Classic Cars

Dream Car Week Lineup

07/29/2015

Wake up because Dream Car Week is right around the corner. To help you plan ahead, here's a list of what Velocity is offering, so you can clear your hectic schedule or set your DVR. 

MONDAY--- How It's Made: Dream Cars

Superformance GT40 (9/8c)

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Falcon F7 (9:30/8:30c)

Porsche 918 Spyder (10/9c)

McLaren 650S (10:30/9:30c)

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Why 38?

07/17/2015

Editor's Note: Contributor Ken Visser is an Automotive Photographer and Concours Judge, as well as a Computer Tech at Discovery Communications. He's an enthusiast of generally anything that moves and is excited to share his work with Velocity fans. Reach out to him about his incredible photographs at karmakvisser@yahoo.com. 

Flip flops, I hate flip flops.  Now let me tell you why.  The other day I'm stopped at a light by the Damascus High School minding my own business.  I just happen to glance at my rear view mirror and I get a glimpse of headlights.  

Lady behind me was wearing flip flops.  They get tangled up in the pedals and she hits the gas.  No braking involved, so she hits me square on the bumper, which translates the energy through me into the trailer hitch attached to the Explorer in front of me.  

Needless to say, my car takes the double whammy and off to the Damascus Motors autobody for repair we go. With that, I get a rental-- a Dodge Charger.  I look like a cop in this thing!  After driving it for a few days, I took notice that the volume highest setting is 38.  

Thirty-eight?  What corporate group think study group came up with that number?  

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So 38. Not 11 for you Spinal Tap folks.  Or 42 for you Hitch Hikers Guide the To The Universe fans. But 38.  I would have loved to listen to that bureaucratic debate.  "Well our survey shows that our male demographic is looking for something more impressive.  I say 57."  "Well Biff, too much in my mind.  I think a gentler scale 0 to 10."  "William the third, the boys at Ford have higher numbers on their cars.  We're talking 0 to 77."  "We must not lose the MVN (Maximum Volume Number) race.  Let's have another 3 studies"

Let's see what the MVN is in your car.  Looking forward to documenting what other manufacturers are doing out there.Now for your further entertainment, since we are looking at radios, let's look at what holds them, the dashboard.  Here are a couple I picked from my archives.

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McLaren Prototype Release Party

07/06/2015

Editor's Note: Contributor Ken Visser is an Automotive Photographer and Concours Judge, as well as a Computer Tech at Discovery Communications. He's an enthusiast of generally anything that moves and is excited to share his work with Velocity fans. Reach out to him about his incredible photographs at karmakvisser@yahoo.com. 

I had the good fortune of being on the receiving end of an invitation to go check out the pre-release party for the brand new McLaren 570-S.  The star-studded event was held at the Longview Gallery on 9th St. NW in Washington DC.

And of course, what do you think the first thing we see in front of the gallery?

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The first of five McLaren 650S models that were on site!  This British supercar delivers 671 hp to the rear wheels.  Starting around $270,000 for the coupe and $283,000 for the convertible, this speedster will dominate a highly competitive market with a finite number of potential consumers.  

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Car Show at Junkyard Empire

07/02/2015

Editor's Note: Contributor Ken Visser is an Automotive Photographer and Concours Judge, as well as a Computer Tech at Discovery Communications. He's an enthusiast of generally anything that moves and is excited to share his work with Velocity fans. Reach out to him about his incredible photographs at karmakvisser@yahoo.com. 

Andy Cohen of Junkyard Empire hosted his 3rd Annual Rally in the Alley.  The show was held the Damascus Motors headquarters.  Rhona Leffler - co/owner and VP of DMC along with their team put on a great day of cars, kids, hero dogs and activities for all!  Andy, Rhona and Mark "The Pope" Hipsley brought in nearly 200 registered cars, of all sorts and sizes. 

Andy15 dmc front lot 406 lr smHere we see the consignment showroom to the left featuring some top notch restored and modified American Iron.  Out front we see a razor sharp Lamborghini Murcielago along with some very nice Vettes and other Chevies. 

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Classic Car Comeback?

06/20/2015

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A bill introduced to the House of Representatives looks to allow small auto manufacturers to produce, market and sell drivable replicas of classic cars. The Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015 will allow companies that sell less than 5,000 vehicles annually worldwide to assemble and sell exact visual replicas of the classics. Current legislation requires companies to sell classic cars as kits that owners must assemble themselves or through third-party auto shop.

H.R. 2675 defines a classic car as one built a minimum of 25 years ago. According to the text of the legislation, the vehicle must be "manufactured under a license for the product configuration, trade dress, trademark or patent for the motor vehicle that is intended to be replicated from the original manufacturer, its successors or assignees, or current owner of such rights".

Backing the bill are Reps. Gene Green of Texas and Mark Mullin of Oklahoma and the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA).

"The bill introduced by Reps. Mullin and Green will allow US companies to produce turn-key replicas of older vehicles that are virtually impossible to build under today's restrictive one-size-fits-all regulatory framework," said SEMA chief Chris Kersting in a press release.

Though the designs will be blasts from the past, the engines must meet modern emission and equipment standards. Companies that produce such cars will only be permitted to sell up to 500 vehicles per year nationally. Each vehicle would be issued a federal Vehicle Identification Number.

On the list of excited gear heads backing the bill is Lance Stander, who told Fox News his company Superformance would likely grow from 20 to 100 employees if the bill passes. Stander's company sells replicas of the Shelby Cobra and Ford GT40 amongst others- all without engines and transmissions. 

Find out how Stander's crew builds the Shelby Cobra replica, the MKIII, on Saturday's How It's Made: Dream Cars. Tune in on June 20 at 8/7c.

View the full bill proposal here.

 


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