When the news broke six years ago, it felt like the music died.

Panasonic had done the unthinkable. Citing waning demand, the company stopped production of the iconic Technics 1200 turntable, the legendary deck which is as much a part of hip hop culture as beats and rhymes. But this week brought news that vinyl's renaissance has convinced the company to build the rock-solid record players again.

That sound you hear? It's millions of DJs sighing with relief. Here's what else happened this week:

  • On CorvetteForum, a member driving his C6 Z06—the one without pronounced heat sink issues—said he heard a loud bang and suddenly lost all power. Turns out something happened to turn a piston into shrapnel. At this point, the cause is a mystery.
  • Outside the comic book world, having a secret identity generally means you're up to no good. And the folks on JK-Forum got a big kick out of a woman who is currently selling her cheating hubby's Batman-themed Jeep. Hopefully homeboy is walking.
  • TeamSpeed members drooled over the shots of the basically bonkers, 430-horsepower Drakan Spyder at California's gorgeous El Mirage Dry Lake. Sure it doesn't have any provisions for a roof, but unlike the Ariel Atom, it does actually have some bodywork.
  • On RennList, one of the regulars in the GT2/GT3 forum tossed the keys to his Porsche to a buddy so he could take a lap of the infamous Nürburgring. And given the buddy in question drives in the VLN Endurance Championship you'd expect him to be quick. He is.
  • Generally, an old piece of Japanese iron isn't going to make much of a ripple on 6SpeedOnline. But there was plenty of interest around Fast & Furious star Sung Kang's Datsun 240Z race car project. It's in pieces now, but will be done for the SEMA show in November.

Hit the links to get the full story. And tune in next week for more news from the forums!


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