Last weekend Formula D was making noise in Atlanta Georgia. A friend of mine named Ethan drove several hours to attend this event and luckily for us, he took about 1 million pictures while he was there. From the looks of it, swapping new LSx V8′s into the small rear wheel drive imports seems to be a growing trend. If you have ever had the pleasure of burying your foot into the go-pedal of a newer Corvette, you can understand why. The sounds coming from these vehicles drifting around the track must have been music to the ears. I really need to get myself to one of these events….
John D’Agostino has built so many beautiful Kustom Kars that it is nearly impossible to pick a favorite. Most of them wear his unmistakable candy blended paint, and seemingly impossible smoothness. You can stare at his cars for hours wondering what exactly he has changed with each one, but it is nearly impossible to detect. In my mind, that is what separates the good customs from from great customs. When he completes a car, the car is no longer just a car, it really become a rolling work of art.
This 1941 Packard, known as “Gable”, is one of my favorites because….. well … look at it. If this Packard were to be parked next to a new Ferrari and Bugatti, the Ferrari would immediately burst into flames, and the Bugatti would drive itself into a lake. They would both feel too inadequate parked next to such burgundy brilliance. This Packard has the perfect stance, flawless paint that is as rich as rich gets, and nearly undetectable customization. There is just no denying it, I would look good in this car.
These beautiful images were taken by Childers Photography. More can be seen here:
The image above has absolutely nothing to do with this blog post, but the car deserves some credit for surviving as long as it has against all odds. Seriously, when was the last time you saw one of these?
Anyway – over the last week, I have been doing a little gas mileage experiment, because I am trying to figure out how to beat the whole “buying expensive gas” thing in true gearhead fashion. I will elaborate more on this and potential further experiments in the days ahead. In the meantime, I would love to know what all of you are doing to stretch your mileage (If anything)? I also set up a poll this morning to see where we currently stand.
“Rat Rod’s” have been the new cool thing to build for a few years now. They are a great part of the automotive community in my opinion because they are cheap, simple, and quick to build. Most have V8′s, and zero excess weight which means they fry the tires just fine. Some of them even stop! The vast majority of these often derelict-looking vehicles would likely not be back on the road otherwise, so assuming they are safe for the road, how can you not love them? They are cheap, fast, and with the right drivetrain – reliable. Could it really be possible that “Rat Rods” have beaten the old automotive saying of “Cheap, Fast, Reliable – Pick Two” ?
*Notice that I put “Rat Rod” in quotes. That is because some Hot Rodders find that terminology offensive for some reason. I can’t understand it because I have just as much respect for “Rats” as I do an unfinished Hot Rods or 100 point restorations. When you pour your heart and soul into a vehicle, it shows, whether it is waxable or not. For those of you that do find the “Rat” terminology offensive, just pretend I said “Hot Rod”.
I realize it is still early in the day, but this is most likely going to be the coolest thing that you see today, it certainly was for me. I was browsing the latest blogging goodness over on justacarguy.blogspot.com and came across a super awesome website. It is a garage / museum / collection owned by Michael Brown that is almost entirely Corvettes. The really amazing thing though, is that Michael is a video producer, and his collection has multiple cameras that you can control from the comforts of your own computer chair. I can’t imagine how it works, but it sure is cool to play with. Be sure to cover your keyboard, because you may drool a bit.
Here is the link to 360 degrees of Corvette happiness:
It doesn’t end there though. Michael also produced a film that premiers tomorrow! It is called “The Quest” and it is about the history of the Corvettes at Le Mans and Chip Miller’s quest to find the #3 car decades later. The trailer for the movie can be watched on the website posted below.
Sometimes I see vehicles that just make me smile. This C4 Corvette is one of those cars because it is the same sort of thing that I drew on my notebooks in high school. It feels soright to have a car that looks bone stock other than the disturbingly fantastic blower that is ever-so-gently poking through the hood. This Vette looks just like lettuce tastes; so crisp, so clean, so… fresh! It is as if the car is saying “oh this old thing, oh it’s nothing…really…”
…..Very well played little red Corvette, I like your style.