The Race to TROG

When I had a comment from Ian Bordeaux on a recent post I’d written The Race of Gentlemen asking for me to go and check out his video, I thought here we go another spammer wanting to show me how to improve ranking, how wrong was I…

Ian’s documentary The Race to TROG focuses on BMX’er Heath Pinter and his 8 month 1928 Ford Roadster build for the Race of Gentlemen. Check it out for yourselves and enjoy the ride Heath took to get to TROG.

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Jimmy’s Iced Coffee

Jimmy’s Iced Coffee has become a staple moring ritual for me – it tastes like liquid gold, however I buy into the brand as much as I do the taste. Jim Cregan, the man behind Jimmy’s Iced Coffee is hugely creative and inspirational. After upping sticks and travelling around Oz in a converted truck, Jimmy got hooked on Iced Coffee, once he returned to the UK his addiction wasn’t satisfied by what was on offer in the UK so he set about unleashing his own iced coffee onto the unsuspecting UK coffee drinker.

Not only is Jim a entrepreneur but he is a car guy as well and owns a truly badass 73 Ford F100 pickup and also a Mercedes Wagon. Watch his story of how he found his american truck and go support the brand and a brand not settling for the norm. #KYCU
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Oilers Car Club

So the Oilers Car Club are a cool bunch of car crazy hot rod guys and gals. The Race of Gentlemen celebrates all things classic hot rods and motorcycles, established by the Oilers the beach hooning event has quickly become a must see spectacle for any self respecting car guy. Oiler – Meldon Van Riper Stultz III speaks about how The Race of Gentlemen came about, the Oilers Car Club and generally gives an insight into his view on the world.

Steve Marino’s video edit captures the essence of what it means to be an Oiler and gets under the skin of the resurrected car club.

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Brooklands American Day

Burbling V8’s attached to American iron descended on the picturesque hills of Surrey destined for the historic Brooklands Museum last Sunday. Once the home of the world famous Brooklands banked track, the Museum opened it’s gates for the Brooklands American Day and an eclectic mix of American Muscle from immaculate 40’s cruisers to aired out rat look pick ups – every taste was catered for.

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California Cruising

Now, this is slightly off piste to the run of the mill event coverage or car feature – this is more of a nostalgic journal entry from a recent trip. My Girlfriend and I visited California for a 3 week road trip, it’s something we have wanted to do for a while and in all honesty it’s been my dream trip ever since visiting with my folks as an unappreciative spotty teenager 12 years ago. We covered some 2000 miles, had the time of our lives but still left knowing that the Golden State had much more to give.

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Derelict Cars – Icon

Derelict Cars is an off shoot of the more well known Icon 4×4 in Sunny California. Icon are known for taking classic FJ Toyota Land Cruisers and underpinning them with modern chassis and running gear while maintaining that timeless aesthetic. Jonathan Ward the brain child behind Icon has taken the same thinking and applied it to beat up old Yank classics.

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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 – High octane fuel and manor houses

The sound of screaming engines, tyre smoke, hi-octane fuel and fighter jets replaced the tranquil sound of chirping birds at the Goodwood House this last weekend in West Sussex, England. The Goodwood Festival of Speed is the event for any petrol head since it’s creation in 1993 and for 4 days is home to some of the most historic race cars of all time.

No where on the planet can you watch vintage Cafe Racer Norton race bikes, F1 cars at full chat from every era, mad drift cars going sideways up the hill and NASCAR’s burning tyres as if they grow on the trees (that’s just a very small sample) and all in a stunning setting…there is simply nothing like it in the world.

It was always going to be a mixed show for me as I was working all weekend (doing the day job) so couldn’t explore it like a visitor, but every opportunity I got I took the chance to take in the atmosphere, wander around the paddocks and hill climb and get up close and personal to some of the most famous and amazing machines and people on show.

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The Audi 90 Quattro IMSA GTO was one of the stars of the show for me making a triumphant return to the hill in serious style, 720bhp from a turbo charged 5 cylinder…epic

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BBS Turbo fans work so well…

Ayrton Senna John Player Special

Goodwood Festival of Speed is unique in the respect that it is the only motorsport event outside of the Forumula 1 calendar that attracts the majority of current F1 teams…although there was a lot on show the bygone era cars were simply amazing. Ayrton Senna’s John Player Special F1 Turbo era car attracted a lot of attention and carries so much history and pedigree.

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Another epic Ayrton racer was his championship Honda powered Mclaren…where else do you see a line up like this?

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Mercedes were celebrating 120 years of motor racing at Goodwood FoS, aside from the stunning sculpture arching over the house, also on show were a fleet of Silver Arrows, including this beauty. A huge highlight for me was watching Sterling Moss drive past me on a golf buggy wearing his light blue racing suit and leather loafers on his way to piloting a silver arrow up the Goodwood hillclimb. Again where else!

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The collection of Surtees cars was again something to behold and beautifully presented…

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More from the paddock…

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Aside from all of the Motorsport metal on show in the paddocks there were some seriously cool and well built rat rods that made it into the festival with their own beach. The Model A big block rat rods got a lot of attention and didn’t look out of place at all among the historic racers.

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Retro NASCAR

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There’s nothing like a priceless Shelby Mustang race car.

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Despite all of the cars shredding up the track there were some seriously cool motorbikes on show and man did they sound incredible…they gave the turbo era F1 cars a run for their money!

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The Porsche car club had a seriously clean Porsche 356 on show, the history if the car read that it was swapped in 1980 for a VW Golf…I bet the previous owner is kicking himself.

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The 356 is the Grandfather of the Porsche 911 and is Ferdinand Porsche’s first creation. The 356 is simply stunning and this is an exceptional example.

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Finally the Players crew were out in force and had some of the UK’s premier modified metal on show…it’s quite an honour for them to be invited to Goodwood FoS and is a testament to the quality and craftmanship that goes into their builds. The Playdat Datsun 610 pickup dropped on airride air bags with a custom fabricated frame held it’s own on the Goodwood estate.

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A Volvo brick on air? Rollhard’s brickie baffled the motorsport crowd and got some serious attention

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Last but by no means least is Milestone71‘s Porsche 964 finished in a stunning pink and dropped on over sized Fuch’s built by Rotiform. The rear form of the 964 just gets me everytime, the shape that fades away progressively into the rear bumper flowing around over the rear wheels give the car such stance when it’s lowered on the deck.

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