Since yesterday's round-up experiment worked so well I'm going to try it again. Here are the best stories in our universe from around the web from Road & Track, Popular Mechanics, Curbside Classic, Speedhunters, and Petrolicious.
It's been suggested we call this feature overdrive, but I'm always skeptical because we've been critical of the misuse of the word. Thoughts?
We're also not including posts from Jalopnik at the moment because we assume that you've seen them (and that you, like us, assume every post we do is a must read). Do you care either way?
And with that, here are the must reads from the day.
Will Ellis Drive? – Road & Track
Via the Road & Track Kinja page, another big feature from the May 2013 relaunch issue by the fantastic Brett Berk. Can the youths be convinced to drive a car? Specifically, will this transit-riding bro see the light?
Our proselyte is Ellis Gibbard-Maiorino, a laconic, baby-faced college freshman. Raised in Manhattan’s East Village, his liberation from parental purview arrived early. “When I was 11,” he says, “I could take the subway everywhere by myself.” Ellis is attuned to grit and graffiti, but he has no driver education, no license, no vehicular mojo. “I don’t really pay attention to cars,” he says as we board our flight to Los Angeles.
World Of Outlaws: Doin' It Sideways In Sin City – Speedhunters
Outlaws were once considered the realm of rednecks, at least if you were to believe some elitist car snobs. In reality, Outlaws and the like appeal to something extremely visceral. Who doesn't love the idea of a dirt oval? Words and, of course, Larry Chen's fantastic shutter.
Dirt Oval has come along way since then. Today it is one of the most popular motorsports in the United States. There are an estimated 1,500 dirt oval tracks in existence. The sport is also very popular in Canada and also in Australia, but down there they make right turns instead of left turns.
THE "POOR MAN'S BMW" WAS AN UNRIVALED AMERICAN HIT – Petrolicious
I love Petrolicious. I love the Datsun 510. Put them together and it's just music.
Known as the fourth-generation Nissan Bluebird in its home market, the 510 was super sophisticated for a Japanese car of the day, and was among the first with both a SOHC motor and four-wheel independent suspension (wagons still made do with a more traditional solid rear axle). American-market cars came with 1.6 liter versions of the L-series four used across the range, and claimed 96 HP right out of the box. The 510 was as powerful as many sports cars of the day, and weighing no more than a ton for most versions, it’s no surprise how quickly it became known as a “poor man’s BMW”.
Parting Out a Car, Part One: Finding the Right Clunker – Popular Mechanics
The Murilee Martin goes through the art of disassembling a car for one of his many, many project cars.
A few months back, I went and bought a 1941 Plymouth that had been sitting in a Colorado field since 1967, with the idea that I’d build a combination road racer and street rod out of it. I wanted a modern suspension, so I began researching potential parts donors. After a lot of tape-measure work at the wrecking yard, the Lexus SC400 emerged as the obvious choice. My goal then became clear: a complete SC400 suspension, with all goodies attached, for as close to free as possible. This is the story of how I used eBay, Craigslist, and the scrapper to come out $430.62 ahead on a 1992 SC400 that yielded complete suspension subframes and a full set of aluminum wheels. It was nowhere near easy, but it was possible!
Sunbeam Tiger: The Other Cobra – Curbside Classic
We're a sucker for any car that appeared in Get Smart.
The legend of how Carroll Shelby was inspired to create the Cobra–his idea was to stuff Ford’s new and very compact V8 into an elderly and underpowered little British roadster–is already well known. However, the fact that there was a copycat vehicle is not quite so legendary–and it probably has everything to do with the other car chosen as the beneficiary of a Ford V8 transplant.