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50 Years Ago Today, Mazda Introduces Rotary Power

50 Years Ago Today, Mazda Introduces Rotary Power

Mazda, known as Toyo Kogyo Corporation at the time, needed to create a unique technology that would differentiate it among a rapidly globalizing Japanese automotive industry in order to stay independent. In 1961, Mazda licensed NSU Motorenwerke AG and Wankel GmbH’s rotary engine technology and the rest is history.

by 05/30/2017 0 comments Car Culture, Cars, History, Racing
AC Schnitzer: Famed BMW Tuner Is Celebrating 30 Years Of Leading-Edge Performance

AC Schnitzer: Famed BMW Tuner Is Celebrating 30 Years Of Leading-Edge Performance

Raising an eyebrow among the BMW crowd can be a tough ask… AC Schnitzer has been raising the adrenalin output of BMW enthusiasts for three decades… that’s saying something. The renowned tuning house is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017 so we’re taking a peek back at how it got started and what they’re doing to stay on top.

by 05/12/2017 0 comments Car Culture, Cars, Garage Life, History
Video: McLaren – See The Trailer Of The Upcoming Bruce McLaren Biographical Film

Video: McLaren – See The Trailer Of The Upcoming Bruce McLaren Biographical Film

A motorsports legend like no other, New Zealander Bruce McLaren was one of the few men to do it all. He was an inventor, self-taught engineer, Formula 1 driver, skilled mechanic, race car designer, team owner, development driver, and businessman. There’s a movie about his incredible life coming out soon and we have the trailer.

by 04/11/2017 0 comments Art, Car Culture, History, People, Racing
Steve McQueen’s “Bullitt” Mustang Chase Car Found

Steve McQueen’s “Bullitt” Mustang Chase Car Found

According to the “Los Angeles Times” the star of one of the most famous chase scenes ever put on film, the Highland Green 1968 Mustang Fastback from the movie “Bullitt,” has been found… in Baja California, Mexico. It seems the Ford’s been living ‘La Vida Loca’ south of the border, enjoying carne asada and margaritas for the last 49 years.

by 03/15/2017 0 comments Car Culture, Cars, History
The Chevrolet Corvair: Flop or Success?

The Chevrolet Corvair: Flop or Success?

With sales of more than 1.7 million units, how can the Corvair be considered a flop? It was the Motor Trend Car of the Year in 1960 for goodness sake. On numerous “worst cars of all time” lists yet gaining respect as a collector car, the Corvair is a conundrum on four wheels.

by 06/03/2016 2 comments Car Culture, Cars, History
Feuer Rettungswagen: 1963 VW Single Cab Fire Rig

Feuer Rettungswagen: 1963 VW Single Cab Fire Rig

This ain’t your granddad’s flower power festooned VW Bus. This 1963 single-cab is an all-original vintage fire rescue rig straight from the homeland: Historischer Loschzug Pelfum, Germany. It’s complete down to the last fitting and owner, Jason A., told us with a chuckle that the pump almost out-powers the Bus: Pump 36, Bus 40. Yikes.

by 07/01/2014 0 comments Car Culture, Cars, Events, History
Famed Supercar Builder Alois Ruf Visits Griot’s Garage

Famed Supercar Builder Alois Ruf Visits Griot’s Garage

Alois Ruf started wrenching out of his father’s service station in 1960, and from Day One his passion was Porsches. In 1974, he took over the shop and stepped up his game. A year later, the first Ruf-tuned Porsche took to the Autobahn… it would not be the last. And the world of performance Porsches would never be the same.

by 01/30/2014 1 comment Car Culture, Griot's Garage, History, People
Unrivaled: Niki Lauda and the Ferrari 312T-022

Unrivaled: Niki Lauda and the Ferrari 312T-022

I remember the day it rolled off the trailer. I couldn’t believe the car was here. THIS car. Dirty and worn, sure, but every bit as beautiful as in my childhood memories. I had to sit in it. Hold the steering wheel HE held. Imagine the Veglia tach sweeping toward 14,000 RPM. Snap the gated shifter through the gears. I could have stayed in the seat for hours.

Fatherly Courage

Fatherly Courage

When I was in the sixth grade, my father decided to put his working career on hold and take our family on a year-long adventure that started in Europe and ended in Cape Town, South Africa. With a 1971 VW Campmobile and a meager amount of cash, we set out on a life-changing experience that sets my compass to this day.

by 06/13/2013 3 comments Car Culture, History, People, Stories
Vince Gardner and the Two-Seater Mustang

Vince Gardner and the Two-Seater Mustang

The world of custom cars is fascinating. Sometimes history is well-preserved. Other times, as with a shortened, two-seater Mustang that resurfaced a couple years ago, it must be peeled back layer-by-layer. Often, the full and true story (mired in years of  fable, or even corporate secrecy), can never be realized.

by 02/07/2013 10 comments Car Culture, Cars, History, People, Relics