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

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1999 Mazda MX-5 turbo (NB)
1999 BMW M3 (E36)
2001 BMW 530i (E39)

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The 24 Hours of Le Mans remains the World’s Greatest Endurance Race 
Exotic carbon-composite sports cars designed for enormous aerodynamic downforce and fitted with hybrid powerplants producing a thousand horsepower?  Check.  The latest Le Mans prototypes push the technological envelope into territory totally unimagined in prior generations of racing.  Forza corsa!
Pictured: Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro | Porsche 919 Hybrid | Toyota TS040 Hybrid

The 24 Hours of Le Mans remains the World’s Greatest Endurance Race 

Exotic carbon-composite sports cars designed for enormous aerodynamic downforce and fitted with hybrid powerplants producing a thousand horsepower?  Check.  The latest Le Mans prototypes push the technological envelope into territory totally unimagined in prior generations of racing.  Forza corsa!

Pictured: Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro | Porsche 919 HybridToyota TS040 Hybrid

April 01, 2014, 11:57am  Permalink  

Lessons from Porsche’s Camp4 Winter Driving Camp
"I was shocked to discover that Porsches weren’t pulled off the press fleet at the first snowfall. It wasn’t long before I realized that the Porsche reputation for excellent handling extends to all road conditions – they’re simply fantastic in winter."

"Porsches top the list of cars I feel safest in when the weather goes sideways because of the confidence-building feedback and communication between the car and driver." (Lesley Wimbush, Autos.ca)

Lessons from Porsche’s Camp4 Winter Driving Camp

"I was shocked to discover that Porsches weren’t pulled off the press fleet at the first snowfall. It wasn’t long before I realized that the Porsche reputation for excellent handling extends to all road conditions – they’re simply fantastic in winter."

"Porsches top the list of cars I feel safest in when the weather goes sideways because of the confidence-building feedback and communication between the car and driver." (Lesley Wimbush, Autos.ca)

March 28, 2014, 2:43pm  Permalink  

The 2014 Cars of Formula 1The year of the Gonzo nose?Must they all wear a droopy phallus?

The 2014 Cars of Formula 1
The year of the Gonzo nose?
Must they all wear a droopy phallus?

January 28, 2014, 11:31pm  Permalink  

Atlanta is a pretty city of four million people with rolling hills and lots of trees… and no snow plows. Or salt trucks, or sand trucks, or cars fitted with snow tires. This is what the traffic situation looked like as the first inch of snow fell today.

Atlanta is a pretty city of four million people with rolling hills and lots of trees… and no snow plows. Or salt trucks, or sand trucks, or cars fitted with snow tires. This is what the traffic situation looked like as the first inch of snow fell today.

January 28, 2014, 9:33pm  Permalink  

william-elms asked: I saw a google maps of 285. It's almost unbelievable. Are you and yours all squared away?

I worked from home today - we’re all snug, thanks. On the other hand, it took my dad 7 hours to get home and neither my brother or my mom have made it home yet. She’s in a Leaf, so she can’t even run the heat for fear she will run out of juice and be stranded… We may need to run a rescue sortie.

#Atlanta #snowpocalypse


January 28, 2014, 8:52pm  Permalink  

Spend a half hour with Horacio Pagani (via XCAR Films)
Master carbon fiber craftsman and visionary car builder, Pagani is living the life that the rest of us dream of.


December 13, 2013, 8:49pm  Permalink  

Road & Track picks its Performance Car of the Year:

Ford Fiesta ST - “It’s full throttle everywhere and trail-brake and body roll and just thrilling. You wouldn’t want to go any faster on these roads than the Fiesta can go.”
Ferrari F12 Berlinetta - “Hard cornering in the Nissan GTR felt like unlocking an Xbox achievement. In the Ferrari, it felt like the climax of a Michael Bay film… This is truly a driver’s car.”
Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Series - “Sounds like a dragon and a lion had a baby and you’re steering from its mouth while it roars!”
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - “It has virtually all of the Black Series’ pace with the accessible brilliance of the Fiesta. It’s the most capability that any manufacturer has ever delivered for this money, it’s rewarding to drive for everyone from novice to seasoned racer, and it is, definitely and deservedly, the Road & Track Performance Car of the Year.”

Road & Track picks its Performance Car of the Year:

Ford Fiesta ST - “It’s full throttle everywhere and trail-brake and body roll and just thrilling. You wouldn’t want to go any faster on these roads than the Fiesta can go.”

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta - “Hard cornering in the Nissan GTR felt like unlocking an Xbox achievement. In the Ferrari, it felt like the climax of a Michael Bay film… This is truly a driver’s car.”

Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Series - “Sounds like a dragon and a lion had a baby and you’re steering from its mouth while it roars!”

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - “It has virtually all of the Black Series’ pace with the accessible brilliance of the Fiesta. It’s the most capability that any manufacturer has ever delivered for this money, it’s rewarding to drive for everyone from novice to seasoned racer, and it is, definitely and deservedly, the Road & Track Performance Car of the Year.”

November 15, 2013, 11:06am  Permalink  

My Petit Le Mans photo was a tumblr.com wallpaper today — sweet!

My Petit Le Mans photo was a tumblr.com wallpaper today — sweet!

November 13, 2013, 12:10pm  Permalink  

From the Mailbag

What did you think of the Fiesta ST? Better value than the Focus ST?

I was able to autocross them back to back — I thought the Fiesta ST was pleasantly racy and entertaining for an econobox, but the Focus ST had noticeably better power delivery and plenty more handling refinement. At $24,100 I think the Focus is worth the three grand premium over the $21,400 Fiesta… but don’t forget that the 305 hp Mustang V6 lists from only $22,200.
I would really like to drive the Focus ST and Mustang V6 back to back. Interesting study in contrast there, Ford.

From the Mailbag

What did you think of the Fiesta ST? Better value than the Focus ST?

I was able to autocross them back to back — I thought the Fiesta ST was pleasantly racy and entertaining for an econobox, but the Focus ST had noticeably better power delivery and plenty more handling refinement. At $24,100 I think the Focus is worth the three grand premium over the $21,400 Fiesta… but don’t forget that the 305 hp Mustang V6 lists from only $22,200.

I would really like to drive the Focus ST and Mustang V6 back to back. Interesting study in contrast there, Ford.

November 13, 2013, 10:35am  Permalink  

No Guts, No Glory
$500 ChumpCar racing at Road Atlanta
John Allen Special photos by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia

Be a hero and join a local ChumpCar team. Even if you don’t drive you can help spin a wrench, share some beer and cheer your friends from the pits.


November 04, 2013, 4:38pm  Permalink