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Silverstone Classic: Oddballs and Rarities

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Hopefully, you have not yet grown weary of our ongoing coverage of the Silverstone Classic. If you have, perhaps this final installment will rekindle your interest. We’ve saved the best (or at least the hoony-est) for last. This post will be a photo dump of some of the odd and rare vehicles that turned up for one of the greatest vintage racing events in the world. The VW Transporter pictured above was certainly not the rarest, but it seems an obvious choice for the lede image with its sweet track graphics.

Come one, come all, and click through for the odd, the ridiculous, and the amazing!

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Silverstone Classic: The Italians

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What would a classic auto racing event be without representation from Italy? It would sorely lacking, that’s what. The Silverstone Classic certainly was not lacking. From Fiats to Ferraris, the sexy styling and bright colors proudly proclaimed, “Guardate noi!”

Click through for the photo dump.

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Weekend Plans: The Carl Davis Collection Auction

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You say you’ll be near Cleveland, Oklahoma this weekend?  You say you have a few extra thousands you don’t know what to do with?  Well, I’ve got an idea for you: Why not go check out the Carl Davis car/truck/tractor collection being auctioned off by VanDerBrink Auctions LLC?

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Silverstone Classic: All those Aston Martins

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[Ed. Note - Sorry for the glut of Aston Martin posts lately, we didn't intend for them to stack up. Actually, you know what... screw it, there's no such thing as too many Astons. Carry on!]

Aston Martins are built in Gaydon, England, which is 25 miles from Silverstone Circuit. Given that proximity, one might expect a strong representation from one of the UK’s proudest and longest-running marques. As it happened, the word “strong” is not nearly strong enough to describe the turnout. It was as if all the Aston Martins in the Kingdom turned up for this amazing event.

Click through for some shots of these brilliant cars.

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Silverstone Classic: Cobra-palooza

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If you are any kind of hoon, then you know that the Cobra has a storied racing heritage. This beautiful example of British styling and American horsepower turned in a win in the 1964 24 Hours of LeMans, and then went on to great success in Europe and stateside. In the process, Shelby put an end to Ferrari’s sports car racing dominance. So, it only makes sense that the Silverstone Classic, a festival of classic automotive racing, would feature plenty of Cobras, both on the track and on display.

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Hooniverse Goes To The Silverstone Classic

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The Silverstone Classic at Silverstone Circuit in Towcester, England bills itself as the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival. Over 1,100 entrants turned up for 22 races featuring everything from historic Formula 1 cars to ’90s Super Touring cars. In addition to the classic racers, there is also a classic car show on hand featuring representation from up to 90 different UK car clubs.

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Project Car SOTU: The Chevrolet LUV Mikado

Scott Ith July 16, 2014 Project Cars

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The LUV has been resting comfortably in the garage while I’ve found very little time to devote to it. I have big plans for it, I just don’t know exactly what they are. That’s the beauty of a project car though, isn’t it?

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Datsun Roadster eBay Fly and Drive – Never but Always a Good Idea

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Got your eye on a sweet classic on eBay? It’s only 500 miles away? 1000 miles? Shipping costs are roughly $1 per mile. You can fly in and drive it home for less than that, right?

No. You can’t. It will always cost about as much to fly-n-drive as it will to have the vehicle shipped. If anything goes wrong and you have to rent a U-Haul and drag it home, you’ll be looking at a total cost of nearly 3 times as much as the shipping costs. So, when you are considering a fly-n-drive, it’s never but always a good idea. You will spend time and money – perhaps far more money – getting that old heap home, but you’ll never forget the experience. The fly-n-drive can make for epic stories at parties for the rest of your life. If you break down along the way, all the better. You will spend time, you will spend money, and what you will gain will be the awesome memory of that one time you did something your friends would never dare.

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Ferrari 360 Modena vs. 24 Hours of Lemons MRolla – What’s faster?

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There are certain events that have an expected overlap between their participants. For example, a monster truck show and an NASCAR race will have some overlap in attendees. Bridal conventions and The View might be another example of overlapping clientele. These are expected. The 24 Hours of Lemons and Ferrari of Salt Lake track day on the other hand? Who would have expected a common thread? That thread?

Yours truly.

I went from losing wheel bearings and breaking half-shafts in a half Corolla/half MR2 to screaming around the track in a beautiful, hand-crafted Italian sports car. It’s been a good month.

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Our Cars: Newfound LUV

Scott Ith April 30, 2014 Project Cars

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Some of you know that I am a mini-truck enthusiast. I have lamented the passing of the compact pickup on the ‘Verse before. So, I’m always on the lookout for nice examples of older trucks. For me, the trucks from the ’70s and early ’80s are the cream of the crop. As I cruised around craigslist last week, I found this 1976 Chevrolet LUV Mikado, only 500 miles away, in Reno. Immediately, the words of our own Ray Lindenburg leapt to mind, “Never let an undeserving clod get between you and something you want.”  So, off I set, to bring this sweetheart home .

Upon closer inspection, the truck is almost as nice as hoped. The body is amazing for a LUV. (My family had one in 1986 or so, and it was already rusted through.) The interior is decent, and the tape stripes are totally boss.

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