Day: June 19, 2020

Charles Leclerc drives F1 Ferrari through streets of Maranello

Charles Leclerc drove his Ferrari Formula One car through the streets of Maranello on Thursday as the Italian team fired up for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic halted track activity in March.

Ferrari said the 22-year-old Monegasque was the first driver of the modern era to have driven an F1 car through their home town.

The low-speed run, which ended at the Fiorano test track without Leclerc completing any laps, came 110 days after the SF1000 car last turned a wheel at testing in Spain at the end of February.

“I don’t normally like getting up early, but this morning there was a great reason to do so,” commented Leclerc, who recognized his raucous run may have woken up some of the citizens.

 

Icon Derelict ’49 Hudson Commodore first drive: low but not slow

We haven’t checked with the Guinness Book or anything, but we’re pretty sure we’ve just executed the longest smoky burnout ever by a 1949 Hudson Commodore. About 200 feet of violence, smoke billowing from the skirted rear quarter panels, its supercharged LS9 V8 pulverizing the 18-inch rear tires.

At the next stoplight, we expect the older gentleman in the SUV beside us to scold our antics, but the opposite takes place. He’s clearly taken by Icon’s latest Derelict build. “That’s the car I had in high school,” he yells over. “It’s a ’49 Hudson, right?”

“That’s right,” we yell back over the rumble of its blown V8. “Beautiful,” he says with a smile. “I met my wife in that car.  She’s the only thing I ever loved more than that car.”

The man’s words are heartfelt, and the exchange is