This is the first Callaway C12 Corvette I’ve ever seen in person. I had the 1/18 AutoArt model as a kid, and I always loved its sleek design. Underneath the C12 was based on the C5 Corvette, but it was totally overhauled into the racing-derived exotic supercar you see here. Back in 1999 when a brand new C5 Vette sold for around $40,000 and did 177mph, the Callaway C12 sold for $200,000 and could reach +/- 200mph. Back in the late-90s / early-00s that was incredible performance, right on par with top tier supercars of the day.
There’s a very good reason I hadn’t seen one in person until now, and that’s because only 25 C12s were built. It’s quite a rare car, one coveted by collectors, and it was awesome to finally lay eyes on one in the flesh. Enjoy!
This legendary Japanese sports car, the Toyota 200GT, was one of the stars of The Elegance at Hershey. Its sleek sports car shape is timeless, and its classic reputation will endure as a part of the history of the automobile. It’s always awesome to see this car in person. Enjoy!
Saturday was an unbelievably gorgeous day, and there was the promise of a torrential downpour on sunday. What better day to go for a drive?!
Being that it was also Halloweekend, I decided to wear my costume for the drive and have my buddy, Pat, shoot some photos. Boba Fett was going to take Slave 0.5 out for a nice spin, and confuse a lot of other motorists in the process!
For those of you wondering, yes, I could see just fine out of the zip-up hoodie.
We had a great drive, and I’m really happy with how the photos turned out. It’s always fun getting some action shots.
Happy Halloween, everyone! Stay safe and enjoy!
The new 991.2 GT2 RS may have just crushed the Nurburgring production car lap record, but this, the previous gen 997 GT2 RS is still the big daddy of desirable Porsche 911s in my book. The new GT2 RS has 700hp, but it’s also totally loaded with tech to help it be as fast and as controllable as possible. This car has 620hp, but requires the driver to shift their own gears and control the flow of all that torque to the rear wheels. There’s a lot less tech in the 997 than in the 991, and I think that makes it a more timeless experience in the long term.
This is still very much a widow-maker 911, and it’s the ultimate turbocharged 911 yet to be offered with a clutch pedal. The new one is cool, but for me, the 997 is what dreams are made of. Enjoy!
The BMW Z8 is such a handsome car with its classico-modern BMW 507 homage design. The right interior sets the look off even more, and this Z8 at the Misselwood Concours had it. Silver is a rather dull color, but with a bright red, black and silver interior, it was a total head turner. Business on the outside, party on the inside.
The BMW Z8 is one hell of a roadster. It has the 4.9L V8 from a BMW M5 underneath its classic looks that sends power through a proper manual gearbox. It’s a total dream car, and that’s why its value has either held or exceeded its original MSRP of $128,000 over time. Right now asking prices range from as much as $300,000 for top examples down to around $130,000 for cars with some miles on them. Buy at the right price and a Z8 is a car you can drive and enjoy and it won’t really cost you anything over time.
It’s always a pleasure seeing a Z8, especially in such a scenic place as this. Enjoy!
This adorable little firecracker is a Fiat Abarth 750 GT Zagato. It’s a Fiat 600 chassis underneath, but turned up to 11 by Abarth. With an extra 150cc under the hood, it has all of 43hp to move its scant 1250lbs. That may not sound like much today, but these were serious racecars back in the 1950s and 1960s.
I bet a racing series with a bunch of light nimble machines like this would be an absolute riot. But it’s about more than just speed. This little Abarth has so much flavor, so many fine details that give it such a classic Italian style. Any car Zagato touches becomes a masterpiece. I just love it!
Enjoy the gallery.
Taking a break from the barrage of exotics we’ve had lately, this Honda S2000 CR caught our eye in the parking lot at the Radnor Hunt Concours. This is the ultimate version of the Honda S2000, built in the final stage of production. As GT3 is to Porsche 911, Club Racer is to Honda S2000. Anyone who got in on one of these is probably doing pretty well.
Spykers are such incredible cars. The further we go into the digital age, the more desirable their hand crafted analogue nature becomes. I mean, just look at the fine details in that interior, and that exposed gear shifter. It’s lightweight and it’s pretty darn simple, just you in full control of that splendid Audi V8.
I can’t help but to love it.
I couldn’t get over the rich color combo on this Mercedes 190 SL at Misselwood. These old Mercedes roadsters are something truly special, and I just love when their color pallet lives up to my imagination. There’s literally nothing I would change about it.