25 09, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Sept. 24th, 2018

By |2019-02-26T10:10:44-05:00September 25th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

So you’ve got an old race car that competed amongst the top levels of the FIA GT Championship back in 1997 but now it’s just sitting and collecting dust in your tiny 12-car garage or warehouse in between vintage racing events. That seems like a waste and you want to drive it! So what do you do? You send your McLaren F1 GTR “Longtail” – the last of just 10 such cars built specifically for racing – to Lanzante, who can convert this track-only race car into something a little more livable that can be driven on public roads. So now your priceless racecar has a new lease on life and can be driven at your leisure! But what do you do now that the world is your oyster? You slap some Michelin all-seasons on those bright orange centerlock wheels and drive it through the freaking Swiss Alps, obviously! […]

25 07, 2018

Mercedes Then and Now – 560SL vs SL63

By |2018-07-25T12:53:48-05:00July 25th, 2018|Driving Experience|0 Comments

Cars, and the way people use cars, have changed significantly since the introduction of the Mercedes SL-class in 1954.  Between the 1989 560SL and the 2009 Sl63 there has been 20 years of research and development, and a lot has changed.  Obviously, the body style and components completely changed with each iteration, but more importantly, has the way the car drives and feels completely changed as well? 1989 560SL: Weight: 3,704 lbs. Engine: 5.0 liter V8 Power: 227 hp & 279 lbs. ft. of torque RWD Transmission: 4 speed auto 2 Seater 2009 SL63: Weight: 4,274 lbs. Engine: 6.2 liter V8 Power: 518 hp & 465 lbs. ft. of torque RWD Transmission: 7 speed auto 2 Seater Performance wise, the SL63 is a completely different animal than the 560SL.  Both of these cars are powered by V8’s, so neither lack power (especially the SL63).  However, the humongous 6.2 liter V8 rockets the SL63 from 0-60 in 4.4 seconds, compared to the 7.3 seconds it takes in the 560SL.  The SL63 handles significantly better than the 560SL, there is very little body roll and it gives you the illusion that you are gliding around each corner.  However, by no means am I saying that the 560 handles poorly.  It is actually one of the most comfortable classic car I've ever driven and it never felt unstable or floaty while behind its wheel. Although the new SL63 out performs the 560SL in every way, the 560SL's vintage charm makes it equally [...]

16 07, 2018

What’s Going On – Week of 7/16/18

By |2019-02-26T09:25:29-05:00July 16th, 2018|What's Going On?|0 Comments

10,000 Lakes Concours d’Elegance – Sunday, July 22nd “The 6th Annual 10,000 Lakes Concours d’Elegance will take place Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Excelsior, Minnesota. Experience more than 200 rare and original cars, boats and motorcycles along the shores of Lake Minnetonka. Enjoy food, refreshments and live entertainment.” […]

5 09, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Sept 4th

By |2017-09-05T12:57:24-05:00September 5th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

When most people think about modifying trucks, they don’t usually think of commercial trucks or even car haulers. This, however, is simply too cool to ignore. Say hello to the “Baller Hauler”, designed and created by Miles Shinneman. What started off as an Isuzu NPR box truck has now been converted into a pretty badass car hauler with the help of tons of rat-rod-ish bodywork and a custom articulating ramp to accommodate even the lowest of cars. Power is now provided by a Chevy 6.0-liter Vortec V8 and an onboard 9,000-lb winch helps load just about any car in a snap. This is one of those projects that goes beyond just having a certain look and I’d argue that this build is definitely cooler than the sum of its parts might have you believe. Heck, it’s not even done yet! There’s still more body and paint work to be done as well as swapping out those 22″ semi truck wheels to even more ridiculous 24-inchers. This is one build that is definitely worth keeping an eye on! […]

1 08, 2017

Auto Lieben – A Celebration of German Cars

By |2017-08-01T12:58:47-05:00August 1st, 2017|Events|0 Comments

This past Sunday, we brought out a couple of our favorite Heritage cars – the ’87 Porsche 911 and a the bright orange VW Thing – to Auto Lieben at Afton Alps. What is Auto Lieben? Well, it’s a car show that celebrates German engineering from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW, and Porsche, as well as a curated collection of vintage Volkswagens. Although it’s easy to see why modern cars like the Audi R8 V10 Plus, Porsche 911 Turbo S, or Mercedes-AMG GT would steal the show, it was cars like the Carrera GT, the BMW Z1 from the early 1990s, and the Mercedes 280SL Pagoda that stole our hearts. In its third year running, it was blessed with beautiful, warm summer weather and we’re looking forward to going back again next year. Until then, have a look at our photo gallery to see what you might’ve missed if you weren’t there. […]

22 05, 2017

Lap Around the Web – May 22nd

By |2017-05-22T15:30:31-05:00May 22nd, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

There was no shortage of excitement in Italy this past weekend with the modern interpretation of the Mille Miglia taking place. The annual 1,000-mile race from Brescia to Rome and back again serves as a homecoming of sorts for many of the world's fastest and most famous historical race cars that were built prior to 1958, as well as a number of their modern counterparts. Although it's still on my bucket list to attend at least one stage of the Mille someday, seeing all the beautiful photos from Classic Driver and Petrolicious sure makes me want to go all the more. It's so cool to see all these beautiful old race cars put through their paces during such a grueling event! From the most beautiful vintage race cars in the world to the most haggard Datsun. Here comes the Roadkill Rotsun: a turbocharged 5.0-liter V8-powered Datsun 240Z. This thing is a 4-wheeled tetanus shot waiting to happen but with a big turbo forcing mouthfuls of boost into the junkyard 5.0, it's bound to be a blast until it blows up, right? In either case, it shows what can be done when you're low on funds but high on...something. Let's call it shade tree mechanics skills and ingenuity. Anyway, give it a watch and try to tell me that doesn't look like fun! Mercedes-Benz knew they had a hit on their hands when they co-developed the C11 alongside Sauber for the 1990 race season. The sleek, carbon fiber machine was powered by [...]

21 02, 2017

Oddities, Eccentricities, and Aberrations – February 2017 Edition

By |2017-02-21T10:53:13-05:00February 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

So, let’s say the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR – a hyper-expensive, uber-fast, 1 of 25 homologation special built by the Silver Arrow to go racing at Le Mans – is simply too common and too slow to suit your needs. If you happen to be an insanely wealthy individual with the desire to have the fastest, wildest car money can buy, you simply ring up Mercedes-Benz and ask them to build you the most insane land missile known to man. In turn, Mercedes calls up Lotec Engineering, a firm with a proven track record for building world-class prototype racecars, and $2.2M later, you have the C1000. With an estimated 1,000 N-m of torque and a body and chassis formed entirely out of carbon fiber, Lotec claimed the car was capable of going 262 MPH. With a twin-turbocharged 5.6-liter V8 running on a mixture unleaded race gas and jet fuel, this one-off race car for the street had simply staggering performance numbers when it was built in 1995. And now, for the bargain-basement price of just $1,250,000, you can make it your own personal road missile – just don’t ask us where to get the necessary jet fuel to keep it running… […]

28 09, 2016

Oddities, Eccentricities, and Aberrations – September 2016 Edition

By |2016-10-31T13:04:01-05:00September 28th, 2016|Cars We'd Like to Own|0 Comments

Each month we scour the internet for the weirdest, craziest, and most interesting vehicles we can find. With winter just around the corner, a bunch of people seem to be clearing out the junk from their garages because we found some doozies to share this time. While we found plenty of oddball cars, we found a few truly lust-worthy vehicles as well that we’ll be sprinkling in at the end of our list this time. […]

9 08, 2016

We Pick The Coolest Cars Going to Auction in Monterey Next Weekend

By |2016-08-10T12:27:08-05:00August 9th, 2016|Cars We'd Like to Own, Events|0 Comments

We’re always enamored by all the rare, weird, and expensive cars that seem to pop up for sale at all of the big auctions around the country, and there are none bigger or more hyped than the auctions during Monterey Speed Week. RM Sotheby’s, Mecum, Russo and Steele, Gooding & Co, and others pop up throughout the long weekend in Monterey and Carmel, California fueled by the egos and checkbooks of some of the richest car collectors in the world. Since none of us have any skin in the game, each of us picked a couple of our favorite cars from each of the big auctions going down next weekend. Feel free to share your favorites in the comments! Lauren Bisimoto-tuned 2014 Honda Odyssey As a car person, I hate minivans. But throw over 1,000HP into one and I suddenly become extremely obsessed with it. Plus, just think of how many car parts you could fit in the back! […]

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