I had the opportunity to meet and shake Bob Bondurant’s hand at a Shelby Tribute car show a few years back, but I didn’t get a chance to get any tips on driving from him. But, Bondurant did teach Clint Eastwood, James Garner, Paul Newman, Tim Allen, Nick Cage, and Tom Cruise (among others) how to drive fast around a track in his world famous Bob Bondurant Racing School. Today the school uses Dodge Hell-things to teach people how to control uncontrollable Stellantis (hahahah, Stellantis!!) built muscle machines, but back in the 1990s, Bob used a Ford Taurus SHO to teach Hollywood elite how to properly heel-toe and control understeer, and this is supposedly his personal instructor’s car. Find this 1993 Ford Taurus SHO offered for $7500 in Fairfield, OH via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
I love the simplicity of this next car…errr..vehicle. It looks like a barebones version of a Skip Barber racecar…which is the automotive equivalent of saying something is a discount Dollar Store or a wet lake. This is a set of 4 wheels, an engine, transaxle, and a steering wheel. All it needs is a driver and you will learn to drive if you put this on a race track. Or die. Learn or die. Find this 1973 Caldwell FV racecar offered for $5000 in Lincoln, NE via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The Toyota Grand Prix in Long Beach was an annual Pro/Celebrity race in Toyota street cars that was first run in 1977 and finished when Toyota pulled their HQ out of SoCal in 2018. The race has always had lots of carnage and is typically more fun to watch than the Indy/IRL/ChampCar parade of high-powered […]
If the idea of driving an Ariel Atom or KTM Xbow is certainly tempting, but the cash outlay needed for one of those stripped down racers for the street is nothing short of crazy. You could spend a few years of your weekends and build your own low cost Lotus style racer, or you could […]
The Toyota Grand Prix in Long Beach was an annual Pro/Celebrity race in Toyota street cars that was first run in 1977. The race has always had lots of carnage and is typically more fun to watch than the Indy/IRL/ChampCar parade of high-powered wing-equipped spec-chassis ‘race-cars’ held later in the day. Unfortunately Toyota pulled their […]
It’s been said that the Miata is responsible for saving the SCCA among its other achievements in being The Answer To Everything. I don’t know if that is true, but it is a good way to dip your toe into the world of Track Days for not a lot of shekels. And there are usually […]
Why are we so obsessed with fast street cars? Fast cars like a new Z06/Z07 Vette are fantastic on paper, but are entirely too fast for the average street and too expensive to take out on a track…so what should a gearhead do? Easy — get into autocross, but do it with something interesting/older/slower like […]
The Saab 9000 was the final vehicle designed in house at Saab and brought to market by the funky Scandinavian OEM before it was fully acquired by the machine known as General Monster…I mean Motors. The 9000 was built on the Saab/Fiat type 4 platform (1984-1998 Lancia Thema, Saab 9000, Fiat Croma, Alfa Romeo 164) and […]
I guess one could make the case that the NA and NB series Miata has become the Beetle replacement when it comes to platforms for kit cars. Not being a pre-world war two wagen fur der Deutsche volk with the engine in the wrong place gives it the advantage of sireing kit cars that you […]
The Ford Probe was built based on the Mazda GD and GE platforms in two generations, the first from 1989-1992, and the second from 1993-1997. It was originally planned to be a Mustang replacement, but enthusiasts and rational people demanded that the Mustang remain rear-whee-drive and V8 powered, so the Probe lasted for a few […]