Lap Around the Web – Dec. 11th

With a killer soundtrack bested only by the incredible cars racing across the screen, Simon Kidston’s latest short film is nothing short of amazing. If you love vintage European sports cars, you’ll love “Wolf of the Autostrada”. In addition to a Countach, a Testarossa, a Ruf CTR, and an old Aston Martin V8 Vantage, there’s even a cameo from famous Lamborghini test driver Valentino Balboni. It’s also a wonderful showing of some expensive and rare cars being driven hard and used as they should be.

By now, you’ve probably heard about Radwood 2, the 2nd annual gathering of the finest cars from the ’80s and ’90s in Anaheim, CA two Saturdays ago. Although plenty of fun, festive photos from the event have been shared online over the past 9 days, Bring-a-Trailer actually had one of the best galleries I’ve seen so far. Just check out those tubular outfits and that totally rad fanny pack! Of course, the cars were every bit as awesome as the outfits, with all sorts of cool stuff like a gullwing-doored Mercedes-Benz 5860 SEC, a DeLorean (obviously), and even a Ford Explorer made to look like it just rolled right out the front gates of Jurassic Park.

Race cars are already brutally expensive to keep running when they’re modern. Vintage race cars are a whole different ballgame, with the correct parts and panels often literally impossible to find, and when you can find them, they’re priced into the stratosphere. But that doesn’t mean people should stop racing their vintage cars. Although the cars aren’t often raced to their full potential anymore, it’s easy to see why when a crash could completely destroy the car forever. But these cars are often as pure as can be, without modern technology to water down the experience. It makes perfect sense that someone would want to exercise their vintage race car every chance they get and Black Flag recently spelled out what makes it so appealing.

If you’ve ever wondered what Japan’s diverse car culture looks like, then follow along with pro-drifter Mad Mike as he explored the intricacies of the Japanese car scene. With trips to Liberty Walk to check out a crazy widebody Mazda RX-3 and matching flared McLaren 650S and Cholo’s Customs that specializes in ’70s style low riders and hot rods, Mad Mike gets a little taste of everything. Some of my personal favorites are the crazy, over-the-top mini trucks and delivery vehicles with wide fenders, crazy exhausts, and covered in neon lights. Nowhere else on earth will you find a more diverse car culture than in Japan.

Lastly, we check out this crazy 1973 AMC Hornet that had a surprisingly illustrious rally racing career as the guys from Roadkill try to get this barn find running in time to take it to their local rallycross event just a week after finding it. After some barn-side fixes to get it running, the guys take it out into the California desert and beat the snot out of it to shake it down for the upcoming rallycross. I won’t spoil the surprise about how the rallycross goes but it looks like they have a heck of a good time with the old Hornet!

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