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Vanity Plates Are Cool, Right?

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Vanity tags are an interesting facet of car culture and individualism. I’ve seen a bunch of really lame ones, but here’s a collection of the few that have been worth taking a picture. After years of snapping license plates on various cars, I thought it would be worth sharing a masterpost of some of my favorites. Please enjoy.

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The WTF Files: Excuse Me, Sir… Edition

Bradley Brownell February 20, 2015 Motorsports

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This morning, Goldcrest Motorsport of Kennesaw, GA posted this photo. Yep, it’s exactly what you think it is. A member of the team, who goes by the name Blake, was caught waking the neighbors during an early morning test in the team’s #73 Porsche Cayman Pirelli World Challenge GTS category car. There are going to be 100 cars lining up at the season opening Circuit of the Americas round next month, so the team needs to get in as much seat time as they can to make sure they’re competitive.

The car is usually driven by Jack Baldwin, but for this quick run, they used a non-standard driver, and were on a non-standard circuit. It’s safe to say that they weren’t just popping down to the store to pick up some milk, bread, and eggs. Here’s hoping the team’s Cayman didn’t get the impound just before the season opener.

This kind of thing happens more often than you would think. I used to live down in the Atlanta area, and there is a team just down the way a piece from Road Atlanta that has been known to drive their race cars from the shop to the track on a section of public road. Highly illegal, but who’s counting?

[Source: Goldcrest Motorsports on Facebook]

How The SCCA Can (And Should) Save Trans Am

Bradley Brownell February 19, 2015 Motorsports

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Times are interesting right now in international (and regional) motorsport. With a somewhat rebounding international economy, we are seeing some of the biggest grids ever, there is almost unprecidented manufacturer involvement, and a lot of series are getting a lot of attention. There are a few series, like the SCCA’s Trans-American Challenge that are working hard to find their former glory. After a few years of horrible obscurity, including a handful of hiatus years, the Trans Am is starting to gain momentum. So how should the SCCA capitalize on that momentum? I think it’s about damn time for a complete revamp of the series in order to capture the nation’s attention. How you say? Click the jump, and I’ll tell you!

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Review: 2015 Audi S3
I Can’t Stop Thinkin’ ‘Bout You

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Have you ever seen that episode of Seinfeld where George leaves his hat behind at a girls apartment so he’ll have a reason to come back? You know, the one where he says his own last name to the tune of the “by Mennen” jingle on his way out the door (COS-tanza!) as an earworm to get her to remember him? I think this Audi must have done something similar to me, because it’s gotten under my skin. It’s infiltrated my brain. I just can’t stop thinking about it. I can’t eat (well, yes I can), I can’t sleep (well, yes I can), and I can’t go a single hour without picturing this blue beauty nestled safely in my garage.

I psychologically want to have it. I physiologically need to have it. I’ve driven a number of excellent cars, but only two have been this close to exactly right fresh out of the box (Porsche’s 991 Carrera 4GTS PDK, and this Audi S3). I wouldn’t change much about this car, and those things I would change are minor. Read on to hear what I would change, and why I love it so.

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V.I.S.I.T. – Kuikku Striped Supra MKIII

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The other day I stopped in to the quick-mart fuel-stop to grab a morning cup of joe, and this big Grand Touring Supra Turbo woke me up more than any caffeine ever could. As the resident MKIII Supra enthusiast, I must say I was delightfully impressed by this one. I have a couple of these myself, and neither look anywhere near this good (or run, for that matter). I’m not normally one for ‘Shelby-style stripes’ on non-Ford vehicles, but for some reason they worked on this one. The gunmetal paint and aftermarket 6-spokers worked well together. Attractive, and I’m a sucker for a good MA70 chassis.

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An Audio Guide To The Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour

Bradley Brownell February 3, 2015 Bathurst

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Didn’t we just have a major endurance race? Something, something, Daytona 24, something, something? Yeah, we did. Get used to it, because there are a whole lot more endurance races coming at you this season, and this weekend is one of my absolute favorites; The Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour. Last year’s race was so insane that I’ve now become hooked for life, and as this race continues to grow in popularity, it will continue to be one you won’t want to miss. Some of the best GT3 racing teams from around the world are assembled to tackle each other and the mountain, including factory backed (or close enough) teams from Audi, Bentley, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Nissan, and more. Some really phenomenal drivers are expected to converge for this race, as well. For the full rundown, click the jump.

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Hooniverse Goes To 034 Motorsport’s Open House

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Every once in a while, there are benefits to being on the e-mail list of aftermarket parts supply companies. In my case, I joined the mailing list of 034 Motorsport a couple of years ago when I purchased a coil-pack update kit from them for my I5 Turbo Audi S6. After enduring their advertisements for those 2-3 years, I got an e-mail that was relevant to my interests. 034 was hosting an open house event for VW and Audi enthusiasts to gather at their shop in Fremont, California. Drink some coffee, have some donuts, and look at some pretty cool cars all morning? I’m in! They offered a shop tour, runs on their dyno, and general camaraderie. It was worth the trip, and I’m happy I went.

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Speedbumps And The Modern Sports Car Enthusiast

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Question for you: What’s 3 inches tall, and pisses me off? That’s right, the answer is speed bumps.

Now, don’t get things twisted, I’m not one of those Volkswagen kids with crazy camber, zero suspension travel, and frequently cracked oil pans. I am a responsible adult that enjoys driving sporty cars. My daily driver is a Porsche Boxster with 100% stock suspension, and a 1995 Audi Ur S6 with a 1″ sport spring kit from H&R, and perhaps more importantly, a 3″ cat-back 2Bennett exhaust system. When I pulled into my apartment complex this evening, there was a temporary sign stating to take caution, as they had just installed a new speed hump. In fact, they had installed two new speed humps, increasing the number of speed bumps I need to traverse to get to my garage to a grand total of three. The one that’s been there all along is maybe 1.5 inches tall, and I’ve never had any issues driving over it. The second one is taller than the first, but still causes no issues. The third one, though, is absolutely too tall.

I hate it. It’s absolute bull, and I’m about to go on an old-man-get-offa-my-lawn-rant about it. Hit the jump to join me on this journey of salacious prose against the fools that run my neighborhood!

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An Audio Guide To The Rolex 24 Hours Of Daytona

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With the 24 Hours of Daytona coming up this weekend, Eric Rood and I decided to sit down and have a recorded conversation about this absolutely stacked field of talent for this race. It worked well for our 25 Hours of Thunderhill preview last year, so why not do it again?

Every single class has depth, and aside from a few cars here and there, there really aren’t any clear favorites. We break it all down for you, and let you know our pics for the win. This is going to be good!

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V.I.S.I.T. – Identity Confused Chevzuki Swint Turbo GTi

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An eighties 1 liter 3-cylinder hot-hatch on a set of genuine panasport wheels. For personal travel around San Francisco, can it get any better than this? I recently took a weekend trip to the SF bay with my wife, little brother, and little sister, and while they spent time seeing the touristy stuff like China Town, the Fisherman’s Wharf, and some bridge somewhere, I spent most of my time carspotting. I suppose that’s what I do anywhere we go, though, so it should come as no surprise to them. This one had so much of my attention that I had to walk a block out of my way and across a busy street to see it. They didn’t understand my fascination, but you might.

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