23 10, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Oct. 22nd, 2018

By | 2018-10-23T15:11:25+00:00 October 23rd, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

In love with classic coachbuilt Ferraris of the 1950’s but unable to find or afford one in Mexico City, Jose Fernandez has spent the last 57 years building his own tribute car to the classic Cavillinos he loves so much. It all started with a book about Ferrari that he discovered in a bookstore, where he was so taken by the beautiful, sleek designs of 250 Europas and 340 Americas that he went home and carved his own dream car out of a block of balsa wood. Years later, he commissioned a full-scale foam and plastic model of what he dreamt his perfect Ferrari would look like. The next steps were the hardest though. He spent decades finding someone who could build a body based on his design that would fit over a 330 GTC chassis that he had shipped down to Mexico City from New York. Once a body was finally ready, it took years of refinement to get it to fit like it should, and then came all of the interior assembly and other details that needed to be finished. In the end, Jose ended up with a backdated Ferrari that he always dreamed of, even though it isn’t actually a factory-built Ferrari. He doesn’t care though. He’s passionate about the brand and loves the car he now gets to drive. To read more about this amazing project that took decades to become a reality, head over to Classic Driver. […]

23 07, 2018

Lap Around the Web – July 23rd, 2018

By | 2018-07-24T15:17:27+00:00 July 23rd, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Yamaha is well-known for their sporty motorcycles, musical instruments, and electronics, but very few people realize the impact they’ve had on the auto industry. Sure, they designed some engines like the Ford Taurus SHO V6 and V8 engines of the 1990s and early 2000s, as well as the spine-tingling 4.8-liter V10 found under the long hood of the Lexus LF-A, but did you know the Japanese manufacturer also attempted to build their own supercar from scratch at one point? Much like the upcoming Mercedes-Benz Project One, Yamaha built their own F1 car for the road, calling it the OX99-1. Remove all of the sleek, swoopy bodywork, the headlights, and the windshield and underneath was a narrow, single-seat, carbon fiber tub with pushrod suspension and a 3.5-liter V12 that wailed to over 10,000 RPM. The end result was a 400-hp, 2,500-lb road weapon that would have cost well over $1,000,000 in the early 1990’s. Unfortunately, Yamaha terminated the project after producing just three cars, one of which was driven by Road & Track’s Paul Frere and received heaps of praise. To learn more about what could’ve been one of the most exciting road cars of all time, head over to Bring a Trailer for their in-depth look at the OX99-1. […]

9 07, 2018

Lap Around the Web – July 9th, 2018

By | 2018-07-10T08:45:12+00:00 July 9th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

As impressive of a race as Le Mans is today, some would argue that it’s lost a bit of its je ne sais quoi head on over to Classic Driver in these modern times. With more safety regulations that prevent things like running starts (more commonly known as a “Le Mans Start” for good reason) and just all around safer, more homogenized cars running the race these days, it’s no wonder that fans come out in droves for the Le Mans Classic, held just a couple weeks after the big 24-Hour race. With all sorts of gorgeous vintage race cars like Ford GT40s, Porsche 917s and 935s, and slightly more modern race cars from the 90’s and early 2000’s, there were a lot of amazing cars to watch circling the historic race track. For more photos and information of this year’s Le Mans Classic, check out Classic Driver’s coverage of the race. […]

12 06, 2018

Lap Around the Web – June 11th, 2018

By | 2018-06-12T14:37:07+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Summer is pretty much here now and the trails are calling. It’s time to get off-road and find some sketchy adventures with friends. As if having a new off-roader didn’t make that need for adventure burn strong enough, reading about the exploits of Mike Burroughs of Stanceworks and his FJ60 through the deserts and mountains of Utah sure makes me want to load up my new-to-me FJ Cruiser and hit the road. In the final chapter of Mike’s three-part story, he and his buddies overcome broken parts and tricky trails to cap off their big 2018 off-road trip. […]

19 02, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Feb 19, 2018

By | 2018-02-19T14:33:20+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

You work hard and that means you owe it to yourself to own and drive a cool collector car. If you're not sure what the best collector car for you would be, the fine folks at Road & Track have some great ideas for where to start looking. If your budget is still relatively small, they put together a list of sub-$20,000 collector cars that are relatively easy to find, fun to drive, and easy to live with. If you've got a little more money to toss around and want something rarer or more exotic, this list might also be helpful. AMC Javelins don't get enough love. This one, if you can even still call it a Javelin anymore, is one of the coolest muscle cars I've seen. The Ring Brothers have built an illustrious career for themselves building the most badass muscle cars on the planet and this '72 Javelin AMX is no exception. With well over 1,000+ HP on tap, it can shred tires with ease, but it's so much more than just an epic tire shredder. Speaking of tire shredders, would you ever have guessed that this 1948 Chrysler Town & Country is hiding a beastly 8.4L V10 out of a Dodge Viper under the hood? I can't imagine a much cooler burnout machine than this thing. In all-original form, these cars make great nostalgic boulevard cruisers but now it's got some punch for those impromptu stoplight-to-stoplight pulls. The Viper engine has been touched on too, hiding [...]

12 02, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Feb 12, 2018

By | 2018-02-12T15:30:08+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

If you like Porsches, you probably love Rufs. Much like Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher built the fastest, most infamous Mercedes’ in the ’80s and ’90s, Alois Ruf did with Porsches. He’d get body-in-white 911s directly from the Porsche factory and fit hotter engines and sleeker bodywork, and blow the doors off anything else coming out of Germany, or any other country for that matter, on any given race track or stretch of road. The CTR-series cars especially are still legendary for their speed, even today. Which is why it’s so awesome that Ted Gushue from Petrolicious spent the day Alois himself in Southern California with a CTR and CTR2, driving some of the most beautiful roads the west coast has to offer. […]

25 09, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Sep 25th

By | 2017-09-25T14:14:44+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

When it comes to racing, there’s passing someone and then there’s passing someone. If you watched yesterday’s IMSA race from Laguna Seca, you might’ve seen what could likely be one of the most epic passes of the entire 2017 motorsports season. If you’ve been following the IMSA season, you’ll know that the Cadillacs have been pretty dominant this season, which is why it was so surprising that Renger Van Der Zande made a heroic pass for the lead in his #90 Ligier prototype, squeaking by one of those Cadillacs IN the Corkscrew on the second to last lap. He then hung onto that lead for the last lap of the race to take his and his team’s first victory in IMSA. Many have said that this move echoes Alex Zanardi’s epic Corkscrew pass during the 1996 CART race at the same track. But why not watch it for yourself and decide if this should qualify for “pass of the year” or not? […]

13 09, 2016

Lap Around The Web – September 13th

By | 2016-09-14T09:22:11+00:00 September 13th, 2016|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

That crazy Ken Block is at it again. The former owner of DC Shoes turned rally racer, who now spends most of his time competing in Global Rally Cross competitions around the globe has just released another one of his famous Gymkhana videos. This time, the king of hoon has teamed up with the team behind the game Forza Horizon 3 to film his new Gymkhana 9 video in an awesome ramshackle industrial park with his new Ford Focus RS RX. It’s definitely worth a watch! […]

25 11, 2015

Lap Around the Web – Week of November 23rd

By | 2015-11-25T16:33:55+00:00 November 25th, 2015|News|0 Comments

People in most automotive circles consider Chris Harris a journalistic God. It's only natural then that he is the first person to have ever reviewed the automotive holy trinity all at once.  That's right, he assembled the Porsche 918, Ferrari La Ferrari and McLaren P1 to determine which one is best. It is your automotive obligation to watch the video review in its entirety and the results may surprise you. All we know is that we'll have to dig for changes in a lot of couches to buy one of each.   In our quest to find the best gifts for this holiday season we ran across the Cool Material website. If any website could singlehandedly empty our bank accounts and keep us transfixed for an entire afternoon this would be the site. Cool Material hand selects a unique collection of well-made goods from a number of small companies. Mention the words Black Friday shopping around us and we generally get a little bit queasy. As if mall parking lots weren’t filled with enough bad drivers on a normal shopping day big business has to draw a gazillion deal crazed motorists to the mall on Black Friday. What if that wasn’t the case?  What if you could have the entire mall to yourself for an early morning drift session? Now that you’ve imagined what it might be like experience it for yourself here. The Lamborghini LM002 was anything but conventional – it was a desert cruising brute that quickly earned the nickname “Rambo Lambo.” Consider it the automotive indulgence for [...]