Posts Tagged ‘roadster’

GALLERY> HT Cup Challenge Racing with Raceline

This past weekend, I was given the opportunity to join my friends from Raceline USA and JDM Zipties at the series opener of the Honda Tuning Cup Challenge at Buttonwillow Raceway. There are three announced HT Cup Challenge events for the 2013 calendar so far - Buttonwillow, Chuckwalla Raceway, and Streets of Willow.

Raceline also added a new component to the trackdays they organize - a challenge series for the new 86 Platform,"Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ. Even though it is called the 86 Challenge (coincidentally the same name as the previously announced 86 Challenge from Speedventures), the series is tailored towards Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ drivers, not AE86 owners.   Read more...

DRIVER SEAT> 370Z Roadster At Raceline Track Day

I had a lot more fun than expected when I test drove this Midnight Blue 370Z Touring Roadster! During the week I had it, I drove it to several weekday meetings and photo shoots with the top down, enjoying the 70 degree weather typical of Southern California in February. On the weekend, I was given the opportunity to join my friends from Raceline USA at a track day they hosted at Buttonwillow Raceway.

At first, I felt like the odd man out in a bone stock 2013 370Z Touring Roadster, because almost everyone else in attendance drove the track day in a modified or race prepared car. I quickly got over that feeling though, because a day at the track with friends is always a fun experience. And a 6-speed 370Z Roadster is definitely a fun car to drive!   Read more...

VIDEO> Rancho Deluxe Hot Rods in Australia

Hot rods are slowly becoming a new obsession of mine. A crackling V8 through short exhaust coming out the side of a small roadster and wire wheels wrapped in skinny tires has got to be the coolest form of transportation on the road, hands down.  Ben Thomas builds hot rods full time at his shop, Rancho Deluxe, in Melbourne Australia. While the rest of the world progresses with new technologies and methods for making cars faster, safer, and the like; Ben has been working his way backwards. He apprenticed with Porsche for four years at age 18 and since then has stuck with the classics. By classics, I mean 30′s and 40′s era cars. I think that makes the jump from ‘classic’ to ‘OG.’  His pristine 1932 Ford is the perfect example of what hot rods are all about – small car, big engine, and a driver’s seat. (more…)


VIDEO> The Wrecked Metals Hot Rods in Idaho

We don’t always get to see as many hot rods and customs as we should on Motor Mavens, but cars like these are an important part of car culture’s history as well as its future. So to follow up with the post we did of the Farm Boys Car Club and Wrecked Metals Hot Rod and Chopper Shop during Bonneville Speedweek last year, we present this video shot by Josh Clason on their home turf of Boise, Idaho.

The vid shows off some of Matt Whitlock‘s handiwork including his 1930 Chrysler chop top coupe and some Ford roadsters. The video also includes a short interview about what Wrecked Metals and the Farm Boys are all about. Matt even gets his hot rod sideways (probably not called drifting, haha) in the dirt, which is pretty cool to see! (more…)


COVERAGE> Cars of The LA Auto Show

The 2010 LA Auto Show is currently in full swing; and just in case you didn't get a chance to attend the show yourself, I should clue you in on the hot topic that all the manufacturers seem to be extremely excited about - hybrid technology and electric cars.

While not all of the hybrids and electrics looked extremely exciting, there were some manufacturers that had project cars that caught my eye. Let's have a look!   Read more...

CARSPOTTING> Farm Boys CC & Wrecked Metals

I arrived at the Bonneville Salt Flats around noon on Friday, August 13th (huh, Friday the 13th - my lucky day). Friday is considered a Tech Inspection day where teams arrive early to get their cars inspected by the SCTA Officials before racing begins on Saturday. I picked up my Media Pass from JoAnne at the SCTA trailer (one of them anyway - there are like four). Even though there was no racing going on, there was plenty to see, so I immediately headed over to the pit area on my 1959 J.C. Higgins beach cruiser pit bike to have a look around. To look legit out on the salt, you've gotta bring a beach cruiser. LOL! As the day was coming to an end and I was ready to head over to the Nugget Casino Cruise-In, I spotted a group of hot rods parked outside the pit area. It was the Farm Boys Car Club from Boise, Idaho having an impromptu photo shoot of their own. I put the pedal to the metal on my Higgins bike and hustled on over to get some shots.   Read more...

VIDEO> Ode to Salt: Bonneville Speedweek 2010

Ode to Salt – Speed Week 2010 from Josh Clason on Vimeo.

In the attempt to spread Salt Fever to all Motor Mavens, we bring this short video shot by Josh Clason from Salt Lake City, UT.  This was his first visit to the Bonneville Salt FlatsThat in itself, once you watch the video, and then hit repeat, will blow you away.

The scenes he captured, together with the music excerpts by Pablo Neruda, Ode to Salt makes for the perfect combination, like sodium and chloride.  Josh tells us that he’s heading back for more in October; he’s officially hooked.  We’re happy to report that Josh is also a Motor Mavens reader and real car guy, with a Honda S2000 daily driver and a BMW 2002 project car that’s getting ever so close to completion! (more…)


COVERAGE> SoCal Roadsters at Datsun Museum

Anyone that worships at the altar of Nissan must, some day, make a pilgrimage to the Datsun Heritage Museum. Located in Murrieta, California, it contains a treasure trove of Datsun and Nissan memorabilia, a library of pre-digital reading material and, of course, cars. For many southern California Datsun enthusiasts, it also serves a community center where meets and events can be held. Last weekend, the SoCal Roadster Owners' Club held their annual charity toy drive and car show there.   Read more...

POINT&SHOOT > Camera Testing at Ink n Iron Festival 2009

Ink and Iron brought out some amazing hot rod crews and tattoo artists. One of the first traditional hot rods that got our attention was this Ford pictured above. The huge rear white walls, and the low and wide stance really set this Ford apart from the other cars. Not to mention that old school lock hanging on the trunk.   Read more...

COVERAGE> Ink n Iron Festival 2009

If you've been paying attention to what I've been writing on Motor Mavens and other automotive websites at all, you may have noticed that I've recently become a fan of hot rods and kustoms. While I'm certainly no expert when it comes to these cars, there definitely are particular aspects about this whole car culture that I personally identify with and have fallen in love with.

Travis Hodges and I recently paid a visit to the Ink n Iron Festival at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. While the show was certainly expensive at $40 each for 'media passes' and $15 each for parking (at that point, we realized we haven't paid to get in to any car related event in YEARS), it's okay because the event had tons of cool looking cars and other elements of hot rod culture that made for some interesting photos.   Read more...

VIDEO> Rod & Kulture Dragfest

Check out our profile pages on YouTube and Streetfire.net, where one of our resident shooters, Travis Hodges, just posted more camera test footage from the Canon HF S100 video camera, which is only $899 online at B&H Photo. We’re pretty impressed at what this consumer level, sub $1000 HD camera can accomplish. 

To capture this footage, he drove all the way out to Bakersfield California to the Rod & Kulture Dragfest at Famoso Raceway. If you like retro funny cars, wheelies, burnouts and nitro breathing beasts like we do, you better watch this video.

What do you think… do you want to see more of this type of stuff on Motor Mavens? Or should we just stick to our core competency – Japanese and European cars?

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COVERAGE> So-Cal Speed Shop Open House

For my first post on MotorMavens, I thought I'd write on a subject you don't normally associate me with - hot rods. Those who are familiar with my work in books, magazines or other websites like Speedhunters.com normally associate my name with drifting, old school Toyotas and other aspects of Japanese car culture.

However, because of my experiences this past year producing content for Speedhunters, I've come to realize I really admire many aspects of hot rod culture, especially traditional hot rods and kustoms.   Read more...

COVERAGE> More Rod&Kulture Dragfest!

Continuing our photographic coverage of the Rod&Kulture Dragfest in Bakersfield... What's that? Love Potion #9o? Reminiscent of the early days of drag racing it's interesting to see the relationships between the Dragster, his car and his girl.   Read more...

COVERAGE> 2009 Rod&Kulture Dragfest

On our first outing to the Rod & Kulture Dragfest, we honestly weren't too sure what to expect. The drive up to Bakersfield seemed to take forever, especially since we had to drive through a bunch of orchards to get to the track. All of a sudden, Famoso Raceway appeared. Upon arriving at the Rod & Kulture Dragfest at Famoso, we realized that this event felt different than events we've been to at Irwindale, California Speedway, and LA County Raceway. The Rod & Kulture Dragfest felt more underground; it wasn't like other big mainstream drag races we've been to. In fact, it was quite the opposite of a big drag race; it was more like finding the secret hideout of the most hardcore hot rodders and draggers.   Read more...