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Car #43: The Road to Rally (part 2)

Car #43: The Road to Rally (part 2)

In the second installment of building an RX-7 into a rally car, I’ll discuss building a four link. (Part One is found HERE) The reason I wanted the four link is I wanted my car not to be a twitchy mess. I learned quickly on RX-7 Rally Car v1.0 that…
Car #43: The Road to Rally (part 1)

Car #43: The Road to Rally (part 1)

One year from now, I will be strapped in the seat of my car. The timer will be counting down to null and I will be away in a fury of dust, gravel, and misplaced optimism. Or at least that is how I picture it. To be clear, it won’t be…
Grassroots to Goodwood Part 5 – Pre event nerves

Grassroots to Goodwood Part 5 – Pre event nerves

Two weeks have passed now since we made our triumphant return to Goodwood Festival of Speed and I still have a sweet taste in my mouth of burnt tyre rubber and Verve Cliquet champagne. It’s a strange combination but one I am happy to get used to as we now…
Inside a NORRA Mexican 1000 Pre-Evolution Winning Truck

Inside a NORRA Mexican 1000 Pre-Evolution Winning Truck

We all know that Robby Gordon won the NORRA Mexican 1000 in his crazy cool Gordini but what about the other vehicles in the race? There were vintage vehicles, bikes and ATVs and a class called Evolution with an assortment of modern race vehicles ranging from Robby Gordon’s Unlimited entry all the…
Koenigsegg Breaks Previous Record

Koenigsegg Breaks Previous Record

     You probably have heard of Koenigsegg but if not, they are a Swedish car manufacturer know for building very fast cars. How fast? Well their latest creation, called the One:1, just broke the world record for being the quickest car to go from zero to 300km/h (186 mph) and…
2015 Olympus Rally Recap – The Build Race Party Edition

2015 Olympus Rally Recap – The Build Race Party Edition

For the forth consecutive event, David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew brought home a commanding victory for Subaru Rally Team USA at the Olympus Rally. Marking the return of the event to the National Championship rotation for the first time since 2012, teams faced a triple threat: loose conditions, dust and tricky…
GRC LITES SEASON PREVIEW: ALEJANDRO FERNANDEZ

GRC LITES SEASON PREVIEW: ALEJANDRO FERNANDEZ

Vitals: Born: January 26, 1996 // Hometown: Bogota, COL 2015 Team: #126 AF Racing GRC Lites 2014 Results: Fernandez’s GRC Lites debut at X Games Austin didn’t quite go as planned, as the sport’s first Colombian driver failed to make the six-car final. But his results consistently improved as the…
PORSCHE OPENS NEW $100 MILLION EXPERIENCE CENTER / HEADQUARTERS IN ATLANTA

PORSCHE OPENS NEW $100 MILLION EXPERIENCE CENTER / HEADQUARTERS IN ATLANTA

Porsche Cars North America today officially opened its new $100 million Porsche Experience Center (PEC) and headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. The 27-acre complex located at the Northeast corner of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the largest investment outside Germany for the sports car manufacturer. The industry-first facility is complete with…
New Rally Game by CodeMasters

New Rally Game by CodeMasters

This is one of the greatest video game announcements in years! I love rally. I also love rally video games and have been waiting for years for someone to build a new game. The Dirt franchise has been amazing but Richard Burns Rally is where it’s at for most of…
The Baja Pig – Part 1, The Big Picture

The Baja Pig – Part 1, The Big Picture

The drawing is real. Its a 1989 BMW 325is that I converted into a desert racer for the Baja 1000. Turns out its the first production based BMW to run the infamous race and it all started when I was dared by Miller Welders to build a BMW for the Baja…
Help Bobby Kennedy get Back on the Track!

Help Bobby Kennedy get Back on the Track!

Those that follow sports car racing in the south east likely have seen and appreciated the talent of young Daytona Beach racer Bobby Kennedy. Last year, the Kennedy family invested heavily to build a Trans Am Series racer for the fast growing TA2 class. A new Mustang was constructed by…
Chuckwalla Raceparty

Chuckwalla Raceparty

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015The BuildupLike most of our coordinated amateur race weekends, the instigator of our group, Duke Stachington, got the tires spinning with a simple email: Hey guys, Letting you know that Manstache O’Toole, [pointless name 1], [pointless name 2] and myself are going to be doing the track…
Building my S50ti RallyCross car

Building my S50ti RallyCross car

It seems like a long time ago, but it really was only a few years ago. It was 4 AM, I was up to my elbows in Kevlar and Resin as we made a full underbelly protector for Dave Kern’s BMW 318ti Rally build. I got hooked soon after I…
Wooden Go-Kart Kickstarter!

Wooden Go-Kart Kickstarter!

So you want a go kart… But you can’t weld. Now what? Make it out of wood! Why wood you ask? Sure, steel karts are fun and strong, but they require a large number of specialized tools to build, repair or modify. Tools that most people don’t have. Wood, on…
1927 Miller 91 “Boyle Valve” Special

1927 Miller 91 “Boyle Valve” Special

155–250 bhp, 90.2 cu. in. DOHC 16-valve inline eight-cylinder engine with a supercharger and one updraft carburetor, three-speed Miller manual transmission, front-beam axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 100 in. Extremely rare original Miller 91 engine Original Miller 91…
Car #34: I Brought a Trailer (part 1)

Car #34: I Brought a Trailer (part 1)

This car lived a few lives with me. I have dubbed them Version 1.0 and Version 1.5 to clarify. This is the story of rally car ver. 1.0. This car was featured on Bring a Trailer in 2010, right as I was looking to get something together to rally. Technically,…
Kelly Moss Factory GT3 RSR Racecar

Kelly Moss Factory GT3 RSR Racecar

If this your first introduction to Kelly Moss Motorsports, welcome to awesome world of the Stone brothers. Kelly Moss Motorsports, based in Madison, Wisconsin, boasts more than 25 years of racing expertise and delivers results. “Racing is really the core of our company,” Stone said. “It’s what we started doing 26 years ago, and…
Frozen Rush Moves Mountains to Race

Frozen Rush Moves Mountains to Race

Red Bull Frozen Rush is an event unlike any other. 900 horsepower Pro 4 trucks are no stranger to short-course racing throughout the Midwest and southwestern regions of America, but they’re not especially prominent in places like New England—nor had they ever run on snow until two years ago, when…
From Grassroots to Goodwood Part 2

From Grassroots to Goodwood Part 2

From Grassroots to Goodwood (Part 2) by Dave Vardy A Change in Career As 2011 arrived, the first task was to work on getting both Skoda and the AMT back to Goodwood. Everything was put in place with Skoda UK Motorsport once again and Goodwood were well receptive of our…
NEW FIA GT3 MERCEDES-AMG

NEW FIA GT3 MERCEDES-AMG

Mercedes-Benz is presenting a new customer sport racing car that complies with FIA GT3 race regulations in the form of the new Mercedes-AMG GT3. With this, the second customer sport car to be developed by Mercedes-AMG, the Affalterbach company is seeking to build on the success of the SLS AMG…
For Sale: Datsun 260z Rally Car

For Sale: Datsun 260z Rally Car

Vintage rally cars are special. They’ve been through so much and the history gets embedded into the car over time. And some of the coolest vintage rally cars are from the East African Safari Rally. They usually had special body work or bumpers and maybe a second spare tire on…
For Sale: 1950 Cooper Streamliner

For Sale: 1950 Cooper Streamliner

You don't need this. No one does. But man is it cool. They just don't make anything like this anymore. Super lightweight and powered by a Norton Motorcycle engine attached to a 4 speed, the car started life as a 1950 Cooper MKIV. So this isn't an original Cooper Streamliner.…
Snowmobile of the Future?

Snowmobile of the Future?

This is Michal Bonikowski’s Snowmobile concept. There are no plans to build it but so,wine should. Michael is famous for many designs and most recently his work with his Facebook Phones on YD. His mission with this snowmobile is pure personal pleasure as he wanted an all-terrain-vehicle with a closed…
For Sale: Lexus Off-Road Sedan

For Sale: Lexus Off-Road Sedan

This one isn’t for everyone. You need to be a special kind of person to appreciate this build. Its awesome. Its also way out there. And for $3,500, its yours! You can see the live ad here, but I pasted it in below for longevity.   I have for sale…
NASA ANNOUNCES INNOVATIVE NEW AFFORDABLE PROTOTYPE SERIES

NASA ANNOUNCES INNOVATIVE NEW AFFORDABLE PROTOTYPE SERIES

The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) unveiled today during the PRI Show an exciting new prototype series that will be called the NASA Prototype series (NP). The NP series will debut in fall of 2015. The NP series is a collaborative effort between NASA and Élan Technologies that will feature…
Ken Block Wins in Charlotte!

Ken Block Wins in Charlotte!

It was clear that Ken Block had one thing on his mind during Round 5 of the Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) weekend, winning.  Block was able to put together a perfect weekend including, two heat wins, a semi-final win, and eventually a finals win at the Dirt Track, which…
Attend a beer festival near you

Attend a beer festival near you

What are you doing this weekend?  If your first answer isn’t “working on my car, “racing,” or “watching a race” chances are there is a beer festival near you and you should make it a point to go. Beer festivals are just that: a festival of all the hoppy, malty…
All Speed Innovations – Time Attack STI

All Speed Innovations – Time Attack STI

I’ll start off with a quick overview of the original build process, prior to discovering the old engine that was already in the car was toast. All of this took place in a two week scramble between working on customer cars and filling parts orders only to get it on…
Ken Block Rallycross Damage Too Much for STPR Rally Entry

Ken Block Rallycross Damage Too Much for STPR Rally Entry

Unfortunately, due to the crash which occurred during the opening round of Global Rallycross in Barbados last weekend, Hoonigan Racing Division is forced to withdraw their entry into the upcoming Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR) on May 30-31 in Wellsboro, PA. This is due to staffing logistics and the time…
How To Build A Painstakingly Perfect Jurassic Park Ford Explorer

How To Build A Painstakingly Perfect Jurassic Park Ford Explorer

There was nothing particularly special about the first generation Ford Explorer, ’til it rolled with mother flippin’ dinosaurs in one of the cinematic masterpieces of my generation. Christopher Orgeron agrees; he’s two years into building the ultimate Jurassic Park Explorer replica complete with big-brick TVs inside. He’s posted his gallery of the…
IMSA: Talks continue on 2017 spec prototype chassis

IMSA: Talks continue on 2017 spec prototype chassis

Marshall Pruett Lead image by LAT Photographic Plans to create a global spec prototype for 2017 continue to take shape, according to Scot Elkins IMSA’s VP, Competition and Technical Regulations. The concept, which is in its formative stages, would provide a single chassis that would accept a variety of engines…
1964 LeMans Documentary

1964 LeMans Documentary

Vanquished covers the early years of the incredible Ford vs Ferrari battle. Before the famous GT40 was the Cobra and the ridiculously cool Daytona Coupe. This documentary shows the battle but also covers the men that made it happen. You see shots of Peter Brock mocking up the clay miniature…
1965 Ford Mustang 289 Racing Car

1965 Ford Mustang 289 Racing Car

This notchback Ford Mustang has had vast expense lavished on it in order to build it into an ideal historic race/rally competitor. The shell was sent to highly regarded preparer Rae Davis Racing, and main assembly and preparation was carried out by the talented men at CCK Historics of Kent,…
FORMULA 1 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX

FORMULA 1 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX

São Paulo In 1938 a huge plot of land was bought in Sao Paulo by two local property developers who intended to build a large housing development. It soon became clear, however, that one part of the land was not suitable for housing and so they decided to build a…
FORMULA 1 GERMAN GRAND PRIX

FORMULA 1 GERMAN GRAND PRIX

Hockenheim The original Hockenheim circuit was built in 1939 as a high-speed test track for Mercedes-Benz, who needed a venue to test for the Tripoli Grand Prix. It was almost eight kilometres long and was formed of two long, curved straights with a long corner at either end. When war…
FORMULA 1 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX

FORMULA 1 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX

Budapest Hungary first hosted a grand prix in the 1930s, but following the Second World War and the building of the Iron Curtain it was not until the 1960s that motorsport began to find a place in the country. At the start of the 1980s there was a general wish…
FORMULA 1 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX

FORMULA 1 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX

Sakhir The 2004 Grand Prix of Bahrain marked the first ever round of the FIA Formula One World Championship to be held in the Middle East and the official culmination of a multi-million dollar project started back in September 2002 when the Kingdom of Bahrain signed a long-term deal to…

Tis The Season To Be Gnarly

This video is everything I love about having fun with friends and cars. I know a UTV is not a car but it does have four wheels and an engine and man do they fly! And this video rules because its a bunch of guys having fun with their vehicles.…