If the car culture was a monarchy then Jay Leno could easily be the king. Seriously this guy knows just about everyone there is to know and they all know him. That’s why Jay often gets to play with cars that most people may never even see in person. In his latest play date, Mercedes Benz brings their stunning AMG Vision Gran Turismo car to Jay’s garage. Jay also talks a little about how Polyphony Digital (the team behind Gran Turismo 6) virtually re-created his custom RWD twin-turbo 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado as a playable car in the game. The coolest part comes at the very end of the video though, so scroll down and watch!
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So did you watch?…Isn’t it crazy?! The AMG Vision Gran Turismo is one big RC car!!
I have a younger sister and an even younger niece and I have to say that lately the kind of female examples that they have been blasted with on mass media lately have frightened me! I mean do I even really need to name names here? We all know the people I’m talking about. So it is awesome to me when I see great news about a real woman doing real awesome stuff like Mary Barra officially becoming the new CEO of General Motors. Becoming a CEO of any major company is an accomplishment within itself but Mrs. Barra is also the first ever woman to claim the title in GM’s history!
Congratulations Mary and thank you for giving my sister and niece another strong role model to look up to.
During my whirlwind trip to SEMA 2013 I spent most of my time hunting down modern tuner cars but also occasionally stopping for beautifully restored classics and even a lowrider or two. However I can honestly say that the car that really stopped me in my tracks was a run-down looking farm truck. Despite its looks there is a book worthy story behind this car and its immaculate patina.
The first thing that really caught my attention about this car was its name (along with the hand painted image on the door). I wondered “why would someone name their build ‘Fermented Fruit’?” I figured it was a play on words since it was an old, rotted looking truck named after old rotting fruit. Turns out there is much more to it than that.
This truck was built by Las Vegas-based custom shop “Welder Up“. The Welder Up team consists of artisan level fabricators and mechanics who specialize in building what most of us refer to as “Rat Rods” for their clientele. These guys are so good that they will actually be the subject of a new Discovery channel show slated to start next year.
This truck is one of the first projects to be featured on the show and was built for a client who owns a fruit farm; hence the name. While that is quite the epic pun its not even the best part about this truck. See when Welder Up does a build they go above and beyond to personalize it to the client. As such Fermented Fruit actually has many components that came straight from their client’s fruit farm.
For example the huge “exhaust tips” are actually from special smoke stacks that burn to help keep pests away from the fruit crops. The wood paneling long the side of the truck bed come from crates used to store produce. My personal favorite are the taillights (complete with dead beetles in them) which are actually jars normally used to store fruit preserves.
It really is an awesome truck to behold. Even though I was on a super tight schedule I still spent at least 20 minutes speaking with Travis Deeter, one of the builders behind this creation. Despite all the detail and work put into this truck it was completed in just 10 days with a only a team of 6 guys!
If you like what you see in the pictures you should definitely check out WelderUp.com to see some of their other builds, its well worth the clicks. I can’t wait until their show starts next year to see what else they’re working on.
Its been a long wait and the interwebs have been teased but after weeks of waiting Gymkhana SIX was recently released! Scroll down below to watch six and a half minutes of Mr. Block hooning the ultimate Gymkhana GRID course which he does crazy things like jump drift kickball and weaving in and out of shipping containers! Anyhow, you have done enough reading; watch below!
It seems like just yesterday that Ken Block was jump drifting his Ford Fiesta rally car on the streets of San Francisco. Yet, today the internet was gifted a trailer from the next Gymkhana video from Block and the Hoonigan gang. This time around they have brought on Need For Speed Rivals as a main sponsor. This means we are more than likely to see some crazy super car police chase action in the middle of all the gymkhana action. The world will have to wait until November 11th to see everything “Kenny From The Block” has in store though but I am sure it will not disappoint! Check out the official Gymkhana Six trailer below.
Growing up in Long Beach, CA means living with several local city staples: The Long Beach Grand Prix, the Queen Mary, and Cal Worthington’s Ford dealership. For as long as I can remember any time I would be sitting and watching TV after school or with my mom I would see at least one commercial for Cal’s dealershipand I would immediately light up. Anyone who lives in Southern California knows what I am talking about: the guitar strummed melody of “if you’re happy and you know it” would come on and out would come Cal “and his dog spot” which was usually some kind of crazy animal like a tiger or elephant.
As Cal would try to keep “spot” from eating or trampling him he would always find a way to try to convince viewers to “go see Cal”.
Sadly we can no longer go see Cal because Mr. Worthington has gone off to that big dealership in the sky. Just this past Sunday when Cal was watching football on TV with his family he passed away. He was 92 years old.
Before Cal became famous for his commercials and his dealership he served in the military for the Army Air Corps. He was a B-17 pilot with the 390th bomber group and flew 29 missions over Germany in World War II. He received the Air Medal five times as well as the Distinguished Flying Cross. During his service he even helped train some of the first American astronauts!
He was a funny, friendly guy who loved what he did. So long, Cal! You will be missed! If you want to see some the commercials that made him a legend in car sales then scroll down for a short compilation.
You saw Tanner Foust’s practice run just a short while ago now I bring you Mr. Ken Block’s run. He was definitely looking fast in practice but during my time there but does he seem fast enough to best Tanner in competition? Take a look at his run for yourself then go back and watch Tanner’s then make your call! Also stay tuned for a few more practice runs that should be up around tomorrow morning! You can also look forward to Global Rally Cross coverage on Monday.
I just came back from Irwindale Speedway AKA “the tire slaying war zone” where all morning some of the top Rally X drivers were getting some practice in for the Gymkhana GRID competition tomorrow. Among those drivers was Tanner “Golden Child” Foust. Take a look at Tanner’s run, does it look like he has what it takes to win the first Gymkhana GRID event? Also stay tuned for more practice runs from other drivers, including Ken Block.
When 3D printers started to come down in size and price the internet saw an explosion of innovative people printing out all kinds of things; even weapons! However a group of earth conscious enterprising Canadians decided to think a little bigger. Koreco Logic, headed by Jim Kor recently built an electric ethanol hybrid car called the “UrBee”. The UrBee is a three-wheeled vehicle with two electric motors and an ethanol fueled range-extender engine.
The purpose of the UrBee is to eventually become “the world’s greenest car.” That’s great and all but the really cool part about the UrBee is that all of its exterior body panels have been 3D printed! I know that some might think such a car would be dangerous to drive but under the 3D printed panels is a metal tube frame to keep the driver safe from collisions.
Jim Kor is already starting work on a UrBee 2 which would have even more of its parts 3D printed. Can you imagine a time when it might be possible to print out a car? Crazy! For more on Jim and the UrBee check out the two videos below.
Its a celebration! 237 years ago today the founding fathers of this country decided that they’ve had it and wanted to go solo. From then on began a journey that eventually lead to the United States Of America becoming one of the greatest countries ever! So, as you take a day off and watch things blow up while eating delicious grilled meat don’t forget to thank our military for keeping our country safe and remember to say happy birthday to America!