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Is the world ready for RACE DICKS?

Posted Feb 19th 2012 8:00PM



RACE DICKS, a new feature length film slated to release in 2013 will follow the three guys formerly known as "The Trailer Park Boys" as they try to race their way into a new venture.

We came to know and love Bubbles, Ricky and Julian for their uniquely Canadian humour – heck, even our friends south of the border have embraced them as a comic force.

And now "the Boys" – Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay and Mike Smith – are about to embark on another adventure, launching their own internet-based network Swearnet. That's right, all swearing, all the time. Sure sounds better than Naked News.

In order to raise funding for this project, the boys are taking it to the track – and shooting a movie along the way of their antics. Their eventual goal? The famous Targa Newfoundland Rally.

Sounds pretty far-fetched, but they've already got a leg-up on the competition with a fleet of three Porsche 911 Carerra GTS (the Dick-Mobiles!) in Swearnet livery, and their racing coach is none other than Rick Bye, of Rothman's Porsche Cup fame.

Check out their Facebook page to see the boys crashing Toronto Interational Film Festival (TIFF) parties and trolling snooty Yorkville in their Nomex firesuits, looking for sponsors.

If you want to know more (and we can't imagine why you wouldn't) watch the video after the jump. But be forewarned – there's plenty of profanity (did you expect any less?) and it's definitely not NSFW.
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ROFGO: The world's finest collection of Gulf cars

Posted Feb 18th 2012 10:00AM



For every time you've moaned in frustration over yet another crusty old billionaire selfishly squirreling away priceless legends – or worse yet, allowing his useless silver-coke-spooned spawn to wrap them around hydro poles – then here's a story to reaffirm your faith in automotive humanity.

One of the greatest collections known to mankind exists because of one man's devotion to the storied heyday of Le Mans, and the iconic Gulf livery.

As a young boy in the sixties and seventies, Roald Goethe loved seeing the distinctive Gulf Powder Blue and Marigold orange colours at the legendary Le Mans circuit. Recalling that childhood passion with good friend Adrian Hamilton planted a seed that grew into the ROFGO Collection – the greatest collection of Gulf cars in the world.

Hamilton, the son of 1953 Le Mans winner Duncan Hamilton, is the owner of Duncan Hamilton and Co. – a British firm specializing in the sales of historic competition cars. Goethe had just bought a 1968 Ford GT40, and decided to ask his friend for advice on acquiring a few more.

Some twenty cars later, the ROFGO Gulf Collection encompasses some of the world's most historically significant Gulf cars. And they're not tucked away for one man's indulgent pleasure, nor are they pristine museum specimens. Goethe, an accomplished driver and race team owner actually uses the cars the way they were meant to be used. Some take part in the historic Le Mans, others the Monaco Historic Grand Prix – with Goethe or such legendary pilots as Richard Attwood behind the wheel.
Most are kept in "ready to race" condition, and one, the 2008 Le Mans winning Aston DBR9 is still coated in the glorious grime earned during its on-track battle.

Check out the video after the jump, and the full list of all cars in the collection.
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Ebay Find: 1967 Hemi Coronet Factory Race Car

Posted Feb 17th 2012 1:30PM



For all those who harbour secret fantasies of straight-line velocity and deliciously stinky burnouts – here's your chance to show what you can do when the tree lights are green!

This 1967 Dodge Hemi Coronet was one of only 55 cars ever produced - and it's one of the ultra-rare beasts that wasn't burdened with a slushbox. Only 16 came with four-speed gearboxes – and this is one of them.

Campaigned by Butch "The California Flash" Leal, one of drag-racing's history's most accomplished quarter-milers, the distinctive red and white Mopar is in pristine, original condition. That's right – no cage, no tub, no sacrilegious cutting of the original frame.

Butch Leal personally guarantees that this car is the very one in which he took the last Pro Stock race won by a "real" Hemi. A fan favourite from the late 60s right up to the early 80s, the Coronet has been immortalized in 1:18 die-cast.

At US$265,000 reserve bid, here is your chance to own a piece of Mopar drag-racing history. C'mon – you know you want it.

News Source: Ebay Motors, Atlas Muscle Cars

Image Credit: Atlas Muscle Cars

K-Pax Racing Volvo C30 at Toronto Auto Show

Posted Feb 15th 2012 8:30AM



The K-Pax Volvo racing team will be at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto on Monday, February 20th.

Aaron Povoledo, driver of the #88 K-Pax Volvo C30 will be on hand to greet fans and hand out posters. A Toronto native, Povoledo drove the bright yellow Volvo race car in the Touring Class of the 2011 Pirelli World Challenge series, scoring four victories and gaining the pole six times in only a dozen races.

Last year, K-Pax racing took a bone-stock Volvo C30, and within four weeks had a car that was ready to race – a feat that required a team of engineers and technicians working non-stop.

Povoledo and the K-Pax C30 will be at the Volvo booth, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 800 Level.

Read the full press release after the jump and watch the video to see Povoledo make a late pass and go on to win the WC Utah Grand Prix.

Volvo driver battles severe cold... with wood stove

Posted Feb 10th 2012 7:00PM



You've got to give him credit for ingenuity.

Pascal Prokop, who lives outside of Zurich Switzerland, chose a rather enterprising way of dealing with Europe's current cold snap. And we're not talking about any run-of-the-mill HVAC enhancement, no sir.

Prokop took a wood-burning stove and installed it inside his 1990 Volvo 240 station wagon. That's right, where normally one might find a passenger seat, there sits a small, cast iron stove. The stove's smoke-stack is vented through the Volvo's roof.

We're not sure just how safe his novel modification is, but Prokop apparently has an operating permit fully approved by the Swiss technical inspection authority.

Kind of lends new definition to the words "hot seat" doesn't it?


News Source: Photoblog, National Post
Image Credit: (Reuters / Arnd Wiegmann)

Hat tip to: Susan Bateman!

Aston Martin One-77 to make Canadian debut at Toronto Auto Show

Posted Feb 10th 2012 4:30PM



Aston Martin confirmed that it will be bringing its glorious One-77 supercar to the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto next week.

"We are delighted, in conjunction with our dealer partner Aston Martin of Ontario, to offer enthusiasts the opportunity to see the One-77 for the first time in Canada." said Julian Jenkins, VP of Aston Martin Americas.

The debut will be especially relevant since the One-77 has its origins right here in Canada. At the very heart of the supercar is a hand-built carbon-fibre monocoque and suspension developed and produced by Multimatic (MTC) of Markham, Ontario.

There will be no more than 77 of this highly-exclusive vehicle built, each one representing 2,700 hours of hand assembly in Aston Martin's Gaydon, England facility. All but one of them are already spoken for.

With 750hp and 553 lb-ft of torque powering the hand-crafted aluminum and carbon-fibre super coupe, the One-77 is currently the world's most powerfully aspirated road car. Giddy-up!

Read the full press release after the jump.

News Source: Aston Martin

For sale: Elton John's psychedelic Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III

Posted Feb 10th 2012 10:30AM



We haven't seen such a garish customization of classic vintage metal since Von Dutch painted white curlicues all over a root-beer coloured 300SL gullwing.

This 1964 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III once belonged to Sir Elton John (we're betting it was during his Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds period). Aside from the -ahem- custom paint, this Roller also boasts a fully modified drivetrain - so cast aside any lingering doubts about the reliability of ancient Lucas electronics. Under that long snout is a 454 Chevy big block mated to a GM slushbox, the brakes have been swapped for modern GM stoppers and the air actually works.

Listed on Ebay Motors this week, the auction was ended early when the bidding barely topped $10,000.
No word on what the reserve price was, but it's not the first time this one-of-a-kind Roller has been on the block – it was offered up a few years ago by a Greenville TN. couple for $100,000.

We think this car is just the ticket for the discerning buyer wishing to stand out at the next concours...

Click here to check it out!

News Source: Victory Cars, Ebay Motors
Image Credit: Victory Cars.

Watch classic Ford Capri land in river during Tasmanian Rally

Posted Feb 7th 2012 2:00PM



It was an unexpectedly wet finish for two competitors as their cars took an impromptu dip into the Huon River during last month's Targa Wrest Point rally in Tasmania.

First to take the plunge was a Subaru WRX STi piloted by Ralph Norton with co-driver Alex Norton. A tight corner proved their undoing as they left the road during the Esperance Coast stage, coming to rest upside down in the river.

They were joined shortly at the same corner by the 1970 Ford Capri driven by George Miedecke – whose co-driver Daniel Willson was treated in hospital for a sore neck.
The others, luckily, escaped injury – not so much the cars.

The classic Capri is owned by Tasmanian racing legend Andrew Miedecke, whose only advice to his son George was "Don't crash – and don't come in second".
Whoops.

Watch the hapless Ford Capri careen down the slope to join the Subaru in the video after the jump.

Watch Rally driver "Crazy" Leo cream hydro pole... yet still take 2nd

Posted Feb 6th 2012 3:00PM



Canadian rally driver "Crazy Leo" Urlichich, known for his wild antics as much as his driving prowess, slams his Subaru WRX STi butt-first into a hydro pole during the 2012 Rallye Perce-Neige – yet unbelievably – recovers to take second.

The mangled STi, A.K.A "The Beast" suffered mainly cosmetic damage and despite accruing six minutes of penalties, landed Leo and co-driver Carl Williamson on the podium.

Watch the always entertaining Crazy Leo in the video after the jump.

Note: some profanity, probably NSFW.

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