Music to your Ears

Talk about music to our enthusiasts’ ears! If you love cars you need to watch this symphony of sound. Nitto Tires has outdone themselves with this video montage showcasing some of the world’s most beautiful and rare automobiles roaring to life. The collection includes a total of 33 models ranging from vintage classics like early Mercedes and Porsches to a 1969 Jaguar E-Type and Austin Healey 3000 Mark III to the roar of the Lamborghini Aventador’s 6.5L V12.  Along the way there is the sonic sounds of the Saleen S7’s twin turbos and the exotic Pantera’s sloggy sounding V8. With the distinctive 60s Corvette and Camaro throaty muscle exhaust tying it all together.

For the average car enthusiasts the privilege to see these rare pieces of engineering is simply enough, but to hear each one come alive just puts things on a whole new level. Enjoy the beauty of these classic cars and turn up your speakers!

For those wanting to know the order of this musical genius here you are:

1. 2005 Ford GT
2. 2014 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4
3. 1964 Austin Healey 3000 Mark III
4. 2013 Vorsteiner McLaren MP4-12C
5. 1969 Jaguar E-Type
6. 2009 Mercedes Benz McLaren SLR
7. 1963 Ferrari 250GT Berlinetta Lusso
8. 2006 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo
9. 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale
10. 1964 Porsche 356
11. 2002 Ferrari 360 Modena
12. 1957 Mercedes Benz 190 SL
13. 2013 Radical RXC
14. 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed
15. 1967 Ford GT40 Mark III
16. 2009 Koenigsegg CCX
17. 1971 De Tomaso Pantera
18. 2013 Audi R8 V10
19. 1957 Jaguar XKSS
20. 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
21. 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
22. 1965 Ford Mustang
23. 2005 Carerra GT
24. 2014 Lamborghini Murcielago
25. 1974 Iso Grifo Iso Rivolta
26. 2014 Jaguar F-Type S Roadster
27. 1964 Porsche 901
28. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette
29. 2014 Vorsteiner Lamborghini Aventador-V LP-740
30. 2013 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT
31. 2010 Aston Martin DBS Carbon Black Edition
32. 1990 Ferrari F40
33. 2014 McLaren P1

Learn more about how the video was made here:

Special Thanks To Following Collections: Lamborghini Newport Beach, McLaren Newport Beach, Petersen Automotive Museum, The Breslow Collection



Porsche 930

Car guys all have their favourite dream rides but one model remains on most auto enthusiasts’ list, the iconic Porsche 930.  Built between 1975 and 1989 the Porsche 930 was one of the fastest production vehicles ever produced in its time.

Porsche 930

Porsche 930

Known to the public as the Porsche 911 Turbo, Porsche originally produced the car to comply with homologation (racing series) regulations and had focused its marketing on creating a street legal race vehicle similar to the illustrious 1973 Carrera 2.7 RS. When the homologation rules changed, Porsche continued to develop the car, deciding to make it the top of the 911 model range also providing Porsche with a product to compete with Ferrari and Lamborghini.  Sure sounds like today’s Porsche GT3 models which regularly go toe-to-toe with the Italian sisters on the track.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

People all over the world love Porsche and do crazy things to get their dream rides. If this video does not get you inspired about one man’s passion about the Porsche 930 we don’t think anything will.

An amazing Porsche TV ad from the 1980s….It’s a shame there was no social media back then since this video is truly a masterpiece from Porsche’s marketing team.

Motor Trend’s World’s Greatest Drag race with only engine sounds

What do you say when the 12 best performance cars in the world are tested at an airstrip by the folks at Motor Trend in their third iteration of the Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car competition? If you love cars as much as we do, you probably have seen it already and are still giddy from its awesomeness!  Well, hold on because it gets better as Motor Trend has outdone themselves as they have posted an unplugged version of the epic drag race. Yes that’s right, same race, same cars just with no music and narration. Wow!!!

The full video includes the roundtable of all the Motor Trend gang discussing their opinions about the various cars.  To check the out drag race go to 19:35 in the video.

Here’s the full list of cars in the video.  Quite the showcase that’s for sure. The only key one missing is the 2014 Corvette Stingray…..

  • Aston Martin Vanquish
  • Audi R8 V10 Plus
  • Bentley Continental GT Speed
  • BMW M6 Coupe
  • Ford Focus ST
  • Jaguar F-Type V8 S
  • Mercedes-Benz E63S AMG Wagon
  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series
  • Nissan GT-R Track
  • Porsche 911 Carrera 4S
  • Porsche Cayman S
  • SRT Viper


Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) 2013 Winners

Each year the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) recognizes the best new models introduced in Canada in category specific awards. This year 80 journalists, conducting over 2,000 individual roads test, determined the 2013 category award winners. While some of the winning vehicles are specific to the North American market, others are available globally.

And the winners are…

CITY CAR: Ford Focus EV

AJAC Winner – City Car

BEST NEW SMALL CAR (under $21k): Mazda3 Skyactiv Sedan

AJAC Winner – Best New Small Car (Under $21K)

BEST NEW SMALL CAR (over $21k): Hyundai Elantra GT

AJAC Winner – Best New Small Car (Over $21k)

BEST NEW FAMILY CAR (under $30k): Honda Accord Sedan

AJAC Winner – Best New Family Car (Under $30k)

BEST NEW FAMILY CAR (over $30k): Ford Fusion Hybrid

AJAC Winner – Best New Family Car (Over $35k)


AJAC Winner – Best New Luxury Car


AJAC Winner – Best New Prestige and Performance Car (Over $75k)


AJAC Winner – Best New Sports/Performance (Under $50k)

BEST NEW SPORTS/PERFORMANCE CAR (over $50k): Porsche Boxster

AJAC Winner – Best New Sports/Performance (Over $50k)

BEST NEW SUV/CUV (under $35k): Ford Escape 1.6 L EcoBoost

BEST NEW SUV/CUV ($35k-$60k): Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T

AJAC Winner – Best New SUV/CUV

The category winners now compete for the 2013 Canadian Car of the Year award that will be announced on February 14th, 2013, at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, ON. An event that the RedlineNorth Team will be attending. So check back in February for the announcement of the Canadian Car of the Year Award Winner.

James Bond Cars – Part 2

In the continuation of our favourite James Bond cars, Part 2 looks at a couple of Aston Martins and provides an overview of all the cars Bond has used throughout the film franchise.

Aston Martin V8 – The Living Daylights (1987)

Timothy Dalton drove the Aston Martin V8 Volante as James Bond in the 1987 film The Living Daylights.  There are actually two different versions of the V8 used in this film. In the beginning of the film Bond is driving the V8 Volante, a convertible, while later in the movie during the main car chase (see below) it has a hard top.  The car used to film these scenes was actually a non-Volante V8 saloon.

Nonetheless, who can forget the cool features of this car.  This included laser beams built into the front hub caps that can cut a car in half and front missile launchers that locked on to a target by using the old school temperature sliders.  Of course, the most memorable feature of this car is the outrigger skis and studded tires that appear at the touch of a button.  These allowed Bond to jump over his enemy’s with the help of the on board jet booster!

The 5.3L Aston Martin V8 from this era produced 305 hp and had a top speed of 146 mph (234 kph). It could do 0-60 in 6.6 seconds.

Aston Martin DBS – Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008)

The Aston Martin DBS was featured in not one, but two Bond Films – Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008).  While the DBS didn’t have as many of the gadgets that the Q branch outfitted previous Bond vehicles in the past, it made our list for shear style and performance as can be seen the opening sequence of Quantum of Solace (skip to 52 seconds for the start of the car chase).

The DBS has a 5.9 Litre 48-valve V12 producing 510 hp and can do 0-60 in 4.3 seconds.  It’s top speed is an amazing 191 mph (307 kph).

Aston Martin cars are featured a number of times in our list, and with good reason, James Bond has driven an Aston Martin in the series more times than any other car. The DB5 is also rumored to making an appearance in the upcoming Bond movie Skyfall, due to be released this fall.

Check out this great infographic from the folks at that outlines the cars James Bond has used over the years.  The list of vehicles by brand at the bottom isn’t exhaustive, however, it does a great job showing how the Bond vehicles have evolved over the years.

A History of Bond Cars (Source: CarInsurance)

As mentioned, the next installment of the James Bond film franchise is Skyfall due to be released this fall. If you want to get a sneak peak at the action (and the cars) check out the official trailer below.