Thursday, July 31, 2014

Spotted: Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla Coupe was an easy go-to car for speed in my youth. With just a warmed over 4K or 5K and side draft carburetor you could have a lot of fun. Having seen many with a Rotary conversion doing not much more than burnouts, the 5K would be my weapon of choice. Too much power is not necessarily a good thing in a car like this and would be limiting to it's driveability.

Liked the colour of this car. It was showing its age / rust in some places but it was a tidy car with a great stance and a good choice of modern wheel.

Friday, June 6, 2014

1929 Ford Rat Rod

Saw this parked outside a local dairy. Rat Rods aren't everyone's cup of tea - not always mine either - but this one is very cool and looked usable. Check out the little details I found interesting.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Old vs. New

I like the idea of old vs new. You need to compare things to a time when life was simpler and vehicle safety less of an issue. Have cars improved? Yes they have. For example they start, first time. They get more power with less fuel. But are they as fun and visceral to drive? Not by a long shot.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Pegaso Z-102

I saw this car on Loudpop, couldn't believe the short wheelbase, and just had to find out more. The origin of the Pegaso Z-102 was a surprise as well - Spain. I never knew they had a car manufacturer??

The Pegaso were well advanced for their time and full of racing technology due to the Chief Engineers, Wilfredo Ricart, history and rivalry with Enzo Ferrari. The highest spec cars ran a 360hp, supercharged, double overhead cam V8. Amazing power. Although not the best handling car for competition Pegaso claimed several speed records one of which was 243.079km/h (151.042mp/h) Flying Start Kilometer.

Due to high, that is cost no object, production costs only 86 were made between 1951 and 1958. A real shame because these were fantastic, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari beating cars. Search "Pegaso Z-102" to find out more and check out some excellent shots of the different cars. Beautiful!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Look what Honda just did ...

They created a lap of Suzuka by Senna using data from his 1989 McLaren-Honda. This is incredible. Beyond awesome. Might even bring tears to your eyes.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

50 years of Lamborghini [video]

I love Lamborghini and in this video evo's Harry Metcalfe he takes us through 50 years of V12's. Awesome.

Monday, February 25, 2013

60 Minutes Morley Safer takes the Countach for a test drive.

I saw this on Jalopnik and had to repost it here. Excellent 60 Minutes piece from 1987 about the best poster car of all, the Lamborghini Countach. Turn up your sound and watch a younger Valentino Balboni tearing down Italian roads.