Jonathan Ward has made quite a name for himself turning old utility vehicles into art on wheels at his shop Icon 4x4. The Toyota FJs and Ford Broncos he’s reimagined are already famous, but his Dodge F-250 is one of the wildest work rigs you’ll ever see. And as beautiful as it is outside, you have to look close to see…
You are awoken by the distant sound of a low, confident horn. The time is earlier than you normally get up in the morning, but you are calm and surprisingly clear headed, not upset. The air is cool and damp, and something draws you out into the street. You look down the foggy road, the blue light of morning not yet…
The original Toyota Land Cruiser you know as a rugged adventure icon is called the FJ40, or “Shorty Forty” because of its relatively short wheelbase. Since then there have been many Cruiser variants over the years, but the 40’s big brother the FJ45 is one of the coolest and least-appreciated. This restored and…
Building a project car with limited money and skills forces you to find creative solutions to basic problems. But sometimes finding the dumbest “solutions” end up making me feel like a goddamn genius.
Want to feel the satisfaction of doing a comprehensive engine overhaul without getting off your ass? I know I do, and watching this video really made me feel accomplished. Vicariously. Which, today, seems like enough.
In an era that seems dominated by cynicism and corporate greed, the story of some Nissan engineers spending nights and weekends to restore a piece of automotive history “just because” is enough to lift anyone’s spirits. Behold: the 1987 Nissan Patrol Fanta Limon Paris-Dakar rally car, returned to its former racing…
Watch them fly, hear them sing.
Tim Mings, possibly the only full-time Honda N and Z600-mechanic left on Earth, spent a good chunk of this year restoring the very first Honda in America after realizing Serial Number 1000001 was sitting on his lot. Now we finally get to see the finished product.
“The Race of Gentlemen” is like cosplay for reliving the early days of motor racing– primitive engines powering tin can cars and clattery motorcycles, on the beach, driven full-noise by greasy mustached caricatures having the time of their lives.
John Bothwell builds brand-new Bugattis to 1927 specifications, right down to the leather engine parts, so you know he’s got style. He also drove one across the U.S., the long way, so you know he’s insane. But after watching his brainchild Bug’ roll around SoCal I’m starting to think he’s on to something.
If you’re not familiar with the off-road vehicles Australians consider “iconic,” here’s your chance to see how well four of the all-time greatest hold up against the outback. And if you do know these trucks, you know they’ll be fun to watch.
Some say the BMW M3 of the 1990s was a bit of a crap can, impure and unworthy of the “///M” badge. I happen to think it’s a handsome looking car but any way you slice it, there’s no denying the European spec version was superior. This video breaks down how.
The 1970's were a simpler time, friends. And cars just didn’t get put together to the exacting standards we (for the most part) see today. Check out what’s really under the skin of this “rust-free” barn find classic.
Hard to help falling in love with the Eagle Speedster. Look at those lines. The details. The bulge! And with the incorrigibly English Charles Morgan at the wheel, forget it. I’m dead. Take me away. Just please, oh please let me ride an Eagle in heaven.
The Ferret Scout Car is an armored and turreted war machine designed in the 1940s. More than 4,000 copies in some 60 variants are said to have been made, and few of them are even still in military service. But only one has a Chevy V8, long-travel shocks and a freaking winch cannon. Oh, and a racing champion at the…
The 1972 Honda Z’s proportions seem so wrong. Or did I mean “perfect?”
Face it, the hipsters won. All things quaint and ironically archaic are now universally cool and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it. Case in point: this tin Toyota is the sexiest thing you’ve ever seen.
Available starting August 1 for $100, Lego’s new Volkswagen Beetle isn’t as large or complex as its Porsche 911 GT3 RS. But the company’s designers have worked hard to perfectly recreate the curves and contours of the car that help defined the ‘60s, even introducing new pieces to help replicate the Beetle’s iconic…
Last weekend the L.A. Summer Concours put about $50 million worth of exotics on the pavement outside Los Angeles’ Staples Center. For $250 a ticket you could walk among them and eat some fancy food, but if you missed the shindig you can still drool on the cars in this little gallery.
“This car looks sketchy and dangerous,” writes The Smoking Tire introducing Roland’s Datsun 260Z. Or at least, a car that looks mostly like a 260Z.