Blown Volvo 740 = One Bad Ass Box

Posted in Best of, Burnouts, European Rides, General, Hoonage, News, Rides, Videos, Volvo by MrAngry | September 24th, 2011 | 8 Responses |

Blown Volvo 740
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Remember when Volvo’s were safe, boxy cars that teachers and vegetarians drove? They were nice enough I suppose, but always lacked that bit of “flair” needed to take them to the next level. Over the years the company has tried to shed their “They’re boxy, but they’re good” image, but truth be told, they still haven’t gotten it quite right. Some folks, like Gunnar Larsson however, have looked past the initial dullness and have instead interjected some much needed personality into these Swedish boredom boats. Gunner’s ride started out as a mundane 1987 Volvo 740 Sedan, however after mulling it over a bit he decided to add some much needed power by way of a small block Chevy clad with a 6/71-blower. It’s not politically correct and is about as environmentally friendly as an atom bomb, but once you see this sucker go I think you’ll agree that Mr. Larsson has created one bad ass box.
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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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The Smoking Tire Reviews The Volvo S60 T6 AWD

Posted in Car Buying, Car Reviews, European Review, Volvo by Kurt Ernst | March 19th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Matt Farah’s back from the Ford Focus Rally, and this time he’s reviewing the new “naughty” Volvo S60 T6 AWD. Like any good car reviewer, Matt gives us the good news (turbocharged I5 engine replaced with twin-turbo V6, adjustable suspension, adjustable steering, planted feel of Volvo’s AWD) with the bad (no manual transmission, no paddle shifters, insufficient brakes and bizarrely excessive safety systems). In the end, Matt does give the car praise as a “driver’s car”, and presents it as a viable alternative to the BMW 335i and the Audi S4. It’s priced on par with those choices, so don’t expect the S60 to win buyers over on price alone. Read More…

Savor the Frost

Posted in BMW, Ford, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Mustang, Porsche, Subaru, Volkswagen, Volvo by Leigh | February 17th, 2011 | 5 Responses |

Ford Mustang Jan Privat

Ford Mustang in Hamburg, Germany.  Photo courtesy of Jan Riggert.

It’s February and we’re in the heart of Winter 2011.  For car enthusiasts, it’s very easy to dismiss this season as a time of dreary dormancy.  When the grey skies and the bleak landscapes make even the cherished weekend drive unwelcome.  When the air is too agonizingly frigid to endure with the roof tucked away and the windows down.  When you long to pitch your keys after frantically scraping your windshield in the quiet hours before dawn and your thoughts incessantly turn to the salt feasting on your vehicle.  Sitting behind the wheel, your breath visible, you find that even your car starts begrudgingly, chugging to life with the reluctance of a teenager waking on a weekend morning.  In winter, the sleek, silvery hides of the cars we’ve fondly lusted over in the warmer months are locked away, sheltered from the elements, and the bronzed, bikinied goddesses of the tuner meets are in hibernation.  Winter is a terrible time for car enthusiasts.

Or is it?

The following are some of my favorite winter photos from around the Web.  If you’re bemoaning the winter blues, take a look at these and get out and drive.  Winter is no reason to stay inside. Read More…

Your Crossover is a Station Wagon.

Posted in Chevrolet, Cross Over Vehicle, Ford, Infiniti, Volvo by Corey | December 14th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

I’ve got sad news for you my friend; that crossover you bought – the vehicle that combines the practicality of an SUV with the driveability of a car – it’s actually been known for generations by a different name.

You own a station wagon.

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You Can Have Too Much Of A Good Thing

Posted in Bizarre, Custom, FAIL, Funny, Pictures, Volvo by Kurt Ernst | November 12th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

“If dual exhausts are good,” thought Vitaly, “then ten exhausts must be better.”

Source: That Will Buff Out

10 Classic Imports for Under 20K.

Posted in Alfa Romeo, BMW, Classic, Collector Cars, Fiat, Mini, Porsche, Sports Cars, Volkswagen, Volvo by MrAngry | October 25th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

Classic Import Cars

If you’re like me then one of your favorite pass times is chewing up miles on the road to nowhere. What I mean by that is, you love going out for a drive just because you enjoy the actual emotions that driving brings. For some it’s the action of rowing through the gears, for others it’s the feeling of the wind in their hair, and yet for others it’s simply a great departure from the rigors of everyday life. Owning a classic car is luxury that most people think is way out of their reach. Auctions such as Barrett-Jackson and Mecum have skewed the public’s perception that all classic cars are out of reach and that everything that was built before 1980 is worth in the triple digits. Well ladies and gentlemen, I’m here to tell you that that is simply not so, in fact there are loads of hot little sports cars and roadsters that you can pick up in excellent condition right now for the price of a new Ford Fiesta. Sounds crazy right… well it’s not. Below is a list of 10 amazing automobiles that can be had for below 20K. So, with that being said go take a look at the list and clean out your garage, because I have a feeling there may be a new little fun mobile in your future.
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What Oddball Rides Do You Lust After?

Posted in Chevrolet, Plymouth, Porsche, Volkswagen, Volvo by MrAngry | September 6th, 2010 | 5 Responses |

Nash Metropolitan

I know it’s an odd question, but it’s also a valid one. Simply put, what oddball car do you lust after? Everyone has some type of skeleton in the closet and car guys and gals are no different. These are automobiles that you are embarrassed to tell your buddies you’d like to own. Some cars like Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s and Bugatti’s are universally lusted after, but what about something like a 1960 Nash Metropolitan or a 1957 BMW Isetta 250, do these also tickle the pickle? Personally, I love the oddball stuff and while they may not be for everyone, some of these unconventional automobiles will always garner their fair share of followers. Here’s a quick list of 5 oddball rides that I wouldn’t mind seeing in my garage.
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Gran Turismo 5: Karting?

Posted in Car Logos, Cool Stuff, Video Games, Videos, Volvo by MrAngry | August 20th, 2010 | 2 Responses |

The video game world has been waiting for the release of Gran Turismo 5 now for 3 years and since we’ve finally got a release date of November 2nd, 2010 new images, game modes and videos are beginning to fill the internet. What were learning is that over the past 3 years the designers and programmers at Sony and Polyphonic Digital have been packing GT5 with new features that we as gamers never expected. Take this karting video for example, it looks pretty good, but I suppose my question is, is it really necessary? Gran Turismo is a driving simulator first and foremost, but I am beginning to wonder if they are incorporating too many modes into the game, thus overpowering the player. We know that graphically the game is going to be stunning, but I’m curious to know that by including such facets as rally driving, Nascar, standard driving and now karting, if GT5 has bitten off more than it can chew. Hopefully it will be as good as everyone “hopes” it will be and not just another watered down version of the original game that we fell in love with all those years ago.


NEWS: Ford sells Volvo for $1.8 billion to Chinese Automaker Geely

Posted in Car Branding, Ford, General, Newsworthy, Volvo by MrAngry | August 2nd, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Volvo Geely Ford

Ford has been trying to sell off Volvo for quite some time and over the past few months they’ve been in talks to do so with Chinese automaker Geely (Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Company Limited). According to the deal has finally been made for the bargain price of $1.8 billion. Volvo, under the terms of the agreement, will still be supplied with multiple vehicle parts such as powertrains and other components from Ford for some additional time.
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