2018 Rolex 24 Preview: Superstars Invade Daytona

It’s an argument as old as motor racing itself: Who’s the best driver?

And it’s an argument that gets more difficult each season to answer, given the ever-increasing specialization in professional auto racing. Pitting top NASCAR drivers against top IndyCar drivers, or finding a way to have sports car drivers run against Formula 1 competitors—it’s simply too complicated.

It has been tried before, of course. The International Race of Champions attempted to do just that when the series debuted in 1974, with Mark Donohue taking the first IROC championship, followed by Bobby Unser and A.J. Foyt. But assembling the proper roster of drivers for four races a year proved more and more difficult, and IROC was done by 2006.

So is there any way to get some of the top drivers in multiple series to face off at a real speedway, battling it out in comparable cars?

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Ford GTs look to claim a second consecutive Rolex 24 win.

In fact there is, and it will happen this week on January 27. We are, of course, talking about the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona. Because the twice-around-the-clock endurance race does not conflict with any other major auto race in the world, it allows drivers from many series to make a guest appearance.

Which, it is worth noting, they have done every year since the Daytona endurance race debuted in 1962 as a three-hour event. That race was won by Dan Gurney, the incredibly versatile driver who scored wins in sports car racing, IndyCar racing, NASCAR, and F1. Gurney died January 14. He always counted that Daytona race as one of his favorite wins—his Lotus 19 built up a big lead when, just before the end of the race, his engine failed. Gurney managed to coast to just shy of the finish line and then, at the three-hour mark, he let off the brakes and rolled down the banking to take the checkered flag, at approximately 5 mph.

For 2018, Gurney’s legacy of versatility will be saluted by multiple drivers with solid experience outside the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, which sanctions the Rolex 24.

Porsche’s 911 RSRs boast top-notch driving talent.

“Star-studded” is on overused term, but it’s pretty much the only one that applies here.

At the top of the list: Two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso, the Spanish McLaren driver who will make his first appearance at Daytona as part of the United Autosports Ligier LMP2 team. The fact that it is Alonso’s first real sports car race should not discount his potential. He made his Indianapolis 500 debut in 2017 and was immediately on pace, leading for 27 laps and contending for the win when he was sidelined with mechanical issues.

While he hasn’t yet complied statistics comparable to Alonso, another active F1 driver is on sports car duty at the Rolex 24: Canadian Lance Stroll, who has been confirmed for a second season with the Williams F1 team this year. Stroll will be contesting his second Rolex 24, this time with Jackie Chan DC Racing, an LMP2 team that almost won the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans outright.

Other drivers with an F1 connection: Lando Norris, a McLaren junior driver and FIA European Formula 3 champion, is teaming with Alonso in the United Autosports entry. And 2017 Williams test and reserve driver Paul Di Resta, who raced in F1 with Force India for two years, will be part of a sister team to Alonso’s in another United Autosports Ligier.

Sports-car racing legend Scott Pruett says this year’s Rolex 24 will be his last top-tier professional start.

Of course, another racer with very strong F1 and U.S. ties returns to IMSA competition this season as—for the first time in his career—a full-time sports car driver. Juan Pablo Montoya not only has F1, NASCAR, IndyCar, and IMSA wins on his resume, but this year he will be going for the championship as part of the new Team Penske Acura ARX-05 two-car Prototype team. He is partnering with Dane Cameron, the 2016 IMSA Prototype champion, for the entire season, with Team Penske IndyCar star Simon Pagenaud joining them for the longer sports car races.

The other Team Penske Acura is just as star-studded, as ex-IndyCar racer Helio Castroneves moves to IMSA for the full season, joined by Ricky Taylor, the 2017 IMSA champ. They will partner with still another IndyCar full-timer and race winner, Graham Rahal, for the four longest races of the year.

In fact, the Verizon IndyCar Series is rather well-represented this year. Past series champ and Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay will be part of the Wayne Taylor Racing Konica-Minolta Cadillac Prototype team, which won the 2017 series championship. Hunter-Reay is the team’s third driver for the long races, joining Jordan Taylor and the new full-time driver, Renger van der Zande, who replaces the Penske-bound Ricky Taylor.

The two-car Action Express Cadillac Prototype team gets some new members: With Dane Cameron departing the No. 31 car for a Penske Acura, holdover Eric Curran’s new teammate is Felipe Nasr, and they will be joined by Mike Conway and Stuart Middleton for the longer races.

BMW Team RLL’s new M8 race cars mark the beginning of a new era for the manufacturer in sports-car competition.

The other Action Express car has regular driver Christian Fittipaldi stepping back to the role of the third driver for endurance races, as well as some team administrative duties. His longtime teammate Joao Barbosa gets Filipe Albuquerque as a sidekick; Albuquerque, you will recall, was leading last year when, in the closing stages, he was spun by eventual winner Ricky Taylor. Albuquerque recovered to take second place.

Besides Roger Penske’s new Acuras, there’s another two-car team that is familiar to IMSA fans but returns for 2018 with major changes. Last year, the winless Mazda Prototype team quit early in the season to regroup, and it has made some significant changes. The new name, Mazda Team Joest, is a tipoff—Mazda has partnered with European race team Joest, which fielded Audis to multiple victories, to re-work both the car and the driver lineup. Nos. 55 and 77 will be driven at Daytona by Jon Bomarito, Harry Ticknell, and Spencer Pigot in the 55, and Oliver Jarvis, Rene Rast, and Tristan Nunez in the 77. This will be a very important year for Mazda.

F1 driver Lance Stroll and company will pilot this ORECA LMP2 entry.

There’s another active IndyCar driver on the Rolex 24 entry list, and he must not be overlooked: Scott Dixon is the winningest driver in IndyCar, with 40 wins to go along with two overall victories in the Rolex 24. He also won the 2008 Indianapolis 500, one of four Indy 500 winners in this Rolex 24 field. This year he is back with the Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT, with Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook. They’ll be competing in the GT Le Mans class.

And still another open-wheel ace is in the field as Dixon’s teammate in the second Ganassi Ford GT: Sebastien Bourdais, IndyCar winner and former F1 driver, again partners with Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller.

Those Fords will square off against the two-car Corvette Racing team, which has won the last two WeatherTech Championship GTLM titles. Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen, teamed with Mike Rockenfeller, will be in the No. 3 Corvette, while No. 4 has Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner with co-driver Marcel Fassler.

The GTLM field also includes a pair of Porsche 911 RSRs, the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE, and a pair of brand new BMW M8 GTLM race cars fielded by BMW Team RLL. Aside from the two BMWs, the GTLM cars have only minor changes from 2017.

Former F1 champion Fernando Alonso will continue his quest for success outside of Grand Prix racing.

That said, Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy, two of the most popular Porsche factory drivers IMSA has ever hosted, are back in the factory 911 RSRs. Bamber and Tandy, of course, won overall in the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans, and Bamber picked up another Le Mans win in 2017.

If you are looking for changes, there are plenty in the GT Daytona field, stating right at the top: The WeatherTech Ferrari 488 GT3 that won the series championship the last two years gets a new driver: Cooper MacNeil moves in, and Christina Nielsen moves out, to the Wright Motorsports Porsche GT3 R with veteran Patrick Long. MacNeil teams with Alessandro Balzan for the whole season, and Gunnar Jeannette and Jeff Segal for the longer races.

For this year’s Rolex 24, Scuderia Corsa will field a second entry for 2014 Rolex 24 GTD winners Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell, who will be joined Frank Montecalvo and Sam Bird, the Formula E specialist who has already scored seven wins in that young series.

Corvette Racing is always in the hunt for wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

You might also keep an eye on the No. 99 JDC-Miller Oreca LMP2, where California driver Gustavo Menzes is helping out for the long races. He was the only American-born racer running full time in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2017, and he has an LMP2 win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016. That year, his team, Signatech Alpine, won the overall championship.

Ex-IndyCar driver Bruno Junqueira, who will help out the No. 14 3T Racing Lexus RCF GT3 on longer races, has eight IndyCar wins (actually in Champ Car), and finished second in the points three times.

We certainly can’t forget Scott Pruett, who is making his last racing start in the Rolex 24 after 50 years of competition, starting, of course, as an eight-year-old kid with a go-kart. For the Rolex 24, Pruett will drive with Junqueira’s sister team in the No. 15 Lexus, with regular drivers Jack Hawksworth, Dominik Farnbacher, and David Heinemeier Hansson.

Will Mazda’s new association with Team Joest bring it to the front of the field?

Pruett is a five-time champion in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with 60 sports car series wins, and he also won in the aforementioned International Race of Champions series. He competed in both NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Series and in the IndyCar Series, where he won twice. He has five overall wins in the Rolex 24, equaled only by Hurley Haywood.

If you count the handful of starts Romain Dumas has in the World Rally Championship—not to mention his three wins at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb—that’s another series represented here by a remarkably versatile driver, who has three overall wins in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This year, he and fellow Frenchman Loic Duval will join regular drivers Colin Braun and Jon Bennett in the CORE Oreca LMP2.

NASCAR isn’t quite as well-represented as it has been in past Rolex 24s—last year, Jeff Gordon stepped out of retirement to join the Wayne Taylor Racing team for its overall victory—but don’t forget that NASCAR’s A.J. Allmendinger also has an overall win in the Rolex 24. This year he is helping out the two-car Acura NSX GT3 Daytona lineup from Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian. He will share the No. 86 car with former IndyCar racer Katherine Legge, Alvaro Parente, and Trent Hindman.

Team Penske has a stellar driver lineup for each of its two new prototypes.

If you’re looking for some additional NASCAR talent on Daytona’s 3.56-mile road course, come a day earlier than the Rolex 24 for the season opener of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, the four-hour BMW Endurance Challenge. Young guns Cole Custer, 19, Austin Cindric, 19, Chase Briscoe, 23, and Ty Majeski, 23, will race Ford Mustang GT4s for the Multimatic team. All four will compete this season for Ford in the NASCAR Xfinity series.

By IMSA’s count, drivers from 25 countries and six continents—it seems that, once again, Antarctica’s racers are laying down on the job—will compete in the 2018 Rolex 24. It’s a singular lineup, and we have to think Dan Gurney would be proud.

ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Thursday, Jan. 25:

Qualifying, 3:45 p.m EST, imsa.tv

Friday, Jan. 26:

BMW Endurance Challenge, 12:50 p.m. EST, imsa.tv

Saturday, Jan. 27:

Rolex 24, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. EST, Fox

2:30 p.m.-11:55 p.m. EST, imsa.tv

5 p.m.-10 p.m. EST, Fox Sports 2

10 p.m.-11 p.m EST, Fox Sports Go

11 p.m.-1 a.m. EST, Fox Sports 1

Sunday, Jan. 28:

12:05 a.m.-2:40 p.m. EST, imsa.tv

1 a.m.-8 a.m. EST, Fox Sports Go

8 a.m.-10:30 a.m. EST, Fox Sports 2

10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. EST, Fox Sports Go

10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. EST, Fox Sports 1

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Wood That I Could

You may remember that last week I posted about SRAM’s mustache-rich promotional video for their new DUB crank interface:

While I speculated that SRAM may have some sort of facial hair-related hiring policy, one commenter pointed out the following:

Anonymous said…

FYI – Yes it was filmed in November (read the YouTube description). No, it was not a corporate challenge. It was a charitable challenge honoring a co-worker who had passed.

January 23, 2018 at 1:19 AM

Well now don’t I feel like a douche:

In any case, while I was wallowing in the comments, I also came across this:

Anonymous said…

I have also found the square taper to be reliable. And cheap. When it is improved upon I will stop being a retrogrouch.

JANUARY 19, 2018 AT 9:01 PM

Nothing against square taper, but it has been improved upon:

Hollowtech II uses the same bottom bracket shell and makes installing and removing cranks about as complicated as adjusting your threadless stem.  Plus, since it’s external, the bottom bracket itself is a lot easier to install and remove.  I’d call that an improvement–certainly not an "I’m gonna change all my bikes over immediately!" improvement, but easily an "On my new bike I’m gonna go with…" improvement.

I will entertain no additional opinions on this matter, and if you’re tempted to leave a comment about how square taper bottom brackets allow you to adjust your chainline I invite you to send it here.

Then there was this comment:

Jojo Potato said…

Why are mountain bikers in videos with pounding music always going downhill?

JANUARY 18, 2018 AT 10:15 PM

Because going downhill on a mountain bike looks cool and going uphill doesn’t:

Moving onto more roadlier matters, as I mentioned yesterday I’ve been doing some intensive testing on the Renovo Aerowood, aka the "Loophole Bike," shown here with my finger in the shot:

And please note that’s "Loophole Bike," not "Knothole Bike:"

No knotholes in the Renovo, so if you’re a squirrely rider you’re gonna have to find someplace else to hide your nuts:

Sorry.

In any case, the dead of winter may not be an ideal time to test an aero bike with skinny tires:

Nevertheless, now that I’ve sorted out the creaking (as I mentioned, it turned out the bottom bracket simply needed tightening–which was very easy since it’s a Hollowtech II with a threaded shell) I’ve been riding it regularly, and so seductive is this exotic wooden bicycle that my inner Fred, dormant for years, is now sprouting anew from the frozen earth.  Yes, it’s true: while at first I thought the bike had kind of a deluxe backgammon set aesthetic that was at odds with my recent affinity for unhurried riding on pragmatic metal bikes, I must admit I now find myself beaming from the sense of self-satisfaction that comes from riding an esoteric Fred Toboggan.  Indeed, as I pedal, I’m transported 20 years back in time, when I used to look covetously at the older riders astride their Calfees and Colnagos and tally up the components in my head.  "Perhaps one day that will be me," I used to pine.  "Successful, busy with children and career, yet able to reward myself with an expensive bicycle and–most importantly–also still able to hammer."

Well, here I am: I’ve got the kids and I’ve got the expensive bike (on loan anyway), and while I may not have a career, be successful, or even be able to hammer, it turns out none of that really matters that much when you’ve got a couple decent kids and a sweet bike.

Basically riding the Renovo makes me feel like I’ve arrived, despite having never gotten up off my ass.

So yes, I’m here to confess that this bicycle has managed to rekindle my inner Fred.  Moreover, between this and Ol’ Piney I’m currently existing in an ambiguous Schrödinger’s cat-like state, suspended between monied master douchedom and jorted, fat-tired dirtbagitude.  Of course I’ll fully revert to the latter when it’s time to send the Renovo back, but until then I’m enjoying the paradox.

As for the particulars of the bike, it rides beautifully, as you’d expect from a well-fitting bike with high-end components.  My experiments with wheel-swapping also indicate it preserves this ride quality even when fitted with wheels costing roughly 1/10th of the price of the crabon wheels with which it came.  (Not to mention the metal wheels result in much better braking.  While the crabon wheels stop acceptably, they’re nowhere near as smooth as metal rims, and they continue to shriek intermittently which is, quite frankly, antisocial.)

As for the cost of the bike, as the discount perineum salesman says, "Taint cheap:"

But let’s just say you have actually arrived in life, and you want to blow a bitcoin on a road bike that will draw attention to you.  Here’s comparably priced bicycle:

On one hand it’s got Dura Ace instead of Ultegra, but on the other hand it’s not from Portland and made of wood.  And if you’ve got a globe that opens up into a bar, you’re gonna want to go for the latter:

Anyway, now that I’ve taken delivery of an 11-speed cassette I plan to configure the metal wheels for the Loophole Bike and continue riding into the spring and summer when I can truly unleash my pent-up Fredness upon the world, and like it or not I’ll continue to keep you apprised of my exploits.  (Of course, they might want the bike back before then, but I’d like to see them try to get it.  Portlanders don’t scare me.)  And watch out, because already over the weekend I bagged my first Strava KOM!

That is 100% a Strava error since I actually made a right before reaching the very top of the climb but I’ll be goddamned if I’m gonna report myself.

So there.

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Honda Civic GRC spotted in Forza Motorsport 7 gameplay footage

The Honda Civic GRC has been spotted in gameplay footage of Forza Motorsport 7 – heavily suggesting the rallycross car will be coming to the game.

As first noted by Forza Motorsport forum user ‘sgsuperman105’, the Honda Civic GRC can be spotted in the GameStop TV video from the 2:05 mark. The vehicle can also be clearly spotted at 2:10.

With the GameStop TV clip seemingly filmed prior to Forza Motorsport 7’s release in October 2017, the Honda Civic GRC’s presence appears to indicate the car will be introduced to Forza Motorsport 7 at some point.

It’s also worth highlighting that the Honda was also claimed to have been recently spotted in Forza Motorsport 7’s XML files. As a result, this Civic GRC find also makes it even more likely that the cars found in those files will be added to the game. Source: http://ift.tt/2vxLMhE

Upcoming Motorcycle Events: Jan 23 Feb 27

Upcoming Motorcycle Events: Jan 23 – Feb 27

Here’s our weekly guide to the upcoming motorcycle events and rides that are happening within the next couple of months. Don’t see an event that’s happening in your neck of the woods? Leave a comment to let us know.

January 26-28
Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Cleveland
The world’s largest consumer motorcycle show tour that connects motorsports enthusiasts with top manufacturers and premier aftermarket brands.
I-X Center
1 I-X Center Dr.
Cleveland, OH
January 27
Garage Brewed Moto Show
The fourth annual Garage Brewed Moto Show with custom builds, classics, rare and odd bikes that thrill. Bikes, Food, vendors, merch and of course beer. Bring your friends and shake off the cabin fever.
Rhinegeist Brewery
1910 Elm Street
Cincinnati, OH
January 27-28
The Great American Motorcycle Show
Georgia’s biggest indoor motorcycle show showcasing new motorcycles brought to you by Georgia’s leading dealers.
Cobb Galleria Centre
2 Galleria Pkwy SE
Atlanta, GA
January 27-28
Colorado Motorcycle Expo
The Colorado Motorcycle Expo includes a swap meet featuring over 800 booths, a vintage and custom bike show, Live Music, Onsite Tattooing & Piercing, and much more.
National Western Complex
4655 Humboldt St.
Denver, CO
February 2-4
Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Dallas
The world’s largest consumer motorcycle show tour that connects motorsports enthusiasts with top manufacturers and premier aftermarket brands.
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
650 S. Griffin St.
Dallas, TX
February 2-4 Quebec Motorcycle Show
See all new 2018 motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and side-by-sides, all under one roof. Meet experts, check out the latest gear and apparel, and get all set-up for your next adventure.
Centre de Foires, Expocite
250 boul. Wilfred-Hamel
Quebec City, Quebec
February 4 14th Annual David Mann Chopperfest
A very special motorcycle art exhibit, an all brand antique and custom motorcycle show, custom bike builder displays featuring world class bike builders, hundreds of motorcycle/culture vendors; a new and used motorcycle parts swap meet, live rock and blues bands, food and beer.
Ventura County Fairgrounds
10 W Harbor Blvd
Ventura, CA
February 9-11
Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Chicago
The world’s largest consumer motorcycle show tour that connects motorsports enthusiasts with top manufacturers and premier aftermarket brands.
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N. River Rd.
Chicago, IL
February 9-11
The One Moto Show
“The show is crafted to celebrate the weird, rare, and unconventional bikes that we love in a way that everyone can enjoy.” 2018 will be the ninth year of the One Moto Show.
Warehouse Venue
900 N. Columbia Blvd.
Portland, OR
February 15-18
Thunder by the Bay
2018 will be the 20th anniversary of the Thunder by the Bay motorcycle rally which raises money for Suncoast Charities for Children.
Sarasota, FL
February 16-18
Indiana Motorcycle Expo
The 27th annual indoor motorcycle expo held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The show hosts new motorcycles, dealers, gear and accessories vendors and much more.
Indiana State Fairgrounds
1202 E. 38th St
Indianapolis, IN
February 16-18 Toronto Motorcycle Show
The Toronto Motorcycle Show is the self-proclaimed, biggest manufacturers show in Ontario, with a wide-ranging and exciting line-up of exhibitors that celebrates the motorcycle lifestyle.
Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place
100 Princes’ Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario
February 23-25
Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Washington D.C.
The world’s largest consumer motorcycle show tour that connects motorsports enthusiasts with top manufacturers and premier aftermarket brands.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW
Washington D.C.
February 23-25 Montreal Motorcycle Show
See all new 2018 motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and side-by-sides, all under one roof. Meet experts, check out the latest gear and apparel, and get all set-up for your next adventure.
Palais des congres de Montreal
1001 Place Jean-Pail-Riopelle
Montreal, Quebec
February 24-25 Mama Tried Motorcycle Show
The Mama Tried Motorcycle Show is an indoor invitational that connects motorcycles and builders to fans and riders alike. Keeping the fire stoked all winter long. The Show features over 100 motorcycles from builders of all calibers—flat-trackers, hill climbers, choppers, and bar hoppers.
Eagles Club Ballroom
2401 W Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI

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Upcoming Motorcycle Events: Jan 23 Feb 27

Upcoming Motorcycle Events: Jan 23 – Feb 27

Here’s our weekly guide to the upcoming motorcycle events and rides that are happening within the next couple of months. Don’t see an event that’s happening in your neck of the woods? Leave a comment to let us know.

January 26-28
Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Cleveland
The world’s largest consumer motorcycle show tour that connects motorsports enthusiasts with top manufacturers and premier aftermarket brands.
I-X Center
1 I-X Center Dr.
Cleveland, OH
January 27
Garage Brewed Moto Show
The fourth annual Garage Brewed Moto Show with custom builds, classics, rare and odd bikes that thrill. Bikes, Food, vendors, merch and of course beer. Bring your friends and shake off the cabin fever.
Rhinegeist Brewery
1910 Elm Street
Cincinnati, OH
January 27-28
The Great American Motorcycle Show
Georgia’s biggest indoor motorcycle show showcasing new motorcycles brought to you by Georgia’s leading dealers.
Cobb Galleria Centre
2 Galleria Pkwy SE
Atlanta, GA
January 27-28
Colorado Motorcycle Expo
The Colorado Motorcycle Expo includes a swap meet featuring over 800 booths, a vintage and custom bike show, Live Music, Onsite Tattooing & Piercing, and much more.
National Western Complex
4655 Humboldt St.
Denver, CO
February 2-4
Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Dallas
The world’s largest consumer motorcycle show tour that connects motorsports enthusiasts with top manufacturers and premier aftermarket brands.
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
650 S. Griffin St.
Dallas, TX
February 2-4 Quebec Motorcycle Show
See all new 2018 motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and side-by-sides, all under one roof. Meet experts, check out the latest gear and apparel, and get all set-up for your next adventure.
Centre de Foires, Expocite
250 boul. Wilfred-Hamel
Quebec City, Quebec
February 4 14th Annual David Mann Chopperfest
A very special motorcycle art exhibit, an all brand antique and custom motorcycle show, custom bike builder displays featuring world class bike builders, hundreds of motorcycle/culture vendors; a new and used motorcycle parts swap meet, live rock and blues bands, food and beer.
Ventura County Fairgrounds
10 W Harbor Blvd
Ventura, CA
February 9-11
Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Chicago
The world’s largest consumer motorcycle show tour that connects motorsports enthusiasts with top manufacturers and premier aftermarket brands.
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N. River Rd.
Chicago, IL
February 9-11
The One Moto Show
“The show is crafted to celebrate the weird, rare, and unconventional bikes that we love in a way that everyone can enjoy.” 2018 will be the ninth year of the One Moto Show.
Warehouse Venue
900 N. Columbia Blvd.
Portland, OR
February 15-18
Thunder by the Bay
2018 will be the 20th anniversary of the Thunder by the Bay motorcycle rally which raises money for Suncoast Charities for Children.
Sarasota, FL
February 16-18
Indiana Motorcycle Expo
The 27th annual indoor motorcycle expo held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The show hosts new motorcycles, dealers, gear and accessories vendors and much more.
Indiana State Fairgrounds
1202 E. 38th St
Indianapolis, IN
February 16-18 Toronto Motorcycle Show
The Toronto Motorcycle Show is the self-proclaimed, biggest manufacturers show in Ontario, with a wide-ranging and exciting line-up of exhibitors that celebrates the motorcycle lifestyle.
Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place
100 Princes’ Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario
February 23-25
Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Washington D.C.
The world’s largest consumer motorcycle show tour that connects motorsports enthusiasts with top manufacturers and premier aftermarket brands.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW
Washington D.C.
February 23-25 Montreal Motorcycle Show
See all new 2018 motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and side-by-sides, all under one roof. Meet experts, check out the latest gear and apparel, and get all set-up for your next adventure.
Palais des congres de Montreal
1001 Place Jean-Pail-Riopelle
Montreal, Quebec
February 24-25 Mama Tried Motorcycle Show
The Mama Tried Motorcycle Show is an indoor invitational that connects motorcycles and builders to fans and riders alike. Keeping the fire stoked all winter long. The Show features over 100 motorcycles from builders of all calibers—flat-trackers, hill climbers, choppers, and bar hoppers.
Eagles Club Ballroom
2401 W Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI

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This Might be the Ferrari 488 GTO

For almost a year, we’ve heard rumors that Ferrari is developing a track-focused version of the 488 GTB. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but as much as we enjoy driving the regular 488, the possibility of a lighter, more powerful, hardcore version certainly has our attention. Supposedly, the new car, potentially called the 488 GTO, is scheduled to be revealed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, but it looks like a photo has already leaked.

Ferrari Photo Page says it received this image from the photographers behind the VerssenSpotting Instagram account but that they aren’t sure who the original source is. Assuming the photo is legitimate, it was most likely taken at the private preview event that gave us last week’s leak. Plus, while we can’t say for sure this is the upgraded 488, the teaser images do look very similar to the car below.

According to that leak, this new “Sport Special Series” will have more than 700 hp, making it the most powerful V-8 that Ferrari has ever produced. To reduce the weight as much as possible, it will also use more carbon fiber than we’ve previously seen in a Ferrari road car. Add improved aerodynamics and a track-tuned suspension to the mix, and there’s even a rumor that the new car will be faster than the LaFerrari.

As far as the name goes, we’ve heard from the beginning that this car will be called the 488 GTO. But according to Ferrari Photo Page, even prospective buyers who attended the private preview haven’t been told what it will be called. So while there’s a good chance the hardcore 488 will be a GTO, we wouldn’t be surprised if Ferrari went with a different name.

Based on what we’ve heard, though, no matter what it’s eventually called, this car is going to be an incredible driver’s car.

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PRE/GRID 2 – March 3rd, 2018 at the StanceWorks Headquarters

After a year-long wait fraught with anticipation, we’re excited to announce: PRE/GRID 2. On March 3rd, 2018, we’ll be opening the shop doors at StanceWorks once again to celebrate vintage racing and the incredible machines that bring it to life. As we partner with the Vintage Auto Racing Association (VARA) once again, PRE/GRID will be an all-inclusive event that celebrates vintage motorsports, and more importantly, welcomes and ushers in a new generation of classic racers. We’ll be lining the parking lot with classic, vintage, and historic race cars to make for the ultimate Saturday, so please, bring your car and find a spot. For those that have dreamt of racing their classics, or for those with merely an interest – or even those without, that simply want to admire some classic race cars – join us on March 3rd.


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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee S Goes Dark in Europe

Paint it, black already. No colors anymore is not a problem for the 2018 Jeep Cherokee S—a special edition model made exclusively for several lucky European markets.

Jeep introduced the Grand Cherokee S recently, and we are strongly optimistic that a version should reach our shores in the near future. If not, here’s what you’ll need to convert your own Grand Cherokee.

Start with a fresh coat of black and add Low Gloss Granite Crystal accents on the badging, grille bezels, step pad, tail lamps, and 20-inch aluminum wheels.

Coat the grille in gloss black as well as all of the window surrounds. Add a sports suspension and around back, add a black chrome finish for the dual exhaust.

Under the hood, options include a 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine that offers 250 horsepower, a 3.6-liter V-6 with 286 horsepower, or a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with 352 horsepower—we think you know which one is the right answer here. All three engines are mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Inside the cabin gets Anodized Gun Metal accents, black wood finishes, and a black instrument panel accent stitching. Add a panoramic dual-pane sunroof, leather covered steering wheel, some Mopar bright metal pedals, and black Nappa SRT-like perforated leather seats with black accent stitching and voila! You have yourself your very own Grand Cherokee S.




If black is not your thing, the Jeep Grand Cherokee (2017 model shown above and below) comes in 10 flavors, including the exclusive for Grand Cherokee Sangria Metallic Clear Coat paint.

Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but we imagine it will add a few grand to the Grand Cherokee’s base price of $33,681.

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