Tag Archives: Cars

The Pop-up Headlights Story

Little Car – 1936 was a great year to be alive, because the first car appeared with pop-up headlights – quite possibly the best thing to happen to headlights since someone thought to use a light bulb instead of a gas light. They appeared simultaneously on two cars – the Italian Alfa Romeo 8C, and the American Cord 810. You had to manually wind them up and down using a handle on the dashboard. At the time they were a handy way of streamlining the front of the car, producing an aerodynamic shape that mimicked racing cars of the day, although the streamlining advantage was negligible.

$1,000,000 Barn Find: First Wash in 32 Years! Bizzarrini P538

This is a secret car collection I’ve been trying to visit for the past 3 years with no luck. However recently, I was asked to detail a couple very rare cars, Ferrari, Corvette, Camaro, and a Lamborghini to name a few…for an upcoming auction. The first was a Bizzarrini P538 which is valued at nearly $1,000,000 and is by the far the most expensive barn find I have had the privilege of detailing. This is the first wash and paint polishing this vehicle has received in over 32 years. It was parked next to a Noble with a Ferrari engine which was also in need of an extreme detailing. I wanted to call this a disgusting car make over or a disaster detailing junk yard find, but the Bizzarrini is just too awesome to give it such a title. Hope you enjoy!

The Porsche Taycan Turbo S is Probably Too Fast – One Take

The Porsche Taycan Turbo S is a serious machine. Unlike other sports EV’s, which seem to offer thrilling acceleration but ultimately mean to replace driving, rather than improving it, the Taycan is the driver’s EV. It’s the EV designed and built by people who have won every major endurance race ever hosted. Its new 800V architecture, stunning good looks, and positively bonkers pace combined with the seriousness of build quality you get from Porsche, combines to make the best production EV money can buy.

FIRST LOOK: Ford Mustang Mach-E Electric SUV | Top Gear

Ford’s first mass-market electric car is not only designed to look like a Mustang, it’s named after the world’s most famous muscle car, too. The Mustang Mach E comes with RWD or AWD, with up to a 370-mile range and two battery choices, but it’s not just the powertrain that’s radical – a massive Tesla-style screen dominates the interior, and the door handles have been deleted altogether. So, what do you think?

What Happened To The Hummer?

The Hummer was an angular, militaristic, go-anywhere truck that became an emblem of 1990s pop culture. General Motors’ Hummer was a coveted status symbol sought by celebrities and a sometimes mocked and vilified example of how far of America’s newfound love for SUVs had gone. But in 2009, GM put several of its brands to the ax, including Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Saab, and Hummer. While the Hummer had a brief lifespan of just under two decades, it made a lasting impression on the auto industry.

Lamborghini Countach: Equal parts exhilarating and exhausting | Why I Drive #25

Victor Holtorf was born with an engineer’s mind. And growing up on a ranch in eastern Colorado afforded him ample opportunity to tinker with various machinery and pickup trucks. Once he reached driving age, Holtorf’s incurable urge to take things apart and understand them spread to his cars. While his earlier car tastes revolved around American muscle, Victor eventually found himself buying and working on vintage foreign classics. He would eventually land himself the highest horsepower version of the famed Lamborghini Countach, the LP5000 Quattrovalvole, featuring six downdraft Weber caburetors and four valves per cylinder. “I love carburetors,” says Holtorf. “I know fuel injection is better for a lot of reasons, but with a carburetor you have instant throttle response. There’s not even a fraction of a second delay when you push the throttle and something happens. Plus, you can hear [the carburetors], and sometimes you smell the gasoline when you really get on the gas hard and all the pumps are shooting the gas in. It’s a sensory feast.”