6 11, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 5th, 2018

By | 2018-11-06T15:11:30+00:00 November 6th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I’m not sure if this qualifies as part of the rebirth of the “Van Life” movement but there’s something about seeing a bunch of big 20+ year old full-size vans sliding and dive bombing each other around a race track that gets my juices flowing. There’s something about these “Dajiban” that screams cool. Who’d of thunk a big metal box with expensive shocks, sticky tires, and half-assed aero (because who are you kidding by putting a wing on your van?) would be so much fun to look at? Diving deeper, this has become a bit of cultural phenomenon in Japan as used short wheelbase, rear-wheel drive vans from the 1970s through the early 1990s have been repurposed as track toys in the most ridiculous way. Inside, the plush rows of seating have been stripped out, only to be replaced by spindly racing seats and all the typical controls you’d expect in a race car. To read more about the art of racing in a van, check out Sam Smith’s wonderful article on Road & Track. […]

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. […]

9 10, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Oct. 8th, 2018

By | 2018-10-09T11:55:58+00:00 October 9th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

There aren’t many people with jobs that are more fun than mine, but I’m definitely a bit envious of the team of engineers, designers, and drivers behind the new Singer DLS reimagined Porsche 911. The team, led by Singer Vehicle Design CEO Rob Dickenson, carries a wide range of skills but are joined by the common philosophy that “everything is important”, a concept that gets taken to near-OCD levels with their attention to detail. It’s my firm belief that this new Dynamic Lightweight Study, or DLS, built in conjunction with Williams Engineering, is the best possible version of the 911 ever built. Of course, it’s taken years of sweat equity and sleepless nights to get to the point of having a fully running example which means the fun part – dynamic testing – can begin. To learn about the finer points of the new Singer DLS and what it’s taken to develop the best 911 ever built, visit Road & Track’s website. […]

11 09, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Sept. 10th, 2018

By | 2018-09-11T10:31:48+00:00 September 11th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

This past weekend, a large number of Europe’s finest vintage racecars descended upon the historic Goodwood racing circuit for the annual Goodwood Revival. The Goodwood Revival is basically a time warp back to the 1950s, with period-correct cars, attire, and activities filling the grounds at the Goodwood estate. It’s pure sensory overload with all the sites and sounds of the past everywhere you look, and nowhere else will you see such intense wheel-to-wheel racing with cars that cost millions of dollars. Check out some highlight photos from the event here on Classic Driver and here on Petrolicious and make sure to check out some of the awesome racing highlight videos below as well. […]

27 08, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Aug. 27th, 2018

By | 2018-08-28T10:19:03+00:00 August 27th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

If you have been living under a rock for the past week, you might not have heard that Car Week invaded the Central California coast last week with a slew of auctions, car shows, rallies, and races that brought out some of the finest cars in the world. While the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance always cranks the snob factor up to 11, the Tour d’Elegance seems a bit more approachable, sending a number of the cars that would later take over the greens of Pebble Beach onto public roads for a cruise around town for all to see and enjoy. Car shows are cool and all, giving you a chance to get up close and poke around plenty of rare cars that you’ll probably never see again, but to see and hear them moving under their own power on public roads just heightens the cool factor all that much more, in my humble opinion. To see more of these gorgeous cars on the move, head on over to Classic Driver or Petrolicious. It’s also worth checking out this gallery from the Quail Motorsports Gathering on Petrolicious as well. […]

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. […]

2 07, 2018

Lap Around the Web – July 2nd, 2018

By | 2018-07-02T21:51:23+00:00 July 2nd, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

There’s nothing like the bark of a Porsche flat-6 in the morning. Add to that the faint ticking of stones hitting the insides of widened wheel arches as fat, sticky tires do what they were designed to do, and you’ve got a recipe for an unforgettable drive in a vintage 911 RSR tribute. Because the real deal is so rare and valuable, it’s no wonder drivers seek out these beautiful recreations, especially when they house more modern drivetrains like this example here. Built back in 2011 by Paul Stephen’s capable team at RS-Teknic, this car was based on an ’85 911 and backdated to the racing look you see here. And if that doesn’t look like a good time, I’m not sure what to tell you. Read more about how this gorgeous 911 RSR tribute came to be over on Petrolicious. […]

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. […]

4 06, 2018

Lap Around the Web – June 4th, 2018

By | 2018-06-04T14:56:12+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I would gladly argue that Spa Francorchamps is one of the most beautiful race tracks on the planet. It’s a long, thin ribbon of tarmac that carves its way through the hillside forests in Belgium and it makes a great home all manner of racing, including a stop on the Formula calendar, WEC endurance racing, and perhaps best of all, vintage racing. I say vintage racing is the best of the bunch because the race cars of yesteryear had far less grip, made much better noises, and required far more skill to drive and keep running for the duration of an entire race weekend. And that’s why I love seeing these photos on Petrolicious from the 2018 Spa Classic. Much like the vintage racing at the Nurburgring and other famous historic race tracks around the world, this is another one of those bucket list events that I’d love to attend someday. […]

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