Login to your account
Not a member? Register now.
AutoShopperBlog

Subscribe To The Blog:




Follow Us




Auto Industry News
And Car Reviews




Lake Mirror Classic October 16-18, 2009 Downtown Lakeland, Florida

On: Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 12:48PM | By: Clay Ritchings


Lake Mirror Classic October 16-18, 2009 Downtown Lakeland, Florida test 1-1

The 2009 Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival will be held in downtown Lakeland, Florida, the weekend of October 16-18. This year the show will feature European cars with art deco styling from the 1930s and 40s.

This is one of the most scenic and popular classic car events in the southeastern United States. This show will feature hundreds of classic and collectible vehicles including Street Rods & Custom cars, classic wooden boats, antique motorcycles, outdoor concert, great food and beverages.

The annual event is expected to attract over 500 show vehicles and 30,000 spectators.  The event is FREE to the public.

Click here for event map


Muscle On The Cheap

On: Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 9:33AM | By: Clay Ritchings


Muscle On The Cheap test 1-1

Not since 1974 have the three American pony cars shared the road together. Go to your closet and dust off your jeans jacket, because these re-tooled classics – The Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger, and Ford Mustang are three modern classics that will go fast, look good, and can be parked in your barn for around $20,000.


Favorite Bikes: HODAKA COMBAT WOMBAT - Vintage Dirt bike

On: Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 11:04AM | By: Clay Ritchings


Favorite Bikes: HODAKA COMBAT WOMBAT - Vintage Dirt bike test 1-1

I was talking with my brother the other day about some of the bikes we owned as kids, and some that we wanted to own. We started reminiscing about some bikes that no longer exist but in the early 70s were the big names in dirt bikes. Back then it was not uncommon to come across bikes with names like Dirt Squirt, Wombat, Sherpa, and El Bandito, by manufacturers like Hodaka, Husqvarna, Bultaco, Montessa, and Maico while riding on the trails. We were both in agreement that the Hodaka bikes were some of the hottest rides on the trail. While we never owned a Hodaka, we had friends who did and that allowed us trail time on these cool bikes.


Peugeot 1-2 At Rain Shortened Petit Le Mans

On: Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 10:32AM | By: John Welch


Peugeot 1-2 At Rain Shortened Petit Le Mans test 1-1

When I was growing up, my taste in Christmas presents was usually fairly predictable. My parents would begin asking what I wanted around Thanksgiving, even though the answer was the same for a solid ten years. Go Cart! All I wanted in the world was the freedom to tear around our neighborhood in my own go cart, and every year the response to my answer would be "we'll see". And every year I'd wake up at dawn, run to where ever 'Santa' had positioned his offerings. And every year I'd get a bunk bed. (They didn't actually buy a new bunk bed every year, but that’s the present that made me stop asking for a go cart.)

Looking over this young blog, it seems I may have been a tad excited about the Petit Le Mans. That’s putting it mildly. I've lost sleep over it. I planned my entire weekend around it. I got my hopes up. Every single time I ever get my hopes up about anything, be it a go cart or 10 hours of Diesel-Prototype carnage; something goes wrong, and I am left broken hearted and disenfranchised.


 

Big Crash For Acura, Scott Sharp

On: Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 5:29PM | By: John Welch


Big Crash For Acura, Scott Sharp test 1-1

The Acura not mentioned in our last post took a whale of a spill today during practice for the Petit Le Mans. The crash was severe enough to shake up the chassis's designer, Nick Wirth.

"I am in a bit of a state of shock at the moment," he said. "I am delighted to see him walk away apparently OK from such a big crash. He appeared to hit the Porsche. I've not seen one that big before here.

"I'm just proud of the team that the car stood up to such a big impact. Don't know yet whether the car can be rebuilt; we need to get it back."

Details are sketchy; it appears the car was launched into a horrifying series of flips and a violent impact with the barriers at Turn 2 when driver Scott Sharp clipped Dirk Werner's Farnbacher Loles Porsche, which was coming out of pits.

Driver Scott Sharp was able to escape unharmed, and the team are scrambling to put the stricken ARX-02a back together.

 

 

Source: Racer.com


Petit Le Mans Preview Pt.4, Murray Takes Pole!

On: Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 2:45PM | By: John Welch


Petit Le Mans Preview Pt.4, Murray Takes Pole! test 1-1

As I opened this window to begin the final Petit Le Mans preview, I was looking into qualifiying, which is broadcast online. GT2 was the class on track and there were seven minutes left in the session. Olivier Beretta, piloting a new C6.R, was at the top of the time sheet; not completely unexpected.

Out of nowhere, privateer Covette team LG Motorsports ran a blistering lap, taking the pole away from the veteran Beretta. The LG Motorsports team has suffered several setbacks this year, the worst coming at Long Beach. With Boris Said behind the wheel, the LG Corvette burst into flames, apparently a fuel-related fire. LGM thought they had the pole with 2:00 minutes left in the session. It didn't take thirty seconds for that time to be surpassed.

Still on track was David Murry in the Robertson Racing Ford GT.R. Perennial back markers, it seemed impossible that they might challenge for pole. They not only challenged for it, they stole it — the very first pole for a Ford GT.

Now on to Prototype qualifiying . . .


The “Electric Corridor” From San Francisco to Los Angeles

On: Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 1:35PM | By: Geoff Ciesla


The “Electric Corridor” From San Francisco to Los Angeles test 1-1

Commuters on Highway 101 can now make stops at electric charging stations between San Francisco and Los Angeles. So far, five have been installed between the two major urban areas giving further momentum to the renewable fuels movement. They are believed to be the first of their kind.


The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

On: Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 12:45PM | By: John Welch


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

GM increases production, television puts JD into a schizophrenic rage, Acura won't stop attaching chrome serving-trays to the front ends of their automobiles . . .


Woods Car Review: 1959 Saab 93 - Goin' Old School

On: Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 10:26AM | By: Clay Ritchings


Woods Car Review: 1959 Saab 93 - Goin' Old School test 1-1

Growing up in southern New Jersey we had a lot of room to play as kids with over 15 acres of land backed up by hundreds of acres of fire trails and dirt roads to keep us busy all day long. I know that most people’s perceptions about NJ result from too many episodes of Sopranos, but I’m talking about the southern part of NJ that was mostly farmland, swamps and endless acres of Pine Barrens. Since this was way before video games and our TV antenna only picked up a few channels, we provided our own entertainment at the expense of a few cars.


Petit Le Mans Preview Pt.3

On: Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 4:18PM | By: John Welch


Petit Le Mans Preview Pt.3 test 1-1

Three days from the premiere American road racing event, The Petit Le Mans Powered by MAZDA 6, and my excitement is palatable. There is another new GT2 team, and the time charts for several days of practice are giving us some interesting insight as to how the actual race may shape up.

We have reviewed Audi's heroics at last year's race, and given you a brief history of the first two Petit Le Mans. Now we are moving on to this year’s race. While we mere mortals sleepily went about our daily, piss-ant lives over the last week, the teams in Braselton have been playing high-stakes chicken with each other.


Penske Plans For Saturn Cleared Up, Sort Of

On: Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 2:21PM | By: John Welch


Penske Plans For Saturn Cleared Up, Sort Of test 1-1

Saturn has always been an eclectic brand. Offering nothing more then two different versions of the same car for nine long years (the 'S' which came in SOHC and DOHC versions between 1990 and 1998), Saturn always found another way to connect with customers. Their dealership policies concentrated on a personal relationship with the customer, simple to understand pricing, and friendly rapport keeping the showrooms packed. Competing for the GM design teet with GM's other brands was often a losing battle for Saturn, leaving them with sub-standard products at a time when the Japanese and Koreans were pumping out higher quality vehicles for the same price.

No amount of customer loyalty can make up for a bevy of off-putting products, leading to a serious decline in sales. Saturn is looking at moving less then 100,000 units this year, way down from Saturn's sales peak, 286,000 units in 1994.This year alone overall sales for the division have dropped 58 percent. Instead of killing Saturn, ala Pontiac, the General is adding this beleaguered brand to the auction block, along with Saab, Opel, and Hummer.

It looks like Roger Penske is interested. Recently, certain details of his purchase have come to light, clearing up exactly what the (real) 'most interesting man in the world' plans to do with his new baby . . .