Friday, December 24, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

What to watch this holiday weekend (Dec 24th - 26th)

  • Off Road Championship. Friday @ 6pm - 7pm (Discovery's High Def Theater)
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Marathon (both seasons). Saturday @ 10am - Sunday @ 6am
  • Top Gear America - Fast in Florida. Sunday @ 10pm - 11pm (History Channel/History Channel HD)
Even though I never mention it, Chasing Classic Cars is a cool little series on High Def Theater that follows a businessman named Wayne Carini (Owner - F40 Motorsports in CT) through his comings and goings in the automotive acquisition, restoration and sales world. If you've never seen it and are interested, you're in luck; there's a all day marathon on Christmas day starting at 10am. Set the DVR and check it out once you're done running around visiting friends and family.

Photo courtesy of Blake Simon

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Quick Vid: 78' Mk2 Escort + Ken Block

Nothin' better than fresh HD footage of classic rallye cars getting flogged.

Video courtesy of MonsterWorldRally.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Current Events: Save the Ring!

Unfortunately in this day in age of worldwide financial woes, nothing is safe; this includes the much loved and renowned Nurburgring Nordschleife. For all who aren't aware, this past Spring the Ring's ownership was rented out to two private investors that turned the Ring into a gd amusement park. The glaring problem with the changes they made, outside of taking away from the pureness of Nordschleife obviously, was overestimating how much bullsht they could throw at the park to make money off of the Ring's existing fame. These two private investors obviously bit off more than they could chew (based on inflated attendance numbers) and now, long story short, the Nurburgring is in the hole about 400 million euros (~600 million USD).

There are plenty of reasons why this whole situation has gone unchecked, but at this stage of the game it's all about damage control. Please visit Save The Ring on facebook to join the discussion to work towards a plan of action as well as make your opinion known. It's a little hectic on there currently, but please read through the wall and post your own suggestions and support. Please share this with as many people as possible to increase awareness.

To find out more, please visit the Jalopnik and Worldcarfans articles and more importantly the save the ring facebook page. Thank you ROTL readers for checking this out. Spread the word! One of worlds greatest institutions needs the help of enthusiasts everywhere before it gets any worse.

Quick Vid: Vintage CSL & 934 racing footage

With the holidays around the corner, it's only fitting to bring you more classic footage of the track monsters past. Enjoy.

Video hosting courtesy of fiesematenten.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Car Pron: Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

When you hear the word Bugatti today, it's much like hearing the word Deusenburg for baby boomers and the generation before; world famous build quality, technological innovation, performance and craftsmanship. While both of these pillars of automobile luxury and quality began manufacturing cars early in the 20th century, however, only the Bugatti brand still actively produces cars. From a rich pre-war racing history, to being resurrected in 1987 by  Romano Artioli (responsible for the exquisite EB110), Volkswagen AG (VAG) acquired the Bugatti brand in 1998. Under the VAG umbrella, what we all know as the Bugatti EB 16.4 Veyron was produced in 2005.

The Bugatti Veyron broke many records held prior to it's release, one of which was the worlds fastest car title (raising the bar to 253.81mph) previously held by the McLaren F1 then Koenigsegg CCR, respectively. The SSC Ultimate Aero TT edged the Veyron out by a couple mph two years later, but in predictable fashion, with the Veyron getting close to the end of it's production cycle, an even more exclusive version has been released this year (2010) called the Veyron Super Sport. Enjoy.

Video courtesy of Motor Trend.