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Couldn't pick 'the greatest ever' but I would have to agree with shortlisting Vanishing Point, Ronin, The Gumball Rally (1976), the first Fast & The Furious... Drive (starring Ryan Gosling) is also worth a watch. The original Getaway in Stockholm is a classic.
32 Hours 7 Minutes - a documentary about Alex Roy's E39 M5 setting a new record for driving from NYC to LA - has just been released on DVD. My copy dropped into my mailbox down here in New Zealand a couple weeks ago. Highly recommend it.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Discussion: The Greatest Car Movie Ever?
I'm sure the E30 is going to dominate this poll, but I voted E46 (because the CSL is a pumped-up and screaming thing of beauty, and its inline-6 is surely one of the greatest 6-cylinder engines ever). Thing is, all four M3s qualify as some of the greatest performance cars of their respective periods. I don't think BMW made a bad M3.
Having spent a couple of days in a new M6, I don't feel as if BMW has lost the plot by taking its M-cars down the turbocharged route. Sure, the era of naturally-aspirated M-cars is over, but turbo M-cars can be exciting too, right? The new engines aren't inferior, just different, in the same way that the E36's six was different to the E30's four, and the E92's V8 was different to the E46's I6. I'm not complaining. Just so long as the next M3/M4 isn't a petrol-electric hybrid. Then I'd be pissed off.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Poll: The M3 Is Dead. Long Live The M3.
I wasn't born until the 80s, but in this part of the world no nostalgic conversation about iconic 1970s motor cars is complete without mentioning muscular XA-XC Ford Falcons kicking ass at Bathurst (no apologies, Holden fans). For me the Chrysler Valiant Charger and Valiant Pacer are equally iconic.
8 months, 1 week ago on Discussion: Defining ’70s Car Culture
Nice work Larry. Is there a feature on Essa's E46 coming soon?
8 months, 2 weeks ago on THROUGH MY LENS: FORMULA DRIFT NEW JERSEY
@sean klingelhoefer @PaddyMcGrath
*Allan McNish crash in 2011
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Erasing Rational Thought: Driving Le Mans
Same here. Just this article seems to default to the Speedhunters mobile site rather than desktop format.
Yeah the radar system is really impressive. It seems that a lot of the really nasty multi-car accidents at races like the LM24 are in part caused by the huge speed differential between the different classes. The slower cars never see the faster cars coming and don't have time to get out of the way (e.g. Allan McNish crash in 2012, Pierre Levegh crash in 1955). This radar system has huge safety benefits and I wouldn't be surprised if it was introduced into all GT-E class cars, even the cars that have better rear visibility than the Corvettes.
If only somebody would introduce a similar (and also forward-facing) system for high performance road cars which could identify unmarked Police cars and traffic speed cameras........
Aren't electronic traction control systems supposed to help prevent accidents, rather than contribute to them? Like you say, this looks very similar to the Simonsen crash at the exit of Tertre Rouge. If I was a driver in the Aston team I'm not sure I would have any confidence in the TCS system after seeing the video of both crashes. Confidence in the car is everything.
Big respect to the builders of all of these vehicles, but I voted for the VW Bus as well. Not a new idea, but flawlessly executed. Bonus points for the demonic-Dyson noise it makes, and the fact that it regularly gets bullied around European race circuits whilst scaring the shit out of supercar drivers.
9 months ago on POLL: THE CARS OF MAY
I like the 2002 too. It ain't worth arguing with Jake Laird though cos he is always right. "Hi, my name is Jake and I enjoy physically abusing small animals". Maybe 'punch kittens' is a euphemism for masturbating?
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Wekfest La: Where The Cool Kids Are
Really great article and photos. I wish I was able to make it to the N24 myself this year. That Opel Manta and the old Mercedes 190 are fantastic, but would anybody care to enlighten me on how they are still allowed to enter the main N24 event rather than race in the Classic field? Am I correct in assuming there is no age limit on cars in the main N24 event, it's just that most teams choose to race more modern vehicles - except the Kissling Motorsport and Intax teams remain emotionally attached to their brilliant old warhorses, continue to develop their cars and can still prove their speed year after year?
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Raw & Relentless: Cooking Up The N24 Recipe
Outstanding photographic work Larry. My inner engineer is particularly fascinated by your Wang and Saito high speed studies in tyre smoke fluid dynamics (pics 19 and 42).
9 months, 4 weeks ago on The Norwegian Hammer Hits The Nail On The Head
I'm pretty sure that two-tone green vehicle (767 EYH) is a heavily-customised Vauxhall Victor. FB series 1961-64, according to Wikipedia.
9 months, 4 weeks ago on Power To The People: The Bhp Performance Show
Both are in GT5. But nothing prepares you for driving the Nordschleife for real. Especially when it's cold and damp. Intimidating to say the least, even in a relatively underpowered trackday-spec Suzuki Swift. Spa is an epic circuit, but all the nut-swinging over the 'ring is perfectly justified. Long may the Holy-shit-that's-dangerous Nurburgring public open days continue, so that all speedhunters have the chance to experience it before sensible, logical Germans and health & safety nazis ban it for good (or the track owners run out of funding, again).
9 months, 4 weeks ago on Poll: Spa Or The Ring?
Hahaha, dude! Take your brain out of the fridge and put it back in your skull. Then have a coffee and think about how the windows work in any four-seater convertible (or coupe with frameless doors).
@Mike Garrett Goddamn Mike, that KP61 is baller with a capital F. Makes me miss my 1300cc KP61 Sprint - at age 16 it was my first car. I only had it for 3 months then rolled it in an autocross, thanks to buggered shock absorbers and over-exuberance. Write off. Great cars, and a fantastic introduction to RWD for somebody learning car control at a young age.
10 months ago on Toyotafest Spotlight-o-rama: Swaps ‘n Classics
Beautiful. It seems absurd calling a 383 a 'small block'. Hope Randy has never mistakenly gone to change gears with the handbrake during a 7-second pass...
10 months ago on Famoso Mob: Meet The Gangster Of Drag Racing
Cool video, I'm glad that in Politically Correct New Zealand this kinda shit is still allowed to go down (if only with backing from of a global energy drink brand). @MadMike I'd love to see some raw onboard footage, without all the glitz and glamour....?
10 months, 1 week ago on Mad Mike Conquers The Crown
Sweet article. Would love to attend this event some day. Austria has some spectacular scenery and fantastic, smoothly-surfaced driving roads. But I'm not seeing any lovingly modified Skodas or SEATs in these photos?
10 months, 1 week ago on Wörthersee And ‘that’ Fuel Station
Exclamation points are over-rated.
10 months, 1 week ago on The Road To Wörthersee
Gentlemen, I would like to submit the Silver State Classic, FIA Tour de Corse, WRC Finland and Targa New Zealand for Speedhunters' consideration.
+1 for the Bathurst 1000.
Any Bergrennen coverage is truly appreciated as well.
Keep up the exceptional work. Oh and, er, "the rest of you... keep banging those rocks together."
10 months, 1 week ago on Circa Now: The Speedhunters Guide To The Galaxy