- jhyde1 at Motoramic5 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 Motoramic20 hrs 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+ .
- Motoramic21 hrs 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."
- 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
- Motoramic1 day 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.
- Motoramic1 day ago
During a recent trip to the Geneva motor show, I stumbled upon an early-generation VW Golf GTI. It's odd, because its boxy, squared-off look shouldn't hold any significant presence in today's age, much like an E30 BMW. But as with the Bimmer, the old GTIs look fantastic -- especially today. This shot, sent to us by Quentin D Photography, adds another gem to the mix, too -- the Peugeot 205 GTI. As hot hatches go, it's one of the all-time greats. 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 .
- Motoramic1 day ago
They’re all sold. If you sometimes get angry over tests of cars with sheiks and cigar-chomping industrialists for owners, all I can say to get me out of your doghouse is that they’re all sold anyway. The whole limited run of 375 McLaren P1 hypercars gone, with last deliveries due by July 2015. So put down the torches and pitch forks, and read along while McLaren sets me loose for some fast times in their P1 hybrid plug-in exotica. Not too loose, though. This test is all on track at the Dunsfold airfield circuit south of London, the circuit set up frequently for filmings of Top Gear episodes. I’ve been here beforeand it was always raining. Not today, Clarkson be praised. Dry tarmac is needed for what I’m about to do, or for what’s about to be done to me. The $1.15-million 2015 McLaren P1 is sort of the dark and mysterious one of the three new hypercars of the green apocalypse. The other two are the more marquee-hogging $845,000 Porsche 918 Spyder and the $1.4-million Ferrari LaFerrari. The P1’s so-called IPAS hybrid powertrain (i.e. Instant Power Assist System which is McLaren-talk for the hybrid setup used on Formula One cars), can boom out 903 hp. It slings you from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 2.6 seconds. At maximum.
- Motoramic2 days ago
We've seen the movie Snakes on a Plane, but what about Snakes in a Cab? Comedian and former cab driver Jimmy Failla decided to make it a reality by enlisting a 10-foot albino python to help scare the bejeezus out of his passengers.
Failla, who has a new book coming out, rigged his yellow cab with cameras and hit the streets, picking up unsuspecting New Yorkers. He then proceeded to direct the non-poisonous snake through the dividing window and towards the helpless passengers. As you can imagine, even the most intrepid victims freaked out almost as much as that guy that was kidnapped by Jeff Gordon.