I assume anyone reading this post has been to at least one car show. There are just as many categories of car shows as there are types of cars. I’ve been to a lot of different ones but the nostalgic feeling and genuineness found at the local car shows can’t be found anywhere else. And the knowledge you gain from talking to the folks who actually owned and worked on these cars is different from the MPG and HP ratings you find on a sheet at the large international shows. But before I get all sentimental over these local events, I’d like to take some time to explain how these opinions were formed.
About 10 years ago, I went to my first car show with my uncle and his family. This wasn’t a run of the mill local car meet; this was the New York International Auto Show…one of the largest automotive enthusiast events in the world. With hundreds, maybe thousands of cars at display, there was something for everyone to see. From insanely priced and powerful exotics such as the Ferrari Enzo and Porsche Carrera GT to the grocery getters we’re more likely to drive in our lifetimes, all were parked and glistening on what would be the equivalent of a red carpet for cars. [keep reading]
The 2012 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport is clearly looking to replace Bumblebee in the Transformers movie series. What a poseur. Even InsideLine has dubbed the Grand Sport’s yellow coat of paint and black accents the “Bumblebee Livery.” Since only 150 are slated for production and 45 have been sold, inventory is quickly becoming polar bear-rare and it’s not everyday you come across yellow leather seats either. If you happen to be hanging out in the UAE, check out the $2.05 million dollar vehicle in person. It is premiering at the 2012 Qatar Auto Show from January 25-28.
This is the Mojo Motors Blog second and final installment featuring the best of 2011. If you haven’t already checked out Best of 2011 Part 1, do it now. Since Mojo Motors only sells used cars, we started a segment called “Cool Used Car of the Future” to recognize the most awesomest concepts and exotic cars that, one day, will be available on the used market. Keep reading for our top favorites.
Here’s a quick and unsophisticated history lesson. Films become popular in the early 1900′s, right around the same time as automobiles. The first mainstream feature film in America was released in 1912. The first automobile, the Ford Model T, was released in 1908. Since then, nearly one bazillion films have been produced and probably just as many cars too. Over one hundred years later, cars have become integral parts, even characters, in some of the greatest movies.
The following gallery features some of the most popular movie cars based on responses from our Facebook fans. This is the ultimate gallery of movie cars, but not the ultimate ultimate gallery of movie cars. This way, nobody can call out the Mojo Motors Blog for neglecting to include a totally sweet movie car, but go ahead, flame away in the comments. If you’re looking for the ultimate ultimate gallery of movie cars goes to the Internet Movie Car Database. Until then, check out these 28 rides from Hollywood after making the jump.
Bob Lutz, legendary gear head and businessman who has worked at BMW, Ford Europe, Chrysler and General Motors tackles the challenges he faced during the decline of General Motors in his book Car Guys vs. Bean Counters. He writes about the disorganized management, layers upon layers of red tape and the embarrassing debacle known as the automotive bailout when General Motors pseudonym became Government Motors.
The book has gotten a bad rap because Lutz blames a large chunk of GM’s downfall on the penny-pinching financial types who were given charge of the automotive design. These folks were focused on cost-cutting, systematizing production and making the most money on each car produced, even if that meant sacrificing quality. As a result, Lutz contends, General Motors was building vehicles notorious for wide body gaps between panels, cheap interiors and being, well, really ugly.
It’s a simple fact – music ruins car videos. After featuring the Chevrolet Camaro Intimidator and its 704 horses as a “Cool used car of the future,” we wanted to know what its engine and exhaust sounded like. Thing is, each one of its videos has background music, effectively overpowering the Camaro’s engine noise. This seems to be a common theme across YouTube on lots and lots of driving videos. For gear heads, this can be depressing or at least we think so. In example one, we have a compilation of Nascar wrecks that should let the listener hear the smashing metal and burning rubber. This isn’t the case.
Through the power of American ingenuity, imagine that the Founding Fathers were still alive. Not all of them, just the ones that matter like George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin. This isn’t to say Founding Fathers William Whipple or Oliver Wolcott didn’t make serious contributions to American Independence but they aren’t in that really cool picture to the right. That’s why, by default, the Founding Fathers in the picture are the most important. They would be in their early 300′s now, but for the sake of this post let’s also imagine their minds were still sharp and they seamlessly made the transition from horse and buggy to car. Based off a scientific personality assessment of each founding father and the help of Wikipedia, the Mojo Motors Blog has determined which used car the founding fathers would buy from the Mojo Motors used car listings.
Make the jump to see the used whips of America’s Found Fathers. First up, Ben Franklin.
At Mojo Motors, we sell used cars and there are some really great models to be had right now, like this Subaru Impreza or this Chevrolet Equinox. The thing is, there are other great cars we love, but can’t include in our listings because they’re still concepts or too brand-spanking new. That’s why we share these vehicles in our segment, “Cool used car of the future.” This week we are featuring the Chevrolet Camaro Intimidator.