Quick Stats: Jeff Allen, car dealer on CNBC’s “The Car Chasers”Daily Driver: 2010 Ford Mustang GT (Jeff’s rating: 9 on a scale of 1 to 10)Other cars: see belowFavorite road trip: California to TexasCar he learned to drive in: 1984 CorvetteFirst car bought: 1969 Camaro Z28 Jeff Allen lives a life any car enthusiast would envy. He gets to drive any car he has on his lot, and he buys and sells cars for Hollywood stars like Tim Allen, Charlie Sheen, and director Brett Ratner. He also provides cars for movies. And now, CNBC wants to chronicle his life to show how he flips interesting cars for a profit. The cable network’s is heading into the world of unscripted television, and Allen’s show “The Car Chasers” is one of the first two reality shows CNBC unveiled last week in its primetime block. “What’s interesting about it and what I’m so excited about is being part of the CNBC family,” Allen says from his Flat 12 Gallery … [Read more...] about Celebrity Drive: Jeff Allen of CNBC’s “The Car Chasers”
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Quick Stats: Lisa Hochstein, star of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Miami”Daily driver: 2011 Ferrari California (Lisa’s rating: 8 on a scale of 1 to 10)Other cars: see belowFavorite road trip: Los Angeles to Las VegasCar she learned to drive in: 1990s Buick RegalFirst car bought: Toyota RAV4 While some people worry that it’s risky to be driving one’s Ferrari around too much, “Real Housewives of Miami” star Lisa Hochstein’s daily driver is a California. “I do everything in that car because we have the three cars. I would prefer to do my errands in the Range Rover. But that’s Lenny’s car and that’s what he takes to work,” she says, referring to her husband, a Miami plastic surgeon. She continues with a laugh, “Sometimes I feel a little silly doing my little errands in the Ferrari. It’s kind of comical. They’re like, ‘Who is this girl getting out of the car and going to the grocery … [Read more...] about Celebrity Drive: ‘Real Housewives’ Star Lisa Hochstein and Her Ferrari
Time was when a new motorsport series would announce itself in a blaze of fireworks, tyre smoke and more than likely some scantily clad ladies. This morning at Bloomberg, in the heart of the City of London, Formula E launched with a stirring, statistic-laden address from a pair of financial analysts. Eh? Don’t panic. It should still be fun. Formula E, as you probably know, is the all-new all-electric single-seater series, due for lift-off in Beijing next September, with races after that on street circuits around Hong Kong, LA, Buenos Aires, Miami, and London, amongst others. Ten teams will field four cars each, shared between two drivers. The car itself, which made its public debut in London this morning, is called the Spark-Renault SRT_01E (pictured above), and is a game attempt to create a full-blown hi-tech single-seater, that just happens to use an electric motor and batteries to power it. Top speed is limited to around 150mph, and 0-62mph takes 3.0 seconds. … [Read more...] about Formula E: is it the real deal?
CarCraft.com In that same story, we asked you to send us examples of the same types of cars. The only stipulations? The car had to be mega mud cheap-anything over $1,000 was put into the “borderline pricey” category. Of course, free was the best deal of all, and many of these cars were scored for the big goose egg. They also had to have the potential to be a cool ride. Most of them didn’t need any potential-they’re already pegging the cool meter in as-is condition. Check it out and see for yourself. Full-On Screamin’ Deals: Free-$500 400 Thou and Still Goin’ Strong Mike Fanning San Jose, CA ’63 Chevy Wagon Free “I had to write about my ’63 Biscayne, six-cylinder, three-speed wagon. My parents bought the car in 1966. In 1969, they gave it to my brother who used to race six-cylinder Ford Falcons with it. He then gave it to my younger brother who finished abusing the car in 1972 when I got ahold of it. The car has 400,000 miles on … [Read more...] about Cheap Car Deals
What people think they want and what they really want aren’t always one in the same. Everyone says they want the best, but history is chock full of class-of-the-field products that sank to the bottom of the barrel. After the passage of time bestows the gift of clarity upon the misguided masses, it’s then and only then that consumers finally appreciate what they missed out on. It happened with Betamax. It happened with Paul’s Boutique. And most outrageously of all, it happened with one of the most coveted muscle cars of all time, the Plymouth Superbird. To this day, audio/video nerds praise the picture quality advantages of Betamax over its peers, lamenting the fact that a technically inferior product like VHS won the home video cassette war. Likewise, music executives considered the Beastie Boys’ second studio record, Paul’s Boutique, a commercial flop in 1989, but nearly three decades later it’s considered one of the most innovative hip-hop albums … [Read more...] about Petty’s ’70 Superbird Is The Ultimate Mope & You Can Win It!
This week, we lined the seventy-eight prisoners up in the old football stadium. More for practical reasons than anything else; there were a lot of relatives involved and we needed to make sure they saw what happened before they, in turn, were sent to the camps. I think it was the first time that it had been used since the sport was banned by my predecessor a few decades back. The drifters that live there now were a nice touch. Added a sense of desperation to the whole event.From my perch at the top of the official grandstand, I watched them as they were paraded by on the way to the Execution Platform, just like I always do. There were the usual young, skin-tinted, rebellious twenty-somethings. The typical Midwestern nutjobs who still clung to their cars and their outdated, backward belief systems. Unfortunately, this time there was a kid. No more than fourteen. Probably a result of a failed clone job, homeless, doing Pay Drives in the cities, trying to earn a fast dollar. I really hate … [Read more...] about Sunday Stories: “The Controller” By Bark M.
It was a six-figure mistake that just boiled down to this: Steve wasn’t reading the book correctly. Now we were all going to pay.I gunned my red-and-black ’86 Ninja 600 up the final hill on the road to the Infiniti dealer where I was the lowest salesman on the proverbial totem pole, briefly touching redline in third then clamping the soggy brakes down hard for the left turn into the back lot. It was a Saturday morning in the spring of 1994, and despite my best Tom-Cruise-in-Top Gun impression on the way there, I was already 10-minutes late for work. Normally this wouldn’t matter much; our sales staff tended to filter in by dribs and drabs between 8:00 a.m. and the sales meeting at 8:30, which rarely started on time anyway.This Saturday was different. The general manager for our (pathetic little) dealership group was in town, and he’d demanded everybody arrive by 8:00 for an emergency meeting. I was going to be the last man into the basement conference room, … [Read more...] about Tales From The Dealership: Raised On Radio
When he isn’t racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Marcos Ambrose pans for gold, a hobby he acquired back home in Tasmania and brought with him to North Carolina. “I’m not very good at it,” he says, but he was good enough to be featured in some episodes of Gold Fever, an Outdoor Channel cable series that followed him to Tasmania during the off-season to film his prospecting adventures. And when a crew from the Australian version of 60 Minutes came to North Carolina to do a story on him, he took the crew panning for gold outside Charlotte. “We didn’t find much,” Ambrose says. “We never do. But it’s nice to have a backup plan.” As the first Australian to compete in NASCAR’s top series in two decades, Ambrose thought he needed a plan B when he came to the U.S., after dominating V-8 Supercar racing Down Under. “I thought I’d be here for six months, run a few races, then be sent … [Read more...] about NASCAR Pans for Foreign Gold With Marcos Ambrose
Start the YouTube video player. Click on the settings icon in the menu bar to select 2D or your choice of stereo 3D formats After a weekend of rain for this year’s running of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, critics questioned IndyCar and the CDBIGP honcho Roger Penske’s decision to schedule the race event in late May, making it the first race in the schedule after the series’ marquee event, the Indy 500. While in most recent years the racing at Belle Isle has experienced picture postcard worthy sunny skies, holding a race on an island during late spring in the Great Lakes region will always carry some risk of rain. Penske should know that. It was bad weather experienced by another racing promoter that resulted in Penske acquiring what would become one of the more successful business enterprises of his exceptionally successful career.About 90 miles west of Belle Isle, in what travel guides usually call “the picturesque” … [Read more...] about Racing in the Rain: The Undoing of LoPatin’s Raceway Dreams
“Rolls-Royce sold 4,000 cars last year.”Carlos, a handsome, Cuban gentleman sitting across from me wanted to make sure that I understood this fact. He said it so intensely that I never even thought to question his number (which was accurate). “Four thousand. That’s it. Do you know how many of them were sold to people on my street?”I shook my head.“Six.” He leaned back in his chair for dramatic effect, puffing on a cigar that had been handcrafted by one of Castro’s own private cigar maker’s proteges. “Six. That’s why I have to have the latest one. That’s why I have my friend, Manuel, looking for a very specific car for me.”I was having this conversation with this distinguished, impressive caballero on the patio of Zuma, perhaps the finest Japanese steakhouse in all of America, overlooking Biscayne Bay. It’s nestled snugly into the first floor of Epic, which is, in … [Read more...] about Bark’s Bites: Miami’s Secret For Ridiculous Rides? Better Know ‘A Guy’