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Remember the lectures from grandparents you used to receive, or perhaps still do? They would begin by uttering the clichéd “back in my day!” introduction leading to a story that made whatever it was that you were going through seem like a walk in the park. Well, the following video of a 1959 Bel Air colliding with a 2009 Malibu is proof enough that if your parents, or your parent’s parents, were to get into a collision, chances were slim for anyone to make it out alive or with minimal injury.
Everyone has one car/car moment that they emotionally tie to their childhood. It may have been the family's first Camaro, an old Bronco that Dad used for hunting, Mom bringing home the neighborhood's first Taurus. Whatever the story may be, everyone has one. Mine involves a tricky Euro-brick with a faulty front suspension and the baddest wing this side of an Airbus— the Merkur XR4Ti. Muh Daddy considered himself a classy, adventurous Gent, the sort that would take a chance on an unknown import simply because it was wicked-fast. He woke me up at 5 a.m. one spring Saturday (if I'm not mistaken I was seven years old . . . maybe eight) the first time I had seen 5 a.m. on purpose, and instructed me to get dressed and head out to the drive way as quickly as possible. There it sat, ominous dark blue paint gleaming behind thick, fresh central Florida dew, our brand new Merkur Whatsitsfourteeeye.
Tags: Ford, Cosworth, Sierra, Merkur, XR4Ti, fordxr4ti, ford, ford RS 500, rs500,
Several weird segments have popped up in the American auto industry lately. Four door hatch-backs, itty bitty city cars, narrow work vans, and seven passenger car/van double mini-people carrier thingees like the Mazda 5 and the Kia Rondo. All of these concepts are direct descendants of, or inspired by, European products. BMW, VW, and Porsche have the 'shooting-brake', foor door hatch-back thing covered, while Ford, Mercedes and others have produced 'city cars' for decades. Ford recently had the bright idea to begin importing its European product to the U.S. market . . . something about Euro-Fords being dynamically superior to the American-produced crap-wagons currently sold in Ford dealerships. The first European Ford product to actually go on sale was the Ford Transit Connect, a urban sized cargo van, similar to the Daimler Sprinter. Next we will get the new Fiesta, followed by the new Focus and the Ford C-Max.
Tags: Ford, C-Max, Focus, Fiesta, fordfiesta, transitconnect, Transit Connect, FordofEurope, kiarondo, Rondo, diamlersprinter, airtekturbo, Mitsubishi Air Tek, caranddriver, newyorktimes
Diamond-studded wallets are running for cover. The Bugatti will end production of the Veyron, what amounts to a $1.6 million dollar Volkswagen (and you thought the Pheaton was ludicrous?!) in the spring of 2012. That leaves a pretty big gap in Bugatti's product portfolio, . . like, the entire product portfolio. What will they do to rid those sparkling 'gator-skinned wallets of all of that messy cash? And how exactly did they get into the business of building and selling The Ritz-On-Wheels? . . . laisse découvrir
Here is some lovely French Weirdness for you . . .
Tags: Bugatti, Veyron, Galibier, EB 110, Type 50, VW, volkswagen,
Fritz Henderson allows us a taste of GM's Australian bounty, the word 'bad' is redefined ala Michael Jackson, and Flavio Briatore shows there is hope for disco fanatics everywhere, as long as we are referring to fashion and not poorly planned crash-to-win fiascos . . .
Tags: GM, Holden, Ferrari, 458 Italia, Renault, F1, hsv, Pontiac, chevycaprice, Chevrolet, chevy ppv, Police Patrol Vehicle, flaviobriatore, Carlos Ghosen, renaultnissan, Briatore
As previously reported, the LMP-1 field at this years Petit Le Mans will be one of the best since the days of Group C. Today, Drayson Racing continued the influx of European hardware, showing off their spanking new Lola Coupe at Silverstone, in the UK.
Tags: Lola, Drayson Racing, BMW, Rahal, ALMS, Porsche, GT2, Panoz Esperante, Advan, Risi Competizione, risi, f430, prattandmiller, Katech, Rahal Letterman, theamericanlemansseries, Le Mans, hotpockets, gt1, gttwo, bimmer, corvetteracing, bmw, pauldrayson, lordpauldrayson,
As winter approaches and as America gently heaves itself out of economic implosion, the mainstay of our country's ingenuity, the automobile, has finally reached the breaking point of "do or do not". With oil and gas prices still at an all-time high, Americans DO want those vehicles of the future the car companies have been promising us for the last few decades. We DO NOT want the same old song and dance previously touted by the big three (GM, Ford, Chrysler) rendering us dumbfounded as to when an oil-free salvation will come. General Motors appears to be at the forefront of this retooling, thanks to their help from Uncle Sam.
While all the other blogs are jet-setting to Germany for the Frankfurt Auto Show, we're sitting here in Florida begging for a reprieve from the oppressive heat. Not being there, or having any sort of operating budget, makes it impossible to compete, high-res image for high-res image. If you'd like to know more about the latest-greatest garbage-fueled nine passenger land-yacht, I direct you to a more qualified source, AOL's Autoblog.
If a steamy tale of woe and redemption involving the finest road-going machinery on the planet is what you're looking for, well, I've got that covered. The time: October 2008. The place: Braselton, Georgia. The man: Scottish-born Allan McNish . . . the circumstances: un-effing-believable.
Tags: Road Atlanta, Petit Le Mans, BMW, Rahal, ALMS, Porsche, GT2, Panoz Esperante, Advan, Risi Competizione, risi, f430, prattandmiller, Katech, Rahal Letterman, theamericanlemansseries, Le Mans, hotpockets, gt1, gttwo, bimmer, corvetteracing, bmw
Being extremely enamored with the new Mc-Merc replacement (SLR), the SLS AMG, we decided to take a look at the purpose-built website Mercedes is using to hock the SLS. A big German luxury-car maker should be able to put together a fairly impressive e-brochure, right? Yes, and no. But mostly yes . . .
Tags: Mecedes-Benz, SLS, AMG, Mercedes, SLS, AMG, Gullwing, sls, mb, mercedesbenz, Nurburgring, Bernd Schnieder, dtm, DTM, duetchetouringmasters
I haven't even sucked down the morning's first Coke and already more has happened in the world of F1 than seems possible in 24 hours. Grogginess aside, I think I can lay out the basics of the recent lunacy. First, who exactly will be racing next year?
Tags: F1, Canadian GP, Sauber, Lotus, Manor, formulaone, Qadbak Investments, qadbak, FIA, lotus, proton, Exige, Elise, elise, exige, usf1, manor, camposmeta1, Cosworth, cosworthengines, Malaysia, Sepang Circuit, sepangcircuit, Ayrton Senna, usgp, us grand prix
OmigawdOmigawdOmigawd! Forza three is almost here! You can take your Gran Turismos and your NFS Shifts and you can pound them squarely into your under-stimulated colon. Forza Motorsport has claimed the title of "Most Well Rounded Simulator" (my own award; I'm sure somebody disagrees) since its inception, 'Forza Motorsport' on the original Xbox. No other game has offered the level of customizationa and realism that Forza displays. Period.
Tags: Forza Motorsports, forzamotorsports, Turn 10, Forza 3, fozathree, granturismo, audi, xboxlive, AudiR852FSI, quattro, johncooperworks, c4, corvette, Lancer Evolution X GSR, Flying Lizard, 911GT3RSR, Ferrari California,