There was no shortage of excitement in Italy this past weekend with the modern interpretation of the Mille Miglia taking place. The annual 1,000-mile race from Brescia to Rome and back again serves as a homecoming of sorts for many of the world’s fastest and most famous historical race cars that were built prior to 1958, as well as a number of their modern counterparts. Although it’s still on my bucket list to attend at least one stage of the Mille someday, seeing all the beautiful photos from Classic Driver and Petrolicious sure makes me want to go all the more. It’s so cool to see all these beautiful old race cars put through their paces during such a grueling event!
From the most beautiful vintage race cars in the world to the most haggard Datsun. Here comes the Roadkill Rotsun: a turbocharged 5.0-liter V8-powered Datsun 240Z. This thing is a 4-wheeled tetanus shot waiting to happen but with a big turbo forcing mouthfuls of boost into the junkyard 5.0, it’s bound to be a blast until it blows up, right? In either case, it shows what can be done when you’re low on funds but high on…something. Let’s call it shade tree mechanics skills and ingenuity. Anyway, give it a watch and try to tell me that doesn’t look like fun!
Mercedes-Benz knew they had a hit on their hands when they co-developed the C11 alongside Sauber for the 1990 race season. The sleek, carbon fiber machine was powered by a twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8 with 720 horsepower mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Most race cars are lightweight, but the team behind the Sauber Mercedes C11 was so fanatical that they needed to add ballast to hit the 1,984-lb minimum weight. Road & Track has an awesome dissection of just what made the C11 so special, from the team behind it to the epic roster of drivers that piloted this machine. And don’t forget to check out the video too! Watching and listening to this thing rip around Spa at speed is truly mesmerizing.
This old-school Best Motoring video doesn’t have any English subtitles but watching eight of the most radical and iconic supercars of the 1990s tear it up around a race track has a way of transcending spoken language. Best yet, unlike similar tests that would be conducted today, they have a neat “pedal cam” setup so you can see all of the fancy footwork going on to keep these analog supercars moving at maximum velocity. Just turn up the speakers, sit back, and enjoy watching the best of the best cars of their era take to the track in an epic battle for supercar supremacy!
And now for something completely different! Classic Driver brings us a look inside The Outlierman, an outfit creating beautifully made automotive-themed accessories such as driving gloves, ties, pocket squares, and weekend bags, all made by hand in Italy. I’m always in favor of seeing where and how things I use (or would like to use) are made, so this article was a great window into just how The Outlierman’s killer leather goods are crafted.