In honor of the most recent addition to the Morrie’s Heritage fleet, what better time is there to share this awesome time-lapse video of an old VW Beetle engine getting torn down and rebuilt by the guys at Hagerty? After driving the Beetle 2500 miles from Portland, OR to Traverse City, MI, the teardown began, eventually replacing the aluminum case and exhaust with new items. Although we don’t expect Adam to rebuild the engine in our ’73 Super Beetle anytime soon, it’s really interesting to see all the work that goes into just such a job.
There are Ferrari enthusiasts, and then there are Ferrari enthusiasts, like Ronald Stern, who not only have a deep, deep appreciation for the brand and its illustrious history but have taken collecting of both cars and artifacts of the brand to a whole new level. He’s taken it upon himself to track down the rarest of rare Ferrari documents and memorabilia in order to document and celebrate his favorite brand. From original engineering drawings to styling bucks, and even historically significant cars themselves, Ronald has found himself in possession of one of the most detailed collections of Ferrari bits and pieces outside of Maranello.
Located a short jaunt from Milwaukee, WI is an undisclosed workshop housing some of the most historically significant open-wheel race cars to ever race in the Indy 500. But for Rick Dresang, it’s not about the big names, the Unsers, the Donohues, the Andrettis. Instead, it’s all about the little guys, the underdogs, the also-rans. They take in and restore all manner of vintage Indy cars to their former glory, often immortalizing those who failed to find success in the sport, but still poured their heart and soul into competing at the highest level. Rick and his son Jacques are also historians, collecting artifacts and data points on all those drivers who failed to find glory themselves. Each car tells a unique story and the Dresangs are the race car whisperers.
The Land Rover Defender was a far cry from the opulence afforded by its Range Rover brethren but its utilitarian features and rugged styling mean that it’s a serious off-roader, even by today’s standards. We just found this entertaining Motor Week review that shows that the Defender was just as quirky when it was brand new as it is today. With an MSRP of just over $41,000 brand new in 1992, we’d love to go back in time and buy a handful of them!