Although it’s cold and snowy here in Minnesnowta, it’s perfect car show season in the southern states. Before all the big auctions in Scottsdale, AZ kick off later this week, the Arizona Biltmore was home to a stunning Concours event full of gorgeous vintage metal, including rare pre-war Bugattis, slick Ferrari race cars, and a delightful mix of other automotive exotica. As you might have come to expect by now, the chaps from Petrolicious made the road trip out from LA to take in the show and share some beautiful photos from the event. Click the link and prepare to pick your jaw up off the floor. […]
This past weekend marked the fifth US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, and my third time attending the race. To say I had a good time would be an understatement. To say I thoroughly documented every moment of the trip via photos and video would be a downright lie. You see, because I’d been there twice before and documented past trips, I decided this time around I would simply soak everything in and enjoy the atmosphere. What I found is that things are a bit more relaxed when you’re not staring through a viewfinder trying to capture every moment. So, what follows is a bit of a disjointed look at the race from a third-timer’s perspective based on the limited photos and video I did take. […]
It’s about that time of year where we all start to prep our cars for winter. For those of us fortunate to have a fun car for the summer, that means hibernation, made even worse by the knowledge that we’re about to spend the next four to six months driving our utilitarian winter beaters from Point A to Point B. In Sweden however, there’s now a race series that proves you can have fun in your beater too! Simply called “Folk Racing”, this budget-focused rally-cross series is perfect for all those old Volvos, Saabs, and other unloved cheap cars since after each race, a competitor can buy your car for the equivalent of about $750. Maybe we need something like this in Minnesota! […]
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 [...]
Eurowerks Wednesday Night GTG – Wednesday, June 29th Photo Credit: WB Photoworks Looking for any excuse to get the car out of the garage, celebrate getting through half of the work week and simply hang out with a great group of European car enthusiasts? Then look no further than the Eurowerks Wednesday Night GTG. Consider it the appetizer to the can't miss Eurowerks '16 on July 17th. MNC&C – Saturday, July 2nd Didn’t get an invite up to the cabin for the fourth of July? Not to worry. The Midwest’s premiere monthly car event, MNC&C, is this weekend and will include more cool cars than you’d ever see up at the lake. We’ll be out there representing MHCC, handing out Morrie’s shades and soaking up the sun. Austrian Grand Prix Viewing Party – Sunday, July 3rd Photo Credit: Red Bull We were never big fans of the Sound Music, but the sound of Formula 1 cars ripping through the Austrian Alps is music to our ears. This weekend the hills are indeed alive with the sounds of music 1.6 liter V6 turbos spinning at 15k rpms. Join us this Sunday at Morrie’s Luxury Auto as we watch the race live. Doors open at 6:30am for the 7am race start. 4th of July Festivities – Monday, July 4th Photo Credit: Twin Cities Fireworks: http://twincitiesfireworks.com/photos-of-minnesota-fireworks-shows/ News Flash – the fourth of July is right around the corner. If you’ve not yet planned your fireworks [...]
Just last week we got to thinking how crazy it must have been driving any one of the MHCC rentals in the snow back in the day. Moreover, we can’t imagine what it must’ve been like to ice race some of them, but this neat footage from the ice races at the 1954 St. Paul Winter Carnival gives us a unique peek. Be sure to think of these guys freezing their rears off as you slip slide away in the snow that’s forecasted for later this week. If the term Vulcan immediately gets you thinking about extraterrestrial humanoids or St. Paul Winter revelers it’s time for a little redefinition. The Vulcan is Aston Martin’s track-only, One-77 derived answer to the McLaren P1 and boy is it cool. One lucky bloke at Top Gear Magazine was the first to get his hands on one and his experience driving the firing breathing beast here. If you’re not one for reading you can skip right to some on-track footage. This week Haas Formula 1 made its series debut taking to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the first official tests of the season. Haas F1 represents America’s first American team in 30 years and that gives us more than enough reason to cheer them on this season. Here are a few more reasons to get excited about Haas F1.
Circuit of the Americas is the only Formula 1 race course in the U.S. Being able to spend time on this track where the world’s premier racing series runs is something special. The track was completed in 2011 and opened for its inaugural race in 2012. The layout was conceived by promoter Tavo Hellmund and MotoGP champion Kevin Schwantz with the assistance of world renowned circuit designer Hermann Tilke who has worked on many of the best circuits on the F1 schedule. I had the chance to walk the entire track and I took that opportunity to take pictures to get a slightly better perspective of the track. As you can imagine, seeing the track on television or in games doesn’t give this world class circuit the correct amount of justice. The 133 foot elevation change leading into turn one is more extreme than you would imagine, but the more interesting elevation changes were in the esses, making them even more challenging than I thought. The photos I took are all in order of the turns. It started getting pretty dark toward the end and they shut down the track for walking as I made it to the final turn heading into the main straight so the photos do get a little sparse after the carousel . I was able to drive the circuit the next morning and I have included the video of parade laps which I took from the nose of our ¾ ton tow vehicle. You [...]
Minnesota United FC takes on the San Antonia Scorpions – Saturday, October 31st We’ve never much cared for Scorpions, unless you consider the power ballads of the German rock band, but that’s another story. Anyways, Minnesota FC United take on the soccer playing Scorpions this Saturday. If the increasing interest in Minnesota soccer isn’t enough of a draw for you the Chris Hawkey band will be performing onsite. Oh and it’s also Zubaz night. Now you have a perfect reason to pull your favorite pair out of storage and wear them with pride. Mexico Grand Prix Viewing Party – Sunday, November 1st Formula 1 makes a return to Mexico after a thirteen-year siesta, but you don’t have to make the trip to Mexico to enjoy the race and some tasty guacamole. The race starts at 1pm and we’ll open up the doors that the MHCC Dojo at 12:30. Swing on by. If you’re lucky we might even throw in a free sombrero. Prints of Darkness: The Art of Aquatint – exhibit opens October 31st Looking to make your Halloween a bit more artsy? Consider Prints of Darkness of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The aquatint printing technique used in these etchings lends a dramatic and evocative effect to the prints. Even the most lighthearted etchings take on a dark look when run through the aquatint bath.
Whats Going On? A shortlist of events to keep you busy this week... Victoria Classic Car Night – Wednesday 9/2 Victoria Classic Car Night is quite possibly the best classic car gathering that very few people know about. This event occurs semi-monthly during the summer months and regularly draws hundreds of cars. The event returns tonight at 5pm and runs until 8pm. Read Josh’s recap from the last event a couple weeks ago to get a glimpse of what Victoria Classic Car Night has to offer. MNC&C – Saturday 9/5 The dawn of a new month means that another MNC&C is right around the corner. Join us this Saturday for the September event at the AutoMotorplex in Chanhassen. The event “officially” kicks off at 8am, but you’ll want to arrive earlier than that if you want a spot to display your car. If you missed the August MNC&C you can check out our photo recap here. Jack Pine Sprints – Saturday 9/5 and Sunday 9/6 If you’re in the Brainerd area this weekend and need a respite from the sun, fun or cabin chores swing on by BIR to watch six different race groups take to the track. The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and Vintage Sports Car Racing (VSCR) will be hitting the track for a weekend of high-speed fun. If you’re not familiar with either racing organization you can get a preview via our previous SCCA and VSCR weekend blog recap here. Italian Grand Prix Viewing [...]