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VW EA41 and the Porsche 555.


It’s 1952, and Volkswagen is doing all sorts of projects trying to figure out a replacement for the VW Beetle. Mysteriously they had a design study done by Pininfarina, entitled the “EA41”. It sure looks a helluva lot like the Lancia Aurelia B20 Coupe from the rear end, but there is a Beetle hiding under there somewhere. I’m not sure if this car was from scratch or not, but i’m guessing this was merely a design study for which Pininfarina was hired to propose.

Lancia Aurelia B20 Coupe, also designed by Pininfarina around that time:

So as VW was searching for a viable alternative, they also happened to do a bunch of different design studies of a rear-engined new alternative……what did Porsche come up with? the Porsche 555!!

and this! the only photo i’ve been able to find of an actual Porsche 555 that was made….looks fantastic and I must admit I am very intrigued. I am also, however, bothered by the lack of information about the car—-but obviously as this was only a design/concept study it likely disappeared like most ideas did back then!

Porsche 555

eventually influencing the Porsche 356 “notchback” Coupe:

srcs: Rastall (excellent page), curbsideclassic, smcars

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Vintage Porsche factory pics.

These are beautiful, taken in 1972.  I happened to stumble across these as I was searching for the source for a different Porsche factory photo I had posted a long time ago.  Happy accident!

src: cinelliguy

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Porsches vs. Laguna Seca.

My friend Xander from Strassenversion does great artwork and always sells fascinating motoring related goods…..and here are some of his latest; beautiful and colourful paintings made from photographs he took at Laguna Seca at the 2011 Rennsport Reunion.

The original paintings are sold.  However, prints will be available!

for more info go here: Strassenversion

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fotos of the day. vintage sebring/daytona

Nigel Smuckatelli has catalogued many of his photos from the 60s and 70s on his flickr page, and in his own words: “Most of my photos were taken as a college student who volunteered as a safety official at the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring in the late 60’s and early 70’s.”

He has literally thousands of photos on his page….a good percentage of them are photos he took, although mixed in there are also stock and obtained photos…..but well worth sifting through them…so make sure you follow the link above! Here are some of his original photographs i loved:

 

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Motorsports 2011, by Jake Yorath.

2011 was a great year in motorsports—–and I personally had an epic time at Petit Le Mans this year, following one of the most heroic wins ever at Le Mans in france.  But aside from those glorious events—–DTM racing, GT racing, and endurance racing supplied thrills and spills this year.

Jake Yorath takes wonderful photos—and these were shared by him to remember motorsports in 2011

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40 porsches for 1 photo.

at the Rennsport Reunion IV

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back from the 2011 Petit Le Mans…

All i can say is that I was blown away.  Where to begin?  Should i start with my driving of an R8 V10 Spyder around?  Or that I was in the Audi Sport Team Joest pits for 2 R18 pit stops?  Or that I was in heaven sitting at the track side at night watching some of the greatest race cars in the world go thundering just feet away from me?  Or that I met some of my favourite drivers?  I had a total blast.

More to come about the event, with photos….later this week.  I have so many photos to rummage through.

Oh, and the R18 TDI is even cooler up close!

(picture from the Audi hospitality “chalet” where I had access to, right across from the Porsche base)

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the best thing to ever come out of Ferrari…

Yeah I don’t give a crap about Ferrari—it’s a vulgar company who have built the most overrated, cheesy, and overhyped cars of my lifetime.  They’re like the ‘jocks’ of the automotive world…ready to strangle automotive journalists with their sweaty, annoying jockstraps.

BUT TODAY I read a statement by Luca Di Montezemelo (CEO of Ferrari) which made my heart turn all fuzzy and warm—although the statement involves Ferrari’s future plans, what warmed my heart is their resistance to join the overwhelming surge of electric cars.  My favourite marques Audi and Porsche have also recently joined into the electric car frenzy with their own projects; which has caused me a certain amount of interest to see what they’ve come up with, but a certain amount of disappointment at them selling out to the frenzy.

What did Mr. Di Montezemelo say?

“You will never see a Ferrari electric because I don’t believe in electric cars, because I don’t think they represent an important step forward for pollution or C02 or the environment.”

Very cool.  I’m glad someone had the balls to say it.  Too bad his next line was “But we are working very, very hard on a Hybrid Ferrari”…..oh well, i didn’t expect them to completely stray off the beaten path.

source: Left Lane News

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foto of the day. Type 64.

arguably the first Porsche developed as the VW “Aerocoupe” by Dr. Porsche shown here in 1939.

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Porsche returning to Le Mans in 2014.

With Audi surpassing Ferrari in the all-time Le Mans wins with 10 currently, the all-time leading marque (16 wins) is set to return!  Porsche is planning a return to Le Mans, and I for one am very excited to see more competition to the greatest race in the world!

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Nurburgring 24 Hours is underway. Watch LIVE online.

There are several sites streaming the Nurburgring 24 Hour race, but they are all using the same live German feed—-however i am disturbed that they play awful music in the background during the race, alternating with german commentary….which is present on ALL the feeds i’ve looked at, including the official one.  Those crazy germans….WHY in the world is the original broadcast playing that rubbish music!? I haven’t a clue…”Radio Nurburgring”? really?

But either way, i can’t complain—–as the full 24 hours is available for FREE online streaming.

http://tv.audi.com/portal/#/01

 

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iPad: motoring stuff.

My lovely wife bought me an iPad last weekend.  It’s an amazing device—-beautiful to use and full of utility.  I am currently in the process of comprehensively reviewing a monumental amount of scientific knowledge for an upcoming examination—-and the iPad is like a saint that has come to help me out.  It is brilliant.   That being said—-there are tons of e-magazines available for the iPad related to cars—and i downloaded a few of the ‘free’ apps namely by BMW, Mercedes, Audi, and Porsche.  I have to say that each one is entertaining and beautifully put together, especially for free.  Apparently they will supply new issues as they are made….very cool.  Here are some screencaps I took with the iPad of these 4 apps.  BTW, the Mercedes application is just amazing—-it goes through their entire automotive history with photos and 2 minute audio summaries.  Very cool, again.

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a belgian RS2.

The hottest wagon ever….in my favourite colour for an RS2.  These pictures are from Simoni’s thread on the S2 Forum.

these are just so facking cool.

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foto(s) of the day. 356 Abarth.

1960 Porsche 356B 1600GS Carrera GTL Abarth to be exact!

from Hemmings

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porsche classic restorations.

“Over 70% of all the Porsche vehicles ever built, are still on the road today”

What better place to get a 911 restored than AT Porsche.  They claim they do the work at ‘market’ prices…..very cool and a cool video.

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Mullholland…

Thanks to Motoring Con Brio for introducing me to these pics.

These are great. Blurry, lo-fi, dark, and sinister photos taken around the famous Mullholland Drive.

A Time To Get: http://www.atimetoget.com/2010/11/mulholland-drive-1242am.html

 

 

 

 


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Carrera Panamericana

La Carrera Panamericana 2010 was held October 22-28 over 3,200 kilometers and seven stages through 10 states in Mexico, with former World Rally Championship driver Harri Rovanpera taking overall honors in a Studebaker.

100s of more pics and writing about the event here:

http://www.sportscardigest.com/la-carrera-panamericana-2010-results-and-photo-gallery/

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driving gloves quest: Audi vs. BMW vs Porsche

Well i bought some superb Dunhill driving gloves last year, however i lost one of them; a true tragedy in my petrolhead bubbleworld.

So about6 months ago, being the Audi fanboy i am; i ordered a pair of Audi driving gloves through the Audi Collection.  I really like them.  Very soft and well made.  $49.00

For you BMW fanboys, BMW is selling driving gloves as well, through their BMW Lifestyle section.  They look pretty good.  $40.00

Porsche Design has also come out with a set of driving gloves; they are clearly the flashiest and pose-y out of the bunch…but they look pretty good.  $190.00

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8mm footage; Nurburgring 1966.

Got this from the great blog, Automobiliac.

Silent 8mm footage of the 1000km race at Nurburgring, filmed in 1966.  Sure there’s no sound, but watching this is like watching an action painting.  beautiful!

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Porsche Boxster Spyder delivered…

Not mine, of course….but a friend of mine and a previous (multiple) TT owner has taken delivery of his brand new white Porsche Boxster Spyder.  Pretty aggressive looking car, with some very interesting design cues pertaining to the roof.  The interior looks fantastic.  These are the first ‘real world’ pics of this car i’ve seen, and it looks much better than the official pics that were released!  Must be a helluvalot of fun to throw around turns!

Thanks to Quattive for letting me post pics of his car.

more info on the Boxster Spyder:

http://www.porsche.com/microsite/boxster-spyder/usa.aspx

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car of the day. 500E

the legendary Mercedes-Benz 500E.  no it’s not a ‘regular’ W124 E-Class MB….the 500E was handbuilt by Porsche…..right alongside the also legendary Audi RS2.  It’s a very special car that was brought to the US during the time (unlike the RS2).  You can find them regularly on the 2nd hand market, and many people don’t even know the significance of the car………

0-60: 5.5 seconds; 326hp.

about 10,000 produced globally….1500 brought to the US Market.

M5? who needs an M5.  I’d much rather have this than an E34 M5.

wish i could read this website for more info, but i can’t be arsed to translate the whole thing!

www.500e.nl

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art of the day: LeMans “Fight To The Finish”

150 Euros for the original piece of art! tempting!

cheers to Colla Verglas for the tip!

more information: http://miha-furlan-motorsport-art.blogspot.com/2010/01/fight-to-finish.html

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