Enthusiast Culture Ups and Downs

The Definitive Top 5 Most Significant Enthusiast Cars of the Last 5 Years... Period

The Definitive Top 5 Most Significant Enthusiast Cars of the Last 5 Years... Period

Author's Note: For the first time, CAFFEINE GT will publish photos that we did not take.  It goes without mention that some of the cars in this post are either too rare or too new for us to reasonably be able to shoot ourselves.  In order to continue these kinds of discussions, we may have to do this from time to time.  

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Every once in a while, it's critical that we take a minute away from telling stories about ourselves and our own experiences in order to delve into thoughts about the greater community.  In this...


The Man with the Golden Collection

The Man with the Golden Collection

Every once in a while, you happen across someone or something that is so dialed into what is desirable, that you have to stop and take note.  In my case, several of them. This is what happened when I visited Exotic World Motor Cars of Addison, Texas near Dallas.

My journey began when I was looking for an air-cooled Porsche 911 to shoot and possibly test drive for a later blog.  CAFFEINE GT is visiting the great state of Texas and you know me... I always find a way to shoot a rare or exciting set of wheels.

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Is sim racing a real form of motorsport? Motorsport tourism: Part 4

Is sim racing a real form of motorsport? Motorsport tourism: Part 4

 

So far, I've discussed HPDE (track days), Autocross and Rallycross as motorsport activities with a relatively low barrier to entry. You pretty much need a fully functioning car or the ability to scrounge up $600 to $1,000 to participate.  They all have their virtues and issues and you know how I feel about each of them.  There is one category of motor "sport" that is becoming so popular and so relevant that I'd have totally missed out, not to discuss it.  That category is sim racing or e-racing as some call it.  

This where it gets weird. Unlike...


Is Rallycross the Goldie Locks of Driving? Motorsport Tourism: Part 3

Is Rallycross the Goldie Locks of Driving? Motorsport Tourism: Part 3

Author's Note: While the Porsche in the feature image isn't a rallycross car, it's well known that 911s have been used throughout its extensive history for rally racing.  The air-cooled 930, 964 and 993 were particularly capable due to their light weight, mechanical resilience and short, agile wheelbase.  But I digress.  The real reason I featured it is because it's one of my favourite photographs I've taken over the years and the paint-job matched the title of this post perfectly.  I'm a sucker for a well executed pun.  Even not so well executed ones.

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As I mentioned...


If high speed road course driving is like ballet, autocross driving is like twerking. Motorsport Tourism: Part 2

If high speed road course driving is like ballet, autocross driving is like twerking. Motorsport Tourism: Part 2

It's fast, it's jarring, it's nerve wracking and it's ... almost addicting. I thought long and hard about how I would most eloquently discuss the virtues of autocross and here it is.  If high speed road course driving is like ballet, autocross driving is like twerking. I'm no expert in ballet or twerking, but I have seen both up close (a long time ago... cough cough) and I have some completely opinionated opinions about both, which allow me to draw some semi useful comparisons.  

In my previous blog, I discussed the amount of preparation, balance and finesse it takes...