•June 19, 2013 • 2 Comments
Ralph Lauren is known for having an incredible museum-quality car collection; that’s not anything new. But now, not only can you see the cars online, you can hear them, too. Hop on over to his dedicated website, click on “The Cars” (let the graphic load first), then go through the collection one by one, drinking in the pure engine sounds— the cars are given proper workouts (by Lauren’s staff, presumably) and the sound quality is quite good. The cars, of course, speak for themselves.
Thanks to reader Stephen J. for the excellent tip!
•June 18, 2013 • 7 Comments
Apparently, there’s some great driving to be had in… Ohio. Initially we were skeptical, too, but one mustn’t forget that part of Ohio – the southeastern part – shares a border with West Virginia, and the driving in West Virginia is very good indeed. Not surprisingly, it’s the southeast part that comes recommended:
Hocking Hills State Park loop (374 -> 56 -> 664) – looks like a short but sweet sixteen mile drive:
Marietta to Woodsfield drive (676 -> 26 -> 145) — this one is the much more epic of the two— 120 miles and approximately 3.5 hours of what appears to be seemingly endless corners:
Anyone have experience with either of these two drives, or southeastern Ohio driving in general?
Hat tip to the buff books for shining a light on this heretofore-overlooked part of driving country. We’re filing these away for later.
•June 14, 2013 • 2 Comments
The Ford Transit Supervans were a series of promotional vehicles built for the Ford Motor Company in the UK. They combined the outline and appearance of the popular Ford Transit van with the chassis and performance of a sports racing car.
The Supervan first appeared at the Easter 1971 meeting at Brands Hatch. A GT40 chassis and its mid-engined 400 bhp Ford V8 gave a standard pressed-steel Mark 1 Transit bodyshell a claimed top speed of around 150 mph. The vehicle had been built for Ford by Terry Drury Racing. Externally the van appeared very like a standard Transit, in Ford’s racing livery of white with low horizontal triple blue stripes. The wheel arches were flared to almost cover the wider wheels, but this was barely more noticeable than the extensions fitted to the production long-wheelbase Transit. Aerodynamics of the high-mounted bodyshell were crude though, and although the van was usually demonstrated with drag starts, body lift limited its top speed on a track (source).
(Hat tip to Stipistop)
•June 13, 2013 • 7 Comments
MCB Japan correspondent Skorj captured this moment of zen. We see three pretty damn neat (not to mention desirable) cars in this frame: the 850 Turbo wagon (a perennial MCB favorite), the Maserati Coupé with the elusive early boomerang tail lights (which we discussed), and of course the dashboard of Skorj’s own Honda S800M coupe. Delish.
•June 12, 2013 • 15 Comments
The motherload, we found it. Or we were made aware of it, anyway. There’s a little something here for everyone, but if you’re a German car aficionado in particular, expect to say goodbye to a good portion of your morning, afternoon, or evening. Here’s a preview:
Commence right-clicking and saving-as… now:
Hat tip to Jeff B on mye28 for this top tip!
•June 11, 2013 • 13 Comments
Strange but true.
Carlsson is, as some readers are no doubt aware, the Mercedes-Benz tuning company founded by the Brothers Hartge (a third brother remained with their namesake tuning company, which continued to focus on BMWs).
We have no doubt that respectable performance could in fact be coaxed out of that beigest of beigemobiles, that most appliance-like of all conveyances. Still, one has to wonder what the point of all of that is (and we somehow suspect that irony isn’t one of them).
And of course, it’s not the first time that a German tuning house hopped in bed with a Japanese car manufacturer.
(Hat tip: TuningHistory)