I was a typical kid who grew up with a Lamborghini Countach model on my bookshelf and Porsche Turbo poster on my wall. The early 2000s began the era of the Fast and the Furious, where every kid dreamed of owning a Nissan Skyline, Toyota Supra, Mazda RX-7, or any other Japanese street racer.
I wish I could say I grew up learning how to wrench for my father, but in reality it was very much a self-taught skill. I began my petrolhead ways tinkering with a number of cars. However, a few years in, I began to losing interest in working on modern cars. I found little satisfaction from driving my completed projects and yearned for something more pure.
This is when the Datsun 240Z came into my life. A straight-six motor, overhead cam, dual side-draft carburetors, lightweight chassis, and a winning race history made up the “personal” GT car. For me, it was perfection.
Fast forward half a decade and half a dozen Z cars later, I now own the car I spent more than decade to find. (more…)
At the annual tribute to the legendary Mille Miglia, nothing, it seems, is impossible. The police escort renders red lights irrelevant, and half of Italy turns out to cheer on gorgeous classics. Classic Driver experienced the magnificent 1,000-mile road race first-hand… (more…)
Re-shared from Jalopnik, video by Lamborghini, Text by Travis Okulski
Remember how Lamborghinis aren’t serious driver’s cars that can’t do anything well on a circuit at all? Remember? Yeah. The Aventador SV just lapped the Nurburgring in less than seven minutes. Craziness. (more…)
Re-shared from Kinja, Text and photography by Blake Z. Rong.
This weekend, the Petersen Automotive Museum—reopens December 1st!—turned Japanese with an all-Nippon cruise-in. It was an event long overdue, and certainly welcomed. They put the word out to Facebook, Twitter, smoke signals, mirrors off the moon, etc. And then, over 500 cars showed up. (more…)
Re-shared from Speedhunters, text and photography by Otis Blank
For the vintage and classic car fan, events like the Copperstate 1000 Rally feel like a once in a lifetime, top of the bucket list affair – yet it happens annually. Now in its 25th year, it’s essentially an endless stream of amazing cars, roads, and scenery broken up by excellent meals and accommodations. Sound great? It’s unbelievably great. (more…)
Often when I take a trip, I’ll have a look around to see what local car culture is available to see and experience. Such was the case last week, when I landed in Houston, Texas, for my sister’s wedding in Austin. Something very different from the cars I’d normally be checking out was available in the form of The Art Car Museum. In a way it’s almost strange that I haven’t looked more into art cars before this, because it bridges two of my biggest interests, art and cars, but I just hadn’t found the opportunity in Florida. Interestingly enough on a personal note, it was a trip back to Houston, where I was born, that brings us this unusual mixture of cultures. (more…)
This interesting “old versus new” comparison lap popped up on Mazda Australia’s Youtube page the other day, featuring a staged race between professional drivers in a 1990 Miata versus the new MX-5. I keep wondering how my 1995 or a 1994 model would compare, both having the slightly more powerful 1.8 liter engine, but with lower weight than the later NA or the NB. Or for that matter, how would an NB or NC favor against the ND. If only Best Motoring were still around, perhaps we’d know the answer.