The Clipsal 500 at Adelaide is a formidable race to make a series debut at. The old guns of Holden and Ford are up for any challengers. NIssan and Mercedes were easily dispelled in their first season last year. I had figured Volvo S60 would be in the same boat this year, but after Race 2 at Adelaide the pecking order in V8 Supercars needs a shakeup. Volvo has jumped to a podium finish. Scott McLaughlin, the 20 yr old 2013 rookie of the year, had an epic fight with THE V8 Supercar hot shoe, Jamie Whincup and won out. Is there a better looking touring car currently turning laps? I don’t think so.
Scoot McLaughlin vs Jamie Whincup
Race 2 Highlights
Race 1 Lap 1
Race 2 Lap 1
AE Performance was Paul Walker’s shop. You know he was a legit car guy when you see multiple E36 M3 LTWs, 850CSI, a BMW 2002 Touring Alpina and a Volvo 1800.
The FIA announced the other day that the season finale race will now award double points. DAFUQ? No don’t give single points for pole or fastest lap, let’s double the points for the shit show that is Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi. They also scheduled the American GP (in Texas) the same day as the NASCAR race in Texas. Genius. Who runs the FIA? Rob Ford? I’ve been an F1 proponent for years, even though I know the product is sometimes suspect. But COME ON, listen to the fans for once. We can’t go back in time for low downforce, wide, big tire’d, balls out cars anymore. But these retro liveries, liken to bygone years of smokes and retro graphics, make it possible for us to time travel..sort of.
All images produced by CdeB Design.
The Goodwood Revival is THE historic racing event. Brings back the days when driver had to tip toe cars around the track. Add rain into the mix, and you get this. Kenny Brack, something about Swedes that make them so good at going sideways.
Video of Brack going a bit more sideways.
Also added Chris Harris kickin some ass.
Stopped off at Cars and Coffee on my way to Subaru Hypermeet AND the Tires23 BBQ. I was only able to stick around for 15-20 minutes.
I may or may not like this 964. Engineered Automotive’s shop car. Must be nice.
’69 Volvo 164. The owner’s kid was having a ball stomping in the puddle.
’63 Ford Galaxie. A sixties 2 door coupe bigger than today luxury 4 doors.
Doooo dooooo dooooo. Coolest kid in life. Future car nut.
Volvo has decided to run a full factory effort in the 2014 V8 Supercars Series. They will build and design a 5.0L version for their 4.4 V8 from the XC90. Holden, Ford, Nissan, Mercedes and Volvo. Racing in cars that look like real cars. With USCR, North American DTM, DTM, the revamped WTCC, SuperGT(now with DTM spec cars), Superstars Internatianl Series, AND the V8 Supercar Series. Top tier touring and sports car racing hasn’t been this good in years.
A look back a Volvos previous racing endevours.
Geoff, Matt and I sucked it up and headed to Cars and Coffee yesterday morning at Bayview Village. The turn out wasn’t the best tbh. But it made up for it in quality. Porsche 911, 928, 997 GT3RS, Ferrari 355, Jag E Type, swapped BMW E28, E30 M3s, Lotus Esprit, 7 and Exige, Aston Martin DBS, Mercedes-Benz AMGs. That’s all I can remember, there was more though. We’ll most likely be heading back next week.
Ferrari 355. 20 year old beaut. Still sounds great.
E-Type. Series II? Not sure. Do know it’s not a Series I though.
This is the same S54 swapped E28 that Matt shot for PBMW.
This dude is winning at life.
Close your eyes and you’ll think you’re apart of the DRM series from the 70′s. That 1L 3 cylinder motor and a small turbo make for some of the best spooling sounds I’ve ever heard. The new Formula Ford machine will help up and coming drivers test their mettle and work their ways up to bigger and better. Not a bad place to start.