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Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals 2011

Triumph TR4 and TR3

BCW MG TD Replica
Recently, I attended the Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals show at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in Pennsylvania. Held every May, this show features a vast array of meticulously maintained classic British, European and Japanese cars, exemplary examples of their more modern kin, as well as a beautiful collection of kit cars.  As far as sheer variety in makes, models and years, hands down, this show can’t be beat.

This has become something of an annual treat for me as I can think of few better ways to spend a weekend than by gazing at a gleaming sea of jaw-droppingly stunning automobiles, many of which I guarantee you won’t find at other shows. Plus, participation is open to anyone with an import or a kit car – all you have to do is register, make your car pretty and show up. It’s a great opportunity to display your cherished ride and meet other aficionados of your favorite marques.

I used to come down to show my Saab and hang out with the Saab contingent that makes it out every year. But even though I have a Subaru now, it’s just so much fun that I continue to make the trip to Carlisle (my WRX was parked over by the lone DeLorean, if you happened to be there). Volvo, BMW and Audi clubs also traditionally have a large showing so the weekend is packed with the cars you love, cars you haven’t seen before, your friends from the forums, barbeques – it’s a good time for everyone.  So, if you’re not too far out from Pennsylvania, I definitely recommend heading out there next May to check out the Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals. To tide you over, provided for your viewing pleasure are some of my favorite cars of the weekend. Enjoy!

 

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(Not So) Mini

Posted in Cars, Compact Cars, Cooper, Mini by Corey | December 6th, 2010 | 1 Response |

I was walking through the Dallas Cars and Coffee Saturday morning and I saw these two Mini’s parked next to each other. I’m a huge fan of Mini’s – both the original old-school Morris and the BMW re-launch MINI – but I’ve never seen the two variants sitting beside each other. Read More…

Aston Martin Rapide Luxe: For when Big Pimpin’ isn’t enough.

Posted in Aston Martin, Cooper, Exotic Cars, Expensive Cars, Fast Cars, Luxury Cars by MrAngry | November 18th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

2011 Aston Martin Rapide Lux

If you own an Aston Martin Rapide then odds are you feel like you’re “Big Pimpin'” every time you go out for a cruise. From a visual perspective the Rapide is the best looking four-door coupe on the planet hands down. From its beautiful lines, to the elegant grill, to its 470 hp V12 engine, the Aston Martin Rapide is truly in a class of its own. How about those days though when you wish to go beyond “Big Pimpin'” and into the realm of the “Super Pimp”… what then? Well I’ll tell you what then, you go out and buy the Aston Martin Rapide Luxe, it’s got all the wonderful features of the standard Rapide, with a few more little diddies thrown in for good measure. There are some new paint choices, a new luggage set to match the cars leather interior and a rear-seat mounted DVD. So, for those of you out there looking to achieve the ultimate in elegant, powerful and now colored coordinated Pimp Status, have no fear, because your chariot has arrived.

Source: Autoblog.com

Cars and Coffee Virginia/DC

If you’re in the DC area and want to check out an exceptional collection of exotic and immaculate classic rides FOR FREE, I suggest you head over to Great Falls, VA to the Cars and Coffee event that takes place every Saturday.

SLS AMG at Cars and Coffee VA

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HOLY CANNOLI! Ferrari 612 GTO Concept is a total stunner!

Posted in Concept Cars, Cooper, Exotic Cars, Ferrari by MrAngry | September 28th, 2010 | 1 Response |

Ferrari 612 GTO Concept

The thing about designing a concept car is that it is just that – a concept. You start with a clean slate and then simply let your imagination run wild. Sure you have to have the talent and the skills to get the job done, but if you possess those, well then you may just be capable of creating something like this. What you are viewing is the sexist Ferrari concept never to come out Maranello and truth be told, I bet the boys over in Italy were pissed when they first laid eyes on it. Designed by Sasha Selipanov of Berlin, Germany this Ferrari 612 GTO Concept is simply drop dead gorgeous!
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Mini Posts Track Map For Today’s Challenge

Posted in Automotive Event, Cool Stuff, Cooper, Corner Carvers, General, Hyundai, Mini, Porsche by Kurt Ernst | June 21st, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Is anybody surprised that the track map for today’s Mini versus Porsche challenge isn’t a map of the Road Atlanta course? Instead, as Autoblog indicates, it’s an autocross track set up at Road Atlanta to include nine tight corners and a skidpad. There is one relatively short straight, but that’s about the only section of the course in Porsche’s favor. Just as Mini would have had no chance on the full Road Atlanta course, Porsche has zero chance of beating Mini on a tight track that favors lighter cars with lower horsepower.

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Mini Responds To Porsche’s Snub

Posted in Automotive Event, Cooper, Corner Carvers, Funny, Funny Videos, General, Mini, Porsche, Racing by Kurt Ernst | June 15th, 2010 | 2 Responses |

I was in the Mini camp on this one, but Jim McDowell is starting to look a bit pathetic in this video. Here’s what’s going to happen: Porsche won’t even reply to this, since they’ve made their position clear. A privateer Porsche will show up for next Monday’s challenge, which will undoubtedly involve cargo capacity and a tight autocross track. Maybe they’ll throw in fuel mileage as well; in any case, the events will be stacked in Mini’s favor, and Mini will win. Cue the yawning fans now.

Mini Coupe & Roadster Bound for U.S. Shores.

Posted in Commuter Cars, Compact Cars, Concept Cars, Cool Stuff, Cooper, Mini, Newsworthy by MrAngry | June 10th, 2010 | 1 Response |

2011 MINI Roadster Coupe

Yesterday I wrote about how MINI might need to rethink their marketing and product strategy as they’re starting to stray away from the small, sporty and economical cars that people know and love. With models like the Clubman and the upcoming Countryman it appeared that MINI was getting a bit chubby around the wheel wells, but now, with the promise of these two little hot rods, it seems that they’re back on track. What you are looking at is the new MINI Coupe and Roadster, cars that where shown as concepts at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show and that are now slated for production in 2011.

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Possible seven passenger MINI? So much for being itty bitty.

Posted in Commuter Cars, Compact Cars, Concept Cars, Cooper, Mini, Newsworthy, Pop Culture, Popular Cars by MrAngry | June 9th, 2010 | 1 Response |

Car companies as a whole are known for producing a certain kind of vehicle to fit the specific need of the consumer. Porsche and Ferrari for example are known for building high end exotic sports cars. Jeep builds vehicles that go anyplace and everyplace a billy goat can go and MINI… they build cars that are small, feisty and fun to drive… or do they? Last year MINI released a bigger MINI called the Clubman. It had 3 doors and more room but still stayed true to MINI’s philosophy of smaller is better. Fast forward one year to the release of the MINI Countryman, a bigger more brawny MINI that now has a full four doors and off-road capabilities.

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Mr. Frugal Presents: Eight Hoonmobiles That Won’t Break The Bank

A while back I ran a piece on the ten least expensive new cars to insure. As you’d imagine, none of them were even remotely entertaining to drive. So is there no hope for a car enthusiast on a budget? RideLust feels your pain, so I’ve researched eight 2010 models that are guaranteed to amuse without costing you an arm and a leg.

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