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Insider Report: Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads!

Published August 13, 2012

While the Delorean DMC12 itself might have been a spectacular fail in showrooms and on the road, it will go down in pop culture history as one of the most recognizable cars of all time thanks to the movie Back to the Future. Over the weekend at the Giants vs. Rockies baseball game, a guy put on a bit of a show in McCovey Cove in his home-built Delorean hovercraft. As reported in Deadspin, this project was funded through a Kickstarter campaign and is too cool for words!

Next gen M3 is loud, but does it sound good?
The current generation BMW M3 is one of the best cars I have ever driven on a track and the V8 soundtrack is a big part of the sensory package. As arresting as the sound and feel of the V8 is though, it isn’t nearly as sublime as the sound of a well tuned BMW inline six. Recent news says that the next generation M3 will not only come in sedan form only, but will be powered by a turbo fed inline six. The folks at BimmerPost have a “spy” video up that looks somewhat staged, but shows the camouflaged M3 four door on the road in Spain. On the plus side, the exhaust is quite loud. On the not so positive side, there is none of the characteristic howl that comes from BMW sixes of years gone by, replaced by a rather bland blat. This guy’s opinion is that they are going to have to do some exhaust tuning if they want to generate some passion from enthusiasts.

Pikes Peak is electric this year
As I write this, the forest fire postponed Pikes Peak hill climb is still under way, so I can’t give you any results. The folks at the U.S. offices of Autoblog sent head lensman Drew Phillips to the Peak to grab some of the action. Phillips reported that Monster Tajima looked ready to destroy the existing EV record up the hill in his E-Runner, while Rhys Millen was looking strong in the Time Attack division in his Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Early reports say that Unlimited Class favourite Paul Dallenbach has “left the mountain” with a crash into the trees, sustaining injuries to his hand and possibly destroying the winged supercar. Head over to Autoblog to check out some of Phillips stunning images.

Romney’s VP used to drive the Wienermobile
One of the topics that I rarely, if ever, touch upon is politics. It just doesn’t interest me enough to spew off an opinion, unless of course there is a humorous automotive aside to be made. As the presidential race heats up south of the border (or so they tell me), there is bound to be more scrutiny of the candidates. Wisconsin representative, Paul Ryan, was named as Mitt Romney’s choice for vice presidential candidate over the weekend. Not only does Ryan come from a town with a shuttered GM plant, but it seems he used to drive a wiener on wheels. Yes, Paul Ryan used to drive the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. While it remains to be seen how voters will respond to this news, I personally bow down to the man. I mean come on; Who doesn’t want to drive the Wienermobile?

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Legendary Porsche getting prepped for the journey up north.
OK, so this isn’t news and it isn’t a Russian dash cam video, but I just can’t believe how cool this shot of a legendary Porsche 935 by Ian Jones is. A great shot of a magnificent machine!

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