Lapping le Circuit de Spa Francorchamps

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to lap one of the great European racing circuits at speed? That opportunity came up recently as part of an auto-themed tour organized by a good friend so I jumped at it. The famed Belgian road course Spa Francorchamps is 150 km from Düsseldorf, Germany and […]

Deux plus Deux = Romain!

You might expect Porsche factory driver Romain Dumas to spend a week celebrating his second Le Mans overall win. Instead, he hopped the next flight to Colorado and – at 5am Tuesday – started practicing in his Norma-Honda AWD prototype on the ever-daunting Pikes Peak, hoping for his second overall win on the mountain. Competition […]

Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945-1975

Nashville, Tennessee—Bellissima, the latest automotive exhibition curated by Ken Gross, now open at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, grabs visitors right away with the BATs, Alfa Romeo’s trio of futuristic 50’s concept cars. These winged beauties, drawn by Franco Scaglione of Carrozzeria Bertone, are designed to cut the air with a minimum of […]

My Lancia 911 Porsche B20

My love of Lancias goes back to the Lambda in the 1920s. Such innovation, like the first unit body and that sliding pillar independent front suspension. The engines, a 13- or 14-degree V4 in a rectangular block tucked under a cylinder head with its sole camshaft. Tip of the hat to Vincenzo Lancia. Then there […]

July Editor’s Note

June 2016 has proven to be a month of one enormous and two merely big histories made. Porsche won its 18th 24 Heures du Mans on June 19, against an incredibly hard-fought – and deeply heart-breaking – effort by Toyota. Porsche’s drivers – Neel Jani, Marc Lieb, and Romain Dumas – took the victory; it […]