Monday, April 27, 2015

Porsche Madness in NC - Zuffenhaus

I'm always on the lookout in the Carolinas for interesting Porsche events, shops, and early Porsches.  A shop local to me, of which I REALLY need to go visit soon, is Zuffenhaus Eurowerks & Zuffenhaus Products.  These guys are doing some seriously awesome work on early Porsches.  They do everything from the basic Porsche work to building their own parts and body panels for the right look and feel as well as to pay proper tribute to legendary race cars.

Drop by and check out their new shop and product line in Monroe, North Carolina, and of course check out their website and blog.  Some top notch work here!!

(pictures are from their postings.  Not my photos)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Daniel Schaefer - Drive Heckmotor-Sportwagen

"Hello.  I drive Heckmotor-Sportwagen..."  Heard this before?

A little while back, some crazy European Porsche dork friends of mine said, "Hey!  Have you met Daniel Schaefer yet?"   Uhhh...  well...  I hadn't, but I was blown away by this guy's talent when I checked out his blog, Heckmotor-Sportwagen.   Photographer, Porsche enthusiast and builder, hell of a writer, oh...  and a cyclist crazy man!

Recently Daniel finished this perfect era correct, Albert Blue, early 911.  The "911 GT" is based on a '66 912 and is flawlessly done.  And what a feeling to be able to stand back and look at your own creation through the lens of your own camera.  Respect!

Okay...  so on with the post, before I get too wordy.  Check out his blog and check out his photography at and more here...  All pictures here are by Daniel himself.

Friday, April 3, 2015

The Race of Gentlemen 2014

Gotta' try and go to this in 2015... Epic event!

The Race of Gentlemen 2014 from Adam Reynolds on Vimeo.

Working Scale Porsche 911 Engine

Thanks to my good buddy Bean for sharing this with me.  INCREDIBLE!  And SOUNDS incredible!

How about a Porsche 904/6 GTS for comparison.  Sound is remarkably similar with those megaphones!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Amelia Island and all it's Sounds

Haven't had much time to post lately, but have had time to let videos run in the background while I'm working and Amelia Island footage is always my favorite to listen to... for obvious reasons.  So for those of you working and want to listen to something other than the usual tunes while working, here you go...

Videos by Justin Lapriore

A CERTAIN INERTIA from LetsMakeMedia on Vimeo.

Born of a Blue Sky from LetsMakeMedia on Vimeo.

'FRESH PATINA' (GLIMPSE1) of a LETSMAKE FILM by JUSTIN LAPRIORE. COMING 4.12.15 from LetsMakeMedia on Vimeo.

'FRESH PATINA' (GLIMPSE2) of a LETSMAKE FILM by JUSTIN LAPRIORE. COMING 4.12.15 from LetsMakeMedia on Vimeo.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Can't Afford it? BUILD IT!

In our lifetime, I fear that we will never see handcrafted cars the way they used to be built.  There are a few ambitiously built one-off "sports cars" here and there by some very talented people, but on a production basis, there will be very few auto makers building things by hand anymore, simply because of the time and resources associated with making something like that happen.

There are also a few hand-made replicas out there of legendary cars that are an incredible tribute and in many cases virtually identical.  These blow my mind.  To me, this is the future.  The ultimate way to pay tribute.  In many cases, these cars are built by pure-hearted, passionate hobbyists.  Whatever it takes, folks.  If there is a car you want, but know you will never be able to afford, invest in the skills and time to research and build it yourself.  Build the ultimate replica!  Maybe this theory is what this blog should be based on...

Thanks to my good friend Jeffrey James, of Sugar City Speed Shop, for sending me the link.


NZ Made 1962 Ferarri GTO Replica from John Rietveld on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Why the Lack of Posting?

Here's why...

Some of you know, but most of you don't, I've made a career change.  I've had a lot of interesting Engineering jobs in my life, but my dream has been to work with 4 wheels, one way or another.  Well...  I guess I got what I wished for.  Motor Sports!!  Only thing about working in the world of racing is, it eats up a lot of extra time, but that is not a bad thing at all.  Good to do what you love.

Working on the Aerodynamics side of racing has been incredibly interesting, challenging, and certainly rewarding...

I promise I didn't forget about posting.  It's just been challenging to do so.  Here's a few pics of the action from this year.

There's a ton going on with the Modified Murray, some other hot rod stuff, and even some Porsche stuff.  I'll post as I can.  Hang with me, guys!

(edited the rat rod comment out for sensitive readers)


P.S.  I know most of my readers are not NASCAR fans, which is why I've neglect to post much about it, but if you're a car guy at all, you'll at least "get it" a little bit.  Just felt the need to explain why there has been a lack of posting.

2014 NASCAR Champions!  Very proud moment for all of us at Stewart-Haas Racing, and an extra proud moment for a guy new to working in racing!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

First Fire in 100 years - 1910 Fiat, the Beast of Turin

Who doesn't love a good fire-up video!  Especially something like this...

(as seen on Top Gear)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

SCTA El Mirage 1946 - MOVIE

I think I may have posted this once before, but worthy of repeat, if not.

What an amazing era for hot rodding!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Been awhile, so how about a Movie?

Sorry for the lack of posting.  I'm going to explain why VERY soon!

In the mean time, how about Ken Block running around LA in an all-wheel-drive monster Mustang??!!!  I cannot imagine what it cost to film this...

Friday, September 26, 2014

Antique Machinery - the Camelback Upright Drill Press

Thanks to a friend of mine that picked up one of these, I'm now obsessed with yet another early piece of machinery...

...the "camelback" style drill press, or upright drill.  Real early turn of the century equipment has always been beautiful to me, despite what it takes to restore early equipment and the shear size of the footprint.  And yet, I need a drill press...

Monday, September 22, 2014

Porsche 911 DIY - Restoration Design Inc MOVIES!

There's not too many opportunities to post DIY stuff for early 911 body work because... well... it seems not enough people are trying to save their early 911 without the assistance of a professional shop.

These days, more and more people are starting to take interest in repairing, restoring, and even putting a custom personal touch on their early 911.  This being said, there are a few companies out there making patch panels and aftermarket performance panels for just the occasion...  unless you're making parts from scratch. 

One such company is Restoration Design (no, not the home decor company!), the company making high quality reproduction panels for early Porsches.  They have a great online catalog and if all your questions aren't answered on their website, reach out to their customer service and they will be glad to help!

OR!  How about some videos!!!?  Everyone likes "how to" videos, right?  They have been working on a catalog of videos to show you how to properly install patch panels, floors, etc.  Have a look at a few of their 911/912 videos inserted below showing some floor and suspension pan restoration, and if you need 914 and/or 356 info, they have that also on their Youtube site.  They have more 911 videos and even how to build a cost effective rotisserie for your project.

ENJOY and go save a Porsche on a reasonable budget!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014

Aero Film Friday

My day to day life consists of Aerodynamics and automobiles...  sooo...  I need to start showing more of this kind of stuff.

Thanks to my good buddy Andrew for the tip...

Here's a related article on the car of topic:

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Film - R GRUPPE - Raw Porsche Fun

I dig what these guys are about.  They are some people that really "GET" what Porsches are about...

...Now go do your own thing and enjoy your car the way it is!


R GruppeTreffen from TennXX on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Dutchman's 911

Man...  I'm a little sad to see this car go, as it's the first long-hood I got a chance to ride in, and the one that ruined me, but I know it's for good reasons and I know it's a completely amazing car...  See the specs, details, and info HERE and let the pictures speak for themselves...