Category Archive: Apex Racing News, Apex Video, BangShift APEX, BangShift News, MISC, RACING & ACTION, Videos

Long In The Tooth: The 1982 Maserati Merak SS Was An Italian Looker That Had Lost Its Fastball

There’s something kind of sad about seeing a once successful person, organization, or thing just kind of limping into its inevitable end. For Maserati and the Merak SS that was the situation in...

Are You Coming Or Not? Questions Remains On Potential Start Of 2023 Z06 Production – Will They Start Building In May?

(By Tom Lohnes) – As we all know, 2022 just started. But General Motors thinks otherwise. Just now sort of recovering from the never-ending chip shortage, they have decided that they will be...

Hitch In The Giddy-Up: Mustang Sales Slump In 2021 and Challenger Takes Top Sports Car Sales Spot!

(By Tom Lohnes) – The Ford Mustang has had some pretty rough years. There was the cool but heavy 1971-1973 ‘Stang, the downright gutless Mustang II, and more recently the 2005-2010 model...

Fare Thee Well: The 2022 Audi TTRS Will Be The Final Version Of The Little 400hp Rocket

(By Tom Lohnes) – In today’s market of sports cars, performance on paper is sadly the most important element. People too often dismiss cars as slow, when they are really not meant to be a...

Cool Historic Video: Watch Walter Cronkite Cruise A Sports Car, and Check Out Vintage In-Car Racing Action From Lime Rock!

Walter Cronkite was a car guy, no kidding. He was a sports car guy, having fallen in love with the small speedy cars while working as a front line war correspondent during WWII. Cronkite owned and...

Almost Here: The 2022 Acura Integra Prototype Is Set To Be Revealed This Week – The Return Of A Big Nameplate

(By Tom Lohnes) – With 2022 right around the corner, Acura has some things planned. There’s the shockingly expensive MDX Type-S slated for next year, the sad discontinuation of the NSX, and...

Don’t Call It A Comeback: Rumors Running Wild About The Possible Return Of The Toyota MR2 – Porsche Involved?

(By Tom Lohnes) – The Toyota MR2 has been throughout history, Toyota’s entry-level, fun-to-drive, slightly wacky sports car that’s a fun option to budget-minded enthusiasts. Well, a...

Is Tesla Readying A Model S Plaid+ ‘Ring Wrecker? Mysterious Model S Plaid+ Spotted Ripping Around German Course

(By Tom Lohnes) – After being allegedly cancelled for the 2022 model year, a strange Tesla Model S Plaid+ prototype has been spotted ripping around the Nürburgring Nordschelife In Germany....

Balance Is Key: 11th Generation Civic Si Debuts With Slightly Less Power But More Concentration On Chassis and Handling

(By Tom Lohnes) – The new Honda Civic Si is here, and it isn’t really what we all expected. First off, the biggest upset for enthusiasts, this new sporty Civic makes a whole 200 horsepower....

Perfect Storm: The Story Of How IndyCar Created Their Own Worst Nightmare In Las Vegas 2011

I remember watching the final race of the 2011 IndyCar season. I remember watching it to see if Dan Wheldon would win the $5-million bonus that he had been given the shot at. I remember watching...

Battle In Bowling Green: OPTIMA’s Search For The Ultimate Street Car Series Hits NCM Motorsports Park

(Words by By Jim McIlvaine) The regular season of OPTIMA’s 2021 Search for the Ultimate Street Car, presented by Advance Auto Parts, wrapped up at NCM Motorsports Park on October 10th, leaving...

Gearhead History! Killer Ads and Cool Stuff From The Pages of Motor Life Magazine Circa 1960-62

So one of the things I have been enraptured with during the winter so far has been this massive collection of old magazines that I was fortunate enough to receive as a gift from the Kuntz family of...

Hydrogen Hustler: Toyota’a President Is Set To Race A Corolla With A Hydrogen Burning 1.6L GR Yaris Engine!

(By Tom Lohnes) – Toyota as a company reminds me of the color beige. Their cars are good, but lack emotion, and their sports cars both aren’t exactly all Toyota. Toyota’s president on...

Old School Cool Video: This 1974 Film From Perfect Circle Piston Rings Showcases Indy, Manufacturing, Lloyd Ruby

This is a gem of a video. Made by the Perfect Circle Piston Ring Company in 1974 it takes us through the world of manufacturing rings from conception to actual quality control tasing. It also takes...