Speed Week on the beautiful Bonneville Salt Flats

bonneville-salt-flats-vintageBy Dave S. Clark

There are few places in the world of motorsports that are as legendary as the Bonneville Salt Flats. The massive bed of salt flats are home to some amazing land speed records and an incredible amount of motoring history.

For car lovers, motorcycle fans and even those who just get excited about engineering, it is a must-see destination.  Continue reading “Speed Week on the beautiful Bonneville Salt Flats”

To the St. Lucia Pitons: A road trip the easy way

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I’m an adventurous traveler and that means I like doing things my own way. Everything from planning trips and activities to actually doing the things we plan. Packaged up tours and set itineraries aren’t usually in my travel vocabulary.  Continue reading “To the St. Lucia Pitons: A road trip the easy way”

From Sweden to France in an unfamiliar vintage Lotus

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Dave S. Clark

When you’re on the market for rare classic car that only had a few thousand units ever made, the chances of finding one down the street from you is usually pretty slim. If you want a specific car or a specific variation of one and if it has to fit a certain budget, you may have look quite some distance away.

That was exactly the case for Philip Turle, a user at LotusElan.net, who had been on the hunt for the perfect vintage Lotus Elan. Philip’s search led him to a dealer in Helsingborg, Sweden, just north of Malmö – about 1,300 km from his home in Paris. He was looking for a very specific car, a Series 3 in left-hand drive, which wasn’t the easiest to find in his neck of the woods. After looking locally and across the UK, he decided he had to widen his search. And that’s when he came across the 1967 S3 Elan DHC that would soon become his.  Continue reading “From Sweden to France in an unfamiliar vintage Lotus”

Death Valley car testing – extreme heat testing of Jaguar F-Type

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Two Land Rover test cars are prepared for a day of extreme heat in Death Valley.

By Dave S. Clark

Anybody who has ever been excited about the upcoming release of a new car knows what spy shots are. We’ve all seen them of cars being tested on the Nürgburgring or up north somewhere in the frozen arctic. Car manufacturers must test their new lines in the most extreme conditions, whether that is being abused on a demanding race track or being driven across a winter wasteland.  Continue reading “Death Valley car testing – extreme heat testing of Jaguar F-Type”

Behind the wheel of a Ferrari in Maranello

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By Dave S. Clark

The sleepy Italian town of Maranello was forever changed in 1943, when Enzo Ferrari moved his automobile company in and built what would soon become the Ferrari factory.

Ever since then, the town, nestled between Modena and Bologna, has been the birthplace of every Ferrari car as well as the home of the company’s F1 operations. Although it’s kind of out of the way in the northern countryside, you’ll know the town when you see it. Yeah, it’s the one with bright red supercars driving around everywhere you look. Continue reading “Behind the wheel of a Ferrari in Maranello”

One-on-one with the fabled Nürburgring

Our ride for the day was a bright, race-prepped BMW M3.
Our ride for the day was a bright, race-prepped BMW M3.

By Dave S. Clark

Catholics have the Vatican. Baseball fans have Yankee Stadium. Racing fans have the Nürburgring. This is the story of my first trip to the Holy Land.

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Get your kicks by getting out of Vegas

The historic Route 66 winds its way up to Oatman, AZ.
The historic Route 66 winds its way up to Oatman, AZ.

By Dave S. Clark

Bright lights giving you a migraine? Hoards of people making you claustrophobic? Trying to stay out of the casinos so you don’t go broke?

Whatever your reason is to get out of Las Vegas for a day, there’s an excellent road trip that will take you far away from everything that Sin City is known for. You’ll leave Vegas for the Hoover Dam, the historic Route 66 and a town stuck in time. It’s the making of a very memorable road trip. Continue reading “Get your kicks by getting out of Vegas”

The little known car collections of Belgium

 By Dave S. Clark

When people think of Belgium they are probably more likely to think of waffles than amazing car collections, but TravelDriveRace.com reader Koen De Beer knows of two collections that will change that perception.

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Pagani factory home to handcrafted power

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By Dave S. Clark

The Pagani Zonda is a car that once you’ve seen, you’ll never forget. Its outrageous styling is unlike any other supercar or hypercar, whatever term you choose to describe it. It’s a handcrafted, fully carbon fibre, Mercedes-powered masterpiece that looks more like a fighter jet than anything else on the road. And all of them have been made in Pagani’s tiny factory in San Cesario Sul Panaro, not much more than a village in northern Italy. That factory happens to be a stop on the Motorstars tour, which also stops at Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Ducati. Continue reading “Pagani factory home to handcrafted power”

A pilgrimage to Italy’s supercars

Pagani's showroom is one of the stops on the Motorstars tour through Supercar Alley.
Pagani’s showroom is one of the stops on the Motorstars tour through Supercar Alley.

By Dave S. Clark

Nestled in the middle of the northern Italian countryside between the cities of Bologna and Modena are sleepy towns, wineries and farms. There are also the factories and museums of some legendary Italian auto manufacturers. Continue reading “A pilgrimage to Italy’s supercars”