Drive like Mario Andretti in his 1981 Alfa Romeo GTV-6

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Mario Andretti reunited with first racecar in touching GT6 video

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Mario Andretti 1948 Hudson

A few weeks back, we gave you a taste of Gran Turismo's First Love video series. It chronicled the efforts to rebuild a 1948 Hudson, just like the first race car of Mario Andretti. That piece was seriously cool and entertaining, but this latest video is even better.

This is the reunion of Andretti and the Hudson, with the car being as close to Andretti's original steed as possible. It wears the red paint, white racing stripes and chain to hold the driver's door closed, while a number of other details are enough to stir memories in the old racer. Naturally, Andretti needed to take the old beast out for a spin on a dirt track.

Of course, there is some marketing stuff to get through before moving to the sentimental part. Polyphony Digital's GT team details its process of recording cars like the Hudson that will end up being rendered in the game. Each vehicle is subject to photos from nearly every angle, and is then three-dimensionally scanned. As we mentioned in our last piece about this series, gamers will be able to drive Andretti's Hudson in Gran Turismo 6. Take a look below to watch the entire video, it's worth it.

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Gran Turismo 6 team rebuilds Mario Andretti’s first racecar

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Gran Turismo 6 First Love

Gran Turismo 6 hits the shelves today, y'all. Unless you're waiting for Santa to stuff a copy in your stocking (or have been embargoed from buying video games until after the holidays by well-meaning loved ones), you should probably go out an pick up a copy of The Real Driving Simulator's latest iteration. We're in the process of reviewing the title right now... stay tuned for more on that next week.

In a particularly cool, and beautifully shot piece of marketing for the launch of GT6, the team at Polyphony Digital has also started this First Love video and live-streaming series. At its heart is the 1948 Hudson you see above, the very first racing car of none other than Mario Andretti.

Gran Turismo is paying tribute to Andretti's amazing career in a couple of very cool ways here. To start, it's restoring the Hudson - live and for all the world to see. You can scroll below to watch the time-lapse video of the first two days of the build, or click through to the live-streaming page to follow along with the project. On December 16, we can expect the long-awaited reunion between the Hudson and its storied driver, too.

Cooler still, from the gaming perspective, the Gran Turismo 6 team will be scanning the Hudson digitally and creating a drivable version of it, available via free download, in the game itself. The Andretti Hudson should prove a welcome diversion, in much the same way driving the Goodwood Revival Hillclimb and in the Lunar Rover have so far... but we're getting ahead of ourselves.

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Gran Turismo 6 First Love

Gran Turismo 6 hits the shelves today, y'all. Unless you're waiting for Santa to stuff a copy in your stocking (or have been embargoed from buying video games until after the holidays by well-meaning loved ones), you should probably go out an pick up a copy of The Real Driving Simulator's latest iteration. We're in the process of reviewing the title right now... stay tuned for more on that next week.

In a particularly cool, and beautifully shot piece of marketing for the launch of GT6, the team at Polyphony Digital has also started this First Love video and live-streaming series. At its heart is the 1948 Hudson you see above, the very first racing car of none other than Mario Andretti.

Gran Turismo is paying tribute to Andretti's amazing career in a couple of very cool ways here. To start, it's restoring the Hudson - live and for all the world to see. You can scroll below to watch the time-lapse video of the first two days of the build, or click through to the live-streaming page to follow along with the project. On December 16, we can expect the long-awaited reunion between the Hudson and its storied driver, too.

Cooler still, from the gaming perspective, the Gran Turismo 6 team will be scanning the Hudson digitally and creating a drivable version of it, available via free download, in the game itself. The Andretti Hudson should prove a welcome diversion, in much the same way driving the Goodwood Revival Hillclimb and in the Lunar Rover have so far... but we're getting ahead of ourselves.

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Andretti, Earnhardt Sr. and Hunt racers head ‘Legends’ auction

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1974 Gurney Eagle driven by Mario Andretti at the 1974 Indy 500

RK Motors will be holding an auction in Charlotte, NC from October 31 to November 3, that is sure to get fans of both historic production and racecars really excited.

The production metal on offer is wildly impressive, including a pair of Hemi 'Cudas (one of which is an ultra-rare convertible), one of just six Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR Roadsters, a Mercedes-powered Lotec, a 600-horsepower, NASCAR-engined 2010 Camry Coupe and a 1951 Crosley fire truck. Are we the only ones excited about there being a fire truck up for auction?

Old hook-and-ladder trucks aside, the racers that will cross the block are a lot more intriguing. RK Motors is calling it the "Legends of Motorsports" collection, and with cars driven by Mario Andretti, Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and James Hunt set to cross the block, who are we to argue?

Cars driven by Mario Andretti, Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and James Hunt are set to cross the block.

The cars being auctioned lean heavily towards American championships, although there is one very, very special Formula One car included. Arguably the star of the show is the late Dale Earnhardt's 1977 Chevrolet Nova NASCAR, which the Intimidator used to great effect in a number of races. This multi-race winner is from the old school of NASCAR, with the lot description talking about how Earnhardt and his father-in-law, Robert Gee, Jr. took a hammer and hacksaw to the car to modify it for the 1986 season. This car has also ran Goodwood twice, is fully restored and should demand from $175,000 to $250,000.

As for open-wheeled racers, there are two big highlights, in addition to a number of more modern offerings. First, is James Hunt's McLaren M26, the car the British playboy took his final Formula One victory with at the 1977 Japanese Grand Prix. This is its first time at auction, and it's expected to easily crest seven figures, with a projected price of $1.2 to $1.8 million. The other big-name car is Mario Andretti's Gurney Eagle, which the American ran at the 1974 Indianapolis 500, although he failed to finish, dropping out on the second lap. Andretti ran the Eagle through the rest of the season, though, with a best result of third at the USAC Championship, that year.

There are more than a few other racers, including AJ Foyt's race-winning, 1978 Camaro, which he drove to his final victories. Michael Waltrip's Pontiac Grand Prix from his rookie season is also going up for auction, and will be perfect for fans of Hawaiian Punch. Davey Allison's 1992 Ford Thunderbird NASCAR rounds out the NASCAR offerings, while a pair of Champ Cars from Scott Pruett and Cristiano Da Matta round out the racers. Even the off-road crowd is well represented, with Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's 1994 Toyota Baja racer set to cross the block.

Check out our gallery up top for some historical images of the assorted racers, and then head over to RK Motors's website to view the entire list of cars being auctioned. There are more than a few good ones to see.

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