Throughout The Car Industry
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.
Posted In: Aftermarket, Car News, Driving, Exotics, Miscellaneous
Tags: luxury autos, russian cars, soviet autos, fleets, Trabant 601, Lada Niva
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…
Tags: 2015 scion xB, SEMA, riley hawk
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’.
Tags: SEMA, concept, dodge, dodge challenger, dodge charger, dodge dart, jeep renegade
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!
Tags: 2015 Porsche Cayenne, Porsche Cayenne Turbo
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.
Tags: Work Trucks, trucks, truck accessories, cargo, bedliners
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.
Posted In: Aftermarket, Driving, Racing, Safety, Technology
Tags: performance, aftermarket
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.
Posted In: Aftermarket, How-To Articles, Reports, Rumors, Technology
Tags: car mintenance
Two "B"s Bring Two TV "Reals" (and a Fake) To Auction: a Starsky Torino and the BtC Buick and BLS Pegasus
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...
Posted In: Aftermarket, Auctions, Classics, Exotics, Good, Bad & Ugly, Miscellaneous, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Starsky & Hutch, Behind the Candelabra, 1976 buick century wagon 350, piano keys, matt damon, michael douglas, 1975 Ford Torino 351, striped tomato, zebra three TV television film movie replica clone authentic real
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…
Posted In: Aftermarket, Auctions, Auto Shows, Car News, Classics, Concept Cars, Exotics, Miscellaneous, Special / Limited Edition, Technology
Tags: Back to the Future 1981 DeLorean BTTF flux capacitor, time circuits, mr fusion, time travel, movie replica clone
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.
Tags: bridgestone, tires, run flat, driveguard
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?...]
Posted In: Aftermarket, Auctions, Auto Shows, Exotics, Racing, Reports, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 prototype pre-production Laguna Seca Edition Canada Totonto Spring Classic Car Auction 2014 Collector Car Productions unique