If there’s anything I truly enjoy stumbling across, it’s unseen DTM footage. Call me a fanboy: I’ll happily take it. Last week, Eric van de Poele uploaded footage from the 1987 race at Zolder, complete with a slew of behind-the-scenes shots and incredible sound bites. You know the drill.
Despite having only been produced for three years, the DeLorean DMC-12 is undeniably an American Icon. It’s an instantly-recognizable piece of pop culture, and for better or worse, it owes it all to Doc Brown and his time machine. You know the one. While the DeLorean Motor Company has an interesting history of its own, its trivial at best in comparison to the history solidified by Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox.
These “Year in Review” pieces seem to come more and more quickly with each passing year. It’s terrifying, to be honest. Just a “few short months” ago, it seems as though 2019 rolled in. I announced 10 successful years of StanceWorks, the dawn of Protomachine, and was fresh on the feet of my latest build, the ’31 Ford Model A that debuted at SEMA ’18.
In 1973, the world was blessed with Europe’s first turbocharged production car: the BMW 2002 Turbo. With 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, it was an absolute riot to drive, and paired with low production numbers, it is undoubtedly a true collector’s piece. Only 1,672 were built, making it an incredible machine to see in any garage, period. Commanding prices well over $100,000 as we approach 2020, it means they’re few and far between.
In 1987, Car and Driver Magazine set out to find the fastest street car in America. In that same year, the Ferrari F40 proved to be the first-ever production car to break the 200mph barrier; however, urban legends told of street machines that could hang and beat it. It was at the dawn of the horsepower wars, and the exchange rate of 500 ponies in 1987 is as daunting as 1,000 in 2020.