I have no idea how I did not know about the short film “Climb Dance,” before just now, but here it is, in all its remastered glory. The film, which runs just under five minutes is pure beauty of the motorsport persuasion Set at the 1988 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb as Ari Vatanen pilots a modified Peugeot to a record time 10:47.77. “Climb Dance” has been remastered recently, and it sure makes us appreciate the performance gods of yesteryear.
Every year the Gumball 3000 presents some of the most gorgeously dressed supercars on the planet. This year- as all the festivities kicked off this past Saturday, May 18th- we were in for quite a show.
With the usual suspect Lamborghinis and Ferraris taking place, newer faces like Koenigsegg, McLaren and even a few custom built cars were in the lineup. We won’t waste time on details, but here’s some of the most radical rides from the 2013 Gumball 3000 lineup:
Any handsome, well-versed auto-enthusiast like myself will tell you- the Toyota Supra is one hell of a car. From the same minds behind the original Celica, Toyota in the mid 80s and 90s was all about performance.
Unfortunately, that sort of all dwindled away in 2002 (1998 in the US) in favor of cars that would mostly just make them money, like Camrys and Corollas. Ugh.
It’s not everyday that one would have the opportunity to buy a race track, let alone one of the most famous circuits in the world; the Nurburgring. But lo and behold, with the 86-year-old track amidst financial troubles as of 2012- leading to bankruptcy in July of that year- new reports from Autoweek suggest it can now be yours for a measly $170 million (€132 million).
In 100 years, Aston Martin has grown to become one of the most beautiful automakers to ever grace god’s green Earth. From the awe-inspiring DB5 to the menacingly beautiful One-77, it’s no surprise the the luxury auto group would load-up heavy with centenary glee via the CC100 Speedster Concept.
Saturday afternoon, one gorgeous Lamborghini Murcielago SV was at the hands of mother nature during this year’s running of the Gumball 3000. From the starting point, team #72 was on their way to the first checkpoint in Stockholm when this dude- dressed as a tiger- seemed to have hydroplaned off the road and into some shrubbery.
Over my years as an editor with a vintage car magazine and an automotive journalist-at-large, I’ve had the opportunity to go to many a Concours d’Elegance: Pebble Beach, Amelia Island, Greenwich, the oldest such event in the country, the Hillsdale Concours in Hillsdale, California. Here’s one thing I know about them: They all suck.
I’ll put a safe bet down to say that Jon Olsson is one of the most badass dudes on the planet. Pro skier, gearhead, entrepreneur, and now, automotive designer sort of. This is his unbearably gorgeous, completely road-legal creation- the Rebellion R2k. Pretty much a Le Mans car made for the road.
When you hear “Bentley” and “Le Mans” you may think of the “Bentley Boys,” a group of wealthy owners of the British performance machine in the late 1920′s, that raced with agression. Bentley was started in 1919, and took its first win at Le Mans in 1924, followed by a quartet of wins, from ’27 to ’30.
Bentley would not win the endurance race for another 83 years, at the helm of the 2003 Bentley Speed 8. While Audi may dominate the French circuit now, Bentley has been a big part of the track’s history, and is commemorating that, through special Le Mans Editions of the Continental GT and the Mulsanne.
I eat a lot of PB&J, mostly because I’m broke. Harry Metcalfe on the other hand- founder of the UK’s EVO Magazine- probably doesn’t eat a lot of PB&J. I doubt he would even know what to do with it if he saw one today. The point I’m getting at is this- the dude is loaded, and as an EVO big whig, he also has the best job in the world. Thus, his car collection is most definitely on point.
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