View from the grid at the Grand Prix of Atlanta
April 21, 2013, 10:21pm Permalink
Hi, I'm Ian. I'm preoccupied with cars and driving them to the limit.
I keep a photo blog of my favorite car images at motomania.tumblr.com »
Listen to some of my favorite driving music at stopthedisco.tumblr.com »
My wife keeps a fun food blog at bentobloggy.blogspot.com »
Past Project Cars:
1994 Mazda MX-5 (NA)
1988 BMW 325is (E30)
1987 BMW 325is (E30)
1987 BMW 325is (E30)
Honda S2000 (AP1)
Mazda RX-7 (FD)
Porsche 911 (993)
Crank Up the Volume
So it turns out that the most compelling review video of the Ferrari 458 is not much of a review at all. Just watching this car dance and hearing the mechanical symphony unleashed by its engine is evidence enough that this car is simply amazing.
I must find a way to get behind the wheel of one of these.
Darkness has fallen fully on Daytona. 13 hours and 18 minutes of darkness. We’ll witness the carnage when the sun finally comes up.
The 2013 endurance racing has started with the 24 Hours of Daytona. I look forward to a long year of Ferrari vs Audi, BMW, Corvette and Porsche battles.January 26, 2013, 7:14pm Permalink Reblogged from gearheads and monkeywrenches.
Today I went for a ride in my friends brand new Telsa S Model. This is a 416 HP electric high end luxury sedan that makes over 400 foot pounds of TQ INSTANTLY. It was amazing. The 4500lb car gets to 60mph from a dead stop in 4.4 seconds while making absolutely zero noise…..very weird experience to say the least.
Totally jealous. Tell us more!
Vintage Racing Today (Ben Cissell, 2012)
When I see how much fun the vintage racers are having, how relaxed the atmosphere is at the track and how awesome the classic cars are at the Mitty Speedfest each spring, I wonder why I’m not out there racing with them. This movie really stokes that desire. If I keep looking, maybe I’ll find a cheap, race-ready Sprite or MG buried in the online classifieds…
From the internets:
“My elderly co-worker Serio is an ex-Ferrari mechanic who wrenched for the team back in the 60’s and 70’s. He will ask me to pull up a chair and tell random stories out about when he was growing up, working on Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s, Alfa’s, ect. He comes in today with some old pictures of himself with the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO #3987 he worked on back in the late 60’s.
“This particular chassis is the one that Roger Penske won the 12 Hours of Sebring with in back in 1963 (in GT), was later driven by Alain de Cadenet and is now owned by Ralph Lauren.
“In the photo, Serio is in the red check shirt and the guy in the white shirt with the pipe is Dr. Baumgardner, the car’s owner at that time. Note that the car had the orange lights on the roof that were needed to run at Le Mans.”
Cool story bro!December 28, 2012, 12:10pm Permalink
So the Tesla Model S Actually Exists
When Tesla announced the plans for this car back in 2008, I was among the doubters who assumed it would be forever vaporware. Maybe 1,000 Model S sedans have been produced since production began this summer and all are sold through a handful of Tesla retailers in California. I live several thousand miles away, so I was pretty shocked to see one of these new cars in the wild. Props to Elon Musk for keeping the dream of a practical electric car alive.
Sorry for the terrible image quality—it was just after dawn and I was shooting with my phone from a moving vehicle.December 22, 2012, 7:00pm Permalink
In 1988 Enzo Anselmo Ferrari, after living a full life, died. When he got to heaven, God was showing him around. They came to a modest little house with a small Ferrari flag in the window.
“This house is yours for eternity, Enzo,” said God. “This is very special; not everyone gets a house up here.”
Enzo felt special, indeed, and walked up to his house. On his way up the porch, he noticed another house just around the corner. It was a huge mansion with a carbon fiber sidewalk, a 50 foot tall flagpole with an enormous Porsche flag, and in every window, a Porsche crest.
Enzo looked at God and said “God, I’m not trying to be ungrateful, but I have a question. I was a good manufacturer, my cars won LeMans and F1 championships. Why does Ferdinand Porsche get a better house than me?”
God chuckled, and said “Enzo, that’s not Ferdinand’s house, it’s mine.””
— A good friend sent me this in an email. (via that911)