FY Racing Overcomes Engine Failure to Secure 2nd Place in Championship

The final event of the Rally America National Championship, the Lake Superior Performance Rally, took place last weekend in the hometown of FY Racing; Houghton, MI.  As one of the most notoriously treacherous events in the schedule, it would leave several teams struggling to keep it together.  For Adam Yeoman and Jordan Schulze, of FY Racing, an engine failure on Day 1 almost certainly meant a DNF but being their hometown event, the team refused to give up. 

The entire team worked all through the night to get the spare engine in the car so they could restart on Day 2 under the Super Rally regulations.  With eleven minutes in penalties, Adam and Jordan knew there was a huge task in front of them to able to make it back into fifth overall to secure the runner-up Championship spot.  “We fought hard all day and eventually finished in fourth.  We certainly made the most of a bad situation and that’s what rally is all about,” mentioned Adam.

“LSPR ended up being bittersweet for us. On one hand we are stoked to have secured 2nd place in the championship but on the other we are bummed that our engine failure and super rally penalties prevented us from being on the podium. The conditions were some of the most difficult we’ve ever encountered but we were solidly in third place on Friday night when the engine let go,” continues Yeoman.  FY Racing continues to prove they are the most resilient team in American Rally.

With the SEMA show right around the corner, the team is quickly fixing damage and getting the car ready to be on display at the Las Vegas Convention Center November 3rd – 7th on behalf of Exedy Racing Clutches and Rally America.

FY Racing is made possible by these awesome sponsors and partners:  PIAA, K&N Filters, Recaro USA, Motorsport Wiring Supply, Seibon Carbon, Cusco USA, Exedy Racing Clutches, Abe Supply and Speedline Corse. Stay up to date on all the FY Racing antics on our social media:, and Instagram @FY_Racing

Kahn Design Land Rover Defender

Chelsea Truck Company and Kahn Design have teamed up to create the one-off Land Rover Defender 2.2 TDCI XS 110 Wide Track. The seven-passenger vehicle has been “adorned with a wealth of rugged and luxurious amenities that set it apart from your average Defender”. It features a completely redesigned front fascia, a new bumper with integrated lighting, “cross-hair military headlights”, wider front and rear wing arches and a set of 1948 Defend wheels in satin black with 265/75/16 tires. On the back there is a twin exhaust system and new mud flaps.

Moving on to the interior, the front and rear seats have been replaced with GTB sport seats with quilted and perforated tan Nappa leather. The door panels, the center glove box and the dashboard are all upholstered to match.

Kahn Design is currently offering the tuned Defender for 72,875 GBP (91,510 EUR). Powered by a 2.2-liter TDCI diesel engine, the machine has 122 HP (90 kW) under the hood and has covered only 900 miles (1,450 km).

Source: Chelsea Truck Company

My Custom "Gulf Racing" Chucks

So it is no secret that I am a big Gulf Racing fan, my company Morgan's and Phillip's is a Gulf Licensee. So when a friend pointed out that for less than $100 you can make your own Converse All Stars... it was only a matter of time. I just ordered these amazing Converse that will be in my office in less than three weeks. You can make your own Chucks here

Source: Converse

The 456hp AMG GT

This is a really good time to be a Sports Car lover with the Jaguar Project 7 being built next year (just 500), the new Porsche Carrera S, and now the Mercedes AMG GT (and GT S)The GT comes with 4-liter twin-turbo V8 456 horsepower and finds its way to sixty in 3.9 seconds. The GT-S version has an additional fifty horsepower, making it two tenths of a second faster to 60. Mercedes-Benz released these stunning images... I can't wait to take one for a run around the block.

Photographs by Mercedes-Benz

Fall Style for Guys

Fall weather is here and that means it is time to pull out the sweaters, long sleeve shirts, and while it is still pretty warm here in So Cal, the mornings are cool enough that a light sweater can be worn. This outfit came directly out of my closet, shirt by Banana Republic, Sweater by Old Navy, Tie by Dunhill, Hat by Morgan's & Phillip's, Jeans are Levis 511s, Belt by American Eagle, Boots are vintage, and the watch is a Breitling for Bentley.

I went ahead and put together a similar outfit below with links to the brands. We are gearing up for our next fashion editorial and will be shooting some great looks over the next few weeks.

Fall Outfit

The 2014 Bund Classic Shanghai

The Bund Classic is China’s own Concours d’Elegance held at the beautiful venue of No. 1 Waitanyuan, one of the most fashionable and elegant spots in Shanghai. Started in 2013 by China Rendez-Vous Ltd., the Bund Classic is the first annual Concours d’Elegance dedicated to the Chinese and Asian Pacific classic, historical and vintage automobile community. Our good friends over at Suixtil were kind enough to send us over these photos from the event.

The event included a garden party, international and local art and culture, a concert, afternoon tea, a Parade on the Bund and a Concours d’Elegance. Still a small event with just 8,000 guests the Bund is expected to grow to become an important date on the concours event calendar.

Source: Suixtil

The Ford GT40

In the spring of 1963, Henry Ford II received word that Enzo Ferrari was interested in selling the family business to Ford Motor Company. Ford was excited to have an opportunity to buy the legendary brand and reportedly spent several million dollars in an audit of Ferrari assets and on lawyers who were working on the negotiations. At the eleventh hour, as the story goes, Ferrari pulled out of the deal. It is said it was over the motorsports wing of Ferrari, which Ferrari wanted to retain operational control of, Ford was busy racing at Indy and if the deal went through Ferrari cars would not be allowed to race at the Indianapolis 500. Enzo shut the deal down costing Ford millions. 

Out of that mutual spirit of animosity Henry Ford II ordered his racing division to build a car that could beat Ferrari.  Lead by Harley Copp, the team of Broadley, Lunn and Wyer began working on a new car at the Lola Factory in Bromley. By the end of 1963 Ford had established Ford Advanced Vehicles Ltd, a new subsidiary under the direction of Wyer. 

During this same time another American Carroll Shelby was working on refining his year old Shelby Cobra in his own bid to take down Ferrari in the FIA World Championship. His Cobra Daytona Coupe would do so in 1965. The GT40 was first raced in May 1964 at the Nürburgring 1000 km race where it retired with suspension failure after holding second place early in the event. 

Three weeks later at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, all three entries retired with mechanical issues. Ford was seeing the success Carroll Shelby was having with his Cobras and knew he had his eyes already on a Le Mans bid so after a season plagued with issues under John Wyer, Shelby took over after the 1964 Nassau race. The cars were shipped directly from the Bahamas to Shelby in Los Angeles. 

Shelby was quick to add a victory to the GT40's resume on their first race out with Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby taking victory at the Daytona 2000 in 1965. The rest of 1965 was not as successful, but the lessons learned in 64-65 allowed the MK-II version of the GT40 to dominate the 1966 24 hours of Le Mans with a 1-2-3- victory and elevated it to the status of legend. 

This MKI Street Version of the Ford GT40, Chassis P/1059 was photographed by Mike Satterfield

Chevy Unveils Mostly Forgettable SEMA Show Cars


SEMA is just a few weeks away and Chevrolet has released images of their entire SEMA lineup of "concept vehicles".  According to the Chevrolet's press release: "Chevrolet’s 2015 passenger car lineup is one of the strongest and most competitive in the industry, offering customers a wide range of great-looking, great-driving and well-connected choices,” said Paul Edwards, vice president of Chevrolet marketing.

I get it... it's Paul's job to be positive about the brand, and while Chevrolet has some good looking cars, these SEMA projects look like they spent more time in the committee room than the design department. I generally don't like to write in a negative tone, but seriously GM needs a wake up call. Since all the other automotive journalists suckle at the teet of the automakers and don't want to risk not being invited to the next ride and drive I suppose it falls on me to point out that these are about as lame as it comes when you talk about the automotive madness that is SEMA.  These concepts look like a bunch of 70 year old men are sitting around a committee table, stifling all the creative concepts brought to them while they gum their milk toast and complain about popular music. I am starting to see why De Nysschen has fled to New York City with Cadillac.
Crosstown rival Ford has always gone more outside the box with their SEMA cars working with creatives in the industry to produce provocative and ostentatious show cars that push the envelope of the theme or concept. This sometimes goes terribly sideways when they decided to go to production with a Funk-Master-Flex vehicle, but for SEMA you have to pull all the stops.

Even the new kids on the block Kia and Scion take radical or exciting concepts to SEMA every year, partnering with pop-culture icons, fashion brands, and motorsports to create unique concept cars. While the GM booth is something everyone walks through on their way to the other side of Hot Rod Alley, I don't come to SEMA to see a preview of the GM booth at the Los Angeles Auto Show, I want to see cars built to a farcical level. I want to see a Sonic with a monster V8 driving the rear wheels or a Impala turned into a modern version of a old school lowrider. You have to give us something crazy to look at!

Look Milk-Toast Executives at Chevy, those young kids you want to sell Sonics and Sparks to... they like the radical and the ridiculous. Drifting is the perfect example of this, those Camaro's running around the drift track are super cool, some kid sees Tyler McQuarrie sliding sideways in a blaze of burnt rubber and says "Wow I want to buy a Chevy"...but when they find themselves on the lot you don't have anything cool they can buy on a 18 year olds salary. The Spark and Sonic could be cool, but concepts like this are about as uncool as it gets.

Even for Chevy these rides are pretty tame and in my opinion no one will be talking about them at SEMA. I mean really.... the "Sonic Performance Concept" gets a cold-air intake and an exhaust system, "sport tuned suspension" (read lowering springs and shocks), 17" wheels and a stripe that matches the wheels and spoiler... is this 2001?  It's literally lipstick on a pig, since the Sonic needs so much more help in the design department. I think the first question one has to ask in 2014 is why is a 17" wheel consider an upgrade on the "Sporty" Sonic turbo?  If you (Chevy) are trying to sell the Sonic as a blank canvas for the tuners make it cheap and showcase the extremes of what it can become.

The Creative Team at Chevrolet pulled out all the stops with this "concept" called the Black... so you can guess how wild they got...wheel centers...blacked out, grill and headlights....blacked out, That's and a Bose Sound System round out this dynamic and groundbreaking design. 

This Chevrolet SS Sport Concept, got a red paint job with black stripes and some Holden Wheels that they forgot to swap the center caps on in what they described as a "nod to Australian heritage". Ummm ok... the also blacked out the grill and side vent. Again it not that this is not a great looking car... but its really not innovative or even a concept car. It's a partsbin reshuffle and a trip to the local tint/wrap shop to black out some stuff.

GM I write this not just to heckle your meager attempt at relevance in the automotive aftermarket, but because you could do better. There are hundreds of talented tuners, designers, and enthusiasts...many within your own walls... just let them create cool stuff and have the committee take a vacation for a bit.

Source: Chevrolet

Update in response to an email: 
Now these are not just sour grapes because a concept I pitched them on did not get picked up, from what I heard around the watercooler not many Chevys found their way into tuner circulation this year. I will have cars I did work on at SEMA... but just none of them are Chevrolets.

PS: A Sonic rendering I pitched to build this year for the SEMA show, GM decided it was too radical I guess, with its flared fenders, 19" wheels, Carbon Fiber hood, hatch, front splitter, and rear wing, LED running lights and coilover suspension.