28 05, 2019

Lap Around the Web – May 27th, 2019

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Old, crusty Jeeps are cool. Old, race-prepped motorcycles are cool. Using an old 52-yr old Jeep Commando to tow your 25-yr old Ducati M900 to the race track is off-the-charts awesome. Alex Earle is the owner of both this nicely patinaed Jeep Commando as well as this customized Ducati, and despite the vast differences between both machines, they also compliment each other perfectly. Built out of simplistic functionality, both vehicles provide joy to Alex, and isn’t that what it’s all about? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkuwSvos4Sw […]

15 04, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 15th, 2019

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If you’re going to own one of the most beautiful Italian cars ever made, it only makes sense that you’d keep the car in one of the most beautiful places in Italy as well. That’s just the case here with this ATL Alfa Romeo 1900 that is stored and driven in Lake Como, Italy. For those not familiar, ATL (which stands for Autotecnica del Lario) was a small Italian coachbuilder in the 1960s and ’70s and the Alfa Romeo you see here might’ve been one of their most beautiful creations. Powered by a 1.9L 4-cylinder that produced around 100 hp, this car was built to be as light and nimble as possible. Coming in at 1750 lbs thanks to its birdcage-like chassis and thin-gauge aluminum skin, the ATL-built 1900 is able to make the most of its modest power. It’s speculated that ATL built just eight examples of this car and it’s anybody’s guess how many of those survive today, but after a loving restoration in the 1980s, this particular car still gets driven regularly around the beautiful rolling hills surrounding Lake Como. For more about this gorgeous car, including more incredible photos, head over to Petrolicious. […]

8 04, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 8th, 2019

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Hopefully, it’s safe to say that winter is mostly behind us at this point. It’s rare to see any remaining piles of snow on the ground and the ice is out on most of the lakes at this point. In parts of Russia, however, it’s not all that hard to still find snow and ice. That’s why the designer of the Flanker-F race cars you see below, Sergey Kabargin, thought it would be a cool idea to break the tandem drifting speed record on the frozen Lake Baikal. Not only do the cars look awesome but the scenery around Lake Baikal is absolutely gorgeous as well. What better place to drive flat out than on a wide open, frozen lake with two 650+ horsepower cars sliding side by side on the ice? To get all that power down, both cars feature full sets of studded tires, with 480 studs each. This all led to the tandem drift speed record being broken at a recorded 152.8 MPH. To read more about this thrilling record and the cars that made the record possible, head on over to Speedhunters. […]

4 03, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Mar. 4th, 2019

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Plenty of manufacturers design cars using CAD (computer-aided drafting) software prior to putting it into production. That’s all pretty normal these days. But what if you want to take an old car that already exists and make it a wild, modern interpretation of what you’ve always dreamt of? It turns out you can do that on a computer too, just like Ken Block did when he commissioned designer Ash Thorp to design a new, racier version of his beloved 1993 Ford Escort Cosworth rally car. Taking feedback from Ken, Ash was able to blend some of his favorite features of modern rally cars onto the iconic Escort Cosworth body. The rough model looks great as-is, but Ash went one step further, grafting Ken’s newest livery onto the 25 yr old rally car. Once everything is signed off, the dimensions for the new body panels are all right there in the software and get sent over to the team that actually builds the car. It’s amazing what modern technology can do for old cars! […]

18 12, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Dec. 17th, 2018

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If you’ve followed the guys at Stanceworks at all, you’ll see they’re not just casual fans of cool cars and wild builds. They actually like to get their hands dirty and build their own unique cars. One of their builds that I’ve been particularly excited about is Mike Burrough’s 1931 Ford Model A pickup. Mike is known for very non-traditional builds, including his rat-rod BMW E28 5-Series racecar known as “Rusty Slammington” but this Model A might take the cake. Half 90-year-old truck and half race car, this thing is built to scoot with a supercharged Ford Coyote V8, trick coilover suspension, and lots of other motorsports goodies, including super lightweight centerlock wheels from an IMSA prototype mounted with Michelin’s race-spec rain tires. All said and done, this truck weighs about the same as a Miata but with well over 600 horsepower. Sounds like my kind of fun! To learn more about Mike’s killer Model A, head on over to Speedhunters. […]

26 11, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 26th, 2018

By |2019-02-26T10:07:39-05:00November 26th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I love the Mazda RX-7. Every generation looked cool in its own way and the rotary engines that powered them are the brappy, fire-breathing, rev machines that dreams are made of. So what do you do when you love RX-7s but also want 4 seats? You get yourself an RX-3 and put a more modern 13B rotary and slap a big turbo on it. That’s how you get a 4-seat car that weighs roughly 2,000 lbs while making an ear-shattering 420 hp. But this 1971 Mazda RX-3, owned by California native Joe Feng, isn’t only about going fast in a straight line. Instead, over the 5 years that this RX-3 was built, Joe focused just as much on the suspension and interior to make it a well-balanced, do-everything street car. With 15×9- and 15×10-inch wheels and equally massive sticky rubber on those flared fenders, and an interior full of period-correct Mazda goodies, this RX-3 is a canyon carver’s dream! To read more about this beautiful and functional RX-3, make sure to visit Speedhunters. […]

12 11, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 12th, 2018

By |2019-02-26T10:08:28-05:00November 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. […]

23 10, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Oct. 22nd, 2018

By |2019-02-26T10:09:08-05:00October 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 |2019-02-26T10:04:37-05:00October 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. […]

27 08, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Aug. 27th, 2018

By |2019-02-26T10:12:49-05:00August 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. […]

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