Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Quick Lap: List of the 25 Biggest Speed Traps

Automobile Magazine was kind enough to compile the list of the nation's 25 top speed traps. As I thumb through the list, I realize every place I have lived to date made the list. Does that say something about me or the cities themselves???

Do you live near one of the biggest speed traps? Find out here!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

"Black Beauty" Artwork Featured on io9

Remember the story we did about a super sick painting of the Green Hornet's famous ride, the "Black Beauty" here? Well, the folks over at Gawker's sci-fi blog io9 recently featured the piece in an article covering the most famous cars in movies as depicted in artwork. Check it out!

They were even kind enough to mention us by name. Much love to our friends at Gawker/Jalopnik/io9!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Celebrating the Life of Aryton Senna Through Film

In appreciation of the release of the new feature film "Senna" documenting the life of racing legend Ayrton Senna that is gradually being released around the world (opening today in Portland), we wanted to remind you to check out a very thorough and extremely heartfelt article we published detailing the final days of the masterful driver's life. Without further adieu: The Last 100 Hours of Ayrton Senna's Life.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Mystery of the Ducati in the Livingroom

Deep in the heart of one of Portland, Oregon's upscale neighborhoods is a home for sale with a very intriguing feature. Stationed in the living room window like a sentinel, nay, a siren, is a delicious Ducati of a somewhat recent vintage, visible for anyone passing by to see and admire, the house itself outfitted with a combination lock for ease of real estate agent entry.

So what's the story man?
Is it there to lure prospective buyers by exhibiting it's owner's good taste? Is it included in the purchase price? Is it simply safer to store the bike in a highly visible location than tucked away in a garage, where it's theft wouldn't be noticed right away?

Tell us what you think and help us solve The Mystery of the Ducati in the Livingroom!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Keep Portland Wheeled: Rare Porsche 420 Spotted On Hawthorne

The unofficial time coordinate of Portland, Oregon is 4:20, this much is well established and generally appreciated by it's residents. The green standard that Portland is well known for extends not only to it's wind turbine industry or it's strict policy-making that ensures initiatives like car-friendly saltless roads, but to the Green Goddess that so permeates the air with as much frequency as a misty morning (in a city commonly nicknamed "Cloud City").

The driver of this former 924 hits all the notes to woo the locals in a bicycle-centric town that somewhat reviles anything with an exhaust pipe... It not only speaks to the fuel efficiency martyrs who will appreciate the smaller engine this kid brother of the 944 sports, it also announces the owner's preference for "natural healing" in hand-taped text on the vehicle's bodywork. This would be an invitation to a YouTube-worthy beatdown by the local constabulary in most any city in America, yet in Portland the cops seem to not mind too terribly much so long as you can see over the top of your bong (some may cite you if the water hasn't been changed recently, public safety you understand).

The other option is, of course, that this is a street legal SCCA racer with sponsorship from a collective of gentlemen investors from south of the border who enjoy making homebuilt submarine trips up North for the occasional vintage event. Not very likely but how do you really know?

For your consideration:

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Peter Windsor Returns to Speed Channel for Spa-Francorchamps GP

Peter Windsor was a familiar face to American F1 viewers before he left Speed Channel to head up an ill-fated attempt to revive a US Formula One race team in 2010. While we have all come to love adorable little Will Buxton and his constantly mutating facial hair (this season so far he's gone from baby faced to full blown 70's porn star 'stache), it will be a welcome sight to see the familiar face of Windsor when he defines a new role at the network, that of the ultimate "insider" with features and interviews with top level F1 brass, drivers and engineers.

Spa-Francorchamps will be the first day of school for Windsor, and his contribution will surely add even more excitement to what promises to be yet another incredible race for the 2011 season.

Full story at Windsor Returns to Speed F1 Team

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Meet the New Beast, Not the Same as the Old Beast

President Obama has been cruising the Midwest the last couple of days in an unofficial tour leading up to his reelection campaign. What's interesting this time is that the Secret Service has, for the first time in it's history, added a pair of armored buses to their vehicle fleet. Spotted by CNN when the President arrived in Minnesota with police style lights blazing, the new bus is clearly armored as evidenced by the thick doors, but the remainder of it's specialized equipment is, understandably, a closely guarded secret.

Check out the CNN article here: The President's Beastly Bus

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Portland's Adult Soapbox Derby is Giant Beer Garden of Fun

Saturday's Adult Soapbox Derby took place atop Portland's in-town volcano and continued the long tradition of families and hipsters ingesting large quantities of alcohol while spectating home-built carts manned by teams of costumed death-defiers. The course ran from the top of Mt. Tabor to the lower reservoir and seating was plentiful, European rally-style, with fans scattered among the trees, hills, ditches, grassy knolls and tucked into every imaginable critter hole. Contrary to what one might expect at an event that is primarily fueled by fermented grains of all variety, there was remarkably little in the way of assholism or fights, with the single observed incident this year being the surprising case of a 50's-something dad-ish sorta guy on a road bike who pulled a knife on course workers who were attempting to keep him clear of the racers.

With competitors ranging from Death Machines to Super Mario Brothers to a remarkably cool Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters, coupled with myriad luge inspired rides and other wacky racers, most outfitted with some form of water based weaponry, either squirters or balloon cannons, it all made for one helluva day in the park. 


Click below to see more pics and video after the jump!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Werewolves in Gullwings; Only in Hollywood

Twilight heartthrob Taylor Lautner (the shirtless werewolf, not the sparkly James Dean-y Vampire) just joined the Badass Benz club after he walked into a LA area dealership with his folks and laid out for a new SLS AMG Gullwing.  According to Mercedes-Benz the modern interpretation of the iconic 300SL Gullwing costs a cool $185,750 and that's before you fill the tank. At 14 MPG around town, it's definitely good to have Twilight money for those late night dashes to Mel's Diner.

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