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Orlando Festivals Of Speed November 30 - December 2

On: Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 2:28PM | By: David Walter


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Last June, I told you to mark your calendars, and now, the time has almost arrived. The Festivals of Speed will be returning to Orlando, Florida November 30 - December 2.

If (like me) you're not a big fan of cold weather, then Orlando is the place to be come early December. And (again, like me) you enjoy delicious food, wine, cigars and stunning exotic cars, planes and boats, then Orlando is the only place to be! So even if you forgot to mark your calendars back in June, it's not too late to make it out to the Festivals of Speed.

There you’ll find the sights, sounds, smells and tastes you’d expect from the Festivals of Speed:

Friday (November 30), it all kicks off with the Luxury Lifestyle Jet Port Reception featuring delicious foods and drinks, a silent auction and poker tournament benefitting the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, a high-energy jazz orchestra and – of course – a collection of exotic cars at the Orlando International Airport.

Saturday (December 1st), the Festivals host an exclusive Wine Connoisseurs’ Dinner and Louis XIII de Rémy Martin tasting experience. 

And Sunday (December 2nd), the Festivals conclude with the Motorsports Collection Display of more than 300 exotic cars, motorcycles, boats and aircraft at the beautiful Grande Lakes property.

Read on for more information ... and see you there!


Lake Mirror Classic 2012: Part 6 (Hood Ornaments)

On: Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 4:42PM | By: David Walter


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This year's Lake Mirror Classic brought so many interesting cars that we're gonna have to split it up in multiple posts!

Looking through the 1,000+ pictures we took at the Lake Mirror Classic, I noticed we that had some great shots of some really cool hood ornaments. I thought, "why not share them on the blog?" So for our last post from the 2012 Lake Mirror Classic, here are nine beautiful hood ornaments from some equally beautiful vintage cars.

Enjoy! Hope to see you next year at the Lake Mirror Classic!


Lake Mirror Classic 2012: Part 5 (Editors' Favorites)

On: Thu, Nov 1, 2012 at 5:25PM | By: David Walter


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This year's Lake Mirror Classic brought so many interesting cars that we're gonna have to split it up in multiple posts!

We now present our favorites from the Lake Mirror Classic. Now, we could've easily chosen then most expensive or popular cars, but we didn't. We searched for the cars that truly stood out - even if they only stood out to us ourselves.

Read on to see our favorites!


Lake Mirror Classic 2012: Part 4 (1953-2012)

On: Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 4:33PM | By: David Walter


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This year's Lake Mirror Classic brought so many interesting cars that we're gonna have to split it up in multiple posts!

This time we're showcasing cars spanning from 1953 all the way up the all new Fisker Karma. Notice how far cars and trucks have come along in the last 60 years!

Stay tuned for our favorites from the show and more.


 

Lake Mirror Classic 2012: Part 3 (1906-1950)

On: Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 2:52PM | By: David Walter


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This year's Lake Mirror Classic brought so many interesting cars that we're gonna have to split it up in multiple posts. For now, we'll focus on some of our older favorites - ranging from 1950 all the way back to 1906!

Check them out in the gallery below and let us know which one is your favorite!


Lake Mirror Classic 2012: Part 2

On: Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 4:40PM | By: David Walter


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If you missed Part 1 of our coverage of the Lake Mirror Classic, feel free to check it out here – although, Part 1 was sort of a teaser leading up to now.

In the next few days, we’ll be bringing you pictures and info on some of the coolest cars we’ve seen in a while. As for now, here are some great shots from Friday and Saturday (October 19 – 20).


Haunted Highways: A Series Exploring The Ghosts Of Cars Gone By (Quickly)

On: Sat, Oct 27, 2012 at 10:47AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Every once in a while, a car comes a long that people can't help but love. All allegiances are put aside -- whether they be Bow Tie, Blue Oval, Prancing Horse, Four Rings, Blue Propeller, or Raging Bull. Some cars just bring out the little kid in all of us, and any gearhead with a pulse can smile and say, "Yeah, you know what? That's one damn fine automobile!" In 1997, Chrysler rolled a car rolled off the assembly line that was literally the automobile equivalent of a thumbs up on wheels -- the Plymouth Prowler.

Built in 1997, it took a year off and then continued on in production from 1999-2002, the Prowler was the end result of creative license being bestowed on a bunch of designer/engineers whose only requirement was to come up with a modern hot rod. Whether or not the car succeeded in its intended mission is a matter of personal interpretation, but no one can argue whether or not it can be labeled a hot rod, the Prowler is still one cool car.


Lake Mirror Classic 2012: Part 1

On: Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 5:33PM | By: David Walter


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As expected, this year's Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival and Auction was a blast! There were so many beautiful cars - a long line of Ferraris, a block of AC Cobras, a hill of Mustangs and so much more! The weather was absolutely perfect too.

We were there, DSLR cameras in hand. We're just now getting a chance to upload and rifle through the thousands of pictures.

They'll make their way to you, we promise! Until then here's a few quick camera phone shots to whet your appetite.


Downtown Lakeland, FL Hosts 13th Lake Mirror Classic October 19 - 21

On: Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 5:23PM | By: David Walter


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It’s October, and for those of us in Central Florida that means three things: 1) pumpkin-flavored everything, 2) slightly milder weather (highs in the upper-80s/lower-90s), 3) and the Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival and Auction. October 19-21, hundreds of beautiful cars and thousands of eager enthusiasts will fill the picturesque streets of downtown Lakeland and surround the restored 1920’s art deco-inspired Lake Mirror promenade.


Bonhams Sells "V12 NUT" UK License Plate For Over $4k. What A Bargain!

On: Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 4:16PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Like cricket (the game) and Marmite (whatever the hell that is) there are just things they do in the UK that I can’t get a handle on. I always thought it was a production assistant goofing around with the more apt license plates you see on Top Gear’s test cars but no: people actually have to pay for those. A LOT. Like the four grand for “V12 NUT” Bonhams got recently.

And before you think this is an isolated incident—and/or skip to the fun "Top Five" lists I’ve painstakingly copied from another site—I provide you with a roster of offerings to be, um… offered at Barons’ “Annual British Heritage Auction & Other Classics” sale somewhere on the island today (September 17) (with plates offered in quotes and auction estimate averages in greenbacks):

[And I hate math more than you can imagine so appreciate what I did here, dang it!]

They are, as follows: “DB09 AML” [$8,315]; “9 BEN” [$34,880]; “Y12 FER” [$1,704]; “D8 GTS” [$3,448]; “W18 OND” [$2,434]; “EA51 CAR” [$1,866]; “V8 REG” [$3,488]. What, you don’t see the perfectly good reason why “9 BEN” should cost more than a new Camaro? Oh, silly American. Because, as the description reads [EXACTLY], “Pre 63 Bentley? Any The ultimate Bentley registration” of course!


2013 Ford Mustang GT

On: Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 4:00PM | By: Jon Summers


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The 2013 Mustang GT is not so much a new car as it is the last iteration of a very well-loved old one. The 2014 Mustang will end the retro look Mustangs have worn since 2005; it will be something all new. Whisper this – it may even have independent rear suspension – thus changing a key, if gloriously Neanderthal, element of Mustang DNA. The last time Ford tried something so radical, by replacing the Fox Mustang with the front wheel drive Probe, customer reaction was so vociferous the board changed direction, and green-lighted development of a new generation of rear-drive Mustang.

Comparing the 2012 with the 2013 model, raw power is up to 420hp, thanks to the use of piston and ring coatings from the Boss 302. There is a new automatic transmission, a 6 speed, which features SelectShift, a tool allowing drivers better control over the ‘box, by allowing the car to be manually held in each gear. Visually the Mustang has had some nip-and-tuck work, with HID headlights alongside a new grille, set in a new front fascia. Tail lights too have been redesigned, with a blacked-out look, and new wheel designs are available.