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Categories: Aftermarket

Putin to Build Fleet of State Super-Vehicles

On: Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 12:57PM | By: Bill Wilson


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Being the head of Russia’s government has its perks, even in these post-Soviet days.  As proof, President Vladimir Putin is pushing ahead with plans for a fleet of custom-built vehicles that would turn even the wealthiest dot-com billionaires green with envy.  Dubbed “Project Cortege,” the initiative formally started in 2011, after earlier efforts were put on hold due to economic and financial issues.


Vantastic: Tony Hawk's Son Builds 70's Van Inspired Scion Xb

On: Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 2:00PM | By: Teddy Field


Vantastic: Tony Hawk's Son Builds 70's Van Inspired Scion Xb test 1-1

If you’re old enough to ‘respect the van’, then you’ll love this 70’s style Scion xB. It’s got orange stripes, tacky wood, vinyl seats, and Cragars! But it was designed by a 21-year-old, and that will make you feel ancient…


Chrysler Unveils Fleet of Show Cars Ahead of SEMA

On: Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 12:44PM | By: Teddy Field


Chrysler Unveils Fleet of Show Cars Ahead of SEMA test 1-1

The SEMA Show in Las Vegas is a big deal in the car world. It offers automakers the chance to ‘go nuts’, and create wild customs that are designed to ‘wow’ people.
That way they can gauge public response to new features or trim packages. Chrysler is bringing an entire fleet of show cars to the November show, and they’ve just released all the juicy ‘deets’.


Russian Tuner Uses Lots of Carbon Fiber to Fix the Aesthetically Challenged Porsche Cayenne

On: Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 2:37PM | By: Teddy Field


Russian Tuner Uses Lots of Carbon Fiber to Fix the Aesthetically Challenged Porsche Cayenne test 1-1

Although the 2015 Porsche Cayenne is brilliant from a technical standpoint, it has the visual appeal of a riding lawn mower. The 520hp 2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo can squirt to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds, which beats Tim Allen’s Binford 6100 jet-powered mower. But it’s still not fast enough to outrun its own ugliness. To fix the problem, Moscow-based tuner TopCar, created a Cayenne bodykit that transforms this green-skinned Ogre into Jason Statham. Praise the car gods!


 

Work Truck Bed Accessories - 8 Ways To Maximize Your Truck's Bed Space

On: Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 1:07PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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When it comes to owning a truck, storage space is an asset, the most important you have. By maximizing the storage capacity—and function—of your truck bed, you'll be able to carry more tools, more parts, etc., and do more work.

Here are eight great accessories for maximizing your bed's storage space.


Nitrous Oxide for Vehicle Use: Myth vs. Reality

On: Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 2:24PM | By: Bill Wilson


Nitrous Oxide for Vehicle Use: Myth vs. Reality test 1-1

Every driver wants something different from his or her vehicle. Some motorists prize economy above all. Other value looks or status. And, for many car owners, performance is their passion. This is not simply speed, but the ability to accelerate quickly, turn corners sharply, and feel that exhilarating rush that comes from driving a nimble, ultra-responsive ride.


Are 3000-Mile Oil Changes Still a Good Idea?

On: Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 12:35PM | By: Bill Wilson


Are 3000-Mile Oil Changes Still a Good Idea? test 1-1

There’s some advice that’s repeated so often it’s almost universally accepted as true, whether or not actual evidence exists to back it up. You’ve almost certainly heard most of these snippets of popular wisdom. Here are some of the more popular ones:
•  Swimming within a hour of eating causes muscle cramps.
•  Always brush your teeth after every meal.
•  Brown bread is healthier than white bread.
•  Margarine is better for you than butter.
•  Change your oil every 3000 miles to maintain your engine longer.


Two "B"s Bring Two TV "Reals" (and a Fake) To Auction: a Starsky Torino and the BtC Buick and BLS Pegasus

On: Fri, May 9, 2014 at 10:44AM | By: Andrew W Davis


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So, let’s say you read my article on the BTTF DeLorean (Seriously. Say it.) and found that either the going rate for a film-fake—or the car itself—was not for you. But you still want to have something Tinsel-Townie to parade in front of your friends. What can you do?

Well, have I got a deal (or three) for you! Sure, the silver screen they (sort of) appeared on was smaller—and usually less silver—but that doesn’t (necessarily) mean that TV-used cars should be worth any less (even though they are).

Here we have two cars from Branson Auctions’ Spring 2014 sale, April 11-12 in Branson, MO, and one from Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach 2014 sale in—this is too easy—Palm Beach, FL, the same weekend. From these two auction houses come three distinct types of made-for-TV cars: a replica of a car everyone knows, an actual movie prop that might be a little famous, and a similarly real-deal vehicle from a show evenIdidn’t know ever existed.

Sure, they're not the most famous of cars—and the one here that is most famous is a fake—but when you're looking for star-quality cars on a Second Director's Assistant's budget, well, fame has its price. And you can't afford it. So...


Great Scott! Branson Auctions brings movie(-ish) magic to MO with a damn-near perfect BTTF DeLorean

On: Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 3:56PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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When it comes to car-nerd-ery, I’m a 100-percent Christine Plymouth person, but I can see the appeal in owning a sorta-kinda Back to the Future DeLorean like the one not sold at Branson Auctions’ Spring (April 11-12) 2014 sale in—you guessed it—Branson, MO.

These kinds of cars seem to run a traditional route from private listings to eBay Motors and then to places like this, a medium-sized real-time auction in the Midwest. Heck, you can even buy one “new” from several places that I will mention later. And apart from the $541k—yes, you read that right—one-and-only authentic-and-in-private-hands movie-used DeLorean extant, there's a pretty established market with an equally-established average price.

At $62,500 this lot was smack where it should have been price-wise. Why didn’t it sell? I can only assume—as I will in a second—but I'm cool with that if you are. As for now, know this: I think that the owner of this BTTF replica would like to go back in time, take that bid and run. Then again, that would mean his DeLorean time-machine actually works, which would make even half-a-million bucks seem worth less than .01 jigawatts…


Bridgestone Offers a Smooth Ride Even with a Flat

On: Fri, Apr 18, 2014 at 11:30AM | By: Karen Cook


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I’ve been lucky enough to have never had a flat tire on a roadway. I’ve found my tire flat in my driveway, having run over a nail the day before which produced a slow leak. I came close to a flat while driving only once and that was scary enough. My tire had a small football-shaped bubble on the side which made a funny noise. This caused me to stop to investigate and replace it with my spare. On the way home from my destination the tire exploded in the back of my car. There was no damage but it sounded like a gunshot inside the car, producing some extraordinary emotional discomfort.


Two Near-New Bad-Ass Boss 302s Are For Sale in Canada, eh!

On: Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 3:14PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Living, as I do, in Southeast Michigan, I am constantly subjected to Canadian radio stations, with their better playlists, fewer commercials, and just general all-around better listening experiences. Granted, Detroit was/is the home of Motown, but that’s not really my thing. No, when it comes to classic and modern rock—plus pretty much anything else that makes your ears bleed in a good way—you’ve got to set your radio to something Canuck.

So I’m not quite sure why I was so surprised to find two of the most important and sought-after new(ish) Heavy Metal Mustangs for sale in Toronto this weekend, at Collector Car Productions April 5-6 sale in Toronto. Not only do they have a “Mint 1-of-1 Prototype Pre-Production” 2012 Boss 302 for sale, there's a reverse-color 2012 Boss 302 Laguna Seca, too.

[Granted, that doesn’t leave you much time to get your papers in order, but it’s not like anybody’s going to care if you’re border-hopping OUT of the U.S., right?...]