30 04, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 29th, 2019

By |2019-04-30T11:19:50-05:00April 30th, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Porsche made a name for itself in the 1950s racing small, lightweight, and nimble sports cars. By the early 1960s, the 356s and 550 Spyders weren’t quite cutting it anymore so the German brand turned to the Italy-based coachbuilder Carlos Abarth to optimize the shape of their 356 for aerodynamics while also cutting weight wherever possible. The end result was the Porsche 356 Carrera GTL Abarth. It was 5 inches lower, while also shorter and narrower than the 356 it was based on. This had a tremendous effect on lowering the car’s aerodynamic drag and the lightweight aluminum bodywork shaved off 45 kg in the process. It’s a shame only 20 of these lightweight racers were built because they dominated the race track at the time, racking up multiple class wins in prestigious events like the Targa Florio and the 24 Hrs of Le Man in the early 1960s. It paved the way for Porsche’s lightweight, aerodynamic-focused designs that led the way for a long lineage of successful race cars including the 904, 917, 956, and 962. To read more about the Porsche 356 Carrera GTL Abarth, visit Classic Driver. […]

14 01, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Jan. 24th, 2019

By |2019-02-22T13:57:52-05:00January 14th, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Now here’s something you don’t see every day. This long-hooded, Land Rover Series II-based behemoth is called the Bell Aurens Longnose. Although it now sees use with a more modern Range Rover 4.6L V8 under the bonnet, the rakish split-cowl hood was originally meant to cover a massive 27-liter V12 from a Spitfire fighter plane. Unfortunately, that plan never made it off the ground (pun intended) and now this oddly proportioned off-roadster can make a far more civilized shuffle to and from car shows and other events. Besides the 6-ft long hood, some of the other modifications include a shift lever topped with a cricket ball, side exit exhaust for that rumbly V8, and massive 35″ Mickey Thompson mud tires. If you’re the type of billionaire playboy (or playgirl) who would enjoy such a unique and eccentric vehicle, head over to Classic Driver where the Bell Aurens Longnose is listed for sale. […]

18 12, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Dec. 17th, 2018

By |2019-02-26T10:05:53-05:00December 18th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

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. […]

19 11, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 19th, 2018

By |2019-02-26T10:07:49-05:00November 19th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

One of my favorite lines from any movie is when Doc Brown at the end of “Back to the Future” says “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” before his DeLorean lifts off the ground, tucks its wheels, and takes off into the sky. The thought of flying cars always seemed like a fantasy and it technically still is, but this hovercraft DeLorean is about as close as you can get. Although it didn’t start its life as a hovercraft and it can’t be driven on the road, it’s a pretty faithful replica that can drive over just about anything else from sand to sea. Best yet, it’s for sale on eBay Motors right now if you want your very own hovering DeLorean! […]

11 09, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Sept. 10th, 2018

By |2019-02-26T10:11:25-05:00September 11th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

This past weekend, a large number of Europe’s finest vintage racecars descended upon the historic Goodwood racing circuit for the annual Goodwood Revival. The Goodwood Revival is basically a time warp back to the 1950s, with period-correct cars, attire, and activities filling the grounds at the Goodwood estate. It’s pure sensory overload with all the sites and sounds of the past everywhere you look, and nowhere else will you see such intense wheel-to-wheel racing with cars that cost millions of dollars. Check out some highlight photos from the event here on Classic Driver and here on Petrolicious and make sure to check out some of the awesome racing highlight videos below as well. […]

6 08, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Aug 6th, 2018

By |2019-02-26T10:13:44-05:00August 6th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Just like the saying “the clothes make the man” points out that what a person wears can often be a judge of their character, the same can apply to wheels on a car. One of the most important parts of a car is where the rubber meets the road and the perfect set of wheels can make or break the look of a car. While most modern cars don’t really look right on anything smaller than 18″ wheels, I’m totally enamored with the much more intricate 14-, 15-, and 16-inch wheels of the 1960’s through the 1980’s. That’s why I couldn’t help but bug out when Petrolicious shared this cool throwback look at all the classic wheels that adorned sportscar 30+ years ago. There are just so many creative and quirky designs from the likes of ATS, Compomotive, Campagnolo, and Speed Star. Which vintage wheel design is your favorite? […]

31 07, 2018

Lap Around the Web – July 30th, 2018

By |2019-02-26T10:14:27-05:00July 31st, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

In case you didn’t already know, the Morrie’s Heritage ’71 Corvette is a blast to drive. With a little help from a more modern LS1 V8, it’s got plenty of reliable power and its big sticky tires and wide footprint help it handle like it’s on rails. But in the land of excess, sometimes an LS-swap and sticky tires just aren’t quite enough, which is why Garrett Randall decided to take his C3 ‘Vette to the next level. That means more power with a built LS6 putting down 520+ hp and more grip courtesy of custom JRI coilovers all-around, combined with some super sticky 305 and 315 section width rubber tucked under some custom-molded fender flares. To learn more about what makes this green machine so cool, take a gander at the full Speedhunters’ article. […]

12 06, 2018

Lap Around the Web – June 11th, 2018

By |2018-06-12T14:37:07-05:00June 12th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Summer is pretty much here now and the trails are calling. It’s time to get off-road and find some sketchy adventures with friends. As if having a new off-roader didn’t make that need for adventure burn strong enough, reading about the exploits of Mike Burroughs of Stanceworks and his FJ60 through the deserts and mountains of Utah sure makes me want to load up my new-to-me FJ Cruiser and hit the road. In the final chapter of Mike’s three-part story, he and his buddies overcome broken parts and tricky trails to cap off their big 2018 off-road trip. […]

5 03, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Mar 5, 2018

By |2018-03-05T15:14:22-05:00March 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 [...]

22 01, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Jan. 22, 2018

By |2018-01-22T12:01:59-05:00January 22nd, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

When I first saw photos of the Liberty Walk “Miura”, I thought/hoped it was some sort of CGI trickery. Surely, nobody would take such a rare, iconic, and valuable car and go full “hellaflush” on it. And luckily, this wild creation is based on a Ford GT40 kit car chassis with custom body panels formed around it to resemble the Miura, all done to surprisingly accurate effect. The result is a car that sits just 32.2″ tall (that’s below the top of the tire on most Jeeps) and with the over fenders and super dished wheels, it looks more like a skateboard than it does a car. While this build surely ruffled plenty of feathers when it was debuted last week, I’ve got to say that I like the idea behind it. Really though, I’m just glad no real Miuras were hurt in the making of this build. […]

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