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Mazda Prototype

$240,000,000. Say it out loud: Two hundred and forty MILLION dollars. That’s more than the GDP of some small nations. What significance does this figure have, you ask? It is the estimated budget of Audi’s LMP1 program for 2014. Breathing on a …

As the Francis collection began to grow, our Executive Editor Jeff Francis and his father Ben decided it was time to seek a new restoration project. Being that Ben had an affinity for Ford Mustangs, it was decided that only a Shelby would satisfy …

1968 Shelby GT350 Convertible

Hunting for the “right” project car is never an easy task. Even with the entirety of the internet at one’s fingertips, it takes a lot of due diligence (and a bit of luck) to score the perfect candidate. For some, the adventure lays in the hu…

The mid 1980s were an interesting time in the collector car world. Barns everywhere were littered with “old” cars long past their expiration date. This was a time in which restorations were exceedingly difficult; we were yet to have the burgeo…

Always one to follow his passion, Team Principal Jeff Francis spent over two decades as a certified collector car appraiser. The 1980s were certainly a different time; it seemed as though one couldn’t walk five feet without tripping over an old …

1096 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

It was the early 90’s and the housing market was in the gutter. Home values dropped considerably more than anyone expected. Team Principal Jeff Francis was hoping to unload a home that he no longer had a use for. After many months of buyers who …

1966 Ford GT40 LeMans

Ford Performance landed in France this June with a proverbial force majeure: four new Ford GTs with full factory support. Their goal? Recreate the success of the original GT40, exactly 50 years after the historic 1966 LeMans 1-2-3 victory. Unfortu…

Few question whether or not Italy was the home of Renaissance art. Da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo represent the pinnacle of design during the late 15th century. Their works can be viewed in places such as The Vatican, The Louvre, and The Met.…

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The Driver’s Series scours the world to find and explore compelling driving experiences for the driving enthusiast with a passion for speed. We send our resident driver Jeff Francis to get behind the wheel and report back to Speed Journal readers to ride along virtually or become inspired to take on the driving experiences themselves. Are you involved with a driving experience that should be featured on The Speed Journal? Do you have a driving experience suggestion for The Speed Journal to investigate? Please contact us.