The Cars of Queens: Part II – BIG MUSCLE

Posted in Buick, Chrysler, Dodge, Domestic Rides, DRIVE, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | June 24th, 2012 | Leave a Reply |

Cars of Queens - Big Muscle

Big Muscle continues its New York adventure with its second installment on the cars of Queens, NY. This week we’re taking a look at a stunning 1967 Buick GS 400 and a highly modified 1969 Dodge Charger. These are not garage queens, but two bad-ass muscle cars that see duty on the open road, local road and auto-x courses and of course the occasional trip to the drag strip.

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The Cars of Queens: Part I – BIG MUSCLE

Posted in Best of, Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Domestic Rides, DRIVE, GM, muscle cars, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | June 15th, 2012 | Leave a Reply |

1968 Coronet RT

Before BIG MUSCLE had its feet planted firmly in West Coast soil, it was stationed here… in beautiful Queens, NY. Now while most people would never think of Queens as a destination spot, believe me when I tell you that in this land of graffiti, window bars and padlocks lies some of the coolest muscle cars that you’re ever likely to see. This is Part I of BIG MUSCLEs two part episode on the “Cars of Queens”. In this episode we take a look at a wicked 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS drop-top and a stunning 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T. Both cars have been updated accordingly in all departments and both cars were conceived to be, at their cores, bad-ass New York street fighters.

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2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist Premium: RideLust Review

Posted in Buick, Car Reviews, Domestic Review, Featured, RideLust Review by Kurt Ernst | January 23rd, 2012 | Leave a Reply |

2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist

Thumbs Up: Solidly built, quiet as a tomb

Thumbs Down: Needs more power for highway driving

Buy This Car If: You want a plush midsize sedan that delivers decent fuel economy.

Sometimes, things are glaring in their omission. If you scan the outside sheet metal of the 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist, you won’t find a single “hybrid” badge on it. Ditto on the inside, where the only indication that you’re driving something other than a regular Buick is the available battery meter in the information display. Even the window sticker avoids any mention of the word “hybrid,” although if you look carefully you can see the term”eAssist” used in reference to the engine and the associated powertrain warranty. Read More…

2012 Buick Regal GS: RideLust Review

Posted in Buick, Car Reviews, Domestic Review, Featured, Promoted, RideLust Review by Kurt Ernst | January 9th, 2012 | 2 Responses |

2012 Buick Regal GS

Thumbs Up: The most entertaining Buick since the 1987 GNX.

Thumbs Down: Needs more power; creaky plastic dash.

Buy This Car If: You want a compact domestic luxury sedan with a dash of sport.

For those of us in a certain demographic, the name “Buick” conjures up images of under-damped land yachts, leisurely driven by septuagenarians on their way to a 3:00 dinner at the Old Country Buffet. For driving enthusiasts, Buick hasn’t built a car of interest since the 1987 Regal-based GNX. The GNX has become the stuff of legend, with clean examples still trading hands at semi-insane prices. Still, the 1987 GNX was capable of a 0 to 60 sprint in under 5 seconds, and in stock form could run the quarter mile in 13.5 seconds at 102 miles per hour. Back in 1987, that wasn’t just fast, that was stupid fast. Read More…

Why being a car guy sucks.

Posted in AMC, Best of, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Corvette, Dodge, Domestic Rides, European Rides, Ford, Mercedes Benz, Pop Culture, Rides by MrAngry | December 28th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

1972 Ford Galaxie

It would’ve been so much easier if I was just into video games or something because there are times when being a car guy totally sucks. You see I don’t just like cars, I love them. In fact every aspect of my life revolves around them. I write about them, build them, race them, film them… hell, they encompass everything I do. Who knew that back in the day when I was playing with Matchbox and remote control cars that it would turn into an obsession that has taken over my life. The problem is this; I want everything, but the fatal combination of a writers salary and lack of space prevent this from happening. Sure being in the industry helps, as we get to drive press cars and go to different automotive related events, but still, that doesn’t change the fact that I jones for something different in the garage on a daily basis. Take this near perfect 1972 Ford Galaxie 500 that I spied recently on eBay. Folks, if I had the money this sucker would be in my garage tomorrow. Sure it’s big and cumbersome, but it’s a classic piece of American iron that I would love to use as a daily driver. Maybe it’s because it’s different, or maybe its because cars like this remind me of my childhood growing up in the 1970’s. Whatever the reason though, road yachts like this always get my blood pumping.

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GM Offers Buyers Free Car Insurance

Posted in auto industry, Buick, Cadillac, Car Buying, Chevrolet, GMC, News, Promoted by Kurt Ernst | July 8th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

The 2011 Corvette Z06, now with free insurance in WA and OR. Image: © GM Corp.

If you’re buying a GM vehicle in the next two months and you live in Washington or Oregon, here’s some (potentially) good news:. GM will pick up the tab on a year’s worth of MetLife auto insurance, above the minimum coverage levels specified by the states. I say “potentially good news”, because the deal comes with certain caveats, like applying only to personal (non-commercial and non-fleet) vehicles, being non-transferrable if you sell the car and being non-refundable if you opt to get your own coverage. Read More…

Vintage Road Test: 1972 Buick Centurion

Posted in Buick, Domestic Rides, General, Hoonage, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | March 19th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

1972 Buick Centurion

Looking back at these old road tests from Bud Lindemann’s Car & Track series, it’s amazing to see how far automobile technology has progressed. This is a 1972 Buick Centurion, a car that was considered to be somewhat of a sports sedan back in the day. It was built in a time before anti-lock brakes, stability control or traction control which means that keeping one of these behemoths on the straight and narrow was no easy task. The Centurion like so many cars from the early 1970’s was big (4,500 lbs.), soft and made to soak up road imperfections which meant performance was minimal. 0-60 mph for example took a full 9 seconds and braking distance from 60-0 was a whopping 204 feet. That’s beyond horrible by today’s standards. Still, this was 1972 and back then it was all about road comfort, space and style, things that the big Buick had plenty of. Watch the video in its entirety and get a load of what passed for good road manners and handling… you’ll get a kick out of it, I promise.
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American Muscle Car Shootout: Awesome Defined.

Posted in AMC, Buick, Burnouts, Chrysler, Dodge, Domestic Rides, Fisker, General, Hoonage, muscle cars, Mustang, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | March 11th, 2011 | 1 Response |

Muscle Car Shootout

A few years ago SpeedTV used to air a show called Dream Car Garage. It was sponsored by Legendary Motorcars of Ontario, Canada and catered to everything from high end exotics, to big block muscle cars. One of the best segments they ever put together was a match up of the baddest muscle cars from the 1960’s and 1970’s. What you have to remember before you press play on these videos though, is that the American muscle car was and is, a mythical beast. Names like Cuda, Chevelle SS, The Judge and Boss made European sport sedans of that era quake in their boots. Not because of how fast, or how well they did (or did not) handle, but because of their in-your-face, take no prisoners, power house attitudes. I own two muscle cars and while I love them with all my heart and soul, I’m always amazed at how fast people think they are. Like I said, these old sleds are mythical beasts, and while other cars out there may out perform them, there will never, ever be anything as cool as an old school American Muscle Car. Click through for a whole bunch of awesome!
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Autocrossing A ’72 Buick Gran Sport

Posted in Buick, Cool Stuff, muscle cars, Videos by Kurt Ernst | February 13th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Autocrossing A ’72 Buick Gran Sport

There are some absolutes in the automotive world: drag racing your Miata, unless you’ve got an LS3 motor stuffed under the hood, isn’t going to be particularly entertaining. Autocrossing a muscle car, pro touring cars excepted, will be much the same, since they’re generally better at going fast in a straight line than they are at turning. The driver in the video below, Jeff Peoples, would beg to differ, and does a very respectable job of getting his 1972 Buick Gran Sport though the cones without drama. Read More…

2012 Buick Regal eAssist gets 25% bump in mileage.

Posted in Best of, Buick, Domestic Rides, Hybrid Technologies, Rants & Raves, Rides by MrAngry | February 8th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

2012 Buick Regal eAssist

Due out this fall is the new 2012 Buick Regal with eAssist, a new fuel saving technology that should boost the 2012 Regal’s fuel economy by 25%. By combining a lithium-ion battery system and electric induction motor-generator that works in conjunction with the Regal’s 2.4L Ecotec direct injection four-cylinder, Buick is predicting mileage figures of 26 city / 37 highway. For comparison the standard Regal without eAssist gets 19 city / 30 highway so the improvement we’re seeing is actually quite good. Quite honestly I have no idea why Buick isn’t calling this a hybrid, but I suppose that’s due to their marketing people as “eAssist” just sounds more fun. Aside from the additional mileage generated by the electric motor, eAssist also provides regenerative braking, automatic engine shut-off when the vehicle comes to a stop and improved under-body aerodynamics with tires optimized for performance and fuel economy. Buick has cars like the Acura TSX dead in its sights with the 2012 Buick Regal eAssist. In fact according to Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick marketing,

“Buick’s eAssist technology means customers don’t have to trade a premium driving experience for efficiency”.
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