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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. 

1 year, 3 months ago on Discussion: The Greatest Car Movie Ever?

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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.

1 year, 3 months ago on Poll: The M3 Is Dead. Long Live The M3.

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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.  

1 year, 3 months ago on Discussion: Defining ’70s Car Culture

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Nice work Larry. Is there a feature on Essa's E46 coming soon?

1 year, 4 months ago on THROUGH MY LENS: FORMULA DRIFT NEW JERSEY

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 @sean klingelhoefer  @PaddyMcGrath

 *Allan McNish crash in 2011

1 year, 4 months ago on Erasing Rational Thought: Driving Le Mans

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 @aussieANON

 Same here. Just this article seems to default to the Speedhunters mobile site rather than desktop format.

1 year, 4 months ago on Erasing Rational Thought: Driving Le Mans

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 @sean klingelhoefer  @PaddyMcGrath

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........

1 year, 4 months ago on Erasing Rational Thought: Driving Le Mans

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 @trism

 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.

1 year, 4 months ago on Erasing Rational Thought: Driving Le Mans

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 @TheStitt

 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.   

1 year, 4 months ago on POLL: THE CARS OF MAY

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 @Driveitlikeyoustoleit  @jake

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?

1 year, 5 months ago on Wekfest La: Where The Cool Kids Are

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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?      

1 year, 5 months ago on Raw & Relentless: Cooking Up The N24 Recipe

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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).

1 year, 5 months ago on The Norwegian Hammer Hits The Nail On The Head

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I'm pretty sure that two-tone green vehicle (767 EYH) is a heavily-customised Vauxhall Victor. FB series 1961-64, according to Wikipedia.

1 year, 5 months ago on Power To The People: The Bhp Performance Show

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 @ssbeane

 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).

1 year, 5 months ago on Poll: Spa Or The Ring?

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 @Jochem

 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. 

1 year, 5 months ago on Toyotafest Spotlight-o-rama: Swaps ‘n Classics

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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...

1 year, 5 months ago on Famoso Mob: Meet The Gangster Of Drag Racing

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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....?

1 year, 5 months ago on Mad Mike Conquers The Crown

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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?

1 year, 5 months ago on Wörthersee And ‘that’ Fuel Station

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 @trism

 Exclamation points are over-rated.

1 year, 5 months ago on The Road To Wörthersee

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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."

1 year, 5 months ago on Circa Now: The Speedhunters Guide To The Galaxy

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Incredible. But the spotless 'I, Robot' perfection of the MPC facility somehow makes the tiny examples of untidyness, informality and individuality stand out like dogs bollocks even more. For example, the carelessly scrawled numbers on the underside of a yellow 12C's rear, visible in this pic: http://cdn.speedhunters.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/McLaren_12C-MPC-076.jpg. I bet Ron Dennis wouldn't like that photograph (even though the scrawled numbers would never be seen by the owner of the completed car). Then there's the 'authopised' sign from the previous McLaren F1 LM post (I can't quite believe McLaren let that one happen!)

1 year, 5 months ago on The Process: Building A Mclaren MP4-12C

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Do custom cars / hot rods count? Factory built race cars are all well and good, but why buy something off-the-shelf when with an unlimited budget you could have so much more fun creating your own unique vehicle? I'd take the Euro custom route. I'd buy an old Mercedes-Benz W108 sedan (a tired example, not a minter that I'd feel bad about destroying) and send the car to one of America's finest traditional custom car builders for a mild roof chop, FIA-spec rollcage, custom paint, a modern air suspension set-up, some nice rims and a custom leather interior with Recaro buckets and harnesses. Then I'd deliver the finished body to those crazy Germans at Brabus for fitment and tuning of a modern AMG V12. 

1 year, 5 months ago on Blue Thunder: The Maserati Mc12 Corsa

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I'd take a 512TR in NART blue please. The older 512TR still looks crisp and clean, it has aged much more gracefully than the F512 M, which looks a bit awkward and dated now. Not one of Ferrari's greatest styling successes. Actually its big flat whale shark face kind of resembles the character Krumm from the cartoon Aaah! Real Monsters. http://www.cartoon-list.com/tag/aaahh-real-monsters-krumm

1 year, 6 months ago on Ferrari Racing Days Japan: The Parking Lots

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There's just something about Mr. Chen's hat, shades and photographic posture in these shots that reminds me of the late Hunter S. Thompson. "We were somewhere around Famoso on the edge of the desert......"      [Speed]Hunter S. Thompson?

1 year, 6 months ago on The Process: Speedhuntin’ Usa

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 @JustinBeaverFever  @Riccardo25

 Haha, the Japanese to English translation in this video is impressively poor. "I cut the handle is amazing!"

1 year, 6 months ago on The Super 86 Gets Dirty

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Looking good Brad! If this were mine I would go for a stock exterior/body, stock red/black paint, period-correct buckets and harnesses inside, ride height just a little lower but not slammed, some nice dished 15s with a polished lip but nothing much to indicate you have a few extra horses under the hood. 200hp or so would do it. How about a 4A-GE with a turbo?

 

Those brand new tail-light lenses will really make the car look mint when it's finished. It's pretty cool how NZ auto manufacturers still stock brand new parts for old models - did you know that Ford New Zealand still retails brand new tail lights for a 1978 Mk2 Escort?

 

I'm still kicking myself for passing up the opportunity to buy a genuine 4A-GE AE86 Sprinter Trueno identical to yours about ten years ago. I could have got it for just a little over NZ$1000, but at the time I didn't have spare cash or extra space to store it. Prices keep going up and up and up as rally cars get wrecked and wannabe drifters snap up spare AE85/86 shells. Yours looks nice n' straight. Good luck with the build and keep us informed on progress! 

1 year, 6 months ago on Project 86: You Gotta Start Somewhere… Again

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What's the little white open-wheel formula car parked between the Kenmeri and the orange Z? 1960s Honda F1? It's tiny.

1 year, 6 months ago on Kyusha Heaven: Browsing The Yokota Collection

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The car looks bad-ass. I guess this is what a modern tarmac-spec WRC car might look like if Group B regulations still existed. They're not giving away many details of the engine though, probably still in development. I wonder if they will make use of their recent Le Mans programme experience and use a high-torque, big-turbo diesel powerplant, tuned to work at altitude....  

1 year, 6 months ago on Loeb’s New Pikes Peak Lion In The Roar

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 @cornerbalance  @bakayaru

 Haha, subtle. Aren't you thinking of Air New Zealand, not Cathay Pacific? 'Air New Zealand pilot fell asleep during flight': http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21628746

1 year, 6 months ago on Poll: Fast Or Fun?

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 @Fg2_FrAn

 Exactly. Porsche should continue to offer the GT3 with a manual option for those who want it, and PDK for those who want auto. Personally I'd take the manual option, because if I bought a 991 GT3 I wouldn't be using it as a daily driver, I'd be using it as a tool for entertainment - track events, road trips, needlessly downshifting and accelerating in tunnels, painting black lines on B-roads, and causing late night noise complaints. Manual transmissions are better for anti-social activities.

 

Autos have their place though, that's why I'm quite happy my AMG C-Class only came out with an automatic. Because I didn't buy that car as a 991 GT3 substitute. It really comes back to suitability for purpose - for example if I was buying a '67 Impala convertible for cruising in, sticking to the speed limit and taking to the beach on a summer afternoon, I'd want an automatic. Nobody can say "all cars are better with a manual" because that's rubbish. As Fg2_FrAn said it depends what the potential buyer is looking for.    

1 year, 6 months ago on Poll: Fast Or Fun?

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 @zombiedog

 Hey Zombiedog, in what way are these cars 'untrackable'? I might be picking a fight with the haters here, but in my opinion a thoughtfully constructed and nicely finished cage makes an awesome street car more awesome. I'm pretty sure anybody who bought a Porsche RS or Renaultsport product featuring a cage from the factory would agree. Sure there's a little extra weight and less space for passengers, but there are structural as well as aesthetic benefits.

 

Paddy, I usually prefer rear wheel drive, but that Polo made me get dribble on my laptop.

1 year, 6 months ago on Rewarding Curiosity At Dubshed

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Enjoyed this article and photos. Cool event, great to see owners getting a chance to exercise their cars properly. 480bhp in that Integra?!

 

I bet he's running a cool air intake, a NOS fogger system and a T4 turbo, Dominic.... I see an AIC controller, it has direct port nitrous injection... yeah, and a standalone fuel management system.... not a bad way to spend $10,000.

1 year, 6 months ago on Horsepower Wars: Airstrip Attack Returns

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I have to say, the quality and quantity of content on this website right now almost defies belief. Looks like another month where I ain't gonna be gettin' much work done... keep it up ladies and gents.

And is it just me or does Keith Charvonia's profile bear a striking resemblance to Mikko Hirvonen?

Also, can I put in a request for more Bergrennen coverage in 2013?

1 year, 6 months ago on Protect Me From What I Want

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Nice. The F-Bomb was one of my favourite cars from SEMA in 2006. Needs a Speedhunters feature...

 

And I agree, the Eddie Miller Jr. Lakester is stunning. Perhaps inspired just a little by the Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union enclosed record cars from the 1930s? For example take a look at this: http://www.ugofadini.com/omicron08story.html and this:

http://www.audi.com/com/brand/en/company/audi_history/model_evolution/1932-1945/auto_union/auto_union_rekordwagen_typ_b_lucca.html

 

1 year, 6 months ago on 65 Years Of Magazine Cars: Hot Rod Homecoming

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Great story. It didn't seem like a particularly extravagant purchase until I read the bit about how the car was flown into NY on a chartered aircraft! That's pretty rock n' roll - why drive it New York when you could fly it... Am I correct in guessing these were built in Detroit, a mere 600 miles away from NYC?

 

The personalised LENNON license plate seems to betray the whole idea of this car being inconspicuous - was the plate added after Lennon's death? 

1 year, 7 months ago on John Lennon’s Car: A Wagon That Rocks ’n’ Rolls

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Enjoying the WRC coverage and photos Sean, keep it coming! I gotta rep my fellow countryman though and mention that Brad's WRC Rally New Zealand photos and posts last year were pretty sweet.

 

Rally spectating is one of those things that you either "get" or you don't. It's most likely your girlfriend wouldn't understand the appeal of getting up early in the cold and dark, driving for an hour or two to some remote gravel road in the middle of bumf*ck nowhere, buying a spectator pass then trudging through the forest, through mud and over fences to stand with a bunch of Japanese tourists and get a 7-second glimpse of some blonde Finnish kid putting 30cm of clean country air under the Michelins of his French hatchback. And doing it for three days straight.

 

I can remember getting smacked in the back of the head by a big rock spat out by the spinning rear wheels of Tommi Makinen's Marlboro Evo VI on Rally NZ in '99. It hurt for a while, but it was so worth it. I love rallying and get my fix whenever I can.

 

One more tip for beginners: if you can't get a media pass, rally organisers are often looking for volunteers to act as marshalls or in timing crews during rally events. Volunteering to help before the event is often a great way to get close to the action without having to go as a paying spectator.     

1 year, 7 months ago on The 101: A Beginner’s Guide To Wrc

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Dino, great pictures. When the R35 was first released everybody seemed to generally agree that the one potentially weak point of the car was its transmission. I know that a lot of the guys running R35 GT-Rs in Targa-style road rally events (e.g Targa New Zealand, Tasmania, Newfoundland) were finding that the gearbox was the first mechanical thing to break in these cars under prolonged hard road use, and I have heard rumours from the UK that Nissan GB recommended that owners use the Launch Control function only very occassionally (if at all) because of the extreme stress that this feature puts on the transmission.

 

Do you think Nissan have fixed/improved any of the previous model's transmission weaknesses with the MY2013/14? Certainly there will always be big stresses placed on a car's drivetrain when it's got to handle 541HP AND it has so much grip and traction from its tyres and suspension.

1 year, 7 months ago on Relentless Evolution: 2013 Nissan Gt-r

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The 'Fornasari 99' has clearly just mugged some poor Aston Martin around the back of the show hall and cut out the Aston's eyes. And now it's wearing them!

 

Have Mansory built that Ferrari F12 style-crime for Sylvester Stallone especially, or are they just hoping he might order one if his name is on it? 

 

Thanks for posting photos of the SLK Jonathan, I'm loving the incredible aero. Looks like a very special racecar and I look forward to seeing and hearing it in action.

1 year, 7 months ago on Call In The Specialists: Beauty As A Concept

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 @nufftweets  @JSequoia  @Ryanfels

 Didn't intend to cause anybody any offence, dude. I will keep my subtle attempts at humour and my views on culturally-distinct trends in popular linguistics away from this fine website in future.  

1 year, 7 months ago on Kiwi Drift: Mad Mike In Full Effect

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 @JSequoia  @Ryanfels

 

Ryanfels has got it. It’s interesting how a New Zealand colloquialism that’s commonly used in NZ can be so easily misinterpreted by somebody who hasn’t heard or used the phrase before.

 

The single ‘s’ – as, not ass – is important. The ‘as’ in “sweet as bro” is an amplifier – it’s like saying “sweet as candy”, but people tend to drop the ‘candy’ part (or other relative term) because if you walked around saying “sweet as candy” that would be gay. It’s become just “sweet as”, or “sweet as bro” if you are responding in the affirmative to something your bro has just said to you. It’s internationally accepted that a man’s ‘bro’ is his male friend or acquaintance, or even his actual brother by birth.  

 

In contrast to “sweet as bro”, which is a perfectly acceptable phrase in common use, a typical Kiwi man would almost never say “sweet ass bro” because in no situation is it ever acceptable for a red-blooded, beer-drinking, car-loving, trash-talking New Zealand male to ever openly compliment the sweetness of his bro’s butt. Even if your bro does have a sweet butt, it’s not cool to tell him – the friendship might end then and there, and justifiably so.

 

The only context in which the phrase “sweet ass bro” might be acceptable is, for example, when guy A is relaxing by the pool drinking a cold alcoholic beverage with guy B, and notices that one of the bikini-clad ladies who has just walked by has a particularly tasty backside. “Wow, check out that sweet ass, bro!”  Note comma use.

1 year, 7 months ago on Kiwi Drift: Mad Mike In Full Effect

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Beautiful racecar. I still cringe a little every time I watch the footage of the car sliding off the track after Forest Elbow in '92. Incidentally, Evo magazine have just published a video of Richard Meaden's brief drive of the Calsonic R32 GT-R in Japan. Worth a look: http://www.evo.co.uk/videos/planetevovideos/288019/calsonic_r32_nissan_skyline_gtr_video_review.html

1 year, 8 months ago on Godzilla Attacks: The Gibson Group A Gt-r

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Is there anything more '1980s motorsport' than a NACA duct?! Form and function combined in one timeless design.

 

It's nice to see this car is clearly still being driven hard and raced competitively, when it could so easily be locked up in some climate-controlled museum or private collection somewhere, a static showpiece doomed never to be properly exercised again. Jonathan Moore, thank you for another fine motorsport history lesson. Paddy McGrath, these photographs are stunning - the 13th image from the top (the one with the front of the car peeking out from a pit garage) has a sort of matte-painted 'isometric drawing' quality to it. Epic.

1 year, 8 months ago on 1989 Porsche 962ck6 & The Evolution Of Success

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 @speedhunters_dino  @LouisSoon

 Agree, great feature Dino and I would also love to see some video of this thing in action when it's finished. Interesting build, it looks to have been carefully thought out and is very well presented. I suspect there would be a lot more "Oh my God what have they done to that poor, beautiful classic Lotus"-type comments if Amemiya dropped a 20B into a Lotus 14 Elite or a Lotus 26 Elan, rather than a Europa (which is perhaps less well-loved by the pipe-smoking, beard-growing British classic car aficianado set).

 

That 3-point exhaust pipe exit is a nice touch - it reminds me of the tail-lights on a Mk1 Lotus Ford Cortina. I assume that this is by design rather than by accident!

1 year, 9 months ago on Rotary Buzz: Re-amemiya’s 20b Lotus Europa

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Mk1 VW Golf raced by Denny Hulme in New Zealand in the early 1980s I believe

1 year, 9 months ago on Nzfmr 2013: Where Can-am Meets Group A

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Hey Sean, forgive my cultural ignorance here, but what's with the Japanese and their white facemasks? Does everybody in Japan wear one of these when they're sick so as not to spread their contagious illnesses around, or is it so that healthy (if slightly hypochondriac) Japanese don't catch something from a sick person when attending a large event or visiting a place where they expect to encounter large crowds? This doesn't seem to be an idea that's caught on in 'Western' countries. Definitely not in relatively sparsely populated New Zealand.   

1 year, 9 months ago on #iamthespeedohunta: I Think I’m Turning Japanese

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Great coverage Larry. The Audi TT RS road cars are quattro (4WD) - it seems unusual that the TT RS race car would run as a front wheel drive, unless this conversion was done in order to meet front wheel drive class regulations for this event, thereby losing the traction and grip advantages of 4WD but saving weight? I know that the TTs that used to run in DTM competition (and ADAC enduro events) are RWD in order to meet DTM regulations. I guess Audi TTs make for versatile endurance racers.  

1 year, 10 months ago on Surviving The 25 Hours Of Thunderhill

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Larry, incredible photos. I particularly like the RX-8 and the bandanna-enshrouded photographer. I visited Irwindale in 2006 for FormulaD, for a non-American it was a great introduction to West Coast drifting and California auto culture in general. I was cheering on Rhys Millen in the GTO, obviously. I hope the facility survives long into the future.

2 years ago on Irwindale Speedway: The House Of Drift

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I would be taking sea sickness pills before driving that 2CV! Is that a Holden Gemini with Alitalia signage hiding behind the red MX-5 in pics 8 and 12?

2 years, 2 months ago on Amateur Endurance: Idlers 12h In Motegi

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Nice work Brad. Brilliant photos. I was pleasantly surprised and impressed to see an RS200 road car at the service park, New Zealand is a small country and I didn't realise there was one of these registered here. Does it belong to Peter Johnston?It was worth sticking around on the stages after the WRC cars had been through to take in the classic RWD entries in the Possum Bourne Memorial Rally, the sight and sound of a Group B rep RX-7, fast Nissans and a few quick Mk2 Escorts belting through the forest made standing in the mud and rain worthwhile  

2 years, 4 months ago on Rally New Zealand: Chasing The Wrc

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Great post. I never made it to this event but Crystal Palace park itself is an interesting place to wander around on a winter's morning when there's nobody there, retracing the old circuit and imagining what racing must have been like there in the 60s. Just one typo in the text needs correcting, it's a Ford Torino not Torini (as per the Georgia licence plates)

2 years, 4 months ago on Clubbing At The Crystal Palace

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