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Friday, October 30, 2009

Picnic with a Morris Minor

I saw this classic Morris Minor shot on oldclassiccar.co.uk and it reminded me what 'beautiful motoring' is all about - nice car, classic scene, cool image.

There are a couple of nice Morris Minors garaged across the road from my house and it's very cool when they pull out the convertible and go for a Sunday drive. Top down, basket on the boot rack. Looks and sounds great. Beautiful car.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Stuntman Kenny Powers Million Dollar Jump

Back in the 70's stuntmen were revered, did some very crazy stuff and it was just a beautiful time for big, heavy cars with huge horsepower. This river jump by Kenny Powers was one of the craziest stunts of the time. He tried to jump the St. Lawrence River in a Rocket powered Lincoln. He should have chosen something a little bit more aerodynamic. Great footage and there is a lot more to the story as Ken Carter was the original stuntman who planned the stunt. Read about him here.


Sunday, October 25, 2009

1971 De Tomaso Pantera

A De Tomaso Pantera to me is red, with a huge wing, stainless exhaust and a very loud and awesome V8. This one is the same age as me and it's great to think cars like this were being made when I was born. I remember seeing a few around when I was younger and I ended up meeting the guy who owned them. One was for the road and one for racing. Fantastic cars.

CAR137.com reader Brandon recently sent me an email about the De Tomaso with a link to an artists impression of what the Mark II de Tomaso might look like. View the pic here and view what the factory thinks here. I think they need to hire the artist.

Listen to one here | More info here

Photo credit: Seriouswheels.com

Update: I thought I would change the wheels on the concept car to the ones I liked. Let me know if you like this look better.


Friday, October 23, 2009

Mercedes-Benz 500K/540K Special Roadster

I spotted this image awhile ago and instantly thought it was a Michael Furman photo. If you don't know who Michael Furman check out his website here. He is the pre-eminent automotive photographer. Amazing shots.

The car itself is a very special Mercedes. Built in the 1930's the 540K sported independent coil spring suspension, and a 5.4-liter straight eight-cylinder engine. An awesome engine, even now, it makes 115hp normally and 180hp with the supercharger engaged. Excellent. These cars can still do over 100mph. Incredible.

More great info and pics here.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale

I found out about this car recently when I was researching Alfa's. Click the image to get a good look. It's quite something. Wikipedia tells me only 18 were built with the first one being built in 1967 based on the Autodelta Alfa Romeo T33.

This was a very fast and expensive car for it's day and had a 2 litre V8 developing 230hp in road trim. 0-60mph was ok at 5.5sec's but the 160mph top speed is still awesome. Imagine the noise of the V8 at that speed. Was really amazes me is how light it was - 700kg dry. That is quite incredible. A real, beautiful Supercar.

Good article about it here.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Rusted out SL300 Mercedes

The SL300 is a fantastic example of beautiful motoring. Introduced by Mercedes in 1954 it was the fastest production car of its day and way ahead of its time.

Bit sad to see one like this but even in this state the SL300 still holds its own. Amazing car, beautifully rusting away.

Photo credit | more info

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Aston Martin DBR9

































When it comes to beautiful motoring Aston Martin kicks it out of the park. Even their racing cars are beautiful works of motoring art. There are few parts remaining from the road car but it does still use the same heads and block casting. The DBR9's V12 puts out around 600HP and weighs only 1100kg's! That's a lot of horsepower in a very light car.

View the racing website here.

Friday, October 16, 2009

VW Variant Wagon



The Variant is a very cool car. And so useful with a bit more boot space. A mate wanted to swap one for my 1971 XW Falcon Station Wagon. I should have done it. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

This one is a great example and the shot shows off the great front end. Look at how the bonnet slopes down between the headlights, beautiful.

More info

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

MGB GT



In another life I worked for a sign writing company as a spray painter and had to paint a MGB GT burnt orange. Only ever having painted a few cars before I took my time and it turned out great. Then for the test drive. I remember it being noisy and a lot of fun. There was a big smile on my face. Great little car.

Looking for some more info I discovered that the hatchback body was designed by Pininfarina and it even had a song written about it: 'MGB GT' by Richard Thompson. Cool. Not many cars have their own song.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Beautiful VW Beetle shot



Beautiful shot of the peoples car in it's natural setting. Lowered, nice wheels, great paint, all the chrome and a clear road. Awesome!

Friday, October 9, 2009

V8 Citroen DS



You might know I like a good Citroen DS and this is one of the coolest I have ever seen. Modded by Andrew in the States it packs a real punch in the form of a 400HP LS1 V8. It's my idea of a cool car because it has a modern chassis and drive line while keeping the looks of the 'sexiest car on the planet'.

This is Andrew's description of his car: "Classic French 1964 Citroen ID19 rethought as American hot rod. Everything is new under the skin: 400hp, new chassis, transmission, wheels & interior. Truly unique."

It generated a lot of controversy when it was shown and you can read about that and the build at http://citroenid19hotrod.blogspot.com/. Lots of awesome shots and articles

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Lotus Evora



The thing that impressed me about the racing version of the Lotus Evora is how little they had to do to get it up to scratch for the track. Basically they changed the brakes and tyres, gutted the interior, put in a roll cage and fire extinguisher system, upped the horsepower to 300kw, changed the shocks and sway bars and changed the 6 speed to a sequential 6 speed.

Not that much really when you consider what you have to do to most cars to get them to racing spec. An amazing car that I think will do very well as an endurance racer. Can't wait to see it in action.

Check out the cool website for the Evora here and the racing version here.

Monday, October 5, 2009

EF Honda Civic



I love Honda Civic's. In fact I have owned six of them and my favourite body shape is this one, the EF. The 4th Generation Civic was built from 1987 until 1991and the top model had a B16A VTEC motor. The B16A plus independent suspension in all four corners turned the mild mannered Civic into a giant killer. Honda's really helped start the Import Car and Drag racing scene and you will see them at almost every Autocross event you go to.

Even with just the 1600 twin cam these are a great car. I had one that 15.0 sec flat 1/4 miles with mild modifications - paddle clutch, headers, exhaust, chip and air filter plus it was lowered. At the time that meant if you had an HSV you better watch out because I would be making you look pretty silly if you decided to be a hero at the lights.

Awesome car and I look forward to owning another one hopefully sooner rather than later.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Mazda RX3
















A friend had a green RX3 that was very clean. De wired engine bay and lots of chrome. I was with him when he brought it and it amazed me. Ridiculously low and loud we had a lot of fun in that car. One time putting in a new gearbox so we could go to the drags in it. Took less than two hours. Easy car to work on with lots of room to get at things.

Like Alfa Romeo's I think everyone should own at least one rotary. The power you can get from a 4 gallon drum is mind blowing. Great car that still wins races today.

Check out the advertising. Cool.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Old School Nissan Skyline



Skylines are quite ugly these days, brutal in fact. But where they come from is quite the opposite. Old school Skylines are very cool and this shot really shows this one in the perfect light. The black wheels and flares on the rear would make it look like it was gliding down the road. A beautiful, clean car.

The Skyline name has been around since 1957. Used by the Prince Motor Company and then continued by Nissan when they merged in 1966. The C10 chassis above was raced successfully until 1971 when the Mazda RX3 spoiled the show.