Hopefully, you’ve woken up from your Thanksgiving turkey-induced coma, wiped the leftover gravy or cranberry sauce from the corner of your mouth, and it back to work today. To make that post-holiday Monday a little better, I’m going to start by bringing you some Grade-A vintage racing from the historic Daytona International Speedway. Normally, vintage races get chopped down to what is essentially a sprint race of maybe a dozen or so laps to fit in all the different classes or to fill time before more modern series run. Luckily, that isn’t the case for the Classic 24 Hours of Daytona, where all of your favorite race cars from yesteryear come back to one of the most iconic tracks in the world to duke it out for glory yet again. And not only are the cars themselves incredible but because the racing season slows down significantly around this time of year, it brings out some big name drivers as well, including Patrick Long, Jochen Mass, Ron Fellows, and Adrian Newey. Between the sights, the sounds, the cars, and the drivers, there’s simply no other race like it.
Often one of the hardest features to design, wheels can make or break the look of a car. Once the diameter and bolt pattern has been decided, designers have nearly endless options in terms of spoke design, concavity, lip depth, and so on to design a wheel that not only looks amazing but balances considerations like weight, strength, and even brake cooling. As you’ve probably noticed, more often than not, designers get it wrong. There are, however, some truly iconic wheel designs out there that have stood the test of time and Classic Driver pays homage to those wheels over on their site.
As someone who tries to be adventurous, Speedhunters latest article about always saying yes to adventure really struck a chord with me. There are so many amazing opportunities out there, automotive or otherwise, when you put yourself in the right mindset to find them or let them find you. Sometimes, just going with the flow and saying “yes” a lot can lead to some incredible experiences, like seeing a garage full of Ford GTs and other incredible cars in a non-descript building in Detroit.
If you’ve been watching Bring-a-Trailer at all over the last couple of years, you might’ve noticed that 20-year-old Acura Integra Type R’s are selling for more than they cost brand new. For a front-wheel-drive Honda with less than 200-hp, that’s big money, but perhaps the people buying these cars are on to something… Road & Track editor Sam Smith recently had a chance to experience a well-maintained Integra Type R at Road America and came away from the experience so impressed that he went and bought one himself. If you want to know why it’s so good, just read Sam’s article about Type R and you’ll probably want to go buy one too.
Next Wednesday, RM Sotheby’s is hosting their incredible ICONS auction, featuring a carefully curated collection of the rarest and most desirable cars, boats, motorcycles, and collectibles on earth. With just 30 hand-picked cars, from a 23-window 1960 VW Microbus and a 1973 DeTomaso Pantera (each estimated to fetch well over $125k) to a 1952 Jaguar C-Type (that could sell for as much as $7,000,000) or an uber-rare 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione (with a $14-17M estimated hammer price), there’s something for everyone*. Heck, you could even buy Steve McQueen’s fire suit and helmet that he wore when he raced at Le Mans if you’ve got a spare $500,000 laying around.
*as long as everyone has a net worth of at least 9-figures.