Infiniti QX80 Limited Review: The Plush Utility Vehicle

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I believe the term is “Land Yacht.” A massive, expensive way of getting from place to place for people who like to take up their slightly-more-than-fair share of space in the world. It also works great if you have a large family, although, most forms of birth control are a lot cheaper than this $90,000 behemoth.

Either way, if this is the way you want to get around in the world, then the Infiniti QX80 Limited will do a lot to float your boat. Maybe a Cadillac Escalade is too “Tony Soprano” for you. Maybe you’d like a Mercedes GLS, but, unfortunately, your local dealer just sold their last one to another real estate agent who’s drowning themselves in payments trying to “project an image of success” to their clients. Have no fear, the QX80 is here to save the day, and you just might be glad you didn’t get the others.

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Dune buggies are supposed to be usable on the road and off of it. Someone forgot to tell this one.

used to love dune buggies as a kid. Their carefree looks, futuristic styling, and feel-good ideas were ideal for anyone stuck in the late Sixties who wanted to go surfing or to the beach but wanted to look glamorous along the way. Well, when Fred Williams tries to do it, he fails spectacularly, and it’s to our benefit. Watch what happens when him and a friend drag one out of mothballs and desperately make it run, then fail, then run, then fail again. Will they ever make it to the beach?

Farewell Miata, I enjoyed our short time together

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Yesterday I parted ways with my (formerly Al’s) 1993 Mazda Miata. It was my second Miata, and it directly lead to my third, Ace.

There really is something special about these little roadsters, something that always manages to make you smile. They don’t seem to take themselves too seriously, and that helps you loosen up as well when behind the wheel.

I bought this Miata off of Al this past spring. Al wanted something new, and I had just landed a new job with a nice pay bump, so I figured a Miata would be fun for the spring.

This thing was fun, so much fun that it made me decide I wanted a Miata in my life for the long haul. I looked around, and found Ace, my 2014 Miata Club Edition. Things got off to a rocky start with Ace, having an accident just 4 days after I bought it. But the repairs have been made now, so it was time to let my ’93 Miata go.

I can only hope this Miata inspires its new owner as much as it inspired Al and I.

-Nick Walker

Pro Street Chevy Nova at the CF Charities Show, 2016

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Compact cars were new in the 1960s, but hot rodding had been around for at least a few generations. Of course, once people figured out how light the compact car they owned was, it was only a matter of time before they got rid of whatever economy engine was occupying the valuble real estate under the hood, and squeezed into said real estate a fire-breathing monster of an engine. This Pro-Street-esque Nova has all the right credentials–shined up paint, slicks and skinnies, chrome everywhere, a custom interior, and a shined-up engine topped off with a massive supercharger and dual quads. Enjoy the photos of this genuine mean machine. Continue reading Pro Street Chevy Nova at the CF Charities Show, 2016

Motor Trend: Cadillac CTS-V vs. Lexus GS F

This video really made me want a Lexus GS F for some reason. The Caddy is cool, but they also neglected to mention that the Lexus will be reliable for 200,000 miles of relatively trouble-free fun. The CTS-V?… Not so much, if history is any indicator.

Enjoy.

Nick

Fast and Furious 4/5 Dodge Charger at the 2016 Amelia Island Festivals of Speed

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For anyone who is a fan of Vin Diesel, fast cars, or the Fast and the Furious franchise, I have a special treat for you. This year, at the Festivals of Speed in Amelia Island, someone brought along the hero car from FF4 and FF5. This Dodge Charger, although set up for movie stunts and lacking a proper Chrysler V8, is the sole surviving car from the film shoots and was used for the beauty shots and promotional material. It has no interior, unless a roll cage, racing seat, and nominal dashboard counts. It’s packing a 350 under the hood with a simulated supercharger (not real), for reliability reasons–and so that parts are easier to come by. Despite these shortcomings, it’s hard not to gawk at this superb looking ride. Enjoy the photos. Continue reading Fast and Furious 4/5 Dodge Charger at the 2016 Amelia Island Festivals of Speed

1954 Cadillac 2-Door Convertible by Pinin Farina at Hershey

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This one-off Cadillac was built by Pinin Farina for Norman Granz, founder of Verve Records. Granz admired the Italian designs of the day, and wanted such a car for himself, so he had Pinin Farina work their magic on his Cadillac Series 62. The result was this distinctly Italian masterpiece that surely turned many-a-head around Hollywood.

Enjoy!

-Nick Walker

Popping My Autocross Cherry

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As a car guy, who’s had a license for a decade now, I really should have been autocrossing at some point, right? But until this past weekend, I hadn’t… at least at an official event.

Autocross is one of the best things anyone who takes driving seriously can do for their skills behind the wheel. Even if you’re not a gearhead, it will just make you a far better, far safer driver, knowing how to control your car.

Honestly, I’ve been meaning to get into autocross for years, but I’ve always put it off for some reason. I even bought and modified my first (very rusty) Miata with the idea of autocrossing in mind. I did do a lot of, shall we say, “unofficial” autocrossing in that car in various corporate parking lots in my area, but a real event is totally different.

Now, having just gotten my 2014 Miata, Ace, back from the body shop after it nearly being totalled 4 days after I bought it, I felt it was time.

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Wheelies? From an old Ford? Some say no, Roadkill says “Let’s do it!”

Roadkill is pretty much my favorite automotive online show at this point, because Mike Finnegan and David Freiburger do whatever they can to push the envelope with cars that really should be in a scrapyard. This time, they take a late-40s Ford F6 truck, get rid of its wheezing old flathead V8, and put a big block 454 Chevy V8 behind the rear axle, along with a new transmission and a V-drive to the rear wheels. The result is something so awe-inspring that words don’t describe how great it is. So, I ask you to watch this video, and decide for yourself: Did these two guys make history, or just make fools of themselves? Watch and decide.

-Albert S. Davis

Ferrari 550 Barchetta at the CF Charities Supercar Show

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A bright sunny day and a red Ferrari roadster, it’s the stuff dreams are made of. The 550 Barchetta is quite a hot item right now, along with most stick-shift Ferraris at this point. Barchettas are very rare too, with just 448 of them built, so it’s always awesome to see one in person.

-Nick

Maserati MC12 at the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance

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The prettier cousin of the Ferrari Enzo, just 50 Maserati MC12s were built in total. I remember the first time I laid eyes on one, at the New York Auto Show, and I was absolutely floored by the car’s beauty. It’s a very elegant machine, but in a definitively racecar sort of way.

Given the choice, I’d have one of these over an Enzo. It’s always a pleasure seeing an MC12 in person, and I’ve been lucky enough to have that pleasure a few times. Now I just need to find a way to drive one…

Enjoy!

-Nick

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