Last week I wrote about how I came across a very cool Lotus Esprit resource, LotusEspritWorld.com. The site is packed with information about this legendary sports car, but the layout, typography, and images look like they haven’t been updated since its copyright year of 2009, maybe earlier. I’m not talking about smack – it’s a great porn site and it’s quite endearing that it’s from a certain vintage. It also loads quickly and is devoid of weird pop-ups and other RAM-stealing features.
This sparked a fun request from our readership: show us your favorite vintage car websites that are still online in some way. There are so many vintage car websites that haven’t been updated in years, but are still valuable to enthusiasts and beloveds among their respective tuning circles. We can only hope that someone will keep paying the bills to keep the lights on so future owners can easily pick up some solid knowledge and knowledge.
Here are five of the best you’ve all highlighted.
The reader staff member Stef Schrader brought Clarks-Garage.com to our attention. It’s a very complete front-engine Porsche resource and, like Lotus Esprit World, it looks like it was designed many years ago with a huge Compaq tower. That’s a compliment, by the way, and I’m glad the site is still alive.
Reader Rob_Cr shared the R3VLimited forum, which has been around for a long time, but is still active and a great place to get knowledge about the legendary BMW E30.
Reader CHARLES threw Giuliettas.com in the ring. It hasn’t been updated in a while, but it mimics an early WordPress-like design and is full of interesting blog posts about Alfa Romeo ownership and information. A quick analysis reveals that the first message dates back to the spring of 2008.
S2k_4Life player removed SoCalCarCulture.com, which peaked in the late 90s or early 2000s. It even has one of those counters to show you how many people from each country have visited the site. When I click on this link, I have the impression of having arrived there by ask Lycos to pick it upand it should take about 45 seconds to load, since I’m in college and want to do a few sick rides after school before my parents get home from work.
To finish, Ryan Zummallen at Edmunds raised Chem.UCLA.Edu/~Na/Supercars. The creator created a car website on the University of California, Los Angeles server while working there in the late 90s, and it’s still there! Bless the university for never pulling the plug, and I have a feeling California law should require it never to. I mean, it belongs to the damn Library of Congress, at least in my mind. The site is a fun read, and while I haven’t checked to see if its creator is still working on it, I hope it’s doing well and still trending on cool cars.
Check out the rest of reader submissions and add more in the comments section here. Let’s celebrate all the old websites that the eternal and glorious internet has given us.