14 05, 2018

Lap Around the Web – May 14th, 2018

By | 2018-05-15T13:41:10+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I'll admit that I'm still very much a motorcycle noob, but ever since seeing a few of Adam's bikes over the past few summers, I've gained a huge appreciation for them, especially Cafe Racers. What makes this particular bike really cool is that it was commissioned by Norton Motorcycles and unlike a lot of the cheap, parts-bin specials out there, it uses only the finest materials. Everything on this Norton Dominator built by Goblin Works Garage is real stainless steel, aluminum, carbon fiber, or leather, and the effect is amazing. This Goblin Works Garage Norton Dominator is every bit as intricate as it is sinister; as classic as it is alien. Every surface begs you to take a closer look. To learn more about everything Goblin Works Garage did to this awesome Cafe Racer, head on over to Silodrome. Now that Spring has sprung, it's time to get those cars out and set those ponies free. And that's just what Internet Troll Sensation Cleetus McFarland does with his stripped-down, 1300-hp C5 Corvette Kart. It turns out that if you buy a wrecked Corvette and triple the horsepower, the rear tires aren't always ready to handle the extra power, in this case with spectacular results. Cleetus goes on to prove that the Chevy LS really is "America's Engine" and when you cram it full of air courtesy of some twin turbskis, you'll be able to hear those eagles sing. In addition to being a monster of a car in the burnout [...]

8 05, 2018

Lap Around the Web – May 7th, 2018

By | 2018-05-08T13:30:24+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

It’s a shame that Volkswagen hasn’t built a car this ridiculous to tackle the infamous Pikes Peak Hill Climb since 1987, but I don’t think anyone sees the gargantuan German automaker attempting to build a 650+ hp, twin-engined Golf ever again. From the sound of things, a Golf with a turbocharged 4-cylinder mounted at each end of the car was as sketchy to drive as it was fast. You’d think with perfect 50/50 weight distribution, the car would be really well balanced, but sometimes the computers keeping the engines in sync would get confused, sending different throttle inputs to each end of the car, making the short wheelbase Golf quite the handful to drive. To learn more about the craziest Golf Volkswagen has ever built, click the link and head over to Road & Track. […]

17 04, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 16th, 2018

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Hot on the heels of Ben’s ringing endorsement of the movie “Hitting The Apex” about motorcycle racing, I felt it was only appropriate that I start this week’s Lap with this wild, custom Yamaha GTS 1000, dubbed “Project Rhodium Omega”. While the bike’s architecture may be 25 years old, you could tell me this bike was sent back in time from 2068 and I’d believe you. There’s a really cool mix of super futuristic styling with some old-school touches that I can dig, and that wild light pod on the front makes it look a little like an angry Transformer. If you scroll to the bottom of the article, you’ll see some interesting build photos that show just how much work went into making this bike look the way it does today. […]

9 04, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 9th, 2018

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Wedge-shaped cars were a hallmark of the late 1970s and into the early ’80s. Like disco music, they’re one of those trends that were everywhere at the time but looking back, it might not have aged very well. Still, there’s something both nostalgic and futuristic about these photos depicting some of the most radical wedged concept cars to ever be built. Head on over to Petrolicious to see 10 of the wedgiest concept cars ever made, including favorites like the Lancia Stratos Zero, the Alfa Romeo Carabo, and the Lamborghini Marzal. Heck, there are even a few non-wedgy cars in the mix that carried the torch for the vintage futuristic photo shoot look that never seems to go out of style. […]

2 04, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 2nd, 2018

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I know I’ve professed my love for all things “Alfa Romeo” here before and if you’ve been listening, you’ve probably heard me call the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale the most beautiful car in the world. But Alfa, being Alfa, wouldn’t call something the “Stradale” if there wasn’t also a “Competitizione” version to take racing, which is how this amazing Petrolicious video came to be. Here we see three amazing drivers, including Derek Bell, Nanni Galli, and Arturo Merzario climbing behind the wheel of three of the gorgeous Alfa Romeos they used to race back in the day for a fun day of lapping around Alfa’s Balocco Proving Grounds. […]

19 03, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Mar. 19, 2018

By | 2018-03-19T15:01:43+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The world needs more cars like this Amilcar. It’s a mix of parts from different sources and different eras, but the headlining feature is the 12-liter V8 built by Hispano-Suiza that was borrowed from a World War I era fighter plane. Although 300-hp might not sound like much by today’s standards, this car was a monster in the 1930s when it was raced. Now, it mostly gets brought out for events like the Goodwood Members’ Meetings, such as the one that just happened this past weekend. The simple 2-speed gearbox doesn’t allow for much top speed, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing since the drum brakes don’t do their job as well as they could. As you might imagine though, the car sure sounds every bit as wicked as it looks. […]

12 03, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Mar 12th, 2018

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Jaguars have always been desirable cars. They’re coveted by enthusiasts and collectors alike for their beauty, character, and charm. Maybe that’s why Jon Strader’s story about a particular baby blue 1954 Jaguar XK120 and the troubles he went through to acquire it as a 17-year-old in 1971 can certainly resonate with lots of other car enthusiasts today. For more on the story of this very special Jag, head on over to Road & Track to read their story. […]

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. […]

5 02, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Feb 5, 2018

By | 2018-02-05T15:08:38+00:00 February 5th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I wasn’t sure what to make of this car at first. The rear reminds me of the gorgeous Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale while the rest of the car seems like some weirdly proportioned DeTomaso knockoff or something. It turns out to be a one-off concept car built by former GM engineer, Bill Molzon, who got sick of the bean-counters and wanted to build his own dream car that was faster than a Corvette, better on fuel than a Corvair, and handled like a Lotus. The end result was the 1968 Molzon Concept Corsa GT38. The tiny car packed a 200-hp punch in the form of a Corvair flat-6 that was massaged to generate about 200 hp. Not bad for a car weighing only 1100 lbs. Despite fantastic results and heaps of praise from the likes of Road & Track, Mr. Molzon only ever built the one. […]

30 01, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Jan 29, 2018

By | 2018-01-30T11:59:44+00:00 January 30th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

This is the kind of stuff that dreams are made of for those that love racing through the dirt. It’s pretty amazing to see a truck on a rutted shoulder keep pace with a car traveling on a smooth highway. Better yet, you can watch all of the suspension components suck up all those huge bumps like they’re nothing. Sure, this truck, built by Psychotic Racing is just one of the many trucks they’ve built specifically to handle the Baja 1000, but watching it in action as it goes over bump after bump without a fault is mesmerizing and so much more interesting than the usual quick fly-by or helicopter shot you see from that race. […]

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