Think doing 130 mile per hour laps around the Isle of Man is the scariest thing you can do on a motorcycle? It’s up there, but I’d take that over getting tossed into the muck of this vintage road race any day.
Recently, I made a plea to SEMA builders to try and build some cars where the usual huge V8 engines are replaced by tiny, anemic little engines of two or three cylinders, just out of some deep-seated perversion. It looks like that idea has sort of already started, as this Plymouth Roadrunner with a 3-cylinder…
You learn something new every day. And today, I found out that a company with the wonderful name Evinrude made a two-stroke V8 for use as an outboard motor back in the 80s. And now that motor is now finding a home in some Swede's Volvo Amazon.
Design-Generation is a Polish collective that specializes in making short, baffling films. And this one is no exception. It starts out promising some nice, honest Euro soft-core in the great outdoors, and turns into something maybe a touch nightmarish.
For some folks two strokes are all it takes. Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Saab 96 is a rare 2-stroke and that in itself may be pretty exciting, just as long as its price doesn’t prove anticlimactic.
For some reason, the commies weren't really into sports cars. Maybe driving for something other than to transport political prisoners around seemed like a waste of precious resources. No matter, this didn't stop the engineers of the nationalized factories from creating beautiful machines from the bits and pieces they…
Titled "Masters at the Wheel", this vintage documentary produced by Saab details the company's early rally efforts. What could be better than vintage footage of screaming two stroke race cars? (Follow link for part 2) (H/t Cameage!) [via Saabs United]
It's one thing to customize your mass-produced ride for which there are thousands of parts available. It's quite another to breathe life into someone else's insanity, like mating two rare post-war German microcars. Here's the story of the Frankenschmitt.
Saab CEO Jan Ake Jonsson and Spyker CEO Victor Muller plan to race the 2010 Mille Miglia in a 55 HP, two-stroke Saab 93. If that's not a good way to begin a partnership, we don't know what is.
Is it really better to be dead than red? Today you can find out as Nice Price or Crack Pipe brings an East German escapee Trabant in from the cold, Comrade.
American cars of the 1970s were remarkable for undesirability due to a lumbering presence and lack of build quality. Nice Price or Crack Pipe wants you to know that it could have been much, much worse.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District is sponsoring Southern California exchange events where owners of older, two-stroke leaf blowers can swap them at a serious discount for new four-stroke models that pollute less and emit noise levels more akin to a regular busy street than a field of DKW rally machines…
From 1957 to 1967, Vemag produced DKW cars in Brazil. In racing trim, they made awesome two-stroke noise, much like contemporary Saabs. Which, of course, makes sense, since the two-cycle Saab motors were based on a DKW design. Big noise, low speeds. Auto Union heritage! We so need one of these. And we'll totally…
The best thing about two-stroke Saab rally cars, besides the Scandanavian dung-beetle styling, is that they sound like they're moving at roughly five to eight times the speed of light when they're well, not exactly going that fast.
Saab 96 2-stroke singing [YouTube]
La Carrera Panamericana: Mothers of…
We're quick to make fun of the Wartburg, but in fact the plastic-bodied two-stroke emblem of Warsaw Pact automotive misery was the descendant of an interesting lineage stretching back to the 1890s. The tale of the Wartburg starts with the mighty car-building prowess of Fahrzeugfabrik Eisenach AG, then twists and turns…
Straight outta Eisenach, the three-cylinder/two-stroke Wartburg 1000! You'll hit the target with this car, all right, provided your target is shoddy Iron Curtain construction, miserable performance, and a cloud of oil smoke in your wake. Still, we like the Wartburg and its goofy proletariat-ness.