Lap Around the Web – June 19th

I’m going to start right off with something that is basically breaking the internet and blowing my mind. Since I’m basically head-over-heels in love with our ’66 Jag E-Type Roadster, I was immediately drawn to this Speedhunters article about this rat-rod E-Type that will be rocking a Mazda 20B rotary engine. It’s a total mashup of different Series I, II, and III parts but it’s still 100% rad with the slammed stance and widened rear fenders to cover the meaty BBS mesh wheels. This is clearly a labor of love, with a dash of lunacy, and I’m very much excited to see the finished product.

We’ve all heard the saying it’s more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow, but what if you put a fast driver in a slow car and a slow driver in a fast car and make them compete around a race track? Donut Media decided to find out if the fastest driver on their team could outpace their slowest driver, giving the fast driver a handicap of a boring Jetta while their slow driver was behind the wheel of a Porsche 911. Honestly, I had no idea who would be faster around the Streets of Willow at Buttonwillow Raceway before I watched the video, and I won’t be the one to spoil it for you either, so give it a watch for yourself and see what happens! It’s pretty entertaining, either way.

Apparently, the Ferrari Club of Japan knows how to throw a party. They rented out Fuji Speedway and hosted a huge selection of prancing horses from all around the island nation. Since most Ferrari owners, particularly those with the uber-rare halo cars like the F40, F50, Enzo, and La Ferrari usually just keep them locked away in climate-controlled garages and occasionally wipe them down with diapers every other Sunday, it’s awesome to see a bunch of enthusiasts who aren’t afraid to get their cars out on track and really put them through their paces. Head on over to Jalopnik to check out a ton more photos from the event.

It’s been 50 years since Dan Gurney shocked the motorsports world, winning both the 24 Hrs of Le Mans and the Belgium Grand Prix at Spa over back to back weekends. Never has something so monumental been accomplished in racing since. And although Ford Motorsports didn’t have the same luck in their Ford GTs that they enjoyed in last year’s race, it’s worth looking back at one of the most iconic race cars of all time that put today’s Ford GTs on the map. Road & Track took the time to share a wonderful interview with Dan Gurney about just how incredible of a feat it was to win two of the most grueling races on the calendar in such close succession.

Jay Leno gets to drive some of the coolest cars on the planet. Sure, he owns an insane collection featuring many of the most interesting cars ever built, but his Burbank, CA-based warehouse draws in other collectors and enthusiasts who love to share their rides with Jay. This time though, Jay introduces us to his gorgeous and rare Cunningham C3, one of just 25 built, after it completed an 18-month restoration. Built by Briggs Cunningham in 1953, the frame was built in Florida before being sent to Vignale in Italy for the gorgeous coachwork body panels we see here, before coming back to the US to get a 240-hp Chrysler V8. Because Jay is someone who actually likes to get out and drive all of his cars, he had his team of experts tinker with the Chrysler 331 CID V8 to bring power up to a substantial 360 hp while making a few other tweaks to make it easier and more enjoyable to drive. It’s great to see that Jay isn’t afraid to alter a super rare and valuable car just so he can use it for its intended purpose.

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