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Chevrolet Camaro Z28 News

On: Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 1:20PM | By: John Welch


Chevrolet Camaro Z28 News test 1-1

GM is such a tease. They're always telling me what I want to hear, and I always eat it up even though I know 'what I want to hear' is usually too good to be true. GM dangles tasty morsels of automotive erotica in front of my face and then sweeps the cars I lust after back under the rug at the first sign of political or economic turmoil. The examples are endless: Pontiac G8/Chevy Caprice/G8 ST/Buick Grand National, The CTS-V Wagon/Coupe, and the Camaro Z28 all spring to mind.
Not much can be said for the poor G8 and its possible offspring, and the CTS-V Wagon is very much in doubt, but the Camaro goodness is still in the pipeline. Following is news on the Z28 and a few people who couldn't wait until GM got around to making it . ..


Cars That Were Too Kewl For the U.S.

On: Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 1:04PM | By: John Welch


Cars That  Were Too Kewl For the U.S. test 1-1

Everyone has one car/car moment that they emotionally tie to their childhood. It may have been the family's first Camaro, an old Bronco that Dad used for hunting, Mom bringing home the neighborhood's first Taurus. Whatever the story may be, everyone has one. Mine involves a tricky Euro-brick with a faulty front suspension and the baddest wing this side of an Airbus— the Merkur XR4Ti. Muh Daddy considered himself a classy, adventurous Gent, the sort that would take a chance on an unknown import simply because it was wicked-fast. He woke me up at 5 a.m. one spring Saturday (if I'm not mistaken I was seven years old . . . maybe eight) the first time I had seen 5 a.m. on purpose, and instructed me to get dressed and head out to the drive way as quickly as possible. There it sat, ominous dark blue paint gleaming behind thick, fresh central Florida dew, our brand new Merkur Whatsitsfourteeeye.


Petit Le Mans Preview Pt.1

On: Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 2:59PM | By: John Welch


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While all the other blogs are jet-setting to Germany for the Frankfurt Auto Show, we're sitting here in Florida begging for a reprieve from the oppressive heat. Not being there, or having any sort of operating budget, makes it impossible to compete, high-res image for high-res image. If you'd like to know more about the latest-greatest garbage-fueled nine passenger land-yacht, I direct you to a more qualified source, AOL's Autoblog.

If a steamy tale of woe and redemption involving the finest road-going machinery on the planet is what you're looking for, well, I've got that covered. The time: October 2008. The place: Braselton, Georgia. The man: Scottish-born Allan McNish . . . the circumstances: un-effing-believable.

 


Forza 3 Draws Nigh . . . Well, The Demo Anyway

On: Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 3:21PM | By: John Welch


Forza 3 Draws Nigh . . . Well, The Demo Anyway test 1-1

OmigawdOmigawdOmigawd! Forza three is almost here! You can take your Gran Turismos and your NFS Shifts and you can pound them squarely into your under-stimulated colon. Forza Motorsport has claimed the title of "Most Well Rounded Simulator" (my own award; I'm sure somebody disagrees) since its inception, 'Forza Motorsport' on the original Xbox. No other game has offered the level of customizationa and realism that Forza displays. Period.

 


 

Monza Does Not Disappoint

On: Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 12:14PM | By: John Welch


Monza Does Not Disappoint test 1-1

The Italian Grand Prix lived up to its historic billing as the fastest and one of the most exciting races on the F1 calendar. Force India continued to show their increased competency, even after losing their number one driver to Ferrari. McLaren showed inpressive pace, unfortunately Lewis Hamilton crashed out of the race on the third to last lap. The story of the weekend however, Brawn GP return to dominance with a one-two finish!


Sick Of Your Geo Already?

On: Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 2:13PM | By: John Welch


Sick Of Your Geo Already? test 1-1

GM is rolling out an ambitious 'rebate' plan next week. Try full rebate. If you find you don't like your new GM vehicle, for any reason, in the first sixty days of ownership, you can return it for a full refund. The marketing blitzkrieg features a folksy Texan and fresh product. Actually, most of it is 'fresh' only if you were smart enough to avoid that Transformers 2 turdcicle. We dummies have all laid eyes on the Chevy Beat already.


Rally Insanity Part Deux; Riakkonen Rolls

On: Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 11:56AM | By: John Welch


Rally Insanity Part Deux; Riakkonen Rolls test 1-1

After posting the 'Rally Insanity' video yesterday I took a minute to peruse the other videos that came up in the original 'search'. The 2009 Rally Finland was the first big-league rally event that F1 ace Kimi Raikkonen has participated in. It is widely believed that Raikkonen will leave Ferrari after this season to go rallying full time. His first race didn't end so well, and the video after the jump says it all.


Shumacher Previews 458 Italia, Drooling Allowed

On: Thu, Sep 3, 2009 at 10:53AM | By: John Welch


Shumacher Previews 458 Italia, Drooling Allowed test 1-1

We've been seeing teasers for the Ferrari 458 Italia all over the Internet lately. The video below was the first 'offcial' teaser for the 458, released a few weeks ago. Since then, Ferrari has commissioned several videos that reveal further details about the F430 replacement. More videos are available after the jump.


The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

On: Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 3:15PM | By: John Welch


The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly test 1-1

The Good: Everything about the Ford F-150 Raptor makes me happy. Long-Travel suspension? Check. Huge, CORR-style fender flares? Check. 310 bhp V8, soon to upgraded to 400? Check. Skid plates, unique and strangely attractive grille, vicious rubber and a composed on-road ride? Check, Check, Check, and Check. I've always liked Chevy trucks but this thing is just too good to be believed. It looks like it wants to eat babies without going way overboard (ala SuperSwampers, stupid brush guard, TruckNutz) and apparently the thing is beyond capable. Even though I don't currently have any reason to own one, I'm sure I could make something up.

How could this package get better? The current 5.4 liter mill will be joined by a 6.2 liter option by the end of the year. This thing is so serious it comes with a little red stripe dead at the center of the steering wheel's rim. Use it to make sure your tires are pointing arrow straight when that lurid power-slide gets away from you. Heh, that is the sort of thing that makes a pseudo race-dork like me sweat in his sleep. Edmunds Inside Line has a great image gallery. See the video after the jump  from Motor Trend. Anyone want to inform me what dictionary the word "Heavy-Dutyized" comes from?...


SR8LM pulverizes the 'Ring

On: Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 12:32PM | By: John Welch


SR8LM pulverizes the 'Ring test 1-1

Last week we reported on the constant struggle to own the 'production' lap record at the Nurburgring. Here is a video of the lap in question: A Hyabusa-engined Radical SR8LM screaming around the 'Ring, driven by the narrator, Michael Vargers. Bon-appetite!