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Insider Report: Vintage hillclimb action in the GTA

Published January 2, 2013

Thanks to the simplicity of the event itself, being run on one road, hill climbing is an early form of autosport that has remained popular around the world since the early days of racing. Except here in Ontario for some reason, which is a shame, as we have a rich history of hill climb right here in the Toronto area.

A participant in the Canadian Motor Sport History Group on Yahoo, Mark Doust, had some of his dad’s old home movies of an Ontario hillclimb digitized to share. The event is said to be at Rattlesnake Point in Milton, on June 2, 1956. It is pretty cool to see some of the great machinery that was on hand to climb the escarpment, including AC, Porsche, Corvette, Jaguar and even a Cooper Formula Junior.

On Any Sunday – 40th Anniversary

It is considered by many to be one of the most significant movies about motorcycles of all time. On Any Sunday, a film by Bruce Brown, who also did Endless Summer, was released in 1971. I’m almost embarrassed to say that I have never seen the entire movie. Watching this reflective piece from Cycle World that was released a year ago, made me realize what I’ve been missing, so I will be watching the movie over the next couple of days. I hope you do too!

Drive reflects on 2012

I have shared more than a few episodes from the guys at Drive here in the Insider Report over the past months. Part of my own interest is because the whole team are friends of mine, but I am also continually blown away that a truly great bunch of guys create such incredible automotive content almost every day of the week. It would seem that I am not alone, as the Drive channel on YouTube has received close to 42 million views in just more than a year. That is a lot of gearheads who are enjoying content they would never find on television. To welcome in the New Year, Drive has created a compilation of some of their best action from 2012. It’s worth a look.

The Derelicts

ICON is a California-based company that builds new, old school off-road vehicles. They have three lines, each being a modern interpretation of the original Toyota FJ, Ford Bronco and Jeep CJ. As if these machines aren’t cool enough, they also have a new line-up called Derelicts. These are as found, old American cars that have received modern running gear while leaving the original patina of age in place to ensure a time-worn feel. The folks at eGarage visited with company founder Jonathan Ward to check these rides out.

All I can say is that I would be happy to make ANY of their creations my daily driver!

The Derelicts a short film by eGarage from eGarage on Vimeo.

Patrick Stewart and Sir Stirling Moss

I was wrapping up today’s Insider Report last night, thinking it might be a shortened edition thanks to the Internet slow down that happens over the holidays, when this gem came across my Facebook wall courtesy of Wheels’ own Lesley Wimbush. I just had to include it and I have only watched the first five minutes of the hour long show.

I mean come on, we have Captain Picard doing laps in a vintage race car, with Stirling Moss riding shotgun. Really? Can it get any cooler? Ok, maybe if Bill Shatner and Dan Gurney were in a chase car. Then again, maybe that wouldn’t be such a good idea.

I’m going to submit this story to the editing team and then go watch the full show. Make some space in your schedule this afternoon, you are going to want to watch this one!

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