12 11, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 12th, 2018

By | 2018-11-12T16:50:36+00:00 November 12th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The early 1970’s were a great era for the early days of the SUV. Before people were worried about fuel economy or safety standards, there was a trio of big, burly 2-door SUVs that ruled the world: the Ford Bronco, the Chevy Blazer, and the International Scout II. While 2-door SUVs were quite popular from the 1970’s until the 1990’s, consumer’s desires more space and utility, relegating these fun, stylish trucks to the shadows. Now though, there is a resurgence of people who want 30-year-old oddball trucks and suddenly the hot rodders and customizers like Icon and The Ring Brothers are picking up old Blazers and rebuilding them to be far superior to their original forms. This 1971 example, built by the highly skilled Ring Brothers in neighboring Wisconsin, features a Chevy LS3 V8 crate engine with 430-hp on tap and absolutely gorgeous finishing throughout, making it half sculpture, half adventure vehicle. To learn more, head over to Silodrome. […]

6 11, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 5th, 2018

By | 2018-11-06T15:11:30+00:00 November 6th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I’m not sure if this qualifies as part of the rebirth of the “Van Life” movement but there’s something about seeing a bunch of big 20+ year old full-size vans sliding and dive bombing each other around a race track that gets my juices flowing. There’s something about these “Dajiban” that screams cool. Who’d of thunk a big metal box with expensive shocks, sticky tires, and half-assed aero (because who are you kidding by putting a wing on your van?) would be so much fun to look at? Diving deeper, this has become a bit of cultural phenomenon in Japan as used short wheelbase, rear-wheel drive vans from the 1970s through the early 1990s have been repurposed as track toys in the most ridiculous way. Inside, the plush rows of seating have been stripped out, only to be replaced by spindly racing seats and all the typical controls you’d expect in a race car. To read more about the art of racing in a van, check out Sam Smith’s wonderful article on Road & Track. […]

13 11, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 13th

By | 2017-11-13T11:10:59+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

While plenty of modern automotive factories feature floor to ceiling glass walls, sleek, modern designs, and cutting-edge machinery all laid out across a huge plot of land, Fiat strove to be an integrated part of Turin, Italy when they built their Lingotto plant and test track in the heart of the city in 1916. That’s right, Fiat built not only a large-scale automotive factory in the center of a bustling city but in order to also test their vehicles as they came off the assembly line, the roof was transformed into a banked oval test track. Raw materials would be delivered to the ground level and as cars underwent their assembly, they’d move higher and higher until the completed cars ended up on the rooftop test track to be driven prior to delivery. This was standard practice for more than 65 years until production ended in 1982. The building is now a mixed-used space with apartments, a piano store, art galleries, and rather fittingly, the Automotive Engineering school at Turin Polytechnic. […]

14 11, 2016

Top 10 Picks of the Weird, Wacky & Whoas at SEMA 2016

By | 2016-11-14T15:37:31+00:00 November 14th, 2016|Events|0 Comments

When you go to the city of Las Vegas you have to expect to look at something that takes you more than a few seconds to interpret or even digest. It’s a city that was basically built by the mob, the hits of Frank Sinatra and Wayne Newton. Nowadays it’s just a tourist trap that brings out the inner weird of everyone. If you’ve never been to Vegas you certainly have to go around Halloween and SEMA time because the “what was that” factor was through the roof. All that being said, we’ve compiled a list of what we thought was too wacky or weird and had to grab at least one photo. Also we included the things that made us say, “Whoa” because working around cars all day can sometimes cause you to become jaded by it all, but not at SEMA. […]

7 11, 2016

MHCC in Sin City for SEMA 2016

By | 2016-11-08T16:20:14+00:00 November 7th, 2016|Events|0 Comments

If you haven’t been to SEMA it’s really a difficult thing to explain to someone. It’s an aftermarket show sure, but the shear size of the event itself if absolutely mind blowing. We walked over twenty-one miles in two days and took almost a thousand photos and in total missed probably 1/5 of the show. If you spent any time at all conversing with vendors, or say just looking at each F-150 that was at the show, you could spend just short of six months to get through all of that! Well this all being said the three of us in attendance tried our best to see it all and discover what makes SEMA the event that it has become today. In it’s 50th year now, SEMA drew more than 60,000 buyers and sellers again this year with over 2,500 new parts, tools and components. The amount of aftermarket parts for the average off-road enthusiast is what really seemed to be something of a draw this year. If you own a Jeep lets say, there is a 98% chance that you have an MOPAR factory accessory on that vehicle. Insanity! Here is a look at some of the stuff we really liked about the show. […]

10 11, 2015

SEMA 2015: What we loved!

By | 2015-11-10T16:54:53+00:00 November 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

We are back from Las Vegas and thought we should tell you about some of our favorite products and cars that we saw at SEMA. We covered 20 miles or so on foot over two days and we hope we saw it all. With so many neat products already released or coming soon, it was hard to decide what should get Best of Show—but we found two that really captured our attention. […]

6 11, 2015

SEMA: iPhone edition

By | 2015-11-07T04:08:38+00:00 November 6th, 2015|Events|0 Comments

I thought we should share some more pictures, this time what we took on our cell phones. While not quite as good of quality as our camera there is still some great eye candy to be seen. Most of these photos did make it to our Instagram and Twitter feed but there are a couple that didn’t. […]

5 11, 2015

SEMA Show Day 2

By | 2015-11-05T19:15:41+00:00 November 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

  After a short night sleep we headed back the SEMA to see what we missed and spend more time with vendors that peaked our interest from the first day. We arrived just after the show opened today and found it to be relatively quiet to start out, thanks in part to the rain, although it didn’t stay quiet for long. By the late morning it was packed making it difficult to navigate the floor and get pictures, many vendors had celebrity guests and big unveilings at their booths creating huge crowds that filled many of the halls. We even have had a celebrity sighting that we were pretty excited to see, if you are a fan of the Fast and the Furious Movies, Han from the later movie was out showing off is beautiful Datsun Z Car. We spent 9 hours on site and walked just over 12 miles!   […]

4 11, 2015

SEMA Show Day 1

By | 2015-11-04T11:03:14+00:00 November 4th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

We made it Las Vegas!! After flying out Tuesday morning, we landed in Sin City around 11 am and after dropping our bags at the hotel we beelined to the Las Vegas Convention Center. After getting our credentials we hit the showfloor around noon Las Vegas time and immediately starting checking everything out. The show overall has been pretty overwhelming really, there are so many vendors and people attending the show it is almost impossible to get a good look at all of the amazing cars and products. We walked 9.82 miles on Day 1 and it was only a half day! Check out some pictures of Day 1 and check back for coverage of Day 2.     […]

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