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December 15, 2008
So what are we looking at here? The answer is after the jump!
December 14, 2008
Here's a new ride page that is getting a lot of attention on our site—Anto's LS6-powered Miata. Anto go the engine out of a wrecked 2005 Cadillac CTS-V and he's fitting some big wheels and tires—obviously there is gonna extensive body work and fabrication. I dig the Vette-style side pipes!
December 13, 2008
CarDomain member TheMaro82 commented that his 4x4 Camaro looks better than the weird Vette at the John Force Holiday Car Show, and man, he wasn't kidding! He says it's painted grabber green, but to me it looks closer to the 3M reflective paint used on the Malibu in Repo Man.
December 12, 2008
I'm one of those people who always sees the glass as half full. I've always felt that things would work out. But with the dismal news out of Congress, more plant closures announced, and more layoffs in the works, even I'm getting dragged down. Morale in Detroit is post-apocalyptic—people are pretty shell-shocked. No one is shopping, and it's miserable. But I'm going to try to get my head back up—there's snow and ice up here now, and who can resist a sunny weekend afternoon, snow tires, and some low-speed parking lot, er, driving?
By John Coyle
Sunday, I'm flying to the Sunshine State to see my folks, so this will be the last New on the Net for a little while. I've lived in Seattle for over 12 years, but to me, nothing says Christmas like lights strung around a palm tree. Weird, I know. Anyway, here's the news:
- It might seem silly that I'd make fun of someone for not being able to spell, as eagle-eyed readers have caught my blunders more than once. But if I was going to, say, get a tattoo or make a fake delivery truck to smuggle pot, I'd make sure everything was kosher. Special delivery indeed! Phoenix New Times
- I was pretty sure the auto bailout would get passed pretty quick, so I was a little surprised that the Senate killed it yesterday. In related news, the General has hired bankruptcy attorneys. Yikes. Detroit News
- Looks like Top Gear America won't be on NBC after all. There was no real info on why the show is headed for cable, but I'd bet the Peacock's dismal ratings have something to do with it. Top Gear
- When I first saw this concept, I actually thought it was another fancy Lamborghini lighter or something. As it turns out, it's a double-decker bus concept, and it looks super dope. Yahoo.uk via Jalopnik
The auto industry bailout story is fluid and extremely dynamic and millions of words are being written and posted about the story, even as I write this. When I woke up this morning I wanted to come up with a unique view of the crisis for this morning’s blog on Automotive Traveler rather than just more analysis and arm chair quarterbacking. What I came up with was capturing how the various media around the country, and around the world covered the story early Friday morning. From the local Detroit News in the Motor City to the Birmingham News in Birmingham, Alabama to major dailies in New York, London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, and Shanghai, I was able to get screen captures of a particular moment in time. What I found most interesting? That the editors of the Tennesean in Nashville thought that the contract negotiations between the Titans and place kicker Rob Bironas was more newsworthy than the negotiations in Washington DC between the Senate Republicans, the auto industry and the UAW. Absolutely incredible. Read the rest of the story at Automotive Traveler.
By Mike Garrett
I have a lot of work ahead of me with all my Rev Speed Time Attack photos to sort through, but before that I wanted to post up some photos from last weekend's Yokohama Hot Rod and Custom Car Show. The machine in this photo here was my personal favorite of the entire show. It's a V8-powered gasser built out of a vintage Toyota Stout pick up truck. It has all the typical gasser features like a dropped straight axle in the front and headers protruding through the fenders. This thing should be cool enough to make even the staunchest Japanese car purist appreciate an American V8-powered Toyota. Continue reading at Speedhunters.com
I saw this on Jalopnik earlier in the week. I know these car-theme grills are a bit of a cliché, but this one just seemed different somehow... You know the drill: Come up with a caption for the picture below by noon PST next Thursday. If you submit the funniest one, we'll send you a great big bag of CarDomain swag. And remember to leave a link to your ride page so we can contact you. Three entries per person max. Good luck!
By Sam Barer
To many enthusiasts the phrase “sports car” evokes the image of the Porsche 911. With each new model over its forty-plus year history, the 911 has built a large following of dedicated fans. Recently I got the chance to absorb one of the most pure Porsche 911 experiences courtesy of a long drive in a classic 1970 911T. So does the reality of the 911 exceed its mythical reputation?
Continue reading after the jump.
By Ron Honig
It's interesting to see the different approaches that car manufacturers use in TV advertising. For me most are generally forgettable. However I do have a few favorites that I consider to be above average. One that I like because it's politically incorrect in a funny way and because it is selling my favorite type of car is the Elliot Dodge Charger 500 add from 1970. More recently I have really had a good laugh with the Trunk Monkey ads. So what's you favorite car ad?
I’m not one that spends endless hours searching YouTube looking for videos of exotic car crashes, nor am I addicted to Top Gear and other car TV shows. But some of that is about to change after this morning when I was tipped off by a friend to a hilarious Jeremy Clarkson test of the new Ford Fiesta that was posted on YouTube. It’s obvious to me that Ford can’t get the new Fiesta to market fast enough, $1.50/gallon gasoline not withstanding. With the new domestic Fiesta coming in the fall, expect to see the near-production-ready at this year’s North American International Auto Show.