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What to Expect at the New York International Auto Show

Posted in Auto Show, New York Auto Show, The Car Show by Frank | March 12th, 2012 | Leave a Reply |

The New York International Auto Show has a long history that dates back over a century ago. Its major draw is the ability to see every car that is available in the United States at one time. In recent times, the show has completely smashed attendance records, and if you’re lucky enough to be one of this year’s attendees, there are a few events that you’ll want to know about.

The Show Begins

Of the numerous events that you can look into, there’s a special tour available, though you’ll have to buy the ticket prior to attending the show. Currently there are tickets available for the Thursday tour, and it’ll give you the opportunity to see the event prior to the official start.  When the show opens to the general public there will be three available events running all day.

Initially there will be a classic car collection on display, a chance to ride along in a Jeep, as well as a non-emission vehicle.

Cars and Careers

If you’re a student hoping to land a career in the automobile industry, auto insurance industry, consider going to the career fair. Additionally, on Thursday there will be an opportunity for you to meet with the Telemundo crew and obtain signatures from Victoria Sosa and Rafael Bello.

The Home Stretch

A truly nostalgic event on Friday will leave your jaw on the floor. Celebrity, custom, and exotic vehicles will be around for you to gawk at all day long. If you happen to miss the show during its debut, you can always come back on either that Saturday or Sunday. Although you may not be able to afford these high-priced vehicles, each manufacturer at the show will give out brochures and point you to the nearest dealer if need be.


There’s a lot at the show to explore this year, and you might find yourself staring at a single exhibit for hours. Whether you came for a single brand or just to wander around, keep these events in mind while you’re walking around.

Toyota’s FT-86 Revealed

Posted in Auto Show, Design, Featured, News, Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota, Videos by Kurt Ernst | November 28th, 2011 | 4 Responses |

Toyota's GT 86. Image: Toyota of Europe

The official unveiling of Toyota’s much anticipated FT-86 sports coupe happens later this week at the Tokyo Motor Show, but that hasn’t stopped the Japanese automaker from leaking footage of the GT 86 (the car’s actual name, in Europe at least) in advance. We’re not sure if it will land on these shores under a Toyota badge or a Scion badge (since Scion did show a version as the FR-S), but we are sure of this: Toyota pretty much violated the gentleman’s agreement with Subaru to reveal the respective cars at the same time. Read More…

Fiat Teases Us With Fiat 500 Abarth Videos

Posted in Fiat, LA Auto Show by Kurt Ernst | November 3rd, 2011 | 3 Responses |

We’re still two weeks away from the official U.S. debut of the Fiat 500 Abarth, but Fiat is dropping plenty of images and videos of the car prior to its Los Angeles Auto Show reveal. We like the first video below and fully embrace it’s concept of “go faster than yesterday,” but the second video leaves us shaking out heads at Fiat’s U.S. marketing. Read More…

Mazda’s Takeri Concept Hints At Next Mazda6

Posted in Concept Cars, Design, Mazda, Tokyo Motor Show by Kurt Ernst | October 26th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

The Mazda Takeri concept. Image: Mazda

It’s no secret that the current Mazda6 is overdue for a replacement, and sales of Mazda’s midsize offering have been unimpressive in recent years. That’s a shame, because the Mazda6 was class-leading when the previous generation debuted in 2002. Over the years, Mazda has seemingly lost focus with the Mazda6, to the point where it’s no longer competitive with offerings from Ford, Toyota or even Hyundai. Read More…

Used DeLorean For Sale, Flux Capacitor Not Included

Posted in Car Auctions, Celebrity Cars, Movies, News, Pop Culture by Kurt Ernst | October 22nd, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Image: Profiles In History

If you’re a fan of the Back to the Future movies and have a sizable bank account, here’s an opportunity you won’t want to pass up. Profiles In History has one of three surviving DeLoreans built for the Back to the Future movies, and it will hit the block at one of the company’s auctions later this year. Read More…

2011 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational: Finalists Revealed

Posted in Auto Show, Best of, Cool Stuff, Event Coverage, General, Racing, SEMA, Top of the Heap, Videos by MrAngry | September 25th, 2011 | 1 Response |

Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational

First Vehicle Finalists Revealed

Upcoming Invitational offers action-packed race entertainment with some of the highest performing and most diverse vehicles in the performance automotive aftermarket industry.

September 16, 2011 (MILWAUKEE) – OPTIMA® Batteries, the global leader in high-performance automotive and marine batteries, gears up for the fourth annual OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational, presented by K&N Filters and Wilwood Disc Brakes, by revealing the current list of drivers and vehicles that have qualified for and have been selected to compete in the event.

The current qualifying drivers range from newcomer enthusiasts to seasoned industry veterans, all of which will not disappoint spectators and fans that gather for the highly-anticipated competition. The vehicle selections represent a variety of industry-leading muscle cars, pro-touring cars, hot rods and street trucks, from both import and domestic manufacturers. Initial qualifiers were recruited through a series of events of similar format that tested drivers’ skills and vehicle performance power.
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A Closer Look At The Infiniti FX50 Sebastian Vettel Edition

Posted in Cross Over Vehicle, Frankfurt Motor Show, Infiniti, Videos by Kurt Ernst | September 15th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Formula One stars generally drive fast sedans in their downtime, or so conventional wisdom says. Sebastian Vettel, the boy wonder of F1, bucks that trend by driving an Infiniti FX50 crossover. We can’t tell you why Vettel opted for the FX50 over, say, an AMG Mercedes or a BMW M5. Even if you tie it to Vettel’s contract and the Red Bull team’s Infiniti sponsorship, an M56 sedan seems like a more logical choice for the reigning world champion. Read More…

A Good Thing In A Small Package: The Ford Fiesta ST

Posted in Concept Cars, Ford, Frankfurt Motor Show by Kurt Ernst | September 14th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Ford's Fiesta ST concept. Image: Ford Motor Company

You can’t buy Ken Block’s 600-horsepower, all-wheel-drive Ford Fiesta WRC car. Technically, you could probably buy on just like it if you had the $500,000 price of admission, but it wouldn’t be street legal and it wouldn’t exactly be pleasant as a daily driver. Now Ford is offering up the next best thing, but the jury is still out on whether or not we’ll get it in the United States. Read More…

Mercedes-Benz Shows Us The Car Of 2036

Posted in Concept Cars, Design, Frankfurt Motor Show, Fuel Cell, Mercedes Benz, News, Science by Kurt Ernst | September 14th, 2011 | 1 Response |

By 2036, I think that most transportation will involve horses and ox carts, but Mercedes-Benz has a more pleasant and upbeat view of the future. Debuting at this week’s Frankfurt Auto Show is Mercedes’ F 125 Concept, which shows the possible future of motorized transportation, as interpreted by Mercedes Benz. Read More…

Jaguar’s C-X16 Concept: A Hybrid We Can Love

Posted in Concept Cars, Design, Frankfurt Motor Show, Hybrid Technologies, Jaguar, Promoted by Kurt Ernst | September 10th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

Jaguar's C-X16 Concept. Image: Jaguar

I’ll come clean up front: I’m not a hybrid guy. If you’re a long-term reader, you already know this, but if you’re new to RideLust it might be the first time you’ve heard this. I’ve driven plenty of hybrids, but all of them to date have been built with an eye to fuel economy, not performance. In fact, hybrids add weight and complexity, two thing that tend to have a negative impact on acceleration, braking and even long-term reliability. Read More…