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Craigslist: Gulf Racing Corvette


One of the coolest Corvettes I have see pop up on Craigslist is rocking a full Steve McQueen/Gulf Racing inspired wrap. The 2005 Z51 Corvette is listed on the Los Angeles craigslist for $21,500. The owner of the car runs a racing school called Open Track Racing and is selling off some of his other toys according to the ad. 

You can see the ad HERE 



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Video: BMW M4 races through M-History

Posted by Michael Satterfield
@TheGentRacer

The first-ever BMW M4 was welcomed into the BMW M family by navigating through a thrilling, one-of-a kind course created entirely out of current and classic BMW M vehicles sourced from fans.  BMW enthusiasts from all over the country volunteered their BMW M vehicles from every generation to be a part of this exclusive experience, including an ultra-rare BMW 1 Series M Coupe.

With 52 total cars, 4 race cars and 11,566 horsepower, precision drivers Matt Mullins, Chief Driving Instructor, BMW Performance Driving School and Chris Forsberg, Formula Drift Champion, put the BMW M4 through the specially-designed course that formed the shape of a BMW M Series logo - revealed at the end of the video.

The 2015 BMW M4 Coupe is powered by the same 3.0-liter inline-6 cylinder engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology as its M3 sibling. The BMW M4 Coupe features increased performance levels that distinguish it from previous generations of the M3 family, delivering 425 horsepower. The BMW M4 Coupe will start with an MSRP of $65,125.

The M Initiation video is now available on BMW of North America's YouTube and social media channels with the hashtag #MRated.


Source: BMW North America

Art: Camilo Pardo – “The Shelby Years”

by Michael Satterfield
@TheGentRacer

If you happen to be in the Los Angeles area this weekend you should be sure to swing by William Turner Gallery. The gallery will be hosting an exhibit of Camilo Pardo's work "The Shelby Years" featuring a selection of his automotive art focused on the cars crafted by Los Angeles Sports Car Legend Carroll Shelby on August 24th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery is less than 4 miles from the original Shelby factory where in 1962 Shelby started building his legendary Cobras.


Camilo is best known as the designer of the Ford GT, which recreated the legendary Le Mans winning GT40. He is also currently starring in new TV show called Motor City Masters  on TruTV.

The event will also serve as the launch of The Shelby American Team Film a major motion picture about Carroll Shelby and the team of men and women who worked for him at the Venice, California facility between 1962 and 1966, legends like Ken Miles, Peter Brock, Phil Remington, Bob Bondurant and Joan Sherman. The team that beat Ferrari in the FIA Championship and won Le Mans. Patrick Kriwanek, Producer/Director of the film will also be presenting at the exhibit.

Portions of the proceeds from this evening’s event will be donated to the Legends Connection Fund which maintains this important history and the annual Shelby American Team Employees reunion.


William Turner Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 453-0909

First look inside the new Petersen Auto Museum

by Michael Satterfield
@TheGentRacer

The Petersen Automotive Museum will be shutting down in October so that the entire facility can be reimagined into a new space that celebrates the automotive culture of California and beyond. Currently the building which was originally the Seibu department store building will be getting a new look and exhibits will focus on Hollywood's connection to the car industry, technology, the automotive industry and the art of the automobile.

The new space will also house a satellite design studio for the Art Center College of Design ("the world's leading transportation design school"!).  Work is scheduled to start after the museum's annual gala on October 18.





Source: The Petersen Museum 

Video: Nürburgring 24 Hours | Intervals

by Michael Satterfield
@TheGentRacer

Nitto Tire has released a new video called “Intervals”  Documenting the 24 Hours of Nurburgring.
This video takes you behind the scenes and shows you the race from the perspective of the pit crews, drivers, umbrella girls, and fans. It is hard to describe how well they have translated 24 hours of racing into an experience that is just over 3:30 seconds long. By the end of the video you will want to book your flight to attend the race next year.

Check out the video below:

El Mirage Tow Truck: Chevrolet Apache

by Michael Satterfield
@TheGentRacer

Land Speed Racing is one of the last true grassroots motorsports, sure there are the really big guys with jet powered corporate sponsored cars. But the bulk of the drivers are enthusiasts who are chasing a personal dream of speed. I have shot a lot of photos up at El Mirage, the dry lake has been a mecca of speed for the hot rodders of the Los Angeles area for over 60 years.

This photo set is focused on tow rig of one of those low budget racers who has been chasing his own dream of speed under the banner of "So What Speed Shop" since 1998. This classic Chevy Apache has just the right mix of age and custom touches to make it ultra cool. "So What Speed Shop" was started by Scottish born speed freak Shug Hanchard at the 98' Bonneville Speed Week. So far Shug and his team has set over 30 land speed records and like all racers is chasing the next one.

Check out the official "So What Speed Shop" website HERE






Car Week

by Michael Satterfield

A few Instagram shots from Car Week  see more @TheGentlemanRacer






First look at the all-new 2015 RTR Mustang

  1. Vaughn Gittin Jr. will be one of the featured guests at the AmericanMuscle Car Show at Maple Grove Raceway. Vaughn Gittin Jr. will be making a special announcement for all those in attendance at the show; he will be unveiling his 2015 Mustang RTR! Vaughn is excited to show off the 2015 Mustang RTR design for the first time, and those in attendance will be the first to see the newly designed Ford Mustang RTR. Vaughn will be signing autographs, doing meet and greets, and taking pictures with the newly unveiled Ford Mustang RTR design rendering. The event, as well as news and updates on the 2015 RTR, will be branded with the hashtag “#2015RTR” across all social media platforms.
    The 2015 Mustang RTR is a continuation of the RTR Mustang that has been in production since 2010. The 2015 Mustang RTR will be available in January at select Ford Dealers throughout the world, which can be located on the RTR website. The new 2015 Mustang RTR parts, as well as 20102014 Mustang RTR parts are available exclusively through AmericanMuscle.com. The 2015 Ford Mustang RTR will be available in in dealerships in January 2015, with parts available for sale soon before. Vaughn Gittin Jr. will have the first 2015 Mustang RTR at this year’s SEMA show. 

    • -  The 2015 RTR will be available for order through Ford dealers in January, with parts available exclusively at AmericanMuscle.com
    • -  News and updates on the 2015 RTR on social media can be followed by using the #2015RTRhashtag and @MustangRTR
    • -  Select dealerships will sell the RTR Mustang, they can be found on the mustangrtr.com website.
    • -  Vaughn Gittin Jr. is returning to the AmericanMuscle Car Show for the second year.
    • -  This is going to be the largest attendance to date for the show with the entrance fees for the show benefiting the
      Special Olympics
    • -  The RTR Brand is the vision of World Champion drifter and Mustang mad man, Vaughn Gittin Jr. When
      creating RTR, his dream was to introduce something new to the Mustang world that appeals not only to younger
      generations, but also to any traditional muscle car enthusiasts and overall automotive enthusiasts as a whole.
    • -  To see the 2015 Ford Mustang RTR built, tested, and all of the other behind-the-scenes footage, follow
      americanmuscle.com and mustangrtr on Instagram 

62 Ferrari 250 GTO sells for record $38 million at Monterey

by Michael Satterfield
@TheGentRacer

A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta has set the record for the highest auction price a single car has ever sold for, with the bidding reaching $38,115,000 at Bonhams’ Quail Lodge auction in Carmel, California. While the near forty million dollar bid is still a record, the car fell far short of the seventy-five million dollar estimate that some speculated it could reach before the auction. 

The sale of the GTO eclipses the record setting sale of the ex-Fangio 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R grand prix racer that sold for nearly $30 million at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed auction last year. While this GTO has set a record for an auction price, it is not the highest price anyone has paid for one of the 39 Ferraris. Last year (2013) chassis number 5111GT sold for $52 million dollars in a private sale to the Torrota Collection. 



Source: Bonhams

2000GT

 
Photos & Words by Michael Satterfield

The Toyota 2000 GT is one of the legendary cars and I always love taking the opportunity to photograph one. It is one of the best looking cars ever to come out of Japan and I really wish there were a few more floating around so I could get behind the wheel of one.









1967 Gulf Fairlane

by Michael Satterfield
@TheGentRacer

Last year for the SEMA show I had the idea of building a car to celebrate my companies involvement with Gulf Oil. The result was this car, a 1967 Ford Fairlane, and this is the first real photoshoot I have done with the car myself. 

It all started when a guy was shouting out at the gate by my studio, I came out to see what was going on and he greeted me with "Are you the guy that buys old cars?" I asked him what he had and what he wanted for it the next day we were hauling the Fairlane out of a backyard in Chino. 

Today the car has a 427ci big block backed up by a Tremec T600, 4 wheel disc by Stainless Steel Disc Brakes with a booster by Master Power bring everything to a stop. Eaton Springs helped get the stance just right, and Interior was done to our specifications by TMI products.

For that proper old school look Cragar 500 Eliminators were chosen and wrapped up in Goodyear Eagle Tires. The team over at Bare Bones Custom Paint took my drawings from paper and made it a reality. The best thing about working on a classic American car is almost everything is available from vendors like Scott Drake or Auto Krafters. We also got some help modernizing the car from Dakota Digital, Perma Cool, and Champion Cooling Systems. 

Look for the Fairlane at a show near you and our upcoming video.









California bill could boost vehicle registration fees

by Michael Satterfield
@TheGentRacer

According to the Associated Press bill AB2393 has passed both the Assembly and Senate and is headed for Governor Jerry Brown's desk for a signature. If the bill is signed (which is expected) it will allow counties to charge an additional $2 for personal vehicles and $4 for commercial vehicles on annual registration. This is on top of the $46 base charge, $24 California Highway Patrol surcharge, and other fees counties may choose to add.

The fee is supposedly for Cal-ID fingerprinting programs for identifying bodies and people under arrest. Seems like a bit of a stretch it should not be covered by the general fund, but it looks like California drivers are going to once again get to foot the bill for Sacramentos mismanagement. The bill does not need voter approval since it is only authorizing a localized tax/fee.

Source: AP