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’80s Ad Weekend Edition – Peugeot 205 GTi

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What, more 205? Well, this one is in the same vein as the earlier Fuego clip: promotional material from the ’80s, combined with a modern retro electro soundtrack. The secret agent business with the 205 GTi has been turned to the megamax with absolutely pulsating sounds by Perturbator.

And like the YouTube description puts it: HELICOPTER ! ROCKETS ! TRAINS ! EXPLOSIONS !

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’80s Ad Weekend Edition – Renault Fuego

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This video is a collection of Renault Fuego advertising material, set to a retro electro soundtrack. It works pretty well, and Myrone’s Exclusive Coupé is a cool “hero car” sort of tune. It has also been combined with a BMW 850 promo with definitely satisfying results.

I’m not quite sure I need a Fuego in my life, but the clip makes for a strong case for it.

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’80s Ad Weekend Edition – Ford Sierra XR4 (Argentina)

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Despite being available as only pretty shoddy quality upload – it’s been on YouTube since 2006 – this Argentinian ad for the Ford Sierra XR4 is very likeable. Sure, it’s dated and revolves around the idea that the Charlton Heston lookalike behind the wheel uses a black Sierra to woo an impressionable catwoman, but somehow it all works pretty well together.

And the music is as ’80s action theme as it can be. That’s always a good thing.

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’80s Ad Weekend Edition – Peugeot 205

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What a better way to start a 1980s themed weekend edition than posting a video dated to 1990? Well, to some people 1990 was still ’80s, and I haven’t actually even stopped living in the 1980s either, so I do think it’s all good. In any case, it’s likely this awesome piece of advertising was shot in ’89, so it’s legit.

Now that I’ve preceded the Peugeot 205 ad with babble not actually describing the ad at all, we can move on to the clip itself. It’s very much reminiscent of the ending of A Man and a Woman, where the hero drives his Mustang quickly to catch up with the train. A 205 is a nice alternative for American muscle.

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Weekend Edition: V.I.S.I.T. – Sebring Edition

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Often when you attend a major race, such as the 12 Hours of Sebring, there is just as much to see off the track as there is on it. There were rare models cruising the grounds and parking areas of Sebring, devoted entirely to notable makes and models, such as Porsche, Corvette, Audi, and BMW. Each of them had their outstanding examples.

As a follow up to last week’s 12 Hours of Sebring post, I bring you a second piece, this time with the vehicles I saw in traffic as well as what was parked and on display. … Continue Reading

When in Doubt, Camp Out: A First-Timer’s View of the 12 Hours of Sebring

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The folks who were there just to cover the final race were probably there and gone within 24 hours, but we camped out early to check out the full experience and to place ourselves within the non-stop 24-hour party that is the 12 Hours of Sebring. For me, it would be a first; three days of wonderful exhaust sounds, shooting photos, eating salty camping food, and sweating, out in the Florida heat, to bring you the sights and experiences of the 12 Hours of Sebring from Sebring, Florida. … Continue Reading

Remember To Drive

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Deep in the heart of central Texas, it’s twenty nine degrees. I’m hungover, waking with a half-eaten McDonald’s burger laying next to me. What a waste, I tell myself. Eventually, I collect my head, walk out into the cold and crank over my two-week old 1986 BMW 325. These little cars have a funny high-pitch starter whine, cranking to high hell for two seconds and drumming to life in an instant.

The dog is wandering through the yard as I spread out a Mexican blanket in the back for him. Today, we’re going on a quick drive while the roads are free from the fear of ice to get to a little spot along Highway 360 where I can take a few photos of the little E30 (nicknamed EDirty).

The reason this is a special little trip, and this is a special little story, is this E30 has restored the pleasure of driving that I’ve lacked for a long time. Over the last year, life has kicked me sideways, upside down, and underground many times. I’ve been bruised hard enough to lose interest in most of what I loved; be it people, writing, or automobilia.

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Forgotten Racetracks: The Eloy Grand Prix

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Hooniverse has written about several old temporary racetracks used by club racers when prepared racetracks were somewhat scarce: Brynfan Tyddyn, Las Ochas Millas, Callender Field, and Lake Garnett. Nearly all of those had gone away by the early 1970s, when liability concerns crept up and willingness among chambers of commerce dropped down. Street circuits became virtually non-existent at club-level racing, but one remarkable example cropped up in Arizona in the early 1980s.

Not only did the Arizona Sports Racing Associationwho’d branched off from the Arizona SCCA to focus on wheel-to-wheel racingtalk the small city of Eloy into hosting a race around its downtown, they also managed by 1984 to turn it into a two-hour telecast. Now, thanks to the deep archives of local racer Dave Riddle, you can enjoy the ASRA’s five-race 1984 Eloy Grand Prix, which is a profoundly unique affair for reasons that will be discussed after the jump.

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Good News for Brooklands= Good News For ALL OF MOTORSPORT.

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The image above says everything you need to know about Brooklands. Fast, banked turns on which wildly moustachioed, goggled, flying hatted playboys fought wheel to wheel to prove the superiority of their chosen steed and, as we can see, even sometimes getting it to hover. Amazing things happened on this two and three-quarter mile oval in leafy Surrey between 1907 and 1939.  British Motorsport was born here. I, personally, am very grateful.

The years haven’t been spectacularly kind to Brooklands, which seems absolutely, stark, raving mad when you consider its significance. But today comes the news that recognition has finally been granted and there is an actual scheme in place to breathe life back into this ground zero for the octane blooded.

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Publicity Photo of the Weekend – The New for 1977 Buick Opel (by Isuzu)

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Ah the 70’s, such a weird time for automakers. They were trying to sell cars anyway they could while dealing with Government Mandates on Fuel Economy, Emission Controls, and Federal Bumper Regulations. On top of all this, the US Dollar was losing value to the ever stronger German Currency, and the US Core Inflation Rate was hovering around 6% (which was down from only a few years before, as high as 11% for 1974).

So, what does General Motors do to combat both the lack of an affordable small car in their Buick Dealers, and take advantage of a venerable nameplate that has at least some built in equity? They introduce a hand-me-down small Japanese built car, slap an Opel name to the sides, and push in onto an unsuspecting public in 1975. This was the Opel by Isuzu, and it was only available as a two-door coupe for the first two years it was offered in the states. 1977 brought the only addition to the line in this sedate looking 4-door sedan.

So, do you remember these cars (I do, as I owned one from 1976 to 1981)…

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