Thursday, September 19, 2019

What to watch this Weekend (Sept 20th - Sept 25th)

  • Formula 1 - Singapore Grand Prix; from the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore. Practice 1. Friday @ 4:25am - 6am (ESPN2) live
  • Formula 1 - Singapore Grand Prix; from the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore. Practice 2. Friday @ 8:25am - 10am (ESPNU) live
  • Formula 1 - Singapore Grand Prix; from the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore. Practice 3. Friday @ 5:55am - 7am (ESPN2) live 
  • Formula 1 - Singapore Grand Prix; from the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore. Qualifying. Saturday @ 8:55am - 10am (ESPNNEWS) live
  • Formula 1 - Singapore Grand Prix; from the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore. Race. Sunday @ 8am - 10am (ESPN2) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (MotorTrend) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (MotorTrend) replay
  • Garage Squad. Season 6 Ep 4. Wednesday @ 10pm - 11pm (MotorTrend) new
Short and sweet this week -- Hamilton is in cruise control with another strong podium finish, Bottas is still sharp, but not sharper than Hams, Vettel had a better time in this Shell collaboration with Hammond and May than in the race, Renault can be fast in a straight line, but no one is as fast as Ferrari is in a straight line. Max had another bad weekend, but made lemonade on race day taking 8th, Giovinazzi took 9th in his home GP, Albon is settling into the RBR taking 6th. Norris took the last point which was good because the other McLaren blew a power unit. And finally, Leclerc is the new Ferrari number one, taking his second win in a row, a win in Monza in front of the tifosi and Ferrari management. He held off advances from Hamilton and Bottas, both on medium tires while he ran hards. This was a track that suited the Scuderia, but you still have to make it happen. With the checkered flag dropped, the Driver's Championship standings are as follows: Hamilton, Bottas (-63), Verstappen (-99), Leclerc (-102), Vettel (-115),  Gasly (-219). This brings our season to Singapore, where downforce will come back into premium. Merc was no where close to Ferrari on the long straights of Monza, but managed to finish 2-3 against Ferrari's 1-13, which was a net 9pt gain in the constructors. This will also be an opportunity to see how good of a car Renault has developed; it's looked better in the last couple races, along with Racing Point for that matter. This weekend should be another exciting race, especially if Ferrari and Red Bull keep things interesting.

Enjoy your motorsport weekends.

Video courtesy of Drivetribe.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Monday, September 16, 2019

Enthusiast Topic: Greatest Porsche GTs: 718 Cayman GT4 meets 911 GT2 RS and GT3 RS | Autocar heroes (Autocar)

Matt plays with some of the best Porsche GT cars, including the 997 GT3RS, 991.2GT2RS and 718 GT4, to see which has the edge and which have


Video courtesy of Autocar.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

What to watch this Weekend (Sept 15th - Sept 18th)

  • DTM. 2019 action from the Nurburgring. Sunday @ 12pm - 2pm (CBSSN) same-day delayed airing
  • IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. Laguna Seca. Sunday @ 3pm - 6pm (NBCSN) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (MotorTrend) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (MotorTrend) replay
  • Wheeler Dealers. 2004 BMW M3. Tuesday @ 10pm - 11pm (MotorTrend) new
  • Garage Squad. Season 6 Ep4. Wednesday @ 9pm - 10pm (MotorTrend) new
Enjoy your weekends.

Video courtesy of EvolveAutomotive.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Automotive Workshop: Driftworks E30 M3 Part 13 - Dyno & Road Test (Driftworks)

Part 13 of the Driftworks' E30M3 S65 DCT (E92M3 drivetrain) build. Yes, we skipped a few more episodes, but feel free to check out skipped eps for more details!


Video courtesy of Driftworks.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Current Events: NEW Audi RS6: First Look (Carfection)

Henry pours over the 2020 Audi RS6 (C8), which is coming to North America. Finally! Someone buy a few hundred of them!


Video courtesy of Carfection.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

What to watch this Weekend (Sept 6th - Sept 11th)

  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Italy; from Autodromo di Monza, Italy. Practice 1. Friday @ 4:55am - 6:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Italy; from Autodromo di Monza, Italy. Practice 2. Friday @ 8:55am - 10:30am (ESPNU(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Italy; from Autodromo di Monza, Italy. Practice 3. Saturday @ 5:55am - 7am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Italy; from Autodromo di Monza, Italy. Qualifying. Saturday @ 8:55am - 10am (ESPNNEWS(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Italy; from Autodromo di Monza, Italy. Race. Sunday @ 7:30am - 10am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (MotorTrend) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (MotorTrend) replay
  • Wheeler Dealers. Datsun 510. Tuesday @ 10pm - 11pm (MotorTrend) new
  • Garage Squad. Season 6 Ep3. Wednesday @ 10pm - 11pm (MotorTrend) new
It's a short week so no major recap, but in sadder news, the motorsport community lost a young racing driver named Anthoine Hubert last Saturday, racing under Renault's F2 junior team in his rookie season. He succumbed to injuries suffered during a bad accident which ended up ending the F2 race at Spa. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. On a more positive note, Leclerc gets his first victory in F1, dedicating his win to his friend Anthoine, just barely hanging on with Hamilton chasing him down late in the race with bad tires. Monza will be another exiting race weekend where Ferrari will be trying to claw their advantage over Red Bull back and improve their season result.

Enjoy your race weekends.

Video courtesy of HooniganAutoFocus.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Neo-Vintage Feature: 1991 Jaguar XJR-15: Britain’s Fervent Feline (Petrolicious)

On this short film Petrolicious spends time with the owner, Jasbir Dhillon, of a very rare homologation special from Jaguar; the XJR-15. Turn it up.


Video courtesy of Petrolicious.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

What to watch this Labor Day Weekend (Aug 30th - Sept 4th)

  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Belgium; from circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. Practice 1. Friday @ 4:55am - 6:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Belgium; from circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. Practice 2. Friday @ 8:55am - 10:30am (ESPNU(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Belgium; from circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. Practice 3. Saturday @ 5:55am - 7am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Belgium; from circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. Qualifying. Sunday @ 7am - 8:30am (ESPN2(HD)) delayed airing
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Belgium; from circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. Race. Sunday @ 9:05am - 11am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 6pm - 7:30pm (MotorTrend) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (MotorTrend) replay
  • Top Gear (Classic). Tuesday @ 8pm - 9pm (MotorTrend) great replays
  • Wheeler Dealers. Tuesday @ 9pm - 10pm (MotorTrend) new
  • Garage Squad. Wednesday @ 10pm - 11pm (VelocityHD) new
The final pre-summer break race in Hungary was another incredible race to round out two answers to F1 fans concerns on lack of racing excitement. While the Hungaroring podium result actually didn't look too unusual on paper, the actual way things shook out in the race was quite spectacular. Verstappen's RBR Honda took another step forward with pole position, Max's first pole position. Hamilton was a little bit off the pace in Q3, even being out qualy-ed by Bottas which helped with his bid for a contract extension, but Hams was pretty confident on their race pace. The reality of this parity between Merc and RBR made itself apparent during the race, where Max got a great start, Bottas had a not so great start and Hamilton had a great start which put him right on Max's bumper. The race win ended up turning into the story of two strategies and the drivers who had to execute them. I'll let todays' video cover those details, but Hamilton ended up executing his chief strategists plan to perfection, despite his early doubts, which lead to him catching and passing Verstappen on cooked tires with about 5 laps to go. With the checkered flag dropped the Driver's Championship standings are as follows: Hamilton, Bottas (-68), Verstappen (-75), Vettel (-94), Leclerc (-118), Gasly (-187). More importantly, since this race some driver changes have taken place, specifically with Albon being swapped for Gasley to back up Verstappen. Albon has a great opportunity, but an equally great challenge to go along with it; it'll be interesting to see how this shakes out, along with driver lineups at Renault, Merc and Ferrari. Plenty of interesting story lines that have yet to be completely written. Meanwhile, this weekend will be another chance for Ferrari to ensure RBR doesn't jump them for second place in the Constructors' Championship in 2019; if Albon delivers what is expected of him, Red Bull has a real chance of adding kerosene to Ferrari's F1 season. The next two weekends are back to back F1 weekends, so look for another update before Singapore. Also, there is no live qualy this weekend, at least on East Coast with Comcast, so you'll have to catch the replay Sunday morning before the race.

Enjoy your Labor Day weekends.

Video courtesy of peterwindsor.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Enthusiast Topic: This BMW Build Just Changed the Game (DonutMedia)

Donut looks at this years SEMA darling, the college student built S55 swapped E30M3. Great work.

Video courtesy of DonutMedia.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

What to watch this Weekend (Aug 23rd - Aug 28th)

  • IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship - From VIR in Alton, Virginia. Sunday @ 1:30pm - 4:30pm (NBCSN) live
  • DTM. Action from Lausitzring. Sunday @ 6pm - 8pm (CBSSN) same-day delay
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 6pm - 7:30pm (MotorTrend) 
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (MotorTrend)
  • Garage Squad. Wednesday @ 10pm - 11pm (MotorTrend) new
Enjoy your weekends.

Video courtesy of PapadakisRacing.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Current Events: NEW Bugatti Centodieci: £9m EB110-Inspired Hypercar (Carfection)

Henry talks shop with with Bugatti's Design Director, Achim Anscheidt, about the striking new, ultra limited production, Bugatti Centodieci.


Video courtesy of Carfection.

Monday, August 19, 2019

For the Love of P: The Porsche Type 64 | Chris Harris Drives (TopGear)

Chris drives the very first Porsche, before it goes on sale at auction. The 1939 Type 64. This is one of three prototypes that survived WWII, which Porsche doesn't even own. Incredible.


Video courtesy of TopGear.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

What to watch this Weekend (Aug 16th - Aug 21st)

  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 6pm - 7:30pm (MotorTrend) 
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (MotorTrend)
  • Bitchin Rides. Tuesday @ 8pm - 9pm (MotorTrend) replay
Enjoy your weekends.

Video courtesy of Drivetribe.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Monday, August 12, 2019

Automotive Workshop: Driftworks E30 M3 Part 8 - It's kind of done! (Driftworks)

Part 8 of the Driftworks' E30M3 S65 DCT (E92M3 drivetrain) build. Yes, it took a long time for us to post this and we skipped parts 6 and 7 ha.


Video courtesy of Driftworks.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

What to watch this Weekend (Aug 11th - Aug 14th)

  • DTM. Action from Brands Hatch. Sunday @ 3pm - 5pm (CBSSN) same-day delay
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (MotorTrend) 
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (MotorTrend)
  • Bitchin Rides. Tuesday @ 8pm - 9pm (MotorTrend) replay
Enjoy your weekends.


Video courtesy of savagegeese.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Monday, August 5, 2019

For the Love of McLaren: McLaren F1 vs. P1 vs. Senna: Ultimate Series review | Autocar Heroes (Autocar)

Matt walks through all of McLarens Ultimate Series cars, starting with the legendary, Gordon Murray designed McLaren F1, to the more recent P1 and latest Senna. Great stuff.


Video courtesy of Autocar.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

What to watch this Weekend (Aug 2nd - Aug 7th)

  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Hungary; from the Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. Practice 1. Friday @ 4:55am - 6:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Hungary; from the Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. Practice 2. Friday @ 8:55am - 10:30am (ESPNU(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Hungary; from the Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. Practice 3. Friday @ 5:55am - 7am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Hungary; from the Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. Qualifying. Saturday @ 8:55am - 10am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Hungary; from the Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. Race. Sunday @ 9:05am - 11am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • IMSA Weathertech Sports Car Championship - From Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Sunday @ 6pm - 9pm (NBCSN(HD)) same-day delay, live @ 2:25pm on imsa.tv & nbcsportsgold
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (MotorTrend) 
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (MotorTrend)
  • Bitchin Rides. Tuesday @ 8pm - 9pm (MotorTrend) replay
Just when I said Silverstone was the best race of the 2019 season so far, the German Grand Prix has a swan song of epic proportions. It's a short week so I won't run too long here, but it was nothing short of a victory for those looking for a different podium, action on the race track and hell, even for those looking for a different top ten. Hockenheim delivered everywhere. Hams took pole Saturday, but finished 9th -- with the help of technical regulation compliance fault on both Alfa Romeos (vid below). Kubica scored the final point, in 10th, with this same help! Sainz finished 5th with another strong weekend after nearly collecting himself into the barrier early (drag strip victim #245); his teammate Norris wasn't so lucky and ended with a DNF. Kvyat finished on the podium in 3rd! Lance Stroll took 4th! Bottas, Hulkenburg and Leclerc all crashed out in different ways on the skating rink/drag strip area, late in the race. Vettel had car troubles in Qualy that made him start from 20th and he took 2nd! Max Vertstappen stopped 6 times in this race, spun 360* in the wet and not only took the checkered flag, but the fastest lap. What a magical, rainy, safety-car laden race this was. There were more victims of the DNF bug too, Gasly (a bit too eager to pass Albon and broke the front of the car), Perez (lost the car in the rain off the racing line on lap 2, hitting a barrier) and Ricciardo (engine #1 of the season went up in smoke) couldn't make it out unscathed. The result? Everyone on the podium was elated to be there, the small teams off the podium celebrated like they were on it; quite the scene. I was on vacation watching this race off DVR on my phone and I can't count how many times I put my hand of my head, saying 'holy crap' as unpredictable things happened time and time again. Amazing. Anyways, with the smoke cleared, Merc had one of their worst weekends ever, Ferrari split the difference with one car getting 18pts vs Mercs 2pt haul for Hams. Meanwhile Red Bull chipped even deeper into Ferrari's lead in the Constructors Championship. With the Hungarian Grand Prix around the corner, the drivers standings are as follows: Hamilton, Bottas (-41), Vertstappen (-63), Vettel (-84), Leclerc (-105), Gasly (-170). Hungary will be the last race before the summer break. There's a ton of talk about multiple drivers that may be losing their seats this year, but time will tell how this will shake out. The Hungaroring will be the next battle ground for who stays and goes; most of those team decisions will likely be determined afterwards.
Enjoy your weekends.

Video courtesy of Autosport.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Current Events: Lotus Evija: 2,000hp, £1.7M Electric Hypercar, EVERYTHING You Need To Know (Carfection)

Henry looks at the new Lotus hypercar for 2020, with lead designer Russell Carr, the all-electric 2000hp Evija. Well alright then, Lotus.


Video courtesy of Carfection.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

What to watch this weekend (July 26th - Jul 31th)

  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Germany; from the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. Practice 1. Friday @ 4:55am - 7am (ESPN2(HD)) live 
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Germany; from the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. Practice 2. Friday @ 8:55am -11am (ESPNU(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Germany; from the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. Practice 3. Saturday @ 5:55a - 7:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Germany; from the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. Qualifying. Saturday @ 8:55am - 10:30am (ESPN(HD)) live 
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Germany; from the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. Race. Sunday @ 9:05am - 11:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Bitchin Rides. Tuesday @ 8pm - 9pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
Silverstone is the current front runner for best race of the 2019 F1 season. Plenty of young drivers imposing their will on the event, young British drivers experiencing their first home Grand Prix, Hamilton losing out to Bottas in Q3 by six-thousandths, Bottas and Hamilton dicing for the race lead through the first pit stop, the fans getting the winner they wanted and records being broken all over the place -- two of which being Bottas taking the overall track record and Hamilton winning his sixth British GP. Verstappen and Leclerc were battling, both pitting around lap 14/52 to race eachother -- Vesrtappen stopping a bit quicker and took the lead out of the pit, but a couple turns later Max's cold tires lead him to give the spot back to Leclerc. Bottas' fortunes weren't great come race day, much to his chagrin, as he made his first pit stop, was in second place cutting into Hamilton's lead to stop the attempted over-cut, when Giovinazzi lost the rear and beached himself in the gravel on lap 20/52. This brought out a safety car, then things really got interesting. Hamilton, in perfect track position, ducked right into the pits, got a free pitstop and came out ahead of Bottas on mediums (they initially planned on two stopping), who already had several laps on his hards and was originally set out for a two stop. This opportunity was also seized by Verstappen (second stop on to hards to finish the race) and Vettel (and others), which ended up putting Leclerc on somewhat of an island given that he would need to stop again -- it seemed like Vettel got the better of the team decision once again as Leclerc was left out on mediums during the SC period, which ran for almost 4 lap, as the marshals cherry-picked Gio's car out. Ferrari finally decided to pit Leclerc, but he lost a couple spots, coming back out in 6th. Then the real race got underway and individual battles broke out for positions.

Hams got beyond a one second gap as quickly as he could over Bottas, Leclerc and Verstappen go back at it which ends up letting the McLaren boys get a peak at the top six. Gasly, who was ahead of Verstappen trying to chase down Vettel, wasn't making much progress and team orders swapped positions. Max, after a lot of work finally got ahead of Vettel, but Vettel looking to get the spot back was a bit too aggressive into the braking zone for stowe and rear ended the Red Bull, sending both cars off the track. Amazingly, neither of Max's rear tires were damaged and despite the hard shunt the rear suspension was still ok. Vettel's car had a damaged front wing, so he  immediately went to the pits to replace it and his tires for good measure. Verstappen kept himself from being beached, got going again and ended up in 5th, behind Gasly, who put in one of his best performances of the year. Sainz picked up a spot off Vettel in the aftermath, along with the biggest winner, Leclerc, who got his original 3rd position back due to the incident. Hams took the checkered flag and Bottas followed, putting Merc back into stride with 1-2 victories. Vettel received a 10sec penalty for the incident, but he was 17th after the pitstop so it didn't matter much. Oh and two more notables -- the Haas drivers took each other out with contact during the first lap leading to a team DNF. Finally, Bottas pitted late to go for fastest lap on the softs, the team asked Hams to come in as well, but he declined to finish on his hards; Hamilton still snagged the fastest lap on the final lap with 30+ lap old hards, showing some serious skill. While the ending positions didn't teach us much new, although Kimi had another good race taking 8th, we got racing excitement that was missing; it appears that the stewards' decisions in the last couple weeks has opened up what the driver's know they can do during the race which has let to more good hard racing on track. I hope this keeps up. With the race day complete the Driver's Championship standings are as follows: Hamilton, Bottas (-39), Verstappen (-87), Vettel (-100), Leclerc (-103), Gasly (-168). Looks like you can almost put a fork into Vettel's Championship chase, Honda is officially back and Ferrari is now officially fighting Red Bull for 2nd in the Constructors'. The F1 circus is on to Hockenhiem this weekend for Merc's home race. It should be another great race weekend.
Enjoy your weekends.


Video courtesy of Drivetribe.

Monday, July 22, 2019

For the Love of P: 1988 Porsche 959 (JayLenosGarage)

Jay spends some time Alex Grappo to mull over the 1988 Porsche 959, the OG of all future Porsches to date.


Video courtesy of JayLenosGarage.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

What to watch this Weekend (July 20th - July 24th)

  • IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship - From Lime Rock Park. Saturday @ 9:30pm - 12:30am (NBCSN(HD) same-day delayed airing
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Bitchin Rides. Tuesday @ 8pm - 9pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
 Enjoy your weekends.


Video courtesy of NovitecGroup.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Automotive Workshop: All Wheel Drive Swapped Supercharged 1971 Trans-Am? (HooniganAutoFocus)

Larry interviews Ken Blocks' lead mechanic, Gregg Hamilton, to mull over his newest personal build. It's a frankenstein GM build based on a '71 Pontiac Firebird. It has a late model LS, blown, pushed back 18", trick one-off suspension using late Corvette control arms, R33 5spd transmission, Nissan GTR AWD center-diff ECU, Infiniti front diff, Celica dash, Corvette brakes, air conditioning and on and on and on.


Video courtesy of HooniganAutoFocus.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

What to watch this Weekend (July 12th - July 17th)

  • Formula 1 - British Grand Prix; from Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, England. Practice 1. Friday @ 4:55am - 6:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - British Grand Prix; from Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, England. Practice 2. Friday @ 8:55am - 10:30am (ESPNU(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - British Grand Prix; from Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, England. Practice 3. Saturday @ 5:55am - 7am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - British Grand Prix; from Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, England. Qualifying. Saturday @ 8:55am - 10am (ESPNNEWS(HD)) live 
  • Formula 1 - British Grand Prix; from Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, England. Race. Sunday @ 9:05am - 11:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Bitchin Rides. Tuesday @ 8pm - 9pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
Austria was a revelation in multiple ways. Merc didn't win for the first time this season. A Red Bull won a race this year, a great result at their home track. Max Verstappen took the checkered flag despite a stewards review of tire contact during a late race pass, after crawling back from 9th at the start of the GP to chase down Leclerc, on the hard tires. Verstappen had a issue with the start, then worked doubletime from that point forward to get back. The primary talking point was the pass he pulled off on Leclerc, which was a point of significant debate based on the recent stewards decisions on rejoining the track -- what was unique here was that no track rejoining was in play and what it really came down to was an aggressive pass and how much room was allotted to Leclerc, by Verstappen, during the move itself. after review, the stewards let it stand as a racing incident as Verstappen took enough ownership over the corner and wasn't deemed to force Leclerc off the road as much as take a natural line based on the move. Regardless of the side you're on, it made the race exiting and pointed out how much worse Ferrari was on its tires than Red Bull was in Austria. While there was a ten lap delta in tire age, Verstappen arguably worked his front tires very hard chasing down Leclerc for multiple laps trying to get the pass done.

In other action on track Merc had temperature issues which really hampered them; managing that all race nearly got Bottas nipped of the final podium spot and left Hams on an island in 5th. I'm sure they'll look at this vulnerability before returning to Hamilton's home track this weekend. In other news, McLaren scored points with both cars again, Alfa Romeo looked competitive again in qualy, but just managed to snag 9th and 10th in the race, unable to topple the McLarens. What this means is that the Renault, Racing Point, Toro Rosso and Haas all fell short of points, once again. The Red Bull Ring looked to be one of the best tracks for the Ferrari powertrain, so think may or may not even out as we go to the technical Silverstone circuit which Hams and Merc has owned in recent years. With the checkered flag dropped, the Drivers' Championship standings are as follows: Hamilton, Bottas (-31), Verstappen (-71), Vettel (-74), Leclerc (-92), Gasly (-154). Silverstone should be another great race with RBR coming on form, joining Ferrari and Merc at the front.

Enjoy your weekends.


Video courtesy of peterwindsor.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Current Events: 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed best of the weekend (GoodwoodRoad&Racing)

The Goodwood Festival of Speed started last Thursday and there's been plenty of awesome stuff streaming on YouTube. These are some of the best so far (in no particular order):










Video courtesy of GoodwoodRoad&Racing.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Current Events: De Tomaso P72: This Gorgeous Thing Costs €750k : 2019 Goodwood FoS (Carfection)

Henry walks us through the DeTomaso P72, which debuted at the 2019 Goodwood FOS, which shows to be what the ultra-low production car will look like once complete. Plus we have some rolling footage; yowzas.


Video courtesy of Carfection.

Video courtesy of GoodwoodRacing&Speed.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Current Events: NEW Ferrari P80/C, In-Depth First Look: 2019 Goodwood FoS (Carfection)

Henry talks through the 488 GT3 based P80/C one-off Ferrari special project with its lead, in the Ferrari paddock, at this years Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Video courtesy of Carfection.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

What to watch this Independence Day Weekend (July 4th - July 9th)

  • WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. IMSA action from Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Sunday @ 1pm - 4pm (NBC(HD) & IMSA.com) live
  • DTM. 2018 action from Norisring. Sunday @ 4pm - 6pm (CBSSN(HD)) same-day delayed airing
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Bitchin Rides. Tuesday @ 8pm - 9pm (MotorTrendHD)
Enjoy your holiday weekends (and yes I know the irony of today's video).

Video courtesy of Drivetribe.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

What to watch this Weekend (June 28th - July 3rd)

  • Formula 1 - Austrian Grand Prix; from the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. Practice 1. Friday @ 4:55am - 7am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Austrian Grand Prix; from the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. Practice 2. Friday @ 8:55am - 11am (ESPNU(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Austrian Grand Prix; from the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. Practice 3. Friday @ 5:55am - 7:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Austrian Grand Prix; from the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. Qualifying. Saturday @ 8:55am - 10:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live 
  • WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. Six hours of the Glen. From Watkins Glen International Raceway in New York. Sunday @ 9:30am - 4pm (IMSA.com) live; 7pm (NBCSN(HD)) same-day delay
  • Formula 1 - Austrian Grand Prix; from the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. Race. Sunday @ 9:05am - 11:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 10pm - 10:30pm (VelocityHD) new
It's been a short week so here's a quicky. The French GP was kind of predictable. Hams took another win after taking pole, he just missed the fastest lap because Vettel was in no mans land in 5th and put on softs with two laps left. Verstappen had another strong drive, Gasly did pretty well in his home grand prix. Ricciardo got a little spicy out there with overtakes, got dinged for one of them but still finished in the top ten. Leclerc raced a strong race and almost nipped Bottas at the end for second place as Valteri was managing an issue. Norris had a great drive, even after a hydraulic problem almost ruined his entire race, but he still took points home. His teammate Sainz stayed ahead of him the entire race despite Norris being legitimately held up for a period of time (tire management and all). So another Merc 1-2 in the books, the French fans gave Leclerc a hearty applause and Ferrari is still scratching their heads on pace as they apparently figured a few things out with their front wing upgrade. Haas looked no better than Williams in France, they have work to do -- Grosjean had to retire in his home GP. We're back in Austria, which is a technical track that rewards aero, but still requires power; hopefully Ferrari can bring something to the table and Red Bull can finally bring a result in a home race. Merc is concerned with some reliability concerns with their latest powerplant revision, there may be a chance for someone to get within striking distance of breaking their GP win streak this season.
Enjoy your weekends.


Video courtesy of savagegeese.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Enthusiast Topic: BMW Z4 M40i: Road Review (Carfection)

Henry drives the Supra's drop top half-brother, the Z4 M40i, in southern Spain.


Video courtesy of Carfection.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Enthusiast Topic: Cloning a $1M Car? Mercedes 300SL With a Modern Engine/Chassis (HooniganAutofocus)

Larry hangs with his buddy John from Slang500, builder of a trick 300SL gullwing built on a modern Merc-AMG SLK55. Fiberglass body, 1 for 1 replicated parts, NOS parts, custom parts. Lordy.


Video courtesy of HoniganAutoFocus.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

What to watch this Weekend (June 21st - June 26th)

  • Formula 1 - French Grand Prix; from Circuit Paul Ricard, France. Practice 1. Friday @ 4:55am - 6:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live 
  • Formula 1 - French Grand Prix; from Circuit Paul Ricard, France. Practice 2. Friday @ 8:55am - 10:30am (ESPNU(HD)) live 
  • Formula 1 - French Grand Prix; from Circuit Paul Ricard, France. Practice 3. Saturday @ 5:55am - 7am (ESPN2(HD)) live  
  • Formula 1 - French Grand Prix; from Circuit Paul Ricard, France. Qualifying. Saturday @ 8:55am - 10am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - French Grand Prix; from Circuit Paul Ricard, France. Race. Sunday @ 8:30am - 11am (ESPN(HD)) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Bitchin Rides. Tuesday @ 8pm - 9pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
F1s last race in Canada was quite the controversial weekend. First things first, it looked like Ferrari was at a track that suited their car. Vettel and Leclerc were quick, Hamilton looked like he was going to take another pole and Vettel nipped him by 2/10ths. Hamilton split the Ferraris for the race though, Bottas had a bad Q3 and wasn't able to tuck another car into the first two rows, starting 6th. Meanwhile, the Honda powered teams looked good in FP3, but Qualy didn't work out as well, with Gasley of RBR being the only one able to get into Q3. That would be flipped back into their favor in the race though, three Honda powered cars finishing in the top ten, only Albon in the Toro Rosso DNF'ing and not scoring any points. In the void of the top runners not making Q3, including Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo qualified 4th. This shows some significant improvement from Renault after the rough start; they've determined some of their core issues and have worked through them with powerunit upgrades. The race started off frantic as usual, but Hamilton and the remainder of the top few rows maintained positions and settled into race and strategy. Verstappen drives the wheels off once again and goes from 11th to 5th in the race. Stroll comes in 9th in his home grand prix. Kvyat shows another strong showing and takes the final point in 10th. Bottas salvages a not so great early race and finishes in 4th behind Leclerc. Vettel crosses the checkered flag first, but comes in second -- this is where the controversy comes in. On lap 48/70, Hamilton's reeling Vettel in, bit by bit, when Vettel loses the rear heading into turn 4 and cuts the grass in order to avoid needing to take the turn with no control. In rejoining the track the car drifts right; Hamilton, seeing the error is attacking the gap which is closed by Vettel who gets back on the power and corrects the slide, pinching Hams at the wall and forcing him to hit the brakes hard. In real time it looks a little rough, but happens really quickly. The stewards reviewed the incident and eventually, at the end of lap 57/70,  gave Vettel a 5sec penalty because of a specific rule about unsafe returns to the track which essentially isn't up for interpretation. Hamilton's chase was halted by the incident and even though he tried passing Vettel through the final 22 laps, but he was unable to pass him, finishing a bit under a second from Vettel. Leclerc was working hard to try nipping second place as Vettel's tires fell off late, but couldn't quite get inside the 5second window. Vettel was furious, obviously, looking to boycott the podium, but he was notified of further penalties that would come by not speaking to the media and he worked his way back. Hamilton looked to try letting Vettel stand on the top step of the podium with him, but Vettel declined. Vettel spoke to Martin Brundel and explained the issue, but walked off afterwards. The race crowd booed Hams even though he didn't make the decision and cheered Vettel as the true winner of the race. Vettel also put the #2 placard in front of Hamiltons car on the way to the podium. Quite the scene, quite the wet blanket ending to a GP, as good hard racing is good for the sport and spectators. The counterpoint is would Ferrari be asking for this same penalty if the roles were reversed? So what we seem to have is a rule that should have some wiggle room built in so that the stewards have the power to interpret (or the penalty at least - swap positions potentially on the grounds of gaining advantage) based on circumstance; but that'll have to be a target for another season. Oh and Magnussen giving his Haas team crap for having a poorly setup car on race day after he destroyed his previous car in Qualy. Poor form, wtf. They had to build a new car from scratch, overnight, with a brand new chassis. I'm glad Gunther told him off.

In the end, Hamilton took his 7th win in Canada, equaling Shumi's single track win record. Vettel and Ferrari curse the call by the stewards and looked to appeal it, but as of today the result still stands. This would've been Vettel's first win since Belgium 2018, but he'll have to settle for his first pole in 2019. The Driver's Championship standings are as follows: Hamilton, Bottas (-29), Vettel (-62), Verstappen (-74), Leclerc (-90), Gasley (-126). The constructors championship gap between Merc and Ferrari is 123 points. The French GP has arrived just in time for Renault to get its act together; they finished 6th and 7th in Canada. We'll see if they can deliver the fans what they'd like to see.
Enjoy your weekends.

Video courtesy of Peterwindsor.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Track Pron: McLaren Senna vs 650S GT3 | Chris Harris Drives (TopGear)

Chris puts the McLaren Senna against a proper McLaren 650S GT3 car at Silverstone. Oh yes.


Video courtesy of TopGear.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Thursday, June 13, 2019

What to watch this 24hrs of Le Mans Weekend (June 14th - June 18th)

  • The Grand Tour. Season 3. Episodes on demand. Friday (Amazon Prime) 
  • 24 Hours of Le Mans - 87th running of the legendary race for the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup. Live from Le Mans, France. Saturday @ 8am - Sunday 9:30am (MotorTrend(HD)) live 
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Bitchin Rides. Tuesday @ 8pm - 9pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
24hrs of Le Mans is this weekend on MotorTrend and they're covering all of it in three chunks.
 
Enjoy your weekends.


Video courtesy of AutoExpress.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Enthusiast Topic: Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe | Chris Harris Drives (TopGear)

Chris reviews the latest Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe -- grand touring bruiser perfected.


Video courtesy of TopGear.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Current Events: The NEW McLaren GT: Taking On Bentley And Aston Martin (Carfection)

McLaren is making a dedicated GT car unlike their current tweaked sports cars. Henry talks us through the design and notable features, with Tom Taylor -- McLaren's Global Product Manager for the sports series and grand tourers.


Video courtesy of Carfection.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

What to watch this Weekend (June 6th - June 12th)

  • Isle of Man TT. 2019 insane action from the infamous Isle. Thursday @ 11pm - 12am (VelocityHD) new
  • The Grand Tour. Season 3. Episodes on demand. Friday (Amazon Prime) 
  • Formula 1 - Canadian Grand Prix; from Gilles Villeneuve Circuit in Montreal, Canada. Practice 1. Friday @ 9:55am - 11:30am (ESPNU(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Canadian Grand Prix; from Gilles Villeneuve Circuit in Montreal, Canada. Practice 2. Friday @ 1:55pm - 3:30pm (ESPNU(HD)) live
  • Isle of Man TT. 2019 insane action from the infamous Isle. Friday @ 11pm - 12am (VelocityHD) new
  • Formula 1 - Canadian Grand Prix; from Gilles Villeneuve Circuit in Montreal, Canada. Practice 3. Saturday @ 10:55am - 12pm (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Canadian Grand Prix; from Gilles Villeneuve Circuit in Montreal, Canada. Qualifying. Saturday @ 1:55pm - 3pm (ESPNNews(HD)) live
  • Isle of Man TT. 2019 insane action from the infamous Isle. Saturday @ 11pm - 12am (VelocityHD) new
  • Formula 1 - Canadian Grand Prix; from Gilles Villeneuve Circuit in Montreal, Canada. Race. Sunday @ 1:30pm - 4pm (ABC(HD)) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Wheeler Dealers. Wednesday @ 8pm - 9pm (MotorTrendHD)
Monaco was quite the weekend. Merc finally failed to get a 1-2 finish, but they still got a 1-3 finish. Ferrari got on the podium, but only because Red Bull released Max into Bottas and there was contact; this lead to a 5 second penalty, which put Max in 4th even though he hounded Hams until the very end -- Hamilton taking a set of mediums into uncharted territory, 60+ laps on a tire only supposed to do 50. However Monaco is a track position dominant track, so once you get your stop in you can typically run to the end if you have the separation needed at right sections of the circuit, which Merc had in spades; Hams rears were perfect even though his left front was graining so he could hook up out of corners without issue. Verstappen was in a pickle once he realized there would be a time penalty for the unsafe release, so he could either run to the end to get as far ahead of 3rd and 4th place as possible to maintain a podium finish, which would require he get past Hamilton, or pit, take the penalty then and try to overtake his way back onto the podium, which didn't look likely unless there was another safety car. No additional safety car came, it didn't rain, so he tried to take on Hamilton for his position. Hams drove a strong race through some old tires and defended like the grizzled vet that his is. Vettel got a surprisingly good finish despite not qualifying to well, on behalf of Ferrari, but Ferrari is still trying to figure out why they can't turn tires on. Honda missed out on making the podium in Monaco, but has been superior to Renault in every way in 2019. Bottas looked strong again this weekend, but was unable to take pole despite a great lap; Hamilton pushed his Merc to the limit and just managed to edge him out in his final lap while Bottas couldn't warm his tires up well enough for the end of Q3. Ferrari's strategy is still suspicious, Leclerc fell victim to that in Q1 -- he should've been told to go back out since the track was getting faster while he sat in the pit (after a salvaged weigh-bridge snaffu, Leclerc missing his call in and his pit pushing him back to avoid penalty). Gasley had another strong race, finishing 5th behind Max and taking the fastest lap point late in the race on softs. McLaren did well enough to get Sainz into 6th, but Norris missed the points in 11th. Torro Rosso finished 7-8, getting all four Honda powertrains well into the top ten. Ricciardo had a scrappy race and got a point for Renault in 9th, but they still have plenty to sort out. Alfa Romeo was MIA and Williams didn't finish in the last two places (15th (Russell) and 18th (Kubica)). The Driver's Championship standings are as follows: Hamilton, Bottas (-17), Vettel (-55), Verstappen (-59), Leclerc (-80), Gasely (-105).  Canada should be a chance for all the teams to reassert themselves; unfortunately Merc is getting an engine upgrade. Red Bull is slowly putting themselves into position to overtake Ferrari; let's see how that effort shakes out.

Enjoy your weekends.

Video courtesy of Autosport.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Enthusiast Topic: BMW E92 M3 GTS: The M3 Masterpieces Ep.4 (Carfection)

The M3 Masterpieces series continues to episode four with the exclusive E92 M3 GTS.


Video courtesy of Carfection.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Current Events: Toyota GR Supra review (PistonHeads)

The Supra is back with the A90, based on a partnered architecture, engine and interior with BMW. Toyota purists are torn, the BMW purists don't care, but do the sports car enthusiasts win? Yep.


Video courtesy of PistonHeads.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Neo-Motorsport Feature: Ayrton Senna's 1993 MP4/8 F1 Car And His Personal Mechanic, An In-Depth Look (Carfection)

Henry interviews Gary Wheeler, Ayrton Senna's #2 mechanic back when he was racing for McLaren in 1993. They talk Ayrton, yesteryear in F1 and the MP4/8 F1 car he raced last.


Video courtesy of Carfection.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

What to watch this Weekend (May 30th - June 5th)

  • The Grand Tour. Season 3. Episodes on demand. Friday (Amazon Prime) 
  • WeatherTech Sports Car Championship - Detroit Belle Island Grand Prix. From Belle Island Park in Detroit, MI. Saturday @ 12:30pm - 2:30pm (NBCSN(HD)) live
  • IndyCar Series - Detroit Indy Grand Prix, Race #1. From Belle Island Park in Detroit, MI. Saturday @ 3:30pm - 6pm (NBC(HD)) live
  • Isle of Man TT. 2019 action from the Isle. Saturday @ 11pm - 12am (VelocityHD) new
  • IndyCar Series - Detroit Indy Grand Prix, Race #2. From Belle Island Park in Detroit, MI. Sunday @ 3:30pm - 6pm (NBC(HD)) live
  • Isle of Man TT. 2019 action from the Isle. Sunday @ 11pm - 12am (VelocityHD) new
  • Isle of Man TT. 2019 action from the Isle. Monday @ 11pm - 12am (VelocityHD) new
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD) replay 
  • Isle of Man TT. 2019 action from the Isle. Tuesday @ 11pm - 12am (VelocityHD) new
  • Wheeler Dealers. Wednesday @ 8pm - 9pm (MotorTrendHD) 
  • Isle of Man TT. 2019 action from the Isle. Wednesday @ 11pm - 12am (VelocityHD) new
Enjoy your weekends.

Video courtesy of PCAHQ.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Enthusiast Topic: McLaren Senna: A Tribute To Ayrton's Greatest Lap (Carfection)

Henry shakes down the McLaren Senna on normal roads and visits Donington Park where Senna drove what most consider his greatest ever circuit lap, in the legendary McLaren MP4/8.


Video courtesy of Carfection.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Car Pron Feature: Driving the Aston Martin One-77 | Nicholas Mee & Co. (TheSupercarDriver)

One of the all time greats, the Aston Martin One-77 owned by Nicholas Mee, is driven by The Supercar Driver. 750hp V12, carbon fiber and aluminum, wide as a bus, timeless design and that howling exhaust note.


Video courtesy of TheSupercarDriver.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Thursday, May 23, 2019

What to watch this Memorial Day Weekend (May 23rd - May 29th)

  • Formula 1 - Monaco Grand Prix. From Circuit de Monaco. Practice 1. Thursday @ 4:55am - 7am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Monaco Grand Prix. From Circuit de Monaco. Practice 2. Thursday @ 8:55am - 11am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • The Grand Tour. Season 3. Episodes on demand. Friday (Amazon Prime)
  • Formula 1 - Monaco Grand Prix. From Circuit de Monaco. Practice 3. Saturday @ 5:55am - 7:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live 
  • Formula E - Berlin. Race. Saturday @ 6:30am - 8am (FS1(HD)) 
  • Formula 1 - Monaco Grand Prix. From Circuit de Monaco. Qualifying. Saturday @ 8:55am - 10:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live; replay @ 2:30p on ABC(HD)
  • Formula 1 - Monaco Grand Prix. From Circuit de Monaco. Race. Sunday @ 9:05am - 11:30am (ESPN(HD)) live; same-day replay @ 3:30pm (ABC(HD))
  • IndyCar Series - The Indianapolis 500. From Indianapolis Motor Speedway, from Speedway, Indiana. Sunday @ 12am - 3:30pm (NBC(HD)) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Bitchin Rides. Tuesday @ 8pm - 9pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Wheeler Dealers. Wednesday @ 8pm - 9pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
What can we say about Spain? Bottas was faster than Hams in qualy, which is more of the new page in this team dynamic, but Hamilton got the jump in the race and never gave it back, taking the win and the fastest lap (making a point to counter Bottas' race domination of Australia) -- which is something we've seen before. Red Bull out paced the Ferrari with Verstappen at the wheel on a track where Ferrari looked the strongest in pre-season running; Maranello is still looking for answers to why they can't take their power to the front, still working to figure out how to turn on their tires at will aaaand how to best work team race strategy. Haas looks like they figured out their tire warm-up problems (Ferrari engineers were looking at their car at various points of the weekend) and are competitive with their latest package; bur was it the upgrades or the track or both? Merc's new package has proven another step on, which is making things interesting all around. Mclaren still looks strong and are chipping away at the results every week, but Norris got pulled a short straw with contact and a DNF leaving only Sainz bringing in points. Renault is making it to the end of races, but are still no better than some of the teams they're supplying engines to. It's going to be a long season for them. Kvyat put together another decent race, taking a couple points, Albon in the partner Toro Rosso finishing in 11th behind Grosjean. Mercedes 1-2, for a fifth race in a row, with Spain being a send off present to retiring Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche. It looks like the Manufacturers Championship is a wrap at this point, but there are a ton of races left. With the checkered flag dropped the Driver's Championship standings are as follows: Hamilton, Bottas (-7), Verstappen (-46), Vettel (-48), Leclerc (-55), Gasley (-91). If Red Bull keeps progressing they'll be fighting for second in the constructors -- hopefully some appearance of parity will show up by summer to make this more interesting.

This weekend in picturesque Monaco, the low speed corner heavy street circuit awaits. Merc looks strong on every different type of track thus far. Let's see if they can perhaps be knocked off one of the top two podium steps this weekend. Oh and don't forget the Indy 500 later in the day (although Alonso didn't qualify due to a myriad of struggles with McLaren's IndyCar entry).

In sadder news, in case you missed the news on Tuesday, F1 legend Niki Lauda passed away on Monday. I was just thinking how it was odd that I hadn't seen him in the Merc pits for some time now, but I didn't realize he was dealing with an number of ailments going back to a lung transplant last Summer. He was involved with a number of incredible events in the history of the sport, he was a three time F1 world champion, a successful entrepreneur and team Chairman and more importantly he was a respected man and racing driver with a rcers resolve that is second to none. He'll be missed.
Enjoy your motorsports weekends.


Videos courtesy of Autosport.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

For the love of P: 50 years of Porsche 917. (Porsche)

Porsche looks back 50years to the first 917 to compete for the overall victory at Le Mans.


Video courtesy of Porsche.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Neo-Vintage Enthusiast Topic: My Obsession: The man behind the Beast of Turin | Trailer (GoodwoodRoad&Racing)

This trailer is of a documentary called, My Obsession,  covering Duncan Pittaway -- restorer and enthusiast owner of the fire breathing Beast of Turin (among many other classic cars). For reference I've added a bonus vid on the Beast.



Video courtesy of GoodwoodRoad&Racing.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

What to watch this Weekend (May 17th - May 22nd)

  • The Grand Tour. Season 3. Episodes on demand. Friday (Amazon Prime) 
  • Indy 500. Qualifying Day1. Saturday @ 5pm (NBCSN(HD)) live
  • Indy500. Qualifying Day2. Sunday @ 12pm (NBC(HD)) live 
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Bitchin Rides. Tuesday @ 8pm - 9pm (MotorTrendHD)
  • Wheeler Dealers. Wednesday @ 9pm - 10pm (MotorTrendHD) new
Indy500 Qualifying is going down on NBC this . Enjoy your weekends.

Video courtesy of AMMONYC.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Enthusiast Topic: BMW E36 M3 GT: The M3 Masterpieces Ep.2 (Carfection)

Henry brings us the second episode of the BMW M3 greats series, this time showcasing the 1994 E36 M3 GT.


Video courtesy of Carfection.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

What to watch this Weekend (May 10th - May 15th)

  • The Grand Tour. Season 3. Episodes on demand. Friday (Amazon Prime) 
  • Formula 1 - Spanish Grand Prix; from Catalunya Circuit, Spain. Practice 1. Friday @ 4:55am - 6:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live 
  • Formula 1 - Spanish Grand Prix; from Catalunya Circuit, Spain. Practice 2. Friday @ 8:55am - 11am (ESPNU(HD)) live 
  • Formula 1 - Spanish Grand Prix; from Catalunya Circuit, Spain. Practice 3. Saturday @ 5:55am - 7am (ESPN2(HD)) live  
  • Formula E - Monaco. Race. Saturday @ 11:30am - 12:30pm (FS1(HD))
  • Formula 1 - Spanish Grand Prix; from Catalunya Circuit, Spain. Qualifying. Saturday @ 8:55am - 10am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Spanish Grand Prix; from Catalunya Circuit, Spain. Race. Sunday @ 8:30am - 11am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Wheeler Dealers. 1985 Mercedes 300TD. Wednesday @ 9pm - 10pm (MotorTrendHD) new
Azerbaijan was quite eventful besides the same general outcome as previous races. The circuit at Baku, with its trademark ultra long straight, lends itself to teammate slipstreaming and low downforce, but not everyone was able to take advantage. Gasley, arguably the biggest loser of the weekend (Russell's loss of a floor to a loose manhole cover in FP1 aside) had unfortunate circumstances take him from the top of Q1 to starting from the pitlane for a previous infraction during FP2, only to not even finish the race. Meanwhile, Bottas, fresh off a bad start after taking pole in China which lead to his 2nd place finish, got the job done in his start and took that lead to the checkered flag after Ferrari didn't execute so well on strategy, losing their typically strong bet on a safety car. That brings us to the strategy conundrum for Leclerc (see video below), who crashed in Q2 and baked himself into starting 8th (and got fresh mediums due to those damaged during the crash), was that his long-run pace was much better on the mediums than the field on softs which led to him taking the overall race lead, but the window in which he could've competed for a podium position passed while Ferrari's strategists waited for solid gap or a safety car; the gap passed, the safety car never came and Leclerc ended up on an island in 5th, behind Verstappen and way ahead of Perez. The silver lining was that he snagged fastest lap points with a late pitstop onto the softs, keeping Bottas from taking it. This is important, because this shaved a point off of what Bottas would've had by the end of the race, one position ahead of Hamilton. The Racing point boys had a great race, Perez taking 6th in a very strong field. McLaren took 7th and 8th, Sainz getting the better of Norris on a great weekend for both drivers; looks like they're getting a bit more consistent in the mid-field. Kimi took the final point for Alfa Romeo in 10th. Haas bad luck continues with Grosjean DNF, Ricciardo too never saw the flag. Gasley and Kvyat round out the four cars that didn't make the end. Ferrari was fast, but not fast enough in race, so they'll be looking to rectify this issue once again in Spain. Merc has managed another 1-2 finish in a row and the manufacturers championship gap is growing at an incredible rate. Verstappen continues to play spoiler, he's only one point behind Vettel through race 4. The Driver's Championship standings are as follows: Bottas, Hamilton (-1), Vettel (-35), Vertsappen (-36), Leclerc (-40), Perez (-74). Spain should be another exiting race.

Enjoy your weekends.

Video courtesy of Autosport.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Track Pron: Ferrari Pista vs Porsche GT2 RS lap times! w/ Aventador SVJ vs McLaren Senna. Silverstone w/ Topaz (Lovecars)

Lovecars crew pits four of the top track supercars out right now against one another; Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT2 RS, Ferrari 488 Pista and McLaren Senna. Guest racing driver is Le Mans competitor, Oliver Webb.


Video courtesy of Lovecars.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Monday, May 6, 2019

Thursday, May 2, 2019

What to watch this Weekend (May 3rd - May 8th)

  • The Grand Tour. Season 3. Episodes on demand. Friday (Amazon Prime) 
  • FIA World Endurance Championship. Spa. Saturday @ 7am - 8:30am, 12:30pm - 2pm (MotorTrendHD) live  
  • IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship - Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio. Sunday @ 1:30pm - 4:30pm (NBCSN(HD)) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Wheeler Dealers. 1985 Mazda RX7. Wednesday @ 9pm - 10pm (MotorTrendHD) new
Enjoy your weekends.

Video courtesy of LivingLifeFast.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Automotive Workshop: Best Factory Paint Job Acura NSX? 18m of Paint! (AMMONYC)

Larry visits the Acura Performance Manufacturing Center to checkout Acura's top end Andaro paint process.


Video courtesy AMMONYC.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Enthusiast Topic: Ferrari 488 Pista Review | Too fast for the road? (CarMagazine)

James takes the Ferrari 488 Pista on the road to see if it can also be entertaining off track.


Video courtesy of CARmagazine.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Thursday, April 25, 2019

What to watch this Weekend (April 26th - May 1st)

  • The Grand Tour. Season 3. Episodes on demand. Friday (Amazon Prime) 
  • Formula 1 - Azerbaijan Grand Prix; from the street circuit in Azerbaijan, Baku. Practice 1. Friday @ 4:55am - 6:30am (ESPN2(HD)) new
  • Formula 1 - Azerbaijan Grand Prix; from the street circuit in Azerbaijan, Baku. Practice 2. Friday @ 8:55am - 10:30am (ESPNU(HD)) new
  • Formula 1 - Azerbaijan Grand Prix; from the street circuit in Azerbaijan, Baku. Practice 3. Saturday @ 4:55am - 6:30am (ESPNNEWS(HD)) replay
  • Formula 1 - Azerbaijan Grand Prix; from the street circuit in Azerbaijan, Baku. Qualifying. Saturday @ 8:55am - 10am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Azerbaijan Grand Prix; from the street circuit in Azerbaijan, Baku. Race. Sunday @ 7:30am - 10am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Garage Squad. Wednesday @ 10pm - 11pm (MotorTrendHD) new
  • Wheeler Dealers. Wednesday @ 9pm - 10pm (MotorTrendHD) new
Last we left off in China, the 1000th F1 race, Bottas took pole, Ferrari looked suspiciously slow and inept with strategy and Merc took another 1-2 in a row. Renault had another mechanical failure related DNF, Hulk the victim by himself this time around, and Ricciardo finally finished a race. Verstappen split the Ferraris again, which is putting Maranello in a bit of a pickle. If they can't keep up with Merc it leads to them shooting themselves in the foot by not covering off Verstappen with their strategy. Also, if Leclerc is as good as he appears to be and Ferrari seems to be favoring Vettel with the benefit of team strategies, this lack of letting their drivers race each other will likely decide this years Championship; probably in favor of the silver arrows if they continue to remain as reliable as they've been thus far. Albon crashed out in P3, which took him out of Qualy, but he made it up to his team by taking back one championship point from the starting at the back of the field during the race -- great drive to take 10th. Gasly finally performed up to expectations, finishing right behind Leclerc in 6th. He also wisely snagged the fastest lap since he had a big enough cushion to pit late for softs, keeping the front runners from holding onto it. Kimi took 9th, Perez too 8th and both Haas couldn't find any real pace and finished out of the points. Daniil regained his torpedo status with a 7-10 split of McLaren's on lap one, which he got penalized for, but it lead to both himself and Norris not finishing the race. Sainz finally finished a race, but it was only in 14th. Hamilton's start proved to be both decisive and the deciding in this grand prix; he never looked back and drove an excellent race. He now leads the championship.

With the checkered flag dropped the current Driver's Championship standings are as follows: Hamilton, Bottas (-6), Verstappen (-29), Vettel (-31), Leclerc (-32), Gasly (-55). This weekend in Azerbaijan should be another entertaining race, we'll see if Ferrari can respond after a lackluster performance in China.
Enjoy your weekends.

Video courtesy of Autosport.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Neo-Vintage Feature: Porsche 356 Carrera Speedster Zagato: Sanction Lost (Petrolicious)

This feature showcases famed coach builder Zagato, which turned 100 last Friday, who has initiated the reproduction of an old one-off gentleman racer Porsche 356 Carrera Speedster design from years past. Petrolicious founder and CEO Afshin Behnia came to own one of these reproductions -- it's quite the lovely machine.


Video courtesy of Petrolicious.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Automotive Workshop: How to build a 300mph Koenigsegg Jesko (TopGear)

Jack meets up with Christian at the Koenigsegg factory to go over the Jesko, prior to delivery to the Geneva Autoshow a few weeks ago, and talk current and future tech. Grab a snack.


Video courtesy of TopGear.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

What to watch this Weekend (April 19th - April 23th)

  • The Grand Tour. Season 3. Episodes on demand. Friday (Amazon Prime) 
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Restoration Garage. Tuesday @ 10pm - 11pm (MotorTrendHD) new
  • Wheeler Dealers. 1970 VW Fastback. Wednesday @ 9pm - 10pm (MotorTrendHD) new
Enjoy your weekends.

Video courtesy of ShiftedPerspective.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Thursday, April 11, 2019

What to watch this Weekend (April 11th - April 17th)

  • Formula 1 - Chinese Grand Prix; from Shanghai, China/Shanghai International Circuit. Practice1. Thursday @ 9:55pm - 11:30am (ESWN(HD)) live
  • The Grand Tour. Season 3 Episode 14. Season Finale. Friday (Amazon Prime) 
  • Formula 1 - Chinese Grand Prix; from Shanghai, China/Shanghai International Circuit. Practice2. Friday @ 1:55am - 3:30am (ESWN(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Chinese Grand Prix; from Shanghai, China/Shanghai International Circuit. Practice 3. Saturday @ 10:55am - 12pm (ESWN(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Chinese Grand Prix; from Shanghai, China/Shanghai International Circuit. Qualifying. Saturday @ 1:55am - 3am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach. Saturday @ 5pm - 7pm (NBCSN(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Chinese Grand Prix; from Shanghai, China/Shanghai International Circuit. Race. Sunday @ 2:05am - 4am (ESPN2(HD)) live 
  • IndyCar Series - Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Street track in Long Beach, California. Sunday @ 4:30pm - 6:30pm (NBCSN(HD)) live 
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Restoration Garage. Tuesday @ 10pm - 11pm (MotorTrendHD) new
  • Wheeler Dealers. 996 Porsche 911 Carrera. Wednesday @ 9pm - 10pm (MotorTrendHD) new
What can you say about one of the most exciting and plot twisting races in quite a while, in the 2019 Bahrain GP? Poor Charles. He dominated all weekend, took pole position on Saturday, made a bad start Sunday, got back in the lead quickly, then he essentially experienced a dropped cylinder with about 15 laps left. This should've been his maiden grand prix victory, but it'll have to wait a bit longer. Hamilton, ever the opportunist, ran a strong race, was faster than his teammate, out dueled Vettel when team strategies lead to them going wheel to wheel, which put him behind Leclerc when his issue came up. The loss of that cylinder dropped his lap pace to over 3 seconds a lap under the field, which lead to him potentially finishing in 4th or 5th place -- but then the motorsport gods shined down upon him in the form of both Renaults breaking down with about 10 laps to go. It took so long to get Hulkenberg's car towed off the track, Ricciardo's remained through the checkered flag. Leclerc took 3rd under caution, which not only ensured his wounded car took third, but also ensured no one could break his fastest lap which came shortly before the engine problem. With these points he's leap frogged his teammate and put him fourth in the Driver's Championship. Vettel spun his car when Hams made the move to pass him (sound familiar?), but he salvaged the race by making his way back to fifth, behind Verstappen. I think what makes this season so great is that we have two young drivers on the top three teams which have the ability to compete for race wins and podiums; this is something we haven't had in a long time and it's mixing some things up. That said, things are looking up for Hamilton if he keeps turning out great results -- Vettel has a full on rival in his own team which will be limiting his ability to get max points everyweek. Bottas had a great first race, but didn't look as strong in Bahrain, so until we see more Hams should be the priority in silver. Verstappen will be a spoiler when the top two teams aren't strong enough which will further reduce the amount of points up for grabs. If Gasley could keep up with Max Red Bull would be an even bigger threat, but that isn't the case yet. Oh and Mclaren is still quick, with Norris taking 6th, but Sainz DNF'd again. This season is shaping up to be pretty interesting.

With the checkered flag dropped in Bahrain the current standings are as follows: Bottas, Hamilton (-1), Verstappen (-17), LeClerc (-18), Vettel (-22), Raikkonen (-34). This weekend's race in China is the 1000th F1 grand prix race, it's a track where power is rewarded with long straights and Merc will have their hands full once again trying to keep the red cars in check. If Leclerc takes the win in China will the team become his? We'll have to tune in to find out.

Enjoy your weekends.

Video courtesy of Autosport.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Automotive Workshop: BMW M5 E39 Time-Capsule Tech That Set the Coast-to-Coast Record (AfterDrive)

The Drive interviews Alex Roy and Ai Design owner Mathew Figliola on the Polizei E39M5 they built in order to beat the long standing Cannonball Run record from the east coast to west coast. Grab a snack.


Video courtesy of Drive.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

What to watch this Weekend (April 5th - April 10th)

  • The Grand Tour. Season 3 Episode 13. Friday (Amazon Prime) 
  • IndyCar Series - Honda Grand Prix of Alabama. From Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Sunday @ 4pm - 7pm (NBCSN(HD)) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (MotorTrendHD) replay
  • Restoration Garage. Tuesday @ 10pm - 11pm (MotorTrendHD) new
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Wednesday @ 9pm - 10pm (MotorTrendHD) new
Enjoy your weekends.


Video courtesy of TheStriaghtPipes.