Jawohl, it's the Deutsche Rennsportmeisterschaft
Suddenly, when racing was still racing in the 70s; elegant, gallant and beautiful, group 5 racing came around and said goodbye to all the things that made the golden-era great and introduced boxy cars, huge wings and aggressive drivers. Group 5 racing became the pinnacle of tin-top racing and in particular the German 'Deutsche Rennsportmeisterschaft' became the prime series for group 5 cars. Ford, BMW and Porsche battled it out on great tracks all through Europe (very much like the DTM does now) with their super-fast silhouette-like racing cars based on ordinary production models. Cars like BMW's 3-series or Ford's Escort. Barely anything expect the body and a few tid-bits from the production models made it onto these great racers. Racers that were also captured on film, as can be seen in the video above. Just enjoy the noise, the atmosphere and the maniacal driving style of the members of the BMW Junior team (Cheever, Winkelhock among others). We will have more on this series someday soon, our archive is stacked with photos of these races, stay tuned!Add a comment
The TVR Tamora and its German counterparts
Now, looking through some old magazines it stunned me that cars that were build in the early 2000s are already retroish cars. Take for example the TVR Tamora, being produced from 2002 it epitomises much of the situation the world was in. An aggressive over the top monster of a car (that looks like a mouse in my opinion) in bold colours and with an interior which is very much late 90s / early 00s with lots of curves and odd switchgear. I like to compare the interior to the mad shapes of the Apple ibooks and imacs of those days (see here and here). It was much the same story with its competitors. Take for example the Porsche Boxster, its interior is executed in hideous plastics shaped into ugly asymmetric shapes which really looks dated nowadays (just look at this center console, and then see the imac again). Or take the BMW Z3 Roadster, it has the same foibles; plasticky interior and fluid body shapes that together just do not really look very coherent or good. The plasticky interiors were of course there in the name for cost reduction to return bigger profits, it was, whichever way you look at it, the decade of raking in money in huge quantities whatever the cost may be. That said the decade produced some very, technically interesting sports cars, like the Tamora, Z3 and the Boxster in the video underneath. Not many manufacturers bothered about emissions or semi-automatic gearboxes nor had they much interest in putting expensive ESP systems in their cars (TVR certainly didn't, but then again they probably didn't have the money anyway). But, which one of these still uncomplicated and reliable contenders you should choose as a fast runabout nowadays? For me it's simple, the Tamora, it's the only car that hasn't dated much. Let Tiff Needell remind you why it was as good as it could be today..Add a comment
Classic Top Gear: NSU Ro 80
Get a life. Buy my Porsche.
Normally we are always rather wary of photos and videos which feature cars and girls at the same time. As it can get rather cliche, you know the thing; the scantily clad girl standing in front of, or leaning (ass out), on a vulgar sports car (mostly some hideously tuned Japanese mongrel or of course the quintessential playboy car; a Lamborghini). All very nice of course, but not terribly interesting. So, how then do you make a video and photos which features a car and a woman that has some style and touches the cliche only slightly. Well, leave that some english guys trying to sell the car of one of them. And not just a car, but a 1985 Porsche Targa. Featuring; our favourite Porsche 911 shape, nice Fuchs alloys, lovely black leather interior, a huuuge rear wing and sensual red paint. We would almost forget about the girl featuring in it. Featuring; a slim body, nice long legs, lovely black leather shorts, a huuuge pair of sunglasses and sensual brown hair. Just watch the video further down this post by clicking 'read more'.Add a comment
50 years of the Jaguar E-Type - part 1
After Top Gear celebrated the E-Type so brilliantly in its first show of the new season today, we really could not not give our own little celebration. So take this video in, our first part of a series celebrating the Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaag's 50th birthday. Deary gods it still looks so good, we wish it was 1961 again, we could've picked up a brand new shiny big cat at the factory, like the fellow in the video below.
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