The Drive – Custom Cars and Their Builders

As soon as renowned publisher Gestalten announced their latest release: “The Drive – Custom Cars and Their Builders we couldn’t wait to get our hands on a copy. Featuring the creme de la creme of custom cars and builders, The Drive celebrates automotive custom culture and aims to break down the barriers between “scene” silos that unfortunately segregate our beloved enthusiast world.

From hot rods and classic customs to race cars and low riders, The Drive brings every style imaginable into one coffee table book to end all coffee table books.

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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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VW Brasilia – A Beetle with Brazilian flair

Carnival, The Coca Cobana and stylish Football are all things associated with the exotic intoxicating in your face flair of Brazil…For us Brits however the South American Nation’s car industry is anything but flair and isn’t something that we fully appreciate or understand, but, it is more far reaching than we think or even care to believe.

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Alfa Junior 1300 – The one that stayed

Erwin Arenston’s an Alfaphile, and there’s no denying the passion he has the for little peppermint blue Alfa Junior 1300. Growing up being surrounded by his Father’s love for Classic British cars it was almost a done deal that Erwin would follow suite, you can imagine what the reaction was when he brought home his first Alfa Junior 1300.

CineCar’s have put this great subtitled short film detailing Erwin’s ownership of the car and above all, love for Alfa Romeo’s. Erwins Alfa Junior 1300 GTA replica has been immaculately restored to look like the chart topping GTA Bertone, distinguished by the letter box style recess. The letterbox nickname for these cars was given for that very gap between the bonnet and and front end clip.

It’s a British thing

Growing up in Britain I’m ashamed I don’t have as much of an affinity to British cars as I should. The association of bearded men in anoraks, meeting for tea and digestives on a miserable day in the midlands somewhere wasn’t something a young guy growing up in England could relate to, and quite frankly the whole classic scene was lacking “the cool”. Drinking tea, having a beard and owning an anorak are considered cool now, right? So owning a classic or more aptly put “vintage” car couldn’t be any cooler?

Josh Clasen and Hypebeast have knocked out some seriously good automotive films that capture the passion and unwavering love us car guys have for our four wheeled money pots. Roger Gisseman is certainly one of those, his collection of past British classics make me want to immediately get on eBay and track down an MG B GT or classic Austin. Like most car guys, his following of British cars comes from is youth when MGs and Austin’s in the U.S were considered kids cars, the Subaru’s and Honda’s of today, to own an affordable unique car in the states meant you bought a British car.

When you look at the British motor industry and the cars of the bygone era it’s sad to see the demise of some of the most iconic marques, despite this though I think we’re going to see a resurgence of “hipster” owners, a young gentrification of classic British motors, and why not, they make an badass noise, they’re still affordable and are part of our heritage after all. Jump on the bandwagon before you miss it.

Anyway, find a quiet corner, stick your ear phones in, turn it up loud and enjoy.

Kitch

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Silverstone Classic – Porsche a True Romance

Classic Porsche – True Romance

As the morning mist lifted the crisp air filled with rawtie exhaust notes, over-fuel backfire pops and the unmistakable noise of air-cooled engines  downshifting at speed through the Maggots-Becketts and Chapel complex.  A mind boggling sensory overload that hit you as soon as stepping through the turn-styles of the Silverstone Classic.

The Silverstone paddock was full to the brim with classic race machines and car enthusiasts, re-capturing the sounds and smells from the bygone era of motor racing. Bearing witness to the near forgotten legends of the track, spectators mixed with mechanics adjusting and perfecting the set up on their vintage machines, whilst drivers donned their race suits preparing to do battle, all in a hedonistic petrol fuelled mix.

Porsche 356 - Silver Classic

Making our way to to the National paddock, glancing through a garage onto the pit straight a Porsche 356 screeched to a halt, the  driver frantically got out, did a lap of the car and clambered back into his race machine before screeching off  to the high fives of his mechanics. Onlookers reveled in what they were witnessing…one of Stuttgart’s finest creations being driven and driven hard.

Red Porsche 356 - Silverstone Classic

Once the racing had finished 3 Porsche 356 race bred Outlaws, 1 red and black from the UK and 2 cream liveried up German owned cars rolled into the Pit Garages for a well earned rest, the warm smell of mechanicals, brakes and tyres still fresh as fans swarmed to get up close.

Porsche 356 - Silverstone Classic

Silverstone classic - Porsche 356

No getting lost here, spot the map next to the steering wheel…Silverstone is one of the fastest tracks on any motorsport calendar and whilst these Porsche 356’s wouldn’t be getting anywhere near the speeds of some of the other machines on show, you can bet they were having fun doing getting close.

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Porsche 356 - SIlverstone Classic German

It’s always recommended that a good breakfast is the best way to start the day…

Porsche 356 - Silverstone Classic

Silverstone CLassic - Porsche 356

Porsche 356 Silverstone

There was a certain sense of romance about watching 3 Porsche 356 outlaw blast around the circuit at the Silverstone Classic, seeing these rare machines in an environment not many are used to – on the race track – was truly a special moment.

Magnus Walkers Garage Tour with Forsberg

Magnus Walkers Garage Tour with Chris Forsberg

Magnus Walkers Garage Tour with Chris Forsberg is yet another glimpse in to the world of the legendary custom Porsche builder. Take a quick look into the world that the Urban Outlaw occupies thanks to a new series called Garage Tours with Chris Forsberg . Magnus has a serious collection of classic and vintage Porsche’s ranging from 64 to 73, but Magnus Walkers garage tour shows a little more than his stunning collection. A huge area dedicated simply to parts for on-going projects, and another for in progress project builds, Magnus’ garage is the man cave to end all man caves!

Magnus’ live, work Downtown LA garage serves as his home to him and his wife as well the home to his large collection of vintage and classic Porsche’s. Ranging from his early Irish Green 911 to his 930 Turbos from 1971, all the way up to his famous 911T car 277, they all live and roam in his stunning warehouse. Once home to his clothing business, the popularity of his builds have forced the need for more space to expand his hobby into a business which has meant moving focus away from clothing and into developing the Urban Outlaw builds. So popular are Magnus’ builds that a Porsche which has gone through his hands can demand a premium, they are quickly becoming the holy grail of custom Porsche.

Magnus talks more about his LA Art District warehouse/loft/Man Cave/Badass home that makes any car guy envious in his recent TED Talk at UCLA. His talk really shows how one man is living his dream and really making the most of his passion.

If you hadn’t guests I am a big fan of Magnus Walker and the builds he comes out with, the soul, energy and passion that he puts into his car is for me what makes a car special and why we car guys and girls fall in love with our automotive machinery. Magnus Walkers Garage Tour is just another piece of content that fuels my new found obsession for classic and vintage Porsche’s and him as a car guy.

There are builders of classic Porsche’s and then there is Magnus Walker…

Kitch

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Silverstone Classic 2014 – In The Garages

Silverstone Classic 2014 – Historic Motorsport Icons

When you think of a British Motorsport venue your thoughts jumps straight to Silverstone in leafy Buckinghamshire – so there’s nowhere better in my opinion to hold a Classic and Vintage Motorsport event. The Silverstone Classic 2014 was a last minute deal for me, I’d heard about the event but never attended and after seeing all the Classic LeMans coverage, I was itching to get my yearly dose of Classic Motorsport.

It all came about one evening surfing the internet when suddenly the memory of a conversation with a colleague about the show popped into my head, a quick investigation later and two tickets were winging their way to me in the post. The lucky recipient of the second ticket…my very patient girlfriend, boy was she in for a treat.

With the promise of historic F1, classic LeMans and early naughties ‘money no object’ British Touring Cars – the alarm was set for 5:45am…the early bird always catches the worm and man what a worm.
Maserati 1930's F1 - Silverstone Classic 2014
The first stop on arrival (after coffee) was the International Paddock, the early start was made better (for me anyway) by what greeted us. Empty pit garages with unprecedented access to some of the most iconic race cars in the business, WIN. It had the feel of a museum before opening, to the point that my girlfriend kept asking “if we were meant to be there”, it all seemed too good to be true. The sheer openness to roam around the garages whilst last minute prep was being done by race mechanics was simply amazing. I was like a giddy fat kid in a sweet shop.
Maserati 1930's F1 Car - Silverstone Classic 2014
Maserati 1930's V12 F1 Car - SIlverstone Classic 2014
It’s not often you can get this up close to some Motorsport greats, often we as spectators are kept at arms length to the cars and drivers but not at the Silverstone Classic. Drivers, mechanics, marshalls all mixed with visitors in pure petrol head harmony…I likened the atmosphere to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Whilst FoS is a special event in itself you’re still not able to get too close to the cars or drivers.
Yardley McLaren F1 Car - Silverstone Classic 2014
Maserati F1 Car Wheel Hub - Silverstone Classic 2014
1000 cars competed over the weekend in over 20 frantic races, the grids were huge and provided for some non-stop trading of paint throughout the weekend. I couldn’t keep up with the wealth of cars on show and on the track but I’m not going to lie, whilst the racing was fantastic and thrilling to watch, I was more concerned about getting up close to the machines.
Mini Cooper S - Silverstone Classic 2014
Silverstone Classic 2014 - Mini Cooper S
Because the Silverstone Classic 2014 was such a late call I didn’t have many expectations. I was literally left brain numb (in a good way) from the whole experience – the atmosphere was great, everyone I came across in the car clubs were so passionate about their cars and wow the cars…
Jaguar race car - Silverstone Classic 2014
Jaguar racecar - SIlverstone Classic
Jaguar race car - Silverstone Classic 2014
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BMW E9 CSL GT Car - Silverstone Classic 2014

The images here are a small sample of what was on show in and around the International Paddock set in the stunning new start finish straight pit building. I have lots more coverage from the Silverstone Classic planned, including some of the cars from the National Paddock, some of the many club cars on show as well as a selection of the best Porsche’s at the show. Stay tuned…

Kitch

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DREAM.BUILD.DRIVE – Engineered to Slide Hilux Build

DREAM.BUILD.DRIVE – Engineered to Slide Hilux Build

A Toyota Hilux isn’t something that would usually feature on District AutoClub but Nigel Petrie from Engineered to Slide is next level and his build is simply outstanding. Nigel had a dream to build his own car one day and no not just take a car and bolt bits on but literally build a car from scratch, the ground up, a blank sheet of paper…something only the bravest of car builders would ever attempt. And to add more pressure, this isn’t just a show car, something that get’s wheeled in off the back of a truck for shows, this Hilux was destined to go sideways and go sideways very fast my friends.

Nigel and Engineered to Slide epitomise everything good in car culture, this film oozes passion, emotion and that all important dream. Sit back and immerse yourself in one mans final steps to build his ultimate drift weapon from scratch and realise his vision in a documentary showing the dedication Nigel puts into this build, from the initial concept to the trials and tribulations of his first outing

Kitch

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The Sounds of Goodwood – Porsche

Porsche do Goodwood Festival of Speed in style, they go big with their stand presence and they have a heap of race spec cars from classic Le Man winners all the way up to Rally Spec 911’s…plus they went big last year for the 50th anniversary of the 911 with sponsorship of the iconic sculpture in front of Goodwood house. So when they published this video capturing the essence of Goodwood I thought it was definitely worth a share. Turn it up, absorb the noise and get a feel for the Goodwood atmosphere Porsche style…enjoy.

Kitch

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