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Alfaholics Alfa Romeo 1750 Boat Tail Restoration/Build

August 31, 2015 in Build Site / Italian / Modification Thread / Restoration / Restoration Shop / Shop / Tuner

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When Alfaholics in the U.K. take on an Alfa Romeo restoration, they don’t mess around, especially when the client supplies them with what appears to be an open check book. With all of the custom parts on hand to restore and modify this 1750 Spider any way they see fit, it’s no surprise this Avorio on burgundy leather boat tail ended up with a virtual plethora of jaw dropping performance bits that consist of the following specifications:

  • Alfaholics GTA-R Suspension Package
  • Alfaholics GTA-R Brake Package (4-pot version)
  • Alfaholics 155BHP 1750 Engine built from original matching numbers engine with its original 40mm Webers
  • Alfaholics lightweight steel flywheel, Alfaholics propshaft, Alfaholics LSD
  • Alfaholics s/s sports exhaust
  • Alfaholics 7×15″ GTA Wheels with custom paint finish
  • Wilton Wool carpets with correct Spider heel mat logos
  • Full burgundy leather interior with custom sports seats, bespoke made leather door cards and rear seat drape, all Alfa plastic trim cappings and dashboard wrapped in charcoal leather
  • Boot fully boarded out and trimmed in Wilton wool carpet
  • Alfaholics billet aluminium pedal set

Check out the build pictures on the next page that began with a rusty Florida car…
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Video: Alfa of Tacoma

July 24, 2015 in Italian / Shop / Video

Let’s take a stroll, shall we? “Open since 1975, Alfa of Tacoma has been known for it’s high reputation in servicing the greatest Italian marques: Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati.”

 

The Ferrari 330 Shooting Brake: Did “Coco” Chinetti Build the Answer to a Question Nobody Asked?

May 28, 2015 in Design / guest contributor / History / Italian / Reader Submission / Shop / Wallace Wyss

1A Feature Story by Wallace Wyss

I finally tracked down what a “shooting brake” was. In the old days, when you had a horse that was rather too rambunctious to ride you harnessed him to a heavy old wagon, called a “brake” and let him try to run towing that. After he tuckered out, he was more calm even without the wagon. Now as regards to the shooting part, I know before cars m’lord would take a wagon out to shoot game on his estate but not sure if it was the same wagon to tame the horse. At any rate, here’s a shooting brake for sale over in Jolly Ol’ England by DK Engineering built on a Ferrari 330GT chassis…
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VIDEO: An Inside Look at Ferrari Scrapyard EuroSpares

May 13, 2015 in Italian / Shop / Video

EuroSpares is a scrap yard business that takes apart crashed, totaled and otherwise un-roadworthy Italian exotics such as those from Maserati, Ferrari and Lamborghini and sells what’s left of their good parts. This video takes a closer look at the business from an inside perspective, making for an interesting 8 minutes, especially when a bashed up and twisted 360 Challenge Stradale comes into the scenario…

Hat tip to Jalopnik

Classic 1980’s Holbert Racing Catalog

April 9, 2015 in American / Featured / German / Race Car / Shop / Tuner

The late Al Holert, former head of Porsche Motorsports North America, used to sell 924 and 944 aftermarket performance components out of his catalog and shop Holbert Racing in Pennsylvania back in the 1980’s. Anybody familiar with motorsports back then, and who is old enough, will immediately recognize the name as associated with everything from D Production 924 racing all the way up to 962’s, having won Le Mans and several IMSA titles along the way. The following are the pages from one of those catalogs, a welcome trip down memory lane.
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The Porsche 964 RS Euro Vs. RS America- Is There Really Any Comparison?

April 1, 2015 in General Discussion / German / Restoration / Shop

This European spec 964 RS is the subject of a restoration by the marque experts at Freisinger Motorsport in Germany. We have featured the shop several times before in the past since they are at the absolute pinnacle of their craft, which just so happens to be everything cool Porsche related. While there is no description or mention of the work they are performing on this car other than what can be interpreted from the pictures posted during the process, I thought this would make for a good opportunity to take a closer look at the differences between the European spec RS model and the much softer RS America variant that we received here…

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“Corvarado” -MainlyMuscle’s 1969 Corvair with a 500 CID Cadillac V8 Engine Swap

March 30, 2015 in American / Build In Progress / Drivetrain Swap / Engine Swap / Race Car / Restoration / Shop

Ever wonder what the patrons of Bringatrailer.com drive themselves, the commenters who share their never ending wealth of knowledge with the vintage car community? One of them there who goes by the user name “MainlyMuscle” shared his website with us, appropriately enough called www.MainlyMuscle.com. Of the multitude of heavy hitter American iron that can be found there, one in particular that stood out for me was this “Corvardo”. It’s a 1969 Corvair with a Cadillac V8 engine swapped in place of the original flat 6, punching out enough grunt to punt it down the drag strip in the 12’s (although they still want to knock a few seconds off that elapsed time). Feelings of being dragged into the force field of a cliche ubiquitous Ralph Nader reference…fighting temptation…struggling…must…move…on….

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/DRIVEN VIDEO: Keeping Jaguar XJ220s Alive and Fast

March 14, 2015 in English / Race Car / Shop / Video

The father and son team at Don Law Racing maintain at their facility a vast majority of the 281 XJ220s that Jaguar produced from 1992 to 1994. That’s because not only did paps race them back in the day, but he has since purchased all of their remaining parts inventory from Jaguar along with any spare engines from Tom Walkinshaw Racing, in addition to whatever 5 speed gearboxes from Ricardo were still available. The factory apparently didn’t have the capacity to maintain all of the customer cars, which gave Don and Justin the chance to purchase the contract from them when the opportunity presented itself. What’s more, they also restore and race the rare exotics to this day. What a life! Could these 3.5 liter V6 twin turbos be the most undervalued supercar currently on the market? We think so… 

 

2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 Road Racer to R-GT Rally Car Build by Mäkelä Auto-Tuning

January 28, 2015 in English / Race Car / Rally / Shop

We are no strangers to Mäkelä Auto-Tuning in Finland, having featured a few of their Group B rally projects in the past but that familiarity hasn’t stopped us yet from being awestruck by their work each and every time we see a new one completed. They just finished this 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage build in time to race it at last weekends Arctic Lapland Rally after converting it from a GT4 road racer into a rally car for FIA’s new R-GT class. The new category was created last year for 2 wheel drive production based GT cars, a no-brainer for late model 911 GT3s to enter and in 2014 a Tuthill modified 997 was the first Porsche to finish a WRC event since 1986. It’s good to see MAT mixing up the field a bit with this English car, without doubt the very first Vantage GT4 of nearly 100 made so far that has been converted for off-road duty. Check out the transformation on the following page, the jaw dropping pictures speak for themselves…
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VIDEO: A Jay Leno’s Garage “Restoration Projects in Progress” Update

December 23, 2014 in American / Build In Progress / Engine Swap / English / French / German / Italian / Patina / Race Car / Rare / Restoration / Shop / Sleeper / Survivor / Sympathetic Restoration / Video

Jay Leno’s vast knowledge of basically everything car related and seemingly unlimited resources to help fuel his passion makes him an utter treasure to the automotive community. In his latest Jay Leno’s Garage video posted on the following page, he walks us through his vast garage and updates us on the progress of each of his projects. One that we have been wondering about what ever happened to ourselves is the Mercedes Benz 300 SEL 6.3 that he was talking about doing an SLS engine swap with a while back. Understandably, he is now torn about beginning that project since the original 300k + mile motor runs so strong, so he asks viewers to comment on whether he should go ahead with it or not. Other noteworthy subjects include his Lamborghini Espada and an original ’53 Cunningham. Check it out for yourselves…
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Tour the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center with Google Maps Street View

November 25, 2014 in German / Shop

Ever had the opportunity to tour the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine, California? Well if you haven’t here’s your chance, and while you’re at it make yourself comfortable and slip behind the wheel of either one of the two 300 SL Gullwings that so graciously invite you inside them, seducing you with their million dollar charm. There are a lot of great cars on site but one in particular that isn’t so classic quite yet but is piquing my curiosity is the silver W210 body AMG E class with flares that’s stored up above on the rack. An E55 that has been subtlety warmed over as a later day Hammer, perhaps? You know how we love sleepers here….

211 MPH 2008 Porsche 997 GT2 Build by GMG Racing

October 18, 2014 in German / Modification Thread / Race Car / Shop

This 2008 Porsche 997 GT2 was the subject of a build by GMG Racing, a shop that I like to feature here from time to time because their work never fails to be anything short of absolutely immaculate. The goal this time around was to build a car capable of breaking the 200 mph mark at the Idaho Open Road Race Challenge, which it did with ease, averaging a bit over 211 mph. GMG added safety equipment for the race, tuned the car’s engine to 685 hp and modified its suspension with equipment and tricks learned from years of championship winnings in professional international racing, all of which are listed on the following page…

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VIDEO: A Look Inside The Abarth Museum in Belgium

October 16, 2014 in Italian / Shop / Video

Today just happens to be Fiat Abarth day, and to top it all off I have attached the following video which takes a look at Guy Moerenhout’s Abarth Works Museum in Lier, Belgium. As a former Abarth rally driver and owner of a repair garage, early on he decided to specialize in the marque because of his appreciation of founder Karl Abarth’s genius ability of taking the best parts from Renault, Porsche, Alfa Romeo and Simca and assembling them together in one lightweight package using aluminum, polyester and magnesium. His enthusiasm for everything Abarth is contagious, which is apparently not something that he is trying to hide because his museum is free of charge, so if you ever happen to be in the area be sure to visit it and don’t forget to share the experience by sending us some pictures too!

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2 Videos: How Do You Prefer Your Trucks? Simple Classics or High Tech Brutal Terrors?

September 2, 2014 in American / English / Factory Tour / Shop / Video

Enjoy your holiday weekend? Great, glad to hear it but don’t get back to work quite so quickly. I have 2 short truck videos for you to check out from complete opposite ends of the spectrum, each of which are equally as awe inspiring and impressive as the other and for entirely different reasons. So which do you prefer, the simplicity of the 1973 Land Rover Series III as told by Petrolicious.com, or the latest high tech desert and short course racing truck offering from Menzies Motorsports? Decisions, decisions…

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Porsche Shop Burns To Ground…

August 4, 2014 in German / Shop

I am not happy to report today’s unfortunate feature that tells the tragic story of the burning and total destruction of PM Motorsports in Sacramento. On July 18th, the arson-set fire destroyed the Porsche shop and everything in it, including the shop proprietor’s very own 1973 RSR. It, VIN #911 360 1008 had been considered one of, if not the most original remaining M491 left in existence that set the bar as the absolute standard to which all others be compared. Other models that were completely destroyed include at least two Speedsters and several 356’s, early long-hood 911s and a few 914s.

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Fiat 500 with Ferrari 3.0 V8 Engine Swap

August 1, 2014 in Engine Swap / Italian / Shop / Video

What we have here today is a Fiat 500 that has had a Ferrari 3.0 litre V8 swapped in place of it’s 500cc rear mounted engine, and creates an absolutely glorious howl that sounds like something more similar to a Nascar than anything you’d expect to hear coming from an Italian run-a-bout (videos on following page). It was created by the imaginative craftsmen at Oemmedi Meccanica in Italy, who should have instantly triggered your memory at first glance of this mad creation had you seen our previous feature of their Fiat 500 with 580 hp Lamborghini Murcielago V12 engine before, but let’s not get too sidetracked, shall we? …

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