Each year, I anxiously await Peter Aylward’s email for the Silverstone Classic. A .zip file arrives, and inside: art. In his staple style, he’s once again captures the incredible visuals of a truly incredible weekend of racing. Cars from around the world converge upon the Silverstone raceway for the annual Silverstone Classic, which caters to historic racers both antique and modern.
There are few better examples of excess in the 80’s and 90’s than the limousine. Toyota created the Century sedan decades prior, but didn’t make the stretched model until Japan’s economy bubble of the late 80s. Japan was experiencing unparalleled prosperity at the time, and had swapped their previous identity of an earnest, austere society for an opulent and flashy counterpart.
As one looks back on a year, it becomes much easier to note the underlying trends that guided each of us on our journeys. As I flipped through the articles and projects that filled my calendar in 2017, I began to notice that each benchmark in the year circled around relationships and collaborations. Behind each car stood a group of fellow enthusiasts who I could call friends, whether new or old, and in that I think stands much of the value in our community.
I’m pretty sure I can officially call this post a “tradition” now. Or maybe I have before, I can’t say for sure. A year ago was, well, a year ago, and a lot has happened since… and in more ways than one. 2017 was a unique year: it was one in which I promised myself more time and less stress.
The ’70s era of motorsports was unlike anything in the decades since. Money, drugs, women, and fast cars punctuated the playboy lifestyle and took racing to new heights. The team at VINwiki put together a video highlighting one of the best stories of the decade, featuring the Porsche 935, the Whittingon Brothers, and a whole lot of money.