Did You Know: Pininfarina Designs Coke Machines?

Remember when Pininfarina was designing the most amazing looking cars in the world?  Yeah. Well, they apparently can add Coke machine design to their resume as well.  I must say, it was no doubt the greatest coke machine that I have ever laid my greasy mitts upon.  There were about 20 different beverages to choose from, and it felt very much like I was using and Ipod.  Oh, and it also served a delicious fountain Coca-Cola classic as well, as you might expect from such a device.

Is this just plain wrong?  Or is it nice to see a recognizable world famous automotive designer branching out into areas that I can actually play in? What’s your take?  Ever seen one?

 

Kaizen Tunings Mitsubishi Evo X Time Attack Project Car

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Daniel Oliveras of TT Productions. As you’ll see, he is super talented when it comes to visual media, and he recently documented the building of Kaizen Tuning‘s new Evo X time attack project car. Through a series of fortunate events last weekend, I also got to see this  Evo in person at Kaizen’s shop and swoon over it’s good looks. From my perspective, it is everything I would want in a race car (or daily driver for that matter). It has a beautifully built cage, minimalist interior, all wheel drive, assumed huge power from the built engine, and the rumor is that the body kit on it is the only one like it in the United States. In video and in person, this car is amazing from every single angle. The crew at Kaizen did one hell of a job building it.

For those of you that have yet to see this car in person (read: the majority of the world), Daniel has captured it all on film for us and merged it together into an adrenaline spiking cornucopia of eye candy… And this is just the trailer. Enjoy!

Update:  Unbeknownst to me at the time I wrote this, HT Motorsport actually did the fabrication on this Evo.  You may remember HT Motorsport from the incredible LS1 powered Audi RS6 a few months back. Small world right? Or do I just seem to be drawn to beautiful metal fabrication?  Not sure. Either way, it is all around terrific work on this car.

Rusty Hoods Are Cool?

Waaaaay back in January 2010 I shared some pictures  of my friend’s plaid painted hood on his Subaru. Today, we have a different style of customized hood, and you guessed it!  It’s a Volkswagen! This one has more…..well, rust. BUT. It also had equally as much creativity. Haters gon’ hate rusty hoods, but I appreciate seeing some things that are outside the box every once in a while.  This VW most certainly fit the bill.

Behind The Smoke Season 2: Episode 3

If you have already watched the First and Second episodes, you are likely addicted and in desperate need of episode 3.  That’s where we come in, because we have it up here for your convenience.  This episode takes place in Long Beach and shows Dai working his way through some troubles with his driving. Videos like these make me want to go do smokey burnouts in the nearest parking lot.

 

9 Days of Body Work in 9 Minutes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqzenM8rAlw

For me, the most frustrating work that I have ever done is body work. It’s frightening. In fact, it is the single reason why I have owned my 1964 Impala project car for half of my life and never driven it… legally.  Replacing metal is very doable by nearly anybody with a welder, but making it look “right” takes real talent.  That said, I absolutely LOVE watching people that know what the heck they are doing, replace major body panels. That is why I watch all of those shows on the Speed & Discovery Channel. It is just so refreshing to see rusty or damaged metal removed and repaired with proper methods, and finished to look like new.

In the video above, you get to see 9 straight days of body work in 9 minutes.  They bring the damaged 2010 crew cab GMC truck into the shop, remove the interior, doors, fender, bed, and rocker panel.  They then straighten everything out, and reassemble it to look like new again. Oh, and they recorded it for our enjoyment.

Can’t see the video? Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqzenM8rAlw

Do You Have GMail? Well Come Visit Us On Google Plus Then!

Hi,

As you may have heard, Google makes cool stuff. Most recently, they came out with Google Plus. Some people are calling it “The Facebook for adults”, but I say “isn’t that what LinkedIn is?” With so much socialnessicity these days (yep, made that word up!) – I don’t really know. In any case, if you haven’t checked it out, it is worth perusing for a few minutes.

From my car-guy perspective, I like it because my phone syncs every photo that I take with my G+ account.  This is awesome because it backs up my stuff for when I accidentally light my phone ablaze with my MIG welding electrical hell fire. Then (yes, it gets better) my photos are literally 1 click away from sharing with people (read: you).  Here is an example: Let’s say I’m cruising down route 91 in Connecticut for example, and I see a brand new Camaro convertible parked on the side of the highway, with a beautiful wind-in-the-hair girl inside taking part in a late afternoon, bizarre highway photo-shoot. I can then snap a pic instantly and post it up here for all of my gearhead friends to enjoy, or at least leave a snide comment on. Before you know it, people flock to this clearly impromptu photo shoot on the highway, and this girl becomes the next Cindy Crawford! All because I could share a phone pic with the quickness of G+!  I know. I know. Great example. What’s even crazier though, is that some (very small) parts of that story are actually true! Sadly, I couldn’t get my camera phone out quick enough while driving by this strange photo shoot yesterday. Even if I did, it would have likely been a blur as I was doing …uhh… exactly. the. speed. limit. (or less).

Now where was I? Ah yes, Google Plus! Just this past week, we at 1A Auto decided that we should jump on the fancy new G+ train, and pull that fun whistle (toot tooooot!). We created a page, but alas, we have no friends. True Story! So, that is why I am coming to you, just like I did in kindergarten, begging for friendship.  Is that so wrong? Do it for the cars.  Do it for the humor.  Do it for the beautiful girl on the highway.

Follow Us On G+ Today and let the friendship begin!

We’ll talk about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and share things like pictures and videos.  We can potentially do video hangouts too, which sounds super cool.  We probably won’t have sleepovers, but we may attend the same car shows, racing events, and swap meets. We look forward to this new relationship and are sure that it will be a great one. See you there!

-Jeremy (Your BFF)