The Super Cuda tops 200 and the Enzo tops it

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Regular readers will recognize the name Legendary Motorcar from our series on the Essex Wire Cobra. The really sharp ones among you already know that Legendary is the home of Dream Car Garage on Speed TV. These guys are serious about cars.

While Legendary got their start restoring Shelby’s close to 30 years ago, their reputation for quality, hands on work has led to all sorts of interesting projects. One of the more recent builds was the Super Cuda. How super was this Cuda? Well, just about 6 weeks ago, work began on stripping down the rusty shell of a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda. The goal was to give it a full restoration, shoehorn in a twin turbo Viper V-10 and break the 200 mph barrier before filming began on the last episode of DCG.

Not only was there the small task of actually building the car, but they also had to find a suitable venue on pretty short notice. Fortunately as we know, there are some rather influential gearheads at Chrysler these days and they offered up the high bank test track at Chrysler’s Chelsea proving grounds.

On December 1st, Peter Klutt and the rest of the Legendary crew were joined at Chelsea with Mike Louli, hubby of our friend Nika at Racerchicks. Mike, an experienced Ferrari Challenge driver, brought along his Ferrari Enzo as a rabbit to see if Klutt could peddle the Mopar muscle as fast as he hoped.

Did I mention the Super Cuda puts out more than 1,000 horsepower?

It is also about as aerodynamic as a brick.

You’ll have to watch the video after the break to see how the whole deal panned out, but one quote from Klutt is too good to pass on:
“above 200 the Cuda’ was running out of aero and I was running out of cohones”
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Only in Toronto: He had to take his Ferrari out in the first snow

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Like much of the North mid-east of the continent, Toronto got the it’s first taste of winter overnight. This guy thought it would be a great day to head out in his Ferrari.

Knob!

Courtesy of a CityTV viewer.

Schumacher’s pain in the neck cancels F1 return.

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Today, Michael Schumacher has cancelled his much anticipated return to the F1 circus.  Schumacher experienced neck pain following his first test in the 2008 car.

On his website Schumacher told of his Monday evening discussions with Ferrari executives and his regret of not being able to fill-in for Felipe Massa.

“Yesterday evening, I had to inform Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo and Team Principal Stefano Domenicali that unfortunately I’m not able to step in for Felipe. I really tried everything to make that temporary comeback possible, however, much to my regret it didn’t work out. Unfortunately we did not manage to get a grip on the pain in the neck which occurred after the private F1-day in Mugello, even if medically or therapeutically we tried everything possible.”

It was a motorcycle accident in February that has led to the problems with his neck.

Micheal Schumacher’s  agent Willi Weber revealed the gravity of motorcycle accident that put an end to Schumi’s plans for an F1 comeback.

“It was the most serious accident in Michael’s motorsport career.” Weber told German Press Agency today.

The seven-time world champion was set to make his return on August 23 at the European Grand Prix in Valencia Spain.

Schumacher’s most serious accident in F1 occurred at Silverstone in 1999 when he suffered a broken leg  after his Ferrari ended up in the tire barriers. The resulting fractures to the head and neck following his motorcycle spill have led to his neck muscles being to weak to withstand the forces of driving a Formula 1 car at competitive speeds.

Via Official Michael Schumacher site

Schumacher to fill in for Massa… BMW to withdraw from F1

Micheal Schumacher will make a return to Formula 1 to replace Ferrari driver Felipe Massa.

The seven-time world champion, who retired following the 2006 season has agreed to drive in the European Grand Prix in Valencia Spain. Massa suffered a fractured skull during qualifying at the Hungarian GP.

Massa was released from intensive care today. He is responsive and speaking to his family. It will be some time before his Formula 1 future will be decided.

Schumacher has kept himself quite fit since his retirement and has taken up motorcycle racing. The ban on in-season testing means that Schumacher will not be able to drive the car until practice begins on August 21.

Scuderia fans have been buzzing about this for days. Many are excited at the thought of one of the greatest drivers in history competing against the current young guns in F1. The thought of Lewis Hamilton, Sebastien Vettel, and Jenson Button lining up on the grid with Schumacher is one positive piece of news on a day when another team will be folding at the end of the season.

BMW has announced today that they are withdrawing from Formula 1 at the conclusion of the 2009 season. The economic downturn has hurt sales and the company wishes to focus its resources on greener cars. BMW will not even continue in the capacity of engine supplier. They are the second automobile manufacturer to withdraw from F1 in the last 12 months. Honda shut down their team near the end of 2008. There are now only 4 engine manufacturers left in F1, Ferrari, Renault, Toyota and Mercedes Benz. Some are suggesting that BMW may not be the last to fold. Sources say that both Toyota and Renault are weighing their options.

2009 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance: The Italians

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The Fourteenth Annual Greenwich Concours d’Elegance was held on June 6-7 at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, CT. Founders and co-chairs Bruce and Genia Wennerstrom hosted an impressive variety of marques, featuring rare, classic, unusual, exotic, and one-off production and race cars.

It is a pleasure to share this delectable mix of devastating machinery with you. So as to not overwhelm you, gentle reader, we will show the cars in separate installments by the car’s nation of origin. Enjoy!

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As If It Couldn’t Get Any Better

My good friend Paul from Veloce Publishing Ltd in England is helping organize what is sure to be an amazing gathering in what already has to be the single most awe inspiring automotive gathering there is… The Monterey Historics & Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance Car Week.
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Paul writes;

Ferrari 288 GTO owners are being invited to join what will be a truly unique and spectacular event, a gathering of Ferrari 288 GTOs to celebrate the model’s 25th anniversary.

288 GTO specialist Joe Sackey is organizing the first-ever reunion of the cars in the USA, to be staged during the famed Monterey Historics & Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance Car Week in California during August 2009.

Interested 288 GTO owners and enthusiasts can find details and news of the event on Joe’s website. Don’t miss it!

Successor to the legendary Ferrari 250 GTO. The “O” in 288 GTO stands for “Omologato” (homologation), showing that these cars with their period F1-based technology were intended for the world’s racetracks. However, the premature end of the Group B race series meant that the 284 examples built were never raced and were instead sold as road cars with phenomenal performance to a lucky few owners. First of a series of iconic Ferrari Supercars in the modern era, the 288 GTO spawned the legendary F40, F50 and the Enzo models.

Joe Sackey, author of the much-acclaimed “The Lamborghini Miura Bible” (Veloce) is in the process of writing the ultimate book on the Ferrari 288 GTO for publication by Veloce sometime in 2010.

For more information contact John Kitching john@veloce.co.uk

Veloce Publishing Ltd., 33 Trinity Street, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1TT, England.

www.velocebooks.com

1964 12 Hours of Sebring caught on home video

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We tend to take video for granted these days, given that just about every point and shoot camera can take some fairly decent footage to be shared online just moments later. Fortunately for us, some folks back in the day took the time to film some racing and are now able to share them online as well.

Thanks to Lou Galanos for providing the photo above of the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe of Bob Holbert and Dave MacDonald, courtesy of Racing Sports Cars and Bill Stowe. After the break, Lou has provided a fabulous video from the 1964 12 Hours of Sebring courtesy of Mario Levetto. If you look closely, you’ll see the Daytona in action in the video.
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Curiosity Killed The Cat

I don’t know about you but when my wife and I drive down some quiet street many times my wife talks comments on how beautiful the homes are but I am one of those people who just can’t seem to see the forest for the trees and all I can think about is… “What’s parked in that garage?” It never ceases to amaze me how many exotic, classic, or antique rides get locked away and all too often forgotten about and just once in a great while when someone opens their garage door we get can get a glimpse that can make your heart stop beating.

Today as I rode my bike by one of my friends house just such an event took place. When he waved at me to come on inside his open garage door I could see him working away on a friends car that was just the sort of car that grabs any gear-head’s attention. It was a 1 of 15 ever built 1958 Devin SS and what a heat stopper it was indeed. If you think Shelby was the first car builder to put a fiberglass body on a European car chassis and then soup it up then guess again.

During the late 50′s Ferrari’s were the performance car to be beat but they were known to be expensive so being the good businessman he was, Bill Devin decided to exploit what he considered to be just as competitive of a race car but at half the cost. Ferrari’s in the same class were selling for $12,000 but a completed Devin SS race car only set you back $6000. About this time Irishman Malcom MacGregor approached him regarding a sports car he had manufactured but was without a body and some racing history was written.
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Lewis Hamilton proves he’s got the stuff at Spa

I managed to catch the last 14 laps of today’s Grand Prix from Spa, just in time to watch the monumental battle between the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari. Mixed wet & dry surfaces, run off roads, errant spinners and big brass balls all came together to produce one of the best finishes F1 has produced in years. At the end, it was Hamilton who kept it on the island and earned a very much deserved place atop the podium.

Oh yes, I yelled so much I woke up the teenager! Oh well, she should have been awake anyway!

Tom Williams Intro

It is my pleasure to introduce myself to The Garage. My name is Tom, and I am going to be helping Gary to give you the latest automotive news that matters to us, and to make sense of what that news “really” means to us enthusiasts. I’ll also be chipping in with some editorial pieces, or whatever else Gary would like to see here.

Gary and I share a passion for the automobile that some may consider an illness, but I think it is a gift. I’ve had the pleasure of growing up around great cars-I had two neighbors in my middle-class Connecticut town with vintage Ferrari’s (275GTB and a 275 GTS). Nothing like waking up on a Saturday to hear those V-12s roll around the cul-de-sac as they waited for their tranny’s to warm up!

As a writer, I have done new car reviews for the Suburban Express, a magazine serving the Mainline area of Philadelphia, PA, as well as automotive editorial pieces for the Westport News here in CT. I was also a member of the International Motoring Press Association.

My daily driver, and family-car is a 2007 Honda Civic Si (sorry, didn’t see a need for a minivan). My toy, pictured here, is my 1976 Porsche 911S Targa. This is my second Porsche, and I am a member of the Porsche Club of America.

I am excited to share my love of cars with everyone who loves the Garage, and I welcome all suggestions and criticisms. Let’s have some fun!