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@johnbezt REALLY?!? Not even knowing about Duesenbergs is like never having heard of Bugatti. Ferrari, or even Mercedes, or Packard. It's like True Classic Automobiles 101.
Sadly I'm sure you are not alone. It makes it easier to understand how guys can argue about a mass produced 100,000+ unit car being "classic" just because it's old, or cool. They have no idea what a true classic is, never mind understand the definition of the word.
Don't take this as a dig against you. I'm just amazed at how many "auto enthusiast/car guys" don't know about blue chip classic cars and what makes them such.
1 day, 1 hour ago on Leno’s Blown Duesenberg
@ACSmith6589 Classic Gasser Willys all day ever day. I almost expect a Williys only be a Gasser since the car is such an icon of that era of drag racing.
3 days, 2 hours ago on Andy’s Willys 441:</br> The Pre-War Drag Racer
@Chris 'Haffy' Hafner says the guy who obviously isn't keeping up with whats happening in America.
@smdandb2 AWESOME wheel choice! They match the overall styling and character of the car perfectly.
I feel that too often, aftermarket wheels are picked with next to no consideration of the actual visual character of the vehicle they are installed on. These are dead on. Almost 'OEM plus' in the overall enhancement of your car.
3 days, 2 hours ago on Project EcoBoost: TE37 Everything
Far from upset. Just bored to tears. Real talk; its getting to where you see one Silvia, ya seen em all.
I like Silvias/ S chassis cars, but they are like Mustangs or Camaros. Everyone has one and literally everyone mods them about the same.
2 weeks ago on Who Needs A Minivan?</br> The S15 Family Runabout
This car EASILY has one of the best "classic" stances I've seen! Between the wheel and tire choice and the notched chassis, this car sits superbly.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on It’s The Little Things: A Deuce In Japan
Lol, Mayne, everything you just said is the ESSENCE of fanboyism! I have driven and played with a few S chassis. Real talk, they're ok. The magic of The S chassis is that they are CHEAP and have a large aftermarket PERIOD. they are similar to the old Fox body mustang. A decent performance car with a ok engine. Both cars are psuedo legends purely because of their Affordability and the aftermarket.
I only say the LX Challenger is better because its newer and has a more sophisticated chassis. Again its achilles heel is it's a fat ass.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on A New Beginning For Rocket Bunny?
@MyLifeAsLouis That would be interesting...
2 weeks, 3 days ago on A New Beginning For Rocket Bunny?
@SkanderFekir @Jason Hardy You're joking right? I mean there's fanboyism and then there's just straight disillusion.
No matter how you put it, a Modern Challenger is far superior a car vs a S13-15 Silvia in nearly every way except looks (subjective) and most definitely weight.
Don't let 20+ years of aftermarkets support (fixing all the factory ills mind you) and Enthusiest over proliferation fool you.
Thats like saying a 69 Camaro is a better car than a 2015 Camaro! lol Not even!
@Jagdroach @BloodAnGasoline @NicholasDixon Also to me it looks This Silvia kit looks more like a JDM over fendered version of this Classic!
@NicholasDixon I'll just leave these here 1971 and a 2015...
SO NOT IMPRESSED!!
After reading the title I was sure I was going to be treated to a stretched and 4-doored S15. Oh well, I guess I'll make due with yet another typically modified JDM Silvia...with a baby seat up front (wow never seen that before) *insert sarcasm/roll eyes...*
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Who Needs A Minivan?</br> The S15 Family Runabout
@Jason Hardy As a BIG RWB fan, I concur. I love RWBs for thumbing a nose at the haughtiness of "Porsche purist". But In the end, a clean, focused, driver's driver is what a 911 of any generation is all about. And this car exemplifies this.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Project Nasty: What The Builders Drive
@johnbezt Aaawwww, someone has never driven or played with a LSX V8. *poutty face*.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on V8 Hachirockin': The Angriest 86 Ever
the term "Donk" only applies to 1970-1976 Impalas. It actually has nothing to do with it being a "Highriser", lowrider or custom. People who kno nothing of the actual miami custom scene call any highriser they see a Donk.
As to the Impala in the article; it's just a clean run of the mill custom with 20" Irocs. Definately NOT a Donk. Its not even lifted.
1 month ago on Setting Standards: Mooneyes 2012
Wow, a long and tactfully written article full of compliments and accolades but with a distinct prose of "THIS CAR REALLY SUCKS".
I'm impressed; that that takes skill.
P.S. the pics as usual look awesome. To bad the RC F preforms in a manner 180 degrees opposite of it's looks.
1 month ago on The Lexus RC F Means Business
NEEDS CAMS with more overlap! I was so hoping for that deep British sports car sound ala a street tuned SR20DET.
But overall not bad. I'm sure the Ecoboost Stang will be a street terror in a few years. And that Torque curve!! It comes in healthy and strong at just 2500rpm! Can you say lazy, loafer, drift machine...
1 month, 1 week ago on Project EcoBoost:</br> More Power & More Noise
@milkplus @AnthonyJohnson3 Yeah, I have to second Anthony on Livernois, they have a few mean Ecoboost SHOs and a coupla FLex's under their belt. All making decent power well before and in spite of little aftermarket support.
Another company that put the Ecoboost 3.5 over 600hp on stock internals is http://www.ecopowerparts.com/. The Did a Ford Flex that is over 600hp. I'm sure they already have a Ecoboost stang in the garage, and will easily be putting out stupid numbers before long.
I love how everyone commenting seems to forget that:
1. Akira Nakai got his start doing "race inspired" bodywork for AE86s...hardly a car of any type of serious performance pedigree
2. This is a - TANNER FOUST - Edition RWB Volkswagen Beetle Turbo R. Not a Akira Nakai original inspiration.
3. 90% or RWB Porches ARE NOT performance orientated. It's about the style, feel and emotion.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Can RWB Do A Volkswagen?
@turbo BEAMS ae86 old school, car sized, swamp cooler.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on BBQ, Beers & Bombs: <br/>Just A Saturday At The Park
@ThomasVanNessLeavitt Uh no, she's not, she's specifically whining about how hard it is for girls in what is traditionally and generally a male dominated and driven activity. This is EXACTLY what makes males not except certain females in their activity.
Stop whining about perceived offenses. stop asking for special privilege. learn the culture and add to it, and if you don't like something and no one else agrees, go start your own thing with others who think like you, thats what most guys would do. For some reason many females think everything must be adapted to them, not the other way around.
Constantly demanding others in an established community, with it's own rules and culture, and which is open to others as long as they contribute, is the definition of Social Justice Warriorism.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Banishing The Female Car Enthusiast
@Banderita @Tasos Papazachariou If no distinction was made in sports, nobody would ever care or know when females did anything exceptional, because what is exceptional for a females in sports is generally average, or below for males.
Sorry that's just biology.
@sarahshepherd @Tasos Papazachariou Actually you are wrong there. It's BETTER that women are called out when they do something exceptional for their gender. because in the world of sports (or most male dominated activities) women generally can't compete with the top males anyway.
If no distinction was made in sports, nobody would ever care or know when females did anything exceptional, because what is exceptional for a females in sports is generally average, or below for males.
@Andreas H Husby @Mfabs Meh...Definitely not better looking than the Forgios. But I'm sure they improve the performance.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Fear For The Family:<br/> A Lotus-Powered Opel Wagon
@Hoonigan_RB What ever, EVERYONE runs TE37s, and frankly, like nearly ALL "race type" wheels - they are kinda ugly. They're only cool because they give the "appearance" of hardcore performance.
@Andreas H Husby @Hoonigan_RB Agreed, and in my onion no "race wheel" actually looks good. they just have that promise of performance that gives them such appeal.
@donkyyyyyy Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of exquisite custom US Iron in Japan, but if you think they are schooling us; you haven't been to many of the big car shows/shops in the states.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Border’s: Surf, Kustom & Soul
WHAT?!?!? WHERE'S THE VID!!!!!!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Project RADBUL:</br> Mad Mike’s 26B-TT MX-5 Comes Alive
@BottlefedGT500 @XTad Most definitely! ESPEACIALLY the older push rod 3.8s and 4.0 V6s.
And I will even be THAT guy and toss the newer VG series motors (3.5-3.8) into that heap. One of the few engines that I actually prefer stock vs aftermarket exhaust. A very blithery, hollow, laborious, sounding engine note from that particular V6. Nothing about it sounds performance bred at all.
2 months ago on Project EcoBoost:</br> Has Ford Built An S16 Silvia?
@XTad You are definitely in the minority on that opinion...in fact for my ears at least; that's the first I've ever heard of someone saying V6s sound good!
It's always, V8s, V12s, or Inline 6s that get all the love.
@EhruMejil By the way, Ford didn't uses a bailout. They saw the writing on the wall and mortgaged the whole company. That's how they had the money to weather the financial crisis of 07-08.
2 months, 1 week ago on Ford Builds An STI Fighter
bland - yes even in Europe. No one drools over Volvos, or Jettas and Passats. I love VWs, buts sorry, a standard Polo, Golf or Passat is pretty lame. it's the GTs, GTIs and R32s witch attract attention. And they are still a drop in the bucket compared to the plain-jains VW sells.
And I don't disagree...entirely. My point was in Europe specifically, unless you are rich, ALL cars are economy based. That's not so in the US and Japan. And the US was the first country to design and build cars with a strong performance base entirely aimed at the youth market. And they never stopped doing that. Even in the 90s to now. For a little perspective on what I'm talking about: the F- Body went out of production in 2002 because supposedly they didn't sell well enough (actually it was because of union /contract issues at the Canadian plant GM built them at). But in fact they sold 72,000+ in the final year. That's alot by ANY sports car standard, yet alone a car aimed squarely at young performance drivers on it's last legs.
For comparison's sake, Mitsubishi only made 12000 EVO VIIs WORLDWIDE from 2001-2003!! that's not even a quarter of what the F-bodies sold in ONE year when they were about to be discontinued.
And as for cars nobody likes, the number one selling "cars" in the US are trucks. heck the number one selling Vehicle in the world until recently was the F-150. and that was just in the US. Americans don't buy cars from anybody. lol
The bailout situation is far more complicated than not producing cars anybody wanted, because its simply not the case. It's based more in the strangle hold the UAW/trade regulations/legacy cost from rising pension maintenance that was undercutting the US automaker's profits. For example you mentioned the demise of Pontiac, yet Pontiac was far more profitable and sold nearly 4 times as well as Buick. Yet when the GOV forced GM to drop nameplates, GM dropped Pontiac - why? because Buick WAS profitable in China. And GM saw a potential for growth there - although Buick didn't come close to what Pontiac sold on a bad day.
Now, after the forced bankruptcies, re-orgs, and Union contract re-negotiations, we are beginning to see what happens when there's more money in the pot to focus on product.
@EhruMejil It's been nearly 20 years since "same old big boring ugly models for retired old american buyers" was even the norm in America...in fact that's never been the case. America invented the youth performance market (in the 60s) and has maintained it till now. Just because you prefer small modified economy based cars for your speed kicks doesn't mean US manufactures neglected the youth market.
If anything they the economy here and overseas is what created a move away from focusing on the youth market. Because what 18-25 year old do you know who can afford a $15,000 car, never mind a $35,000 car.
@greenroadster I'm no Ford man, but Ford (or any other automaker for that matter) seems no more interesting than in the past. They are simply making market specific platforms available world wide.
So enthusiast are being exposed to flavors they didn't know existed before.
@somasaint No not the same at all, as stated before it's a 4 banger not a five, and Haldex isn't a Volvo only system. Besides, Ford used to own Volvo. so it stands to reason some of the same design/components would be cross pollinated between the two.
@Al Pinaweiss Agreed, but I gotta be honest, the two companies you mentioned don't make "lookers" either. In fact most "racing" wheels are ass ugly. It's their performance potential that makes them appealing - not the looks.
@LavarBowers actually, carbs are fairly easy to make big power with. The fuel metering is metered simply by how much air flows though it - assuming you are running a carb with big enough venturi's, and proper jets. The just aren't as efficient in part throttle/ non extreme ranges of operation like EFI.
Real world it would probably take more time to tune a custom EFI set-up vs doing basic math and figuring out the right sized carb, then fine tuning it with the right jets to get it reliably running at 8/10 tenths or better performance vs hours of street and dyno tuning for EFI.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Small Tires, Big Blower:</br> A Carbureted 7-Second Camaro
@KeithCharvonia Motors like your original MK IV big blocks (chevy) and the 426 HEMI, or BOSS 429, would easily pull 6000-7000 rpm in the 60s. One of the reasons many of them had no warranties.
@xrockonx in competition; "different" is only better when it wins. And V8 swaps are yet another necessary ingredient in that formula.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Standing Out At Tokyo Auto Salon
@bananos the LFA IS front engined...just front, mid-engined, like the C4-C7 Vette, Nissan 350/370 Z and just about any other true modern sports car worth having.
@Kevin Truong Spoken with the ignorance only a "youngin" could have. Everything you attribute to the Japanese has been on Mustangs or other US and European cars since the 60s.
I mean did you really attribute the classic, US originated rear hip, "kick-up" to the FRS twins/ 2000GT?!? Of note: the 2000GT doesn't even have such a styling cue...never mind that it was a flattering homage to the E-type Jag.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Shelby GT350R: A Street Legal Racecar
@ADimitriRoumeliotis No, nothing like the Commodore. Brand new, unrelated chassis. Lighter, smaller, and modular. This is the widened stretched version of the Alpha/ATS. This will also underpin the next Camaro.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on The New CTS-V:</br> A Corvette Z06 For The Family
@Twitch_6 get your eyes checked, the GTR wishes it had a front end this appealing - besides, with modern safety regs, all cars must do the bifurcated grill thing. There HAS to be a actual bumper behind the front fascia now a-days.
p.s.the rear deck "step" seems familiar, because it's a classic top dollar Saloon sedan thing that has been used on everything from Roll Royce, Cadillac, Bentley etc, since the 1950s.
@Popcorn22 @dadecode I'm getting the feeling you're just arguing to be arguing. No sense in going further with you.
I'll just say this. I've been messing with cars hanging with like minded folks for over 20 years in the US, Japan, and Europe. And as I said before, those who get it get it. To the rest - it's simply "obsession", by some mechanically minded weirdos.
No matter what we do, tracks will continue to be closed, and for those who aren't into it; complaints will continue to be filed. We will just continue to adapt and find new ways to enjoy our "obsession".
3 months, 3 weeks ago on The End Of Cars & Coffee Irvine?
@Popcorn22 Your argument falls flat for one reason, I have no problem letting a neighbor live his life. I DO have a problem with people destroying my property. So how should adults handle such a situation? I'd go by on a Tuesday and get to know him. I'd talk music and see what makes him tick. I'd see what he drives and get some cross pollination of interest going, and then I'd let him know that some of his "guest" got a little out of hand last time and It would be cool if he would do his best to make sure the crowds acted responsibly.
It's literally that simple.
As far as I'm concerned he could blast his music and 'Block Party it out' as loud as he wanted on Wednesdays from 12-4pm. Just so long as he understands how I get down and has no problem with what I do. If he did have one; come by and talk to me and we'll see what we can do.
In america these days, all anyone wants to do is call the cops and get litigious. and 90% of the situations are simply between two people who refuse to get to know their neighbors - never mind give them a first crack at solving a "problem" that they are causing.
As to your solution of "just go to the track" well I hate to tell ya, but the number of tracks are shrinking by the day. And to a tee EVERY track or place of refuge that "car guys" had for some good automotive fun; was there LONG before the complaints started or the apartments went up, or the new sub-division was planned. And EVERY time it was the track, drag strip, drift pad, or isolated back road that was given up by the enthusiast.
Back when I was stationed at Luke AFB, they built a nice autocross pad and road course at the end of the runway just outside the fence of the airbase. It was closed in less than a year! Guess why? NOISE COMPLAINTS!
Noise complaints about the cars and bikes. REALLY?!?!? When you have 200+ F-16 fighter jets taking off 3 times a day 5 Days a week; from 6am-8pm!! Plus regular visiting aircraft activity all weekend as well. Now let me add this. People have been complaining about the Air Base for years as well. But guess what, that base was there when NO-ONE lived within 20 miles of it. and if the US GOV has anything to say about it, it will continue to be there for years more.
In the end the owners/operators of the Race track simply didn't have the clout, or the money to legally fight with the surrounding home owners associations, and local gov when they revoked their permits, so it closed.
Just like all tracks and car meets; those who don't get it or aren't interested, simply say "F you, get lost" to the car guys and we simply deal with the fact that it gets more inconvenient and more expensive to enjoy our hobby.
4 months ago on The End Of Cars & Coffee Irvine?
@Popcorn22 arguing about how enthusiast should not tolerate 9 thousand rpm revving and backfires and over run noise is the most idiotic crock I've heard in a while. I would not care a lick about cars if it weren't for seeing and experiencing revving engines, burn outs, exhibitions of speed and etc. If you don't get Some of the most BASIC elements of auto enthusiasm, then you will NEVER get it.
That's like arguing against parades because they block streets and cause people to fill the side walks...oh and marching bands are to loud, and floats are tacky. SMH
Sorry, but you are no car enthusiast.
@Chris @Project 350ZTT There's nothing disrespectful or "dispshit like" about it. The event was there YEARS before they moved in. It's simply a matter of one group of people enjoying something they have always been enjoying for years now being forced out by a new group who don't care to make any concessions to those who were there before.
It's not anyone's fault, but if blame must be assigned it lands squarely on the shoulders of the city planners, real estate mavens and the owners of the land deciding to sell out in the 1st place.
Either way, the enthusiast will adapt. We always do.
Whats, youve never heard of the 1LE, ZL1, or Z/28? Never mind the Boss or Track Pack GT? Whatabout the CTS-V Or Solstice and Sky twins? Even the new Buick Reagal GS, and Pontiac G8s are considered great handling American cars.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Mustang Goes Exotic: The GT350 Is Back
@Chris Where have you been, the Last gen Mustang GT Track Pack and Boss was already on the M3's level.
5 months ago on Mustang Goes Exotic: The GT350 Is Back
@shezzzhot Nobody is stopping them, in fact women are being given every pass possible to do so. but they don't. No matter what anyone says, the fact of the matter is females who truly enjoy cars and have the ability and knowledge to work on and race them are far and few in between. Most girls simply could care less about cars PERIOD.
This article is the equivalent of asking why a cross dresser or tranny isn't called a woman. Female car enthusiast are identified by their gender because they are just that rare...and happen to be women.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Banishing The Female Car Enthusiast