If you grew up in 90s like I did, you probably spent your allowance on some exceedingly uncomfortable plastic inflatable furniture, wasted countless minutes AIM chatting with SmarterChild, and rocked out to Weezer's Blue Album, like I did. You probably also saw Dumb and Dumber. A few times.
Few cars capture the truly raw nature of motoring. Those cars that do "have it" tend to be pants-pissingly scary while at the same time having the ability to put a massive shit-eating grin on your face. Adam's 240Z does both, quite well.
This E39 M5 has been a part of the CCC fleet for almost a year now; it's thirteen years old and still drives better than the most current generation sedans. The E39 M5 is the chunky peanut-butter that goes so well with some E30 M3 jelly, in my perfect M-car
I was combing through some old GoPro footage the other day and came across this gem.
The new Corvette Stingray is a great car, which I did not expect to like as much as I do. So when GM showed up with this yellow 'n black flared 'n vented beast of a thing, I experience mild to strong excitement.
You might be saying to yourself, "Isn't that the convertible version? I don't like convertibles..." Of course you don't, you like nice rigid coupes, for rigidity. Nobody wants to own a convertible, but they can be damn fun on a nice day, which is exactly why CCC just added one to the fleet.
We hosted a short press event yesterday morning at the Classic Car Club Manhattan. The good folks at GM brought along the 2014 Indy 500 Pace Car; a brand new Camaro Z28, y'know, the one that brakes so hard the tires lose traction on the wheels. Oh ya, and they brought Dario Franchitti too.
Like you need a reminder... (psh) Anyone who says otherwise is just plain lying.
Very rarely do I get into legit argument about cars with someone. I usually try to avoid arguments in general, especially when my conversation partner is SO sure. Like SO, SO, 100% SURE!! Which is why I was quick to revert into "agree-mode" when a truck driver told me he once hauled a mid-engined Aston Martin.
We talk often about the "death of the manual", but is it really dead? Or is it just momentarily dormant as the 6-speed slowly peters out and the 7-speed ramps up? I wish. More than likely, these +1 gear'd anomalies will remain just that; anomalies. Beautiful looking, amazing handling, anomalies.
Seeing the McLaren P1 for the first time is like seeing a naked breast for the first time. I really wanted to touch it, but knew I probably shoudln't.
What do you say when your co-workers buy a $2,500 Subaru specifically for ice racing and ask you to come along? Well in my case; I said let me grab my camera.
So much carbon fiber. So much aero. So cool.
Praga Racing is the latest division of the Praga Manufacturing company, with a somewhat familiar past (to European automakers) of building cars, then motorcycles, then trucks, then buses, then tanks, then airplanes, and now race cars.
Wishing everyone much horsepower and long, empty, twisting roads in the new year. We've got more cars, more racing, and more hooning on tap for 2014, so be sure to stay tuned.
I want to meet the team behind the tuning of this exhaust. I imagine them looking something like these guys:
Right. Especially when they put down the kind of power that embarrasses lithe Italian sports cars. There's just something so satisfying about spanking an M3 or 911 off the line in a champagne colored mom-mobile, theoritically.
Is Aston Martin playing into the James Bond role here, or just carrying on a long British engineering tradition of overcomplicating things? You be the judge...
Normally we bring the high horsepower performers of our fleet out on "Autogasm" events, but this week the pace was (not really) reduced. We limited horsepower to 250 and narrowed it down to the following five cars: