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Our first Indiegogo Campaign

So we are gearing up to head to Mexico and race our Hundred Dollar Healey Project and have decided to make the first The Gentleman Racer movie. The car is currently being prepped to be full on vintage race car and we are excited to have put together a great team. We would love to make this film so we can bring you along as we attempt to tackle the Rally Historico Transpeninsular.

For more on the film or to support it visit our Indiegogo page HERE 




1962 Corvette Gulf Oil Race Car


Grady Davis’ Gulf Oil Racing Team purchased the Corvette in 1962 from Yenko Chevrolet and the car was campaigned by none other than “The Flying Dentist”, Dr. Dick Thompson in the 1962 SCCA-A Production Class. In 14 races, the Gulf Oil ’62 Corvette finished first in class 12 times including wins at Daytona and Sebring and captured the 1962 A-Production Championship.

The car has been through a series of restorations in 2002  it underwent a complete restoration by Doug Prince and Jerry Roman and again in 2007 it was restored by Kevin Mackay of Corvette Repair in New York, before it was sold by Gooding & Company at Pebble Beach Auction for an astounding $1.485 million in 2008.


The 1962 Gulf Oil Corvette features a number of astonishing details including an original Motorola two-way radio, allowing car on-course-to-pit communication. It’s believed to be the first use of such equipment in a race car. Other details include correct Koni shock absorbers, finned heavy-duty brakes, painted steel wheels wearing period-correct Goodyear tires, enormous fiberglass scoops for brake cooling. The driveline reveals its content to consist of original date-stamped parts, including the original matching-numbers engine.


The Corvette is highly documented with a collection of publications that featured articles about the race car and an extensive collection of photos from its racing days. In addition to its NCRS and Bloomington Gold certificates, a bill of sale from Yenko Chevrolet to Grady Davis is also included. The car is set to be auctioned off by RM Auctions with seventy-four other vehicles from collectors Paul and Chris Andrews' collection this May.

The full auction description is not up yet but you can check out its official catalog listing HERE


Ringbrothers ADRNLN to be auctioned in Scottsdale



The Ringbrothers De Tomaso Pantera “ADRNLN” has captured the attention of enthusiasts around the globe since its debut at the 2013 SEMA Show, having appeared in more than 100 different media outlets like Road & Track, Autoblog, Autoweek, The Smoking Tire, Motor Head (Japan), Top Performance (UAE), and Fast Cars (UK). After taking one last joyride in memory of her late husband Randy, owner Cheryl Brickl is ready to give someone else the opportunity to enjoy the car as much as her husband would have. The yellow ADRNLN Pantera, lot #5072, will be auctioned off at no reserve at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. 


Jim and Mike Ring of Ringbrothers designed the ADRNLN Pantera the way they think De Tomaso would have designed the car today. Extensive body work was done on the Pantera; the Rings built every panel from scratch, with the exception of a few inches on the roof and the left side panel. The car now sits much lower, and the overall shape has been smoothed and updated, giving the car a modernized aggressive sports car stance. Most of the details of the car have been changed including sloping the lower rocker panels inward, making the fender peaks higher and widening the fender flares. The headlights have been modernized and integrated inside custom-made optically-clear composite enclosures. The car was then finished in a custom BASF Glasurit Waterborne paint color called “Yellow Line.”
ADRNLN’s original 351 Cleveland has been replaced with a modern GM LS3 engine from Wegner Motorsports that generates 600 horsepower thanks to its Holley electronic fuel injection system. All that power has then been routed through a ZF five speed gearbox by Bowler, while Royal Purple synthetic lubricants keep both the engine and the transaxle running smoothly. The Pantera’s signature roar has been created by a pair of Flowmaster Pro Series laminar flow stainless steel mufflers and a set of custom built headers. To be sure that the car’s massive power gets put to the ground, a set of HRE S101 three-piece forged wheels were shod in Nitto Invo tires, while Baer six-piston calipers on all four corners were tasked to bring this modern classic to a smooth stop.

One of the most unique features of ADRNLN has to be its two-toned interior. Nike’s Innovation Skunkworks Design Team approached the Rings and leapt at the chance to bring their design ideas into the automotive world. They created an ultra-driver-focused cabin that utilized modern materials as well as high-grade leather.  Other elements by the design team include Nike waffle on the pedals, perforated material from a shoe upper on the backing of the gauges, and a Wisconsin ‘71’ license plate that the team tracked down and distressed to allude to the condition that the car started in. Nike also created a pair ofADRNLN-matching custom shoes, which will accompany the Pantera across the block.


The auction house is no stranger to the vehicles built by Ringbrothers. Although the builders have never directly auctioned off a car, eight of their builds have found their way to auction at Barrett-Jackson including the pair of “Producer” Mustangs, the “Razor” Camaro, the “Afterburner” Fairlane, and the “Dragon” Mustang, which is the highest-sellingRingbrothers vehicle to date ($346,500). However, the ADRNLN Pantera is in serious contention for becoming the new highest-selling Ringbrothers build thanks to the immense amount of time, work, craftsmanship, and attention that was put into the build, not to mention the car’s out-right performance potential.

The ADRNLN Pantera won’t be the only Ringbrothers build at Barrett-Jackson this year. Ringbrothers’ newest creation, the award-winning 1966 “Recoil” Chevrolet Chevelle, will be on display during the auction in the Mothers booth. The Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, Arizona auction runs January 10-18.  

For further auction information, visit www.Barrett-Jackson.com and for more information about the ADRNLN Pantera lot #5072, click here



The New Ford GT


Ford today unveiled the all-new GT, an ultra-high-performance supercar that serves as a technology showcase for top EcoBoost® performance, aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fiber construction.
The GT is one of more than 12 new Ford Performance vehicles coming by 2020. It joins Focus RS, F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R in the growing Ford Performance lineup.

Beginning production late next year, the GT hits the road in select global markets to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars placing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.


“As we at Ford drive innovation into every part of our business, it’s worth remembering that our first innovation as a company was not in a laboratory, but on the racetrack,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and chief executive officer, referring to Henry Ford’s win of a 1901 car race that inspired financial backers to invest in his company. “We are passionate about innovation through performance and creating vehicles that make people’s hearts pound.”
The all-new GT supercar features rear-wheel drive, a mid-mounted engine, and a sleek, aerodynamic, two-door coupe body shell. It is propelled by the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever – a next-generation twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 producing more than 600 horsepower.
The GT makes extensive use of lightweight materials, including carbon fiber and aluminum – enabling outstanding acceleration and handling with improved efficiency.
Ford’s commitment to and capability in delivering technologies typically offered only in elite vehicles is evident in the GT. These include advanced active aerodynamics, such as a deployable rear spoiler, and a host of material and technology innovations to help better serve the driver, such as SYNC® 3 – the latest version of Ford’s advanced connectivity system.
“The GT is the ultimate execution of an enthusiast supercar,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “GT includes innovations and technologies that can be applied broadly across Ford’s future product portfolio – another proof point that Ford continues raising the performance bar while ultimately improving vehicles for all of our customers.”
Carbon fiber innovation


Few innovations provide a more wide-ranging performance and efficiency advantage than reducing weight. All factors of a vehicle’s capabilities – acceleration, handling, braking, safety, efficiency – can improve through the use of advanced, lighter materials.

The all-new GT features advanced lightweight composites, which will help serve Ford’s entire product lineup moving forward. With the broad application of structural carbon fiber elements, the GT will exhibit one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car.
Anchored by a carbon fiber passenger cell, the GT features aluminum front and rear subframes encapsulated in structural carbon fiber body panels. Carbon fiber is one of the world’s strongest materials for its mass – enabling an ultra-stiff foundation for chassis components, while creating a lighter overall package for increased dynamic performance and efficiency.
Most powerful production EcoBoost ever

Ford EcoBoost technology is available in every new Ford car, utility and light-duty pickup in North America beginning this year.

EcoBoost engines power a growing number of Ford performance models, including the new Mustang, just-announced F-150 Raptor, as well as Fiesta ST and Focus ST.
Based on the same race-proven engine architecture serving Ford’s IMSA Daytona Prototype endurance racing efforts, the next-generation twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 in the GT features a wide powerband with impressive time-to-torque characteristics.
The engine demonstrates remarkable efficiency – a key attribute of its endurance racing-derived powertrain, where exceptional performance combined with efficiency is a critical competitive advantage.

Ford’s twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 raced to three wins in its first season of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in 2014, including a win in the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring, along with seven podiums over more than 15,000 endurance racing miles.
The GT features an all-new, port/direct dual fuel-injection setup to improve engine response, plus a low-friction roller-finger-follower valvetrain. The twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 will be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle for near-instantaneous gear changes and exceptional driver control.
Aero innovation gets active
Aerodynamic efficiency is at the heart of the GT design, actively reducing drag while aiding downforce and stability.
From its optimum tear-drop shape to its aircraft-inspired fuselage and visibility-enhancing curved windshield, every slope and shape is designed to minimize drag and optimize downforce.
Although each surface on the GT is functionally crafted to manage airflow, it also features fully active aerodynamic components to improve braking, handling and stability.
An active rear spoiler is keyed to both speed and driver input, reactively deploying and adjusting its height and/or pitch angle depending on conditions.
Designed for purpose

While it shares a legacy with classic Ford racing and performance cars, GT is a fully contemporary and functional shape that communicates modernity and pure beauty.
The state-of-the-art chassis is suspended by an active racing-style torsion bar and pushrod suspension, with adjustable ride height. The 20-inch wheels are shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires featuring a unique compound and structure designed specifically for the Ford GT. Multi-spoke wheels encircle carbon-ceramic brake discs at all four corners.
The narrow-profile canopy reduces frontal area and caps a purposeful interior that provides state-of-the-art technology to ensure control, comfort and safety. The two-seat cockpit is accessed by upward-swinging doors, and features driver and passenger seats integrated directly into the carbon fiber passenger cell.

This configuration significantly reduces seating hardware and weight, and provides a consistent and direct sensory connection to the chassis. The fixed seating is combined with adjustable pedals and steering column to accommodate a very wide range of driver statures.
An F1-style steering wheel integrates all necessary driver controls, creating a stalkless steering column that allows uncluttered access to the transmission paddle-shift controls. A fully digital and configurable instrument cluster provides a wealth of driver-focused data. The display is configurable for multiple driving environments and different driving modes.
“While we hope enthusiasts rejoice about this all-new GT, all Ford customers will benefit from the ultimate performance Ford and its new-generation innovations,” said Nair.





CHP Officer Draws Weapon in incident with Touge Driver


A video posted to Social Media January9th shows Tyler King being stopped by a California Highway Patrol officer for crossing a double yellow line on Couser Canyon Road, in Southern California.The shocking video has received thousands of views and has some questioning the tactics that the officer used in this incident.

We reached out to Tyler to get his side of the story. It turns out that Tyler like many automotive enthusiasts enjoys driving through the mountain roads of Southern California in his sports car. On a spirited run through Couser Canyon Tyler found himself behind a slower driver, who upon seeing it was clear, waved him by to pass.

Unfortunately for Tyler a CHP officer was up the road and saw his Miata cross the double yellow line, in a move that many are finding baffling the officer decided to stand in the traffic lanes and even leaped out in front of the moving car as it came around the corner. Tyler slammed on his brakes to avoid running over the officer who then drew his weapon, Tyler immediately put his hands up and the officer used his gun to wave Tyler to the side of the road where he was detained. After 20 mins in the back of the patrol car King was released with a ticket for the moving violation.

Image via @tyler_king_mx5

According to King the CHP officer was on site responding to a car that had gone over the side of the road a few days earlier and was waiting on a tow truck to come when he saw the Miata cross the double yellow line. It is unclear why the officer decided to not simply wave the Miata to the side of the road, instead the officer decided to jump in front of the car and unholster his weapon.

While crossing the double yellow line is dangerous and illegal, the actions of the CHP seems to be getting more and more aggressive against canyon drivers.  Including last year's two month long undercover investigation into a group of canyon drivers in the LA area and constant crackdowns on what is being deemed as "street racing" have increased. While driving the mountain roads is a blast, drivers need to be aware that law enforcment is actively cracking down on unsafe driving.  

Thankfully no one was hurt in this interaction.


We have reached out to the CHP regarding their officers actions but have not received a response yet.

Check out the video below:



Source: Tyler King

Defender Celebration


Three exclusive limited edition Land Rover Defenders, and the creation of a huge, temporary work of art at Red Wharf Bay in Anglesey, UK, are how Land Rover has decided to launch the next era of Defender. I am a big fan of the defender and wish the older versions were a little more common here in the states, but enjoy these amazing images and video from Land Rover and dream of a defender of your own.

Nick and Stephen Wilks, nephew and son of Maurice Wilks, discuss the conception of Land Rover at Red Wharf Bay during a family holiday in 1947.
My father Maurice met his brother on the beach,' reports Stephen Wilks. 'He was explaining the concept for a new idea for a go-anywhere, do-anything vehicle. He made a drawing in the sand of an outline of how he thought the Land Rover could be made. 

Watch the video below, where a land rover is drawn in the sand one more time and visit the official Celebrate Defender website for more by clicking HERE










Spotted on the Street: Ferrari 458 Speciale


Carrying on where the old 430 Scuderia left off, the Speciale is a harder, faster, lighter 458 for the sort of well-heeled enthusiast looking to indulge in some occasional track work, and prepared to compromise a little for the privilege of owning a Speciale.


Mercedes-Benz drops New York Fashion Week


New York Fashion Week has been going through some changes, they have been forced to find a new location after this coming February's show due to a number of issues. Septembers show is going to be hosted in a to be announced Downtown location. Yesterday the new broke that Mercedes-Benz will no longer be sponsoring NYFW moving forward.

"Our relationship with fashion is not ending, and we do support fashion globally, we maintain a top-tier portfolio of events. We routinely review those events for return on investment and general engagement. In general, it's important to note that fashion and design are key pillars for Mercedes-Benz, and we will support fashion well into the future. Globally, Mercedes-Benz supports more than 50 fashion engagements in 30 countries" a Mercedes-Benz Spokeswoman told WWD.

NYFW also lost American Express for 2015 leading many to wonder what became of NYFW and if more is happening behind the scenes as rumors that NYFW is attempting to buy its rival show MADE.

Source: Buro





Road Trip: Arne’s Royal Hawaiian Motel



It opened in 1957 Arne’s Royal Hawaiian Motel was a beacon in the desert wasteland between Barstow and Las Vegas. Back when speed limits were lower and highways became Main Street in small towns like Baker, the trip to Las Vegas from Los Angeles often found travelers stopping in Baker for the night. The 60's and 70's towns like Baker were kept on life support by the craze of desert racing but as Interstate 15 expanded the town of Baker was all but bypassed.



Today the Royal Hawaiian is listed for sale, the motel closed down in 2008 leaving just one hotel left in the desert oasis. Today Baker's claim to fame is being home to the world's tallest thermometer and is a place you stop to go to the bathroom and perhaps buy some Alien Jerky on your way to and from Las Vegas. If you wanted to buy the Royal Hawaiian it is listed for sale, for just $450,000 you could own this roadside wonder which includes a 3,200 sq foot garage, a three bedroom managers house, and a extra mobile home space... of course the ad does state that it needs some renovation....


Video: Motorhead Hill Climb Japan


Motorhead hosted their first Hill Climb event held on the winding stretch of road that makes up the amazing Mazda Turnpike located on Hakone mountain. This special event played host to a wide range of racing machines from Super GT to classic race cars along with a high powered drift machine all with the sole intentions of attacking these fast paced, dangerous road.

http://motorheadmagazine.jp


50th Anniversary Shelby 427 Cobra


 50th Anniversary Shelby Cobra 427:

This is the one we have waited for!! To celebrate its 50 year anniversary Shelby American will offer a limit of only 50 427 anniversary Cobras. They will all come with special gold 50th anniversary badging, logos and features. They will be offered with either aluminum or fiberglass bodies. Aluminum cars will be offered in Polished aluminum (with or without brushed stripes) or Guardsman blue with Wimbledon white stripes. Fiberglass bodied cars will only be offered in Guardsman blue with Wimbledon white stripes.


We have reserved a block of CSX serial numbers for this series. CSX4550 – CSX4599. An anniversary badge will be included stating 1 of 50 / 2 of 50 and so forth. All come with a unique Shelby issued MSO and place in the registry.

On sale starting Tuesday January 13th at 11am MST, 10am PST. For more visit the official Shelby American Site HERE







CHP Cracks Down on Street Racers


Described by local media as looking a scene from "Fast and Furious" drivers of modified cars attempted to shut down the 105 Freeway in Hawthorne for what is described by California Highway Patrol as Street Racing. The CHP, Los Angeles Police Department, and LA County Sheriff shut down sections of the 105 Freeway trapping the suspected street racers who had posted on social media about the illegal races. On an Instagram video posted under the user name @alexander_sangria showed a man saying that the group was "planning to take over the 105 Freeway." The user's page was later deleted.

A group of 50+ cars were meeting in a parking lot near the freeway taking part in what some call "side shows".  Videos posted on social media showed cars doing burnouts and J-turns in intersection, but it is unclear if these videos were shot at the same event. After hearing about activity at a bus parking lot around 3AM, the CHP issued a Sig Alert.  Closing the 105 eastbound around 3:30AM, trapping the alleged racers and using the posts on social media as cause to detain, question people, frisk individuals, and searching car. The freeway remained closed until 5AM

Several arrests were made for charges of DUIs, stolen firearms and vehicles and narcotics possession in the bid to squash their plans, the CHP says it has plans to monitor automotive related social media.

CHP Spokesman Officer Polizzi said several people were arrested, but didn't give an exact number. No one was injured in the sweep, he said.

This is yet another major operation targeting automotive enthusiasts by Southern California law enforcement agencies. From the raid at Art's Burgers in July to the two month undercover investigation that the CHP did to crack down on Touge Drivers. Just two weeks ago 8 cars were impounded in Carson for basically hanging out with Law Enforcement calling just about any gathering "Street Racing"

Source: NBC4

Car Girl: Jennifer Teixeira


Model : Jennifer Teixeira
Age: 27
Home Town: Shelton, Connecticut
Car of choice: Mustang Shelby GT500
Instagram: @jenn_teixeira

For a living I build helicopters for the military. I'm a mother and wife. I'm also a certified professional makeup artist. I enjoy attending car shows/drag strips and working out. I've taken my BMW 335xi down the 1/4 track before and love the adrenaline of fast cars. I also don't mind getting dirty and wrenching myself. The Shelby GT500 I'm posing with is my husband's. It has a 3.6 KenneBell supercharger and is putting down 936hp/812tq and goes 9.96 in the 1/4 mile @148mph.

Photographer: Alvin Garcia
Instagram: @garseeyuh








Spyker Bankrupt


It's hard to build specialty cars, just a few weeks ago we learned that Saleen is on the edge of bankruptcy and now Spyker the quirky Dutch car maker declared bankruptcy on Thursday after failing to secure funding that would allow the company to restructure. The company has had a rocky history since its founding in 2000, a revival of the Dutch brand that was founded in 1898. The modern Spyker filed a voluntary petition on December 2, 2014 for financial restructuring in a last ditch effort to save the company.

In 2010 Spyker purchased Saab from General Motors for $74m in cash up front, payable to GM by July 2010, and shares in Spyker to the tune of US$320m. After unsuccessfully attempting to partner with and then sell Saab to Chinese companies Pang Da and Zhejiang Youngman Saab filed for bankruptcy in 2012, the brand was purchased by Chinese owned NEVS AB.

Earlier this year the US courts dismissed a 3 billion dollar lawsuit against GM, in which, Spyker accused GM of interfering with their plans to sell Saab to the Chinese.

Victor Muller, the company’s founder and CEO, said he plans on resurrecting the group and focusing on electric vehicles.


Official Press Release:


SPYKER COMPANIES DECLARED BANKRUPT

Zeewolde, the Netherlands, 18 December 2014. Today the District Court of Midden-Nederland, at the request of the administrator, converted the moratorium of payment, granted to Spyker N.V. and its wholly owned subsidiaries Spyker Automobielen B.V. and Spyker Events & Branding B.V. (collectively "Spyker" or the "Company") on December 2nd, last, to bankruptcy. The cause for this conversion was that the committed bridge funding did unfortunately not reach the company in time. The administrator will continue his work but now as receiver.

Victor R. Muller, Founder and Chief Executive Officer said: "None of the ambitions we had when we founded Spyker 15 years ago, has vanished as a result of today's events. In 2000 we set out to establish a super sports car business from scratch with a global distribution and we achieved that. Over the years we undertook some daring ventures that left their marks on the company which in turn contributed to today's demise.

However, I would like to make clear that as far as I am concerned "this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning" to quote Winston Churchill. I will relentlessly endeavour to resurrect Spyker as soon as practically possible and, assuming we will be successful, pursue our goal to merge with a high performance electric aircraft manufacturer and develop revolutionary electric Spykers with disruptive sustainable technology.

This is the moment to express my gratitude to our customers, dealers, suppliers and of course our employees and Board. Their loyalty and support was vital to build the brand over the past decade and a half. They can count on us continuing to live by the Spyker axiom "Nulla Tenaci Invia est Via" (Latin for "For the tenacious no road is impassible")."

Thunderbird Italien Concept


1963 Thunderbird Italien Concept was not done by Bertone or Ghia or any other Italian design house as one might expect. Ford was working with Zagato, Ghia, and many others during the Early 60's. Instead this very Italian looking Thunderbird fastback was done in Ford's own styling department.

The team at for built a plywood buck and used modeling clay to sculpt the new fastback roofline right onto the car. They then sent it over to Dearborn Steel Tubing Co. to take a mold and graft the fiberglass roof and trunk onto a 1963 Thunderbird, as well as finish the cars other custom touches.

Dearborn Steel Tubing was responsible for several Ford show/concept cars and even built the 100 1964 Ford Thunderbolts. Vince Gardner was head of the project, the same man that was responsible for the short wheelbase Mustang (read about that car here). The Thunderbird received several custom touches from fender vents and custom bumpers to a full leather interior.


The Italien appeared in the 1964 New York Worlds Fair's "Cavalcade of Custom Cars" and was prominently featured in a special World's Fair publication. After appearing in the World's Fair, records from Ford's Jacque Passino's files indicate the Italien was destined for a fate typical of most Ford concept cars -- The crusher. However, in September 1964, the Italien was sold or presented to actor Dale Robertson of TV's "Tales of Wells Fargo", "Wagon Train" and other shows.  The car has been sold to various collectors over the years and pops up at important Ford events from time to time.



Source: Barrett Jackson

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