Reviews

Alex Roy’s Morgan 3-Wheeler: So Wrong Yet So Right

Video by The Smoking Tire

This new video by Matt Farah from the Smoking Tire is probably filled with more laughter than any single One Take video we’ve seen from him so far. In the video, he takes Alex Roy’s Morgan 3-Wheeler up and down Angeles Crest Highway in one take (hence the name) giving his impressions of the Morgan along the way. As noted in the video, this car has a lot of drawbacks including the need for a helmet, it having exhaust pipes that can burn you, a huge lack of practicality, among many others. Despite all of this, Matt Farah says that it makes him feel like the Great Gatsby and that he thinks it’s the greatest car ever made. He can’t seem to say enough good things about it. Push play and let the laughter begin.

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“KMIATA” K24 – Swapped NB Miata – The Smoking Tire One Take

Video by The Smoking Tire

This is a bit of a different take on Matt Farah’s One Take series on The Smoking Tire. Instead of driving a tuned car on one of California’s scenic driving roads, he’s instead driving this “K-swapped” Mazda Miata on Gingerman Raceway, during the GRIDLIFE Motorsports & Music Festival. Known as a K-Miata, it’s had its factory Mazda BP 4-cylinder removed and replaced with a combination of Honda K24 (TSX engine) bottom end, with K20 head (from the RSX Type-S), providing the Miata with 250 naturally aspirated horsepower and a quite tall 8,200rpm redline.

Boosted or Natural: Supercharged NSX vs Modifed NA – /TUNED


Video by /DRIVE, Text by Bryce Womeldurf

This episode of /TUNED, aired last season on the /DRIVE+ channel, featuring a comparison between two friends’ approaches to tuning the NSX; one keeping things naturally aspirated and the other going with the approach of bolting on power, the supercharger. They both seem like very well sorted examples. If there’s one thing I would nit pick, it would be the conversion of the NA1 pop-ups to the later NA2 sealed beam headlamps. If it were me, I’d be more likely to go the other direction and convert the newer NA2 option back to pop-up headlights. Save the pop-ups!

Each approach seems to be a blast on track. The only correction to the video, which a friend noted, is that the NSX did not come with an Accord V6. The Accord did not have a V6 option when the NSX debuted and when it eventually did have a V6, it was a J-series engine rather than the NSX’s C-series engine. I really identify with the owner of the black NSX saying that he really just loves to drive it and that “you just wanna get in it, you just wanna turn the key, just want to drive it. It’s finally gotten to the point where it is reliable, ready to go, out of the box.” I have a similar attitude about my Miata lately since the hose change was completed and I can finally put some miles on it without worrying too much about anything breaking down or getting too hot. (more…)

Ferrari F430 Manual – (Stunt Rd.) One Take

Video by The Smoking Tire

Matt Farah’s “One Take” reviews are always fun to watch. In this video series, he drives a viewer’s car and does a review video of it in one take. Sometimes these are modified cars, sometimes not. This particular review caught my eye, because it features both a road and a car which I’ve driven in the past, although granted it was at different times in my case. The time I drove Stunt Road was in a 3/4 ton Cummins turbo diesel-powered Ram pickup truck. Not exactly a Ferrari F430, but it was equipped with a manual, and that, along with the “go anywhere” suspension and frequent altitude changes, kept things interesting. But enough of my rambling and reminiscing, check out this outstanding combination of one of the last manual transmission-equipped Ferraris with one of California’s wonderful driving roads. (more…)

Hooniverse’s Wagon Wednesday: BMW E30 325i Touring

BMW E30 325i TouringRe-shared from Hooniverse,
Text by Antti Kautonen,
Videos by FinalGearTV

I’m sure you read the recent reader submissions depicting a Slovenian BMW E30 touring on twisty Balkan coastal roads. Now, you can see and hear the white wagon in action, with FinalGear’s video crew having created two short films about that particular, recently restored car.

The straight six sounds particularly good under a dedicated owner‘s care. (more…)