HOWARD MINTZ: RAMBLIN’ MAN!

HOWARD MINTZ: RAMBLIN’ MAN!
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...
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SARASOTA: EXOTIC CAR FESTIVAL 2020

SARASOTA: EXOTIC CAR FESTIVAL 2020
In just four years, the Ferrari Drivers Group Sarasota continues to produce truly premier car shows in Florida. The 4th Annual show also celebrated Ford winning Le Mans in 1966 thru 1969 and the Oscar-winning Ford v Ferrari. Best of all, 100% of proceeds from its event weekend goes to charity. The SARASOTA: EXOTIC CAR FESTIVAL 2020 produced by Joe Brielmann and Jurgen Otto, principals of the Ferrari Drivers Group Sarasota and members of the Sarasota Café Racers, benefited The Flight To The North...
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STEELE DOSSIER: CONFESSIONS OF A CARGUY!

STEELE DOSSIER: CONFESSIONS OF A CARGUY!
Steven Steele blogs about his fascination with everything automotive, starting with a ’36 LaSalle coupe when he was 15 years old and hitting a high point in 2007 searching for and finding a rare Copper Metallic Corvette. More than a half-century later, he’s still hooked. It is almost impossible to explain to the novice exactly what a Carguy is, but among peers, it is clear. This person wouldn’t think of taking his or her car out in the rain; can only be brought to tears by a stone chip or scrat...
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SARASOTA, FL: SUNSHINE & SUPERCARS!

SARASOTA, FL: SUNSHINE & SUPERCARS!
Presented by Sarasota’s Ferrari Drivers Group, the Exotic Car Festival at St. Armands Circle benefits Flight to the North Pole, a local Manatee County Sheriff’s office charity for terminally ill children. Organized by Jurgen Otto and Joe Brielmann and assisted by a cadre of volunteer enthusiasts many, like Otto and Brielmann, members of the international car guy lunch group, Sarasota Café Racers. While the event yesterday, SARASOTA, FL: SUNSHINE & SUPERCARS! one of two Exotic Car Festivals p...
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‘50 CHEVY: RONNIE STAPLES’ SPLITLINER!

‘50 CHEVY: RONNIE STAPLES’ SPLITLINER!
Prior to joining Ronnie Staples’s fleet of pro-built hot rods and Resto-Mods, the Splitliner was a mild custom powered by a 350 crate motor. That was then; this is now. Within a week of purchasing this custom Chevy Fleetline coupe from Scott Graham, Generations Body Shop, Franklin, IN in 2002 Staples started to turn it into the Splitliner showcased here. It already had been chopped one-inch, nosed and decked, and had its hood and fenders reshaped. It had Mercedes taillights, tan interior and da...
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ALFA ROMEO TZ3: AMERICAN MUSCLE; ITALIAN SUIT!

ALFA ROMEO TZ3: AMERICAN MUSCLE; ITALIAN SUIT!
Built by Zagato to celebrate its centenary, the Stradale TZ3 is built on an SRT Viper platform. This one is Number Nine of Nine constructed. Under the TZ3 swoopy carbon fiber body rests an 8.3-liter, 600 Horsepower V-10 that can propel it from a standing start to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The first custom-bodied Italian-American Alfa, showcases graceful lines, a blunt Kamm-style rear, Zagato signature double-bubble roof and other unique Zagato styling cues. This rare 2010 Stradale TZ3 is th...
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FERRARI DRIVERS GROUP: ROAD TRIP!

Mario Parker chronicles eight days (May 14-22) of spirited driving with nary an incident or traffic ticket. Welcome to the First Annual Buona Fortuna 3400. Day 1: Buona Fortuna means good luck and we started our adventure to Troy, AL at our clubhouse at Joe Brielmann’s Collection. TripTik: I-75 north to Florida State Road 27 to Georgia 84 to Alabama 231. Day 2: Troy, AL to Little Rock, AR. TripTik: Alabama 10 to Alabama 19 to Alabama 16 to Natchez Trace to Alabama 36 to Alabama 82 to Alabama...
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