May 02

Why the Tesla Model S will never be my kind of car

Recently Tesla decided they could get 900hp out of their model S. That’s impressive and it means 0-60 times will likely beat everyone with an engine. That too is impressive. Still speed isn’t everything and anyone whose ever been to the track knows that there will always be someone faster.
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That’s a Lamborghini wheel btw, I don’t have a Tesla picture

Anyway, my gripe isn’t that the Tesla isn’t a great car. Oh sure acceleration drips off after 65mph, or if you use the AC, or if you have to drive very far but it’s still impressive. It’s just not special.

Let’s take last weekends cruise with the WHDOW guys. It had a nice mix of cars. Some fast, some not, but they all had something great. The engine. The sound to me is at least half of what’s important in a car. From ignition when the engine comes a live to full chat acceleration all of those cars last week had more character than any electric car ever will. I may very well drive an electric car as my daily driver someday, but for fun give me an engine.

Apr 26

Cruising with the WHDOW and JCSMA crews.

After what seems like a long winter and a spring that just won’t quite come I made it to my first car event today. I didn’t get to partake in the whole cruise, but fortunately I was able meet up with the crew at one of the stops which luckily was just down the road from the IG world head quarters. It seems like it’s been forever since I saw my friends at the White Hall Drag O Way and Jersey County Street machine Association and was it nice to get out and see them again. Oh yeah, and their cars.

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The best thing about a cruise is you get to see, hear, and smell the cars doing what they are supposed to be doing, driving! Car shows are cool, car cruises are where it’s at. Plenty more after the jump. Just click the continue reading button.

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Apr 13

Race on Sunday doesn’t matter on Monday

I’m sitting in a hospital room on an early Monday morning reading every car magazine I can get to fight of boredom and I came across an article by Bob Lutz in Road and Track. He was talking about how he would discourage any manufacturer he was a part of from sponsoring race cars. His point is that they do not translate into sales and who can argue that? I’m sure in 1970 a success at the race track translated to the dealership but that was when you could buy a car that actually resembled a race car. Imagine watching a Roadrunner Superbird run at Talledega on Sunday and going to the dealer and buying one on Monday. Now that’s cool.
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That brings us to 2015 where a Nascar is a purpose built chassis on a shell that only sort of looks like a street car. When a driver wins it’s usually not the manufacturer that gets credit but the driver and sponsors. How about F1? haha yeah right, F1 tries to claim technology trickles down and maybe if you are one of the lucky few that is in the market for a La Ferrari you can benefit from the millions in R and D spent on F1 but the rest of us never will.

It of course will never happen but what if these series decided to go back to the old formula of using race ready street cars? Wouldn’t that be something?

There’s your random Monday morning thought.
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Mar 28

Old Challenger vs New Challenger

It’s a question as old as time itself. What’s better an old car or a new car? Honestly it doesn’t matter but it’s fun to see videos like this. Now let’s be clear on a couple things. First the driver of the new Challenger sucks. Could be new to the car, new to the track, or just struggling putting the torque through the stock tires. Second that old Challenger is far from stock. The winner here really is everyone because this is two pretty sweet cars doing what cars like this were made to do. Be driven hard! Either car would be welcomed to my garage.

Mar 21

Where have all the projects gone?

These days time is a bit limited for me to do much writing. It sucks, but car show season is coming and I’m hoping to hit as many shows as possible but no promises. Between running a business, a side business, and working on the family farm I haven’t had much free time lately. Which means I haven’t done my every few days sorting through the usual places one would look for old cars to buy. I’m not really in the market for an old car right now as I have other obligations but I like knowing what’s out there and how much it costs. It’s admittedly been a good four or five months since I’ve looked but to my surprise there was a huge lack of project cars for sale.
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Where did they go? I’m talking about the first tier cars like 69 Camaros, Cudas, Road Runners, and 67 Mustangs. They’ve been gone for a long time. I’m talking about the third tier stuff like Chevy IIs, and Valiants. Where did they go? Who wants those cars but guys like me? Are there that many guys like me? I can’t imagine there are. Are we now just left with “restored” cars that are going to go for a small fortune? I sure the heck hope not. Well I hope they are getting driven hard anyway.
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I know this was a bit of a short and pointless post but I just wanted to talk cars even if it’s just with myself these days. I suppose if it’s going to take 30 or 40k to get a muscle car I might as well just get a new Challenger. I want one anyway but deep inside I’ll always wish I had an old Challenger that I fixed up myself. I don’t want this post to seem sad or even whiney. That’s not my point. I don’t have a point. With spring here and Sunday being tomorrow I hope anyone that would read this tonight or tomorrow morning will take their old or new car and go driving. I know that’s my plan. I’ve actually been doing some filming lately. Nothing great, nothing ground breaking, or earth shattering, but I’ve just been filming my Sunday drives. If anything it will provide a nice sound track and a change of pace from the next to nothing I’ve been posting here lately. So look for that this summer. In the mean time I’ll try and shoot some photos of some cool cars.

Get out and drive something winter is over!

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