Around this time last month, I drove my Mazdaspeed6 from Longmont, Colorado to Lynchberg, Tennessee to visit a good friend of mine and, get some relaxation in, and see & do some cool car stuff.

This is my friend Justin’s rallycross machine, a 1988 Honda Civic RT4WD Wagovan. He had just recently finished turbocharging it before I came down to visit. It is now a very fast 1988 Honda Civic. Here’s a video of Justin ripping around on the dirt.

Gravel tires for the wagon.

This is Justin’s goofy Bengal cat, Anmar.

We took a day trip out to US 129, the Tail of the Dragon. What a blast! This was my first visit to the Dragon, and the Mazdaspeed6 performed admirably. It hides its 3500+ lbs weight very well. Here’s a clip from one of my runs.

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After running the Dragon a couple times we detoured down to Fontana Dam and caught some amazing steam rising off of the water. Anybody play Wave Race 64 back in the day? I was getting some serious Drake Lake vibes here.

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The next day Justin and I headed up to Nashville to visit the Lane Motor Museum. What a fantastic organization! We spent a good bit of time here and we didn’t even catch a basement tour. We’ll definitely have to come back to check out the basement.

Seeing the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo was a highlight for me. I like cars that aren’t afraid to try something different, and this front-engined, front-wheel drive LMP1 car qualifies for that label, I think.

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I’m not a big bicycle guy, but from what I understand this Lotus Sport Type 108 dominated the bike racing scene when it debuted in the early 90s with a carbon fiber monocoque frame.

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Honda City with requisite Motocompo option!

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The DKW Monza set five world records in 1956 with an average speed of 87 mph around its namesake race track in Italy. It’s also friggin’ gorgeous.

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1958 DKW Auto Union 1000. These had a cabin-operated radiator block-off, something my old 1988 Mazda 323 GTX could have used.

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Old Auto Union 4x4. Funky design.

Renault Sport Spider! Can’t go wrong with a fun little roofless French car.

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This Tatra really impressed me. Interesting design, great looking wheels, and an interior that you definitely won’t confuse with a BMW or Mercedes from the same era.

Funky little car in the Lane parking garage.

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Fact: It’s impossible to be unhappy when you’re sitting in a 2CV.

Just some lunar photography.

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Justin also has a very well-sorted S2000.

Here’s my Instagram if you want to see more of my photography: @MarquetteLa