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08 May 2014

1947 Chevy rat rod pickup leaves rubber and smoke in its wake

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Rat Rod Diesel Pickup

Cool comes in multiple flavors. One one hand, we have the sophisticated attraction of svelte design and the efficient use of power. Of course, on the other hand there is the allure of being the bad boy and going against the grain. That is part of the appeal of rat rods. Ideally, they are built without rules to an owner’s specific tastes, and this widened and heavily modified 1947 Chevrolet pickup rod is a perfect example of that spirit.

Coming down the highway with a bent grille, rusted body and pouring smoke, it looks like the pickup from hell. It backs up the looks with some very impressive mechanicals too. Owner Troy Gubser says that the truck packs a Ford Power Stroke diesel with to 42 pounds of boost that runs out of 8-inch exhaust stacks at the back. He claims it managed 505 horsepower and 885 pound-feet of torque on the dyno. To harness all that power, this hot rod has a ZF five-speed manual gearbox with a ceramic clutch and short-throw shifter. Plus, it has cool little features like a doorbell on the tailgate that operates an air horn.

You might not expect a truck like this to actually be useful, but it has a fifth wheel coupling to haul an RV around drag races and car shows. The air suspension also probably keeps the ride fairly comfy when Gubser wants it to be. Scroll down to check out this beastly rat rod pickup and watch it engage in some diesel drag racing. Warning, there is some NSFW language.

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1947 Chevy rat rod pickup leaves rubber and smoke in its wake originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 08 May 2014 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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08 May 2014

Ugly Moto makes beautiful motorcycle art [w/video]

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Ugly Moto Ducati Print

Ugly Moto is a horrible name for a company that makes such wonderful motorcycle art. The creation of artist Francis Ooi, the company’s illustrations focus on some of the iconic racing bikes of the 1960s and 1970s.

The artwork has an elegant simplicity that really makes it pop. It would fit just about anywhere from a home office to the bedroom of a young gearhead. Ooi has completed six illustrations so far covering classic cycles from Honda, Ducati, Yamaha and even Harley-Davidson. According to his site, the Suzuki RGB500 ridden by Barry Sheene will be the next one released. All of the prints are priced at $65 and are limited to 100 copies. They are all about 16.53 inches by 23.58 inches in size.

According to his website, these prints are just a hobby for Ooi and his real career is as the creative director at an ad agency. He creates the illustrations on his Mac, and he estimates that each design with about 800 components and layers takes about a month to complete. You can get idea of the process involved in the time-lapse video below.

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Ugly Moto makes beautiful motorcycle art [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 08 May 2014 19:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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06 May 2014

Classic metal may make new Forza 5 pack our favorite ever [w/video]

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Forza Motorsport 5: 1940 Ford De Luxe Coupe

We’re usually pretty enthused every time Turn 10 Studios unveils another of its monthly car packs for Forza Motorsport 5. It means we’ll have an entirely new batch of vehicles to play with when the work day finally ends, whether that means we race, tune, style or simply crash them. This latest car pack, though, the Meguiar’s Car Pack, is arguably one of the most interesting that we’ve seen.

On the surface, there are some pretty standard cars here. The BMW M3 DTM car is going to be an extremely cool addition to the game, as is the Aston Martin V12 Zagato. Where this car pack gets interesting, though, are in the number of classics on offer. Sure, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air might not be too special in a game like Forza. We could say the same of a 1967 Chevelle. What about an Aston Martin DBR1, though? Or the bootlegger’s dream – the 1940 Ford De Luxe Coupe? Yes, there are some seriously weird gems in this car pack.

Both the 1973 Mazda RX-3 and the underappreciated, Lotus-tuned Ford Cortina are featured here, while we can add one more Alfa Romeo to Forza’s stable with the gorgeous 1986 GTV-6 (this writer is still holding out hope for the appearance of a Montreal or SZ in a future car pack). Rounding out the group is the Dodge Dart Hemi Super Stock.

Turn 10 put together a short video composed of in-game footage of the cars. Scroll down and have a peak at the video, as well as the press release, which describes each car. The Meguiar’s Car Pack for Forza Motorsport 5 is currently available for download, and costs $9.99 (naturally, it’s free for Season Pass owners).

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Classic metal may make new Forza 5 pack our favorite ever [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 06 May 2014 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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06 May 2014

450-car collection to be auctioned with no reserve in Indiana

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John Scotti Collection Auction

Talk about the paradox of choice. Auctions America’s Auburn Spring sale includes roughly 450 cars at no reserve from the John Scotti collection from Montreal, Canada. Scotti is a well-known classic car dealer, but he’s clearing out much of his inventory at the auction that runs from May 8-10 at the Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, IN.

The collection of cars runs the gamut with something for every auto enthusiast. While the selection tends toward American classics from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, there are also some vintage European cars from Jaguar and Rolls-Royce and more modern supercars including three Lamborghini Diablos, an Acura NSX and a very sweet Porsche 911 Slantnose. The prices seem generally reasonable with many lots available with estimates at less than $20,000, and with no reserve there could be some bargains as well. There are so definite oddities in the bunch, too, like a rotary-engined 1969 NSU RO80 and the love-it-or-hate-it shape of a 1984 Aston Martin Lagonda.

Even if you can’t attend the auction or afford the classics, you can watch it on the NBC Sports Network. Click through our gallery for a smattering of the cars on the block, or if you have the time, wade through the whole collection, here. It will be time well wasted.

450-car collection to be auctioned with no reserve in Indiana originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 06 May 2014 16:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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06 May 2014

Leno stretches Lamborghini Diablo's legs for latest Garage installment

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1991 Lamborghini Diablo

While posters of the Lamborghini Countach decorated the walls of many boys’ walls in the 1980s, the Diablo filled that spot for young men in the early 1990s thanks to its extreme styling. In its latest video, Jay Leno’s Garage welcomes a beautiful, white 1991 Diablo into his garage for a look back on what is now a classic supercar.

Unlike some of the vehicles Leno shows off, this one doesn’t belong to him. Instead, veteran Italian car mechanic Franco Barbuscia owns it. He has been maintaining Jay’s Countach for years. A ’91 Diablo is an archaic supercar by today’s standards. It doesn’t have power steering, anti-lock brakes or obviously anything like traction control. It’s just a big V12 hanging behind the driver with a wonderfully meaty roar that emanates from the exhaust.

Franco’s Diablo might actually be better than new. It has a few upgrades to aid in drivability, like re-spaced pedals, a carbon-Kevlar clutch and more. Apparently all of the tweaks help a lot because, “it rides smoother than my Carrera GT,” Leno enthuses about the car. Scroll down to reminisce about this Italian classic and get an ear full of its wonderful sound.

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Leno stretches Lamborghini Diablo’s legs for latest Garage installment originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 06 May 2014 12:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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05 May 2014

Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #379 LIVE!

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We’re set to record Autoblog Podcast #379 this evening.Check out the topics below, or drop us your questions and comments via our Q&A module. And don’t forget to subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. To take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio only) channel at 10:00 PM Eastern tonight.

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Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #379 LIVE! originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 05 May 2014 18:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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05 May 2014

Amelia Island short film is almost as good as being there

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Still from 'A Certain Inertia,' Justin Lapriore's 20-minute film about the 2014 Amelia Island Concours.

Last year Justin Lapriore made Born of a Blue Sky, a 16-minute film that brought us the best on offer from the 2013 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. This year Lapriore returned to that tuft of greenery just south of the Georgia state line and has put together A Certain Inertia, a 20-minute sweep over the Amelia lawns, ball rooms, runway and bridge.

With McLaren celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year, Inertia’s got plenty of time for the legendary orange cars after opening up proceedings with a Ferrari 330 P4. There are also words from founder Bill Warner on why the concours is more than just about expensive, old things, and so much exhaust noise you can practically smell the racing fuel. Enjoy it all in the video below.

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05 May 2014

Chrysler trademark suggest new Rebel in the family

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1970 AMC Rebel Machine

Trademark filings can be a first alert in the auto industry that something is coming. For example, Lamborghini trademarked Aventador before we saw its supercar, and Chevrolet did the same thing with Z28. Other times, an automaker files to protect a name and never does anything with it. Chrysler is dredging up a brand from the past by filing a US request for “Rebel.” The name is specifically for “motor vehicles, namely automobiles, trucks, vans, sport utility vehicles and structural parts therefor,” according to Ignitionist quoting the filing.

In the US, Rebel was previously used on some American Motors Corporation models. It even spawned a muscle car version called the Machine (pictured above). Chrysler eventually bought AMC when it bowed out of the auto industry in 1987.

Chrysler’s plans for the name are a complete mystery at the moment. Although, it probably won’t be a midsize sedan like the original. That just seems too unlikely given the brand’s current, established lineup. Rebel seems like a fantastic name for the performance trim of a vehicle, though. The Jeep Renegade Rebel has a nice ring to it, and a Ram 1500 Rebel pickup could also work. We’re going to have to wait and see what’s in store for the moniker. Let us know in Comments what model you think would fit the Rebel name.

Chrysler trademark suggest new Rebel in the family originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 05 May 2014 15:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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05 May 2014

Petersen Museum celebrates 50 years of Ford Mustang with special exhibit

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Petersen Museum Ford Mustang Display

If you’re a pony-car enthusiast, this is your year. Not only has Ford introduced an all-new Mustang, but it’s also the 50th anniversary of the original. Celebrations and commemorations have been scheduled throughout the year, and not the least of them is the latest exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Called “Mustangs Forever: 50 Years of a Legend”, the exhibit includes Mustangs from every generation of the iconic pony car, including the 1965 convertible Ronald Reagan drove during his California gubernatorial campaign, a 1971 Mach 1 Cobra Jet, a 1974 Mustang II, 1993 SVT Cobra, 2000 Cobra R and a 2006 Shelby GT-H. Special sections focus on motorsports, aftermarket modifiers and limited-edition models.

The display opened on Sunday with the Mustang Madness spectacular and will run for the next six months, but if you’re not heading to Southern California within the coming half-year then you can scope out all the action in our live gallery of photos above.

Petersen Museum celebrates 50 years of Ford Mustang with special exhibit originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 05 May 2014 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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03 May 2014

National Corvette Museum may preserve sinkhole as tourist attraction

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National Corvette Museum

The people at the National Corvette Museum are hoping to turn a catastrophe into an opportunity for continued success. Since all eight cars eaten by the 40-foot wide and 60-foot deep sinkhole were removed and put on display, the museum has seen an uptick in visitors to check the wrecked ‘Vettes out. According to CNN, attendance was up over 50 percent for March. The next step might be stabilizing the hole and making it a permanent part of the Skydome hall along with some of the most damaged cars.

Several of the eight Corvettes appear to be salvageable as well. The museum’s board of directors meets with restorers in May to decide the next step. However, a few of them, like the Mallett Hammer, might be beyond repair. It now looks like little more than a twisted ball of metal and may remain on display in that condition.

The board is also considering what to do about the sinkhole. “There is a possibility of leaving it here. Whether, it’s just a portion or all of it, having a bridge over it, stairs that go down in it, a glass floor on top where you can look down,” said Katie Frassinelli from the National Corvette Museum to CNN. “We’re talking to the construction company and engineers just to see the possibilities.” It would definitely be a unique exhibit. Scroll down to watch a video about its future plans.

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National Corvette Museum may preserve sinkhole as tourist attraction originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 03 May 2014 19:09:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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