It’s rather on-the-nose, with a name like that: the Audi V8 doesn’t leave much room for guessing what lies under the hood. Introduced in 1988 as a flagship model for the marque, the V8 brought about the first union between the Quattro system and an automatic transmission, and was, as one might guess, the first Audi model to utilize a V8 engine. The Germans were feeling crafty when they named it, clearly.
Born and raised amongst cars thanks to an uncle with a penchant for Datsun 510s, mini-trucks, and classics all around, it comes as no surprise that Sergio Vega’s story isn’t all too different from those that raised him. Now, at 29 years old, he finds himself settled in Long Beach, California, using the breadth of his talents to churn out incredible work as both a photographer and designer.
A monolith, set upon a backdrop that can only be found in the foothills of the San Joaquin: Justin Chenoweth’s 4×4 E-150 is, at mini,um, an imposing force on the trail. It towers above seemingly every vehicle on the dirt at nearly 9 feet (3m) tall; its shadow stretching for miles at dusk. At its widest, the van spans just two inches shy of a Hummer H1, pushing tight trails and obtrusive brush to their limits thanks to its Super Duty running gear and 35″ BFGs.
It’s undeniable that some of the wildest racing cars ever produced are a product of the ’90s. The McLaren F1, the Mercedes CLK GRT, the Porshe 911 GT1, and the Venturi 600LM, to name a few. Thanks to the depths of the internet, we’re able to enjoy them in their prime once again, 23 years later. Round five of the FIA GT Championship took place at the incredible Spa Francorchamps circuit, and has been immortalized in low resolution… but it’s worth a watch in any case.
Rob Dern’s infatuation with Mercedes’s C126 platform began early: through movies and pop culture, the 560 SEC rose quickly to prominence as an end-all in automotive prowess through the ’80s and ’90s. Gangsters and rockstars alike turned to the massive coupe as a catchall for performance and poise, and understandably, Rob’s attention was fixed on the coupe for years and years to come.