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Mercedes 300SL Gullwing At Bonneville Gives Us Salt Fever
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Made To Drive | S03 E03

The Ringbrothers

One might not expect a small Wisconsin town in the middle of the state to make much of a distinction on a map, but Spring Green bucks this trend. First, Frank Lloyd Wright built the local and well-known landmark, Taliesin, and second, Ringbrothers set up shop. Brothers Mike and Jim Ring have been building cars together since 1994 and have been making a name for themselves ever since. These brothers grew up with gasoline in their veins and have been responsible for creating some of the most talked-about custom muscle cars of the past few years. We took a look at where they started, found out what it's like to work together as brothers, and went for a ride with their '65 Mustang "Producer" and '64 Fairlane "Afterburner".
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Mercedes 300SL Gullwing At Bonneville Gives Us Salt Fever
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There are many ways to enjoy your toys, from driving, to racing, to keeping them in a collection, there are various avenues to gaining pleasure from what you own. For Bob Sirna, this comes from racing at the salt flats of Bonneville. Many different types of cars run at Bonneville, but Bob chooses a car that you wouldn't ever expect to be racing, let alone down a strip of metal-eating salt: a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing. Now fetching over a million dollars, the 300SL is a car that you mainly see at a concourse or in a museum—not trying to break land speed records at Speed Week. For the last 12 years Bob has been bringing his Gullwing to the salt in an effort to break records and cure his "salt fever." Bob likes to say, "Enjoy your toys," and this is a motto we can stand behind.
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For Steve Strope of Pure Vision, turning his idea into loud and fast art is something very few fabricators can dedicate themselves to. His concept was created from a “what if” moment, where he imagined Ford and Martini Racing teaming up to dominate rally races across Europe. Powered by a 1966 Ford/Lotus Indy Car motor, this fastback Mustang is serious business when it comes to performance. Much like a watchmaker who knows the purpose of each moving part, Steve’s design signature can be found hidden in the car’s details. As enthusiasts spend hours discovering new pieces crafted for his Mustang, Steve smiles from ear to ear and is envigorated to start his next project. Nothing has been left untouched and everything on this Mustang is meant to set your imagination on fire.
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Stephan Wikinson
Stephan Wikinson

Now wait…they’re car builders and they can’t adjust the tie rods to center the steering wheel?

D Wheatley
D Wheatley

This is Wisconsin. Love the state, love the people.

Taras Odulak
Taras Odulak

Taking a canvas and creating… these guys are craftsmen and artists. Their product delivers their philosophy.

Thanks for the inspiration.

(camera is bouncing comment…. no offense and I appreciate good video production but was this piece really that hard to watch?)

Jeremy
Jeremy

I love the work you guys do. These story’s are awesome, the slider shots are neat, and well placed. The rolling shots need work it’s really hard to watch the car when the camera is bouncing around so much, like in this film @2:40. It looks like the camera is being hand held, is it possible for you to use a portable JIB?
Please keep making these films, looking forward to more.

Kuroneko
Kuroneko

Better a jiggly camera out there taping stuff, than no camera at all! Happy to watch, as indeed car-guy passion is evident. While some of the work looks like a dog vomited up its Froot Loops, I can see the skills and dedication – afterburner bits, partially flush windows, milled billet cliches, donk wheels, [i]etc[/i]. What great machines to walk around and marvel at the excess of details.

Someone give them some more work so they do not have to lavish all the details on just one or two of their own cars! Neko.

Tim Goedhart
Tim Goedhart

Even though I hate people changing and customizing perfect, beautiful cars, I love hearing guys talking so passionate about their hobby. Even though every car-guy has another passion, we still connect in our love for these vehicles.
Keep up the good work!