Amelia Island 2014 Preview | Mind over Motor

Amelia Island 2014 Preview | Mind over Motor.


A great car show with some excellent photo ops for cool cars!!


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BMW displays Calder art car, racers and classics at Amelia Island

The first BMW art car — a 1975 3.0 CSL wearing a paint job designed by Alexander Calder — headlined a class of significant cars from the German automaker at the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. It was joined by a BMW M-powered McLaren F1 


Details of McLaren 650S supercar emerge ahead of Geneva

Details of McLaren 650S supercar emerge ahead of Geneva.

“The 650S receives a tweaked twin-turbocharged V8 similar to the 12C, but develops 641 hp versus the latter’s 616 hp.”

Oh only 616 HP in the 12C…..darn it!!!!!  :)

This is the 650.  Nice looking car.  I've never been a fan of Lambo Doors.

This is the 650. Nice looking car. I’ve never been a fan of Lambo Doors.

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McLaren 650S Spider desvelado en render – Motor y Racing vía @motoryracing

This is the McLaren 650S

It’s been teased, it’s been partially leaked, but here it is in all its glory: the McLaren 650S. Here’s what you need to know. The 650S is not the long-rumoured ‘baby McLaren’, the car codenamed ‘P13′ set to do battle with the Porsche 911, but rather

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Factory Fast: Dave Bridgewater’s 2012 COPO Camaro – LSXTV

Though Dave Bridgewater already had three big block 1969 Camaros and an LS1 Swapped 1969 Firebird that he and his team maintain and race regularly at drag racing events around the country, he still wanted something more to add to his already awesome collection. That something more would most certainly be a Camaro of some sort, being that Bridgewater seems to have an undying love for the pony cars.

When the factory drag race COPO Camaro was first announced, “I signed up for it right away,” Bridgewater recalls. “But I got a call later on letting me know that they were all sold out.” After seeing videos on the internet of Dave Connelly testing the Cagnazzi COPO Camaro, he knew he needed to have one in his stable. With all of them being spoken for already, Bridgewater wasn’t going to let that get in the way of him owning a 2012 COPO Camaro.

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Factory Fast: Dave Bridgewater’s 2012 COPO Camaro – LSXTV.


COPO Camaro


This is what makes the COPO GO!!!


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First 2014 Camaro Z/28 and COPO Camaro Bring Over $1.3 Million At Auction

Two of the most enthralling auctions witnessed at the recent Barrett-Jackson event in Scottsdale, Arizona were those of the very first 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 and COPO Camaro. Tgether, they brought in over $1.3 million, and the best part is that all
Veterans Charity Raises $700000 from 2014 COPO Camaro at Barrett-Jackson

To refresh you on the origins and hardware on the COPO Camaro, the original COPO Camaro originated with the Pennsylvania dealer Yekno Chevrolet, founded and owned by Don Yenko. In order to have a unique product not available at other dealers, 

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Maserati – Chrysler TC Club

So not unlike many restoration projects I’ve worked on, something often pops up that makes you have to set some part of the work aside and tackle some unexpected.  That’s about the same with writing as frequently as I do, multiple articles all nicely lined up and a couple fillers nearly ready to go.  Then BAM!!!   Up pops a car show or a I read something I want to react too.  As it is with this piece.

I wish I could just write all day, every day, but I have a “paying” IT job which is a 7 days a week job and manage to squeeze out all the normal life stuff including ‘honey do’ list as long as I am tall.

So while tackling one of those tasks this past weekend, I happened upon a small cluster of cars at end of the a very large parking lot that normally adjacent to a COSTCO.  At first glance it looked like a group of a flock of Chrysler Lebarons.   But I was wrong, well sort of.


These cars are the offspring of a collaboration between Chrysler and Maserati.  I wrote a piece a while back on the Maserati/Chrysler TC (  Check that out.

Mindful that I have frozen seafood and burgers sitting in back of my wife’s Lexus (it has a bit more cargo room than my C6), I planned on just saying hi a grabbing a couple of shots, but you know how car people are!!!

I asked if I could take a few shots with my Android phone and a couple of the guys said sure.  Then a guy approached me and I said “Hi.”  I told him I had thought it was a local LeBaron club when I first saw the cars.  Well the gentleman was  Mr. Hemi Anderson,  TC America Tech expert in all things TC.  Hemi let me know that although they were similar in appearance the underpinnings  were different –   different wheel base and all.  He assured me that the TC was the original design and that Chrysler came up with the Lebaron as cheap alternative.   His TC had about 11K miles and he drives it only on long drives – like this one (he hales from just outside of Vegas) or his annual Florida drive.   He was a wealth of knowledge and I wished I didn’t have a car full of groceries to get home or I could have spend a few hours going over every car with him.

Here’s a few shots:


Those Wheels are similar to the ‘plastic hub caps” that are on my son’s Lebaron.


There were a total of 8 cars and waiting for more to show up.



I do like the wheels…I think they’d look good on my son’s Lebaron.


Removable Hardtop with ‘Opera’ window.

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TOTD: Will More Models and Sales Water Down the Maserati Brand?

In my opinion the real watering down of the brand occurred in the 80′s under the ownership of de Tomaso, with the launch of Biturbo (and all the models based off of it) and the Chrysler TC by Maserati. TrollHater 5pts. Its possible. Look at how watered

C7 Tussles with a Tesla

Instant torque…yeah….but still wouldn’t cause me to run out and trade in my Vette for Tesla.





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Twin-Turbo HPE C7 Corvette Rips Off Wicked Burnout

Attention Australia, please just give us a moment here. We know that you are the undisputed brake stand and burnout kings of the planet. We’re not going to argue with you. Instead, we want to share this fine tire-shredding clip produced by the folks at 
Tesla surges in Consumer Reports’ best-liked car ranking

That’s because Tesla (TSLA) has made a big leap in Consumer Reports’ latest brand perception survey. The electric carmaker is now the fifth best-perceived brand among American car owners, jumping from 11th last year. More traditional — and well known 

Parking Lot Spot Light – L88

Even if you aren’t a Corvette lover (WHAT?!??) you know or have heard of the L88.   This was the designation of a racing engine used by GM in the Corvettes from 1967 – 1969 (0nly 3 years!!).  (Now there was a LT1 – 88 hybrid dubbed the ZLZ – lower compression – same out put.)

The engine sported a racing-spec cam with high-flow aluminum heads.  Toss in a couple of upgrades and you are looking at a compression ratio of 12.5:1 and rocking it at 430 hp!!!

And doesn’t it look great wrapped in that two-tone paint job.

This beauty was at my local hardware store.   Yeah…I’d drive it there.



Yes that intake is the real deal!!!


Big Block L88

Big Block L88






1967 L88 Corvette fetches world record 3.85 million in Scottsdale: The January 2014 auctions have concluded an…

AC Automotive: Barrett-Jackson: 1967 L88 Corvette Sells for 3.85 Million #AC #auto #cars
‘Rebel’ L88 Corvette on the block at Barrett-Jackson

An amateur Corvette L88 team beat the world’s best GT cars in this world record holding No. 57 “Rebel” L88 Corvette. The story about how this amazing Corvette became a world- beater begins with two Tampa, Fla., businessmen, Dave Heinz and Or 

Auto Factoids for the Week of Jan 12, 2014 – Ford, Dodge, Caddy

Here is your Auto Factoids for this week.

Jan 13 – Ford figured how to build car bodies with plastic and patented the process in 1942.

Jan 14  – Ford kills the Edsel division by merging it with Lincoln Mercury in 1958.  Although the Edsel division didn’t produce cars until 1958  Ford actually started R&D in 1955, code name ‘E-car’.   They produced full-size models Citation, Corsair, Pacer, Ranger, as well as stations wagons the Bermuda, the Villager, and the Roundup.  Only 118,287 Edsels were built (only 2,846 in 1960) and 7,440 produced in Ontario, Canada. It was voted one of the 50 worse cars.  I  still want one, prefer a two door or a wagon.  Got one you want to get rid of?  Drop me a note.

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Nice 4 Door Wagon

OH!!  Tell me you don't like an Edsel in the 'vert configuration???!!!

OH!! Tell me you don’t like an Edsel in the ‘vert configuration???!!!

2 Door Ranger!!!!

2 Door Ranger!!!!


Jan 16 – A.J. Foyt was born in 1935.

Jan 16 – Chrysler debuted the Omni (Dodge) and Horizon (Plymouth) in 1977.  The Omni would later have the distinctions of being treated to a Carol Shelby maker over 9 years later (1986).

1987 Shelby GLHS - nice looking car!!!

1987 Shelby GLHS – nice looking car!!!


Jan 17  – Caddy shows the worlds it’s first car – where else?  Madison Square Garden – 1903.

1903 Cadillac

1903 Cadillac

Jan 17 – 1956 Ford Motor Company allows the public to buy stock.


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Hemmings Find of the Day – 1971 Jensen Interceptor Mark II

I would own one of these.  Maybe I find a junker somewhere, get it cheap and rebuild it!!!    So tell me – would you consider this a muscle car?  If not what would you do to turn it into a hot rod?

I first saw one of these in person at a local grocery store.  It was nicely restored and sounded great!!!

I first saw one of these in person at a local grocery store. It was nicely restored and sounded great!!!

6.3 L, 383 ci, V-8 and 727 TorqueFlite trans. completely gone through and rebuilt at 75K miles. 4wheel disc brakes (upgraded master cylinder) and the original Holley 4-barrel carb recently rebuilt, as well. Not “show car” perfect, but an excellent driver. Small leaks at p/s rack and 1 rear caliper. a/c blows, but not cold. Current odo 89,500 miles (15K since rebuild). Runs strong, sounds sweet, looks FAR more valuable than the sale price.

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Directors @CropredyBridge home to Jensen Interceptor choose Supermodel @HarriadnieBeau as the vintage cars Ambassador
Jensen Interceptor

The Jensen Interceptor is a sporting GT -class car that was hand-built at the Kelvin Way Factory, West Bromwich near Birmingham in the
Jensen Interceptor (1950)

The first generation of Jensen Interceptor was the second car to be made by Jensen Motors after World War II and was produced from 1950 to

Triumph TR6′s Big Brother – The Stag!!!

I was driving home a few days ago and a car caught my eye (when doesn’t that happened?).  I didn’t recognize it until I was able to pull up along side it.  Even then I had to read the name plate.  It looked like a TR6 (never really called them “Triumph”) but longer.    It was in fact the “Stag” which is a model I wasn’t  familiar with.

The car started out as an experiment with the base design of the 1963 Triumph.  It was suppose to give the Mercedes SL a run for it’s money when it went into production in 1970 – 1977.


Snapped the pic on my way home from work.

Snapped the pic on my way home from work.

I like the lines and this one seemed pretty much original.  You got to love that that “suspended in air” tail pipe.

It sported a 3.0 V8 and that was it’s down fall.  It was horribly unreliable.  Everything from the water pump to cylinder issues right down to the Aluminum heads not matching up well with the iron block. But this are all fixable this day in age, but the  all lead to the Stag making the top 50 worse cars ever.

Got a Stag?  Drop me a note.

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Renault to build SUVs in China with Dongfeng

Fantasises much too often about cruising down Treacher Road (Jalan Sultan Ismail) in a Triumph Stag that actually works, and hopes this stint here will snap him back to present reality. All 3 Comments. Sam Loo on Jan 02, 2014 at 7:27 pm. Another car
On the road with Noddy

Meanwhile, waiting patiently beside Noddy is Judith’s Triumph Stag V8. “She’s looking tired after 25 years, that’s a 2014 project and 2015, and it’s the Targa and Tasmania, and the odd rally or two,” he said. Tweed Daily News. Topics: bradford, cars


Engine Tech: Borowski Builds Mild-mannered 427ci With LS Next Block – LSXTV


This is a MONSTER engine.  Read below and follow the link.

This is a MONSTER engine. Read below and follow the link.


LS-based engines have earned notoriety for power and performance while becoming one of the most popular choices for both drag racing and street-engine swaps. They have been strong, reliable engines in most applications, but then racers and engine builders soon began leaning on them with longer strokes, higher rpm demands, stronger boost levels in addition to other traditional paths to power.Unfortunately, these power quests sometimes revealed problems which ultimately prompted various upgrades and a few elegant solutions from the aftermarket. Such is the case with the Dart LS Next advanced cylinder block, a design refinement targeting some questionable design elements of the factory LS platform. The new block boasts hardcore racing features designed to upgrade oiling and crankcase breathing functions.

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Chevrolet LS7 427 7L V8 Z06 engine + LSX motor | Speed-Wars

2013 is likely the last year for the legendary LS7 427 7-liter V-8 engine in a Z06, 427 convertible, or any new production Corvette, but it will continue on in the 2014+ Camaro Z/28 muscle-car. 2013 is also the last year for the current C6 (sixth