Friday, July 3, 2015

’17 AUDI: IS THERE AN RS4 AVANT IN YOUR FUTURE?

Our friends at TopSpeed turn rumors into renderings, showcasing what a ’17 Audi RS4 Avant might look and perform like.
Since Audi has revealed the next-gen Audi A4 sedan and Avant, will there be high-performance RS versions coming soon? The previous RS4 line did not include a sedan, the RS option was available on station wagon models. They were not exported to the U.S. making the ’13 Audi Allroad the only A4 badged model in the US. market.

There is little doubt that Audi will produce a new RS4 Avant, but timing, powertrain details, performance and pricing have been closely guarded secrets.  For RS4 Avant projections, please visit http://www.topspeed.com/cars/audi/2017-audi-rs4-avant-ar170225.html

Thursday, July 2, 2015

POWER & PETALS: RODS & ROSES AUTO SHOW!

Jim Palam captures some of the highlights of the annual Carpinteria hot rod, 
classic and muscle car show.
"Car and Flower Guys" came together again on historic Linden Avenue in seaside Carpinteria, CA last weekend to showcase captivating examples of American engineering and California agriculture. Proceeds from this popular show benefit local non-profits such as Future Farmers of America and Carpinteria Education Foundation. The weather was perfect – as were these “cream of the crop” examples of automotive design and custom fabrication. The sexy and sleek Chris Ito designed Double Dozen '33 Ford roadster, above, was hand-fabricated by Steve's Auto Restorations. There's a supercharged Mustang Cobra 4.6-liter V8 under its hood.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WRL: BEST PART OF AMATEUR ROAD RACING!

I don't do much amateur road racing these days. But I really should. The ending alone makes it worthwhile and no matter how many times you see it, 
it never gets old, blogs Stephen Cox. 
The World Racing League held its 16-hour amateur endurance race recently at Texas World Speedway and league president Joey Todd was kind enough to hook me up with an amazing team called Rocksteady Racing.  Not only did a thrilling turn of events take us to the podium with only 40 minutes remaining, but I got to experience one of the finest moments in sports.

Endurance racing is a grind. It takes weeks to prepare the car for a 16-hour event. The team then travels to the venue sets up shop, unloads the trucks, and checks into a hotel. Friday is a practice day. You're hustling from 6 am until 10 pm. Sometimes later. Then comes two days of hard racing, with the crew working on the car day and night. The attrition rate is brutal.

Monday, June 29, 2015

LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR SUPERVELOCE: LET THE SUN SHINE IN!

With the Goodwood Festival of Speed as a backdrop, Automobili Lamborghini has announced a roadster version of its Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce.
The Aventador Superveloce coupé version made its UK debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend, on display and running 'up the hill', with Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann in attendance.



Speaking at Goodwood, Stephan Winkelmann, left, confirmed production of the Superveloce Roadster. "The Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce is the most pure, sports-oriented and emotional incarnation of a Lamborghini, and all 600 units have been sold, with first deliveries starting now. We will also produce a roadster version, limited to 500 units, which our dealers worldwide are now taking orders for."



The Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce was shown at Geneva motor show earlier this year. The Superveloce accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of more than 217 mph. Compared to the Aventador LP 700-4 the power output of the Superveloce has been increased by 50 horsepower and the weight reduced by approximately 110 pounds.

For more information about the latest from Lamborghini, please visit http://www.lamborghini.com/

Thursday, June 25, 2015

PIKES PEAK: PACE CAR TO THE CLOUDS!

Acura’s next-gen NSX Twin-Turbo Hybrid Supercar paces the field for the 93rd Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
All new Acura NSX supercar will serve as the official pace car in the 93rd running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 28. With a custom racing-inspired livery, the twin-turbo NSX will lead 140 entrants to the top of the 14,110-foot mountain.

“The Acura NSX is the ultimate performance vehicle, and a novel way to promote its capabilities is the iconic race up Pikes Peak,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of the Acura Division. “As the pace car, the beast that is NSX has yet to be fully let out of its cage, but fans and drivers will get a first glimpse of the unique character, performance and handling it will deliver in this one-of-a-kind racing environment.”

SULLY HISTORIC SITE: 42nd ANNUAL CAR SHOW!

Justin Sprinkle captures highlights of one of the most eclectic antique car shows 
on the calendar.
The previous night’s storm didn’t seem to keep the cars and showgoers away from the 42nd Annual Sully Antique Car Show, presented by The George Washington Chapter of the Model A Club of America and the Fairfax County Park Authority. Held on the grounds of the Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, VA, the main house, outbuildings and rolling hills provide an amazing backdrop to roughly a century of automotive design and technology.

Mercury Woody, top, provides a cool foreground for a great car show. You would have never guessed that 12 hours earlier there were torrential downpours and hail in the area! I caught Kelly Buckland just as she was leaving in her Viking Blue ‘71 Olds 442, above. You’ve gotta love it! Even though the horsepower dropped to around 340 from the previous model’s 365, this Olds 442 was still more than enough to get your blood pumping!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SHELBY GT350R-C: GT350R MUSTANG REDUX!

There’s no mistaking the wicked sound or aggressive looks of the all-new Shelby 
GT350R-C that Ford announced today would see its first official track time at 
Watkins Glen this weekend.
Ford Shelby GT350R-C, the competition version of the reincarnated icon, will compete in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, a showdown of the most popular – and accessible – performance cars from around the world. The GT350R production car was unveiled in January. Since its introduction, enthusiasts have eagerly awaited the debut of a racing version.

AULT PARK: 38TH ANNUAL CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE!

Our Mike Matune discovered the Ault Park Concours in Cincinnati, OH only a few years ago and has been looking forward to covering it ever since.
Tom Shaughnessy brought the famous “Caballo II” from California to grace the field at Ault Park. This car, top, is another piece of real Americana, having been hot rodder Ak Miller’s effort to take on the world’s best. Starting with a Frank Kurtis frame, it has a Jack Sutton crafted aluminum body. Under hood you find a Hilborn fuel-injected early Chrysler Hemi. In period, it showed up everywhere from the Mille Miglia to Bonneville and Riverside Raceway.

Each year the show presents a different, interesting, high caliber group of cars with an array of featured marques and themes. Among this year’s, was a celebration of the VW Beetle, above, a car that still evokes strong emotion and devotion long after its roughly 65 year production run of over 20 million examples had ended. You could trace the evolution of the iconic shape as time shaped detail, but not the basic concept. The show benefits Juvenile Arthritis.

’16 CAMARO RAGTOP: LET THE SUN SHINE IN!

Chevy’s all-new ‘16 Camaro convertible features the segment’s most advanced top plus 455 horsepower in SS trim.
“The 2016 Camaro coupe will set the benchmark for the segment in terms of technology, performance and design,” said Todd Christensen, Camaro marketing manager. “Adding the most sophisticated top in the segment brings another level of refinement – and driving enjoyment – to the Camaro convertible.

 It is the only convertible in the segment to offer all of the following: Fully automatic operation with latches that automatically release and secure the top. Capability of opening or closing at speeds up to 30 mph. Remote opening with the key fob. A hard tonneau cover that deploys automatically, providing a more refined, finished appearance when the top is stowed.

Monday, June 22, 2015

‘15 NISSAN GT-R: GODZILLA IS IN THE HOUSE!

Godzilla is far happier being driven like a sports car - use it like it’s meant to be and the music sounds solid gold, blogs intrepid tester, Dan Scanlan.
Godzilla is a noisy beast. The run-flat tires rumble, the turbos and wastegates whistle and chirp, and the all-wheel-drive gearing on our 15,000-mile-old test car grumbles as the car rolls off. There’s wind noise. Bose Active Noise Cancelation was added, plus more sound deadening. The result is a car that works OK for daily commuting, still noisy but comfortable for two and excels as a road rocket!

The 3.8-liter, 545-horsepower (up from 480 horsepower in 2009) V-6, below, is torque rated at 463 pound-feet. It has plasma-sprayed bores, a symmetrical independent intake and exhaust manifold system with twin IHI turbochargers, an oil-cooling system and wet and dry sump oiling. It’s got a carbon fiber-reinforced engine bay stiffener, and an alloy plate that says Izumi Shioya built the engine. There’s a paddle-shift sequential six-speed dual-clutch automatic with separate wet clutches for odd (1, 3, 5) and even (2, 4, 6) gears - the next one is always ready to very quickly slot in. A carbon fiber drive shaft takes power to a rear transaxle biased toward rear drive.


Saturday, June 20, 2015

INDY: BRICKYARD VINTAGE RACING INVITATIONAL!

SVRA enjoyed a second year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with its Vintage Racing Invitational. Mike Matune was trackside for the Chronicles.
Clark Howey’s ‘66 Corvette won its class at Daytona. After more than 20 years and numerous owners, it is once again owned and raced by Howey. So much more than just racing, the event encompasses a car auction, car show, Jaguar exhibit and autocross and an enactment of the very first event at the Speedway - 1909 hot air balloon race. To us, the signature event is the Indianapolis 500 Legends Celebrity Pro-Am that matches 33 former Indy 500 starters with vintage drivers in stunning examples of American Muscle. ’65 Mustang, right, of Davey Hamilton & Frank Marcum awaits the race on the pre-grid. Hamilton is an eleven-time 500 starter with three Top 10 finishes to his credit. 

Pro Bob Lazier and Amateur Jim Caudle in Caudle’s ‘68 Corvette, below, took home the victory and bragging rights. They bested all comers and survived an active race; our congratulations on their well-earned victory.

Friday, June 19, 2015

JD CLASSICS: EX-FANGIO C-TYPE WINS AT LE MANS LEGEND!

Originally raced by Juan Manuel Fangio and brought to the U.S. by Sarasota Café Racer Bill Tracy in the 1970s, C-Type wins its class in the Legend marking its 
22nd award in 25 races.
The unstoppable ex-Fangio C-Type took home a class win at the Le Mans Legend this year, followed by the team’s Jaguar T33 in second place. Taking its 22nd award in 25 races, the team’s C-Type is unrivalled in historic racing events today. Currently owned and raced by JD Classics, the bronze C-Type Jaguar had originally been raced in South America by Fangio. Bill Tracy, left,  was an airlines Captain in the early-1970s when he discovered the C-Type on a trip to Argentina. It was not running and in need of a full restoration. In 1976, Tracy and his wife, Jackie, drove their restored C-Type around Laguna Seca and reunited Fangio with his Jaguar racecar. That year Jaguar was the featured marque at the racetrack.

Le Mans Legend organizers this year broadened the event’s eligibility criteria, allowing Ford GT40s and Cobras to compete. Nevertheless, JD Classics’ entries each put in impressive qualifying performances, with the Costin-Lister, driven by Chris Ward sitting 8th in a field of 62.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

HONDA LMP2: RACE TO THE CLOUDS!

Honda’s Le Mans Prototype coupe will contest Pikes Peak in the Unlimited Class.
Honda Performance Development has upped the ante this year at Pikes Peak by entering one its newest sports cars in the race up the 14,110-foot mountain. The new Honda-powered HPD ARX-04b LMP2 coupe that competed in this year’s Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona has been entered in the 2015 Pikes Peak event, and will be driven by Verizon IndyCar Series race winner and former Formula 1 driver Justin Wilson.

It will be the first full-carbon monocoque vehicle ever sanctioned for PPIHC entry and will be fitted with a 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbocharged engine. The ARX-04b will compete in the Unlimited Class, which features highly modified cars that can navigate the 156 turns of the 12.42-mile course in under 10 minutes.

“This is an exploratory effort, to learn as much as we can in advance of a possible future assault on the outright record: 8:13.878, set by Sebastien Loeb in 2013.  We want to see how well our ARX-04b chassis adapts to the rigors of the Climb, and the high-altitude demands placed on our production-based V6 engine,” said Art St. Cyr, President of Honda Performance Development.
“We’re looking forward to this. We hope to have a lot of fun, and we’re certainly not holding back with Justin Wilson behind the wheel. We think the fans will enjoy the show, as well.”

Thursday, June 11, 2015

SHELL ECO-MARATHON: STUDENTS CONTEST LE MANS!

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Shell Eco-marathon Europe, which started in France in 1985.
Students who engineer and drive cars that could complete the Le Mans 24 hours on just over a litre of fuel were on track at the world’s most famous motor race on Wednesday, 10 June.
Staking a claim to be the most energy-efficient vehicles ever to roll a wheel on the hallowed Le Mans tarmac, the Shell Eco-marathon vehicles built by teams of French students have achieved up to 3,771 km per litre.

The global competition challenges students to design, build and drive the most efficient vehicles, pushing the boundaries of energy efficiency and mobility on the road. The Shell Eco-marathon teams’ visit underlined the Le Mans 24 Hours’ status as one of racing’s leading blends of efficiency and speed.

Vincent Beaumesnil, Sporting Director of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, said: “It is important to everyone at the ACO that the 24 Heures du Mans is an inspiration to the designers of our future technologies. As such we are delighted to welcome the Shell Eco-marathon competitors to Le Mans, in partnership with Shell, to highlight the possibilities for efficient energy consumption that are being developed in our race and theirs.” Le Mans competitors Nick Heidfeld and Nicolas Prost from Rebellion Racing checked out the cars and met the student engineers and drivers from teams Microjoule La Joliverie, CityJoule and Estaca.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

QUICK VIC: VIC ELFORD CELEBRATES 80th BIRTHDAY!

Iconic racer was one of the fastest drivers in the highly competitive Sixties and Seventies racing scene.
Vic Elford’s lap records include Targa Florio, Nurburgring, Daytona, Sebring, Norisring, Monza, Road Atlanta, Laguna Seca, Riverside and Le Mans. He was the first driver to lap Le Mans at over a 150 mph average in the Porsche long-tail 917 in 1970.
Known as “Quick Vic” to friends and competitors, Elford is one of the few drivers to excel in sports cars, rally cars, and Formula 1 at a championship level.

His 1968 season began by winning the prestigious Monte Carlo Rally in a Porsche 911, followed by an overall win the next weekend in Daytona at the Rolex 24 Hour race – Porsche’s first 24-Hour race victory. He finished second at the 12 Hours of Sebring a month later, then in May scored an epic victory at the Targa Florio, considered the greatest win in Targa history. Two weeks later Vic won the Nürburgring 1000 Kilometers. Then in his first F1 race in July, Vic took an out-classed Cooper to a stunning fourth-place finish in the soaking-wet French Grand Prix.

AHPSOC: CONSUMMATE CAR GUY HONORED!

Automotive History Preservation Society honors CarGuyChronicles editor, author & communicator, Martyn L. Schorr.
The Automotive History Preservation Society (AHPSOC) has awarded Martyn L. Schorr an Honorary Membership in the Society. “He has spent a lifetime creating written materials that are now an important part of the historical chronicle of the performance car industry and hobby. That includes magazine articles and books in addition to sales and marketing materials, advertising and catalogs for Baldwin-Motion and Motion Performance.”

"This selection is based Marty Schorr’s demonstrated dedication to the Society's mission and an insightful concern for the preservation of our automotive heritage," said Bob Gerometta, right, photo above, Operations Director, Automotive History Preservation Society.

Schorr has been the editor of nearly a dozen automotive magazines since 1960, including Hi-Performance CARS, Custom Rodder, Speed and Supercar and was the Founding Editor of High-Performance PONTIAC and the top Corvette enthusiast publication, VETTE. He also published the Quicksilver Communications’ library of brand-specific Marque Series enthusiast books in the early-1980s.

Monday, June 1, 2015

WHERE HAVE ALL THE RACETRACKS GONE?

Drag strips as well as entry-level stock, modifieds and sprint car tracks have become endangered species.
CARS-magazine sponsored record-holding Baldwin-Motion 427 Camaro and Pacers Auto blown-fuel roadster at Island Dragway, Great Meadows, NJ in mid-1960s. Photos: Martyn L. Schorr.

Fifty years after the heyday of drag racing, local tracks to national circuits have been feeling pressures of changing times, an aging fan base, and competition for entertainment dollars. “People have so many other things that they can do other than going out to the weekly short tracks,” says Ernie Saxton, 72, a New Jersey racing announcer of over 45 years. “Unfortunately, I don’t think we, the people like myself who are involved in the industry, have done a good job in selling the good points of weekly short track racing.”

For the complete story, please visit http://carshowsafari.com/news/2015/05/22/for-the-mom-and-pop-racetracks-the-checkered-flag-looms-too-close-for-comfort/

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

JEFFERSON 500: VINTAGE RACERS INVADE SUMMIT POINT!

The Vintage Racers Group (VRG) takes over Summit Point Raceway with their latest rendition of the Jefferson 500. Our Mike Matune was trackside.
Racers and spectators were treated to five days of driver schools, practice, qualifying and, of course, racing.  Here the Cunningham Cup cars, top, are caught coming under the bridge with Hobart Buppert’s Chevy-powered Lola and Michael Zappa’s Ford-powered Superformance GT40 racer at the head of the grid. Behind them comes a field chock full of all manner of noise, horsepower and speed. Herb Wetanson’s Aston Martin DB4, above, has been re-bodied with a shell paying homage to the great Zagato-bodied racers of the 1960s. The body is presented in raw, polished aluminum to show off its lines and workmanship required to create it.

DIRT VERSUS PAVEMENT: RACINGIN.COM'S SCOTT KOSAK!

Paved ovals have been placed on a financial red alert. Times are tough for America's asphalt bullrings even while dirt tracks seem to be thriving, primarily due to the popularity of sprint car racing. Stephen Cox talks with Scott Kosak.
I was recently talking with the owner of a well-known asphalt late-model Touring Series who made a remarkable observation. Here is a guy who has been in auto racing his entire life, and when offered an opportunity to operate a racetrack he responded, “You've got to be insane to own a racetrack right now. This is the worst time in the world to own or operate a track. I don't know how these guys stay in business.”

Those are heavy words from a man who is in a position to know. Not only are paved tracks closing left and right, but many of the telecasts that once promoted asphalt bullrings are defunct. The major network telecasts featuring the old American Speed Association are long gone as are the former Hooters Pro Cup programs on SPEED. Even the recent regional telecasts from the ARCA Truck Series, Mid-American Stock Car Series and the Super Cup Stock Car Series are off the air now.

Monday, May 25, 2015

MUSCLE AND BEAUTY: 2015 STATE STREET NATIONALS!

Musclecars, hot rods, classics and sports cars are proudly displayed in 
Santa Barbara, California’s Riviera.
Organizers are calling the 2015 State Street Nationals Car Show a rousing success. Thousands of visitors enjoyed more than 300 vintage, exotic and collectible cars that lined 11 blocks of downtown Santa Barbara last weekend. The Page Youth Center and The Goleta Lions Club are two of the charities benefiting from the show's proceeds. Our Jim Palam reports.

Ain't she pretty? This ‘30 Ford Model A, top, has almost as much charm as the Rocket Fizz girl who happily posed for the many photographers in attendance. Jeff Olson's Pretty in Mint  '67 Corvette Sting Ray, above, with Day Two mags is a prime example of what many believe to be “America's Favorite Sports Car.”

Friday, May 22, 2015

WINNING: THE RACING LIFE OF PAUL NEWMAN!

The feature film documentary about Paul Newman’s racing career is finally available on Video On Demand.
Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman has received fantastic reviews from the media and fans alike.  The documentary chronicles the 35-year racing career of Paul Newman and features interviews with Robert Redford, Robert Wagner, Patrick Dempsey, Jay Leno, Mario Andretti, and many more.  Produced and directed by Adam Carolla.  Produced and co-directed by Nate Adams; Executive producer, Matt D’Andria.

For more information, please visit http://www.newmanracingfilm.com/

FORD GT40s: LEGENDS OF LE MANS!

Seven GT40s are amongst legendary racecars lining up for this year’s 
Le Mans Legend event.
The extended age range for this year’s Le Mans Legend race on Saturday June 13th has allowed seven Ford GT40s to join the spectacular historic grid that will race on the full Le Mans circuit. It all happens just a few hours before the start of the modern 24-Hour endurance race. 61 iconic cars, dating from 1949 to 1968 and representing 26 different marques, will take to the track in an outstanding live-action showcase covering two decades of motor racing history. 14 of the cars entered actually raced at Le Mans in period, and the remainder of the grid boasts their own impressive competition histories.

The red GT40 of U.S. drivers Philippe Mulacek and Alain Vinson took part in the 1967 Le Mans 24-Hour, Marc Doncieux’s GT40 raced there in 1966, and Claude Nahum/Bernard Thuner’s Mk 1 in 1968, with Eric Lidell replacing the car’s regular driver that season David Piper to share with Mike Salmon. Bernard is the son of Jean Jacques Thuner, a four-times competitor in the Le Mans 24-Hour.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

TEHRAN, IRAN: CAFÉ RACERS CELEBRATE!


Sarasota Café Racers satellite in Tehran celebrates Fifth anniversary of car guy camaraderie and bonding with U.S. friends.
The Sarasota and Tehran Café Racers have accomplished more to improve and normalize U.S.-Iran relations than have diplomats over the past decade! We’re talking about relations between enthusiasts who share a common passion for cars and not influenced by political agendas. This effort has been spearheaded by American musclecar collector Ramin Salehkhou, a Tehran-based lawyer who is involved in everything automotive – rallies, clubs, the Shah’s collection and FIA representation - that goes on in Iran. A pristine '48 Chevy leads the way, below.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

ZiL: BACK IN THE (FORMER) U.S.S.R.!

Jim Koscs delves into the world of Soviet cars and collectors and rides to a New Jersey Starbucks in a ZiL.
Do you know a GAZ from a VAZ? A ZiM from a ZiL? Russian cars from the Soviet era are turning up in surprising places, including the Greenwich Concours d’ Elegance in Connecticut. Last year, a '82 VAZ Lada, based on the Fiat 124, won its class there.

One of the most intriguing entries at this year’s event is a ‘85 ZiL said to have been one of the backup limousines for Mikhail Gorbachev’s 1987 summit with President Reagan in Washington. It now resides in New Jersey. And, east of Seattle in Samammish, WA, a man who left Russia 25 years ago wants to start a museum for Soviet vehicles.
He’s got 30 so far.

For Jim Koscs’ complete story, please visit http://www.bbc.com/autos/story/20150507-back-from-the-ussr-soviet-cars-earn-another-look


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BMW 3.0 CSL: TRIBUTE TO A TIMELESS CLASSIC!

On May 22, BMW will unveil the new BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
The Hommage is the BMW Design Team’s tribute to the 3.0 CSL, a timeless classic and iconic coupe from the 1970s.  It is a nod to the engineering achievement exemplified by the BMW 3.0 CSL in its lightweight design and performance. The Hommage draws on the character of the earlier model and endows it with cutting-edge materials to translate it into the present in a new and exciting guise.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

ROCKSTEADY RACING: STEPHEN COX TO COMPETE IN WRL!

After competing on oval tracks for the past three seasons, Stephen Cox returns to long distance endurance racing this year with Rocksteady Racing.
Rocksteady Racing will participate in World Racing League (WRL) events including the 16-hour enduro that will comprise the final race ever run at Texas World Speedway on May 30-31. Cox will join Rocksteady's four-driver team for the two-day race. The historic venue, which opened in 1969, closes permanently just days after the event.

Rocksteady Racing was founded by team principal Todd Carver of Tulsa, OK to compete in national amateur motorsports events including the WRL and SCCA Super Touring Lite. The team fields a race-prepped Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe outfitted with a Bilstein suspension, competition chassis bracing and six-speed gearbox.

2017: IS THERE A BMW M7 IN YOUR FUTURE?

Our friend Justin Cupler at TopSpeed speculates on how BMW will be ready for the expected Cadillac V-Series CT6-V.
According to a new report, the BMW Erbsenzähler have finally decided to give the much-anticipated M7 the green light when the 2017 model year 7-Series goes into production. For the complete story, based on recent reports by BMW and a little creativity from TopSpeed’s art department, please visit http://www.topspeed.com/cars/bmw/2017-bmw-m7-ar169126.html

Monday, May 11, 2015

KIM McCULLOUGH: A DRIVE OF A LIFETIME!

No driving event in the classic car community can compete with the 
historic Mille Miglia.
This weekend, Kim McCullough, Vice President, Marketing, Jaguar Land Rover North America, along with her husband Mitch, will be tackling the grueling 1,000-mile Mille Miglia classic car rally through Italy. They’ll be driving their ‘54 Jaguar XK120 roadster.


 Here Kim tells us why she’s so thrilled, and honored, to be competing in this legendary event: http://interactivejaguar.com/blog.do?id=1035&p=entry

Sunday, May 10, 2015

BMW, MERCEDES, PORSCHE: DEUTSCHE MARQUE CONCOURS!

Mike Matune checks out the 32nd annual German cars show produced by local area BMW, Mercedes and Porsche clubs.
Marking its 32nd year, the Deutsche Marque Concours d’Elegance has become a staple on the National Capital Area’s Spring car event schedule. Put on by the local chapters of the BMW, Mercedes and Porsche car clubs, the Concours crowds the show field at Nottoway Park in Vienna, VA with all manner of German automotive finery. The Porsche “Outlaw” row contained some interesting variations on the Porsche theme, including Alan Friedman’s ‘73 911RSR. The paint color shocks the retinas and the “Hippy” paint job adds a lot of visual interest. The ducktail rear spoiler, straps on the rear window, wide wheels & tires and numbering leave little doubt that this is a purpose built vintage racer.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

IDRIS ELBA: BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT SPEED SETS RECORD!

Award-winning actor breaks Sir Malcolm Campbell’s 88-year old record, runs 180.361 mph on Pendine Sands, Wales.
Idris Elba, star of Luther and The Wire, piloted a Bentley to break the historic ‘Flying Mile’ UK land speed record – 174.8 mph - set by Sir Malcolm Campbell in 1927. Hitting more than 180 mph in a new Bentley Continental GT Speed, Elba broke Campbell’s record set nearly 90 years ago in his legendary Napier-Campbell Blue Bird. The record was independently verified by the UK Timing Association.

Elba, who famously played Nelson Mandela in the multi-award winning Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, said: “I'm absolutely elated to have broken the 'Flying Mile' at Pendine Sands. It’s an honour to have taken on the challenge, and to successfully follow in the footsteps of the illustrious Sir Malcolm Campbell.”

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

BARN FIND: SHELBY GROUP 2 SCCA MUSTANG!

Stephen Cox blogs about the sixteenth ’66 Mustang A/Sedan racer built by Shelby, 
but never raced.
Originally painted in Ford's familiar Wimbledon White, the car was loaded with go-fast equipment during a lengthy process when it was converted from assembly line stock into a professional racing machine. Like the fifteen cars that preceded it, a K-Code 289/271 small-block powered this Shelby Mustang. In reality, it probably had far more power than that since Shelby's small block Fords routinely registered well beyond 400 horsepower on the dyno.

The car would leap out of corners under acceleration. The Borg-Warner close-ratio four-speed transmission was linked to a 3.89 rear with Detroit Locker differential. The suspension was state of the art for 1966, including lowered front A-arms, front sway bar, with Pitman and idler arms borrowed directly from Shelby's ultra successful GT350R racecars. The factory black interior was mostly stripped, replaced by a racing seat with three-inch safety belts, an 8,000-rpm tachometer and a four-point roll cage.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

OPEN HOUSE: TREASURED MOTORCAR SERVICES LTD!

Mike & Maureen Matune take us on a tour of a shop that does it all.
This Rat-Rod checked all the boxes with Ford “Y-Block” power with three deuces, “Z’d” frame and a well thought out combination of seemingly unrelated parts with the right fit & finishes. Rod has a removable roof panel and side windows held in by Dzus fasteners.

Amelia Island friends Barb & Allison Griffiths invited us to attend the Spring Open House at their shop, Treasured Motorcar Services LTD (TMS) in Reisterstown, MD. ‘55 Porsche, right, was originally named “Continental.” Use of the name put Porsche in conflict with Ford Motor Company (Lincoln) and they eventually changed it to “356.”

Here is a portion of what TMS has under roof, below. Showcased during the Open House were several of their current projects along with customer and local enthusiasts’ cars. Work on display consisted of everything from full-on restorations to updates and routine services.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

’15 SHELBY MUSTANG: ‘R’ IS FOR RACING!

Ford pays tribute to Carroll Shelby’s original GT350 Mustang and builds 37 track-ready competition GT350R models.
The original ’65 Shelby GT350 and GT350R, above, established Mustang’s performance cred on racetracks around the world. The all-new Shelby GT350, featuring the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever, re-establishes Mustang as a world-class sports car. Only 100 Shelby GT350s will feature a 2015 model year designation before production switches over to 2016. Of these, 50 will be equipped with the Technology Package and 50 equipped with the Track Package.

“Fans of the Shelby brand are among the most passionate in the automotive industry,” said Henry Ford III, Ford Performance marketing manager. “To honor the passion of our fans for Shelby GT350’s 50th anniversary, a limited run of GT350 models will be built in 2015; these cars will be highly coveted by both Mustang and Shelby enthusiasts alike.”

Sunday, April 26, 2015

CADILLAC SAL: WELCOME TO FLEETWOOD, FL!

It doesn’t have a zip code and it’s not on the map, but Fleetwood is home to Sal Santoro’s colorful Mirage Garage Cadillac collection. 
‘59 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe is totally original, including paint, chrome and interior. This was Sal’s first collector vehicle, purchased in 1991 in New Jersey with 51,000 miles from its original owner. It’s a “base” model with crank windows, AM radio, and power brakes and steering, and no AC. It has just two options: Two-tone paint and fog lights.

Friday, April 24, 2015

MARK IV: THE BIG-BLOCK THAT ROARED!

A guide to the engine that made Chevrolet The Number One Team.
Between 1965 and 1976, Chevrolet’s iconic big-block distinguished itself in all forms of racing, and on the street in Corvettes, Camaros, Chevelles, Novas and full-size Chevys. Big-blocks started out with cast-iron blocks and heads, progressed to cast-iron block with aluminum heads (L-88) and peaked with aluminum block and heads (ZL-1).

L-88 aluminum-head 427 engine, top, in '68 Baldwin-Motion Camaro. Joel Rosen, left, tunes L-88 in Motion-built KO-MOTION '67 Corvette while owner, the late "Astoria Chas" Snyder, looks on. Sting Ray set AHRA National Record.