Spring is finally here in Toronto and the last two weekends were our first taste of the good weather after another brutal winter. Hopefully you have been able to get the summer rides out of storage and were out cruising at some point.
With the great weather comes the opportunity to show your ride off while also checking out other enthusiast events. To help mark your calendars this year we have put together a short list (apologies if we have missed things) of some of the key auto events happening in Toronto and surrounding area:
Petrolicious has published a cool story about Nissan’s creative advertising style in the early days around its flagship sport coupe the Nissan Skyline. It all began in the 1970s with a young and “in love” caucasian couple exploring Japan in their new coupe. Honestly, you watch this ad now and it’s hard to believe this was ever popular anywhere but having lived in Japan at one time I understand their affinity to anything Western.
Nissan built on this 70s love theme and in the 80s embraced Paul Newman as he became the new face of the Skyline brand as a result of his racing exploits with Nissan US.
I had no idea Paul Newman hustled Skylines and I bet not many people in North America know either. I always thought Paul Walker was the first Hollywood actor to love the Skyline. Well, you really do learn something new everyday.
Although it has been a much tamer winter here in Toronto compared to last year, Spring can’t come soon enough. Here’s a little cacophony of sounds to get you all over this final hump. Make sure to crank up the volume on this insane video from the folks at VisoRacer.
Nothing beats the sound of a powerful V8 engine…..Nothing!
We don’t condone any person driving recklessly on public roads as it really is the dumbest thing you can do as a driver. However, you have to admit this 800 HP dune buggy is an insane beast and it’s no surprise the video of it tearing up San Diego’s streets has become a viral sensation. With over a million views since being posted in January, check it out for yourself.
Hopefully driver Blake Wilkey has now learned his lesson from the little joy ride as he is in some big trouble with the local law enforcement with 26 misdemeanor charges, including nine conspiracy counts. Hope he has a good lawyer and some extra dough for bus fare.
With Valentine’s Day just behind us, we thought it was time to share some real man toys that would make any enthusiast grin from ear to ear. Check out this unbelievable Russian made skid steer on steroids called the Sherp ATV. For slightly under $50,000, buyers can configure this unstoppable machine to their personal preference while literally being able to drive through anything, anywhere. The Sherp ATV weighs 2,866 pounds and comes with a 44 horsepower 1.5 liter Kubota four-cylinder diesel engine linked to a five-speed manual transmission. Specs are as follows – 28 mph on land, or 3.7 mph in water, depending on the wind and it will crawl at up to 9.3 mph in first gear.
Some tragic news came out yesterday as police confirmed reports that Dave Mirra, one of the world’s best BMX freestyle riders and rally car drivers died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in Greenville, North Carolina.
Authorities said they responded to an apparent suicide and discovered his body in a truck. Mirra, 41, was married with two children. He had been visiting friends in the area, officials said.
Growing up, Dave Mirra was an idol to me and my friends so this news really does hit home. Mirra had super human talent and from all the coverage over the years he seemed like an absolute gem of a person which makes this all the more tragic.
Here is a recent tribute video of Dave Mirra.
Here are some older video highlights from Dave’s time as a driver for Team Subaru Rally USA.
We have written about the Dakar Rally over the years and since it just wrapped up we thought it was time to revisit this epic adventure. We also want to acquaint you with the infamous wrecking ball off-road racer Robby Gordon, the sole American driver in this year’s truck group. The son of “Baja Bob” Gordon, Robby Gordon has been off-road racing since before he was old enough to drive so he comes by it honestly.
As a North American racing fan, I truly love what Gordon is doing with running an US built original design called the HST Gordini. The custom-built machine leverages the Hummer H3T platform along with years of off-road experience and learning from the stadium truck racing circuit. Gordon has been able to dominate and win everything in off-road racing except for the elusive Dakar Rally. Unfortunately, 2016 was not his year once again as he did not finish the race due to a very avoidable accident seen here. At 29 seconds in the clip, Robbie makes contact with a Hummer support vehicle in his crew and has an accident. Thankfully no one was seriously injured but what a terrible way to go out.
Hopefully, next year things pan out differently for Robbie at Dakar and he can bring home the checkered flag to North America. Check out some highlights from last year’s race and be sure to put the volume up to hear the 6.2L V8 scream under the hood of the Gordini!
2015 Robby Gordon “Road To Dakar: Part 1” – NBC Sports Network Segment
Some interesting news came out of the Montreal International Auto Show from Chevrolet this week with the announcement that the all-new 2016 Spark will start at just $9,995 plus freight and delivery charges – the lowest MSRP of any car in Canada.
2016 Chevrolet Spark
Having reviewed early versions of the Spark we were interested in this story as our experience with the 2013 version was very positive. Check out our earlier review.
The 2016 model is front wheel drive, four-passenger sub compact equipped with a 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine that develops 98 horsepower and 94 lb-ft of torque (a 16-percent increase over the previous model). A five-speed manual transmission is included, while a continuously variable automatic is optional. It comes with solid safety features such as 10 standard airbags and back-up camera, along with technology that isn’t typically offered in this segment for this price. The Spark comes with a standard 7-inch MyLink touch-screen infotainment system providing owners a smart and simple way to access Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, leveraging the latest technology that customers use every day. OnStar with a 4GLTE Wi-Fi hotspot is also standard.
2016 Chevrolet Spark
In today’s age with so many cars becoming exponentially more expensive it is refreshing to see a manufacturer providing customers with a value focused model.
For more information and specifications on the 2016 Chevrolet Spark, see the latest product guide on media.gm.ca.
We’re already crazy Porsche fans here at RedlineNorth, so pretty much anything Porsche related gets us pumped up. However, this new promo video from the Porsche AG marketing department will make any racing fan warm and fuzzy on a cold winter day. Kudos to Porsche for hitting the mark with their 2016 racing season preview video.
We wanted to share some close-up car porn from the various race teams doing their final testing this weekend at the Roar Before the Rolex 24. Only a few more weeks until RedlineNorth will be on site in person covering the Rolex 24 at Daytona.