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. […]

2 04, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 2nd, 2018

By | 2018-04-02T15:14:08+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

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. […]

5 03, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Mar 5, 2018

By | 2018-03-05T15:14:22+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|1 Comment

Having spent a number of years working in an automotive assembly plant, I have a certain affinity towards seeing photos from inside other plants. Although the aging plant I worked in wasn't as stark, quiet, or clean as many modern-day assembly plants are, it's cool to see other old-school plants where truly desirable cars were once produced. While there are certainly differences between how a factory that assembles VW Buses or Fiat 500s would look and operate compared to one that assembled Ferraris, there are plenty of fun similarities too. And looking for those similarities is totally why I geeked out over these photos collected by Petrolicious this past weekend. Just. Look. At. This. Nothing on four wheels has any right to be this beautiful. This is the 1967 Ferrari 412 P Competizione and it's gorgeous and I think I love it. And you know what? I bet it sounds every bit as good as it looks too. There's just something special and organic about hand-formed aluminum panels. There's a soul there that modern, mass-produced cars can't emulate, no matter how beautiful they may be. This thing looks like just as much of a spaceship today as it did 51 years ago. Do you ever start driving somewhere and forget what vehicle you're in? Maybe this guy woke up on the other side of the bed and hopped into this box truck, and forgot it wasn't his drift car? Either way, watching this guy slide is huge box truck down [...]

19 02, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Feb 19, 2018

By | 2018-02-19T14:33:20+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

You work hard and that means you owe it to yourself to own and drive a cool collector car. If you're not sure what the best collector car for you would be, the fine folks at Road & Track have some great ideas for where to start looking. If your budget is still relatively small, they put together a list of sub-$20,000 collector cars that are relatively easy to find, fun to drive, and easy to live with. If you've got a little more money to toss around and want something rarer or more exotic, this list might also be helpful. AMC Javelins don't get enough love. This one, if you can even still call it a Javelin anymore, is one of the coolest muscle cars I've seen. The Ring Brothers have built an illustrious career for themselves building the most badass muscle cars on the planet and this '72 Javelin AMX is no exception. With well over 1,000+ HP on tap, it can shred tires with ease, but it's so much more than just an epic tire shredder. Speaking of tire shredders, would you ever have guessed that this 1948 Chrysler Town & Country is hiding a beastly 8.4L V10 out of a Dodge Viper under the hood? I can't imagine a much cooler burnout machine than this thing. In all-original form, these cars make great nostalgic boulevard cruisers but now it's got some punch for those impromptu stoplight-to-stoplight pulls. The Viper engine has been touched on too, hiding [...]

24 07, 2017

Lap Around the Web – July 24th

By | 2017-07-25T09:26:30+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb was just over a month ago, but I’ve been waiting patiently for this particular set of photos from photographer Larry Chen. Not only is he one of the best action and motorsports photographers out there right now, but he’s also the official photographer of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. This is one of those events that has been on my bucket list to shoot or spectate for a long time and seeing Larry’s photos just cements that desire in my mind even further. Since the majority of the event is run outside of normal park hours to allow tourists to access the mountain during the day, this is one of the more grueling events to participate in or spectate, but the sacrifice of getting up at 3:00 am every morning and freezing your butt off does come with some rewards, like watching the sun rise over the clouds from the top of a mountain while purpose-built race cars fly by. Yup, I’m sold. […]

24 04, 2017

Lap Around the Web – April 24th

By | 2017-04-24T15:03:00+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The Ferrari 250 GTO is commonly considered to be one of the most beautiful and valuable race cars ever built. In its heyday, it was raced by all of the best drivers, and as you might expect, the GTO dominated the GT racing scene. Phil Hill was one of those legendary drivers, and he shared some of his favorite stories about the history of the 250 GTO and what it was like to race in this awesome piece for Road & Track. It's a great read full of really interesting insights into some of the Scuderia's best racing days. Plus, I just thought it was cool that Phil's 250 GTO has Minnesota collector plates on it!   Piece of Chic from Thomas Goux on Vimeo. Despite living in the land of near-endless winter, it never occurred to me that vintage skis could pair nicely with a vintage car or even a motorcycle until I watched this video. The L'Alpine Classique is a gathering in the French Alps where a love of vintage machines meets beautiful ski slopes. Think of it as a miniature version of the Goodwood Revival on the side of a snowy mountain. That sounds like a recipe for success in my book!   Luckily, we just locked in our new heritage manager before he found out that McLaren has one of those too. Petrolicious gives us an inside look at how McLaren runs their Special Operations, or MSO, with an interview with Henry Winkworth Smith, their Heritage Manager. The MSO program [...]

28 11, 2016

Lap Around The Web – Nov. 28th

By | 2016-11-28T15:17:08+00:00 November 28th, 2016|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Oh, the torment of trying to buy a car on Craigslist… It’s probably fair to say that most of us have been there before, some more than others, casually perusing local listings for something interesting when *BAM*! We see it. Something we never knew existed until seconds ago, but look at that price! Why, it’d be stupid NOT to buy this, right?! Then comes the stage of panic as we try to justify the desire, maybe to a spouse or significant other, or maybe just to ourselves. The longer we wait, the hotter the desire burns until finally, we pick up the phone or hastily type an email, inquiring for more information, unsure of what the owner’s response will be. Could this be a diamond in the rough? Is it destined for the scrap heap? Is it even still for sale? Road & Track’s Sam Smith details this entire thought process is a poetic piece about the one that got away which can be read here. […]

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. […]

22 06, 2016

Lap Around The Web – 6/22/16

By | 2016-06-22T09:18:47+00:00 June 22nd, 2016|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Hopefully you had the chance to watch at least a little bit of the 24 Hours of Le Mans this past weekend, especially the last few laps where Porsche lucked into taking the overall victory when the leading Toyota suffered an engine failure on the second to last lap of the race. The Drive has put together an amazing lineup of photos that help tell the story of Porsche’s incredible 919 race car that would eventually take the checkered flag, making this the second win in a row for the German powerhouse. […]