Orphan car brand aficionado and Sarasota Café Racer HOWARD MINTZ: RAMBLIN’ MAN blogs about his vintage 1950s Nash Rambler station wagon, then and now. It’s Déjà vu all over again (with apologies to Yogi Berra and John Fogerty)! Last month my good friend John McKeon was enjoying the Venice (FL) Museum and Archives Facebook page when he came across an old photo of a car crossing the intersection of Nokomis and Miami Avenues. What caught his eye was a ‘52 or ’53 Nash Rambler Station Wagon, with ot...Read More
Sarasota Cafe Racers
PRECIOUS METAL: ’57 ASTON MARTIN DBR2!
Aston Martin built just two iconic DBR2 racecars; currently valued in excess of $5 million. This spot-on aluminum-bodied Tribute was handcrafted in the U.K. and, unlike the original, is only street-driven. Archie Urciuoli has owned and raced British sports cars since the 1950s, including XK-140 MC and E-Type Jaguars and a Lola T70 Spyder and D-Type Jaguar racecars, This is his first Aston Martin and he has no plans to race it. It’s one of his drivers. He retired from historic road racin...Read More
SHOP TOUR & PIG ROAST: THE DIGITAL DRIVE!
Even if we didn’t love cars, the spit-roasted pig was well worth the drive from Manhattan to the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. The Porsche show of force really made the day. An example of Akira Nakai's Porsche 911 magic, top. Above, THE DRIVE's Mike Guy with Schorr, senior and junior, bookends. Mike Guy, Editor-in-Chief of Time-Life’s new way-cool automotive website, THE DRIVE, hosted legendary Porsche tuner/coachbuilder, Akira Nakai and the conversion of a 911 into a wide-body RW...Read More
PETTY MUSTANG: BRIAN JOHNSON’S STAGE 2 BOY RACER!
AC/DC’s Brian Johnson buys his first American car, a supercharged 627-horsepower Petty's Garage Mustang. And he buys the first Stage 2 model, #1 of 43, from a genuine American hero – NASCAR legend, Richard Petty, below. Sarasota Café Racer Brian Johnson, above, called me with an offer I couldn’t refuse. “Marty, come over to the house and we’ll go to lunch in my new kick-ass Mustang, the actual first built Stage 2 Petty Mustang. It's vicious. You drive and I’ll pick up the lunch tab. And, pl...Read More
TEHRAN, IRAN: CAFÉ RACERS CELEBRATE!
Sarasota Café Racers satellite in Tehran celebrates Fifth anniversary of car guy camaraderie and bonding with U.S. friends. The Sarasota and Tehran Café Racers have accomplished more to improve and normalize U.S.-Iran relations than have diplomats over the past decade! We’re talking about relations between enthusiasts who share a common passion for cars and not influenced by political agendas. This effort has been spearheaded by American musclecar collector Ramin Salehkhou, a Tehran-base...Read More
CADILLAC SAL: WELCOME TO FLEETWOOD, FL!
It doesn’t have a zip code and it’s not on the map, but Fleetwood is home to Sal Santoro’s colorful Mirage Garage Cadillac collection. ‘59 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe is totally original, including paint, chrome and interior. This was Sal’s first collector vehicle, purchased in 1991 in New Jersey with 51,000 miles from its original owner. It’s a “base” model with crank windows, AM radio, and power brakes and steering, and no AC. It has just two options: Two-tone paint and fog lights. ...Read More