LA CAR REPORT— What do you get when you drop the shells of today’s sport-compact cars onto purpose-built rally cars pushing 600hp, invite a bunch of ridiculously talented drivers from around the world to pilot them, and make them all mix it up on a course that includes a drag race at the standing start, a dirt x asphalt combo platter, and some airborne door-to-door action? It’s Red Bull’s Global Rallycross (GRC), the sport that has since evolved into a full-fledged race series featuring two classes: Supercar and GRC Lites. Glenn Oyoung reports.
AUTO REVIEW—The new Clubman seems to be the sleekest and most centered of the whole MINI line. The low, slightly sloping roof line gives this one a sporting aire, a proper English “shooting brake” style, if you will, that fits nicely with the performance-aggressive Cooper package that motivates this one in fine fashion. And motivation is the watchword here, this is the fully “breathed-on” John Cooper engine package, a 2-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder, twin-cam mill that plays even bigger than the listed 189 horsepower and 207 pounds-feet of torque. Doug Stokes reports.
… The variety of cars is worth the stroll in a perfectly military style laid-out paddock. From one-of-a-kind, such as Peter Giddings ex-Nuvolari 1932 Alfa Romeo Monza (if you squint long enough you can almost see Tazio in the cockpit holding the steering wheel) to more mundane Datsuns 240Z, 510 or Porsches 914s.
AUTO REVIEW—”No, our two dogs (Pickle and Olive) are very good pups, I can’t blame this on them. Besides that I’M listed as the editor on this site, so I have to chastise myself … I just flat lost my notes on this one. But the memories are still quite vibrant, so here’s a bit of a truncated review of a really terrific new Lexus sport model SUV: The Lexus NX 200t F Sport.” Story by Doug Stokes.
BACK SEAT DRIVING— I had occasion to drive to Phoenix this past Thursday. After my Phoenix business concluded, I turned my rented Transit van west and began the return drive home. Gasoline is nearly a dollar cheaper per gallon in Arizona, so a stop in Quartzite for topping off was in order. Across from my pump was one of the race truck teams. They said were going out to Parker for a weekend event. Part of what they were after was a shake down in preparation of the upcoming Baja 1000. The grey Ford racer stood proud on an open trailer. Story by Harold Osmer.