Velocity's Weekly News Round Up: Week of January 31st
by Eileen Marable
Hi Velocity Fans! We made it through an exciting Mecum Auction in Kissimmee AND the Super Bowl. That's a lot of action in one week. With that in mind we've pulled together just a few light news items and would love to have you weigh in with your thoughts - like what's going to be the new classic? You tell us!
We know pretty much everyone had the Super Bowl car commercials on their mind last week. Which one would make the biggest splash?
According to the website Superbowladsforgeeks.com, the top five most viral commercials were all car commercials. Go figure! Here’s the list:
Transactions Extended Version, with Jerry Seinfeld – Acura NSX
Official 2012 Honda CR-V Game Day Commercial – Matthew’s Day Off
Audi 2012 Game day Commercial – Vampire Party
The Dog Strikes Back: 2012 Volkswagen Game Day Commercial
Chevy Happy Grad| Chevy Super Bowl XLVI Ads| Chevrolet Commercial
What do you think? Were these ads worthy in the scheme of all the ads out there?
According to our friends over at Autoweek, Hagerty’s released their latest Hagerty Hot List last week. What is that? It’s the classic car insurer’s list of the cars they expect to become future classics. These are cars that are under a $100K price tag but are expected to appreciate in value. What made the list? There were 10 cars total, ranging from a $22K Fiat 500 Abarth to the Nissan GT-R Black Edition tipping in at over $95K
2012 Fiat Abarth. Photo by Manufacturer, via Autoweek.com
The guys at Autoweek had a few others they wanted to add to the list – one that stuck out for me was the BMW 1-series M coupe coming in at $47K.
What cars are your picks for classics of the future? C’mon, we know you have opinions so don’t be shy.
And speaking of Autoweek, don’t forget to tune in to next week’s Autoweek’s Vinsetta Garage, Tuesday at 8:30. Courtney finds that the quickest way to a car guy's heart is through his stomach. This episode is all about what fuels us--food, glorious food! Watch as Courtney and her guest, racing's Scott Pruett, enjoy the food and enjoy the ride.
The Range Rover 2013 gets back to its roots with tough terrain in snow testing, although as the gang over at Automotive.com note this luxury SUV is probably more likely to see runs to the grocery store. Here’s hoping at least some of these SUV’s get to see some hard action like it’s ancestors traditionally have – and when it releases in Europe it is likely to with all that snow and ice!
I had to share a photo of the Phatom Corsair, which totally blew me away when I stumbled upon it. According to Wikipedia, “The Phantom Corsair is a six-passenger coupé prototype automobile built in 1938. Designer Rust Heinz planned to put the car into limited production. However, Heinz’s death in a car accident in July 1939 ended those plans, leaving the prototype Corsair as the only one ever built.” I love this car and can’t imagine the unspeakable joy it must bring the owner.
Photo courtesy of: The Retronaut
So Velocity fans - do you want to hear more about the Phantom Corsair and other cars that never made it past a prototype? What would YOU like to talk about? Just let us know!