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Ferrari California T Review: Is It Sweeter Secondhand?

Ferrari California T Review 16There is something extra-remarkable about the Ferrari brand. It’s more of an exclusive lifestyle club than just a car company at this point. The car is merely your ticket to join, but all Ferraris are not created equal.

The Ferrari California T bears the burden of being the entry-level member of this most exclusive club. It’ll get you in the door, but that’s about it. It is the low man on the totem pole, and in this world of elitist snobbery, many enjoy looking down on that. But you know what? If we can cast aside the country club mentality for a minute, the California T was, in many ways, the best real-world package Ferrari made. And now that it’s being replaced by the Portofino, the California T is one of the best value grand touring cars you can buy.

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The Adorable Honda Beat at the Lane Motor Museum

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What if someone told you they were gonna pick you up in a bright red mid-engine convertible sports car with Italian styling by Pininfarina and an engine that screams past 8,000 rpm. You would expect it to be something very impressive, a V8 Ferrari 458? a V10 Lamborghini Huracan? a V12 Pagani Zonda?

… and then this pulls up, the minuscule 3 cylinder Honda Beat!

I don’t know about you, but I’d be just as excited. I would insist on driving, though, because that’s where the fun is at. A car this light with a revvy engine and total connection with the road, I promise it’s just as much fun to drive in the real world as any Ferrari.

The Honda Beat is one of the Kei sports cars of the early 1990s. It went up against the Autozam AZ1 and the Suzuki Cappuccino. I love this genre of sports cars!

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Mercedes-Benz 190 SL at the Concours Americana Manhasset

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I’ve featured other 190s here before, but to me it doesn’t matter, they’re all special in some way. While it will always be overshadowed by its more powerful brother, the smooth, sculpted lines of the 190 will always find a fan in me. Enjoy the photos of this gorgeous classic. Continue reading Mercedes-Benz 190 SL at the Concours Americana Manhasset

Spyker C8 LaViolette at Misselwood

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Spykers are beautifully crafted machines, as much works of art as they are sports cars. There are so many fine details to take in, and they all add up to a striking whole that will make a Ferrari or Lamborghini seem so mass-market.

This Spyker C8 LaViolette was a centerpiece at the Misselwood Concours this year. People adored it, whether they knew what it was or not.

Enjoy the gallery!

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Miata: The Snow Review

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When it comes to sports cars there are so many fair weather fans, people who will question driving their car if there is even one cloud in the sky. I am definitely not one of them, and those people make me laugh. I once heard a man with a base Porsche Cayman brag about how his car had never seen rain, and I had to walk away so I wouldn’t crack up in his face.

The thing is, fair weather drivers are missing out on one of the most fun driving experiences there is. I’m talking about snow, yes, white, fluffy, salt-laden snow. It comes with some risks, but the rewards are truly special. At the end of the day, a sports car is all about having fun, so why not experience it to the absolute fullest?

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Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona at Hopewell Cruise Night

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This incredible yellow Ferrari Daytona shows up every so often at car events in NJ. I’ve come across it a few times now, dating back to my childhood and it has mesmerized me every single time.

I love it because it really gets driven by its owner. This is a horse that gets to run, and that’s how it should be.

PS: Don’t you just love how Miami Vice that cover photo is? It just worked out that way.


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Dodge Viper GTS seen at the Ray Catena Cars and Coffee

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There aren’t many good Cars and Coffee events in Central Jersey, so when something great shows up, I’ll pay attention. I’ve seen this blue and white Viper at a previous event, but when it’s a GTS in the classic combination, and as well-kept as any, it’s hard to walk by. Twenty years old? Sure doesn’t look twenty years old–looks much newer than that. Enjoy the photos of the original American Widowmaker.

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1958 Ferrari 250 Tour de France at Hershey

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Similar to the modern F12 TDF, the 250 Tour de France was the hardcore version of the Ferrari 250 grand touring lineup in the late 1950s. The difference was that 250 TDFs were actually built for competition in the biggest races of their day, such as the Mille Miglia. This was literally a road-going GT car turned into a full-on racecar, rather than “just” a more focused track day car like the modern F12. The world has changed a lot since the 1950s, though, as you could actually drive most racecars on public roads back then. I just love the idea that you could drive this 250 TDF to the race, compete flat-out, and then drive the car home afterward (if it was still in one piece).

Also, road or racing, the 250 TDF makes it look so damn good…

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