- Motoramic6 hrs ago
Last weekend's Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance featured a host of fascinating vehicles, including this one that captured the people's choice award —a 1955 Cadillac Cabriolet with solid-gold trim, including a gold-covered retractable hardtop, caught here on parade by Glenn Ross Images. If you have a shot to share, please add it to the Motoramic group on Flickr, or send us a message via Twitter, Facebook and .
- Lawrence Ulrich at Motoramic8 hrs ago
Who you calling cute?
Since its hugely successful revival by BMW, the Mini has rightly been known for its pint-sized urban charm. But there’s always been another side of the Mini: More macho than any Mustang, as invincible as a military off-roader.
The Mini’s rally-racing skills catapulted it to worldwide fame 50 years ago, when the British underdog won the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally. Led by Formula One race builder John Cooper, Mini’s win cemented its image as a cool, sporty machine — not merely a cheap, fuel-sipping economy car. Even the Beatles sent congratulations, and the Fab Four would soon drive their own Minis, including George’s psychedelic-painted version in 1967’s “Magical Mystery Tour.”
- Alex Lloyd at Motoramic11 hrs ago
It's not uncommon for rare vehicles to surface in a barn or rundown garage, encrusted in decades of dust, itching to be sold for a handsome profit. What is rare, however, is to find a one-owner, 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 — one of only about 1,000 ever made — resurface in its original condition, fastidiously maintained and never washed for fear of damaging the paint, with only 8,500 miles on the clock.
Larry Brown, a resident of Centre Hall, Pa., passed away on his birthday during the latter part of last year, leaving behind a trove of fascinating items. With no wife or children to inherit his estate, the entire collection — his house, TVs, snow blowers, motorbikes and of course cars — are heading to auction, with the Mustang the star attraction.
Brown purchased the car on May 9, 1969, for $5,245.97. The last recorded warranty work occurred in September that year, when Brown had the door glass adjusted. At that time, the registered mileage was 1,665. By 1973, Brown had stopped driving the car altogether, storing it in his garage with just 8,531 miles on the clock.
- jhyde1 at Motoramic15 hrs ago
Lee Petty was a delivery truck driver during the Depression in North Carolina, and later claimed that as much as he enjoyed racing around the backwoods on the weekend, he never ran moonshine. (Other drivers suggested otherwise.) It wasn't until after World War II that Petty fell into organized stock-car racing, and he was 35 years old when he ran in NASCAR's first race in Charlotte in 1949. Like most racers, Petty drove his car to the track and had his family — including his sons Maurice and Richard, above — for a pit crew; over 16 years, Petty would win 54 races, including the first Daytona 500, and launch Richard Petty's career as well, although dad never gave an inch to his son on the track. Petty's career tapered off after this wreck in 1961 with Johnny Beauchamp during qualifying for Daytona, which nearly killed him; Richard Petty had crashed in the same spot a day earlier, and both watched the race from the hospital. Petty Enterprises remains NASCAR's all-time winningest team.
- Alex Lloyd at Motoramic1 day ago
We brought you the video of Arnold Schwarzenegger crushing pianos and bubble wrap with a giant tank. Arnold's other car is a Mercedes-Benz Unimog, because it's tough, like a tank, like Arnold, (used to be). But this picture, sent to us by Bruno Hotz, demonstrates just how tough the Unimog really is. It makes Top Gear's car train seem a little underwhelming. If you have a shot to share, please add it to the Motoramic group on Flickr, or send us a message via Twitter, Facebook and Google+ .
- Motoramic1 day ago
Scott Waugh has always wanted to make a classic car flick. The director of Dreamworks' "Need For Speed" opening this Friday owes that drive to his father Fred Waugh, an old-school Hollywood stuntman and one of founding members of the legendary Stunts Unlimited. Through his work, the elder Waugh exposed Scott to the art of creating metal-to-metal mayhem at a young age — and probably why Scott followed his father into the stunt business when he was just 12 years old
.“From as early as I can remember, cars have been a passion of mine,” says Waugh. “Working on them has always been relaxing and therapeutic for me."
- Alex Lloyd at Motoramic1 day ago
Ferrari is more than just a maker of glorious sports cars: you can buy Ferrari beachwear, a Ferrari dominos set and even a carbon-fiber Ferrari photo album worth $1,207. In 2013, Ferrari sold fewer cars than it did in 2012, and yet revenue rose 5 percent to $3.15 billion. And for the second year running, London-based experts, Brand Finance, declared Ferrari the World's Most Powerful Brand.
So with a few extra pennies sloshing around the pot, what will the Italians spend it on?
Ferrari announced today that it has partnered with PortAventura, one of the leading European theme parks and resorts, to create Ferrari Land — an 807,000 sq.-ft. expanse featuring a variety of attractions, including the highest and fastest vertical accelerator in Europe, and a five-star hotel that's shaped like a Formula One race car.
- Motoramic1 day ago
Therapy can take many forms. Our mental health responds to all kinds of stimulus beyond simply talking to someone else; from creating art to playing chess to watching America's most well-known action movie star/ex-governor pulverize random objects with a tank. That last one may not be medically tested, but it sure does feel good.
As part of a charity fundraiser through celebrity site Omaze, Arnold Schwarzenegger is raffling off the chance to be his co-pilot inside his M47 Patton tank for an afternoon of stuff-crushing. Schwarzenegger's preview of what the winner will enjoy doubles as his best film work in years; something about watching a piano turn to splinters underneath the treads of a 44-ton tank just makes him giddy. Maybe the winner can also snag a ride in Schwarzenegger's custom Unimog.
- jhyde1 at Motoramic1 day ago
After buying the rights to a 1967 novel featuring a cute car that drives itself, Disney executives weren't sure what kind of car to use in the film they were developing. So they parked several models at the gates of Disneyland to see which drew the most reaction from passers-by — and the older Volkswagen Beetle won by a landslide. After a few modifications, including the racing stripe and the number 53, same as Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Drysdale, Herbie the Love Bug was born. "The Love Bug," released on this date in 1969, was the highest-grossing movie of the year, and made the Beetle a permanent fixture of American pop culture — although it may be a while before Herbie takes to the screen again after "Herbie Fully Loaded."
Photo:Sam Howzitvia Flickr
- Motoramic2 days ago
This Sunday, Formula One will launch its season in Melbourne, Australia, in a fog of uncertainty. After four years of dominance by Red Bull Infiniti and driver Sebastian Vettel, an off-season overhaul of rules and technical specifications has left the entire field scrambled. The wickedly complicated "power units" — turbo 1.6-liter V-6 engines mated to two hybrid systems and a battery pack — have proven so challenging in limited pre-season tests that a few watchers have questioned whether any car will finish Sunday's race.
No team appears quite as behind as Red Bull, whose leaders have confessed to regretting not starting earlier on this season's car. The team struggled throughout the preseason, finishing a fraction of the laps that chief rivals McLaren, Mercedes and Ferrari accomplished.
That said, Red Bull has assembled this stylish explainer of the new car, starring new driver Daniel Riccardo, and it clearly demonstrates the challenges of racing in the modern F1 era. Sunday will show whether Red Bull has solved enough of its problems to get its wings back.