Whats The Best Automotive Related Gift That You Have Ever Received?

For as far back as I can remember, I have been asking Santa for many different automotive related objects. From metal working tools, to entire body panels, to lightly used engine parts, my wish list has included just about everything. Sometimes Santa and his elves pulled through for me, and other times the request was just a bit too lofty. Now that I’m a bit older, I realize just how lucky I was (still am), and how difficult it must have been for Santa’s elves to assemble all that they had back then. One of my favorite automotive related gifts that I have ever received was the “Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1942″ and the “Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946-1975″.  I know, it seems a bit dorky, but my par… ehem… Santa gave them to me when I was a kid, and to this day, I still find myself flipping through them as excitedly as the day that I first got them.  I cannot imagine how much time I have invested in those books, but it is crazy for sure.

So what’s the best automotive gift that YOU have ever received?

Darian Grubb Joins Forces With Hamlin

When Darian Grubb left Stewart-Haas Racing as the top dog, he wasn’t exactly sure where he would end up.There he sat as a champion crew chief for the 2011 season, and also without a job, as he was told that he would be let go at the end of the season by Tony Stewart.

Rumors had it that he might even stay at Stewart-Haas Racing but in a different role. Then there was an offer from Rick Hendrick at Hendrick Motorsports, who said that he would be more than happy to create a position for Darian.

After all of this, Darin Grubb has landed himself a position over at Joe Gibbs Racing as the crew chief for Denny Hamlin who drives the # 11 FedEX machine.

Denny Hamlin lost the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship in 2010 by only a few points to  Mr. “Five Time” Jimmie Johnson. He wasn’t a factor for the chase in 2011, so Joe Gibbs decided it was time to change things around a bit, and plucked Darian from the unemployment pool, then decided to put him to work as Denny’s crew chief for the 2012 season.

Darin made some great calls during the Chase Race, and netted Tony Stewart 5 wins with 12 races to go in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season. This enabled Tony Stewart to inch out Carl Edwards, who ultimately tied with Stewart for the championship, however the crown went to Stewart for his 5 wins of the season to Carl Edward’s 1 win.

I think that this pairing with Darian Grubb and Denny Hamlin will really turn the 11 team around for the 2012 season. It’s going to be pretty interesting to see how all of this pans out.

 

1979 Volvo Bertone 262C. Now With More V8!

Just when I thought that last night’s Volvo Bertone was the sweetness, I come across this!  ”Shut up and take my money!” is the first thing that comes to my mind. Seriously? $2000 for a 1979 Bertone with a V8 under the hood?  Am I being punk’ed? Does such Swedish-Italian coolness normally come this cheap? Does the SBC really kill the value this much?

Okay, let’s all take a deep breath and slow things down a tick.  What we are dealing with today is a 1979 Volvo Bertone 262C… as you can clearly see.  These cars CAME this way, 2 inch chopped roof and all.  Rad? Heck yes. It’s just like that Volvo that your friend’s mom had way back in the day, but built with Italian styling. The power options inside still work, it has been restored at some point in life, and it has a Chevy V8 swap.  On one hand, this swap is preposterous and shameful. On the other hand, it is a perfect mechanical symphony that is rarely heard or seen.  An automotive cornucopia it is. Take a boxy Swedish car that is well known for safety and reliability, and give it fancy Italian bodywork. Then rip all of its spinny bits out, and install American gas guzzling reliability. I must say, I am into this one deep. If my driveway is miraculously larger when I get home today, and two G’s in cash rains down from the sky on my way home, you can bet I will be cruising the streets in this thing.  This week, it is Bertone Volvo’s for the ultimate, and clearly inescapable win.

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A Volvo 780 Coupe Spotted in the Wild

Just a few hours ago, I was out and about, doing a little Christmas shopping. On one trip into a parking lot, I happened to lay my eyes upon the back side of a car that looked … well… oddly out of place.  It just did not belong in the sea of beige Camry’s and Minivans. My glance happened so quickly though, that I couldn’t seem to place what the heck I had just seen. As I rounded the endless rows of the parking lot, while dodging rogue carriages, my memory was feverishly flipping pages of magazines that I had read decades ago, hoping to determine the nature of this machine. Obviously, being a stalker of unique automobiles, I had to move in for a closer look.

As it turns out, what I had spotted was in fact a unique piece of history. It was a late 1980′s Volvo 780 Bertone Coupe! Not your everyday vehicle for sure. From what I understand, these things are fairly rare with only something like 8500 of them being built over 4 years.  That’s fairly rare if you ask me, especially when you consider that they were spread out over a few different continents.  Seeing one in person these days is a sweet stroke of luck. With under 200 horsepower, they certainly weren’t race cars, but they sure were classy looking, in their boxy 1980′s sort of way.

1986 Ford RS 200 Group B Rally Car For Sale on eBay

Like Group B rally cars? Want to own your own street version of a 1986 Ford RS 200?  Asking either of those questions is like asking if ice cream is still delicious post-Y2K. Of course it is! For those of you that are not familiar with this little turbocharged rascal; what we have here today is not your average 1986 Ford. It’s an RS 200 that was originally intended for Group B rally racing, which is a disturbingly awesome piece of racing history.  Watch this video to get an idea of what the RS 200 is all about.

Now, as I said, this particular car is the “street” version with probably 250 horsepower and just over 1000 miles on it. Yes, 1000. It’s apparently a 1 owner car that is located in Florida, and can be yours for simply $129,000.  I can’t say whether that is a crazy-go-nuts price or not, because these things don’t come up for sale very often. When they do, they don’t have 1000 miles on them.  What do you think, are you ready to give up the cash?

See more pictures and info in eBay Item # 260908404349

A Cruise Through Boston’s Zakim Bridge & Tunnels At Night

Have you ever wanted to see what Boston’s “Big Dig” looks like these days? Have you been dreaming of seeing the Zakim bridge at night?  Have you been wondering what do with the next 4 minutes of your  life?  Well, if you answered yes to any of the previous questions, I have the video of your dreams.  See, a friend, of mine has been recently testing out what he can and cannot do with his GoPro HD 960P camera, and in the process has come up with some pretty nifty footage of the surrounding areas.  He then adds some sweet beats, and WHAMO! entertainment for us. I have absolutely no doubt that there is more cool video in our future, as he is just getting started.  Sadly, unlike A Rendezvous In Paris, there is no beautiful girl at the end of this ride. Fingers crossed for next time.

Special Thanks to Mike & His YouTube Channel

1A Auto Blog Asks: What Car Do You Most Regret Buying?

If you’re a typical car enthusiast, you have likely owned a few really terrible cars over the years. When you bought them, they weren’t terrible.  In fact they probably seemed like a great deal at the time. A little bit of elbow grease and you would be hitting the beaches, and living the dream!  If you really played your cards right, you may even sell it for a profit.  Then reality hits you in the face like a full pedal’s worth of old brake fluid. Yea, we’ve been there.

So which car is your automotive nemesis? Tell us a story.

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