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.
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.

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.
Chevy nova SS
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.
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!

Mar 09

The new Lotus Evora

Fastest and most powerful production Lotus ever
Lighter and more efficient than before
Legendary benchmark Lotus handling
Unveiled today by Tun Dr Mahathir, Chairman of Lotus, Dato Harith, CEO of PROTON and Jean-Marc Gales, Lotus CEO.
Lotus Chief Executive Officer, Jean-Marc Gales states: “This is a big day for Lotus with the unveiling of the new Evora 400 and I am delighted with the fantastic reception that our super car was given today.”
About the Lotus Evora 400

The new Lotus Evora 400 is the latest pure and focused supercar from Lotus, combining high performance with the legendary Lotus benchmark handling. It is faster and dynamically more capable than the previous Lotus Evora leading to greater agility and a more involving drive.

Maximum speed is 186 mph (300 km/h) and acceleration 0-60 mph is just 4.1 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds). This enables the new Lotus Evora 400 to lap the challenging test track at the Lotus Headquarters in Hethel, Norfolk, a scintillating SIX seconds faster than the previous model.
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Mar 08

The Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce

Sant’Agata Bolognese / Geneva, 02.03.2015 – Automobili Lamborghini presents the Lamborghini LP 750-4 Superveloce at the Salon de l’Automobile in Geneva.

With increased power, lower weight, improved aerodynamics and innovative technologies the Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce is the most pure incarnation of a Lamborghini to date: unmistakable Lamborghini super sports car DNA, dynamic superiority and exceptional driving precision. A focus on
weight reduction while incorporating innovative technologies has resulted in the most sports-oriented, fastest and most emotional series production Lamborghini ever. The weight has been further reduced by 50 kg through enhanced lightweight engineering including significant use of carbon fiber. The naturally aspirated V12 engine’s power is increased to 552 kW/750 hp. This results in a power-to-weight-ratio of 2,03 kg/hp. The Superveloce accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds and powers on to reach a top speed of more than 350 km/h (more than 217 mph).
312388_Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce_3-4 Front
“The new Aventador Superveloce continues the Lamborghini tradition of SV models, pushing the boundaries in terms of performance and pure driving emotion,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “The original Aventador was presented four years ago, and the Superveloce pays homage to its passionate owners, as well as the fan community, whose enthusiasm has resulted in the biggest commercial success ever of a Lamborghini V12 super sports car. In the Superveloce Lamborghini’s
expertise in lightweight engineering is clearly evident. With technological features which, combined with design, quality standards and craftsmanship, the Superveloce results in the most exclusive, pure and emotional production model in the history of our brand.”
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