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Rain Did Not Dampen 2010 Bike Expo

On: Mon, Feb 1, 2010 at 1:16PM | By: Clay Ritchings


2010 Bike Expo Clearwater FL test 2

This was the first time I have ever attended an event of this nature, and even though most of the displays and events outside were rained out, the display of bikes and the artistry that it takes to put it all together did not fall short. I did not count all the bikes that came for the build-off but there had to be over 40. Everything from old school designs to bikes that look like they came off the set of the movie “Alien”.  This was a complete motorcycle expo in Clearwater, Florida, with tons of vendors, stunt riders, multiple stages and bands, raffles, auctions, cash give-aways each hour, ride-in bike show on Sunday also with cash prizes, tattoo contest, food, beer, and tons of fun!  Oh, and do not forget the Miss Full Throttle Bikini Contest!


Roar N Soar: Slalom Gallery 3

On: Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 1:48PM | By: John Welch


1996 Chevy Corvette test 2

The final gallery of Roar-N-Soar madness fills up the gaps in slalom competitiors. We have got a dastardly Black Corvette, a lithe Lotus Elise, and one of the quickest cars of the day - a full race-prepped MG Sprite! Many sideways, tire-crushing images inside the post . . .


Roar N Soar: Slalom Gallery Number Two

On: Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 5:46PM | By: John Welch


Caprice Classic PPV test 2

The slalom portion of Roar-N-Soar was definitely not limited to Jaguar-badged participants. There were many interesting vehicles that graced the autocross last week; in gallery number two we explore some of the eclectic autos not wearing a pouncing cat on their bonnets . . .


Roar N Soar: The Planes

On: Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 1:00PM | By: John Welch


Roar-N-Soar test 2

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, this is a car-blog. I'm aware. Unfortunately, pretty much any mechanical device used for transportation gets us all warm and vibraty feeling in our guttiwuts. So no articles about horses; airplanes however, massive egineering feats, and priceless works of art will get some ink.

 

Fantasy of Flight is an attraction designed to enlighten visitors in the ways of manned flight. Originally, Kermit Weeks had a smaller airfield in Miami. In 1994, when good 'ole hurricane Andrew rolled through, Mr. Weeks decided to store his precious (and, in some cases, priceless) aircraft in a concrete hanger farther south, in Homestead.

 


 

Roar N Soar: Slalom Gallery 1, The Jags!

On: Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 3:24PM | By: John Welch


Roar-N-Soar test 2

Roar-N-Soar featured several interesting displays and exhibits, all of which were functional and educational. Which is all well and good, but they also had an Aurocross, and some ballsy participants. Needless to say, we here at the 'Shopper spent most of our time the first day watching said Autocross.


Roar N Soar: Mega Gallery Number One

On: Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 6:08PM | By: John Welch


Roar-N-Soar test 2

Ever seen a B-25? I have, and it had all its gun turrets intact! Ever seen a jet-propelled model airplane? Howabout a jet-propelled motorcycle? I have. Ever seen a P-51 buzzing the hanger at 250 feet? I have. Ever seen 80 South African Cobras lined up next to a Cosworth Vega? If you had attended Roar-N-Soar at the Fantasy of Flight this weekend, you would have!


Roar N Soar: Planes, Boats And Automobiles

On: Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 11:28AM | By: John Welch


Roar N Soar: Planes, Boats And Automobiles test 1-1

This is the time of year when Central Florida explodes with car shows. And airplane shows. And boat shows. It's the AutoShopper's job to cover these events, but who wants to waste their Saturday bouncing around to eight different shows? Thankfully, on November 7th and 8th, The Fantasy of Flight has solved this dilema for us!


Random Lake Mirror Classic Awesomeness Pt.1

On: Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 11:40AM | By: John Welch


Jaguar XJ220 test 2

The Lake Mirror Classic featured so many dozens of pristine classic/custom cars that we could never cover them all in individual posts. However, we did take a ton of pictures!

This gallery features some of the meaner entries in the classic. A nasty GNX, some Shelbys, a Monster Miata; the list is endless.


Tampa International Auto Show Pt.3; In Which We Learn That Bankruptcy Is Not A PreReQ For Building A Rubbish Interior

On: Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 11:11AM | By: John Welch


Tampa International Auto Show Pt.3; In Which We Learn That Bankruptcy Is Not A PreReQ For Building A Rubbish Interior test 1-1

So far we have gushed over Lamborghinis and Camaros, completely panned pathetic Buicks and Chryslers, and have had some kind words for Kia and Subaru.

After the Chrysler booth I was desperately low on blood sugar, a feeling that may have been exacerbated by my utter disgust at what I saw in the Chrysler booth. Moving on to Ford, I was hoping that a financially solid American company was going to turn my frown upside down. It did, sort of.


Lake Mirror Classic 2009; Saab Sonnet GT4

On: Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 10:16AM | By: John Welch


Saab Sonnet III GT4 test 2

The 2009 Lake Mirror Classic Car Show presents an interesting mix of classics, imports, super cars, and even race cars every year. This yellow Saab Sonnet is one such race car.

Its unassuming looks, encouraged by its unassuming tractor/passenger car roots belie its abilities. This car started life as a run-of-the-mill sedan, but quickly blossomed into the thouroghbred you see here . . .


Tampa International Auto Show Pt.2; American Companies Still Need to Execute Bean Counters

On: Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 12:41PM | By: John Welch


Tampa International Auto Show Pt.2; American Companies Still Need to Execute Bean Counters test 1-1

The first floor of the multi-tiered Tampa International Auto Show was used to showcase high-end autos and customs. Audis, Aston Martins, GLK-Convertible abortions, and so on. The real war was going on upstairs, where Chevrolet, Buick, Ford, Lincoln, Subaru, Toyota, Hyundai, Kia, and several others were all positioned uncomfortably close to each other. Why uncomfortably close? Because the AutoShopper was able to compare Kia and Buick directly . . . not a good thing for Buick.

To follow, the vicious bar fight and it's grisly aftermath.