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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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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Porsche 911 – True gents of the road

Porsche 911 – True gents of the road

The Porsche 911 is such an iconic car. The racing pedigree of Porsche is unmatched, their history with LeMans and motorsport development has them up their with the best. The 911 has benefited from the vast motorsport experience Porsche have gained over the years.

Porsche 911 RS

Launched in the 1973 the Porsche 911 Carrera RS is considered to be the holy grail of vintage Porsche 911 ownership, prices are increasing by the day and are becoming only obtainable by the most resourced collectors. The RS name or “Rennesport” meaning Race Sport in English is famous among Porsche 911 variants, a striped out racer with a tuned 2.7 litre flat six boxer engine and buckets of power…

Porsche 911 RS

Porsche 911 Carrera RS

The Porsche 911 RS was developed by Porsche for one purpose…racing. Regulations specified at the time, a certain amount of production vehicles needed to be sold in order for the car to be eligible for racing. The duckbill rear wing has become synonymous with the profile of the 911.

Porsche 911S - Silverstone Classic

Bright colours have always been a popular choice for 911’s, in race form this very car wore bright orange centered Fuch’s, and looked awesome with it’s black contrast details and decals.

Porsche 911S

Porsche 911 S

Porsche 911S -Silverstone

Period sponsor graphics and decals brought that nostalgic feel to the max, this early short wheel based 911E might not have been the fastest on show but it definitely looked mightily cool hitting the Silverstone tarmac.

Porsche 911S -Silverstone

Porsche 911S -Silverstone

There is nothing better for me than a 911 in race trim kitted out with decals, stripped out and ready to race…Porsche 911’s with the street race custom hot rod style are insanely cool at the moment and I think the way to dress a 911.

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
wheels and Jag Silverstone Classic 2014
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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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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