The Eifel Rallye Festival really is a festival where four World Rally Champions (Walter Röhrl, Stig Blomqvist, Timo Salonen and Hannu Mikkola), a dozen national champions from different countries, original cars (or exacting replicas), and crazy fans all combined to celebrate of the golden age of rallying. And here, the cars are the stars.
/ 23 Jul 2015
Going on a vacation with a pre-war car is heroic. It's true that many enthusiasts take their cars on long trips like the Mille Miglia or the Coppa Nuvoari, but to do a trip on your own, relying solely on your companions and a few spare parts is quite an adventure, even by today’s standards. The owners of these machines drove all the way from Germany and were going on vacation: isn't this just plain cool?
/ 22 Jul 2015
How exactly do you bring an event that hasn’t run in nearly half a century back from the dead? The organisers at Château Impney had that exact question, and I think they might have just about nailed it. You take a beautiful French-style château, extend the original course, and throw a bunch of beautiful vintage automobiles on it!
Like Star Wars, the Porsche 911 has recently enjoyed a resurgence thanks to enthusiasts who have grown up with it. And among the younger fans of this iconic sports car, there are no 911s more cool—more “Rebel Alliance”—than those built by Japanese tuner Rauh-Welt Begriff, more commonly known as RWB. But how I came face-to-face with some of the finest RWBs in Sepang, Malaysia, is a much longer story.
It’s always a treat to see an F1 car. It doesn’t matter how you feel about the current situation in the elite tier of open wheel racing—there is just something about Formula One that grabs you by the shoulders and shakes you to your core. The collection that was on display and driving at the Goodwood Festival of Speed was, frankly, astounding.
Knowing that Wheels & Waves has been growing exponentially since its inception, I couldn't help but think of it as a big black pirate flag, and less an invitation than a warning: lock up your daughters, stock up on earplugs. The Southsiders are coming, true bad boys only this year—weekend privateers can stay home.
Far away from the throngs of spectators lining the hay bales at the bottom of the Goodwood Hill Climb, away from the Gerry Judah-designed sculpture that sits strikingly in front of Goodwood House—and just a few hundred yards away from the finish line—there is a beautifully-constructed rally stage.
It’s difficult to put into words how engaging classic cars are, because once you’re with fellow classic car enthusiasts, you’re able to enjoy a smattering of unforgettable stories, vehicles, and—in the case of our recent Drive Tastefully: Barker Hangar Rally—roads. Here is the most comprehensive look at the amazing people and machines who joined us.
A Concours d'Elegance is an often wonderful event, held with gorgeous cars in a breathtaking location, filled with sharply-dressed attendees. The smells of a concours are wonderful, to: gasoline and, usually, pure tobacco. The sights? Bright shades of color coming from the cars and their surroundings, mixing up with the wonderful light of the sun as the day goes on. But this concours? This one is more special than most.