Just because the replica Cobra market was already well-established when Dave and Mark Smith entered it in 1995 didn’t necessarily mean it couldn’t be better. It’s not to say that Cobra replicas at the time were duds-they weren’t. Though fiberglass bodied, most were actually pretty faithful to the original concept. In fact, their performance was largely on par with their forebearers. And that’s exactly what the brothers took issue with. Once the production-car world caught up with the roadster’s performance-and by 1995 it certainly had-the Cobra’s selling points were its prestige and its ability to accelerate the blood to the back of its occupants’ heads. Since they didn’t have the former, the garden-variety Cobra replica looked pretty one-dimensional to a sports-car enthusiast. Dave and Mark were sports-car enthusiasts. To make their mark on the performance Cobra world, they had to do things differently. Released under the Factory … [Read more...] about 1933 Ford Factory Five Racing Coupe – A Cobra in Henry’s Clothes
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If you’ve watched TV, gone to the movies, or been to a live concert in the past twenty years, there’s a good chance you’ve seen Jamie Vickers’ work. No, he isn’t “camera meat” (as seasoned Hollywood insiders like to call certain problematic celebrities), rather Jamie is what’s known as a Production Designer. In a nutshell, he is in charge of ensuring that the performers can do their work in a believable setting. Remember, other than live events, most TV and film productions take place on a fabricated set that must be transformed from an empty, dark, sound stage into a realistic location for the actors to do their thing. Somebody has to oversee the process of transforming the barren stage into reality. Jamie is that guy. His responsibilities include collaborating with the director and producer to make sure the location, graphics, props, costumes, camera angle, and lighting add to—rather than distract from—the actors and the … [Read more...] about Wonder Why Hollywood’s In Love With Mopars? This Insider’s 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Is A Big Reason!
All young people need character building experiences. How about drag racing, then? How about running your fantasies with nothing to base them on? How about stepping up when you’re not even qualified to step down? Two such febrile young spirits were me and my high school pal Steve Diegnan. It was 1965. We loved drag racing and the theater it created. Some could grasp that quality, that ritual. Drag race promoters sure did. In reality, we were illiterate immigrants trying passage to an exalted world we didn’t know. We read too many magazines. But we had a partnership that worked—after a fashion. I raged. Steve reasoned with a clear head. I was surprised that he never dotted both of my eyes. The fact was, he rarely raised his voice. We were born and raised in Bergen County, New Jersey, in the heart of the NHRA Northeast Division. In the Land of NED, stock bodies were the rule. As always, rules could be messed with but not overtly trampled or bent egregiously. Getting the … [Read more...] about Running a D/Gas 1955 Chevy Back in the ’60s
Records show that demand for second hand cars in Britain has never been higher. But even with plenty of supply the best used cars are often hard to find, although they don't have to be, if you know what you're looking for, and when best to look for them. James Ruppert has built a handy guide to make sure your next used purchase is only the best. We all know that cars come in many different flavours, sizes and specs, but that’s only part of the story – or journey – of our cars. They start out showroom fresh and then gradually spiral down in desirability and up in affordability. All we have to do is pick our moment to pounce. Some motors make more sense at different times in their existence and the fun part is predicting the most opportune time to buy. It all depends on how much of a risk you want to take. But just about everything seems to become desirable at some point in its life – given enough time. In theory, with unlimited funds and storage facilities, … [Read more...] about How to buy a used car – expert top tips
Michael Fassbender happens to be one of my favorite actors, so I’m well-acquainted with his considerable skills in front of the camera—“Inglourious Basterds,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Steve Jobs,” “Alien: Covenant.” But now, at Austin’s ultrafast Circuit of the Americas, I’m in the passenger seat of a Ferrari 488 GTB, Fassbender’s at the wheel, and I have no idea if the two-time Oscar nominee can drive. “I’ve never been in one of these before,” Fassbender says with a laugh as he guns out of the pits. “Only the 488 Challenge race car. So hang on!”By the time we’re howling out of Turn 2, I’m breathing easy. Fassbender is good. Smooth, relaxed, on line, and on the pace, he’s clearly learned a lot in his first year racing in the Ferrari Challenge. We talked more in the Ferrari team trailer.“My grandfather always watched Formula 1,” says the 40-year-old, … [Read more...] about Rockin’ Role: Ferrari Challenge Race Driver Michael Fassbender
Vin Diesel is really, really confident about Furious 7. In fact, he's so confident (some might prefer the phrase "delusional") about the latest installment in the long-running franchise, he thinks it can be the next Birdman or 12 Years a Slave, and win a Best Picture award at the Academy Awards.While there's little arguing that Furious 7 will clean up at the box office, the idea that it might be nominated for Best Picture is mildly ridiculous. That's especially true when one considers that the most prestigious award that the franchise's most critically acclaimed film, 2011's Fast Five, could lay claim to was the 2011 Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie – Action."Universal is going to have the biggest movie in history with this movie," Diesel told Variety. "It will probably win best picture at the Oscars, unless the Oscars don't want to be relevant ever."As Variety explains, the Academy has traditionally ignored franchised series for Best Picture, regardless of their critical … [Read more...] about Vin Diesel: Furious 7 ‘will win best picture’ at Oscars
From the October 2014 Issue of Car and Driver The ContendersBase Price*/Price As TestedPower,HPWeight,PoundsLB/HPLL1(up to $35,000)Ford Fiesta ST$24,220/$25,610197272013.8Ford Focus ST$26,845/$29,375252318012.6Subaru WRX†$27,090/$30,790268326212.2Volkswagen GTI†$26,915/$32,510210313514.9LL2($35,000–$64,999)BMW M235i$44,025/$46,875320351911.0Cadillac CTS Vsport$59,995/$59,99542039529.4Chevrolet Corvette Stingray$63,480/$65,66546034157.4Lexus IS350 F Sport$44,495/$48,622306372212.2Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG$48,375/$58,845355354510.0Subaru WRX STI†$35,290/$38,190305338811.1LL3($65,000–$124,999)Audi RS7$111,295/$117,88556044427.9BMW M4†$77,400/$80,35042535818.4Chevrolet Camaro Z/28†$75,000/$75,00050538617.6Jaguar F-type R Coupe$111,925/$117,82555039187.1Jaguar XFR-S$99,925/$105,80055044158.0Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model†$100,695/$109,43557744007.6Porsche Cayman S$78,460/$100,87032530799.5LL4($125,000–$244,999)Audi R8 … [Read more...] about Lightning Lap 2014: We Attack VIR with 25 of the Year’s Hottest Performance Cars
dane writes:My 1999 Ford Ranger XLT is starting to come under some serious wear. I got it a while back and thought it was good enough, an upgrade considering my dog grew to be 70 lbs and didn’t fit into the back of my immaculate 1996 Acura Integra hatchback. I needed to upgrade in size so I did.Now, this truck came with a few ridiculous caveats. With 140k on the clock, it’s starting to enter my personal danger zone for cars. Additionally, it had a big tow package on it, a 2 inch body lift and big 33” by 12.5” tires on it. Did I mention it has the smallest 3.0 V6? The previous owner did not regear the truck and therefore it’s a bit sluggish. Upon inspection of the truck after removing the bumpers, which were improperly re-installed after the body lift, it looks like whoever did the lift cut parts of the frame near the rear of the truck. It’s looking worse and worse.Yesterday morning I went out to the truck to drive to work and my clutch went to … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: A Lifted Lone Ranger?
When I Build My Spaceship, It Will Be Equipped With This Cordia Instrument Clusterthis 1984 50th Anniversary Edition Nissan 300ZX digital dash, then this ’84 Toyota Cressida dash, then the Holy Grail: this 1985 Subaru XT Turbo instrument cluster. 1965 Impala Hell Project, Part 20: The End20-part series telling the 10-year tale of my art-car-turned-daily-driver-turned-drag-racer 1965 Chevy Impala sedan, which began in May ’11 and took for-freakin-ever to create (due to the hundreds of pre-digital-camera-era 35mm slides and negatives that had to be scanned), finally came to a close in January of 2012. I plan to make a Very Expensive Coffee-Table Book version of this story, ideally during 2013. Bored On a Long Road Trip? Bad Car Bingo!fatwas issued by the single-interest automotive jihadists enraged by my inclusion of their favorite vehicles in my sample Bad Car Bingo card (I still get the occasional enraged email from members of the Chevy Vega Jihad who can’t let go … [Read more...] about 12 Golden Country Greats: The Murilee Martin Lifestyle Brand™’s Greatest Hits of 2012
The nominees for the Best Picture award at the 2014 Academy Awards were just announced, and, boy, there sure were a lot of them. This naturally got us thinking about cars. (What else?) Having seen at least some of these movies, and seen a poster for almost all of them, we decided to re-imagine each of them as an automobile. We think we’re pretty spot-on, but if you have your own ideas you’d like to share, have at it in the comments. American Hustle : 1976 Lincoln Continental Mark IV Givenchy EditionBaroque, lurid, over-the-top costuming that somehow manages to convey real power and emotion. Captain Phillips : 1989 Chrysler TC by MaseratiChrysler is to Maserati as Somali Pirates are to the cargo ship Maersk Alabama. Dallas Buyers Club : 1996 Porsche BoxsterSkinny Matthew McConaughey; Jared Leto in a dress. Gravity : 1980 “California” Corvette 305 Irresistible to look at. But under its hypnotic surface, its … [Read more...] about Star Cars: The 2014 Academy Awards Best Picture Nominees—as Cars!