13 07, 2018

Goodwood Festival of Speed – Man on the Ground

By | 2018-07-13T09:58:40+00:00 July 13th, 2018|MHCC Trips, Occasions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

You may remember our old good friend, Josh Karsten, who just happens to be at Goodwood this year and we’re all very jealous. Well, he’s our man on the ground at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this week and he’s been sending us some amazing photos we just had to share! We’ll keep more coming as he sends them our way, but for now enjoy everything from his Mazda shuttle, self driving Mustang, and an Aston Martin powered V8 Cygnet. There’s plenty to see so stay tuned! […]

25 06, 2018

Lap Around the Web – June 25th, 2018

By | 2018-06-25T10:29:42+00:00 June 25th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

“Vintage Racing” and “Nürburgring” are three words that always make auto enthusiasts perk up a little bit. There’s just something about those old race cars that get people psyched up, especially when racing at a track with as much heritage as theNürburgring. Heck, even the pre-war Bugattis and such that attended the Nürburgring Classic this year could’ve raced there back when they were new. And that’s perhaps what makes this event so interesting; it brings together some of the finest vintage race cars in all of Europe to one of the best race tracks in the world where people can get up close and personal with these icons of speed. Things like old DTM cars, Can-Am McLarens, Porsche 917s and 935s, old Bugattis, and more, the Nürburgring Classic had it all. And to see more from the event and see what it’s like to be there in person, head on over to Speedhunters. […]

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. […]

11 12, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Dec. 11th

By | 2017-12-12T10:57:05+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

With a killer soundtrack bested only by the incredible cars racing across the screen, Simon Kidston’s latest short film is nothing short of amazing. If you love vintage European sports cars, you’ll love “Wolf of the Autostrada”. In addition to a Countach, a Testarossa, a Ruf CTR, and an old Aston Martin V8 Vantage, there’s even a cameo from famous Lamborghini test driver Valentino Balboni. It’s also a wonderful showing of some expensive and rare cars being driven hard and used as they should be. […]

27 11, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 27th “The Leftovers Edition”

By | 2017-11-27T10:54:40+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Hopefully, you’ve woken up from your Thanksgiving turkey-induced coma, wiped the leftover gravy or cranberry sauce from the corner of your mouth, and it back to work today. To make that post-holiday Monday a little better, I’m going to start by bringing you some Grade-A vintage racing from the historic Daytona International Speedway. Normally, vintage races get chopped down to what is essentially a sprint race of maybe a dozen or so laps to fit in all the different classes or to fill time before more modern series run. Luckily, that isn’t the case for the Classic 24 Hours of Daytona, where all of your favorite race cars from yesteryear come back to one of the most iconic tracks in the world to duke it out for glory yet again. And not only are the cars themselves incredible but because the racing season slows down significantly around this time of year, it brings out some big name drivers as well, including Patrick Long, Jochen Mass, Ron Fellows, and Adrian Newey. Between the sights, the sounds, the cars, and the drivers, there’s simply no other race like it. […]

19 09, 2017

In order to finish first, you must first finish – tales from the 2017 Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival

By | 2017-09-19T22:37:27+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Driving Experience, Events|1 Comment

For the second time this year, I loaded up the family into my F150 pickup and headed to Road America with trailer in tow. The destination was the Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival (ELVF), the more laid back of the vintage race weekends there. It had been three years since I last ran this event, historically one of my favorites, and heading back was a little bittersweet. During my last outing I grenaded the engine in my car. In the first session. On my birthday. Thousands upon thousands of dollars later I was back in hopes of making it a successful weekend spent on track and with family. Fortunately, a few things were working in my favor. I had a new engine in the car that had run like a champ in July at Road America. The weather appeared to be some 45 degrees warmer than the low-thirties experienced last time at the event. And better yet, the sun was expected to shine all weekend opposed to the frigid rain endured the last time around. Finally to top it off, I had a three and five year old to assist in the pits. What possibly could go wrong? Junior crew chief in training Benjie helps his dad check the tire pressure Friday was a practice day with a 30-minute morning session and a 30-minute afternoon session. Given work is extra busy right now I spent nearly every minute I was out of the car on my computer working, and as [...]

25 07, 2017

Back in the Saddle at the WeatherTech International Challenge at Road America

By | 2017-07-25T22:36:13+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Events|2 Comments

Every July thousands of auto enthusiasts flock to the small village of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, for what you might consider the Midwest’s vintage motorsports mecca. The event, that draws people from far and wide, currently referred to as the WeatherTech International Challenge (WIC) with Brian Redman presented by Hawk, draws a dazzling assortment of nearly 500 race cars. . While the name has changed over the years based on the highest paying corporate sponsor, the event continues to be a showstopper. I’ve made the trip for 20 some consecutive years and will continue to do so for as long as I am able. It’s that good! After a couple agonizing years attending the event as merely a spectator, this past weekend marked my 16th visit as a participant in my 1971 Porsche 914-6. It also marked my first full race weekend back behind the wheel of this car in two and a half years. This particular event is regularly the highlight of my summer, so needless to say I was very excited. After weeks of planning and preparation I packed up my wife and kids and hit the road for Road America on Wednesday morning. As is always the case, the drive always seems longer when you’re excited to get somewhere. It doesn’t help when the five year old in the back seat repeatedly asks, “are we there yet.” I thought this was only something from the movies, but my son proved it was a practice many kids possess. We did [...]

5 06, 2017

Lap Around the Web – June 5th

By | 2017-06-05T14:48:36+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Vintage racing offers a whole host of advantages for spectators over its modern equivalents, such as better access to the cars, (usually) cheaper tickets to the races, and in some cases, better racing. Looking back at last week's Monaco Grand Prix, there was barely any passing on the tight streets of Monaco during the race because the new cars are wider and more evenly matched than ever before, but with vintage racing, the tiny little race cars of yore, before all the big front wings and steamroller sized tires, were able to dash around each other for position with relative ease. Click the link to Jalopnik for the full video of this race and just watch as the gorgeous, cigar-shaped '58 Maserati 250F picks its way through the grid of equally lovely competition. Speaking of vintage racing, Petrolicious just stocked their marketplace with a number of gorgeous illustrations depicting a number of historically significant race cars from yesteryear created by artist Guy Allen. Petrolicious currently has six different prints in stock, covering all the high points of German and Italian sports and race cars. Although I'm rather partial to the Alfa Romeo GTA and Lamborghini Countach LP400, you can never go wrong with some BMW 3.0 CSLs or Group C race cars either. 1984 Lancia 037 Group B Evo 2 from Girardo & Co. on Vimeo. Continuing with the vintage race car vibe I seem to have accidentally started going with today, I was pretty excited to find this video showcasing all [...]

30 05, 2017

So Many Vintage Cars at the Harvey West Memorial Races

By | 2017-05-30T11:29:35+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Many people consider Memorial Day Weekend the official start to summer. For me it's the official start of the vintage racing season. For as long as I can remember I've headed to Brainerd International Raceway over memorial weekend to see an eclectic mix of  vintage race cars hit the track. While the weather has always been hit or miss (this weekend included), there's always a neat mix of cars racing with Vintage Sports Car Racing, the local vintage racing club. McNama1969 ra Formula Vee For me this my first race back in the saddle of my Porsche 914-6 vintage racer following an unplanned, three year hiatus. If you've followed the MHCC blog for awhile you may have seen the chronicling of my engine (mis)adventure. With that behind me, and also a new engine behind me, I was very excited for the weekend. I'll spare you all the details, but I will tell you the car ran flawlessly and I managed a second place finish, somehow holding off a fast Formula Ford and gaggle of firebreathing Corvettes in the process. #29 1971 Porsche 914-6 Since I was participating in the race weekend it simply wasn't possible to capture any trackside action photos. It's kind of hard to do when you're strapped in a car on track. I did, however, spend some time wandering around the paddock and snapping pictures of the wide variety of vintage race cars. For trackside action shots you can view this gallery of photos shot [...]

10 01, 2017

Duct Tape & Disappointment: A mad dash to build an improved race car dash

By | 2017-01-13T09:19:16+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Projects|2 Comments

Long story short, a couple of years ago I had premature engine failure on my 914-6 track car. If you’re bored you can check out part 1 and part 2 of my engine misadventure. Otherwise, I’ll continue on with the regularly scheduled dash programming. We all know how the slippery slope works and before you knew it I had the car apart in hundreds of pieces tackling various “cheaper” projects while amassing engine parts and waiting for the engine builder. One of the projects I wanted to tackle for years was a dash rebuild. You see this car has been a track car since 1972 and judging by the great number of patches to the existing dash I wouldn’t be surprised if it was original to the track car build. […]

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