Over the past year both Kurt and myself have done our best to bring you guys the best that the automotive world has to offer. We’ve attended shows, reviewed loads of cars and have even managed to have a little fun along the way. The best part about what we do though are the emails, comments and feedback that we receive from our readers. For instance, if for some reason we stumble, we know damn well that you guys are going to nail us to the wall for it. Same goes if we have strong opinions about certain subject matters or if we throw some humor your way. Our goal is to make Ridelust.com a place where you guys can come, hangout and enjoy everything that the mechanized world has to offer and for 2011 I promise that it’s only going to get better. Below is quick listing of 5 of my favorite highlights from 2010… enjoy.
• 2010 One Lap of America
Back on April 30th I embarked on a 4000 mile journey across the country. The goal; compete in Brock Yates’ One Lap of America, a 9 day event where you run flat-out on some of the toughest race courses in the United States while competing against some of the best drivers from around the nation. I showed up in my 42 year old 1968 Dodge Charger and after realizing that I was completely outgunned, decided to go balls to the wall anyway. Yes we had our share of problems, but we finished the event with flying colors. The 2011 OLOA is only 4 months away, and you can bet your ass that I’ll be doing it again as it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Read my full synopsis here.
• 2011 Chevrolet Volt Drive: NYC to Detroit
A few months ago Kurt and myself had the opportunity to drive a new 2011 Chevrolet Volt 700 miles from Manhattan, NY to Detroit, MI. Our expectations going in weren’t that high, but come the end of our journey we realized that Chevrolet had in fact, built the real deal. On our journey we spoke to GM engineers, toured the battery facility in Michigan, and gained a whole new respect for a car that will change the way people think about GM. Read our full synopsis here.
• Gumpert Apollo at Monticello Motor Club
When someone asks you if you’d like to come up to the premier racetrack in the Northeast and drive a $750,000 super car, the odds of you saying no are very slim. That’s why when I got the call to drive the Gumpert Apollo up at Monticello Motor Club in Monticello, NY I jumped all over it. I’ve driven loads of high end stuff over the years, but the Gumpert Apollo takes the cake for being the most over-the-top road machine I’ve ever blasted around a road course. Definitely one of the coolest things I’ve had the privilege of doing. Read my full review here.
• 24 Hours of LeMons
Here’s the premise; take a $500 car and run it in a 24 hr. endurance race in the hopes that you not only finish, but crush the competition. This year up at Stafford Motor Speedway, in Stafford, CT the 1979 Buick Regal of TEAM ANGRY finished the event, but just barely. We were plagued with problem after problem, but thanks to the tireless efforts of our super mechanics, we made it all the way through. This event is a must for any amateur racer with a $500 car and a dream. Read my full synopsis here.
• 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon: Leguna Seca Launch
As most of you know I’m a huge station wagon fan. That’s why when Cadillac invited me to the press launch of their new 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon at Leguna Seca Raceway, I jumped at the chance. Not only was the Caddy everything I’d hoped for and more, but it showed me that Cadillac was a true performance nameplate with the goods to take on Europe’s best. Read my full review here.