15 05, 2017

Lap Around the Web – May 15th

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We all know Steve McQueen was a cool dude. He was a handsome movie star turned race car driver whose one dream was to make a box office hit that captured the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Unfortunately, the movie envisioned ended up being a flop, destroyed his marriage, bankrupted a production company, and put a huge black mark on McQueen's acting career. Now, Don Nunley, the man in charge of providing props for McQueen's film "Le Mans" has written a tell-all book about the filming of that ill-fated movie. Given all of the calamities involved in filming one of the best vintage racing movies of all time, I can't wait to read the book, titled "Steve McQueen: Life in the Rearview Mirror".   On the rare occasion you tend to see a Mercedes 300SL, it's usually either in a museum or crossing the auction block. These rare and highly valuable cars are almost always kept 100% stock and painstakingly restored, but every once in awhile, someone bucks the trend and decides to actually enjoy driving one of these gorgeous machines. In the case of this particular 300SL, this lucky owner decided to customize the car precisely to his tastes and driving style, with custom-fitted rallye lights in the front grille, a Zagato-esque double-bubble roof to accommodate taller drivers, and an interior retrimmed in gorgeous ostrich leather. While purists may scoff, I've got to admit that it really works well in this situation. The end result is no less beautiful than any of [...]

27 03, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Mar. 27th

By | 2017-04-19T13:41:13+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale is the most beautiful car in the world. It just is. The proportions are perfect, with the curvy aluminum skin stretched tight to form the sensuous shape, while the big, doe-eyed headlights help frame the “face” of the car. The cockpit is perfectly formed out of glass and Lexan, creating a beautiful, airy greenhouse. And tucked neatly behind the driver’s shoulders is a small but mighty 2.0-liter V8, capable of revving to over 10,000 RPM and propelling the flyweight road rocket to over 180-MPH, an insane speed for a street car in the 1960s. What makes the car all the more precious is the rarity: given the huge price tag at the time, Alfa only built 18 of these gorgeous cars, each by hand, and each styled by a different Italian coachbuilder. No two are the same. For more on this glorious car, head on over to Classic Driver and check out their gorgeous photos. […]

27 02, 2017

Lap Around The Web – Feb 27th

By | 2017-02-27T15:50:44+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Lap Around the Web, Uncategorized|0 Comments

I know we usually focus on the spirit of driving; the visceral appeal of physically engaging vehicles, spewing hydrocarbons into the atmosphere in the form of lovely a *BRAAAAAP* emanating from the finely-tuned internal combustion engine. But this is the first truly sexy autonomous electric car I’ve ever seen. In fact, it’s the first I’ve been truly giddy with excitement about. It’s called the NIO EP9 and it makes a full megawatt of power. Yes, that’s 1,360 HP. But the real story is the torque figure since like all electric vehicles, maximum torque is available from the word “go”. In the case of the EP9, that figure is a whopping 4,671 lb-ft of twist being sent to all four wheels. So yeah, it’s an electric vehicle, but it’s also capable of running competitive lap times without the help of a pesky driver. In fact, it set a 2:40 lap time around the Circuit of the Americas F1 track without any input from a driver. That being said, with a hot shoe behind the wheel, the lap times quickly dropped to 2:11, setting a track record for a “production” vehicle. Combine that with pace with the jaw-dropping looks and you can see why this is the first autonomous EV that has my heart pumping a little faster. Yowza! […]

30 01, 2017

Lap Around The Web – Jan. 30th

By | 2017-01-30T12:06:19+00:00 January 30th, 2017|Lap Around the Web, Uncategorized|0 Comments

In the 1960’s and early 1970s, nobody was testing the limits of what could be done with a race car quite like Jim Hall. Many of the technologies pioneered by Hall and his company, Chaparral, were so controversial, so ahead of the curve, that they were outright banned in Can-Am at the time, and outside of F1, most of these feats of engineering and rule-bending are still outlawed today. For instance, the famous Chaparral 2E shocked the racing world in 1966 with its automatic transmission that allowed the driver to use their left foot to instead control the angle of the massive adjustable rear wing mounted high above the driver’s head. Perhaps most iconic of all, the 1970 Chaparral 2J first appeared at Watkins Glen without any of the usual velocity stacks, wings, scoops, or other stand racecar features. Instead, the slab-sided car had two big jet engine-like fans protruding from the rear, capable of sucking the car to the ground to provide downforce without the drag of traditional wings. Unfortunately, it proved to be as unreliable as it was revolutionary and after failing to podium in any of the few races they entered during the 1970 season, the “fan car” was promptly banned as well. Road & Track recently wrote an incredible and insightful story on the Chaparral 2J and its creator, Jim Hall. We highly suggest you give it a read. […]

18 01, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Jan 16th

By | 2017-04-18T08:37:06+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Lap Around the Web, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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. […]

30 08, 2016

Lap Around the Web – August 30th

By | 2016-08-30T09:17:48+00:00 August 30th, 2016|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

When car people see their favorite car, their first reaction is to take a picture with it as if they own it. That’s just what this daddy-daughter duo did, until something went awry… And as a hopeful future owner of a DeLorean (which I will call “DeLauren”), I can completely understand this girl’s excitement when she finds out her dad bought this iconic car. […]

22 06, 2016

Lap Around The Web – 6/22/16

By | 2016-06-22T09:18:47+00:00 June 22nd, 2016|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Hopefully you had the chance to watch at least a little bit of the 24 Hours of Le Mans this past weekend, especially the last few laps where Porsche lucked into taking the overall victory when the leading Toyota suffered an engine failure on the second to last lap of the race. The Drive has put together an amazing lineup of photos that help tell the story of Porsche’s incredible 919 race car that would eventually take the checkered flag, making this the second win in a row for the German powerhouse. […]

12 01, 2016

Lap Around the Web – Week of 1/11/16

By | 2016-01-12T11:04:18+00:00 January 12th, 2016|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

We think Airstream campers are pretty cool. It might be because old Uncle Bob has seven of them sitting in his driveway. Or maybe it’s the super shiny aluminum skins. You know we love shiny objects. Regardless, fellow heritage brand Pendleton has paired up with Airstream to create a limited edition National Park Travel Trailer. Naturally it includes roomy living spaces with lodge-like aesthetics, park-inspired Pendleton decor and accessories. We know it would look good hitched up to our OJ Bronco. Ice racers compete in the first race of the day on Garfield Lake in Northern Minnesota, on Feb. 8, 2015. Every holiday season that darn “Baby it’s cold outside” song gets stuck in our heads. After reading Wired’s look inside the wild raging world of ice racing in Minnesota “cold outside” has a whole new meaning.   This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Ford GT40 sweeping the podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It’s a remarkable story and if you’ve got some time on your hands it’s well catching up on the story leading up to and after the victory. In fact there are a number of great books that we’d be glad to recommend. If you’re looking for the more of a cliff notes type nothing beats the story of the Ford GT40 told by 25 rare photos of Le Mans, Sebring and Daytona. There are some cars that are designed, built and executed so well that they simply don’t require a [...]

29 12, 2015

Lap Around the Web – Week of 12/28/15

By | 2015-12-29T16:31:33+00:00 December 29th, 2015|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

We can say with 100% confidence that we’ll never have the opportunity to flog a real 1964 Ferrari 250 GTO on winding mountain roads. So, we’ll have to settle for a video of 7 Minutes Of Pure Ferrari 250 GTO Hillclimb Bliss. The driver is none other than the son of World Championship winning Ferrari driver Phil Hill and it appears he learned a thing or two about driving a Ferrari from dad. If you’re looking for an informational video look elsewhere. If you’re looking for a beautiful vintage Ferrari V12 soundtrack you must check it out.   The Land Rover Defender has been around for decades and is a car that universally turns heads due to it’s utilitarian styling and go anywhere attitude. It’s no surprise then that the two-millionth Defender off the line sold for $600k at a charity auction. Early next year the last one will roll off the assembly line for good and close a long chapter in Land Rover history. Not to worry though, you can always enjoy our Land Rover Defender and save yourself a cool $599,775. As you’ve probably already learned we’re big fans of automotive adventures. To date we’ve kept ours on road or track, but our own Alex has been dipping his toes in the off-road waters as of late with his newly acquired Toyota 4-runner. Naturally his off-road build has been supplemented by many online journeys. In fact, he recently ran across this off-road adventure through the San Bernardino Mountains [...]

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