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INTERESTING MOTORCARS AND THE INTERESTING PEOPLE WHO OWN THEM Welcome to AutoNOVA magazine - the publication about the interesting motorcars and motorbikes of the DC metro area and beyond, and the equally interesting people who run them. Each issue, we'll be bringing you the coolest, fastest, hippest and most interesting vehicles in DC, plus interviews with their passionate owners. In addition, we'll feature top shops and other facilities in the area that make petrolheads smile, and we'll explore some of the best driving roads in the region. For a couple more months we'll be publishing content in blog form, but soon we'll be releasing digital magazines in individual issue format. Always free, of course. Stay tuned. Please jump in, get involved, and be a part of AutoNOVA!
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Up for a little adventure? Why not join us this December for a week long rally across Morocco in the 2015 Maroc Challenge? You can fly in and drive a fully prepared Nissan Patrol and the entry fee is only something like US$2600 including the rental vehicle!
Come on. When's the next time you'll get to experience your own personal Dakar?
Chatting about the event with Rui is a detail-driven exercise, and one that leaves you with an impression of consummate competence. He is a steward who sweats everything, large and small, with a seemingly simple goal - to make the event the best of its kind anywhere. And that's particularly appeal…
1977 Ford Escort Mk2 1.3GL
It is one of the most involving roads I have ever driven, crisscrossing streams and small bridges, plunging into old stone tunnels, diving downhill with series after series of sweeping S-bends, and then climbing back up alongside old railway tracks. The best of Asturias packed into one challenging…
1983 Mercedes-Benz 280GE
The Geländewagen, or “G-Wagen” as it is often called, was designed at a time when Mercedes-Benz quite frankly didn’t make many mistakes. It is from a time long before BMW and Audi were considered competitors, and long before the likes of Lexus and Infiniti came along to eat into market share. The…
1982 Land Rover Santana 88 Normal
The drive from Caceres, a city on the far western edge of Spain, down to Cadiz on the southwestern coast, is a route steeped in history. It's part of the "Via de la Plata," an old Roman trade route that runs north/south along the western edge of the country, many cobbled sections of which, includin…
Our friends at Valencia Classic Vehicles are offering a tasty morsel. BMW e30 325ix Touring. Be the first on your block...
That's the one word I would used to describe this 325ix Touring. "Alive." The famous e30 foible, the rear suspension that has a propensity for lift-throttle oversteer, is to me one if its greatest strengths. Much like an air-cooled Porsche 911, the reputation for flying off into the weeds ass-fir…
The two latest Land Rovers from Valencia Classic Vehicle Consulting are in the USA and were at Katie's Cars & Coffee yesterday morning. If you're interested in a rust-free Series Land Rover, either 88 or 109, visit www.valenciaclassicvehicles.com
At Valencia Classic Vehicle Consulting, LLC, we specialize in the sourcing and importing of special interest vehicles to suit the perceptive collector. Brought to the United States from far away places, but always with an eye toward quality over profit, each vehicle we import has an uncommon story…
Muscling a big Landy along the A-317 through the Sierra Cazorla National Park in Spain is a beautiful but exhausting business. If I keep this up, I'll have shoulders the size of cantaloupes...
Bought a Citroen 2CV in Zamora, sight unseen, for 3500€. Took a bullet train there and drove it back across Spain with the roof rolled back and the sun beating down. Zamora, Salamanca, Avila, Toledo, Albacete, Alcoy, Benidorm, Javea...
300kph going out, 80kph coming back. The only way to travel.
WILL THEY TAKE A CHECK?
This Thursday, at Quail Lodge, Bonhams will be offering a Ferrari 250GTO that has been owned by only one person for 49 years. Needless to say, it is likely to vaporize a record or two in the process. Any guesses as to what it will sell for?
AutoNOVA IN SPAIN: Currently ensconsed on the Costa Blanca, we're falling in love with a lot of the beautifully styled new Citroens. And here's something interesting. The new Citroen C4 "Cactus." A version of the C4 with sightly raised ride height and tough polymer "armor" on the doors, bumpers and corners. The result is a small urban assault vehícle to take on the bumps and bruises of tight city streets. What do you think? Clever or hideous?
From the "why didn't they think of this before?" file, it appears the Ducati Scrambler will be reprised for 2015. We can't wait for more details...
Born in Ducati, grown in the hearts of Motorcyclists. Back in 2015. #scramblerducati
ALFISTI TAKE NOTE: FIAT has finally announced a list of the 86 dealers in the USA who have been awarded Alfa Romeo dealerships, and although the initial year of 4C's has already long since been spoken for, we should eventually start seeing some US-spec Alfa Romeos at Safford FIAT of Tysons Corner, FIAT Alexandria, Criswell Maserati in Germantown, and Heritage FIAT in Owings Mills.
See the press release here:
It's been a long time coming...
After a little sabbatical, AutoNOVA is back with the 535is that was passed down to Neiman Darayand by his father.
Check it out at www.autonovamag.com
Poke your head into a random garage in Great Falls and there's no telling what you'll find...
Coming this week: Neiman Darayand's 535is has been in the family since his father bought it brand new...
Miura. Countach. Montreal. Stratos. This list goes on and on, but regrettably probably ends now.
Ciao Bertone. :(
The legendary styling house Bertone has filed for bankruptcy \ and has few assets left to sell. It looks like the end of the road for Italian styling house Bertone.
A great little film by our friends at Locals Magazine.
1500 likes. We're humbled and hope it means we're doing something right. Thank you.
More content soon...
With early 911 prices going well and truly nuts, what's an enthusiast to do? Matthew Schmidt looks at the sweet 912 of Arlington's Marshall Contino as a possible answer.
Coming soon to www.autonovamag.com
PILOTA MONDAY: Stefan Bellof
This Monday AutoNOVA remembers german racing driver Stefan Bellof. Many believe he was the quickest talent of his generation (a generation, it should be noted, which included Ayrton Senna), and he was highly touted as a future Formula 1 world champion. His raw speed was unquestioned, but many felt he was too much of a risk-taker and appeared to "lack the fear gene." Perhaps accordingly, Bellof lost his life far too early, attempting to overtake Jacky Ickx into Eau Rouge at Spa Francorchamps in 1985. It was a tragedy that left the world wondering what might have been.
Although he had only a few years at top level, Bellof's legacy is lasting. He still holds the outright lap record at the Nordschleife, a six minutes, eleven second run in a Porsche 956.
Our list of the best sounding motor vehicle engines of all time. Take a look, give a listen, and share your own list in the comments!
It's "Sound And Fury," the latest from AutoNOVA, at www.autonovamag.com/articles
The 12 Hours of Sebring kicks off the sports car racing season in the US, and is something all motorsport junkies should experience at least once. Michael Szydlowski gives us a recap of the 2014 event from one of the most wonderfully godforsaken racing venues on the planet. See it at www.autonovamag.com/articles
How much does speed matter? Paul Misencik eschews pace for a bit this week and finds beauty in the journey as he lusts after one of the slowest new motorbikes in a long, long time.
It's "In Praise Of Slow," the latest from AutoNOVA,
See it at www.autonovamag.com/articles
INTERESTING CARS/BIKES WANTED:
If you're in the Washington, DC area and you'd like to see your ride featured in AutoNOVA, we'd like to talk to you! Vintage, new, stock, modified, fast, slow... If you're passionate about it, it's probably right up our alley.
Visit www.autonovamag.com today and drop us a line!
Special interest, vintage, classic and custom cars and motorcycles of Washington DC, northern Virginia, and suburban Maryland
Spied today in NoVa: A nasty CTS-V wagon gets Paul Misencik thinking about the plight of the station wagon in America... Check it out at www.autonovamag.com/articles
In case you think Danica Patrick is an original, here's a Tuesday afternoon shoutout to Michele Mouton. French racing and rally ace, winner of the 2.0L prototype class in the 1975 24 Hours of Le Mans, winner of the 1981 WRC Rally San Remo, the 1982 WRC Rallies in Portugal, Brasil and Greece, winner of the 1985 Pikes Peak Hillclimb and the 1986 German Rally Championship, and President of the FIA Women & Motorsport Commission.
Still involved in racing, still a badass, and still a class act.
Rockets, Jets and Water, Michael Szydlowski's brief look at the pending arms race for the world speed record on water, is now on AutoNOVA.
Check it out at www.autonovamag.com
When is a Mini not a Mini? Find out in the latest AutoNOVA article, featuring the wood-clad Traveler of Chuck Viggiani. Only at www.autonovamag.com
The future of motorsports coverage?
If you want to see the future of live racing coverage, this is it. The Mercedes Formula One team filmed Nico Rosberg booting his 2014 Formula One car around the famed Silverstone racetrack in Great Britain -- but with six high-def camera rigs recording 360-degree video during the run.
"Bongiorno, mate!" A mix of British and Italian flair, coming later this week on www.autonovamag.com
"Minding The Tiller," a brief ode to the steering wheel, now on www.autonovamag.com
What is your favorite steering wheel?
A nice little explanation of the latest ubercar, freshly designed by the backmarkers from Woking.
Chris Harris drives the new $1.2 million McLaren P1 at the Yas Marina Grand Prix circuit in Abu Dhabi UAE. Before taking to the track at night, Chris Harris ...
WARNING: If you love the way Corvettes have always been built, then you might not want to read Michael Szydlowski's latest article at www.autonovamag.com/articles
But if you yearn for something better from one of America's proudest nameplates, then definitely check it out.
Comment Stop Trying AgainFebruary 19, 2014This is not an indictment of the car or the brand as a whole; it's a plea for something better. The Corvette's engineers do their best in the face of steadfast refusal to innovate and planned obsolescence which have stunted growth for years. Any of the num...
AUTONOVA RULE: If someone can take a twin-plug 911R out for a winter trial, you can take your car out, too.
AutoNOVA is 1,000 strong, thank you! As soon as this miserable weather clears, we have lots of new content coming, but in the meantime, thank you!
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The 131 Abarth rally car features in our upcoming post on the best sounding automobiles of all time.
Look for it soon on www.autonovamag.com
As this year's Dakar winds down, a reminder of what it used to be like...
The Dakar 1984
Happy New Year, Feliz Año Nuevo, Bonne Année and Prosit Neujahr from your friends at AutoNOVA!
Heel and toe!
Can't bring yourself to drive the old car in this crappy winter weather? Check out our 2014 Style Guide and have yourself properly shamed into muddying the fenders a little...
Thank you for the 400 likes! We have been a little handicapped by the bad weather lately, but have all sorts of new content coming soon, so stay tuned!
We're looking for a nice BMW e24 to feature once this snow clears out. Anyone know of a good 633/635csi or early M6 around DC? If so, let us know...
The Ducati "Paul Smart" of Falls Church's Nik Fialka. Read the story now at www.autonovamag.com
A sneak peek at what we have in store for our next feature...
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