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Ford Big-Block Hemi Engines

On: Sat, Oct 22, 2011 at 11:35AM | By: Peter C Sessler

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By the mid-1990s, Ford completely changed its engine lineup by finally introducing modern engines based on the Modular design. Whereas in the past, Ford would have one engine based on the 5.0 engine, by just boring and stroking, a larger engine would be available—this would be the 351 engine. Relatively cheap, it made for gas guzzling engines that weren’t too powerful either.

The name Modular was derived from being able to switch plant tooling so that different versions of the engine could be easily assembled. Modular engines are used in Ford and Lincoln cars. In trucks they are known as “Triton” while the InTech name was used in cars using the DOHC versions of the engine.

NASCAR Racing Live

On: Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 12:49PM | By: Peter C Sessler

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This past month I had to privilege to attend a series of NASCAR races. It's actually research for a book I'm working on. So I called a friend whose company is a sponsor of one of the teams. Anyone can go to a race; not everyone can go inside the garage and pit area, but with his help, I was able to get "Credentials"—a fancy word for a pass that lets you go anywhere you want.

I'd never attended a NASCAR race and it was truly an experience. We drove in his motorhome and you get a somewhat different perspective of our economy when you see a vast sea of motorhomes parked together. These things are not cheap to run and maintain. I was impressed with our motorhome, but he told me I should see the one the driver for his team has. It cost over $750,000!

Mecum Offers Monster Muscle Sextet For Street Or Strip In Dallas

On: Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 2:14PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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Unlike the Sotheby’s Australian auction I covered a few days ago, Mecum could pretty safely say it had something for just about everyone at its October 6-8 Dallas auction. And in my trilogy of features on the sale, I’m going to try and do the same thing.  

First off are six feature cars built with "speed contests" in mind, with four that’d require trailers to take them home after a day of play and two that could be driven to, in and from a day at a drag strip—or road course—provided you kept the shiny side up (and left some "meat" on the tires).

1967 Ford Mark IV - Ford's Reponse To Enzo

On: Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 9:17AM | By: Peter C Sessler

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In the 1960s, Ford Motor Co. was into racing big time - the reason being that whatever you raced on Sunday, customers would come and buy the car on Monday. It was a simple process - win on Sunday, sell on Monday.

The same formula applied to sports car racing, but it would be better (i.e. cheaper) if Ford just bought another sports car manufacturer, changed the name to Ford and watch the sales take off. The only problem here was Enzo Ferrari, owner of the most successful sports car manufacturer company who also had the most winning-est race cars around, did not want to sell out to Henry Ford II.

Henry Ford II was not your easy-go-lucky car manufacturer. When he wanted something, he would go out and get it. And so from 1964 to the end of 1967, epic duels between Ford and Ferrari took place which pushed the development of sports cars to a new level and which also provided thrilling competition for spectators to see.


Sotheby's Australia Presents An Eclectic Octet At Its "Important Collectors' Motor Cars By Public Tender" Event

On: Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 10:15AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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As I mentioned in my companion article, things at the Sotheby’s Australia’s Oct. 13-17 “Important Collectors’ Motor Cars” event in Sydney are a little bit different from what most of you are used to, in keeping with the usual way of doing business for this “largest Australian-owned, internationally operated fine art auction house”.

Put simply it’s a “sealed-bid” event wherein bidders “tender” (submit) their maximum offer on each desired lot directly to the auction house which then tallies the entries and notifies the “winner.” In fact, there is no actual auction “event,” and apart from several available “preview” days, there is no “in-person” component to the sale at all. [See my feature on the public tender process itself HERE for more info.]

Though if you think the process is strange, wait until you get a load of the very varied vehicles on offer....

Ferrari Grudge Match: 599 GTB Takes On The F40

On: Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 1:22PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Next year, Ferrari will unveil two new cars: a replacement for the 599 GTB, Ferrari's current coupe flagship, and an all-new Enzo. For Ferrari fans, 2012 will be a banner year. But for the 599 and its successor, it will be a bit bittersweet because they'll lose the flagship role to the more exotic Enzo successor.

Well, the 599 GTB is going out with more than a whimper. The car recently took its frustration out on one of the Enzo's predecessors: the F40. The two cars battled it out in what Ferrari calls a "fictional race." Looks plenty real to us.

Lord Of The 'Ring: Return Of The King!

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 11:39AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Thanks to the sport sedan war between the M5 and CTS-V (among others), the legendary Nurburgring has become something of a household name. What was once known only to racers and hardcore fans, the 'Ring has become the proof in the pudding for just about everyone walking through a showroom these days. For those few that still are not up to date, the Nurburgring is a 12.9-mile race track in Germany that is universally agreed upon by racers to be one of, if not the, most difficult tracks in the world. 

The Viper ACR laid down the gauntlet three years ago (when it was still in production) with a time of 7:22 and as far as major manufacturer sports cars went, the Viper held the crown since then. In that time the unstoppably fast 620-horsepower Porsche GT2 RS did beat the ACR's time in 2010, but with only 500 units made, it didn't quite qualify as a mass-produced vehicle. But the Corvette ZR1 did meet the production specs necessary to qualify as a production car, and in June of this year became the new king of the hill by putting down a sickening time of 7:19:63. But unlike the long reign of the Viper in 2008, the ZR1 was on top for a measly two-and-a-half months before the $400 grand Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition took the title from the mighty Vette by besting it by almost five seconds exactly with a time of 7:14:64. 

2012 DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe

On: Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 12:20PM | By: Peter C Sessler

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Well, here’s another good looking race car put out by Mercedes-Benz. Here at Autoshopper.com, we get excited when another Mercedes-Benz product becomes available, even if this isn’t a production car—it is a racer. Actually, the DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé will succeed the AMG Mercedes C-Class, which is the most successful vehicle in the 27-year history of the DTM (touring car racing), having scored 84 victories in 156 races and five driver’s titles.

Koenigsegg Agera R: Fast As Advertised

On: Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 4:40PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Supercar makers seem to like to spend holiday weekends working hard. Granted, the supercar companies in question don't necessarily celebrate these holiday weekends, but it's nice to see them working just the same.

Last year over Fourth of July weekend, Bugatti took its Veyron Super Sport to the track and came home with the world's fastest production car title for its 267.8 mph run. This past Labor Day weekend, Swedish supercar maker Koenigsegg made some world records of its own. While it didn't gain bragging rights for the ever-important top speed or 0 to 60/62 mph categories, its feats were quite impressive.

Bugatti Plans On Keeping World Record

On: Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 2:06PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Wolfgang Durheimer has been doing a lot of talking lately, and the media has been doing a lot of hanging on his words and speculating about the future of Bugatti/Bentley. The latest Durheimer sound bite indicates that Bugatti has no intentions of relinquishing the world speed record, suggesting that it has a Veryon successor in the works.

The Bugatti Veyron sold the last of its 300 examples earlier this summer, leaving Bugatti with just the open-topped Veyron Grand Sport in its line. It's rumored that Bugatti will bring the four-door 16C Galibier to market in the next few years, but it will be without a hardcore coupe in the vein of the Veyron.

Tons Of Epic Hollywood Hooning In Ken Block's Gymkhana Four (Video)

On: Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 12:59PM | By: David Walter

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"Gymkhana Four: The Hollywood Megamercial" featuring professional racer and hooning master Ken Block and his turbocharged 2.0-liter Ford Fiesta (capable of up to 600 horsepower and 655 lb-ft of torque!) was released yesterday.

Now, I considered attempting to answer some potential questions (i.e. what is hooning? who is Ken Block? what is Gymkhana?), but you'd probably get a better understanding by just watching the video.

And trust me, you'll definitely want to watch this!