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V.I.S.I.T. – Facebooker Spies Porsche Prototype Train On Mulholland Drive

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The V.I.S.I.T. Facebook page is an awesome place to hang out, and occasionally someone shares something truly special. Porsche is known to drive their prototypes around in trains like this, especially on the Southern California loop on which this group were spotted. In this group, though the photos the poster shared are perhaps a bit blurred, we appear to have a facelifted 981 Boxster, and perhaps a few variants of the upcoming 991 Carrera GTS. Maybe even a Targa GTS?

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Project Car SOTU: Funf Zylinder and Project Hoonda

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Despite my best efforts, I have not yet been subjected to a breakdown in the 19 year old, 180,000 mile, turbocharged German luxury sedan. I got the car in July of 2012, and two years later, it’s been nothing but great to me, and I to it. The car has moved with me across the country to Reno, NV, and I rather think it relishes the thinner air at 4,000 feet above sea level. Much like beloved pet, the Audi has several nicknames, including Angela (as in Merkel), Funf-Zyl, and Rowdy the Audi.

As much love as ol’ Rowdy has gotten in the last two years, Project Hoonda the fast fiddy has gotten practically none. It’s sat, unloved, in the corner of the garage. She’s in a rough state right now, and really needs a thorough going over.

Full updates and more fancy pictures included after the jump!

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V.I.S.I.T. – Calling An Espada An Espada

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[Ed Note: I was recently given an amazing opportunity to go to France for a weekend to see a bunch of cars drive around in circles. REALLY big circles. An 8 and a half mile track in central France called La Sarthe. You may have heard of it. I was there at the behest of Michelin Tires on assignment for FlatSixes.com to cover the experience of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and you can see my race report, and more over there.]

Ferruccio Lamborghini, for years, admired the famous Spanish fighting bulls of Don Eduardo Miura, and even went so far as to name all of his cars in homage to the world famous fighting bull breeding ranch. Following the Miura proper, Lamborghini produced this front-engine V12 2+2 tourer. This one was named Espada, after the sword used by bull fighters, but colloquially used to describe the fighter themselves. This, to me, describes this car in either of its two forms. One, as a sword itself, scything its way through traffic with V12 torque, and carving its way down mountain passes. Second, this car is a fighter, a scrappy underdog taking on the earthly might of the bull, a metaphor, in this case, for…  I don’t know, something, I guess.  I’ve never been very good at metaphors.

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Enthusiast’s Guide To The 24 Hours Of The Nurburgring

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For the second time in a week, drivers will converge on an historic racing circuit in Central Europe for a twice-around-the-clock multi-class sports car endurance race.  With the competition descending upon the green hell this weekend, we will continue our series of articles covering the various road racing series and important races all over the world. Previously we have covered: 

This time, we’re here to discuss an excellent exposition of FIA GT3 cars on one of the best circuits in the world at the Nurburgring 24 Hours. Hit the jump for all the details.

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Enthusiast’s Guide To The 24 Hours Of Le Mans

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This weekend, the FIA and ACO are teaming up to produce the single most important sports car race in the world. As the blue riband event of the 2014 World Endurance Championship season, Le Mans holds a lot of gravitas for the competitors, the fans, and the world of sports cars in general. Historically, Le Mans has been a proving ground, a test bed for new tech, and this year that remains as true as ever with the top tier LMP1 cars are practically Petri dishes for upcoming hybrid and battery technology. As the Tricolore flag drops in just a few day’s time, we will continue our series of articles covering the various road racing series and important races all over the world. Previously we have covered The TUDOR United Sports Car Championship, the 12 hours of Sebring, the Bathurst 12 hourFormula 1, the Pirelli World Challenge, the World Endurance ChampionshipIndyCar, and Global RallyCross. This time, we’re here to discuss my personal single favorite event in the world the 24 Hours of Le Mans!

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Wrecked Toyota 2000GT Makes Grown Men Weep

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Yesterday at around 9:00 in the morning, a tree fell in the forest. While the tree was about 100 feet tall, and just over six feet in diameter, and surely had lived a very long and important life, its final failing took the life of an  important piece of Japanese motoring history. One of only 337 built, this Toyota 2000GT was at the same time a thing of art, a valuable investment, and an important step in Japan’s (and Toyota’s) evolution as a car manufacturing giant.

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Hooniverse Goes To: Lancia Club Reunion In Portola, CA

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It’s strange how small the automotive community is sometimes. Last Wednesday, I was politely chatting with a customer on the telephone after he had finished purchasing some Porsche parts from me. The normal niceties were exchanged, the how are things going’s, how’s the weather up there’s, when he mentioned that he’d be in my area (Reno/Tahoe) over the weekend. Naturally curious as to why anyone would visit this neck of the woods, I asked what convention or casino he was planning to visit. None was the answer, and he replied that he’d be up north of Truckee, California for a Lancia Owner’s gathering. Something, something Fulvia Sport Zagato, something, something, Highway 49, something, something, 40-50 cars. “I’ll be there!”, I shouted into the receiver. Without waiting for an invite, it took me a second to realize that I had created one myself!

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Homebrew Toyota-Audi Mid-Engine V8 Hybrid Build Is 100% Canadian Crazy

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This has to be one of the coolest project builds I have ever seen in the history of all weirdo forum nut-job project car builds. This has got to be an exercise in masochism on an entirely new level. Some kid in the cold harsh north of Canada is putting together this complete custom build Audi 4.2 liter V8 powered MR2-ish custom car project, and it has been in process for over a year. As this weird Toyota bodied Audi R8 facsimile nears some form of completion, I’ll certainly be watching with a level of interest that I had not previously thought possible. Projects like this rarely turn out to be nicely done, but with some luck and a whole  lot of perseverance, I think this one just might.

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V.I.S.I.T. – Lemon Yellow Vee Type-3

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Empi multispoke wheels, a wood-slat roof rack, ride height augmentation, and a garish paint job (and do I spy an “over-the-top” header/muffler exhaust?); does it really get any better than that? This is how Nevada does Cali-style, apparently. Whether “correct” or not, I don’t seem to mind, as this car looks like a great cruiser to me. I will admit, though, that I tend to prefer my Type-3s with a bumper-ectomy, and sporting a bit less chrome. With some black paint and a scouring pad, the mirrors, window trims, door handles, roof rack, signal light trim, and headlight trims would all make the car look a lot more cohesive. There is nothing more annoying to me than a hodgepodge of black and chrome trim bits on a car. If your wiper arms are black, and you have a chrome antenna on your vintage car, you are part of the problem!

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V.I.S.I.T.: Grocery Getter 1968 Ford Mustang

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One of the joys of living in the high country of northern Nevada is that rust is never an issue, even on classic iron like this. Having lived in the mid-west rust belt my entire life, this is certainly a welcome change of pace. I’m not sure if I should be surprised a car like this is in a rural Nevada Wal-Mart parking lot, or completely expectant of such behavior.

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