Huschke von Hanstein and the 1940 Mille Miglia

Friday, May 19, 2017 12:09 AM

Huschke von Hanstein and the 1940 Mille Miglia

The 1940 Mille Miglia was unique. It ran nearly eight months after the beginning of World War II, and it would be the last Mille Miglia until 1947. It was also the first Mille Miglia run since a fatal accident involving amateur drivers during the 1938 running resulted in Mussolini's government banning racing on public roads in built up areas. In April of 1940 England and Germany were already trading salvos in the Norwegian Fjords but Italy was still officially neutral. Whether it was confidence in a short conflict, as a distraction from it, or simply out of a sense of tradition organizers chose to run the first Gran Premio di Brescia della Mille Miglia as a workaround to Mussolini's ban. In place of the 1000 miles of Italian countryside participants would complete nine laps of an abbreviated 104-mile course encircling Brescia, Mantua and Cremona.

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Meet My New Best Friend: the Evora 400

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 3:19 PM

Meet My New Best Friend: the Evora 400

As life has probably taught you, though, there’s often a big difference between what you hear and read, and what you experience for yourself. 

So, on a cloudy Saturday in late April, “The Lotus Evora V.I.P. Driving Experience” became my personal testing ground. In truth, though, such a fancy event title was really an innocuous understatement. The “experience” was transformative. 

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Our Five Favorite Group B Rally Cars

Thursday, April 13, 2017 11:11 AM

Our Five Favorite Group B Rally Cars

Thirty-five years ago Group B rally cars dominated the WRC landscape and the attention of motorsport fans the world over. Lenient regulations, low homologation requirements, and rapid advances in engineering brought us ferocious, boosted beasts pushing the envelope of race engineering. When paired with rallying's inherent dangers and a regard for safety measures that can only be described as quintessentially early 80s; Group B's flame burned twice as strong and for half as long. A pair of fatal accidents in 1986 resulting in spectator and driver fatalities ended the golden era for good.

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Tiny, brilliant, safe…The Ferrari Dino's Enduring Legacy

Conceived by Sergio Pininfarina, designed by Leonardo Fioravanti, sanctioned by Enzo Ferrari and named for the late Alfredo Ferrari; the Ferrari Dino was at the same time an afterthought, a trailblazer, technologically forward-thinking and firmly rooted in proven race technology. So how did this 'almost a Ferrari', once derided by purists as not a 'real' Ferrari, become the historically significant foundation for the marques' future mid-engined road production cars?

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Supercar Superstars: Lotus on the Big Screen

Thursday, March 23, 2017 2:36 PM

Supercar Superstars: Lotus on the Big Screen

With the upcoming release of the Ghost in the Shell movie and its Lotus Evora 400 marketing tie-in I started digging around for other Lotus car appearances on film and I discovered one thing; holy crap, there are a LOT of them.

A few are obvious and will come to mind immediately, but the folks at Hethel have had their wares on screen in various capacities for years; from simple background vehicles, to chase scenes, to major starring roles.

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