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Video Recommendation: Canepa Shop Walk-Through

December 5, 2016 in American / General Discussion / German / Italian / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Video

We always find it fascinating to see what is currently going on in Bruce Canepa‘s Scott’s Valley, California shop during their weekly video walk throughs. No sound is necessary, the images speak volumes. We have had our eye on the black Interscope 934 in particular, but wonder what the lowered Duesenberg with stock wheels all about, too. In fact, everything in the shop peaks our interest, it’s absolute sensory overload! Enjoy..

Future Collectible Factory Hot Rod: 1987 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup

November 25, 2016 in General Discussion / German / Race Car / Sleeper / Survivor / Video

This 1987 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup car was featured for sale as a BringATrailer.com exclusive almost 3 years ago already, but we still consider it to be one of the finest examples left to exist today. Only 192 of the race cars were built to compete in the worldwide single spec series, this one being 1 of only 9 of those that were imported into the United States by Al Holbert, the head of Porsche Cars North America. From new it was sold to an executive at Escort radar detectors, which just so happened to be the title sponsor for the US series at the time. The absolute holly grail of the 944 Turbo (aka 951) series, we imagine these ultimate factory prepped race versions to be the next highly collectible Porsche on this side of the 911 world and their recent asking and selling prices have been supporting that theory quite well. Let’s take a closer look at this particular example while we glimpse at the differences that distinguish the racers from their street driven brethren.

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Original ’56 Gullwing vs Restored at Auction

November 17, 2016 in Barn Find / General Discussion / German / Survivor / Sympathetic Restoration

We take a brief look at two almost identical Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing coupes that sold during January’s Gooding & Company auction in Phoenix. Both cars were both black on red, and both the same model year, so why “almost” identical? One was an original survivor that needed, let’s just say a bit of freshening to make all of it’s patina workable and the other was a fully restored show example. So, which one sold for more? Hemmings.com featured both of them with that very same question before they went up on the block, although we have not found a follow up so we thought that we would take it on ourselves. So stay with us onto the next page and we will answer that after the break…
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1969 Mid Ohio Trans Am Race Vintage Photo Collection

November 14, 2016 in American / General Discussion / German / Italian / Race Car

We ran across this collection of cool vintage race pictures on Camaros.org, posted by forum member Jon Mello. Freelance photographer Ron Lathrop captured these epic shots at the Trans Am race at Mid Ohio in June of 1969. We especially like seeing the race from his behind the scenes perspective in the pits and of the random race car parts. Not surprisingly, Ron’s work was published in many well known car magazines of the time.
For us, there is nothing better than race cars that resemble cars that you could actually buy off the showroom floor and modify to hit the track, which is exactly what we have going on here. We love these pictures of AMC Javelins dicing it up with 911’s, Alfas, Camaros, Firebirds and Mustangs with the greats from their early years behind the wheel, including Jerry Titus, Parnelli Jones, Milt Minter and Mark Donohue. We can practically hear the V8 engines roar as they battle it out while banging fenders, or possibly we were making those noises ourselves, who can really be certain. Make your own race car sounds while scanning through the following photo compilation on the next page…

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2012 Porsche RSR Getting Painted in Sponsor’s Falken Tire Scheme

November 9, 2016 in General Discussion / German / Race Car

This 2012 Porsche GT3 RSR was sponsored by Falken Tires for the American Le Mans Series and for today’s feature it is seen here getting painted in their team colors. For us, race cars (and especially street cars) look their best with a very clean factory look before they have been wrapped with busy liveries or slapped with sponsorship stickers. Take a walk with us on the following page as we follow this race car through it’s unfortunate but necessary paint process…
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Random Vintage Targa Floria Race Photos

October 28, 2016 in American / English / French / General Discussion / German / Italian / Japanese / Race Car / Video

In this feature we have plucked 130 random photos of the classic Targa Florio race from http://www.forum-auto.com/ ‘s 1,642 page thread. The open road rally-esque race was held on the public mountain roads of Sicily beginning in 1906. By 1977’s last race, it was declared “totally insane” by driver Helmut Marko because of the high speeds the race cars would achieve while ripping within inches of spectators standing on the streets without any protection between them. Throughout it’s history, miraculously only 9 people total were killed during the race, drivers included. But rather than focus on the morbid, how about we take a moment to celebrate the courageous drivers of the past from before the time of stringent safety concerns for them or their audience. And also marvel at the gorgeous war weapons that were brought out to duke it out with in the heat of battle for the overall championship title. Those were the days of guts and glory, a romantic period of time when cars were designed by artisans with vision rather than lawyers with restrictions. The drivers were fat and their tires were thin, as the saying goes. Please continue onto the following page for the featured pictorial …
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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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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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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 http://jalopnik.com/ 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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Porsche’s Private Museum Storage Warehouse

September 12, 2016 in Factory Photos / Factory Tour / General Discussion / German / Race Car / Survivor

Autoblog.com’s Michael Harley was recently asked by Porsche if he would like to take a tour of their private warehouse while he was visiting Stuttgart, to which he graciously obliged. The storage facility had 336 total cars at the time of his tour, the historic vehicles kept there as most make their rotation for display at the publicly open museum down the street, or sent out to events around the world. Filling the building were old race cars, show concepts, development mules, prototypes and engineering displays. In his own words, “…there was an overpowering smell of used motor oil, rubber and fuel…”. Fantastic.

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PART 2 of Abandoned Cars: A Sad, Sad Pictorial

September 7, 2016 in American / English / French / General Discussion / German / Italian / Japanese / Movie Car / Race Car

#Here we have a continuation of the “Abandoned Cars: A Sad, Sad Pictorial” feature we did not too long ago. A few from that past post may have sneaked their way into today’s segment that we have overlooked, but what we find most interesting is that that we have featured 2 of the basket cases here as restoration projects. The goal, of course, is to track down and find the remaining to showcase on our site. Until then…
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2014 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa Top Operation

September 5, 2016 in General Discussion / German / Video

While we don’t normally discuss too many brand new cars here, we felt the new 2014 Carrera Targa was a worthy topic for today’s general discussion. We have always been huge fans of the 1970’s and 80’s 911 Targas, despite what the purists have said about it’s rear glass design disrupting the 911 hard top’s classic silhouette. Yada yada, right? We dig ’em. Well, yesterday Porsche re-introduced the traditional Targa hoop’ed 991 Carrera at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, but with an over the top (yes, intentional cheesy pun) automated mechanism to operate it’s on and off removal. Thus, the beginning of our own personal dismay and confusion diatribe, and reiteration yet once again of our overall general woes concerning Porsche’s path since the original was first released…
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Vintage Race Car Hauler Pictures

July 13, 2016 in American / French / General Discussion / German / Italian / Japanese / Race Car

We always love a good ‘ol vintage car pictorial to scroll through, especially when the subject is race car related. There is just something about seeing the haphazard way that things used to be done that gives us a nice warm fuzzy feeling inside. We hope you enjoy looking at this feature of Vintage Race Car Hauler Pictures as much as we did in finding them.

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Lamborghini Diablo Refresh

June 29, 2016 in Build In Progress / General Discussion / Italian

Sudesh, a forum member over at Lamborghini-talk.com, recently purchased a 1993 2wd Diablo. It has some nice upgrades like SV engine deck and mesh style rear grill, SE30 front and rear bumpers and rear spoiler, slightly wider rear wheels and some carbon interior bits. He’s refreshing the car himself and learning as he goes. It’s a very well documented thread and we’re enjoying watching Sudesh as he makes his way through the Diablo’s various systems. Follow along with us on the next page…

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200th Post CBI Celebration in the Form of a 70’s Custom Van Pictorial

June 24, 2016 in American / General Discussion / Home Garage Build

For our 200th published post, we wanted to do something a little special and out of the ordinary. We thought what could be better than a post featuring 70’s customized vans? Rather than follow one from start to finish during a restoration, behold 55 pictures on the following page of an assortment of custom rigs with air-brushed unicorns, wizards, warlocks and crashing wave scenarios. From the factory, these rigs were a virtual blank canvas for the imaginations of the era’s psychedelic artists and craftsmen, and now looking back at them they surely represented that time period with flying colors, not to mention shag carpeting, bubble windows, CB radios, louvers, captain chairs and of course, beds. Water beds if were so inclined. And if the f*#k truck has a name, all the better.
So, that’s it folks for the rest of the weekend, enjoy the pictures and keep on truckin‘! Don’t come a knockin’ if the trucks a rockin‘. (Raises hands above head, drops mike and walks off stage)…

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VIDEO: One Car Do It All

June 23, 2016 in General Discussion / German / Home Garage Build / Race Car / Video

Here is a great video about one man’s quest to have one car that can do it all: one that he can pack up and drive to the track, race and then drive home in, and enjoy for recreational weekend driving. We often ask ourselves what the ultimate car would be that could achieve the same goals, and frequently come up with an answer which is freakishly close to what Jack Olsen has done here. In this case the car is “Black Beauty”, a ’72 Porsche 911 built up with RSR bodywork, a ’95 993 engine and a host of other go fast goodies picked from other model years. We don’t want to give away any more, so we hope you enjoy the video as much as we did…

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Ferrari Cutaway Drawings

June 13, 2016 in Cutaway Drawings / Ferrari cutaway pictorial / General Discussion / Race Car

We would like to introduce you to a new segment here at CarBuildIndex.com, titled Cutaway Drawings. Please find our first installment featuring Ferrari as the marque on the following page, including everything from street to race cars from Ferrari’s early years all the way to modern day. Each picture has been labeled, so if you scroll over each of them you will be able to see their titles on the bottom left of your computer screen. We put them in chronological order so the road cars could be viewed with the race cars of the same era. We hope you enjoy it and watch out for an upcoming Part 2 to this post featuring a more comprehensive viewing of Ferrari’s Formula 1 cars throughout their glorious competitive history. Until then…

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