Thursday, August 2, 2012

What to watch this weekend (Aug 2nd - Aug 8th)

  • Mazda Motorsports Hour. Star Mazda: Grand Prix of Ontario, Canada (Episode #9). Saturday @ 12pm - 1pm (VelocityHD) new
  • American Le Mans Series - Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge. From Mid-Ohio Raceway in Ohio. Saturday @ 2pm - 4pm (ABC/ABCHD) same-day replay
  • Worlds Most Expensive Cars. Marathon. Saturday @ 4pm - 11pm (VelocityHD) replays
  • WRC - Rally Argentina. Saturday @ 8pm - 9pm (SPEED/SPEEDHD) delayed-airing 
  • WRC - Rally Acropolis. Saturday @ 9pm - 10pm (SPEED/SPEEDHD) delayed airing 
  • WRC - Rally New Zealand. Saturday @ 10pm - 11pm (SPEED/SPEEDHD) replay
  • IndyCar Series - Honda Indy 200. From Mid-Ohio Raceway in Ohio. Sunday @ 12:30pm - 3:30pm (ABC/ABCHD/ESPN3.comlive
  • Top Gear (UK). Season 2 - Episode 9. Jeremy drives the Vauxhall Signum. Monday @ 9pm - 10pm (BBC America/BBC America HD) new replay
  • Motorweek. $25k Compact Car Shootout. Tuesday @ 8pm - 8:30pm (VelocityHD) new
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Mini-marathon. Tuesday @ 8:30pm - 11pm (VelocityHD) replays
Light weekend, but that's how it goes sometimes. Look for ALMS and IndyCar action at Mid-Ohio this weekend. They'll be tag-teaming the venue much like the upcoming Baltimore Grand Prix, to be held over Labor Day Weekend here in Baltimore. There's a good chance ROTL will be in attendance for the BGP, but in the meantime cross your fingers for us. I plan on uploading video clips daily to make it more of a live event in a far from live medium. Enjoy your weekends, we'll talk turkey in the upcoming weeks.

Video courtesy of 16cozmo.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

For the love of P: Ruf CTR Yellowbird and Ruf CTR 3 (CarandDriver)

If you remember the last time the infamous Yellowbird was showcased on ROTL, or better yet are up to date on the history of the legendary Porsche tuner Ruf Automobile GmbH, you know how special the CTR model is. Ruf's newest CTR, the CTR 3, is (loosely) based on the mid-engine Porsche Cayman. It pumps out an awe inspiring 750hp & 708tq from its twin-turbocharged 3.8 liter flat-six. Power, however, is only a fraction of why the CTR 3 is a worthy successor.

Video courtesy of CarandDriver.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Quick Vid: 600hp APR Stage 3 Audi TT RS (Tuned)

On this episode of Tuned Matt drives a familiarly modified coupe, for those of us close to the VAG scene in the US; an APR Stage 3 tuned Audi TT RS. This car came to the US primarily based on a FB marketing campaign where hundreds of thousands of people asked for it to come here. It arrived at our shores last year, but with one catch; no DSG equipped cars with launch control, only manual transmissions. While I'm typically anti-two pedal cars the use of launch control, with the European-only DSG TT RS, shaves its sprint times to that of many entry-level supercars. That and the automated dual-clutch automatic transmission is arguably the best automotive innovation of the last decade. Ah well, can't win em all.

Video courtesy of Drive.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Car Pron: F40's on Parade @ Silverstone.

There's nothing like fifty-eight F40's in the morning. This footage is from the annual Silverstone Classic event in the UK, from earlier this month. Thanks go out to Jalopnik for finding this gem a week or so ago. There's one thing that can be said after enjoying this video...not all F40 suspensions were created equal. YOU know who you are.

Video courtesy of Munch997.

Upcoming show: VAG Fair 2012

August is around the corner, so you know what that means. It is time for the gathering of German car enthusiasts in York, PA called VAG Fair. This show has grown beyond Saturday's event and has now become a girthy two day affair. Cory and his nation of friends, family and associates will put on the 6th annual VAG Fair this upcoming August 11th & 12th @ York Fairgrounds York, PA 17404. For the main show, Sunday @ 9am on August 12th, if you have a car you'd like to show or would just like to check it out as a spectator, pay attention to the following:

Show cars before the show: $18.00  Day of show $20.00
Spectators, both driving and being driven: $10.00
Want to rent a tent and camp out? $30

For those looking to participate in the Cruise-In and fairgrounds' events held on Saturday @ 12pm on August 11th, the cost of entry will be $5 a person. The show is in a couple weeks so button up your cars and register online. There are judging classes for VW, Audi, BMW, Mini and Aircooled cars. Visit the VAG Fair website and forums for additional information.

Last year started off great then got wet. Cross your fingers for better weather this year!