Monday, September 1, 2014

STAMPEDE AT AMELIA ISLAND: COWBOY CARS!

‘Cars of the Cowboys’ Class coming to the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.
On March 15, 2015, the 20th annual Amelia Island Concours will display the eclectic and eccentric cars - customized and modified - to promote America's movie and TV cowboys. In true "Amelia" tradition, this unique display on the 10th and 18th fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island at The Ritz-Carlton will put fun ahead of fad and fashion as the first gathering of cowboy vehicles at a major international Concours.

Featured will be rare vehicles like Leo Carillo's (Pancho, from The Cisco Kid TV series) ‘48 Chrysler Town and Country Steer Car, and cowboy movie star Tom Mix's, a ‘38 Supercharged Cord convertible. Roy Rogers' Pontiac by Nudie Cohn will take center stage alongside Dale Robertson's 1958 Tales of Wells Fargo Limited convertible built by Buick.

PENSKE’S L&M 917 PORSCHE: UNTOLD STORY OF CAN-AM’S MOST FAMOUS CAR!

Stephen Cox blogs about the most iconic of the thundering Turbo Porsche 917s. 

Part V: The Turning Point.
“Mark [Donohue] and the other people behind the Porsche are not lighthearted types. They take the whole thing very seriously.” – Pete Lyons, Road & Track. 

Thankfully, Penske Racing had only two weeks to stew in their misery.

The next race was scheduled at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The teams generally arrived in the middle of the week. If no track time was available on Thursday, drivers and crew members would hang out, spend the evening at a local restaurant, or have a barbecue at the hotel.

The weather was perfect. Thursday, Friday and Saturday were blessed with bright sunshine and a breeze that made it feel cooler than August.

Although Mark Donohue was still unable to drive, he was able to make his first appearance at a race since his terrible crash at Road Atlanta. He showed up in Lexington, Ohio wearing bright red pants, a lightly striped white shirt and a monstrous cast on his left leg. He hobbled around on crutches all weekend but remained in good spirits, talking with competitors and looking up fellow Can-Am driver Lothar Motschenbacher in his hotel room.

“I have a picture of him sitting in our motel room at Mid-Ohio,” Marilyn Motschenbacher Halder remembered. “He had a cast on his leg. He was sitting there with his leg up on the bed, Lothar and he were talking, cracking jokes, bench racing and having some fun. He would just hang out with us. He was a fun, pleasant kid. We saw the kid in him a lot.”

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

10th ANNUAL WHEELS ‘N’ WINDMILLS: SOLVANG, CA!

Balmy weather, blue skies and lots of shiny (and rusty) vehicles lined the streets of the picture-perfect Danish town. Packed with happy tourists and locals, the show supports local and National charities. In 2013, the Show donated $30,000 to health-related charities. Jim Palam brings us highlights of this year’s event.

Rick Kistler is a Car Guy and large-scale metal artist from Gaviota, CA. He created this "Throw Away The Blueprints" chopped '29 Ford Sedan.
 You want thick, wavy and rusty frame rails and skyscraper headers? Kistler delivers!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

ROLEX MONTEREY MOTORSPORTS REUNION: LAGUNA SECA!

‘When it comes to experiencing vintage racing greatness, the Reunion has few equals,’ blogs Mike Matune.
Mid-August brings us what is lovingly referred to as Monterey Hell Week and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca. The Reunion is what vintage racing aspires to be, a collection of truly important cars and drivers competing head to head. Eddie Lawson, top, climbs the Rahal Straight towards the “Corkscrew” in Racing Commonwealth’s Osella PA 3/5. 

I have been attending the vintage races at Laguna Seca off and on since 1990. In that time, two things have become Monterey traditions for me. One is the damp, cool early morning fog; the second is Ed Archer’s ‘15 Ford Roadster, OLD NO. 4, above, contesting the Pre-War
racing group. The period uniformed Archer with his distinctive handle bar mustache
drives his car to and from the event.

Friday, August 15, 2014

LOMPOC POLICE REVVED-UP: CAR SHOW & BENEFIT!

Lompoc’s 11th annual fundraiser at Ryon Park for Special Olympics draws cool cars & big crowds. Jim Palm was on the ground to capture some highlights.
Study in Color & Power: Blown '32 Ford snugged and secured on a customized '51 Chevy 5700 "COE" hauler. The owner of this rig has a sense of humor. When you peek over the big shiny grille you see a three-horsepower scooter motor!

’15 JAGUAR F-TYPE: PROJECT 7!

Named in honor of Jaguar’s seven wins at Le Mans, Project 7 is a road-legal two-seater inspired by the Jaguar D-Type.
After its global debut at Goodwood, Project 7 is making its first U.S. reveal in Monterey this week. Created by the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) team, F-TYPE 
Project 7 is a limited production vehicle powered by a 575-horsepower 5.0-liter 
supercharged V8. It’s capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and boasts 
an electronically limited 186 mph top speed.

The F-TYPE Project 7 will be available in two standard colors – Glacier White and Ultra Blue. British Racing Green, Ultimate Black and Caldera Red will also be available as optional upgrades. Pricing starts at $165,000 with customer deliveries starting in Spring 2015.


For more information on F-TYPE Jaguars, please visit: www.JaguarUSA.com/FTYPEProject7

http://www.jaguarusa.com/all-models/f-type/f-type-models/f-type-coupe.html

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

‘15 DODGE CHARGER SRT HELLCAT: QUICKEST, FASTEST & MOST POWERFUL SEDAN!


Latest Hellcat from SRT is a four-door road rocket capable of preying on exotic sports cars and Supercars.
With 707 horsepower, an NHRA-certified quarter-mile et of 11.0 seconds on street tires and a top speed of 204 mph, the world’s only four-door muscle car is the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan ever. Supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat HEMI produces 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful V-8 Chrysler has ever produced.

Unrivaled four-door Charger Hellcat performance can rocket from 0-100-0 mph in under 13 seconds and has an over-200 mph top end. Dodge and SRT designers re-sculpted and refined nearly every body panel with functional performance cues, including heat extractors in the hood, unique front and rear fascias and dramatic LED lighting in
both front and rear.

The Hellcat Charger’s unique HD three-mode TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission is capable of delivering fuel-efficient street driving and maximum performance track driving with rev-matching 160 millisecond shifts.

Monday, August 11, 2014

TONY STEWART-KEVIN WARD TRAGEDY: THREE LESSONS!

Sage advice from racer-writer-TV commentator, Stephen Cox.
Most of the racing world now knows that sprint car driver Kevin Ward, Jr. was killed after being hit by Tony Stewart's car during a race this past weekend at New York's Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Volumes will be written about this incident for months to come, but a few lessons are already evident.

1. Never get out of your racecar after a crash. Unless the car is on fire, sit still and wait. Once the driver exits the cockpit, he leaves nearly everything that keeps him safe. No more roll cage. No more neck restraint. No five-point harness, no fire extinguishing system, no nothing. The driver is completely vulnerable. 

Ward got out of his racecar wearing a black fire suit and a black helmet in a dark corner of the racetrack. Behind him stood his black #13 racecar, which provided no visual contrast whatsoever. The dirt-racing surface was dark brown. Much of the wall behind Ward was either painted black or darkly stained from rubber and dirt. He was virtually invisible to everyone on the track. 

What is truly stunning is not that Stewart tragically hit Ward, but that the car just in front of Stewart was able to miss him (Chuck Hebing, #45). Even if Stewart had avoided Ward, the young man would likely have been hit by one of the other cars that were just yards behind. You simply cannot walk onto a racetrack at night in the middle of an event while wearing black from head to toe and expect any measure of safety. 


Monday, July 28, 2014

BRIAN JOHNSON ROCKS MINI-COOPER: CROFT CIRCUIT!

AC/DC front man Brian Johnson returns to track that got him hooked on motor racing. This time he’ll be a competitor.
As if there were not already enough compelling reasons to visit Croft Circuit’s Nostalgia Weekend (August 2-3) with its irresistible blend of fast cars, wheel-to-wheel racing and vintage music and dress, a special guest is now set to rev anticipation into overdrive.

The man famous for such rock anthems as Highway to Hell, Back in Black, Hells Bells and You Shook Me All Night Long will take to the Croft circuit in the Historic Touring Cars class next week. He’ll be driving a ‘64 Mini Cooper that he purchased last year after driving it in his television series CARS THAT ROCK WITH BRIAN JOHNSON.

A serious car guy whose first experience of high-octane action came at Croft when he went to watch an MG race at the North Yorkshire venue in the mid-1960s, the Sarasota, FL-based Englishman – originally from Tyne and Wear – has been competing in historic events in the United States and Europe for the past couple of decades.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

PITTSBURGH VINTAGE GRAND PRIX: RAIN & SHINE!

Mike Matune was trackside for this year’s race on the streets of Schenley Park.
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP) in Schenley Park is the culmination of a week-long celebration of the Automobile each July. Held on park roads, the whole venue is reminiscent of the early days of road racing in America. The Greater Pittsburgh Automobile dealers presented this year’s race with the Mini as featured marque. As in years past, it benefited the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Valley School. Dennis Racine’s Cooper, right, in all-Mini race, epitomizes the car’s competition lineage.

The circuit twists and turns, rises and falls through 20 turns, over about two and a third miles. Further complications come from the surrounding trees, poles, hydrants, curbs and what not. Like any other surface street, it is crowned for run-off and contains numerous slick-when-wet painted lines. Nothing epitomizes the PVGP more than a tree, a hay bale, curbs, surface streets and a classic Jaguar vintage racer, hard at it, top.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

’14 DODGE HEMI-CHALLENGER: REDLINE R/T!

‘Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em,’ blogs intrepid road warrior, Dan Scanlan.
There are many who say that old school rules when it comes to musclecars. Pair a 375-horsepower HEMI V-8 with a six-speed stick in a shape that’s instantly recognizable as a ponycar and you are In like Flint!  And if it generates 410 pound-feet of torque and sits on gorgeous 20-inch black chrome alloy wheels, all the better.

But in a world where sophistication trumps cubic inches, is there still a place for a musclecar that says 1970s like Burt Reynolds and Aramis?

Well, Dodge knows the world is changing, so it has redesigned the Challenger for 2015 with more vintage 1971 design cues. Under the skin comes some stiffening and engineering changes as well as – hold your breath – a 707 horsepower SRT Hellcat. But until the fall, we get the same old Challenger, this one the R/T Redline, and an offer from Dodge – pay and play now and trade to a '15 Challenger for the same payment. Let’s play now, since I don’t have to pay!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

MUSTANG RACING LEGENDS: A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM!

The home of some of the world’s finest sports racing cars, Simeone Museum, hosts a very special day to celebrate racing Mustangs.
 Very close to the Philadelphia Airport sits the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, home to a very unique collection of historic racecars. It has been awarded Museum of the Year honors. As an opening to their celebration of 50 Years of the Mustang, the Museum hosted a Mustang Racing Legends event. Just off the event stage was John Atzbach’s GT350R, #5R002, above. One of the first group of GT350s constructed, the car was a barn-find in Mexico, then sat in a Museum before being acquired and restored by Atzbach.

As you entered the Museum, you were greeted by a group of Shelby GT350s each showcasing a different stage of the car’s legacy including 1965-‘66 versions, below, a Hertz Rent-a-Racer and a modern version. Seminars by Chuck Cantwell, Project Engineer at Shelby American for the GT350 and Greg Kolasa, author of The Definitive Shelby Mustang Guide 1965-1970 (http://www.cartechbooks.com/the-definitive-shelby-mustang-guide-1965-70.html) along with Joe Spinelli who shared insights into the Ford’s drag racing efforts during the Musclecar era.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

VIPER VICTORIOUS: STREETS OF TORONTO!

Kuno Wittmer & SRT Motorsports take gold at second SCCA Pirelli World Challenge race at Canada’s Exhibition Place.
The No. 92 Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R, prepared by Riley Technologies, started from the second position on the grid and quickly took the lead when Wittmer passed the race leader on the first lap’s third turn on the 1.755-mile, 11-turn downtown street circuit. Wittmer’s victory in the event marked the first win for the Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R in the World Challenge’s GT class and the Montreal native’s first in the World Challenge since last competing in the series in 2010. The victory was Wittmer’s seventh in the series and his third World Challenge win in a Viper in six seasons (2006-10, 2014) in the series. 

“Winning on home turf is the best feeling on Earth,” said Wittmer. “It really is and this is definitely a step in the right direction building momentum for this entire SRT Motorsports team. In these types of North American championships, there are not a lot of Canadian events. When you do have the chance to race in front of your home crowd, it’s really, really special because I grew up racing in Canada.”



Monday, July 21, 2014

PENSKE’S L&M 917 PORSCHE: UNTOLD STORY OF CAN-AM’S MOST FAMOUS CAR!

Stephen Cox blogs about the most iconic of the thundering Turbo Porsche 917s.
Part IV: The Embarrassment
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“I had a five-liter, naturally-aspirated nothing.” – George Follmer

With what appeared to be a fully developed, dominant racecar, Porsche was ready for their public unveiling. They chose the third race of the season at Watkins Glen as their moment of truth. After all, everything seemed perfect. The teething problems with the L&M Porsche’s turbocharger dump valve at Mosport surely wouldn’t happen again. The loss of the magnesium car didn’t seem to be as bad a setback as expected. The standard 917/10-003 was clearly superior to McLaren’s new M20.

Donohue’s loss was certainly disappointing, but Follmer had shown that he was fast and capable. He’d won Road Atlanta against all odds with zero seat time in the car.

Denny Hulme’s car had been totally destroyed at Road Atlanta and McLaren had been forced to build a new car from scratch in less than nine days. The new car was unproven and untested and the previous version of the same design had already suffered problems with both the crankshaft and ignition system.

The stage was set. The Watkins Glen race presented a golden opportunity that Porsche couldn’t pass up, so they threw everything they had into it. The race was to be one giant party, and its epicenter would be the Glen Motor Inn.

Friday, July 18, 2014

CARLISLE CHRYSLER NATIONALS: MOPAR MADNESS!

Our field agent Mike Matune was on the ground at Carlisle’s annual bash for lovers of everything Dodge & Plymouth.
Carlisle Events once again filled the Fairgrounds with every manner of Chrysler product for the 2014 Carlisle Chrysler Nationals. Here you look over just a portion of the goings on and ask yourself; where else could you see this many immaculately prepared E-Bodies (1970-‘74 Barracudas and Challengers) in one place? As the factory Supercar wars escalated, cars became ever more radical. Chrysler came to the fight with an altered-wheelbase racer and Hilborn-injected 426 Hemi power, moving further from its production car roots. A/FX cars like this gave birth to the Funny Car concept and helped fuel the match racing wars.

Monday, July 7, 2014

2014 PORSCHE PANAMERA S E-HYBRID: WATTS NOT TO LOVE?

Porsche’s new hybrid Panamera can run 20 miles on a single charge - and hit 168 mph flat-out. Road Test Editor Howard Walker reckons it’s an Ohm-run!
Chances are if you can afford the $99,975 asking price for Porsche’s latest eco-offering, the Panamera S E-Hybrid, you won’t be too concerned about saving a few bucks at the gas station. But if you’re keen on doing your bit to help the environment, and you like the thought of piloting a more socially responsible, smoldering-hot sports sedan, this latest Porsche could be for you. And who wouldn’t want to drive a Porsche with Kermit-the-Frog, psychedelic 
lime green brake calipers?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

RODS & ROSES: CARP CARES FOR YOUTH!

17th Annual hot rod & custom show in Carpinteria, CA benefits a great youth support charity. Our Jim Palam captures the highlights.
This year’s show drew approximately 125 classics, hot rods, customs, motorcycles and even vintage tractors! One of the big drawing cards this year was the ’32 DSR Ford roadster, powered by a supercharged Ford Coyote 5.0-liter engine and built by Rob Smith, shown here with his wife, for collector-restorer Richard Varner, founder of Champions Moto. The Coyote Roadster represents a joint venture between Detroit Street Rods and So-Cal Speed Shop.

First shown in the Ford racing display at the 2012 SEMA Show, it won the show’s prestigious Outstanding Achievement in Design award. Rob Smith and his wife flew in from North Carolina to drive the highboy roadster up from the Los Angeles area.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

2014 AUDI RS7: PRACTICAL MAGIC!

Audi’s breathtaking 560-horsepower RS7 delivers true Supercar
performance coupled with daily-driving versatility, writes 

Road Test Editor Howard Walker
Remember the Seventies? Back then; if you were a testosterone-charged teen, chances are your bedroom would have had a poster of a Lamborghini Countach pinned to the wall. Race-me red paint, scissor-style doors raised skywards, more air-gulping intakes than an F-16 fighter.  No doubt it would have been positioned right next to a poster of a red swim-suited Farrah Fawcett, all tumbling blond locks and Chicklets-white smile. Back in 1976 it was an iconic, inseparable combo.
   
Of course, the original Countach was everybody’s dream machine. Crazy, origami-folded-paper styling, screaming 12-cylinder engine and bat-out-of-hell performance. The only problem was one of entry and exit. Getting in and out of a hip-high Countach would be best attempted only after a consultation with your chiropractor. Or with the help of lowering straps! And once ensconced in seats more suited to the torsos of waif-like Italian male models, your spreading derriere would mean you were not extracting yourself any time soon.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

PENSKE’S L&M 917 PORSCHE: UNTOLD STORY OF CAN-AM’S MOST FAMOUS CAR!

Stephen Cox blogs about the most iconic of the thundering Turbo Porsche 917s.
PART III: The Replacement. 
“We drove by the seat of our pants. We had to muscle the car around the track. We did not have cool suits.” – George Follmer

George Follmer arrived in Atlanta early Friday morning in a rented Ford Crown Victoria.

“I didn’t know him from Adam,” said chief mechanic Woody Woodard. “But I’d certainly heard his name. He was a good guy.”

Marilyn Motschenbacher Halder, then married to McLaren driver Lothar Motschenbacher, recalled Follmer’s arrival at the track. “Everybody loved George. He would always wander around the track when he wasn’t working with the guys on the car. He always looked good; he was so nice and always had a smile. He was a jokester. He was fun, but a dedicated driver.”

A lot of people had already heard George Follmer’s name. He had driven from the back of the grid to 15th place at the 1971 Indianapolis 500-mile race and would’ve placed higher had all his pistons functioned properly for the final 50 laps. He had already posted an Indycar victory at Phoenix and had just wrapped up a Trans-Am title days before. His talents would eventually take him to the pinnacle of American road racing and then to Europe in Formula 1.

But on July 7, 1972  Follmer stood along pit lane at Road Atlanta, clueless and hopelessly lost.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

TMG EV P002 ELECTRIC RACECAR: GOODWOOD!

GKN-powered Pikes Peak winner to storm Goodwood hill at Festival Of Speed.
GKN is making its debut in the hill climb at the world-renowned Festival of Speed with a record-breaking electric racecar and a stand that offers an engaging introduction into the challenges of automotive engineering. The TMG EV P002, a 2012 winner in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, features two innovative GKN EVO eDrive axial flux motors, which deliver 885 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels.

Apprentices, graduates and senior excutives from GKN will be on hand at Stand 18 in Goodwood’s Moving Motor Show to talk to people interested in a career in engineering and interactive displays will offer a more hands-on experience for future young engineers.

The GKN EVO eDrive Systems’ eMotor used in the TMG P002 was developed in the UK. It is one of several new types of high performance electric motors with size, weight, performance, and efficiency advantages when compared to traditional electric motors. Its short length and high relative output makes axial flux motors suitable for use in more advanced drivetrain systems, where vehicle designers need the smallest, lightest, and most powerful motors possible.

For more information about GNK Driveline, please visit http://www.gkn.com/driveline/Pages/default.aspx

Sunday, June 22, 2014

ULTRA-LIGHT STREET MACHINE: THE ROCKET!

Chris Craft built this tandem two-seater penned by legendary F1 & McLaren 
designer, Gordon Murray.
The Rocket was designed by Gordon Murray, and built by ex-GP racing driver and The International Guild of Specialist Engineers Honorary Member Chris Craft. A One-liter motorcycle engine powers the ultra-light roadster, with looks reminiscent of a Grand Prix racer from the 1960s. It sports a central seat that doubles, tandem-style, to accommodate a passenger.

"The Rocket is a statement of minimalistic performance and immortal style," says Chris Craft. "If the Hurlingham Club’s Salute to Style hails the best examples of classic lines in automotive design, it deserves a special place
in the display."

Salute to Style, a brand new three-day event that takes place on the magnificent grounds of The Hurlingham Club, is an elegant appointment for the finest classic designs in the automotive, art and luxury goods world.

For more information about the Salute to Style on July 17-19, please visit http://www.hurlinghamclub.org.uk/private-events/salute-to-style/?pbq=salutetostyle/

Saturday, June 21, 2014

ABARTH 695 BIPOSTO: GOODWOOD HILLCLIMB!

 The most Abarth of all Abarths will climb Goodwood’s legendary Hill at the 
Festival of Speed.
After its road début in the Gumball 3000 – the non-competitive rally restricted to just 120 exclusive supercars – “the fastest Abarth ever” is ready to show off all its power in the temple of supercars: the Goodwood Festival of Speed next week. This event attracts more than 150,000 people, including enthusiasts, collectors and experts and racers from all over the world. Now the Abarth 695 biposto is ready for a new challenge: the demanding Goodwood Hillclimb. A spectacular route that, with a climb (between the beginning and the end), puts the technical characteristics of all participating cars to the test.

Friday, June 20, 2014

AUDI TAKES LE MANS: LESSONS LEARNED!

Jim Resnick, embedded with the Audi Sport team for the 24-hour enduro,  
blogs that a harmonic convergence has occurred between 
racing cars and production vehicles.
The Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race is perhaps the ultimate laboratory for automotive innovation. On the venerable Circuit de la Sarthe, carmakers have field-tested – indeed, torture-tested – systems and technologies that will continue to influence production cars for years after the checkered flag has waved.

The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and Le Mans organizers understand this is, first and foremost, an epic race of automotive endurance. But they also feel they have a greater purpose to further development of energy-efficient cars. More than a simple test of speed, Le Mans is a contest of going faster and farther on a given allotment of fuel: a meritocracy where cylinder count, engine configuration and fuel choice shouldn’t matter.

For Jim’s complete report, please visit http://www.bbc.com/autos/story/20140620-learning-lessons-from-le-mans

Thursday, June 19, 2014

SULLY ANTIQUE CAR SHOW: PARKS & REC!

The 41st Annual Show on Father’s Day transformed the Chantilly, VA historic site into a spectacular showcase of vintage & modern vehicles, blogs Mike Matune.
The George Washington Chapter of the Model A Club of America and the Fairfax County Park Authority have been presenting this show on the grounds of the Sully Historic site in Chantilly, VA for 41 years. Father’s Day 2014 was no exception. The field was crowded with cars and spectators alike. Show features a little of everything, from brass era cars to more modern “Muscle” and everything in between. Scott Leaf’s ‘33 Packard personifies the classic era.

NISSAN CONCEPT 2020: HYBRID GT-R SUPERCAR!

Will the Gran Turismo virtual Supercar become the next-gen GT-R? Our friends at Motoring.com in Australia tell all!

Dubbed the NISSAN CONCEPT 2020 Vision Gran Turismo, the virtual Supercar celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Gran Turismo video game, which has “brought to life” a number of pre-production prototype vehicles in recent times. It was created in collaboration with Gran Turismo developer Polyphony Digital, the 2020 Vision GT concept will be available to download and 'drive' via the GT6 driving simulator on PlayStation 3 next month. But it also provides the first visual clues for the next-generation R36 GT-R super-coupe, which could emerge as soon as late 2015 – nine years after the existing R35 model's global release.

For the full story, please visit http://www.motoring.com.au/news/sports/nissan/gt-r/virtual-concept-previews-next-nissan-gt-r-44175



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

WORLD’S FASTEST ELECTRIC SPORTSCAR: DETROIT ELECTRIC!

Detroit Electric readies its revolutionary SP:01 lightweight for the real world.
Detroit Electric, the international electric vehicle manufacturer, is finalizing dynamic testing of its SP:01 pure-electric sportscar at a facility in Europe ahead of its introduction in several world markets. The lightweight, two-seat, rear-wheel-drive, open-top sportscar promises to deliver blistering performance and exhilarating dynamics.

This latest version of the SP:01 has seen additional development work carried out by Detroit Electric’s engineers and designers since a pre-production version of the vehicle was revealed to the media at events in Detroit, USA, and Shanghai, China, last year. Further details of the car and Detroit Electric’s production and sales plans will be announced in the coming weeks.
Stay tuned!

For more information, please visit http://www.detroit-electric.com/

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

PENSKE’S L&M 917 PORSCHE: UNTOLD STORY OF CAN-AM’S MOST FAMOUS CAR!

Stephen Cox blogs about the most iconic of the thundering Turbo Porsche 917s. 
PART II: The Accident. 
“A doctor specializing in football injuries told him, no, his sore left knee was really a knot of shredded ligaments. There was surgery and a six week plaster cast and a career grounded.” – Pete Lyons, Road & Track.

The story had to be cleaned up for the press.

If the truth came out on national television, nobody at Porsche or Penske Racing was going to be happy about it. So in a televised interview after the incident, race driver Mark Donohue told the story of his horrific practice crash at Road Atlanta with carefully chosen words. 
“Going down the back straightaway, the wing, which produced a tremendous amount of downforce at high speeds, came off the back of the car,” Donohue claimed. 

That was an understatement. Yes, the rear wing had come off. But so had the quarter panels, engine cover and the entire rear bodywork of Porsche 917/10, # 011, at roughly 170 mph!

This was not the #003 that Donohue had driven at Mosport. It was not the #005 car that was yet to be built and delivered to Penske later in the summer. Rather, it was a brand new machine that was intended to become the team’s primary car. This new Porsche had an experimental magnesium chassis and weighed 106 pounds less than #003.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

‘14 JAGUAR F-TYPE S: SOUND & THE FURY!

‘Jaguar was once known for brilliant two-seat roadsters like the epic E-Type. They are again thanks to the F-TYPE S, a leaper for all seasons,’ blogs Dan Scanlan.
Called one of the 100 most beautiful cars in the world, the E-Type’s grace was matched by the pace of its 3.8-liter inline six with 265 horsepower. Later it received a V-12. But when the last version of the bullet-shaped roadster once called “the greatest crumpet-catcher known to man” was laid to rest in 1975 that was the last great Jaguar sports cars.

The new F-TYPE comes in supercharged 3-liter V-6 versions with 340 or 380 horsepower, and the 495 horsepower 5-liter supercharged V-8. Ours was the middle model, aimed right at the 350-horsepower Porsche 911 Cabriolet.
 Our 2,700-mile-old roadster emitted a rising snarl as it accelerated toward 60-mph in 4.3 seconds in full Dynamic transmission setting to make shifts more aggressive with higher shift points. Launch control is simplicity – left-foot brake while nailing the throttle, and when the trip computer screen flashes “Dynamic Launch,” releases brakes and go! That gave us a bit of controlled wheelspin at launch to 60 mph in 4 seconds as we paddle-shifted at 6,000 rpm, and 100-mph in 12 seconds. In “Sport,” the throttle is blipped automatically to match engine revs for very rapid downshifts. In a curve, the transmission holds it so we were in the right gear for the exit.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

AULT PARK CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE: 37th ANNUAL!

One of the top Concours in the Midwest is still going strong, showcasing everything from multi-million-dollar exotics to an old school Gasser! 
Mike Matune captures the highlights.
The 37th Ault Park Concours d’Elegance took place in Cincinnati, OH last weekend. Going early to a Concours gives you the opportunity to get some interesting shots, like a Porsche 919 racer being offloaded. The car features a two-liter V4 turbo engine with dual hybrid systems.
 Here’s an incredibly striking ‘34 Packard Twelve LeBaron Boattail Speedster, resplendent in flawless yellow paint. Owned by The Auto Place in Cincinnati, the car was well turned out and presented; making it the perfect Best of Show winner in the Concours d’Elegance.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

VINTAGE RACING AT INDY: BRICKYARD BASH!

Our Mike Matune is trackside at one of the most anticipated events on this year’s 
vintage racing calendar.
The inaugural Brickyard Vintage Invitational at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway drew a field of over 700 cars to contest three days of racing around both IMS’s road and oval courses. Rick Mooney’s ‘68 Corvette negotiates Turn 9 with the “Pagoda” in the background. The event was well received by spectators and competitors alike. This year’s race hopefully signals the birth of another major event on the historic racing calendar.

Chris MacAllister’s 289 FIA Cobra is a Shelby team car that appeared at major venues: Targa Florio, Spa and the Nurburgring with Dan Gurney, Jerry Grant and Innes Ireland sharing the driving.  Shelby and his Cobra Team would come close to wrestling the championship away from Ferrari in 1964, but politics entered the fray and the last race of the year was canceled leaving Ferrari’s thin margin in the Championship to stand. It would all come good for the Californians the next year!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

GOODGUYS HOT ROD OF THE YEAR: SUPERCHARGED!

Stunning blown Model A wins Goodguys 2014 Tank’s Hot Rod of the Year Award.
 
Tony Lombardi’s supercharged ‘30 Model A Ford from Niles, OH won the Tank’s Hot Rod of the Year award last weekend at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The criteria is unique in that it’s the only major Goodguys Top 12 award which requires participants to drive on a 100-mile reliability run as well as blast down a 1/8-mile drag strip.

Lombardi’s A-Bone, built by Hilton’s Hot Rods, was more than up to the task having already been driven from Ohio to Texas earlier this year. Not only did the potent little coupe handle the drive with ease, it blasted down Lucas Oil Raceway @ Indianapolis with an elapsed time of 9.316 seconds – the third quickest ET of the day.

SHORT TRACK EXCUSES: ME, DANICA AND BARNEY OLDFIELD!

‘The true essence of auto racing is making yourself look as good as possible under the circumstances no matter where you finish, even if your last race had all the success of the Titanic but with fewer survivors,” blogs Stephen Cox.
Before you consider that a joke, please reflect briefly on the career of Danica Patrick.

I will begin by pointing out the well documented fact that auto racing's first legendary driver, Barney Oldfield, set a world speed record at the Milwaukee Mile in 1905 and I beat his time by a wide margin at the same track last weekend. Nevertheless, Barney gets all the glory because he did it first, which in my opinion is objectionable because it reduces success to a matter of dates. No matter. I still beat Barney even if he never knew it!

And I managed this spectacular feat despite the fact that the rear deck on my car collapsed during qualifying. The Boschett Timepieces/Impact Racing #22 lost grip badly in time trials and I immediately returned to the pits in search of a marginally plausible justification.

Monday, June 9, 2014

PORSCHE 918: ALONG CAME A SPYDER!

Porsche shakes-up the Supercar world with its missile-fast Hybrid 918 Spyder. Road Test Editor Howard Walker takes it for a spin.
Breathe. Take a gulp. Inhale. But easier said than done when your lungs feel like they’re being whiplashed into the back of your rib cage, your eyeballs are recoiling deep into your skull.
   
Breathe. How can you when your heart’s pounding like a jackhammer, neat adrenaline is coursing through your veins, and your teeth are clenching like you’ve just dropped a 10-pound bowling ball on your big toe? It’s what happens when you dial-up 7,000 rpm on the tach of Porsche’s new $850-grand 918 Spyder Hypercar, then simply step off the brake pedal unleashing the slingshot effect of 887 wild horses on a car that weighs roughly
the same as a Tupperware container!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

PORSCHE RSR GROUP 4: ONE OF 54!

Rare racer will be showcased at the Hurlingham Club’s Salute to Style next month.
History, fashion and racing achievements blend beautifully at Salute to Style at The Hurlingham Club, an elegant celebration of the best classics in life. Famous Porsche 3.0 Carrera RSR with its unusual and distinctive livery occupies a unique position both in Porsche 1970s racing history and the display of classic cars, sports cars and racers at the summer garden party on July 16-19.

Giorgio Schön, son of renowned fashion designer Mila Schön, in partnership with his friend and co-driver Giovanni Borri, bought the brand new Porsche for the 1974 World Manufacturers’ Championship. One of only 54 examples built specifically for Group 4 motorsports during 1974-1975, it was painted in its distinctive blue, light green and white Harper’s Bazaar livery (which had been designed by Mila Schön) the night it arrived from Porsche. It raced the very next day at Monza (practice for the 1000kms), where it achieved fastest time in the GT Class.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

RALLY FOR KIDS: SANTA BARBARA, CA!

Jim Palam covers car guys doing good, rallying for the United Boys & Girls Clubs.
Benefiting the United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County, this past Saturday’s Rally For Kids was co-chaired by Dianna Starr and Montecito "Cars & Coffee" founder, Monte Wilson. Monte's wicked red Ferrari Challenge Stradale was the event’s lead car. 
There were some 35  cars competing, including Michael Hammer's Lincoln, the 2005 La Carrera Panamericana class winner. A growling white Studebaker was also a Panamericana competitor.