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2017 Monte Carlo Rally – Dying for a YouTube video

Kamil Kaluski January 20, 2017 Motorsports

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For 2017, WRC and their parent group, the FIA, announced new vehicle regulations. The new regulations brought more OEM involvement, and more teams. The vehicles are more powerful and are suppose to bring back some of the magic of Class B rally cars. And with all that, the sport is suppose to attract a wider audience and increase press coverage.

While the cars are not exactly Group B, the rest of the plan worked. Until the first day of the first race that is. That is when a sad accident occurred which cost a spectator his life.

This short article on the Axis of Oversteer discusses the accident and its aftermath, its impact on the race, the cars, and the spectators. It is really worth your time to read it.

Respecting the motorsport community means spectators, like drivers, have to use their brains take responsibility for there [sic] actions.

 

 

Quick Pic: Fiat 124 Abarth R-GT on Col de Turini

Kamil Kaluski January 19, 2017 Quick Pics

fiat 124 r-gt abarth

The 2017 Monte Carlo Rally starts today. Premiering at that rally is the Fiat 124 Abart R-GT. It has a 300-horsepower 1.8-liter engine. Those horses go to the rear wheels via a seven-speed sequential-shift gearbox. Two wheel drive is a requirement of Group R-GT in which the Fiat is in.

Col de Turini is a famous, steep, high elevation, 31-kilometer pass in the French Alps. This year there is a lot of snow on it, possibly making things very interesting.

Image source: AxisOfOversteer

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Stuck Unimog gets rescued by an Alfa Romeo

Kamil Kaluski January 19, 2017 All Things Hoon

 

This video is amazing for two reasons. First is that someone actually managed to get a Unimog stuck in what looks like freshly plowed powder snow, somewhere in the Italian Alps. To get a Umimog stuck is a special kind of accomplishment. The damn thing has huge off-road tires, locking differentials, portal axles, and other off-road goodies. Read more about Unimogs here.

The second reason is that a Police Alfa Romeo 159 is actually able to pull it out of the snow! I am guessing that the Alfa is an all-wheel-drive model and possibly riding on snow tires.

The truth is that crazy power or magic was not really needed here. All the Unimog needed was a little momentum, probably just enough to get moved off the snow that was under the axles and allow its tires to get some traction, and then it pulled itself out.

 

Quick Spin: 2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland 4×4

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Jeep says that the Grand Cherokee is made of the best stuff they have, or something like that. I would agree. Having reviewed several versions of the Grand Cherokee, I loved them all, and I would own one if it was available with third row seats. There is something that just makes the Grand Cherokee better than most of other Chrysler products.

With the Cherokee Overland model, which Jeep launched about a year ago as a mid-model year 2016, and carrying it over for 2017, Jeep is trying to put some of that that Grand into the smaller Cherokee. It is basically the top-of-the-line Cherokee model, most easily identifiable by it body colored trim and polished wheels.

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Craigslist: 1989 Chevy Caprice – LT1 Squared

Kamil Kaluski January 18, 2017 For Sale

89 chevy caprice

There is something about the last of square third generation Chevy Caprices that is just special. I am not sure exactly what that is – its industrial looks, new one piece headlights, smoothed out corners of an amazingly square car? Perhaps they were simply around in abundance when I was a little kid in New York City, forever influencing my taste in cars?

Whatever the reason is, it turns out that there are many yahoos like me out there, with feelings for this workhorse. Today we look at one one of the last ones, with an LT1 motor from the later Caprice.

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2018 Ford Mustang – Yey or Ney?

Kamil Kaluski January 17, 2017 All Things Hoon

2018-Ford-Mustang

This is the face of the 2018 Ford Mustang. The whole internet car world seems to have an opinion about it. We felt left out, so we are asking – improved or ruined?

In addition to the rhinoplasty, the Stang’s rear-end also gets surgically enhanced. Under the hood, the four and the V8 get more power (unknown how much more at this time) and the V6 is dropped – will anyone miss it?

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Quick Pic: Plain Rally Car

Kamil Kaluski January 17, 2017 Quick Pics

rally car without livery

Much like the BMW M235iR, this Ford Focus rally car looks equally great without graphics and sponsor stickers.

Source: Imgur

2017 New England International Auto Show starts today

Kamil Kaluski January 12, 2017 All Things Hoon

New England Auto Show

If you live within an hour’s drive of Boston you owe to yourself to come to the New England International Auto Show. It starts today and goes through January 16th. It’s the biggest show in New England and unlike other show it is actually represented by the automakers and not just local dealers.

If you remember the Boston auto show of many years ago, forget about it. New location, bigger floor, more of everything. It’s at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210. Adult tickets are $15.00, children 6-12 are $6.00 and children under six are free.

 

Quick Pic: BMW M235iR by Turner Motorsport

Kamil Kaluski January 12, 2017 Quick Pics

BMW M235R

The BMW M235i is a fantastic little car. If you yearn for E36s and E46s, the F22 should be on your shopping list. I haven’t driven the M2 but the difference between it and M235i can probably be measured only at 10/10s.

Now Turner Motorsport has developed the M235iR, a race car version of the M235i. TMS posted the above picture on their twitter feed and I was instantly in love. There is something really attractive about a racecar free of its racing livery.

The best part is that TMS will sell you all the parts needed to turn your 228i or 235i into one of these cars. Heck, they can even do it for you. How much money do you have?

Wagon Wednesday: Buick Grand National Wagon

Kamil Kaluski January 11, 2017 Wagon Wednesday

grand-national-buick-wagon

Well, it’s obviously not a Grand National but it is a 1983 Buick Regal Estate. The body has been tastefully modified to Grand National specs, while retaining its long roof. While the original engine has been replaced, it’s been replaced with a healthy V8 rather than a turbo V6.

But does any of that really matter? Just look at it…

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