21 12, 2018

Maker Spotlight: Glen Cordle from Autoillustrated

By | 2018-12-21T15:50:11+00:00 December 21st, 2018|Community|0 Comments

For some people, building their dream car can take many months or even years to complete, sometimes costing hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process. For local car enthusiast, Glen Cordle, he can build his dream car in a few short evenings after work, from the comfort of his living room. Glen is a master industrial designer and CGI artist who has turned his love for cars – Porsches in particular – into an art form that he shares on Instagram. Sometimes he’ll model his creations off of his friends’ cars or modify existing designs into what he considers to be their perfect forms but his eye for detail, colors, and smooth lines has opened up a whole new door of creative opportunities. We recently asked Glen a few questions to find out how he got started and how he got to where he is today. […]

12 11, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 12th, 2018

By | 2019-02-26T10:08:28+00:00 November 12th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The early 1970’s were a great era for the early days of the SUV. Before people were worried about fuel economy or safety standards, there was a trio of big, burly 2-door SUVs that ruled the world: the Ford Bronco, the Chevy Blazer, and the International Scout II. While 2-door SUVs were quite popular from the 1970’s until the 1990’s, consumer’s desires more space and utility, relegating these fun, stylish trucks to the shadows. Now though, there is a resurgence of people who want 30-year-old oddball trucks and suddenly the hot rodders and customizers like Icon and The Ring Brothers are picking up old Blazers and rebuilding them to be far superior to their original forms. This 1971 example, built by the highly skilled Ring Brothers in neighboring Wisconsin, features a Chevy LS3 V8 crate engine with 430-hp on tap and absolutely gorgeous finishing throughout, making it half sculpture, half adventure vehicle. To learn more, head over to Silodrome. […]

1 08, 2017

Auto Lieben – A Celebration of German Cars

By | 2017-08-01T12:58:47+00:00 August 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. […]

13 06, 2017

What/Where/When: Your Guide to Watching the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans

By | 2017-06-13T18:06:45+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

This weekend marks one of the biggest, most historic, and grueling races of the year: the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This, the 85th running of the race, will be the center stage for some truly epic racing rivalries. Among the prototype cars in LM P1, the teams to watch this year will be Porsche and Toyota, without a doubt. Toyota’s factory-backed Kazoo Racing team was looking dominant last year until a mechanical failure in the closing stages of the race cost them the win, handing over victory to Porsche instead. Meanwhile, the LM GTE class will continue to be a fan favorite as production-based cars like the Ford GT (that took 1st, 2nd, and 4th in last year’s race) go wheel to wheel against other factory-backed efforts like the Ferrari 488 GTE, Corvette C7.R, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, and Aston Martin Vantage GTE. […]

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. […]

4 10, 2016

Lap Around The Web – October 4th

By | 2016-10-04T14:49:24+00:00 October 4th, 2016|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

While we can all appreciate vintage cars for their distinctive styling, their mechanical purity, or how they make us feel when we drive them, there are certainly trade-offs that come with owning an old car, especially one that is driven regularly. We found this great article on Jalopnik recently that perfectly sums up what it’s like to drive and live with an old car on a daily basis, from the struggles of just keeping it running reliably to the joy it brings to others who don’t regularly see cool vintage cars up close. While Morrie’s Heritage Car Connection can give you all the joys without any of the pains, there’s something to be said for making a cool classic car your own too. […]

28 09, 2016

Oddities, Eccentricities, and Aberrations – September 2016 Edition

By | 2016-10-31T13:04:01+00:00 September 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. […]

22 08, 2016

Lap Around the Web – August 22nd

By | 2016-08-25T09:47:34+00:00 August 22nd, 2016|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

From August 15th-21st, Monterey held their annual Monterey Car Week. Previously, we had all picked a few of our favorite luxury cars for sale. This is a week of opulence and affluence, so to contradict all this, Monterey holds a Concours d’LeMons. It’s a fantastic gathering of the complete opposites of the fancy schmancy show cars. […]

2 08, 2016

The Best of the Wurst – 2016 Auto Lieben Motorsports Fest

By | 2016-08-02T08:13:26+00:00 August 2nd, 2016|Community, Events|2 Comments

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. […]

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