Thursday, January 26, 2012

Best. Sports Car. Documentary. Ever. 1965 Targa Florio

That you can watch this gorgeous 40 minute documentary about the 1965 Targa Florio for free is one of the bonuses of the internet. This is spectacular stuff with which to while away the post-NFL time.

In it you see up close, unvarnished racing action. Interviews with drivers. In car footage of dogs scampering across the roads. Why were these types of races outlawed again?

All the racing legends are here. Graham Hill, Paddy Hopkirk, Vacarella(sp?). The latter the Sicilian born schoolmaster who wins the Targa. A school teacher driving a factory Ferrari! Only in 1965.

Love it. Love it. Love it.

And that sign I screen grabbed - does that mean that mom's should hold onto their babies or watch out so the driver's don't sully their daughters?

Watch it here.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

So, the official review from Octane came out. And it was good. They liked it. Which is saying something because they usually eviscerate fiction.

BUT, man are they picky about the Brit vs. UK thing. This is a car book and they pick on what they thought was an error. I did mean 'sauce' not 'sausage'. The dish is from a high-end hotel and is a modern interpretation of a traditional breakfast. Come on guys. Comment on the cars, not the food. Which was as I wanted it anyway.

And, for any one who doubts there is a 'black pudding sauce' just google it. Or check out the menu here or the recipe here. And anyone who has been to Blumenthal's restaurant has probably had a 'black pudding sauce' as well.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

We Few, We Happy Few, We Band of Brothers

May be it is a corruption to use a speech from a play about a battle of the few against the many to describe the cold Cars & Coffee this morning, but hey, sometimes I feel a bit dramatic.

We wheeled the MK2 out of hibernation at 7am and rolled up to Boulder/Lafayette. A gorgeous sunrise of pinks and purples over the Rockies and no traffic. We arrived to find no one else. But soon about twenty hardy souls brought out their cars.

A nice 80SC in arrow blue was present. Love the color. I should have painted my race car that shade. Also a cool driver GTV and even a brace of Ferrari's. I don't know which models. They were new ones.

Do check out the pic of the rear of the 996 GT3 and the 928. Similar proportions.

Finally, a pic of my son hamming it up in the back of the MK2. We have to take off his shoes as he likes banging his feet on the small, wood seat-back tables. If only he knew...