Mclaren released their one off X1 at the Quail motorsports gathering in Monterey this past weekend. It is the culmination of “3 years of hard work” they said, and I have to ask for what? I find the X1 unappealing; it looks like its design is trying to hard to be extreme, and real supercar beauty usually comes from function and purity of design. There is also the obvious influence of elegant 1930’s French cars, and that sort of Cruella de Vil look does not work well on a supercar. The covered rear wheels take the car’s aggressive stance away as well, leaving us with an appearance that is just plain awkward. On top of this, that 3 years of work has only gotten the customer a normal 12C with an ugly body kit, so again I have to ask, why?
Looking at all the supercar news sources I can see the usual amount of oogling over this car. Most people only like this car, and cars like it, because they are rare, expensive, or just stigmatized as a “supercar”. That, to me, is mindless dribble. I will give credit where credit is due (like the Ferrari P4/5), but I am at a personal point now where I don’t care at all about a car being a status symbol. It must have its own legitimate merits to get my good graces, and this Mclaren falls way short. I saw a normal 12C go by tonight, and it looked brilliant. So why bother making this ugly thing if not only to use as another soulless status symbol by someone with far more money than self security?
Different is not always a good thing, and I could care less if the owner locks the X1 away for eternity. In fact, I kind of hope he or she does.
The Porsche Cayman has been heralded as one of the best handling cars money can buy. Sure it is the “baby” Porsche, but these days even the little ones have gotten pretty serious. The Cayman R is to the Cayman line as the GT3 is to the 911 series, so solid performance is a given. Porsche was offering test drives of various models during Concours Weekend, but once I saw the Cayman R on the list I knew where to place my priorities (Video after the jump).
While in Carmel during Concours Weekend, pretty much anything in the world of cars is fair game. Ferrari F430s become commonplace, Bentley Continental GTs clog all the roads, and a Honda Civic becomes a rare sight. But, of course, there’s always something so unique and off-the-wall that no one expects to see it. In this case, someone took a humble stretched Lincoln Town Car and turned it into something straight out of Jurassic Park, complete with a roof rack, forest camo paint, and a bull bar with fog lights. A raised ride height and off-road tires complete the look on what is, in my personal opinion, the ultimate way to ride through the Apocalypse.
Spotted by: Nick and Al
We were amongst the crowd at the launch of the Pacific Grove Rally this year during Concours Weekend in the Monterey area. This is a very fun event, one that is refreshingly informal (and free) during that weekend. The cars are a mixed bunch too with everything from vintage Rolls Royces to your average Mustang. Read the rest of this entry »
We were present for the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance. Because we are not a news site we plan to release our coverage of the event and other shows in a more gradual fashion so that you may savor it just as we did. This will cover a nice overview of the Concours though, stay tuned for some of the more detailed showcases though. It was truly a magnificent show this year.
Saw this extremely filthy, blacked out Enzo at the Concorso Italiano. The thing looks just diabolical, espcially with the red brake calipers. Many props to the owner of this awesome car. Read the rest of this entry »
At the Pebble Beach Concours this particular Mercedes 300SL caught my eye. It did not win any big awards or anything, but it’s color scheme, to me, is just perfect and it’s condition immaculate. A car like this should not go overlooked, so I wanted to feature it here for all of you to enjoy it as I did. Read the rest of this entry »
This is a very unique Murcielago, other than just being a Super Veloce which makes it rare enough. This car is matte brown with gold accents and it pulls it off beautifully despite being quite different from the usual Lamborghini fruit salad colors. This SV is also quite rare in that it doesnt have the big rear spoiler, just a ducktail on the back, and it is also one of just a few SVs to have a clutch pedal. This has to be my favorite Murcielago I have ever seen anywhere by a long shot. This car is just so unique and pulls off the different look beautifully. It stand out, even in a crowd of Lamborghinis. Now that should tell you something right there. More pictures inside. Read the rest of this entry »
Saw this, the fastest production car in the world, parked outside a hotel in Monterey with 6 other Veyrons. The Veyron SS is truely magnificent. This car’s blue-finished carbon fiber is something that is very unique to the SS. Awesome experience to see this car in person.
Spotted by- Nick and Al
Once you have experienced the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance, and the events which surround it, there is nothing quite like that excitement of knowing you’re going back. It is one of the most epic automotive events in the world, and the scale of it is something that can only be fully grasped by those who have seen it first hand. I would be lying if I tried to play it off like I wasn’t giddy with excitement right now. Read the rest of this entry »
Spotted after Pebble Beach Concours’ just cruising around town. Such an awesome car, the black accents really set the already good looks of the SLR off even more.
Spotted by -Nick
In Carmel California after the 07 CDE. Just Magnificent
Spotted by- Nick