full Speedhunters’ article. […]

23 07, 2018

Lap Around the Web – July 23rd, 2018

By | 2018-07-24T15:17:27+00:00 July 23rd, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Yamaha is well-known for their sporty motorcycles, musical instruments, and electronics, but very few people realize the impact they’ve had on the auto industry. Sure, they designed some engines like the Ford Taurus SHO V6 and V8 engines of the 1990s and early 2000s, as well as the spine-tingling 4.8-liter V10 found under the long hood of the Lexus LF-A, but did you know the Japanese manufacturer also attempted to build their own supercar from scratch at one point? Much like the upcoming Mercedes-Benz Project One, Yamaha built their own F1 car for the road, calling it the OX99-1. Remove all of the sleek, swoopy bodywork, the headlights, and the windshield and underneath was a narrow, single-seat, carbon fiber tub with pushrod suspension and a 3.5-liter V12 that wailed to over 10,000 RPM. The end result was a 400-hp, 2,500-lb road weapon that would have cost well over $1,000,000 in the early 1990’s. Unfortunately, Yamaha terminated the project after producing just three cars, one of which was driven by Road & Track’s Paul Frere and received heaps of praise. To learn more about what could’ve been one of the most exciting road cars of all time, head over to Bring a Trailer for their in-depth look at the OX99-1. […]

16 07, 2018

Lap Around the Web – July 16th, 2018

By | 2018-07-17T15:03:27+00:00 July 16th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Our man on the ground already shared a few images from what is arguably the biggest and best car event of the year at Goodwood, but now that the Goodwood Festival of Speed has come to an end, it’s time to share all of the best galleries of images from the event so you’ll all know what you missed out on. This is definitely a bucket list event for me, and if you’ve got high octane petrol coursing through your veins too, you’ll want to be there too. But for now, just check out all these awesome photos from Speedhunters here, here, here, and here, or head over to Petrolicious to see their coverage, or take a peek at Classic Driver to look at their big gallery as well. If you’re in the mood to hear the cars roar up the hill as well, I urge you to visit the official Goodwood Road & Race Youtube channel for hours of awesome video and commentary of these cars charging up the hill. […]

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