Car Culture

Miatapalooza 2017

Back in 2013, not long after acquiring my own little red ’95 Miata, I attended and reported on a local Miatapalooza event, held in nearby Lakeland, Florida. Since then, I’ve gotten to meet event organizer Randy George and many of the other friendly Florida-based Mazda Miata enthusiasts, while repairing and tinkering with my own Miata along the way. This past Saturday, Miatapalooza returned to the Tampa Bay area, taking place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida and I was not going to miss it.

See the full article and photo spread on HOONART.com…

HoonArt Attends The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance: The Living Car Museum of Your Dreams

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Text and Photograph by Bryce Womeldurf

Despite being threatened by rain this year, the 21st annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance went off without a hitch. Fog and overcast conditions had been recurrent throughout the weekend, so the awards had to be given out earlier than planned. The Amelia is quite a large event with auctions, a Cars & Coffee (we’ll soon have photos from this to show), the Concours d’Elegance, and a host of dinners and seminars. Possibly because the event takes place on an island, classic and exotic cars were around every corner on the green and also on the streets outside the events. From the new McLaren 675LT and 570 to your left to a tiny Audi relic you’ve never seen or heard of to your right, it was all there including more Pegaso sports cars than you’re likely to see anywhere else in the world, not to mention a Phantom Corsair. Past the jump is a fresh collection of photographs from this past Sunday at the Concours.  (more…)

It’s Not Every Day That You See an Icon Driven by a Legend

Valentino Balboni driving a Lamborghini Miura on Amelia Island
Re-shared from Hooniverse
Text and Photograph by Bryce Womeldurf

Over the weekend, I attended the Amelia Island Cars & Coffee and their 21st annual Concours d’Elegance. While there on Saturday, my wife and I were waiting to be shuttled to our parking area, when a Lamborghini Miura drove by a few times. On one pass, I captured some photographs of it approaching on the straight and rounding the corner. Later that night, looking through the raw files, the driver’s head and face, for some reason, looked very familiar… When I zoomed the image up to full size, I recognized him immediately; the retired legendary Lamborghini chief test driver, Valentino Balboni. Can someone help me get my jaw up off the floor?  (more…)

From The Drive-Setting 3 Records on 3 Wheels in 1 Wonderfully Miserable Trip from LA to NY

Zach Bowman in the Morgan 3 WheelerThis is without a doubt the best thing I have read all week, so I decided to re-share it here. Today on The Drive Zach Bowman recounts in immersive and poetic detail how he and Alex Roy drove from Los Angeles to New York in a Morgan 3-Wheeler. In case you’re unfamiliar with the 3-Wheeler, it’s a 3-wheeled kit car with a wooden frame. A 3-wheeled kit car that’s as raw and fun as they come. This is equal parts hilarious, miserable, and awesome. Hat tip to Kamil Kaluski. Enjoy the read. (more…)

 

Former Top Gear Presenters To Appear On A New Car Show On Amazon Prime

James May, Jeremy Clarkson, and Richard HammondAmazon just announced this morning that former Top Gear presentersJames May, Jeremy Clarkson, andRichard Hammond will appear in a new car show, exclusively available on Amazon Prime. It is unknown whether this new show has a name at this time, however the new show will be available in 2016. In the past, with Top Gear on BBC, their new episodes were shown in Europe and then later released elsewhere. With this new show being on Amazon Prime, American audiences will be capable of watching the show as soon as it’s released.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Spawns Meme from Goodwood Festival of Speed

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If you were watching the Goodwood Festival of Speed yesterday, you may have seen the GT350R do a little shimmy on it’s way up the hill. Friend Tyler Brand had a funny idea of adding it to an existing meme, and our friend Dan Sabol put it together, and behold, a new version of the “Shaq vs cat” meme is born. Dan has a gift for these, previously creating the F1-inspired Alonso gif.

Driving Nostalgia At Touge California

Nissan Z and Bluebird 510sRe-shared from Jalopnik, Text by Blake Z. Rong.

Old Japanese cars carving the canyons? Sign me up. I’m so stoked for the Touge California and I wasn’t even there. However, my buddy Blake Z. Rong was there for this new road rally and has a new article about the event today on Jalopnik. Check out the article after the jump, where he examines the origin of Touge California and features some of the cars that showed up for the event.  (more…)