One of my bucket list projects is to build a classic Japanese car with a naturally aspirated tuned inline-6. Engines like the Nissan RB’s and Toyota’s JZ series are popular for their ability to hold huge amounts of boost, but the balance of the engine format also lends itself to the buttery smooth high rpm operation need for NA power. One of the obvious foundation choices for my project would be the S30 Datsun 240Z. They are definitely becoming a pretty legendary in the Japanese classic car arena. This video by Petrolicious does an excellent job of explaining why:
I love watching videos from the Petrolicious channel because they interview people who are very eloquent about why they love their very special cars. This video about a Lancia Stratos in New York state is no exception. When you see a Stratos, it vividly stands out because of it’s uncompromising design. Functionality is the only design language which is serenaded by the V6 from a Ferrari Dino. Phil says the car sounds like a symphony of vaguely disastrous noises when you drive it. It’s a terrible idea to have a car like this as a daily driver, but you should never turn down the opportunity to drive one. There’s something very thrilling about being in tune with all of the mechanical processes taking place around you.
This is the story of Randy Balingit-Hartmann and his 1989 BMW M5. Randy bought the car brand new in his early 20’s because it was a great match to his introverted personality. He’s managed to keep the car throughout the years despite of the ups and downs of his job situation. Randy says something powerful that I think we can all relate to: “When you have something that makes you feel good no matter how many bad things are happening in your life, why wouldn’t you keep it?”
Meet Professional Downhill Skateboarder Kevin Reimer from Vancouver, Canada. He owns a 1991 R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R which he uses to drive the same roads as he skateboards on. Kevin decided to buy the car after finding out that they shared a history in that they both won races at the Bathurst track in Australia in 1991. Now Kevin has set up his car to drive like his skateboard and he says it brings a smile to his face.