“Speed has never killed anyone. Suddenly becoming stationary, that’s what gets you.” – Jeremy Clarkson
“Speed has never killed anyone. Suddenly becoming stationary, that’s what gets you.” – Jeremy Clarkson
“The times, they are a changin” was not just a song by Bob Dylan, it is a fact confirmed each day by the unrelenting advance of modern technology. As true as this statement is, it should be noted that as the times change, parts of the past disappear.
At one point Bill Putman had 58 cars in his collection. All but one of them is red and all trimmed with “Minuteman Racing” decals, it’s come down to about 40 or so now though. He calls it the “Toad Hall Sports Car Collection”
Supercars are that, in whatever way, are exaggerated and surpass by far the requirements necessary for a car to be useful in its respective category. – Iceman from Brazil
Every gear head has a favorite era in automotive history. For me it has always been the 1960’s, not just because I grew up in that era, but because it was a time when every major car maker created an icon. From 1960 to 1969, creating the automotive equivalent of the “Mona Lisa” was ordinary.
I dislike BMW’s. They are cars driven mostly by yuppies and people without the burden of a soul.
This week, while perusing through the usual car sites, I came across a Wikipedia Commons page that astounded me. The page was created by a user named Buch-t, and includes hundreds of photographs of cars from museums and events in Germany.
Beauty is fleeting, Ugly is forever – Anonymous
Like all relationships, my love affair with my 1994 Jaguar XJS started out beautiful, but is now turning into something like the “War of the Roses.”
Another day, another cool set of cars from eBay!
Have a safe and happy New Year !
“Legend remains victorious in spite of history.” – Sarah Bernhardt
This week, I found something more incredible than anything I have ever seen. It is called PreWarCar, and it is a classified listing of some of the rarest, most astonishing cars ever made.
It was Henry Ford who said that “Auto Racing began 5 minutes after the second car was built,” and since the very late 1800’s we have been in awe of the brave and somewhat crazy men who risk their lives for competition.
The Jensen Interceptor is a classic GT automobile, one that reeked of style, performance and luxury. It has always been one of my favorite cars, and I consider it an icon. In Britain, It is to the 1970’s as Twiggy is to the 1960’s.
“I will give you one car, free of charge, as long as its value is less than one million dollars, and you can’t sell it.” Which one would you choose?
It seems that every five minutes there is another boring car commercial on TV.
‘Every impatient, rich man wanted one’ – Giampaolo Dallara
The most beautiful car ever made – Enzo Ferrari
“The car is the closest thing we will ever create to something that is alive.” – Sir William Lyons
“Aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines” “I don’t sell cars; I sell engines. The cars I throw in for free since something has to hold the engines in.” – Enzo Ferrari
When all think alike, then no one is thinking – Walter Lippman
This list is “The Worst Cars Sold in the US during the 1970’s,” a time of muscle cars, “Nimitz” class family sedans, and quick rusting steel.
Famous supercars include the Lamborghini Miura, and Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona. Among the infamous and forgotten supercars, are these 10 cars:
“If she doesn’t scare the hell out of you a little, then she is not the one.” – Unknown
Pagani, the pantomime horse of supercar manufacturers has done it again. It has built a machine that pushes the boundaries of what a supercar can be.
Can you name the one, rare, meticulously crafted concept car that traded hands during a high stakes poker game between the sitting U.S. president Lyndon Johnson and future president Ronald Reagan? This same car was so seductive that Frank Sinatra, Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford of the “rat pack” had to own one.
One of the most important rules in selling any car is to include great photos. In fact, the better the photo, the more money you will get when it’s time for the cash to change hands.
Supercars are designed to mess with G-forces. Hypercars are designed to mess with G-strings. – Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear
Mazda recently announced another automotive milestone for everyone’s favorite little roadster. The “Best selling two-seat sports car in the world” is again the Mazda MX-5 Miata.
I once tried to describe a local car show as a place where everyone is a friend, where car people gather to share their latest projects, and where history and beauty is literally “at your fingertips.”
“An over-indulgence of anything, even something as pure as water, can intoxicate.” – Criss Jami, Venus in Arms
“I’d rather live my life accepting that I’m not perfect, than spending my whole life pretending to be.”
“Death ends a life, not a relationship.” – Mitch Albom
The Ford SVT Raptor was designed on a mountaintop, by secret disappearing ninjas using the greatest technologies known to man.
Happy 4th of July
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci
“How Nice – to feel nothing, and still get full credit for being alive.” – Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five
“Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.” – Jean Cocteau
“And in the end, it is not the years in your life that count. It is the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln
The dramatic and futuristic Citroen SM was a revolutionary car and its recent anniversary is a significant milestone.
When a soldier travels to a place like Iraq and Afghanistan, he or she leaves behind all of the same things you and I take for granted. Families, friends, jobs, hobbies, pets…everything that makes our life good is left behind waiting for their return. Tragically, many will never come home, and some that do will never be the same.
“Sell the image, not the product.” – Steve Jobs
The summer night is like a perfection of thought – Wallace Stevens
Stylishly beautiful, subtle and understated, a car that epitomizes excellence. The Continental Mark II is Audrey Hepburn in a world of Paris Hiltons.
The Cadillac Eldorado remains the ultimate example of a “personal luxury car,” and the automotive equivalent of the Newport, Rhode Island “Gilded Age” mansion.
Happy Easter from all of us at Chris on Cars
Investing in classic cars has never been more appealing or popular than it is today. Investment gurus across the nation are spinning stories of amazing returns and massive gains that can be had simply by purchasing a used car. What they forget to mention, is that investing in classic cars can be a hell from which you never return.
Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear once said of driving the Pagoda, “I look at everybody else going around in their air conditioned Euro boxes, and I just feel…better off.”
The car chase is an art form unlike no other. These are some of the best chases ever put to film.
“If, according to Jeremy Clarkson, Supercars are designed to mess with G-forces and Hypercars are designed to mess with G-strings, then Megacars are designed to mess with G-spots.” – Chris Raymond
“And this is good old Boston, the home of the bean and the cod, where the Lowells talk only to Cabots, and the Cabots talk only to God. – John Collins Bossidy
“Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not, it is the opposite of vulgarity.” – Coco Chanel
“Restoration is a skilled profession. You might even call it an art in its own right, except that it is frowned on to be original. First rule of restoration: follow the intention of the artist. Never try to improve on him.” ― J.M. Coetzee, Slow Man
The 1940’s were a time of great hardship and glory in the world. Within the automotive industry, it marked the end of an era, the spirit of patriotic duty, and the beginning of the jet age.
Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia. – Charles M. Schultz
Love of Beauty is taste; the creation of beauty is art – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Women are like cars, we all want a Ferrari, sometimes want a pickup truck, and end up with a station wagon – Tim Allen
Supercar. That one word describes the ultimate in a motor vehicle, a car that combines the absolute epitome of style, technology, and power into one beautiful piece of rolling sculpture.
“The Future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Happy New Year from Chris on Cars
“Oh what fun it is to drive”
After years of driving your car, you have decided to get a new one, but do not want to simply throw your old one away.
Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat. – Mother Teresa
Today we will take a look at some of the most obscure sport sedans of the past. You may recognize some, but I bet a few will be new.
“Macie recently discovered she has a new magical power, the ability to create infinite food. On car rides, Macie has turned into a vomit-making perpetual motion machine. – Allie from Hyperbole and a Half
“Neither love nor evil conquers all, but evil cheats more.” – Laurell K. Hamilton, Cerulean Sins
God and the soldier we adore, in times of danger, not before. The danger gone and all things righted,
God is forgotten and the soldier slighted.” – Unknown
Remember those times when your only hope of finding a car was heading down to the local dealership hoping that they would have something suitable?
Disappointment is the gap that exists between expectation and reality – Unknown
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower – Steve Jobs
I have always considered the “Golden Age” of car design to be the period of the 1920’s and 30’s. Sure, the 1950’s were great, but true custom car design was at its peak during the time of the great coachbuilders, and the most flamboyant of the lot were the French.
Here it is, the complete vehicle list from Grand Theft Auto 5
Being the envy of your peers is standard issue if you can manage to get hold of a supercar.
Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear UK had this to say about the Ferrari F40: “It is the greatest supercar the world has ever seen.” I agree with him 100%. When asked about the F40’s replacement, the Ferrari F50, he said: “It was a very bad car and it was ugly.” Is it possible that Ferrari could have gotten it so wrong, or is Mr. Clarkson being unreasonable? Chris Harris has brought us a video to help us decide.