Yesterday I was talking to our web designer Andy Sapp on the phone about some MotorMavens site updates we’re planning, and the topic of driving events came up. Andy just got his driving fix handled this past weekend by bringing his E46 BMW drift car to the DMGGASD private event in Tennessee (videos to come soon!), but lately I’ve been trying to get some extra parts and money together so I can get my empty AE86 shell back together and take it to the track. I’m not talking about my AE86 street car; I’m referring to a completely virgin red AE86 hatchback rolling chassis that I’ve owned and had in storage for years. Well, it was a complete car until I stripped it and removed the engine and transmission (good job, dummy!), and it’s been sitting for wayyyyy too long so I need to re-assemble it.
So after we were talking, I began thinking about how I wanted to drive Nurburgring Nordschleife really bad when I visited the track for the first time last year… but I couldn’t because I was extremely busy with our two month, four country automotive photography mission, capturing content for Speedhunters when I was still working on building up the SH site with Mr. Chong from EA Games.
Doing a little webmining this morning, I found this really cool video from Race-media.tv of a Dodge Viper battling it out with a Porsche 911 GT3 RS Cup at Nurburgring’s amazing Nordschleife course.
Which one would you rather drive? I’ve driven a few Dodge Vipers on the racetrack before, and I also got the opportunity to test drive a Porsche GT2 last year when I was at Porsche Leipzig. For me, the answer is the Porsche. No questions asked. However, I have some friends who are just huge fans of massive, front engined, big horsepower monsters like the Viper.
I wonder which car our readers would prefer? The raw power and brute force of the Viper? Or the aggressive finesse of a Porsche?
:: Antonio Alvendia
I have what some would call a soft-spot for German engineered autos. While I may be partial to a ‘certain’ manufacturer, I really adore them all. I was checking out one of my favorite websites, Speedhunters, and came across this crazy Belgian 250S. It just struck a chord with me. You would be hard-pressed to fuse class and charisma any better than this.
Check out the full feature on this 1967 Mercedes Benz 250S on Speedhunters.
:: Andy Sapp
We are extremely proud to be announcing a few new additions to the MotorMavens editorial team this month! We will follow up soon with another post introducing the other new MotorMavens (and introducing everyone on the team, actually) as we receive photos from them, but right now we’re proud to announce that we’ll be receiving contributions from a friend to many, who happens to be the author of the definitive book about Drifting history and one of the most accomplished photojournalists in the industry… Antonio Alvendia.
Unfortunately for us, we don’t have the resources to retain his services full time, as he is a pretty busy guy. According to Antonio, he has a few new projects in the works (although he won’t confirm the rumors we’ve heard about the new hardcover book) in addition to the stuff he’s still doing for other magazines and websites like Speedhunters, which Antonio helped to build and make popular.
Either way, adding his incredible talent and ability to our team even as a part-time contributor will only increase the level of content that we’re able to deliver to you! We’re really stoked about it, and we can’t wait to see the new pics he has been shooting! Stay tuned to MotorMavens.com!