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Pirelli World Challenge is making its return to Portland International Raceway

July 12, 2018

Courtesy of Sportscar 365: Pirelli World Challenge is making its return to Portland International Raceway this weekend, marking the series’ first trip to the venue since 2005 Dino Crescentini won the GT event that year in a Corvette C6, leading a podium of Leighton Reese and Wolf Henzler. Randy Pobst was the winner in the Touring Car race in a Mazda 6, while Eric Curran and Matt Richmond join...Continue Reading

Getting Muddy in the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 with the Woman Who Brought It to Life

July 5, 2018

Courtesy of The Drive: Back in April, Ford announced it was essentially giving up on everything in its lineup that wasn't a truck or SUV. Amurica, am I right? General Motors may still be sticking with sedans, but it's massively invested in the truck market as well. Just four years ago, GM started rolling out a refreshed offering in a segment that had been all but abandoned in the states—the mids...Continue Reading

Global Mazda MX-5 Cup: Why Racing on a Budget Truly Matters

June 30, 2018

Courtesy of The Drive: The world is full of frustrated racers, myself included. Racing is an expensive sport, and until tires, fuel, and handmade chassis cost as much as a basketball or a golf club, motorsports will be for the wealthy and a lucky few. The barriers to getting into racing are significant as most aspiring racing drivers have to self-fund their careers with the hopes of making it b...Continue Reading

Sampling A V-8 Mustang With the Performance Pack 2

June 11, 2018

Courtesy of Automobile Magazine: Ford has changes in store for the Mustang Shelby GT350 designed to upgrade its uber-pony/sports car with handling improvements for the 2019 model year. The mid-cycle upgrade features new suspension calibrations, a new wheel design, new tires, and improved aerodynamics, according to Mustang engineering chief Carl Widmann. The new tires are Michelin Pilot Sport Cu...Continue Reading

Ford turns Mustang into high-performance powerhouse

May 26, 2018

Courtesy of Bloomberg: Mustang GT Fastback – an updated, faster and more beautiful version of sports coupe – transformed by all-new Performance Package 2 into car for the ages. Ford Motor Company is not well. Last month, total car deliveries plunged 15 per cent, while overall sales fell 4.5 per cent. Year-on-year sales in the United States dipped more than 4 per cent from 2016. The...Continue Reading

2018 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2

May 24, 2018

Courtesy of Automobile Magazine: Curse you, Mother Nature, for cutting short our stint in the most track-focused modern GT to date. The skies are threatening as we pull up to the Monticello Motor Club, a picturesque private circuit carved out of a slice of the Catskills region of upstate New York. It’s not looking good. We’re here to drive a 2018 Ford Mustang GT dialed up to 2—a car that...Continue Reading

Driving a 2018 Mustang with the Performance Pack 2 at MMC

May 22, 2018

Courtesy of NY Daily News: The Ford Mustang has come a long way since its 1964½ debut. Hagerty, the classic car insurance company, brought one of the original V8 Mustangs to a Ford-hosted track day in Upstate New York, and while the car was charming, it was also slow. That turned out to be a good thing, because at speeds over 50 miles per hour, the all-drum-brake, lap-belts-only coupe was terrify...Continue Reading

Ford’s Mustang GT Goes for Hot Laps at MMC

May 18, 2018

Courtesy of Hot Rod: The release of a new Mustang is cause for enthusiasts to flock to Ford dealerships. Team Mustang has done it again, this time with the all-new Performance Pack Level 2, which is guaranteed to excite the Mustang faithful. Performance Pack Level 2 was born from Ford’s desire to fill its stable with exciting pony packages that meet the rigorous demands of performance, person...Continue Reading

New Mustang Test Drive at MMC Delayed by a Tornado

May 17, 2018

Courtesy of arstechnica: In April, Ford dropped a bombshell on us, announcing that it's going to cull almost its entire car lineup from the US market to concentrate on SUVs and crossovers. Not the Mustang, though. The Blue Oval's sedans might not be selling well, but that's not the case for its sports car, which has topped the sales charts for the coupe market for the third year in a row. On Wedn...Continue Reading

2018 FORD MUSTANG GT PERFORMANCE PACK 2 REVIEW

May 16, 2018

Courtesy of MotorTrend:  3.3 seconds. When we paired this dynamic pony-car duo earlier this year, the performance gap between the newly refreshed 2018 Ford Mustang with Performance Package and the Camaro SS 1LE (a fourth-place finisher in our 2016 Best Driver’s Car competition) was 3.3 seconds on our local Streets of Willow Springs handling circuit. The more powerful Mustang’s best lap was...Continue Reading

PS4S rides to MMC

April 30, 2018

Courtesy of BMWBlog: It was 5 a.m. and my alarm was going off. I didn’t mind though as I was on my way to Monticello Motor Club for an M Track Day put on by BMW of North America. A day filled with driving the latest BMW M cars on one of the premier race tracks in North America was very exciting and made it easy to roll out of bed! Michelin is one of the few sponsors of the BMW M Track Days ...Continue Reading

RABE AND FAULKNER LEAD IMSA

April 26, 2018

Courtesy of Autoweek: The IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge has undergone an evolution in recent years and Mike Bavaro, team owner of Bodymotion Racing and president of Bodymotion Inc., likes what he sees. Bavaro’s team currently fields two cars in the Continental Tire Challenge -- the No. 5 Porsche Cayman GT4 MR in the Grand Sport class and the No. 21 Porsche Cayman in the Street Tu...Continue Reading

MMC CONTRIBUTES TO SPCA’S NEW BUILDING

April 26, 2018

Courtesy of recordonline: The Sullivan County SPCA celebrated the official opening of its new medical isolation building during an open house event on April 4. The event was hosted in conjunction with Monticello Motor Club and Art In Motion Concours d’Elegance, who are collectively responsible for the $25,000 donation that allowed the SPCA to complete the project. The new building, welcome...Continue Reading

MMC offers escape from the gridlock

April 23, 2018

"I want you to feel the car. Feel the gas, feel the brake," my racetrack instructor Jason Rabe is saying. We're driving along 4.1 miles of looping, winding asphalt at Monticello Motor Club, a members-only venue near the Catskills in New York that bills itself as "the world's premier automotive playground." The course has 22 turns and 450 feet of elevation change, designed with the help of a forme...Continue Reading

Global Mazda MX-5 Cup COTA replays

March 29, 2018

Courtesy of Racer: The Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires staged two thrilling races to open the 2018 season at the Circuit of the Americas this weekend, and now race fans have the chance to watch them both. With over 30 entries, the double-header event featured the launch of the Challenger Class presented by Monticello Motor Club as well as the first race weeken...Continue Reading

Taking a Winter Dip in the Renewed Off-Road Icon at MMC

March 22, 2018

Courtesy of The Drive: Taking a Winter Dip With the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Like a lot of northerners this time of year, I’ve been praying that winter has petered out, and that New York’s sidewalks—disgusting enough at any time—have seen their last snowfall of the season. And then the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon showed up at my door, like a brat in a bright-red snowsuit, begging me to...Continue Reading

Aurora Straus Delaying Harvard to Race

March 18, 2018

Courtesy of the New York Post:  Aurora Straus never intended to become a professional race car driver. But when she was 13, her dad signed her up for a safe-driving lesson at the Monticello Motor Club in the Catskills. “My dad’s intention was for me to learn car control skills,” she told The Post of her father, Ari Straus, the CEO of the club. But during the one-on-one session (privat...Continue Reading

New Drivers Selected for Spec MX-5 Challenge

March 7, 2018

Courtesy of Winding Road: Six of the first 10 drivers have been selected for the inaugural season of the Spec MX-5 Challenge Central Series. Each of these drivers is aiming for the regional championship and a shot at the season-ending grand prize of $100,000 supported by Mazda Motorsports, Yokohama Tire, Winding Road Racing and Atlanta Speedwerks. These drivers hope to join qualifying participants...Continue Reading

Subaru WRX STI at MMC [video]

March 2, 2018

Courtesy of The Drive: Winter sucks. There, I said it. Sure, there are some positive aspects to the coldest of seasons. The holidays are always nice. It gives us a chance to drink hot cocoa, and an excuse to stay inside and binge-watch TV or binge-read books. But in terms of activities, the only thing winter is good for is sliding around. Pretty much every winter sport revolves around this in...Continue Reading

Living with the 718 Cayman

February 19, 2018

Courtesy of MultiBriefs Exclusive: I took delivery on my 718 Cayman on July 1, a little more than six months ago. The next weekend, I drove 150 miles to Monticello Motor Club for the Stuttgart Challenge in a monsoon. Within weeks, the Northeast was hit by two successive heat waves of nearly 100 degrees, and now more recently we've seen as many subzero cold fronts. I think it's safe to say tha...Continue Reading

Supporting the 2018 Spec MX-5 Challenge

February 19, 2018

Courtesy of Turnology: Yokohama is proud to announce its affiliation with Spec MX-5 Challenge, a new category which spans the bridge between club Spec Miata and professional series like the Battery Tender MX-5 Cup. These sorts of series help make the world of professional motorsport slightly more egalitarian, and in these days of extremely high barriers to entry, they’re a breath of fresh ai...Continue Reading

2018 Trackhawk Review at MMC [video]

February 7, 2018

Courtesy of FoxNews: The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is a real time-saver. If you don’t mind pushing your luck with the law. That’s because the latest version of the cargo-hauling, trailer-towing, family-friendly all-weather SUV is the most powerful and one of the quickest utility vehicles in the world. It has the same 707 hp 6.2-liter supercharged V8 found in the Dodge Challenger and C...Continue Reading

Chris Duplessis; off-road expert, iPhone hero

February 2, 2018

Courtesy of Road & Track: Just yesterday, we shared the tale of the Mercedes G550 4x4², the most unstoppable off-roader we've ever tested. During that test, we also discovered that the iPhone 8 might be the G550 4x4² of phones. Part of our test involved driving up and down a river, partly for photography, partly for shits and giggles. R&T.com contributor Roger Garbow was riding in ...Continue Reading

Off-Roading the Most Ridiculous Factory SUV on Four Wheels

February 1, 2018

Courtesy of Road & Track: Week With a Car is a recurring look into the garage and multiple outdoor parking spots of Sam Smith, R&T's globetrotting editor at large. Expect it to hold magazine test cars, vintage race cars, whatever he's driving that week. The form—everything from road diary to rambling brain dump—varies, but it's always interesting. It doesn't always make sense, but the...Continue Reading

PCA Club Racing returns to MMC in 2018

January 11, 2018

Courtesy of Speedway Digest: The Porsche Club of America (PCA) Club Racing Trophy East series is undergoing several exciting changes for its 2018 season, welcoming in GTC Cup cars, including the 991.1 and 997.2 versions of the 911, to join the Cayman GT4 Clubsport entries at each race event. The series will be traveling to six events for the 2018 season at some of the United States' most challe...Continue Reading

Hellcat-powered Jeep launches (Quickly) at MMC

January 10, 2018

Courtesy of The Drive: People either get the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, or they don't—as Facebook commenters proved in our video from Monticello Motor Club of the madcap, 707-horsepower, Dodge Hellcat-powered Jeep. Either you think it’s awesome that a family-friendly Jeep can launch to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, and through a quarter-mile in 11.8 seconds (at 115 mph); or you wonder why anyone...Continue Reading

What’s More Fun on MMC’s Off-Road Course, a Truck or a UTV?

January 3, 2018

Courtesy of The Drive: Let's face it: The Ford F-150 Raptor really doesn't have any true competitors. The Ram Rebel may look the part, but it's not nearly as badass as the Baja-bred Blue Oval; on the flip side, while the Chevy Colorado ZR2 may be able to keep up off-road, it's at least one size too small to truly take on the full-sized Ford. No, to find something really capable of keeping up wi...Continue Reading

MX-5 Cup 2018 schedule released, finale at MMC

December 23, 2017

Courtesy of Racer: Mazda has announced the 2018 Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires schedule. The schedule features four INDYCAR weekends, including a return to the popular Portland International Raceway, in Portland, Oregon, for the first time since 2008. The championship season will conclude in October at the Monticello Motor Club, just 90 minutes from New ...Continue Reading

Trying to Make a PB+J On Our Off-Road Course

December 13, 2017

Courtesy of The Drive: Here's the second installment in our series in which video editor Erica Lourd attempts to make a sandwich while I drive like a jackass. The first was: a Caprese sandwich, around Lime Rock Park's autocross course, in a Subaru WRX; here, I'm behind the wheel of a Subaru Crosstrek, while Erica attempts to make a PB&J, as we fly up and down and over the off-road course a...Continue Reading

MMC member and PWC TCA champ puts fun first

December 5, 2017

Courtesy of Racer: Matt Fassnacht made a decision. In 2016, Fassnacht was splitting his time between Battery Tender Mazda Global MX-5 Cup and Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car A, racing two generations of Mazda MX-5 – the ex-MX-5 Cup third-generation car in PWC and the current car in MX-5 Cup. As the season went on, he discovered the intensity of spec racing wasn't quite his cup of tea, so ...Continue Reading

Patrick Long Wrestles with a GT3 Cup Car at MMC

November 25, 2017

Courtesy of Turnology: Driving a Porsche 911 on the limit is usually a pretty busy process. The driver must manage the odd weight distribution, the heavy steering inputs, and the challenge of managing a light front and a snappy rear. Those are all generalities, and not necessarily true with every 911, but they’re more likely to be seen when a 911 is running on very cold slicks. Patrick Long k...Continue Reading

Something big is happening next door to MMC

November 20, 2017

Courtesy of Hudson Valley News Network: KIAMESHA LAKE–They’re doing a lot of boasting in Sullivan County at the 100-day mark. That is when the Resorts World Catskills Casino is opening for business. As the first of the 2,150 state-of-the-art slot machines were being wheeled in on Monday morning, those behind the $1.2 billion project bragged on what it is and what it will become by the time ...Continue Reading

MMC’s BMW M2 School Is the Ivy League of Driver Training

November 10, 2017

Courtesy of The Drive: What could be better than a BMW M2? Try an M2 with its back seats ripped out, a roll cage and performance mods added in, and a crew of racing pros to instruct you in the ways of speed. The M2 is one of our favorite attainable cars, and likely the best pure driver’s car in BMW’s current portfolio. It’s smaller, more engaging and attainable (at about $55,000 to star...Continue Reading

Bugatti goes for a spin on MMC’s track

November 8, 2017

Courtesy of Forbes: Not long after Bugatti's new Chiron set an official world record for the quickest time for a production car to accelerate to 400 kph and then brake back to a dead stop (41.96 seconds), another supercar set another world record, one that Bugatti had held for years. On an 11-mile stretch of straight public road near Las Vegas, NV, the Koenigsegg Agera RS averaged 277.9 mph for...Continue Reading

Polaris RZR Drifts Entire Karting Track With Precision

November 6, 2017

Courtesy of The Drive: Side-by-side vehicles like the Polaris RZR are fun four-wheelers used mostly for off-roading through wooded trails and generally having a good time away from the pavement. This Polaris RZR, as you're about to see, is a little different. Someone at the Monticello Motor Club thought it would be a good idea to fit a set of street tires on one of its two-seat, short-wheelbase...Continue Reading

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth vs. Mazda Miata RF at MMC

October 26, 2017

Courtesy of Torque News: A long time Miata fan and owner weighs on the debate over which is the better track car, the Miata or the 124 Spider. The reason for the win is the biggest surprise. This past week, Torque News had the opportunity to run the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth and the Mazda Miata RF back to back on the track at the beautiful Monticello Motor Club in New York State. MMC is on...Continue Reading

3 Big Surprises on MMC’s Track

October 25, 2017

Courtesy of Torque News: We take the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk around a track and come away surprised by three things. Torque News was fortunate enough to have a chance to lap the incredible Monticello Motor Club in the new 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk this week. The good folks at FCA America and Dodge have made the Hellcats available to us in the past, so the amazing 707 hp ...Continue Reading

A Pro Rally Driver Tried to Kill Me in a Polaris RZR

October 23, 2017

Courtesy of The Drive: We're rocketing across the dusty landscape, annihilating small bushes and sending gravel into the stratosphere, when I see the cliff. The rough two-track we're following appears to end at the edge, and I'm just starting to calculate how we can possibly slow down in time as reality strikes with an awesome, terrible clarity: Chris Duplessis is not going to stop. The Drive's...Continue Reading

Watch Chris Duplessis Drift A 2018 Trackhawk

October 22, 2017

Courtesy of The Drive: Monticello Motor Club track manager and driving "jedi" Chris Duplessis spent the majority of his day with The Drive this past Thursday at Monticello Motor Club. Although Chris has an extensive WRC background, he doesn't shy away from the pavement. After spending a full day of ripping Polaris RZRs through the Monticello off-road course and ensuring everything on the tr...Continue Reading

Classic Racers Can’t Stand Still at AIM Concours

October 7, 2017

Courtesy of The Drive: Fifty years from now, when the masses are shuttled in autonomous UberPods, and drones hunt the last rebels who dare to drive, tracks like Monticello Motor Club may be the only sanctuary for holdouts who can’t let go of their keys, or the good old days. Overly apocalyptic? Perhaps. But as I drive in a road rally at the Art in Motion Concours d’Elegance, it’s clea...Continue Reading

Students with disabilities school opens in Cornwall

September 7, 2017

Courtesy of Times Herald-Record: The Abilities First School opened its doors in Orange County on Sept. 6 and welcomed 22 students, age 5-21. The school, which provides programs and services for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is the school’s first location in Orange County. The school location at 340 Hudson St., Cornwall-on-Hudson, is a temporary site, while a recen...Continue Reading

Aurora Straus Profiled On “Black Flag”

August 29, 2017

Courtesy of Jalopnik: At 13 years old, Aurora Straus enrolled in racing school. Things weren’t going well early on, so an instructor offered extra help. He soon declared to her that it wasn’t Straus’ fault she was developing a little slower than others—“because she was a girl,” he said, she’d never be as aggressive as she needed to be. Straus was crushed. Being from New York, she ...Continue Reading

Straus Family Wins 2017 Community Leadership Award

August 25, 2017

Courtesy of Hudson Valley News Network: Abilities First has announced the 2017 annual award recipients to be honored at their nightclub-themed Signature Event on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at Shadows on the Hudson in Poughkeepsie, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The 2017 Community Leadership Award will be awarded to Dr. Marc Straus and Ari Straus. Most recently, the Straus Family donated the former Devitt...Continue Reading

BMW M2 Racing School At Monticello Motor Club

July 27, 2017

Courtesy of BMW Blog: One of our favorite things to do is attend M School at one of the BMW Performance Centers. But what if you want to take your driving to the next level and get behind the wheel of a BMW race car? Well Monticello Motor Club, a premier 4.1-mile race track just 90 minutes from New York City and which has recently partnered with BMW of North America, has just the thing for you ...Continue Reading

PCA Competitors at Monticello Motor Club

July 21, 2017

Courtesy of Speedway Digest: Porsche Club of America (PCA) CLub Racing competitors enjoyed fast, competitive racing in perfect racing conditions Saturday and Sunday at the Porsche of Conshohocken Presents the 2017 Riesentoter Stuttgart Challenge at Monticello Motor Club. More than 100 drivers took part in the annual event at the exclusive 18-turn, 3.6-mile asphalt road course about 90 miles nor...Continue Reading

Please Excuse the 2017 BMW M2 For Smoking

May 4, 2017

Courtesy of Men's Health: BMW would love for everyone to believe they’re building “The Ultimate Driving Machines.” Whether that’s true, of course, is a matter of opinion. Some agree that the German company is producing peak performance beasts. I’ve been taken by a few models—namely the new 7 Series, the M6 Gran Coupe and the 328d xDrive Sports Wagon—but largely been uninterested in ...Continue Reading

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Ford Focus RS

March 29, 2017

Courtesy of IEEE: Back in the 1980s, when Volkswagen birthed the hot hatchback with the GTI, owners like me thought 110 horsepower was a big deal. Things being what they are today, we now have the Ford Focus RS, which spins up a borderline-ridiculous 261 kilowatts (350 horsepower) and 475 newton meters (350 foot-pounds) of turbocharged torque from a dinky 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine. That...Continue Reading

I drove the fastest Jaguar sports car in the world

March 20, 2017

Courtesy of Business Insider: The Jaguar F-Type is one of my favorite cars. I like the F-Type so much that I nearly swayed my colleague Matt DeBord into handing the Jag Business Insider's Car of the Year award in 2014 instead of the game-changing Corvette Stingray. Over the past few years, I've had the pleasure of spending hundreds of miles behind the wheel of roughly half a dozen versio...Continue Reading

This is Why We Love ATVs

March 2, 2017

Courtesy of PopularMechanics: FOUR MEN (AND A BOY) FIND OUT IF IT'S POSSIBLE TO HAVE TOO MUCH HORSEPOWER. I grew up riding ATVs. My pre-driver's-license formative years were spent traversing the Maine woods aboard a Kawasaki Mojave 250 and a Honda 250X. These 1990s sport machines had manual transmissions, kick-starters, and a top speed just beyond 50 mph, which seemed fast enough when you were c...Continue Reading

How to Get the Most Out of a Porsche 911

December 28, 2016

Hannah Elliott of Bloomberg.com reviews the Porsche 911, recommending you take it to the track to maximize the driving experience. "Joining a track club isn’t cheap, but it does offer the chance to push your car to the very edge of physics. The 911 Carrera I drove comes with Porsche’s unique flat-six twin turbocharged 370-horsepower engine. It has 331 pounds-feet of torque. (Or so they sa...Continue Reading

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