Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Nurburgring Trip Part 1: Getting there and round!!!!

Nordschleife, Nurburgring, The Ring, The Green Hell…… it goes by many names and to drive on its fabled tarmac is a necessary draw by all petrolheads who hold this "racetrack" in the highest regards and respect. In reality it’s just a German toll road, which like many others has no speed limit, but this toll road just happens to follow the same route, albeit tweaked here and there over the years, as the original Formula 1 track. So you can take your car on the same tarmac as the legends such as Jackie Stewert, Graham Hill and Jim Clark drove in anger.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Zender Fact 4

Anyone who was into modified cars in the 80's and 90's knows the Zender name and its mad, wide bodykits. I know of a Zender wide bodied mk2 Scirocco that is just awesome. However they did try to make the transition from modifying cars to building them, and where best to get into the industry at the end of the 80's than the Supercar segment.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Back from the "Green Hell"

Well after 830 miles in my 21 year old VW Scirocco I made it back from the “Green Hell” in one piece to be expecting a write up of the adventure in the next week or so.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The call of the Nurburgring

It might be a bit quiet on here for the next week, the call of The Green Hell has gotten too loud so tomorrow night I will be beginning my Europeon trip from the UK to Germany and the iconic “toll” road. So be expecting lots of pictures and a write up of my adventures.

Lamborghini Urraco

Previously on here I did an article on the forgotten Lamborghini's and this was one. First debuted at the Turin Motorshow in 1970 it was quiet a departure for Lamborghini that had built high performance and highly priced sports cars and GT cars. It was also a complete clean sheet design by Macello Gandini, working for Bertone at the time, sharing no parts with the previous cars. It was also smaller, with a nod to practicality with it being a 2+2 and cheaper to buy. Revised tax laws and a need to fill spare capacity as well as compete with a new fleet of smaller sports cars by Ferrari and Maserati, entry level so to speak.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Lancia Flavia Sport Zagato

I first saw this very car below at the inaugural Indoor Classic Car Showin Manchester in 2011, unfortunately the poor lighting meant all my pictures turned out rather fuzzy!!!! So just think of my delight when at a resent show it turned up again, and what’s better the lighting was perfect. So here it is the Lancia Flavia Sport, what caught my eye were those rear windows scooping up into the roof line.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

BMW 700 LS Coupe

When I first saw this at the recent “Passion for Power” car show I was certain it was rare having never seen on and unusual after all it was a rear engine BMW. But I didn’t realise how rare. The 700 was in production from 1958 to replace the Isetta as a 4 door family economy car. Nearly 260,000 were built until 1965 when BMW moved into the more lucrative luxury saloon market. However in its last grasps of life and sat on an elongated chassis, a lightweight Coupe version was produced from 1964.  

Monday, April 8, 2013

Passion for Power, Eventcity

Now in its 3rd year, this indoor show has come a long way (2011, 2012). Now rebranded this classic car show now included for the cancelled "passion for power" event from late last year. What this meant was the usual classic car event with all the car clubs, traders and individual showers, all up on numbers from last year, now joined by some classic and modern day prestige machinery, by the likes of McLaren, Roll Royce, Lamborghini and Ferrari.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Donington Park Grand Prix Collection

First off, I’m a big Formula 1 fan so it wasn’t going to be long before I headed over to Donington Park to visit the largest collection of F1 cars in the world. After all I’d driven past it enough times going to the racing and events (Restoration Show). So with a day booked off I made the 200 mile round trip to indulge!!!

Now a little history, Donington Park race circuit has F1 credential with it being used previously, most recently in 1993, for the European Grand Prix. It was even touted very recently with construction work started to replace Silverstone as the permanent home for F1 on these shores, though it all fell through in the end. So it’s easy to say that this is one of the best circuits in the British and a deserving home for the collection.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Random Picture

I've recently been to Donington Park to look round their F1 collection/museum, here's a sneak preview of what was on show, a McLaren MB2 from 1966-