Lap Around the Web – Jan 29, 2018

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.

Tom Cotter from Hagerty might have just stumbled across the king of all barn finds. Left to rot in this wealthy North Carolina suburb after the owner’s trusted mechanic died in a motorcycle crash, this garage-full of treasures sees the light of day for the first time in over 25 years. Obviously, the highlights of the garage are the original ’66 Shelby Cobra 427 and ’66 Ferrari 275 GTB/2 with a rare alloy body, but I also geeked out over the old Morgan, Triumph TR6, and BMW E30 325ix that are scattered throughout the garage as well. This is likely a once in a lifetime find and I’m sure we’ll see these cars pop up at one of the big auctions soon.

Only Porsche would take a street car that earned the nickname “widowmaker” and then build an even rawer, faster race car version of it. But that’s exactly how we got the 1976 Porsche 934. With power ranging from 480 to 550 hp, Porsche dominated various GT racing championships around the globe. The next evolution, the 935, packed even more power (up to 840 hp) and had wider bodywork and more aero to back it up. Like the 934, it crushed the competition, winning the 1979 24 Hrs of Le Mans outright and also won numerous times at Daytona and Sebring. And finally, that brings us to the 934/5. It was built exclusively by Porsche for the American IMSA GT Championship because organizers didn’t want to see the 935 dominate on their shores. Basically, it had the 935 bodywork but the less-powerful 934 engine with some minor tweaks. And this one is for sale, as is the cool matching VW Bus behind it.

Like the barn-find video up above, you never know what you’ll find behind some rather unassuming garage (or barn) doors. This holds true just about anywhere in the world, including the UK. Unlike the barn-find video up above though, the cars lurking behind these barn doors are all pristine and ready to drive at a moment’s notice. That’s because they’re all available for sale through William I’Anson Ltd. With that in mind, it’s easy to sit back and get lost in the beauty of the high-caliber collection before you including all sorts of highly-valuable hero cars like the 300SL and early 911 above or a pre-war Bugatti grand prix car or any number of other incredible race cars.

I would just like to point out that this Porsche 356 is the perfect balance of cool and classy. Fast, fun, and feisty. It’s everything a car should be.

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