Real Drivers: Morgan 3 Wheeler

I think it’s safe to say that the Morgan 3 Wheeler has had one of the largest lust-to-power ratios of any vehicle on the road in the last few years. It’s also a vehicle that I’ve sought to film since I first saw this very car near my hometown two years ago. And when I finally got the opportunity to spend some time with the car and its fascinating owner a few weeks ago during the production of the film you see above, I realized that there was so much about the 3 Wheeler that is so fascinating, yet so unknown.

So while sharing with the world the emotional perspective of 3 Wheeler ownership with the video featuring Morgan driver Michael Hardyman in the video above remains my main objective, I’ve also decided to compile some of the facts that I learned during my experience with a vehicle that is so magnificent and bespoke, yet remains at the same time so lustfully simple. And while my brief collection may not bring you as close to the Morgan 3 Wheeler as Hardyman’s nearly 11,000 miles have brought him to his, it should shed some more light on this mysterious and trivia-laden (yet surprisingly easy to attain) three-wheeled creation. Read more about Real Drivers: Morgan 3 Wheeler

BMW M4: Hot Lap at Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (Video)

As those of you who follow the Hitting Redline Facebook page may be aware, HRL attended Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix this past July, and by the time the four-day trip had ended, we were left with some incredible experiences and a new must-see event to add to the automotive calendar. Among these was the time we got to spend with Mike Renner of the BMW Performance Driving School, setting up an array of cameras on the Performance Center's brand new BMW M4 as it lapped the PVGP circuit. The result was the video above, and while more PVGP content will be coming from Hitting Redline, this video should serve as a teaser of sorts until then.

In addition to the video, a brief editorial piece to accompany it is available on Jalopnik.com that discusses the M4, modern sports cars, and why - sometimes - modification might not be the answer.

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BMW M3 E93: Full Detail

The BMW M3 has been throughout its five generations a staple of the automotive enthusiast community, and the epitome of what a sports car should be. But as the model becomes more commonplace - and as previous generations become more affordable - it's easy to forget that every M3 is a vehicle designed for enjoyment and perfection in the sports car realm, and as one looks closely at the visual elements that come together to create the car, the E92/90/93 series is no exception. In this video, take a look at some of the beautiful details of the E93, shown here in a beautiful blue-black paint, as it undergoes a detail by Nick Parente of Parente Mobile Detailing.

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Manchester Car Show 2014: Video

The Manchester Car Show was a staple of my youth for many years, and remains one for the town of Manchester, Vermont. Even in its "new" venue at Dorr Farm, the show draws in about 400 cars over its two-day run, filling Manchester (itself a town of 3000) with a century's worth of beautiful and well-kept vehicles.

In this video of the show, take a look at a number of rare and unique vehicles, including a Bristol, several beautiful Mercedes Pagoda SLs and 190SLs, and a number of BMWs featured in previous Hitting Redline videos - plus numerous others. Enjoy the video, and keep an eye out for more soon. Read more about Manchester Car Show 2014: Video

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Raw Sound: BMW 540i (E39) with Dinan Exhaust

The idea for this series came from a surplus and a need. While Hitting Redline focuses on collecting cinematic shots while on shoots, we often end up with raw audio clips that have low-quality video to go with them. And although a "Raw Footage" series seemed in the works for a little while, it seemed more appropriate to create a catalogue of automotive sound clips that could potentially create an album for the mechanical music as it deserves to be heard for pure, high-quality review. The opening of this series is the video above, featuring an E39 BMW 540i and its M62tu V8 and six-speed manual transmission, played through the amplifier that is a resonator-free Dinan exhaust (this E39 also has a Stage 2 Dinan tune). Enjoy the video, and keep an eye out for more Raw Sound pieces in the coming weeks (as well as Hitting Redline's normal cinematic content). Read more about Raw Sound: BMW 540i (E39) with Dinan Exhaust

This Week on Facebook...

HittingRedline is active on Facebook for behind the scenes shots, previews, and updates - this week you can check out a gallery of a genuine Porsche 911 RSR, a Fiat X1/9 I spotted a little while ago, and a Morgan 3Wheeler from Hemmings. For more behind the scenes photos and footage, and previews of future videos, follows us on Instagram and like us on Facebook. Read more about This Week on Facebook...

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Real Drivers: VW Beetle Turbo (Stage 3)

HittingRedline prides itself on variety, variety not only in manufacturers (which can be seen by the vastly different types of vehicles featured on the site), but in age - the passion for cars is not dependent on a vehicle's status as an antique, and I find that the automotive sub-culture of new car modifications is as fascinating as that for vintage vehicles. And Marty Irion with his 2012 Beetle Turbo is one of the best examples of the passion and eye for clean design that is so essential in creating a true enthusiast's car.

Check out the video above to learn more about Marty's Stage 3, K04-turbocharged Beetle, and keep an eye out for more videos in the coming weeks. As always, like HittingRedline on Facebook and follow us on Instagram to stay up to date on photos, videos, and upcoming releases. Read more about Real Drivers: VW Beetle Turbo (Stage 3)

BRS: Bavarian Rocket Science (Albany, NY)

Bavarian Rocket Science is a shop that I'd always heard about from various sources, but never really knew much about. Perhaps this was the result of its Porsche-focused history, or perhaps the inaccurate belief that they serviced only race cars, but the reality is that BRS - a shop focused solely on German cars new and old - possesses equal talent for Dinan-tuned BMWs as they do for vintage Porsches. Over the course of my visits to the shop in both December and April, the rare cars present far outshone my expectations for a shop hidden away in Albany, NY; among them were E36 M3s, Euro E24 BMWs, twin-turbo Audis, countless 911s ranging from drivers to concours cars, and a few ultra-rare inclusions like the all-original barn find 356 racer featured in the film. There were also a few BRS staples, like the Carrera 2.7RS racer run by BRS themselves, and of course the employees that made filming at times a pleasure and at times hilariously fun. There's a sense of appreciation for cars here, and a sense of committed knowledgeability; the Dobush family that runs Bavarian Rocket Science are car guys' car guys, and it shows in the work and the attitude that results.

Enjoy the video, and keep an eye out for more videos in the next few weeks; HIttingRedline is picking up again for summer, and I have some great cars and shoots lined up. Enjoy the film, and stay tuned. Read more about BRS: Bavarian Rocket Science (Albany, NY)

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Teaser: 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Widebody

HittingRedline is dormant no more, and approaching its fourth year with a number of interesting videos set up for the coming season. The first of these is the teaser you see above, for a car spotted in the showroom of Rutland Motorcars in Rutland, Vermont at the VT BMW CCA's Dust Off and Detail event, and a car that I'll be filming at some point this summer. This 1977 911 Carrera 3.0 is a stunning car to be sure - and one with pedigree - but I found it to be even more enjoyable when viewed in detail, just as I did myself when filming it in the Rutland Motorcars showroom. There will be a video coming, of course, but for now, enjoy this brief teaser and keep an eye out for upcoming HittingRedline films in the next few weeks. Read more about Teaser: 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Widebody

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HittingRedline Filmography: Demo Reel 2013


The past year has been among the most interesting in HittingRedline's three-year history. It brought this site from the mountains of southern Vermont to the hills of Connecticut, and out to the beautiful Southern California coast and the BMW CCA's Oktoberfest in Monterey. The HittingRedline tale also spanned the stories of cars ranging from Jon de Jesus's original E12 BMW to Michael Murphy's drag-prepped 1985 Mustang GT hatchback.

But as the coming year progresses, and a new season of HittingRedline unfolds, be sure to stay tuned to this site and the YouTube channel; lined up for the future months are shoots of more shops, more drivers, more events, and more cars - including a few you won't be expecting. As always, enjoy, and thanks for watching. Read more about HittingRedline Filmography: Demo Reel 2013

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