Monday, April 30, 2012

Headed to Dee-troit

Soon, I'll be flying for a quick visit to Detroit and Ann Arbor.  I'll visit the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit and walk by the offices of my favorite car magazine, Automobile, in Ann Arbor.


F1 low seat position

Koenigsegg SCARE

Hey, whats the sound? Oh God, its a CCX. 

This is essentially what happens in the video. An unsuspecting pedestrian hears a gargantuan noise behind her. It makes her jump. Thats Koenigsegg for you.


1971 Aston Martin DBS shooting brake (1 of 1)

Monaco Agera Ride

YouTuber PassionSupercars was recently lucky enough to secure a ride in an Agera, in Monaco! 

A ride in a hypercar, in car heaven. We're all secretly jealous.

Thankfully, he filmed it for us, so we can experience the rides from our screens.


Insuring Your Secondary Vehicle

As an owner of 2 cars, I'm more than familiar with the hassle of dealing with car insurance. At some point, we all purchase cars, and part of this process is making sure that these cars are adequately protected against damages. This can mean any number of things – sometimes damage refers merely to a window being shattered, and sometimes it entails significant damages inflicted upon other vehicles in the event of a crash. Regardless, if something happens and your vehicle is not equipped with the proper insurance policy, you may end up having to pay a very great deal of money; whereas if you are properly insured, the payment process can be relatively painless.

All of the above is mentioned with relation to your everyday car – the one you drive every day, everywhere you need to go. Of course, it is clearly important for this vehicle to be protected, as it will receive nearly endless use. After all, we all drive most of the places we go every day.

On the one hand, it may seem as if the cars we use most frequently deserve the most insurance consideration. However, when you think about the actual expenses involved in accidents or damage, it is clear to see why a luxury vehicle also requires a thorough insurance policy.

Fortunately, for those that purchase luxury cars as second vehicles, there is an easy and simple way to address insurance needs. All you need is a quick visit to, and you will gain access to helpful information about something called multicar insurance. This is an insurance concept that allows you to add a second vehicle to an existing plan, rather than starting a whole new policy. This can save you a great deal of hassle, paperwork, and management over the years, and allows you to have both of your vehicles wrapped up in the same thorough, effective policy.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Tesla Model S, BMW, Mercedes, Audi room, price, acceleration comparisons

A friend asked me to compare the Model S with its competition.  It is supposed to compete with the mid-sized 5-series, E-class, and A6, but I want to look at everyone's roominess first:

The most obvious stat is luggage space.  The Model S has a hatchback configuration which doubles its rear luggage capacity vis-a-vis the competition.  Plus, it's got a front trunk, a la Porsches, that has 8.1 cubic feet of space.

The Model S comes with various batteries.  The more expensive batteries accelerate faster and have longer ranges.  I've chosen two variations of the Tesla along with two engine variations from each of the German marques' mid-sized cars and looked at their prices and 0 to 60 times.

Miner Threat A/FX 426 wedge

A hood scoop on top of a hood scoop, remind anyone of the Jeff Foxworthy redneck joke about tv sets?

 whatever the Ford equivalent of the Mercury Comet Cylcone was, this is it. Fairlane I suppose

Super Gas 440 Barracuda, with a wicked little monster hidden in the grill airbrushing

For every object, there is a collector... this guy is hooked on vintage street lights

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Joe Maurath's collection focuses on streetlights and insulators, but he's also got high voltage signs, switches, and police call boxes. Movie companies rent them from time to time to use in period films.  and click on My Collection (5th link on the left down) but the photos are small and about useless to see the collection. A few photos of sinle lights are allright. 

Ho-Tyes from San Gabriel Valley (SGV) gasser was at the Mopars at the Strip 2012 event, great paint work on the side panels

 I love the con rods used as fuel tank brackets. That is bitchin

 late 1960's early 1970's paintwork I think, awesome style and paint fades. Makes me miss the 1970's!
 the outlined panel pinstriping, wasn't that a cool touch!?! for the website of this car club
If anyone knows what the hell Ho-tyes means, I'd like to know

Monowheel circa 1952, photos by Dean Loomis. WW2 was just over, and anything was possible

These were all photographed for Life magazine, as this was being prepped to get to a motorshow in 1952. Sleuths who try to figure out where, would need to look for a Bob's Speedo Service and a Hancock gas station in 1952.

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The monowheels in Men In Black 3 look a lot like this one

Pouncing Poncho, A/FX drag racer was at the Mopars at the Strip 2012 event

 love the mooneyes decals

New Cafe Racer Society blogspot always has cool stuff, here's just a sample of recent posts

 this guy above should be given a medal for being an inspiration to make the thing you want when no one sells one. Take a Vespa, use it to power a watercraft. Brilliant, and fuel efficient I bet. When you get to the otherside of the water, dismount the scooter and use it to get around, then return to find no one has stolen your watercraft cause no one can figure out how!
 how to make an innertube tire, and why

 Above: in the words of Jack Benny "Now that's just silly"

 Awesome useful art

"damn" and "it". My hat is off to it's creative maker!

For a lot more cool motorcycle related stuff: