VIDEOS:Jeff Zwart+GT2RS+Pike’s Peak=Modded Street Car Goes Racing

October 21, 2016 in German / Modification Thread / Race Car / Video

We absolutely love everything about the videos attached on the following page and all that they stand for. In the first one, the legend, the myth, the factory Porsche racing guru hot shoe Jeff Zwart drove a 997 GT2 RS a total of 1,132 miles from Porsche Motorsport’s headquarters in Santa Ana, California to the Pikes Peak Hillclimb in Colorado, where he raced it in the 2011 event. The only modifications they did to the car were the installation of a factory European spec Club Sport roll cage, associated safety equipment and minor interior gutting, a Recaro race seat, slapped on some 18″ BBS 3 piece alloys with Michelin racing tires, and used lightweight plastic GT3 Cup doors. He ended up finishing in second place in his class behind a full tube framed Hyundai race car and set the record for the quickest street legal car to ever have run the course. We think that it’s all sorts of cool, and we are sure that you will agree. Please continue on the next page for the videos and pictures from the race, as well as a bonus we threw in from 2013.


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Survivor Saturday: 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupe

October 20, 2016 in American / Barn Find / French / Survivor

This gorgeous dirt covered 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupe caught our attention as the perfect vehicle to feature for the subject of our Survivor Saturday profile. Upon first glance, it appeared to be a Maserati Mexico or a Ferrari 250 PF Coupe to us, but then that unique ornate grill gave up it’s identity as to it’s French rather than Italian origins. It’s history is quite interesting, both of this particular car and of the manufacturer, as well. It turns out that this vehicle had been sitting inside a wooden barn in Missouri for the past 40 years, having only covered 31,152 total miles before it was stored away. In fact, this rare Franco-American car is still wearing what’s thought to be it’s original Peacock Blue paint under all of that dirt that it has accumulated while tucked away in exclusion, hiding from marque experts who had written it off as lost forever. As we scan through the photos, we can’t help but wonder if the radio stations are still preset from the time when it was last driven, and how such an elegant, rare car gets banished to solitary confinement for so many years. With such a time capsule, our questions start building up as quickly as our imaginations run away from us…

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Aston Martin Factory Recalls Cars Built Between 2007-2014

October 19, 2016 in English / Factory Photos / General Discussion

Aston Martin just announced that they are currently recalling all of the 2008 to 2014 model year left hand drive cars they have built thus far to date, except for any Vanquish models. Factory service departments world wide should expect to be flooded for the factory mandated fix of an accelerator pedal that could break without warning. All right hand drive cars built since May 2012 are affected, as well. More of the breaking story on the following page…

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2010 KTM X Bow Build

October 17, 2016 in Build In Progress / English / Modification Thread / Race Car

This 2010 KTM X Bow was the subject of a couple of modification threads by Backdraft Motorsports in the U.K. In our quest to scour the internet and find the most interesting build threads humanly possible to share with our CBI fan(s), we happened to have run across two web sites which had the same build. We figured that was a sign from a divine power greater than us, so we ran like hell with it. Also, we had recently featured a few other (non-USA) street legal race cars in the not too distant past, but as a side note we feel we have to be brutally honest here…between the KTM X Bow, the Ariel Atom, the Radical RXC and the BAC Mono, we have got to admit we are smitten by the BAC by far the most. That is probably because it is able to replicate the look of a formula car the closest since it is the only single seater between them, which perhaps says something about our selfish nature. Not that we care, of course. Whatever, moving on back on target.
Please continue on the next page as we follow the trials and tribulations of this X Bow’s build while it receives a slew of modifications…

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A Closer Look at Automotive Museums

October 14, 2016 in American / Factory Photos / Factory Tour / General Discussion / German / Japanese / Race Car / Survivor

Last week, Automotive News took a look at the exorbitant costs that manufacturers pay to keep their museums operating. According to the article, General Motors apparently spends approximately $1.8 million per year to keep their Heritage Center operating, while housing 600 production, race and concept cars. At the time of the federal bailout, they had almost double that amount of cars on hand before deciding to cut it down during the desperate times as an appropriate and necessary act of good faith.
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Most Beautiful Race Car Of All Time?

October 12, 2016 in American / English / French / German / Italian / Japanese / Race Car

David Malsher at recently asked his readers their own personal opinion of “the most beautiful race cars of all time”. The question is not limited to his own audience, so how about we join in, too? He requested that only 5 are picked at most, and the best replies will appear in an upcoming February follow up story with the chance at some prizes. The trick is that he asks that you try and be objective with your decisions and not choose only cars that have a winning competitive history that may have influenced your own personal reasons for picking them. Normally we are told not to judge a book by it’s cover, but in this case that is exactly what we are being asked to do here.
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1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe CSX2287 Re-Makes History

October 11, 2016 in American / Barn Find / Factory Photos / Race Car / Survivor / Sympathetic Restoration / Video

Since we have recently been on the subject of unrestored vintage race cars that still have their original patina anyways, we figured that it would be the perfect time to bring up this 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (CSX2287). Rather than delve into anything regarding Phil Spector’s later ownership of the car after it was retired from racing or the twisted legal battles it has been involved in since, we felt that the only appropriate focal point should be this Cobra’s glorious competition heritage. Apparently we weren’t the only ones, as the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) announced a week ago yesterday that CSX2287 “will become the first automobile to be recorded under the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Heritage Documentation.” We had been feeling the gravitational pull of this particular car in our Daytona Coupe-shaped hearts, and now we know the reason why.


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1990 Porsche 964 Cup Car Bare Shell Repaint

October 10, 2016 in German / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Sympathetic Restoration

This 1990 Porsche 964 series Carrera Cup car (chassis #9007) was the subject of a bare shell repaint thread back to it’s original Viper Green color on forum member “NineMeister”. The shop who did the work, 9M in the UK, bought the race car in an estate sale unfortunately without any documentation to verify, but it is thought to have been the championship winning Trophy Cup car from that year. Their plan was to sympathetically restore it back to the factory specification and livery that it wore when raced during that successful season. Continue with us on the next page as we follow “Kermit” through it’s strip and respray…

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Short Take: Geo Tracker with LS1 Corvette Engine Swap

October 7, 2016 in American / Engine Swap / Sleeper

This Geo Tracker is the recipient of an LS1 Corvette engine swap with a blower on top, no less. Although we don’t have much information about the build, we felt the absolute necessity to include it here since we knew our viewers would appreciate the pure insanity of the whole concept just as much as we did. Does it have to make sense? Not to us when it’s a sleeper build of such epic proportions.


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1954 Mercedes Benz W196 F1 Race Car Photos

October 6, 2016 in Barn Find / German / Race Car / Survivor / Video

On July 12, 2013, Bonhams sold this 1954 Mercedes Benz W196 Silver Arrow Formula One race car (Serial #00006/54), previously driven by the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio for a record breaking amount. The hammer went down at almost $31 million, making it the most expensive car ever to have sold at auction. Although we felt that we should state that selling price out of some form of necessity, what we find most fascinating about this car is the absolute time capsule shape that it has remained in for so many years. “Patina”, “survivor”,  and “original” are all fitting descriptive terms that are thrown around far too often, but in this particular scenario they couldn’t be applied more appropriately. Continue with us on the next page as we take a brief closer look at this spectacular car’s history while marveling at the attached photos…

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Pontiac Solstice Build with 427 V8 Engine Swap

October 5, 2016 in American / Engine Swap / Modification Thread

This Pontiac Solstice was the subject of a project build at Hot Rod Magazine. With the additional help of General Motors Performance Division, the two joined forces and utilized the 2 seater’s rear wheel drive platform as the basis for a 7.0 liter, 427 cubic inch V8 engine swap. Since neither take any assigned task haphazardly, naturally everything in the car was torn apart and rebuilt around the new crate engine using mostly all GM parts numbers, including suspension and brake upgrades to match it’s new found horsepower. Continue with us on the next page for a closer look…

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1984 Toyota Celica Turbo Rally Car Restoration

October 4, 2016 in Japanese / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Video

This 1984 Toyota Celica Turbo TC35 Rally Car was the subject of a restoration by Mäkelä Auto Tuning in Finland. It’s shop owner is retired rally driver Kari Mäkelä, who you may remember from our previous feature of their absolutely jaw dropping 1983 Ferrari 308 Michelotto Group B rally car replica build, which can be found in “Related posts” on the following page. Back to the subject at hand, this particular 2 wheel drive, 1.8 liter 4 cylinder turbo (4T-GTE) Group B rally car’s revival journey began by getting completely gutted before being fully rebuilt from the ground up. The shop’s crew custom fabricated an impressive amount of the vehicle back into it’s original Group B configuration, and knowing MAT, possibly even a few giant leaps beyond…

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Steve McQueen’s Rides: A Photo Retrospective

October 3, 2016 in American / English / German / Italian / Race Car

Much has been written about Steve McQueen and the cars he has had throughout his lifetime, and rightfully so because the “King of Cool” actor had discriminating automobile taste and he was a noted accomplished driver, as well. He was a true car guy through and through, having owned some of the most sought after and interesting cars in automotive history before his untimely death in 1980. Motorcycles and cars that he has owned in the past have recently sold for between 3 to 10 times the average selling price of similar models in comparison, which is referred to as the “McQueen Effect”. There has only been one so far that has not held true to that formula, it being a Siata 208S which sold for market value because there was never any proof of it’s true lineage found that proved his name was ever on the title. Although there was never any documents to support the claim of that particular car, it is still a well known fact that he did own a 208S that he stuck Ferrari badges on and that he referred to as his “little Ferrari”, most probably because of it’s resemblance to the 166 and 212 Barchettas. Furthermore, although pictured, it has been noted that he was lent the Cobra in the photos by Carroll Shelby, although never purchased one for himself. His exquisite taste will always be admired by us here at Now, it’s time to sit back and enjoy the following photo retrospective…
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TIME LAPSE VIDEO: 2009 Ford E350 4×4 Van Conversion Build

September 30, 2016 in American / Build In Progress / Modification Thread / Video

This 2009 Ford E350 was the subject of a 4×4 van conversion by U-Joint Off Road in North Carolina, and the whole shebang was caught on tape. Watch the short time lapse video on the following page of the crew’s “One Day Build”, where they started the job at 8 a.m. and finished it in record time by 3:30 p.m. the same day. We got to say, that is one impressive project, not to mention intimidating looking f#*k truck. Looks like barrels of fun.


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1971 Ford F100 NORRA Mexican 1000 Baja Race Truck Build

September 29, 2016 in American / Engine Swap / Modification Thread / Race Car

This 1971 Ford F100 was the subject of a race truck restoration and build on, by forum member “bajaxp”. As his on-line name suggests, the truck was being prepared for competition in Baja for the 2013 NORRA Mexican 1000. It’s truly a no-holds barred, balls out build that started picking up sponsors as quickly as tumbleweed rolls through the desert (“quickly”…we were going for “quickly” here…) throughout it’s full 24 page thread. Continue with us on the next page as we follow the project from the time of purchase to beyond race day…

Help a Man with Lymphoma Fund His Dream:1965 Lotus Elan Restoration

September 27, 2016 in Build In Progress / English / General Discussion / Home Garage Build

We ran across this story on where 2 sons in Ann Arbor, Michigan are asking for donations to help them fund their father’s dream of finishing his 1965 Lotus Elan restoration. Robert Tischler is battling stage III Hodgkins Lymphoma and has become non responsive to his chemotherapy. He is a gearhead of the truest form, having started his Lotus restoration in the early 80’s but having to shelve it before completion because of work obligations and a new family. Without the means to do it themselves, the sons ask that he be given the opportunity to finish his dream with our help, with promises of video updates of the Lotus’s restoration work and progress along the way. The pledge ends in a few days on January 11th, and they have so far reached $3,297 out of the $5,000 needed for parts to start the project. The countdown is on, let’s pull together and do what we can to help.
Find their Indiegogo project page copied on the following page, with a link to it at the bottom.

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1988 Volkswagen GTI Restoration

September 26, 2016 in German / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread

This 1988 Volkswagen MK2 Golf GTI was the subject of a restoration project on by it’s owner/restorer, forum member “SMc”. The thread is extremely short and doesn’t go into a ton of detail, but a fair amount of photographs tell what’s necessary of the 3 1/2 year restoration story. As vintage VW fans ourselves, this one ticked all of the right boxes for us. A quick scroll to the end showed us everything we needed to know to decide if we wanted to include it here…let’s see, what do we have here: Euro bumpers and grill with Hella H4’s, a 16 valve front chin spoiler and a roof mounted Fuba antannae, all tastefully lowered on BBS RA 15×6 rims. Done, that’s alll ya had to say.

1977 Toyota Celica Resto/Mod Build + Video

September 23, 2016 in Engine Swap / Japanese / Modification Thread / Video

This 1977 Toyota first-generation Celica was the subject of a resto mod by it’s owner, Brian Karasawa. Back in the early 70’s, he was one of the early pioneers in the Japanese car enthusiast’s scene who were amongst the first to have modified their foreign “econo-boxes”. There weren’t a lot of aftermarket parts options available for him and his Southern California Shoreline Racing club member friends to choose from at the time. They all owned rear wheel drive cars such as Mazda RX3’s, Datsun 510’s, Capri’s and Celicas, making their lightweight platforms perfect candidates for engine and suspension upgrades. As a youth, he did what he could on a limited budget to modify his first Celica by cutting the springs, installing some Hayashi 13X7 rims and also a louder exhaust system, which all together created the look he was going after, but didn’t exactly have the performance to back it up. Recently he decided that it was time again for him to build a car like he had always wanted in the past, but this time around built right without any of the budget limitations that he had in his youth and the results seen on the continuing page are epic. See for yourself in the pictures and video…

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1968 Ford Mustang BULLITT Movie Tribute Car

September 22, 2016 in American / Engine Swap / Modification Thread / Movie Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration Shop / Sleeper

UPDATE: This car was one of our original features here at It just sold at the Bonhams auction in Arizona today (January 16th, 2014) for $88,000, as seen HERE

Original Feature:

This 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback is a “Bullitt” tribute car built by a collaboration between Gateway Classic Mustangs and Year One, as seen on The Highland Green car was made in 2008 for Steve McQueen’s son, Chad, with the intention of recreating the same character of his father’s original movie car while at the same time utilizing improved modifications that have been developed since the movie’s debut.


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