Tires at Texas

If you watched Saturday night’s Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, the race last week was anything but exciting.

They all can’t be exciting, but this is a track where things  tend to happen to make it exciting, kind of like Jeff Burton taking out Jeff Gordon and getting into a fist fight over the incident on the backstretch, oh and wait let’s also put them into the ambulance together too…HA!, I wish I was the medical escort for that one.

It seems as though the most exiting thing that had happened was a caution for a baseball cap that managed to find its way onto the track. I was almost hoping that it would happen again just to shorten the long monotonous green flag runs.

Let’s face it, it happens. I don’t think Texas needs to shorten the race at all, however they may want to get together with Good Year and test a softer compound tire, so that they wear out faster, causing the cars to have to make pit stops more often.

The tires that they ran on Saturday seemed to be to hard, enabling the drivers to make long green flag runs. It seemed as though that the only way to pass a guy during Saturdays race was to pass them in the pits, because once you got out on that track most of the cars seemed to be stuck in the positions that they were in.

 

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What’s The Coolest Car That You Have Found Hidden?

 

Being a car-guy, my casual conversations always head in the direction of cars, whether I know the person that I’m talking to or not. One of the wonderful things about this, is that when people know you’re a car-guy, they tell you about interesting cars that they know about. It happens way more often than you would think, and I’m not one to turn down a possible barn find.  Because of this, I frequently find myself on fascinating adventures that that lead me to vehicles that haven’t seen humans in many, many years.  I’ve had many highs and many lows, but even the lows are better than no chase at all.  I’ve had people tell me about and/or show me a split window Corvette, an insanely rare 64 fuel injected convertible Corvette, a Ferrari 308, a Mercedes 190SL, a 64 Impala convertible SS 4-speed, a Porsche in the back of a box truck, and even an entire building full of cars from the 1920’s to the 1970’s that hasn’t seen light in decades. I really have seen some pretty incredible stuff, and it’s all because people wanted to tell their own automotive story to a fellow car-guy.

Today we’re asking you: “What is the coolest car that you have found hiding from the world around it?”

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The 4G63 E30 Now Runs 9.7’s at 140mph

Last season, I had the pleasure of showing off my friend Matt’s ridiculously fast BMW E30 that is powered by a Mitsubishi 4G63 turbo engine. Back then, it was running 10.53 and 132 MPH, but he had mentioned that he had a lot more horsepower on tap for when he wanted it. So, rather than cranking the power up and watching parts scatter down the length of the track, this past winter Matt and the Infamous Performance crew put in work. They back-half’ed the car, swapped in a new SERIOUS transmission, and took it for a shake down pass this past weekend. On the first day out, without ever hitting 9’s before, Matt ripped off a 9.7 second quarter mile time at 140 miles per hour.  As always, I have the video evidence for your entertainment.

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Behind The Smoke Season 2: Episode 1

There is a video series rolling out right now that you absolutely must watch. It’s the first one of this season and it just hit the internet today. At full volume, it will get you so amp’ed up, you’ll think you drank 16 gallons of Redbull. Between last season and this season, Daijiro Yoshihara’s Formula D race car got a brand new engine and some safety updates. In this video, it shows Dai testing the car on the track for the first time this year, and finding out it wasn’t exactly what he was expecting. It’s tough to understand what there is not to like about an S13 with a GM LSx engine swap, but I suppose if you are a professional racer, and not a guy with huge dreams and slow cars…ehem.., it’s probably clear as day.  Enjoy the video, and be sure to come back on April 23rd for the next episode!

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R5 Turbo 2. The Renault That You Actually Want.

Today we have spotted a vehicle on eBay that will knock your sweaty socks right off. It’s a Renault R5 Turbo 2. Let’s be honest, if you are going to buy a Renault, this is surely the one to buy. It has a lot of horsepower for its size, super low production, ridiculous low mileage (5,875 to be exact), and a shiny black paint job.  What is there not to love?  This thing would be killer to take around a curvaceous track at Senna speeds. It’s even got the roll cage just in case things get weird around you.  SFSportscars currently has the reserve set higher than $45,000.  Got some cash you need to let go of?

eBay item Number 150794495881

Images borrowed from eBay listing.

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1994 Acura Integra Supercharged Big Block Swap

You saw the video of this big block swapped Acura Integra right here on the 1A Auto Blog way back in May, and now we spotted it for sale on eBay. The listing has just ended, but it didn’t seem to have much action while it was still alive. This heavily modified Integra had a Buy It Now price of $22,500, and a starting bid of $19,000. Sadly, the starting bid never even happened. Now normally I would say that $19K it is a lot for a 1994 Acura Integra. However, this one does have a big block 396 squished inside it, and a menacing looking blower strapped on the top. It has obviously also been converted to rear wheel drive, and also has a “few” other mods major that you may notice. Maybe it isn’t the most sensible car out there for in that price range, but sensible cars aren’t nearly as fun to drive either. What are your thoughts?

eBay Item 180854228015

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M3 – A Mashbat Brothers Film

Several months ago I shared a really cool short film made by the Mashbat Brothers which featured a new Subaru WRX, and a guy that clearly knew his way around the basketball court.  I wasn’t sure exactly how to describe the video, other than it feeling like an awesome commercial for something. It had great music, terrific filming, and being a car-guy, the new WRX was obviously a win.

Fast forward to today – Bishrel Mashbat, who made that first film, just sent me the newest one that he and his brother have made. Sure enough, it is equally fantastic. I have now seen it about 4 (…okay now 5) times in a row, and it’s quite addicting to watch. The music is incredibly intense, and the featured car for this short film is a slick looking BMW M3.  If you were a fan of the first video, like cars, love music, or are simply alive, you will probably enjoy this video. Again, I am left wanting so much more.

Thanks Bishrel! Excellent work again!

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