Happy Birthday, Ayrton Senna! If he were still alive, Ayrton Senna da Silva, who many consider to be the greatest driver in the history of racing, would be 53 years old. In honor of our favorite Brazilian driver’s birthday, we’ve compiled a great collection of Senna videos for you to watch… (more…)
When a 21-year-old John Morton
took a job in Carroll Shelby
’s Cobra shop in the mid-1960s, sweeping floors and chasing parts, he had a dream. Much of that dream came true for him, but in what could be called a great and celebrated road racing career
, he does have regrets and disappointments
. Read more...
There really is nothing like a vintage Porsche 911
. Ever since the first time I was able to actually see and hear
an actual 1970s Porsche 911 race car running through Nurburgring Nordschleife
on my first trip to Germany, I've been lusting after a 911 of my own. Shortly thereafter, I was given the opportunity to visit the Porsche test track in Leipzig, Germany, where I got the chance to get up close and personal with an authentic 1973 911 Carrera RS
, which was wheeled out from the Porsche Museum so I could take it out on the track! I really need at least one
of these in my life.
Needless to say, I was beyond excited when I attended this gathering of Porsches in Woodland Hills, CA. There were several gorgeous cars from different model years in attendance, but none of the cars truly captured my attention like these retro race-themed 911s. Read more...
I always seem to get up too late on weekends to go to early morning events like Supercar Sunday
in Woodland Hills and Cars And Coffee
in Irvine CA. I think that's a behavior that needs to change. Until yesterday, I just didn't realize how much automotive epicness I was missing - I can sleep when I'm dead!
Yesterday, I got up before dawn and made my way to the Westfield Promenade Mall
off Topanga Canyon and the 101 freeway to meet up with other members of the MotorMavens Crew
for a morning of photo taking, Instagramming (Follow us: @MOTORMAVENS
), and talking cars! Read more...
The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
opened today with a practice session of the American Le Mans Series
. Even though the practice session opened with a heavy downpour, we were super excited to shoot the amazing looking cars as rain soaked our cameras and permeated through our clothing, down to our socks. Even though racing on a rainy day through a street course with big concrete barriers may be a grueling nightmare for many drivers, these conditions are perfect for some spectacular photos. The weather may not have been as nice as the Formula Drift event last weekend
, but its a nice change to what seems like an eternally sunny Southern California. Read more...
The annual WekFest
gathering in San Francisco
always has something tasteful to offer. The event brings a sense of unity and community among car builders and enthusiasts from all parts of California, but especially in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Today's visit is no different. With hundreds of amazing builds to gaze upon packed into San Francisco's Fort Mason Center
, the event becomes a bit overwhelming. It really is a sensory overload. Read more...
Ever since I posted up the link to our forums, inviting people to post up their photos from Nisei Showoff
, our readers have been posting up tons and tons of photos that they took at this past weekend's show in Little Tokyo. The response has been AWESOME. Although I wish more people would actually take the time to write captions to the photos and whatnot, even just seeing the show through their eyes is really cool, and I appreciate everyone who posted up their pics!
Now it's time for me to get back in the swing of things, and publish more of my own photos from Nisei. Since I was pretty busy helping some of our new crew members get started in doing event coverage at Nisei, I didn't actually start walking around to take photos until later in the afternoon.
At the end of Nisei Showoff, Ken Miyoshi always asks me to emcee the awards ceremony. It's always a good time giving out the trophies to the car owners, but sometimes I'm not sure which cars I'm giving awards to, because it's not like people drive their cars up to get their trophies or anything. Either way, the big trophies go to the cars that the Showoff judges deem to be the best, but to be honest, I have a different scale of measuring how dope a car is. That being said, I suppose getting a photo-feature on MotorMavens is my way of pointing out my favorite cars at the show. Drumroll please... Let's begin. Read more...
This weekend, while I was out of town handling some family business, drifting sharpshooter Larry Chen
was out at Hollywood Park attending the media preview day of DC Shoes founder Ken Block's Gymkhana Invitational
. I'm pretty disappointed that I wasn't able to make it to the event myself, as I absolutely LOVE gymkhana.
For those who don't know, gymkhana is kind of like a cross between autocross
(slalom/solo racing in a parking lot, in a course laid out with cones) and drifting. Back before I started working the media end of the drifting scene, I was pretty active in driving at autocross events. It's fun, it improves your driving skills, and it's not too expensive.
Ken Block isn't the first person to try to organize a gymkhana event though. Erik Jacobs
from DG Trials
in Atlanta GA was the first person that I had ever heard of trying to make a series of drifting and gymkhana events... this was back around 2004 or so, when drifting was just beginning to blow up! To put things in perspective, back then, Vaughn Gittin Jr
was still working on getting sponsored by Falken, and he was driving an S13 240SX, not a Ford Mustang! Read more...
The World Time Attack Challenge
has arrived. Sydney, Australia plays host to some of the greatest time attack cars from around the world
. The hype leading up to this event has been huge
here in Australia, with some of the world's greatest time attack cars set to battle it out on Sydney's Eastern Creek Raceway
. Here is the run down from today's practice session... Read more...
Set in the beautiful country lanes of Princes Risborough, the Kop Hill Hillclimb
is one of the oldest hill climbs in England. During the early 1900s it was one of the largest motorsport events in the UK. The hill itself is a pretty straight road, but it's over 1000 metres long to the summit and rises to 100 metres high. Big crowds would line the edges of the road to watch drivers and motorcyclists try to achieve the fastest times and speeds up the hill. Unfortunately, as the speeds got faster, so did the risks, and on the 28th of March 1925 an accident involving a spectator led to the end of the original Kop Hill event and led to the RAC banning all motorsports on public roads.
On the 26th and 27th of September, organisers decided to do a Kop Hill Commemorative Run
to bring the sounds and sights and even smells (mmm, Castrol R) back to Kop Hill again. Over 250 cars and bikes were there, ranging in age from the 1900s right up to 1980s and even some very special modern cars. Read more...