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).
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“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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Feb 05

Ford Focus RS

Ford today revealed the all-new Focus RS, a high-performance road car that debuts Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control, which contributes to performance never before seen in a Focus RS. The all-new Focus RS is equipped with a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine producing well in excess of 315 horsepower.

Focus RS is the latest unveiling in a new era of Ford performance that will bring more than 12 performance vehicles to global customers by 2020.
In addition to pleasing enthusiasts, these vehicles help deliver the company’s One Ford plan for profitable growth, product excellence and innovation in every part of its business.

“The all-new Focus RS is a serious machine with high-performance technology and innovative engineering that sets a new benchmark for driving exhilaration on the road and track,” said Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development, Ford Motor Company. “The RS line has a proud history of technical breakthroughs that have migrated to mainstream Ford vehicles to benefit all of our customers, and the new Focus RS is no exception. It’s a great example of our passion for innovation through performance, and creating vehicles that make people’s hearts pound.”
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Feb 04

The Porsche Cayman GT4

Porsche’s GT family is proud to announce the addition of an exciting new member: the Cayman GT4. This is the first Porsche GT sports car based on the Cayman and features components of the 911 GT3. Clocking a lap time of 7 minutes and 40 seconds on the North Loop of the Nürburgring, the Cayman GT4 earns the same lap time as the 2011 911 GT3 and positions itself as the new benchmark atop its market segment. The Cayman GT4 clearly demonstrates Porsche’s dedication and passion to continue to promote truly industry-leading two-door sports cars in the future – sports cars that are developed at the Motorsport department in Weissach.
The engine, chassis, brakes, and aerodynamic design of the Cayman GT4 are configured for maximum driving dynamics while retaining the versatility and everyday utility that are typical of the two-seater Porsche coupe. Powered by a 385 hp 3.8-liter flat-six engine derived from the 911 Carrera S engine, the Cayman GT4 transmits its power solely through a six-speed manual transmission with dynamic gearbox mounts. Zero to 60 mph is accomplished in 4.2 seconds; its top track speed is 183 mph. The chassis – which features a 30 mm lower ride height and a generously sized brake system – consists almost entirely of components from the 911 GT3.
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