In past years, the success of the Ford Focus has paled in comparison to the likes of the Volkswagen Golf, Honda Civic, and others, which are fraught with emotion, character, and spirit. For one reason or another, American companies have failed to capture the essence that makes their foreign counterparts so successful to enthusiasts.
Years ago, when a majority of us were leaned back in a chair waiting for our super-fast 56k dialup internet to connect, we never considered just how huge of an effect the internet would have on the car scene. I mean sure, it was a given that it would play a pretty big role in builds just because of the ease of finding and ordering parts, but now it is so much more.
Photography by Riley Stair
Henry Ford can be credited with more than just a couple of great innovations. Some may argue that the assembly line production of automobiles, or perhaps his Model T, which revolutionized American transportation, were his greatest contributions to the world; however, something else comes to mind. “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.
“Diehard rotary guys need to have a chill pill. People swap motors, deal with it.” What better way than to start off with a bang? RX7 fans are sure to be divided by Hertrech’s FC, with rotary purists fuming with distaste for the bow-tie V8 under the hood. However, Hert’s got nothing against the old Wankel; in fact, he’s a fan. Instead, he prefers to see people do as they wish with their cars – and that’s how he’s come up with such a gnarly Mazda.
4:00 AM came earlier than expected. We were 2500 miles away from home, en route to the Daytona International Speedway for the grand unveiling of the all new BMW Z4 GTE, long before the sun had even considered making an appearance. The track sat silent and empty, and BMW’s crew had yet to arrive. Tucked away in the paddock bays sat BMW’s lineage of race cars, ranging from the Donohue E34 M5 to last year’s ALMS E92 twins.