It's been over a year since I started looking for the right car. Although my interests may have swayed to faster routes like turbocharged Subarus and E36 M3s, and through various types of BMWs, it was one car - one shape - always drew me back.
The E24 635CSi came at the right point for the right company. Following the legendarily beautiful E9 and powered by some of the hardiest engines of the 1980s, BMW's first 6-series was a testament to power, grace, and durability. Hampered as it may have been in this country by the 5mph impact bumpers, the 6-series remains a beloved vehicle by enthusiasts.
Although few cars were braving the snow a few months ago, this E46 325xi Touring was at home in its natural environment. For this car, the snow-covered back roads of Vermont are not a danger but a proving ground, and with a very competent chassis and all wheel drive system, this Bimmer made quick work of the ten inches of fresh powder that had fallen the night before. Enjoy this brief video, and keep an eye out for upcoming, more spring-like films as well.
Nick Parente's 1991 BMW 325ix has been featured (or at least used as a camera car) in a number of Hitting Redline videos, and from the moment he purchased the car in July, I knew the video on it would be something special. The Alpine White E30 had, at that point, been a scattered assortment of scratches, dings, and fading paint. Upon closer inspection, it had been the victim of a minor front-end collision, and needed a top end rebuild and exhaust work before one could consider it driveable. Despite these flaws, Nick began work on the car almost immediately.
The restoration that resulted is an incredible example of devotion to a specific idea that, in the process, created a car worth several films. And, coincidentally, there will be several; keep an eye out for more videos on Nick's E30 throughout the winter, as he and I have some already in the works. For now, though, enjoy the film.
After a long delay, another video is finally up. Last month's Oktoberfast, sponsored by the BMW CCA's Green Mountain Chapter and hosted by the Grafton Inn, was a nice local meet for Vermont and NH BMW owners. Despite the rain, and the fact that BavAuto's famous show was held the following day in New Hampshire, a great range of vehicles turned up. There was an E46 ZHP, several E30s, Mike Miller's pristine 2002, and all the way up to an E92 M3. Several 911s and a Ferrari 355 also passed by over the course of the day, adding some supercar flavor to the Bavarian show.
Enjoy the video, and stay tuned for some of the other projects that are getting closer to a release.
Lime Rock never ceases to amaze. Between the cars, the sounds, the spectator lots, and the access to every element of the races, it was one of the most exhilarating auto enthusiast environments I've experienced. The camping area was full, much like on an ALMS weekend, and the spectator lots were brimming with Healeys, Jaguars, M cars, hot hatches, and anything an enthusiast might use, and more than a few had Lime Rock track outlines. On track, we were graced with the presence of vintage F1 racers, a BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile, and dozens of Porsches. Speaking of which, the video even features some rare in-car footage, from both racing prepped and stock 911s (a privilege for which I thank Joe Gawlik, Dave Hembree, and Dave Hutchings). Off the track, a 2011 Porsche Speedster, a Ferrari Dino 246, and several Morgan trikes (old and new) wandered the grounds.
It was a fantastic day for me, and I'm sure it will continue to be a fantastic, four-day weekend for those still at the track. Enjoy the video, and be sure to turn up the volume.
Last weekend's hillclimb at Equinox was an event that, inexplicably, I had missed for years. Just a couple minutes from my house, and hosting a strict field of vintage racers (including a Bugatti Type 37, Devon D, and even a Morgan trike last year), a film this year was no question. And thanks to Skyline Drive's many lookout points, I was able to get some shots trackside as well. Enjoy the video, and stay tuned for more in the future.
Last Saturday's Hemmings Sports and Exotic show at the Saratoga Automobile Museum was, much like the BMW Vintage show at the same venue two weeks prior, blistering hot. That, combined with the fact that I needed to borrow a Legacy with a thoroughly broken exhaust system (for this, I apologize to a certain BMW 2002 driver who had to follow me most of the way home) made the enjoyable nature of the event all the more impressive. Vehicles ranging from a Series I Jaguar E-Type Roadster to a 2012 BMW 1M were present. Check out the video below for a taste of the vehicles present, and keep an eye out for some cars, such as the pristine 300SL Mercedes and an E12 with the perfect red-and-gold color combination, making a repeat appearance in HittingRedline's videos.
Enjoy the video, and stay tuned for more (plus a brief gallery from this show) in the future.
Between the car show infused rush of the summer and the fireside planning of winter, it's hard to believe an entire year has passed since I hit the upload button on the 2011 Ferrari Challenge video, the first of HittingRedline's videos. It achieved surprising success (a post to Jalopnik.com), and encouraged me to put more effort into the film side of this site. But although much has changed in the year since the first Ferrari Challenge video, I made it back to film again. Read more...
The Saratoga Automobile Museum is a place any New England car enthusiast should visit. But like their top quality exhibits (which earlier this year included one-off, race winning, or legendary Porsche models from private collections around the world), Saratoga's lawn show series also brings out the rarest of the rare. Last Saturday's BMW Vintage show was a classic example, featuring a real E9 CSL, seven Baur 3-series cars, an imported Z1, a beautiful and period-correct E12 (with every item correct for the year down to the Blaupunkt equalizer), and an amazing 1600GT. And seeing as it was for classic Bimmers only, the parking lot beside the museum included a brand new 1 Series M Coupe, a Ferrari 360 Modena, a 993 Porsche Turbo, a BMW 850i, and an E92 M3 - all ineligible for display. But despite the 90-degree heat and dripping humidity, it was a great show at a great location.
Check out the video below, and look forward to more videos over the next week.
The Honda Civic is a car rife with controversy. While many in the premium car world cast them off as vehicles for the "chrome wheels and big bumpers" crowd, cars from the '90s and '00s were extremely capable and well-designed in every respect, and the earliest '80s examples were incredibly innovative. But their light weight and high-revving Honda powerplants also make them fun to drive, and in Ian Wright's 1995 EG Hatchback, those qualities have been amplified to create a unique and fun car. Click here for more details about this car.