FYI About DLC -- The Meguiar's Car Pack
For every Forza lover there is a wish list of cars they want
to see added to the game and, every month, we deliver a little something for
everyone. This month’s Meguiar’s Car Pack
sets a new standard by adding the one of the oldest cars ever seen in the Forza
series and one of the last ALMS standout GT-class leaders. These cars are
surrounded by undeniable favorites like the VW Bug and the luxurious and
dauntingly fast Mercedes Benz C63 Black. Classic convertibles such as the BMW
507 and the MG MGA Twin-Cam have rich histories all their own and I’ll bet
there are lots of reasons to love the Aston Martin Cygnet if you look hard
enough. The Maserati Ghilbi has a race history and plenty of spec facts that
contribute to it being the most powerful per liter car of its time. I have just
gotten started with the below videos. I hope it spurs you all to go find other
cool details and share them with us in our dedicated FYI About DLC forum thread.
1987 RUF CTR
This supercar killer is best appreciated at speeds well
beyond the legal limit. Here are a few videos that display its agility, flat
out speed, and, of course, the chirp that gives credence to the name.
Even through the poor video quality you can appreciate the
handling and speed delivered. No helmet required, apparently.
A slightly different edit of this video
shows some great drift angles.
Here is one of the Yellowbird running Pikes Peak Hill Climb;
you can really hear the chirp of the blow off valve.
In closing, I point you to a Road
& Track article that compares the Yellowbird to 14 other ungodly fast
cars and one Toyota Prius.
1963 VW Bug
Man, there is so much to tell about the VW Bug. From its
history in Germany, its progression over the years, its re-emergence in the new
millennia and its film history, this car has a historical pedigree that is
practically unmatched, both in automotive and popular culture. However, you
probably know much of the Bug’s popular influence so, instead, I am going to
offer a personal anecdote told to me by my grandmother countless times which inspired
my love of Bugs.
Way back in 1969, my parents were in the Marines. Both of my
parents come from large families and were the oldest of their siblings. When I
came along, needless to say, the grandparents were excited. So much so, that my
grandmother hopped in her Red 1964 Beetle with her 14-year old daughter,
strapped a rocking chair on the roof and headed east to Virginia from
Washington. Along the way, the starter failed, and she and my soon-to-be-aunt
had to always park on a hill or leave it running when they stopped. The car otherwise
ran perfect and took them safely across the country in time for my birth.
A trailer from the original Herbie movie “The Love Bug.” I don’t know of
any other movie actually inspired by a car. Herbie translates the character of
the VW bug so well. Nearly indestructible, surprisingly quick if modified, and,
with enough charm to melt even the hardest of hearts. This is a classic family
film that might not have started the VW craze, but it certainly perpetuated it.
While the rest of the Herbie movies don’t hit the same mark,
they are all fun, so check them out: “Herbie Rides Again”, ”Herbie Goes to Monte
Carlo”, and “Herbie Goes Bananas”. Even Lindsay Lohan in “Herbie Fully Loaded”, although that is an entirely different take on our hero.
Beyond Tinsletown, the Bug has always been a favorite at the
drag strip and one can do some awesome wheelies with the right setup. Notice in
the following video how it is competing against V8 American muscle... and usually winning.
Here is an original tv ad for the Bug. It’s in German, but you'll get the point:
1940 Ford De Luxe
The art-deco design and period styling of the Ford De Luxe
Coupe appeals to any hot rodder or classic car enthusiast. These cars have been
drag-raced, dirt-tracked, and customized beyond recognition. Here are a couple
videos showing what folks have done with them over the years.
First up, here’s some amazing vintage footage of races from back
in the day around a high school football field. Can you imagine racing these
cars flat out on the same track high school kids were running the 400?
If that got you excited, here is a longer
video featuring hundreds of cars from this era; it’s just too cool to not
Here’s “Headhunter” warming up the tires and ready to blow
doors. The front end is high to help with weight transfer.
This is a nice tour of a perfectly restored 1940 Opera Coupe
(the luxury model)., It shows a lot of the neat features of this classic. You
can also hear that old V8.
1992 Toyota Celica
GT-Four RC ST185
This car was the result homologation requirements from
Toyota’s rallying heyday. In fact this car is known by many as “the World’s
Greatest Rally Car.” Here are a couple videos of the car displaying its rally prowess.
Here is one with the Celica sporting its African Rally garb.
And finally a tribute video with some killer Queen background
music. This video shows the Celica on pavement, dirt, mud, and snow. Makes you
miss the Celica. “Oh
what a feeling!” for sure.
What DLC fun facts, videos or useless trivia can you
discover? We invite you go dig around on the internet tubes and post your
findings in the June FYI About DLC thread. We will be reviewing
the thread and awarding unicorns of choice to the bits that strike a chord.