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. […]
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 [...]
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… […]
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. […]
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! […]
Hot on the heels of Eurowerks, Auto Lieben is a German-centric car show that chooses to focus on vehicles from Porsche, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW. Nestled against the picturesque ski slopes of Afton Alps, the event gives you the feeling that you’re enjoying a warm afternoon in the German countryside. In only its second year, Auto Lieben managed to attract about 100 of Minnesota and Wisconsin’s finest German vehicles, ranging from meticulously built E30 M3s, to lovingly polished 280 SL Pagodas, to a bright orange, fire-breathing GT3 RS, and everything in between. […]
With auto show season in full swing for the summer, we got excited about the idea of an event hosted a bit further away from the Twin Cities. Auto Lieben managed to book the gorgeous hillside of Afton Alps as the site of their first annual all-German car show and we were happy to be there with our '57 Porsche Speedster recreation. It really was the perfect excuse for a nice scenic drive and the food truck selling traditional German eats like pretzels and bratwurst in addition to a great selection of beer was just the icing on the cake!