To celebrate Ferrari Friday, here are some images of mine from last weekend’s Cars and Coffee at Ferrari Tampa Bay. This is a Ferrari dealership in Palm Harbor, Florida which I’ve driven past many times over the years but haven’t been inside of, until now. (more…)
Text and photography by Bryce Womeldurf
Last month’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance was this author’s first attendance to the event and it was big… huge in fact. Due to a combination of trying to cover it all, preparation for publishing, not to mention attending the Sebring 12 and a Miata meet all in the same month; Amelia’s Cars & Coffee event ended up on the proverbial cutting room floor… until today. After the jump, we’ll revisit Cars & Coffee with a selection of photographs of the cars which were there. (more…)
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…)
Often when you attend a major race, such as the 12 Hours of Sebring, there is just as much to see off the track as there is on it. There were rare models cruising the grounds and parking areas of Sebring, devoted entirely to notable makes and models, such as Porsche, Corvette, Audi, and BMW. Each of them had their outstanding examples.
Geneva is an interesting auto show. There is always something really important launching there, and this year is no different. For some reason, it always seems like the major European sports car manufacturers choose Geneva to display their ‘exciting’ offerings. Unfortunately, none of the elegant scribes from our hallowed halls will be in attendance of the Geneva show, so we’ll be reporting from the sidelines. I’ll set up the pins, and the rest of our faultless crew will knock them down with unstoppable bowling ball of opinionated journalism.
We have new car launches in the form of Mercedes’ AMG GT3 racer, Audi’s R8, Porsche’s Cayman GT4 and 911 GT3 RS, Lamborghini’s Aventador Superveloce, Morgan’s Aero 8, Jeep’s Renegade ‘Hard Steel’, Range Rover’s Evoque Cabriolet, McLaren’s 675LT and P1 GTR, Brabus’ Rocket 900, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus’ SCG 003, Koenigsegg’s Agera RS and Regera, and Aston Martin’s Vulcan and V12 Vantage GT3. There are also some pretty tempting concept pieces, with Infiniti dropping the small QX30 Concept, Bentley’s EXP 10 Speed 6, Volkswagen’s Sport Coupe GTE, Lexus’ LF-SA, and Magna Steyr’s MILA.
Photographs are either manufacturer supplied, or politely swiped from the hands of our friends at Autoblog and Autoweek. (more…)
Re-shared from Road & Track, text and images by Hollis Bennet
The unmistakable pops and raps of a Mazda rotary interrupt the whip-poor-will’s haunting call. It’s past dusk on a sticky June day, and across the valley, the fleeting light outlines the mountain. The road over there is a half-mile away, cut into the hillside, hidden by a lush coating of sugar maples and hemlocks. > Except for the unseen whip-poor-will and an army of chirping crickets, I’m alone, standing on the same road. A few hours ago, this section of U.S. Route 129, alternately known as the Tail of the Dragon (or simply the Dragon), was clogged with Harleys and gawking tourists. But now it’s empty, to the wildlife and the man in the Mazda. > His headlights break through the trees every few seconds. He’s driving hard, big downshift blips, each upshift coming at what sounds like redline. I’m listening for a mistake, a break in the engine’s sweep or the screech of a sliding tire, hoping he’s not as good as the locals claim. > After all, I came here to beat him. Read More…
Today we’re taking a look at what’s going on in the left coast. More importantly, what’s going on in the Euro car scene in Southern California. Big SoCal Euro Gathering is such a huge gathering of European cars that it makes ripples cross-country. Many people travel from all over to attend this event.
SoCal Euro is a gathering that started with humble beginnings in a small parking lot. It’s a show that was started by the people and still remains “by the people, for the people” to this day. In 2013, SoCal Euro saw it’s biggest showing yet with a gathering of easily more than 3,000 cars. Porsches, Volkswagens, Audis, BMWs, Mercedes, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Aston Martin, and more… However, the show still remains focused on the grassroots car enthusiast. The enthusiasts come first as they are the ones that support the show. Otherwise the vendors would not even be there. (more…)