Saturday, 30 March 2013

Wheels Day 2013

Wheels Day is so often characterised by the weather, isn't it? In 2011 the show was bathed in glorious summery sunshine, but for the three or four years prior to that it was an absolute washout, the heavy rains turning the Rushmoor Arena into a mud bath. So with widespread snow in the weeks leading up to Wheels Day 2013, there was a lot of concerned chatter circulating - would conditions be treacherous? Would the show even happen...?
As luck would have it, the rain and snow retreated and the sun came out - as did hundreds upon hundreds of cars and thousands of enthusiasts. Sure, it was bitterly cold at times, but the warming sunshine kept peeping through.

And the cars? Well, if you've ever been to the show before, you'll know how overwhelming and diverse it is. If you haven't... I'll let the pictures do the talking. From the narrowed VW camper to the fabled Henry Hirise, the Saxo VTS-powered Panhard to the mkI Golf on the aircooled Beetle floorpan, there was innovation and intrigue in spades. You can see the full set of photos here.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Let's Be 'Avin' You

It's fifty years since the Great Train Robbery, in which an aspiring racing driver made a sharp getaway with the loot in a Lotus Cortina. So, Goodwood saw fit to mark this anniversary by re-enacting the scene at their 2013 Press Dinner. Behold:

Russian Riviera

There's something magnificent about seeing a car that's designed ostensibly for cruising about in the sunshine slumming it in the snow, isn't there?
This is one Buick Riviera that's certain to annoy the purists too, with its outrageous jaffa orange paintwork that extends right across that GTO-esque nose, and those bruisingly tinted lights. But that's what makes it so cool, slithering its belly through the slush like some toxic winter snake, then punching for the sky on its go-go-gadget suspension. Surely there's nothing more cockle-warming on a cold winter's day than a summery paint-job, a rumbling V8, and the crisp definition of those late-sixties Detroit lines?
Via lowdaily

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

RAUH Welt UK - RWB 933R

You may well have heard of Japanese Porsche tuners RAUH Welt. Well, back in late 2011 they granted Vogue Auto Design sole UK rights to their RWB brand, and what you see here is the first UK-built RWB 933R. The extreme aero-kitted body is finished in a fetching shade of Lamborghini Grigio Telesto, while rolling stock comprises SSR SP1s in 18"x10.5" (front) and 18"x13" (rear) - dropped to the deck, of course, on Bilstein coilovers. A little tickle to the ECU frees up some power along with a bespoke stainless steel exhaust system, but the real hook of a RAUH Welt 911 is the way it looks... and at first it's a little jarring to see one with UK number plates. Get used to it, though - with any luck, we'll be seeing a lot more of this kind of thing from VAD.

And, somewhat excitingly, this RWB Porsche is now for sale! Got £80k burning a hole in your pocket? Click here. (These photos come courtesy of Stance Nation.)

Monday, 25 March 2013

Wraith: Power, Style, Drama

Well, I don't know about you, but I'm rather excited to hear Rolls-Royce talking enthusiastically about power and discussing Nürburgring testing. The new Wraith is going to be a mind-blowing piece of kit...

...and yet, of course, it's a sumptuous and divine place to find yourself cocooned. (Notice how it's referred to as 'Wraith' as well - never 'the Wraith'.)

'The power's there,' says Director of Design Giles Taylor. 'If you want it, it'll be pretty potent.'

'68 Alfa GTA Junior

This GTA Junior features two glorious themes that put a smile on the face of any petrolhead; the gentle patina of age (in evidence in the close-up shots of the wheels and carbs), and motorsport aggression in the form of wide riveted-on arches, a rollcage, and taped-up headlights. Its aggression belies the cuteness of the 'Junior' name.
A true road-racer, you can read the full story at Stanceworks.