>Earlier this week Autoblog reported that the famous De Tomaso company would begin making cars again. Of course, everyone immediately thought of the mid-engined Mangusta and Pantera like this:
It looks mighty similar to this:
Then, I was all like this:
>You may or may not have seen this video before, filmed in the 70′s illegally with a Mercedes then dubbed over with Ferrari engine sounds. Well worth the 8.5 minutes of your time…
And a look back at the making/route of video as well…
I like this car because it’s unique, people get a kick out of it, and I’ve built and tuned it by myself. It’s fun at track days yet I can drive it on road trips such as Portland to San Jose this summer was over 1200 miles round trip. I vow no trailers are in its future.
|The P-Zeros are gone!!|
|Props to whoever can identify where that center console piece is from|
>In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’d like to share with you the aspects of the automotive world that make our hearts flutter.
Properly Used Carbon Fiber
Skylines in all its forms
Engine notes that give you goosebumps
Moments when cars, art, and life intersect
>I found this video last week and thought that it was all very cool but unfortunately, I didn’t know what to make of it due to my lack of French proficiency (Bonjour!).
I couldn’t understand what I was watching. What on Earth is Le Touquet Enduropale? The opening scene was Dakar-esque but motorcycle-centric. Then it was beginning to look like motocross, except with 10 times the amount of riders tackling the same mound.
Well, it’s neither. After some Googling, I found what Hell for Leather had to say about the business:
“Every February, around 1,000 bikes and 500 quads gather to race on a channel beach in Northern France. The 11-mile course is modified with whoops, jumps and chicanes shoveled out of sand, making it unique among endurance events. It’s something of an oddball event, frequently attracting frankenstein machines converted from superbike to enduro in someone’s le garage using le tall suspension and le knobby tires.”
Hope everybody is enjoying a good weekend!
>No words are needed to understand this beautiful video. Great find, Keqing!
Here is the general synopsis of the ad…
The chain smoking Asian voiceover asks, “Why do we live?” while the camera takes a turn on each of the five grandpas who are sitting at home just waiting for it all to be over. (For the sake of storytelling, we’ve got Elmer, Daffy, Porky, Bugs, Taz and Wile E.)
Elmer Fudd is in mourning, Daffy is diagnosed with lung cancer, Porky counts his pills, Bugs is deaf (ironic, huh?) but receives a phone call from Taz that Wile E. Coyote has just passed away. “EH???”
The gang meets for a get-together and even leaves a seat to place Wile E.’s picture. The plate of hot food barely touches the table when suddenly BAM! Taz needs to get out and ride! “EH???”
They’re 81 years old. One of them is deaf, another is diagnosed with cancer, and the other three have heart disease. They all have arthritis. Yet within six months of physical prep, they set out to do the awesome.
A 2,139 mile journey across Taiwan, from north to south, in 13 days.
The chain smoking voiceover ends with this: Why do we live? To realize our dreams. When the ordinary folk do the extraordinary. yada yada yada “TC Bank.”
No words are needed to understand this beautiful video, but the key bit of information you almost missed was that this is, in fact, a true story.
Welcome to Freak of the Week #8, where for every weekend, we look for something balls off the wall crazy, polarizing or just weird and worth talking about.
Ever since hot hatches became popular, so too have there been mid-engined hatchbacks. Unfortunately, though I can clearly see why, the idea never caught on…
In MOTORING CON BRIO fashion, I’ve compiled my own grab bag of photos of mid engine hatches.
|This car deserves its own post!|
|A project that James, or Rentonone of Scoobynet.com forums, had
undertaken to turn his MK-VI Ford Escort into a mid engine rwd track killer.