Classic

Depth of Speed: British Mania

Posted in Classic, Collector Cars, Compact Cars, European Rides, General, MG, Other Rides, Racing, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | August 20th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

British Cars

My Grandmother used to have this green carpet in her house that was perfect for rolling my Matchbox and Hotwheels cars around on. It was low cut and green and for some reason it left imprints of the wheel marks in it when I would run them through it. That was over 35 years ago and believe it or not but that carpet helped cement me as a die-hard car enthusiast. It’s funny what gets us into cars. Perhaps a particular event in time sparks our interest. Or maybe it was a person or situation. Other times though it could simply be the sound of a well tuned engine. The following video is the story of Roger Gisseman and his love of British cars. Gisseman is the type of enthusiast who not only keeps the hobby going strong, but thanks to his eclectic taste, makes it a bit more enjoyable for everyone by throwing in a little variety.
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1967 Chevrolet Camaro: Say Hello to Ultra-Cheese

Posted in Camaro, Chevrolet, Classic, Collector Cars, Domestic Rides, Funny, General, Other Rides, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | July 6th, 2011 | 1 Response |

1967 Chevrolet Camaro

Over the years automobile manufacturers have spent millions upon millions of dollars with ad agencies trying to figure out how to pimp their latest and greatest to the masses. They’ve used explosions, catchy jingles, scantily clad women and of course, good ole’ rock and roll. Sometimes the hit with a true winner, other times however they simply screw the pooch and produce something like the ad you’re about to see here. Back in 1967 Chevrolet released one of the most iconic cars to ever grace the tarmac. It was the Camaro, and back then it took the automotive world by storm. It had a stout bulldog stance, multiple high performance engine choices and a beautiful shape which in turn helped it to become an instant automotive icon. What’s even more amazing however is that this is the ad that Chevrolet used to debut the car 44 years ago… man how times have changed.
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How Long Do You Keep Your Cars?

Posted in Classic, Featured, General, Other Rides, Rides by MrAngry | June 12th, 2011 | 11 Responses |

How Long Do You Keep Your Car?
*Photo Credit: StillRuns.com

For the most part the purchase of a new car is the second biggest investment that you’re likely to make next to a new home. I mean let’s face it, automobiles aren’t cheap, in fact the average price of a new car is around $29,000. Most people keep their cars around 4 years, but because of the state of our current economy I would think we’re looking at more like 5-7 years, especially since a typical car loan is 48-60 months. Personally, my record for one car is 8 years and that’s only because the car is a collectors item and one that I plan to own until I’m dead. The decision to get rid of a car can stem from boredom, reliability issues or the fact that you simply need to have the latest and greatest. I’m usually good for at least 3 years, after that though I start to get itchy and look to get into something new. It’s a vicious cycle I know and one that usually costs me extra money, but in the end it helps keep me sane so I really can’t bitch. How about you guys though – do you swap out your rides every 3 to 4 years, or do you keep those suckers for 15 years and run them into the dirt?

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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Regal Roadster’s 1939 Lincoln Zephyr

Posted in Classic, Collector Cars, Domestic Rides, Gas Guzzlers, Hot Rods, Lincoln, Other Rides, Rides by MrAngry | May 19th, 2011 | 6 Responses |

1939 Lincoln Zephyr

There’s just something about cars from the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s that’s magical. Seeing those cars today makes one think about a time when life was less complicated, when automotive innovation actually meant something, and when the spirit of the open road was alive and well here in the United States. The 1939 Lincoln Zephyr is one of those cars and when viewed in person the only thing it evokes is pure emotion. Today’s automobiles, while packed with reliability and technology simply don’t, in my opinion, possess the same amount of style and flare that their bygone brothers do. It’s a shame really, but in a society where cost is key and styling is secondary, automotive manufacturers really have no choice but to compromise on everything. That’s where custom shops like Regal Roadsters of Madison, WI come into play. These guys recently took the aforementioned 1939 Lincoln Zephyr and get this… fitted it with an Aston Martin V12 engine, full airbag suspension and Magnaflow exhaust. We think the result is simply stunning, but just to make sure click play on the video and decide for yourself.
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Fast Lane Daily: Modern Classics / Future Collectibles

Posted in auto industry, Best of, Classic, General, News, Other Rides, Rides by MrAngry | April 26th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Road Testament

There has been a lot of talk lately about which cars from the last ten years or so could potentially carry some collector value in the future. Automobiles like the Corvette ZR1 and Ford GT are shoo-in’s, but what about cars like the Honda S2000 and first generation Mercedes-Benz CLS. Collector cars are hard to predict because one never knows where the future of the collector car hobby is going to end up. Cars like the Cadillac Allanté or the Ferrari 348 were once thought to be collectible, but now their nothing more than nice classics. Last week on Fast Lane Daily’s Road Testament, I sat down with Alex Roy and J.F. Musial to discuss what cars we’d purchase now in the hopes that they’d one day be worth a big fortune at Barrett-Jackson. Click through for the video.
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Ridelust Retro: 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix SJ

Posted in Classic, Collector Cars, Domestic Rides, General, Other Rides, Pontiac, Rides by MrAngry | March 18th, 2011 | 1 Response |

1969 Pontiac Grand Prix SJ

It had the longest hood of any car in 1969, it was comfortable, luxurious, loaded with options and hauled some serious ass when you mashed the go pedal. It wasn’t a Camaro, Mustang or Charger, nor was it a GTO, Corvette or Barracuda, in fact and for all intense and purposes, it wasn’t even a muscle car. That however didn’t stop Pontiac’s new 1969 Grand Prix SJ from going down in history as one of the baddest executive saloons on the planet. We all know that buying a car is a very personal statement. It gives others insight into who we are, what our economic bracket is and how we view ourselves. If you’re a professional for example, then odds are you won’t be driving up to the office in a Subaru STI with a big wing on the back. However, you may opt for something like an Acura TL. It’s classier, and while not as nimble, it still has plenty of grunt and paints a different picture to the world around you.
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Turbo Chicken: 1981 Pontiac Trans Am

Posted in Classic, Collector Cars, Domestic Rides, General, muscle cars, Old Cars, Other Rides, Pontiac, Rides by MrAngry | March 17th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Some of you may laugh, but that doesn’t change the fact that the Pontiac Trans Am is an icon of American pop culture. From its humble beginnings as a Trans Am series race car, to its starring role in Smokey and the Bandit, the Pontiac Trans Am is the stuff that childhood dreams are made of. Over the years the Trans Am went through a bunch of different changes. In the late 1960’s it was released as Pontiac’s answer to the then new, Chevrolet Camaro. Then in the early 1970’s it evolved into a full blown stump pulling muscle car, with models like the 455-SD Trans Am and Formula 400. By the time the 1980’s came around though, the Trans Am was slow and running on borrowed time. Designers tried everything to keep the public interested, but alas, in 1981 the beloved second generation Trans Am took its final bow and called it quits.
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Best In Show At Amelia Island

Posted in Automotive Event, Classic, Collector Cars, Event Coverage by Kurt Ernst | March 15th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

The Mormon Meteor, a 1935 Duesenberg SJ Speedster

This year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance honored Duesenberg as their featured marque. Allard and Kurtis were also honored, but it’s virtually impossible to win “best of show” awards when you’re competing against Duesenberg. When you invite Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance winning cars to the party, it should be no surprise when they take the ribbons in Florida as well. Such was the case in this year’s show, where a 1935 Duesenberg SJ Speedster, nicknamed the “Mormon Meteor” took top honors in the Concours De Sport class, with a 1933 Duesenberg SJN Arlington Torpedo Sedan taking top honors in the Concours De Elegance class. Read More…

Racho Deluxe: by Bandit Films

Posted in Classic, Domestic Rides, General, Hot Rods, Other Rides, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | March 8th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Rancho Deluxe

They always say that if you can turn your passion into a career, then you’ll never work again in your life. I’m going to say that for the most part this is true. I mean what’s better than showing up to work everyday and having fun. Meet Ben Thomas, he’s the owner of Rancho Deluxe, an old school hot rod shop in Melbourne, Australia that’s dedicated to bringing old school rumblers back to life. Ben was lucky enough to have a father that schooled him in the particulars of vintage cars from a very young age. They ended up building a few cars together and when his Dad saw that the boy had talent, he arranged to have an internship program set up for him. That lead to a four year stint working for Porsche and then, after a few years away from the business he decided to give it another go by opening up Rancho Deluxe. Now Ben spends his time working on some of the coolest old hot rods in Australia and enjoying every minute of it.
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