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Hi, I'm Ian. I'm preoccupied with cars and driving them to the limit.

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2001 BMW 530i (E39)

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“You need great passion, because everything you do with great pleasure, you do well.”

— Juan Manuel Fangio (via theaccidentalstarthrower)

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July 20, 2014, 6:00pm  Permalink   Reblogged from Overcoming my Education.

Q&A with Gordon Murray

Do the McLaren P1, LaFerrari and Porsche 918 represent a natural progression from the McLaren F1?

No I don’t think so. I am not saying the P1 is not a good car but it is 180 degrees away from what the McLaren F1 set out to do. The F1 was a pure driver’s car… the most important thing was that you could take it to the track and be able to slide it around a little. We could easily have given it three or four times the downforce but what would have been the point?

I have a hankering to do one more supercar, and I wouldn’t have unless these one-and-a-half-tonne hybrid monsters hadn’t come out… There’s a point to be proven: that you can still do a great driver’s car with an internal combustion engine and pure engineering.

What is there that you would adopt from a modern Formula 1 car for such a new supercar?

Absolutely nothing. They are such extreme animals now and dominated by their aerodynamics. Nothing in F1 aerodynamics today translates to the road.

(via Goodwood Road & Racing)


July 16, 2014, 1:25pm  Permalink  

“He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”

—  St. Francis of Assisi (via takemetomountains)


July 09, 2014, 11:10am  Permalink   Reblogged from Somewhere along the way.

“Good drivers have dead flies on their side windows.”

— Walter Rohrl  (via maythedownforcebewithyou)


June 26, 2014, 6:00pm  Permalink   Reblogged from Team Fail Motorsports.

Congratulations to team Joest, and to drivers Benoit Tréluyer, Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fässler for Audi’s 13th overall win in the past 15 years. Motorsport.com gallery »

Congratulations to team Joest, and to drivers Benoit Tréluyer, Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fässler for Audi’s 13th overall win in the past 15 years. Motorsport.com gallery »

June 15, 2014, 12:31pm  Permalink  

garywalter:

24Hrs of Le Mans 2014 - Spotters guide

The race is live right now! Follow online at http://www.24h-lemans.com/live/en


June 14, 2014, 11:47am  Permalink   Reblogged from My Scrapblog.

thecollectionroom:

Dream Cars at the High Museum of Art

Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas

… [We] dream of cars that will float and fly, or run on energy from a laser beam, or travel close to the ground without wheels. Such research may border on the fantastic, but so did the idea of a carriage going about the country without a horse. 

From top to bottom:

  • General Motors Firebird XP-21, 1953
  • Lancia (Bertone) Stratos HF Zero, 1970
  • General Motors Firebird XP-21, 1953
  • Stout Scarab, 1936
  • Chrysler Thunderbolt, 1941
  • General Motors Le Sabre XP-8, 1951
  • Chrysler (Ghia) Streamline X “Gilda,” 1955
  • Tasco, 1948
  • Voisin C-25 Aérodyne, 1934
  • Buick Centurion XP-301, 1956

This collection of Dream Cars will be on display at the High Museum of Art from May 21st through September 7th in Atlanta, Georgia.

www.thecollectionroom.com


May 15, 2014, 11:03am  Permalink   Reblogged from .

Nissan’s ‘Ride of Your Life’

The premise of the video is that a handful of people were invited to Willow Springs Raceway for a ride-along in a Nissan Altima racecar driven by a pro driver. At the end (surprise!) it’s revealed that they were actually riding in perfectly stock, street-ready cars. The campaign intends to excite car shoppers about what would otherwise be a pretty ordinary sedan.

The thing is, there’s nothing particularly special about the Nissan Altima. If you took people off the street and put them in the passenger seat of pretty much any modern car driven at 10/10th’s around a race track—they’re going to think it’s pretty damn exciting. There’s just that big of a gulf between normal street driving and pushing a car to its max potential on a race track. But since most people have no idea what their car’s capabilities are, they assume that only ‘race cars’ can be thrilling to drive.

That’s the mindset I come up against whenever I try to get my ‘car guy’ friends to enter a track day with me. “But I don’t have a race car” or “but my car is an automatic" or "but I’m not done modifying my car”—there’s always some excuse, and none of them ever actually get around to participating. They just don’t understand what a rush they’re missing! You don’t need a race car to drive hard and have fun.


May 08, 2014, 4:41pm  Permalink  

Even now, all these years later, it’s difficult for me to talk about Ayrton, and not only because he’s not here anymore. When he died, I said I felt a part of me had died also, because our careers had been so bound together. I know some people thought I wasn’t sincere, but I meant it.
I look back on those days now and think to myself, “Why did we put ourselves through all that? Why did it have to get so venomous?” If we had to do it all again, I’d say to Ayrton, “Listen, we’re the best. Between us, we can screw all the others!”—Alain Prost (via AutoWeek)

Even now, all these years later, it’s difficult for me to talk about Ayrton, and not only because he’s not here anymore. When he died, I said I felt a part of me had died also, because our careers had been so bound together. I know some people thought I wasn’t sincere, but I meant it.

I look back on those days now and think to myself, “Why did we put ourselves through all that? Why did it have to get so venomous?” If we had to do it all again, I’d say to Ayrton, “Listen, we’re the best. Between us, we can screw all the others!”—Alain Prost (via AutoWeek)

May 02, 2014, 11:33pm  Permalink   Reblogged from F1 GRIP.

cultofporsche:

My Blue SC with the original Singer 911 on #mulhollanddrive before we became first mag to shoot it #porsche #cultofporsche

Early 911s just get better with age

cultofporsche:

My Blue SC with the original Singer 911 on #mulhollanddrive before we became first mag to shoot it #porsche #cultofporsche

Early 911s just get better with age

April 21, 2014, 6:59pm  Permalink   Reblogged from Cult of Porsche.