This is Hammertown, the sprawling, 10,000-person-strong tent city that springs up in Johnson Valley, California every year in anticipation of one of the world's most brutal off-road races, King of the Hammers. »
Last year, we had a chance to speak with Chuck Cantwell, the chief engineer behind the 1960s Shelby GT350R. Cantwell was hired by Carroll Shelby himself; he worked as a project engineer in Los Angeles during the Shelby marque's golden years and was responsible for both street and race GT350s, among other things.… »
Chris Cantle's giving the Ducati Scrambler a good work over in California right now, and he sent us this little bit of joy last night. How easy is it to swap the side panels on the bike? Easier then changing the visor on your helmet. Here's what he had to say: »
If you're stupid enough to break into a national park during a government shutdown and write about it, you're going to get busted. I knew that when I did it last year, but it didn't take the sting out of standing in federal court with $15,000 in fines or 18 months of incarceration looming over my head. All this for… »
Colin Chapman was doing the Lord's work when he crafted the brilliant Lotus Seven. Some 57 years later, there are all manner of interpretations of the man's ethos. We took three of the best, the Caterham 7 S3, the Lotus Exige V6 Cup, and the Dyson Racing Caterham SP/300.R to Sonoma Raceway, threw Jack Baruth the keys… »
All this talk of a Miata Coupe is entirely Mazda's fault. Back in 1996, the company tossed us the keys to its Miata M Coupe Concept. The idea worked then, and it still works now. So come on, Mazda. Throw a hard top on the ND.
Jump over to Road & Track to read the full write up from '96, and check out photos from the… »
There's a man who worships at the altar of the Dragon. We can't tell you his name. We can't show you what he looks like. He knows the ebb and flow of traffic, and when the road's abandoned. His FD RX-7 is built specifically to take on the dizzying turns, dips, and climbs that make up one of the most challenging… »
Now's the time of plenty if you dig on spritely hatches. We threw two of our favorites in a room, broke a pool cue in half and told them the survivor gets to haul our groceries home. No, the Mini Cooper S and Volkswagen GTI aren't natural enemies, but it's fun to watch them have at each other. Want to know how it… »
Yep. An unnamed 75-year-old led the Huntington Beach Police Department on a merry chase at around 10 mph through town yesterday night. When the driver finally stopped, officers gave him a failure to yield citation and let him go about his business.
Like I needed more proof that California really is just like GTA. Read… »
The International Manufacturing Technology show's off and running in Chicago, and Local Motors is there trying to 3D print a full-scale, fully functional car.
You may not remember Rickard Nilsson, but you probably recollect his hilarious Volvo b21ET-powered tractor. Two years ago, the monstrosity tore a hole in the internet. Now the 225-horsepower tractor's back to its old antics, doing donuts, mastering the peg-leg burnout, and tearing across fields at 60 mph.
You know,… »
A haggard, visibly shaken Tony Stewart broke his silence following the incident that took Kevin Ward, Jr.'s life at a sprint car race earlier this month. The NASCAR driver will compete in the Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. Head over to Road & Track for a video and breakdown of Stewart's… »
In a perfect world, you're dead right. We would have thrown on some legitimate rubber and rolled. But this all came together last minute. One day I was sitting in my office, and the next I was on a flight to Arizona to meet Cantle and drive to Daytona. It was only by some miracle that the Flyin' Miata guys were able… »
Gearhead and all-around good guy Bentley Marlow is having a seriously shitty Monday. Someone swiped his '75 BMW 2002 Baur Cabriolet from his driveway in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee between midnight and 8 am this morning. It was wearing Tennessee antique auto tag number AA90769, and is VIN 3590458. If you see the… »
Thanks to the proliferation of Buzzfeed and its ilk, I'm lucky to get through the day without wanting to put a fist through the internet's face. Gems like this remind me that there's still good in the world wide web. »