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.
The NAIAS auto show is happening this week, and there have been all sorts of great cars already released this past weekend. One of my favorites though would be the new Ford Ranger, which will debut as a 2019 model. Motortrend usually does a pretty good job of capturing all the new releases and we’re certainly a little bummed we’ve missed the show again this year, but all these photos should help that. Check out Motortrend for more releases and plenty of photos and info on the new 2018 and 2019 models.
Over the weekend legendary motorsports icon Dan Gurney had passed away today of complications from pneumonia at the age of 86. A sad day for motorsports fans as he had made such a large impact on so many different forms of racing, that it really was saddening to hear the news. From the legacy of his, “Gurney Flap” which is still used in racing today, to the store of how he bought out Carrol Shelby, the man lead an interesting life that will be passed down for many generations to come. You can and should certainly read more about Dan Gurney here.
The part of me that wants an old Norton motorcycle is irrational and downright reckless. They leak like a 45 year old water heater, seem to have limit supplies of parts, and are really quite expensive. That being said everyone has got a “guy” that can help with that stuff right? I’d hope to someday be the other “guy” who’s buying one, but until that day comes (whenever that might be) I’ll have to settle at looking at them through a computer screen. This 1962 Norton Petty-Molnar Manx is such a treat to look at though, I hardly notice that it’s not mine for the taking. One of the most successful race bikes of its time, and just out-and-out good looking bikes, these Norton’s are just so cool in my mind that I can barely stand it.
To round out the Lap Around the Web this week, we’re going to go where no Lap has gone before. That’s right, I’m sticking in a football clip. That’s because the Minnesota Vikings are heading to the NFC Championship game in Philly next Sunday. This game reminds me of when Pokémon Go first came out and collectively the internet and Minnesota was a happy place. This brought us all together with the “Minnesota Miracle” toss, and it’s amazing. Please watch it with me over and over again while we all just chant the word, “SKOL” in unison.