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. […]
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. […]
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. […]
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. […]
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. […]
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. […]
Jerry Seinfeld Collection: When Jerry Seinfeld is auctioning off 18 of his Porsche street and race cars (and a few assorted rare Volkswagens), it sure makes you wonder what else he has in his collection if this is the stuff that he doesn’t mind getting rid of. Highlights for us include a ’59 718 RSK race car (one of 34 built and originally raced by Roger Penske), a badass ’73 917/30 Can-Am Spyder (packing over 1,200 hp into a 1,765 lb body), a 1990 962C race car, a stunning blue ’55 550 Spyder, and one of two factory Carrera GT concept cars ever built. Of course, there’s also a handful of concours-worthy street cars in the mix as well that would fit right in in Porsche’s own museum. If auction estimates are anything to go off of, Jerry could be going home with well over $30 million. Peanuts compared to what he makes from Seinfeld re-runs but not bad for a one-day garage sale!
Who are you: Alex Bellus – Content Specialist (and automotive photography legend in his own mind) What is the car: 1987 Porsche 944 Turbo (951) Why a Porsche 944?: I’ve had a long-time goal of owning a Porsche before I turned 30 and I wanted a car I could enjoy on the weekends, tinker with and learn over time. I also have a number of friends who owned and raced 944s and are great resources, so that was what initially pushed me towards a 944 Turbo. You do realize it’s not a 911, right? Yeah, but for 1/4 the price of a similar condition 911, I’m pretty happy with my decision. The boost is pretty addictive too… So what’s wrong with it? A couple of little things, but nothing that really bothers me at the moment. I’ll do some preventative maintenance, replace the tires, and just drive it until I decide where to go next. Is it fast? Kinda, sorta, yeah, I guess? It feels like the fastest car I’ve ever owned, but there's nothing to brag about until boost comes on at 4,000 RPM, which comes as a big rush of boost that feels kind of like being punched in the face. Gotta love that old school turbo lag… So what’s it like to drive? It’s very well balanced. It feels very safe and well mannered until you get into the boost and then it’s best to have it pointed in the direction you want to go. Keep it [...]
Famed Porsche collector and dreadlocks enthusiast Magnus Walker is in town this week and yesterday, we had the chance to cruise with him on a rally organized by Porsche. Of course, when we found out Magnus was coming town, we figured the rally would be a great excuse to stretch the legs on the '87 Porsche 911 Carrera we recently added to the MHCC fleet. With the sun shining and the temperature hovering around a crisp 60*F, we all headed out en masse with some 50-60 Porsches taking part. The route snaked us around the various little bays and coves on Lake Minnetonka and out into the country before stopping for coffee at B's On The River in Watertown for a quick coffee break. From there, the rally participants headed East before ending up at COV in Wayzata for lunch and another meet-and-greet with Magnus. It turned out to be a great morning and our '87 Carrera drove like a dream, keeping excellent pace and on the rally and eliciting nonstop smiles from driver and co-driver alike.
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!