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Grand-Am Off-Season Updates

On: Mon, Dec 7, 2009 at 5:35PM | By: John Welch


The Rolex Grand Am Series test 2

We are mired in the racing dead-zone between November and February, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty of news as race teams prepare for the 2010 campaign.

Grand-Am will see a number of changes after the winter break: a new title sponsor for the Sports Car Challenge, teams adding and subtracting the number of cars they field, and new models racing, just to name a few. Herein we have an update to the goings-on behind the off-season scenes . . .


Motorcycle -Motored Mayhem

On: Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 5:13PM | By: John Welch


Metro Gnome test 2

I absolutely despise kypping other blog's stories for my own benefit, but these cars are just waaay to rad to pass up. Do we all know what the 24 Hours of LeMons is? Probably not.

An amateur race held all over the country, the 24 Hours of LeMons can be broken down in a fairly concise manner. You go junkyard-hopping until you find a beater you like. After spending no more then $500 on the car and modifications (brake and safety-related parts are exempt from the mandated budget),  you have to be able to prove that five bills was the ceiling. Proper documentation is a good idea, because if the organizers don't believe you spent only $500 getting that Roush supercharger for your '89 Town Car, well then they're gunna bash the crap out of the poor girl. Or they're going to force you to let them buy it from you. Or they'll decree an immediate crushing. Needless to say, buy a complete hunk-of-ess and engineer/penny-pinch your ass off! Complete rules and history of the 24 Hours of LeMons can be found here . . .

So, this was all somebody else's idea, and I really have absolutely nothing to do with it; why am I just now mentioning this marathon of corner-carving destruction derby? Simple: the outlandishly brilliant technology born of severe determination and a $500 budget. Inside the post: links to every scrap of info I could find regarding tiny front-drive econoboxes and the motorcycle powerplants that have been lovingly stuffed into their passenger seats . . .


Twelve Drivers Linked To USF1

On: Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 11:22AM | By: John Welch


Jonathan Summerton test 2

America needs a pick-me-up. A cattle-prod to the collective face. We need to go out and trounce the rest of the world at their own, uhm . . . some game of theirs. We got our Basketball "Cojones" back, now how about our Engineering-Prowess "Cojones." USF1 plans to do just that, albeit with a British co-owner and some sort of European driver.

Which is fine. Lately I don't trust us enough to assume we could dominate the most technically advanced sport in the world without any experienced help. I mean, seriously, Taco Bell invents asinine, Newspeak, adver-words and we don't out-and-out boycott them over it?! ("Melty"?! How stupid are we, really?) Eff, I had Taco Bell yesterday!

Even if I and most of the rest of us are hopeless trainwrecks, Ken Anderson most definitely is not. He's put together a world-class F1 program in North Carolina, and now he's ready to employ some drivers. The first year might not be pretty, but 2011 could be the year America wins its pride back . . .


Hexatech C3TR, Worth Every Stinking Penny!

On: Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 1:55PM | By: John Welch


Cruden Hexatech C3TR test 2

If anyone is paying attention, this is my Christmas List:

1.) Six dozen cases of Widmer Hefeweizen.

2.) 35 cartons of Marlboro Reds.

3.) 300 some-odd gallons of Dutch Brothers Espresso,

and 4.) the Hexatech C3TR six-post Racing Simulator.

 . . . then I would humbly request that I be left in solitude until July . . .


 

Button Leaves Brawn-Mercedes, Heads To McLaren- Mercedes

On: Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 4:21PM | By: John Welch


Jenson to Mclaren test 2

Jenson Button does it all. He wins championships, has a different cast of models on his arm (arms, plural) at every race, and he has also authored a book on the 2009 World Championship - seemingly spewing out a novel in the span of two weeks. What a fancy Lad this Button is!

How do you follow all of this up? Why you simply leave your championship-winning outfit (that you have been a part of for the better part of ten years) to drive for a rival. Not because of money, not because of fanfare that comes with McLaren, but because you "want to be a member of an all-British GP team."

Balls, my friends, sheer Balls . . .


Roar N Soar: Slalom Gallery 3

On: Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 1:48PM | By: John Welch


1996 Chevy Corvette test 2

The final gallery of Roar-N-Soar madness fills up the gaps in slalom competitiors. We have got a dastardly Black Corvette, a lithe Lotus Elise, and one of the quickest cars of the day - a full race-prepped MG Sprite! Many sideways, tire-crushing images inside the post . . .


Roar N Soar: Slalom Gallery Number Two

On: Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 5:46PM | By: John Welch


Caprice Classic PPV test 2

The slalom portion of Roar-N-Soar was definitely not limited to Jaguar-badged participants. There were many interesting vehicles that graced the autocross last week; in gallery number two we explore some of the eclectic autos not wearing a pouncing cat on their bonnets . . .


Roar N Soar: Slalom Gallery 1, The Jags!

On: Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 3:24PM | By: John Welch


Roar-N-Soar test 2

Roar-N-Soar featured several interesting displays and exhibits, all of which were functional and educational. Which is all well and good, but they also had an Aurocross, and some ballsy participants. Needless to say, we here at the 'Shopper spent most of our time the first day watching said Autocross.


The Race of Champions Beijing, Pt. 2: Zee Chermans Vin Ahgaihn!

On: Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 3:30PM | By: John Welch


2009 RoC test 2

The 2009 Race of Champions, held in Beijing, China, was a stunning display of massively endowed (re: ballsy!) drivers adapting to constantly changing situations and conditions. The ability to get out of your normal race car, climb into several completely different cars and then go fast straight away is an incredible feat of human will. Drivers like Tanner Foust or Chad Reed may be used to switching rides often, but others, such as Sebastian Vettel, have been practicing one single discipline their entire lives. This variety of skill-sets and talents makes for a thrilling event every year.

 


The Race of Champions, Bejing Pt1: The Machinery

On: Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 5:14PM | By: John Welch


The Race of Champions, Bejing Pt1: The Machinery test 1-1

The Race of Champions has signaled the end of the racing season for many years now. Predominantly held in Europe, the RoC pits the best race drivers from around the world against each other in identical cars, on a track that crosses itself, ensuring the same distance traveled by both competitors.

 

This year's RoC is being held at the "Bird's Nest" Stadium in Beijing China, last used for the 2008 Summer Olympics. In our first installment of RoC coverage, AutoShopper will review the various machines to be raced in the 2009 RoC.


Toyota, Bridgestone Abandon Formula Eeeww

On: Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 12:44PM | By: John Welch


A sad day for Toyota test 2

Toyota announced that it would pull the plug on its Formula 1 program today, confirming rumors that have been floating around the F1 world since the middle of the 2009 season. In an even stranger turn of events, Bridgestone, the tire company that chased Michellin out of the sport several years ago, decided to end their involvement in the F1 World Championship following the 2010 season.