This is some serious next-level stuff!
This is some serious next-level stuff!
I’ve recently been spending some time behind the wheel of my buddy’s Fiat 500 Abarth and I find myself thinking about it a lot. I drove one briefly a few years back when they first came out and I was enamored with it, but spending more time with the Abarth only makes you want one at a deeper and deeper level. It has all of those intangible things that don’t immediately jump out on paper, and those things give it what I call “staying power.” The Abarth offers a depth of experience that will keep it interesting long after you sign on the dotted line.
Cars don’t get much blue-er than this little Porsche we found in the paddock at Lime Rock Park. What a fantastic machine, I’d buy one for the color alone!
This two-tone green 1937 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atalante was only just overshadowed at Lime Rock Park because it was in the presence of the two pinnacle Type 57 SC models, the Atlantic Coupe and the Gangloff Drophead Coupe. Anywhere else it would’ve easily taken best in show.
Only 17 Atalante Coupes were built, and this green one is particularly elegant. Like the Type 57 SC Atlantic I posted recently, this Atalante was also very much a hypercar back in 1937 in the same way the Chiron is today. The modern car may be much faster, but I’d argue the old car wore it better.
Enjoy the photos.
This was cool! A genuine imported Porsche 993 Carrera RS on public roads in the USA. This was the immediate predecessor to what we know as the modern 911 GT3, which began with the 996.
300hp in a lightweight extra focused air-cooled 911? Sign me up!
This has to be one of the most fascinating conversations I’ve heard in a long time. Anyone interested in cars, space, weapons, technology, the future, artificial intelligence, or business should really take the time to listen to this whole interview.
Yes, they spend one single minute out of 2.5 hours smoking a joint, and that has taken all of the headlines, but anyone reporting like that is simplistic and stupid and has completely missed the value of this conversation. (Plus it’s 2018 and if you’re still worried about the evils of people smoking pot you really need to find a new hobby.)
Seriously, you should watch/listen to this.
I love the swagger of a vintage Ferrari racing car. They are elegant, confident, and just exude the sense that they are the one to beat.
There are always more than a few gems hanging out in the paddock at Lime Rock Park and this Ferrari 250 GT SWB was no exception. It has everything I look for in a vintage Ferrari racer. It’s just so Italian, and it is a magnet for attention.
Enjoy the pics!
Mona Lisa. This 1937 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic Coupe is literally the Mona Lisa of the automotive world, both in its raw artistic beauty and in its collector status. It is one of just two of the original four Atlantic Coupes known to survive, and if either were to go up for sale the dollar figure could easily be the highest ever seen for an automobile.
This blue Atlantic is owned by the Mullin Museum in California and the other (black) Atlantic is currently owned by fashion mogul, Ralph Lauren. I’ve now had the pleasure of laying my bare eyes on both of them and each occasion has been tremendous for me.
The Type 57 SC Atlantic is such a striking car, as Art Deco as Art Deco gets on four wheels. Its definitive styling trait is its riveted dorsal seams that extend along the entire spine of the car and on each of its fenders. On the Aerolithe show car (on which the Atlantic’s design was based), the riveted dorsal seams were necessary for its construction due to its magnesium body, which couldn’t be welded. All of the Atlantics were aluminum bodied, but they retained the dorsal seams for their unique styling appeal. There is nothing else like it, and mixed with the Atlantic’s elegant curves, it will leave your jaw on the floor every time.
This is very much a “hypercar” circa 1937, in prestige, stunning beauty, unique craftsmanship, and raw speed. In fact, while the Jaguar XK120 was hailed as the fastest production car in the world in 1949 with a top speed of 124mph, these Bugatti Type 57 SCs were said to be capable of cracking 120mph more than a decade earlier. The superchargers took their straight-eight engines up to 200hp, and they only weighed around 2,000lbs. That’s not a bad power-to-weight ratio at all at around 10lbs per horsepower, similar to a Lotus Elise (on paper at least), though with vastly older technology. The point is the Bugatti Type 57 SC in 1937 was very much equal to the Chiron today, and if you’re looking into the history of the hypercar it may be one of the first clear examples you’ll find.
Naturally, early hypercars such as these would have only been owned by the fabulously wealthy and famous, and this Bugatti was no exception. According to sources I’ve seen, its original owner was a member of the prominent Rothschild family in Europe. They always seem to have such great taste in cars.
It was such a thrill to finally see the blue Atlantic Coupe in person. The show at Lime Rock was astonishingly good this year, but it would have been worth the 3-hour ride just to see this car alone. Enjoy the gallery of this unbelievable machine!
Some shows you will never forget, and our Day in the Park experience this past weekend will surely be one of them. We woke up bright and early to make the 3 hour drive up to Lime Rock Park for the show. The drive is always half the fun of the day with the second half of it consisting of winding country roads. It’s a journey meant for a sports car and what awaits at the destination is always remarkable.
This year we found ourselves in Bugatti heaven. Two of the holy grail Bugattis were in attendance, the Mullin Museum’s Type 57 SC Atlantic and Ralph Lauren’s Type 57 SC Gangloff Drophead Coupe. I mean, these are literally the Mona Lisas of cars (worht untold millions), and they were sitting right there, totally accessible. It was unbelievable!
This was also by far the largest display of vintage Bugattis I’ve ever seen in one place, with around 80 cars present. There were also, of course, many other incredible cars there and it was a fantastic day of automotive entertainment.
Enjoy the highlights!
This thing is so classic! White / Blue is my personal favorite color combo on the Carrera RS. For those unfamiliar, the modern GT3 and GT3 RS can draw their model lineage all the way back to the car you see here, the 1973 911 Carrera RS. It was the top dog 911 at the time, and its grand children remain the driver’s choice among 911s today.
This is a real Holy Grail kind of car, right here, and it’s always a privilege to see one in person. More details and photos below. Enjoy!