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Le Mans 1955: The Animated Short Film About One of the Darkest Days in Motorsports History | Video
Posted by Colin Wood on May 13, 2021, 8:09 a.m.

1955 would go down in history as one of the deadliest runnings of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in history after the No. 20 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, piloted by Pierre Levegh, catapulted over an earthen embankment and into a crowd of spectators.

More than 80 of those spectators were killed, with some 180 more injured in the accident. Levegh died instantly when he was ejected from the car.

This animated short film details the events leading up to the accident, as well as the aftermath–including the race official’s decision to continue the event, as well as Mercedes-Benz’s eventual withdrawal.

The Post-War Beetles Built for the British Army | Video
Posted by Colin Wood on May 10, 2021, 8:12 a.m.

Following the end of the Second World War, the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg (renamed from "City of the Strength Through Joy Car at Fallersleben") was handed over to the British after it was captured by the American Army.

The story goes that the bombed-out factory was to be dismantled and sent to the United Kingdom, but after it was clear that no one wanted it, the factory stayed put.

Instead, the British reestablished production of the Beetle–then called the Type 1–which not only supplied jobs to the local German population but also much-needed vehicles for the occupying British Army.

This video from 1946 shows some of those first post-war British Army Beetles rolling off the production line and promptly being put through their paces.

Everything You Need To Know About Our Series 1 Lotus Elan | Video
Posted by Chris Tropea on May 7, 2021, 8:19 a.m.

Perhaps you’ve been following along with the Restoration Impossible series, or maybe you are thinking about getting a Lotus Elan of your very own.

At any rate, here is a closer look at our 1964 Lotus Elan, and how we restored it from a broken, neglected car that sat in a Michigan field for nearly 40 years to a concours showfield competitor. Presented by CRC Industries.

An Hour of Detailing Secrets From Pro Tim McNair | Video
Posted by Colin Wood on May 6, 2021, 9:49 a.m.

Whether you are looking for a way to clean off bug guts before a cars and coffee or need to prep an icon for the concours showfield, Tim McNair, owner of Gran Prix Concours, has at least a few detailing secrets to share.

Here’s what he had to say during a live show hosted by Vu over at the Porsche Club of America. What are some of your detailing secrets?

Video: How to Get Better Lighting for Your Shop
Posted by Chris Tropea on April 8, 2021, 8:03 a.m.

Shop lighting has come a long way since the advent of the incandescent bulb. LED lights are cheaper, lighter and less likely to break when being used (or misused).

Here's how we illuminate the Classic Motorsports workshop when we work on projects like our 1962 Elva Mk VI or 1960 Austin-Healey Sprite. How about you? What's your favorite lighting to use in your shop?

Using the Original Plans to Build an Accurate Watkins Glen Slot Car Track | Video
Posted by Colin Wood on April 7, 2021, 8 a.m.

There’s building a slot car track that resembles an iconic race course, but then there's constructing a slot car track of Watkins Glen using the actual plans.

Ever built your own scale race track—slot car or otherwise—or participated in a slot car race?

Video: Would You Rather Have a Mk1 Rabbit GTI or BMW E30 318is?
Posted by Chris Tropea on March 30, 2021, 3:24 p.m.

Both were icons from the late '80s and early '90s, and both were built as inexpensive ways to go fast. But between the Volkswagen Rabbit GTI Mk1 and the BMW E30 318is, which one should you choose to put in your garage?

To find out, we pitted our modified 1991 BMW 318is and Callaway-turbocharged 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI against each other to see how they stack up today. Presented by CRC Industries.

Video: How to Use a Tap and Die Set
Posted by Chris Tropea on March 20, 2021, 7:58 a.m.

A tap and die set is useful if you need to clean threads or even make new ones, but it can be easier than you realize to make mistakes.

Here is how to effectively use a tap and die set, as well as some useful tips we’ve picked up thanks to the numerous project cars we’ve worked on over the years. Presented by CRC Industries.

Video: Our Must-Have Chemicals for Any Automotive Workshop
Posted by Chris Tropea on March 13, 2021, 7:43 a.m.

In the hundreds of project cars we’ve built and restored over the years, here are the cleaners, penetrants, lubricants and other chemicals we rely on most.

What are some chemicals that you always have stocked in your workspace? Presented by CRC Industries.

Video: How to Restore a Car, Part 3: Keeping Parts Organized | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project
Posted by Chris Tropea on March 1, 2021, 7:57 a.m.

Now that our 1960 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite project has been disassembled and media-blasted, one of the biggest challenges from here on out is keeping all of those loose pieces and parts organized. How do we do it?

We won’t spoil the video, but it's important to remember that organization is important for two reasons: Reassembly is simpler, and it's easier to see which parts you're missing. Presented by CRC Industries.

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