Hooniganism – A postcard from the weekend.

If you’re a regular reader of the Bandit, or if you’ve just found out about us and decided to catch up by doing a deep dive through the archive, you’d find a lot of classic car material, or posts dedicated to good people doing fantastic work within the car community.

This leads to the oft-arrived upon perception that the Bandit is a little too old school. Well, here’s the antidote to that.

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A VW weekend – Catching the Bug.

Moderation? I certainly don’t know the meaning of the word. That’s probably how I ended up at three VW shows at the same day, and I’m very glad I did!

Spending time in Southern California, I’ve often spoken of the extensive car culture and a great deal of that can be attributed to the VAG scene. Like any other subset of car enthusiasts, the scene is broken up into different niches and groups. A good example is the tuner scene, which focuses on VW Golfs and Audi wagons.

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Rennsport Reunion VI – Part 2.

If you enjoyed Part 1 of our Rennsport coverage, continue reading here. 


A plan to attend a local Cars and Coffee was eschewed in favor of watching the 919 Evo fly around the track, and so the Sottiles and I were at the track by 8:30 a.m. Nestled into a particularly tight corner, we watched the 935s come screaming past at close proximity in their various liveries: Coke, Interscope and Hawaiian Tropic being just some of the cars that boosted through the corner. Scrabbling for grip as the turbos spooled up, these cars were not for the faint of heart and it quickly became apparent how ballsy these men were, piloting cars from a time when cigarettes and cocaine were considered an integral part of a regular breakfast.

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Rennsport Reunion VI – Part 1.

Rennsport Reunion was undoubtedly one of the best weekends I’ve ever had. We’ve divided it into a two-part feature in order to do it justice. Start reading now! 

I don’t know where to begin.

It’s two days after Rennsport Reunion VI ended, and my brain is still struggling to readjust to daily life. Four days of automobile extravaganza from the boys in Stuttgart will do that to anyone, and try as I may, every single superlative that I use to describe my time at the Laguna Seca circuit in Monterey over the past weekend, ends up falling painfully short. Regardless I will soldier on, in the interest of you, our dear readers.

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Wein11 – The Banditmobile.

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Think of a sportscar and within the first few guesses I’m sure you’ll chance upon the Porsche 911. We’re big fans of the Porsche marque and the 911 in particular. Aircooled, watercooled, Mezger-engined, lightweight, they’re available in a number of different flavors. Turn the clock back maybe three years and things were a little different.

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El Mirage – A Mein12 story.

A 912, a dry lakebed at sunrise, a DSLR camera and three slightly sleep-deprived people. Curious? Read on! 

There are times in life, when you think back to a particular event and wonder if it really happened the way you remember it. Things seemed to move so fast that beginning to end takes a couple minutes, and then we’re thrown back into our ordinary lives, with just these memories. Something of this nature took place a few weeks ago, and I would be remiss in not sharing them with you.

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The Mercedes Benz 500E – An aging wrestler in a three-piece suit.

This story has been on the backburner for a while now, having been written and shot in the middle of summer. Enjoy! 

Mercedes Benz has long made a name for itself building luxurious sedans for those who want to cover distance in comfort. The S, C and E-classes have been their bread and butter, now supported by numerous permutations of three letters that they seem to be pulling out of a hat, while responding to the needs of the market (a la GLA, GLC, GLE and all the rest).

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