MCS and ADAC (kind of like AAA in the US, but still sanctions motorsports) put on the event, their third at Hockenheim this year. For 10 euros entry fee, one can wander the stands, pits, and paddock all day. Lots of pictures after the jump.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Friday, May 31, 2013
So far this year, Spring in Germany has been a season filled with cold and rain. Perfect weather for a 24 hour endurance race around the Nordschleife's hundreds of turns. I rolled in on Monday afternoon to catch the final hours of the race and snap some pictures. What I found was a bunch of AMG SLS's and BMW Z4's trying to run down the leading Aston which they eventually did. Also on hand were another seventy or so race cars, huge piles of empty beer bottles, and thousands of weary Germans neatly tidying camp sites and taking down home made viewing platforms as the race ground down to the final minutes. Lots of pictures after the jump.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
After a couple of weekends, the status of the Caddy is not looking so bad. The battery is all charged up, it's got a new timing belt and tensioner, a perfectly adjusted injection pump, new air filter, and the interior was vigorously pressure washed and vacuumed about 4 times. It runs and drives but the rear brake lines are rusted off, which caused a slight incident while tow-starting it with the Roo Chaser. Basically, the car started at about 10mph the noise that it created sounded like it threw all 4 rods. For future reference, this is Rabbit Diesel clatter and can be ignored. Anyway, this caused me to hit the brakes in the Falcon which in turn required that Jon, the driver of the chase car, to swerve left and wrap the tow strap around the axle and pop the tire off of the sidewall. All of this happened while a realtor was showing a house across the street. Welcome to the 'hood.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
It's Suzuki Marvia, an Indonesian-built retro car based on some kind of Suzuki intended for sale in Bali. I thought I knew my obscure cars but I've just been humbled. If I had to guess, I would say that it's a Suzuki LJ80 (I see a leaf spring perch poking out of the front and a big 5 lug pattern on the spare) with a bizarre, somewhat Dekotora style body draped over the top of it. It's absolutely fascinating and I can't seem to find any more information on it in a language that I can decipher.
It's really not my cup of whatever they drink in Indonensia, Milo I guess, but I've got admire that the current Aussie owner liked it enough to bring it back from Bali and it's a shame that he can't work on it any more.
Here is the ad:
Monday, April 8, 2013
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Sunday, April 7, 2013
Found on the streets of downtown Charleston, SC is this beautiful Rambler Classic sedan. Slotted between the American and the Ambassador, the Classic was the middle child of the most conservative car company around at the time, making it quite a boring option in '65. In a marketing effort centered around safety, American Motors even claimed that the only race that they cared about was the human race. Certainly they sensed the collective eye roll of every car buyer in the US got back to racing in the late 60's, however, at the time AMC had a serious reputation problem that would seriously hurt their competent performers like the Rebel Machine, S/CRambler, and AMX.