Project Car SOTU: The ’95 Mazda Miata

From my Project Car State of the Union post on Hooniverse:

Things have been looking up for “Roadster” since the setback with the oil cooler last year. With reliability now in check, safety has been more of a focus since the last update. With the head gasket replacement right after purchase last year, much of this was delayed but now it’s getting close to where it otherwise would have been at this time last year. (more…)

THE GOLDEN AGE OF RACING SHOWCASED IN FRANCE

BMW M1 shooting after fire

Photography by Rémi Dargegen for Petrolicious

Held about two weeks ago, the Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or (Grand Prix of the Golden Age) in Dijon-Prenois was recently reorganized. It was formerly run by the famous Quiniou family but has now come under the umbrella of the Peter Group (check out another of their events here). This was the historic Grand Prix’s first test and first success since the reorganization. And it featured some of French historic racing’s usual grids: U2TC (Under two-liter Touring Cars), 1960s Endurance, Classic Endurance, Trofeo Nastro Rosso (Red Ribbon Trophy, dedicated to Italian racers of the late ’50s and ’60s), and the new Heritage Touring Cup. In addition, three other grids raced in Dijon: FIA Lurani Trophy (Grand Prix cars with smaller engines, mainly Formula Junior), and the highlights of the week-end, which were provided by the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association (HGPCA): pre-’61 front-engined Grand Prix Cars, and pre-’66 rear-engined Grand Prix cars. Read More…

V.I.S.I.T. – Calling An Espada An Espada

Espada-4-700x466 From Bradley Brownell on Hooniverse [Ed Note: I was recently given an amazing opportunity to go to France for a weekend to see a bunch of cars drive around in circles. REALLY big circles. An 8 and a half mile track in central France called La Sarthe. You may have heard of it. I was there at the behest of Michelin Tires on assignment for FlatSixes.com to cover the experience of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and you can see my race report, and more over there.]

Ferruccio Lamborghini, for years, admired the famous Spanish fighting bulls of Don Eduardo Miura, and even went so far as to name all of his cars in homage to the world famous fighting bull breeding ranch. Following the Miura proper, Lamborghini produced this front-engine V12 2+2 tourer. This one was named Espada, after the sword used by bull fighters, but colloquially used to describe the fighter themselves. This, to me, describes this car in either of its two forms. One, as a sword itself, scything its way through traffic with V12 torque, and carving its way down mountain passes. Second, this car is a fighter, a scrappy underdog taking on the earthly might of the bull, a metaphor, in this case, for… I don’t know, something, I guess. I’ve never been very good at metaphors. Read More…

The Sound of Magnus Walker’s Air Cooled 911 is Intoxicating

This new video, titled Outlaw Fever, popped up a few days ago on Youtube channel Roads & Rides and I keep coming back to watch it again and again and again. That’s highly unusual for me so I knew this was something special that needed to be shared. I’m telling you do not skip forward through this one. The sound is just intoxicating. Turn it up!

2014 Memorial Day Weekend Meet At Precision Mazda and Mitsubishi

Eight shades of Miata Despite a coating of dust and only having one mirror, which was held on by rubber bands, Roadster made it out to the first show of the year this past Memorial Day weekend at Precision Mazda and Mitsubishi. I finally got to meet some of the local Miata owners in the local club known as Tampa Bay Miatas. Out front we had eight Miatas lined up of all three generations, and surprisingly without planning it, each one was a different color. (more…)

Google Unveils Exciting and Terrifying Future of Automated Driving, in a Cute Package

Google automated car prototype

Automation, it’s happening everywhere. Many of us have bid goodbye to notebooks, personal digital assistants, paper calendars, but is the steering wheel really headed for extinction? I mull over the positive, negative, and possible unexpected side effects of an automated driving future after the jump. (more…)