This weekend marks one of the biggest, most historic, and grueling races of the year: the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This, the 85th running of the race, will be the center stage for some truly epic racing rivalries. Among the prototype cars in LM P1, the teams to watch this year will be Porsche and Toyota, without a doubt. Toyota’s factory-backed Kazoo Racing team was looking dominant last year until a mechanical failure in the closing stages of the race cost them the win, handing over victory to Porsche instead. Meanwhile, the LM GTE class will continue to be a fan favorite as production-based cars like the Ford GT (that took 1st, 2nd, and 4th in last year’s race) go wheel to wheel against other factory-backed efforts like the Ferrari 488 GTE, Corvette C7.R, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, and Aston Martin Vantage GTE. […]
Having done a bunch of amateur racing in formerly street-legal production cars, I think it’s always a little tempting to take them out on the road for shakedown runs, or even just the thrill of running errands #becauseracecar. And for rich folks, it gets a little easier to scratch that itch with most prestigious automakers building track day specials of their already sporty models, like the Ferrari 458 Speciale, the McLaren 675LT, and the Porsche GT3RS. Heck, if that’s not enough, those companies will gladly fleece you for a few million dollars and give you track-only models like the Ferrari FXX K, McLaren P1 GTR or Aston Martin Vulcan. But none of those cars are capable of being driven directly to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and winning outright. Luckily, Porsche was willing to bend some rules for one of their best customers, and took one of their Martini-liveried 917’s, shaved the fins off the rear bodywork, fitted antilock brakes and mufflers, and lined the interior in leather before selling it to Count Rossi to drive on the street. Unfortunately, after being turned down for registration throughout most of civilized Europe, the only place Rossi was able to legally drive it on the street ended up being Alabama, where the car has spent most of its post-racing life. For more info and photos on this incredible car, head on over to Drive Tribe. […]
In case you hadn’t noticed, the market for ’80s cars is heating up right now. While Countachs, Testarossas, and even E30 M3s have seen dramatic increases in value recently, all sorts of other oddball ’80s sports cars are trending upward in value right now. Fact is, the cars are just cool. All the hard lines and sweeping angles make the cars look fast just standing still, and all the kids that grew up with posters of these cars on their wall are reaching their prime earning years as adults. GQ recently hosted an awesome panel discussion between a number of automotive experts, enthusiasts, and taste makers to talk about just what makes these cars from the ’80s so darn cool right now. […]
We’re suckers for stylish, rough and tumble SUVs like the Land Cruiser, Bronco, and Grand Wagoneer. Perhaps no vehicle better exemplifies that look than the classic Jeeps of the 70’s and 80’s, especially some of the special editions that The Drive recently featured. Between the bright colors and funky patterned graphics, these Jeeps offer just the right amount of flair to stand out in the great outdoors. […]
Jay Leno has one of the best jobs in the world - getting paid to drive all sorts of cool and weird cars, many of which he already owns. This week, he compares two of our favorite cars from Aston Martin - the new manual transmission V12 Vantage S and the all-new DB11 - with the help of former Stig, Ben Collins. This marks some of the first ever road or track tests we've seen for either of these cars and it's definitely worth watching the video! If you've been to any of our Formula 1 viewing parties, you'll know that Mercedes has been running away with the championship, despite some fighting between their two star drivers - Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Although Rosberg is currently leading the driver's championship by a narrow margin over Hamilton, The Drive put together an interesting piece on why Hamilton will likely win this year's championship on his way to becoming the best driver in Formula 1 history. Give it a read and let us know if you agree. Clive Mason/Getty Images Since we're on the topic of comedians who happen to be huge car guys, it's worth mentioning that Jerry Seinfeld just put out another episode of his spin-off miniseries called Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Without Comedians or Coffee, Just Cars that breaks down just what it is that makes Italian cars so appealing and seductive. While most of the cars he talks about are fast, rare, and expensive, most of [...]
Last week we introduced the latest addition to the MHCC fleet, a stunning Maserati Gran Turismo convertible. Truth is we added two cars, but we selfishly stashed the second away for ourselves last weekend. We figured we've spent enough time ogling the car alone that we can make the official introduction. We're excited to announce the addition of the 2008 Aston Martin DB9 pictured below. Those stunning good looks are backed up by an intoxicating 6.0 liter V12. Needless to say it has the "show" and the "go." Interested in reserving the Aston for a weekend? Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every automotive oasis should have some cool artwork. The more industrious, or perhaps frugal, will stick to a smattering of eclectic auto parts — you know a hood here, valve cover there and maybe even a wheel or two hanging on the wall. The true automotive sophisticate, however, places proper automotive art on his wall. If you’re part of this latter group or are looking to make the jump we strongly suggest you check out these sweet metal posters from displate. […]