The whole point of motorsports photography is to be fast: quick to be at the action, quick to file your photo. Here’s the complete opposite.
Last night, it happened again. Like a shot, I was awake, drenched in sweat. I looked at my headboard and cursed my bloody fingernails. Scratched into the wood once more, I’d scrawled “WHY DID DAIHATSU NAME ITS 1970S JEEP TAFT??” Now, finally, I have an answer, and hopefully, resolution.
I am looking at the 1996 BMW 8 Series brochure in front of me and I see (among many scenes of restrained and technocratic luxury) a grand total of 11 exterior colors, a collection of various subdued grays, greens, blues and reds. But there were other colors. There was ... yellow.
The Chevrolet Monte Carlo is dead now. Nobody can hurt it anymore, and it can’t hurt me. But dammit, the last generations of Monte Carlo were sad front-wheel drive pretenders and it still makes me mad and I can’t get over it.
Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. This is going to be a Trumpian edition today, so please prepare for a lot of nonsense.
Hm, you might say. I can think of many more cars that “needed” more horsepower than the GT500, which last had 662 horsepower and will soon have something in the 700 range. The Toyota 86, the Subaru CrossTrek, come to mind. Nah. No car makes you need more power than the GT500.
Back in ‘95, I was not particularly concerned with Acura’s lineup. I didn’t care much about cars in general then, but if anything interested me it was going to be the muscle cars and European sports cars of the ‘60s and early ‘70s. How little I knew.
For decades, Englishtown Raceway Park in New Jersey has been home to the NHRA’s Summer Nationals. But today, the track announced it’s stopping drag racing, effective immediately. Other activities at Englishtown will continue, notably Club Loose’s drift events, but this is an abrupt end to an era.
The old “hachiroku” Toyota Corolla AE86 is one of the most beloved cars in the automotive world. Simple, light, rear-wheel drive and not much else. But these 1980s heroes are getting old and frail, except for one in Japan.
You really did it. One of you maniacs out there actually spent a hot $102,000 on a 1989 BMW E30 M3 with 35,000 miles.
I, like many of you out there I am sure, once thought to myself, “Hey, I’ve seen the chase scene from Bullitt about 900 times. I should watch the whole movie. It’s probably good.” No. It’s not. Run while you still have a chance.
Mercedes-AMG seems like it’s almost trying to lose its identity of a niche little corner of the Benzian empire—rare, loud, imposing and blanketing the nearest intersection with tire smoke. But none of that matters now. For just a moment, I’m going to enjoy this straight six with an AMG badge.
The most famous winter rallies in the world take place in the frozen norths of Sweden, Norway and Finland, but the gnarliest ones take place right here in America. Why? Because we run our snow rallies without studs.
With every day we seem to inch closer to fully driverless cars in series production, but it’s still not clear if they’ll ever fully displace human-driven cars. One of the more cogent takes on the issue comes from, of all places, Toyota’s factory race program in Japan.
Mercedes-Benz and Aston Martin have recently shown off ultra high-strung Formula 1-style roadgoing supercars. They’re fine. But Toyota’s Gazoo Racing just debuted the GR Super Sport Concept, and it’s better. Instead of being F1-inspired, Gazoo’s “road car concept model” is based off its 24 Hours of Le Mans program.…
Here’s how GM did a car with no steering wheel or pedals, in 1964. This is the Firebird IV concept. (It had airplane-style controls mounted to the armrests instead.)
If you ever need proof that you don’t need a ton of power to have a fun car, take a look at this Ford Crown Victoria P71. It only puts 230 horsepower to the rear wheels, but the owner has modified it to the point that it’s basically “a fat Miata.”
Looking for a car? Looking for a car that’s down to clown? Looking for a car that’s active and speedy and keen on engaging in vigorous driving maneuvers? Well, good friends, direct your eyes to the sweet cherry that is the Mazda 323 GTX.
Snow and ice lays before us. Veritably, it is the danger driving season. Nothing will set your brain sideways quite like this re-edit of the 2009 Rally Norway, where Citroëns and Fords and Subarus and Mitsubishis raced in white. Also, one guy had AC/DC on.
Today I emerged from my Thought Chamber, opened up the internet and saw a picture of an F90-chassis BMW M5. “That’s a high number,” I thought to myself, my limber brain switching over the previous F10, E60, E34 and E28 generation codes. “But is it the highest number?”