Sun Aug 04 2013 19:40:18 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Jean Behra, a short, stout Frenchman hired by Ferrari for the 1959 season became paranoid and surly as he strained to meet Ferrari’s expectations. At 38, he had survived a dozen crashes. His body was laced with scars. A French magazine published a full-page photograph of him with a dense display of arrows identifying his broken bones. A collision three years earlier had torn off his right ear. Behra endured it all with a Gallic shrug. “Only those who do not move do not die,” he said. “But are they not already dead?” - Michael Cannell, The Limit.
Mystery: How Did a Ferrari End Up Buried in a Backyard? In the 1970s, a Ferrari Dino 246 GT was unearthed in a suburban Los Angeles backyard. How the stolen vehicle ended up buried remains a mystery! This is no way to treat a Ferrari or Ferrari rental, why steal a supercar only to bury it?
The Dino being unearthed from its layers of mystery
The Dino was produced by Ferrari from 1968 to 1976 in efforts to produce a lower cost sports car and reserved for cars with fewer than 12 cylinders. Those with 12 plus received the Ferrari name. Eventually, the Dino name was retired and the Ferrari brand became more cohesive. A typical Ferrari Dino was around $22,000 USD back then.
The Dino 246 GT was discovered by a group of kids digging in the mud, after which a team of men unearthed the sports car. The metallic green Dino had certainly seen better days, and investigators soon discovered that it had been purchased in October of 1974 by Rosendo Cruz of Alhambra, California, thanks to the serial and plate numbers. Cruz was a plumber, and had purchased the Dino as a gift for his wife. It did not take long for the car to be stolen—it was taken while parked outside of a restaurant on their anniversary!
It was quite the undertaking to remove the sports car from its grave!
Based on the condition of the buried Ferrari Dino, whomever hid it intended to come back for it because the car was coated with plastic and towels. Unfortunately, they did not roll the windows completely up, and the Daytona seating was ruined. The overall condition of the car was terrible–with the Campagnolo wheels in disrepair, rust pockets, white spots bleeding through the 21 layers of paint coating the Pininfarina body, mud plugging every crevice. Basically, erosion and elements had destroyed the Dino as the Earth attempted to reclaim it.
But the mystery remains. How did the Dino get there? The world may never know! Don’t miss our fleet of exotic car rentals in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami on your way out!
Sat Mar 16 2013 01:11:42 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
This 911 began Life as a 1981 911 Coupe. Beginning in 06 (94,577 mi.) the car was upgraded with 3.6L engine, new uprated clutch and flywheel, sport exhaust w tips and Limited Slip Diff. A new rear suspension and late model oil coolers were fit and torsion bars set to euro ride height. New seat covers and RS door pulls were installed. Further changes included new front splitter, stiffer throttle cable, rear sway bars, “Carrera RS” decals were added with a lighter fiberglass hood and RS style rear wing. Parts kits were supplied by Patrick Motorsports and Pelican. Labor was carried out by Rennwerke LTD. $59,850.
Tue Feb 05 2013 17:44:53 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
The Nürburgring is a motorsports complex around the village of Nürburg, Germany. It is located about 70 km (43 mi) south of Cologne, and 120 km (75 mi) northwest of Frankfurt. It features a Grand Prix race track built in 1984, and a much longer old "Northern loop" track which was built in the 1920s around the village and medieval castle of Nürburg in the Eifel mountains. The old track was nicknamed "The Green Hell" by Jackie Stewart, and is widely considered as the most demanding and difficult purpose-built racing circuit in the world.
Fri Jan 11 2013 21:05:15 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Chinese farmer builds Lamborghini replica to transport fertilizer. If you've ever dreamed of owning a Lamborghini but think you'll probably never have enough money to realize that dream, think again. 28-year-old Wang Jian from east China's Jiangsu province has become an internet sensation for duplicating a 1.6-million-dollar Lamborghini Reventon sports car with his bare hands and simple tools.
The rusty roadster, nicknamed "the most awesome sports car" by netizens, was assembled with parts from a second-hand Nissan van and a Volkswagon Santana sedan. It cost Wang 60,000 yuan in all and is used to transport fertilizer. Despite the praise, Wang has been urged by local authorities not to drive his car on the road due to safety concerns.
Fri Nov 09 2012 16:44:26 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
The Porsche crest is an unmistakable trademark. It has now been relaunched for the Porsche 356 and the early 911s from Porsche Classic. In order to faithfully reproduce the historic emblem true to the original colour and in the right material, our experts have carefully researched the history of the crest: between 1952 and 1998, there were three slightly different versions. Here, you can get an insight into the complex production process.