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Father's Day Blunder Goes Viral

06/24/2015

Father's Day marks a day in which in the social media explodes with well-wishes and heartfelt tributes to the best dads out there. One post, in particular, went viral almost immediately and it's easy to see why.

What is the best gift you have ever given your dad for father's day? Happy Fathers Day! Disclaimer: no paint was harmed in this awesome social media post 󾌯 ⚠️ #fathersday #meguiars #happyfathersday

Posted by Meguiar's on Sunday, June 21, 2015

A picture's worth a thousand words and all 1,000 make our eyes widen in fear looking at this picture. If one thing's for certain, this little girl sure knows how to get her dad's attention. Can you imagine walking out and seeing your car terrorized by a tyke with a screwdriver? It is a nice gesture, though. Everyone likes to know they're loved.

Within hours, the image could be seen across the internet. Musician Shaggy ("It Wasn't Me") posted it on his Facebook page where it gathered over 1 million shares and 2 million likes. Personal trainer and TV personality, Jillian Michaels posted it for her 2.6 million Facebook fans to see with the caption "The joys of parenthood :) HAPPY FATHERS DAY!!". Jordan Hamilton of the LA Clippers shared the image with his 38,000 followers and as one would assume, the picture went wild on Reddit.

Fortunately for the car, the viral image is just a brilliant marketing ploy courtesy of the creative folks at Meguiar's. According to the Meguiar's Facebook page, the image originated with them as their logo occupies the lower left-hand corner of the original post. The marketing stunt comes with a disclaimer stating that "no paint was harmed in this awesome social media post". Just make sure your kids don't get a hold of the image and try to replicate it for the next holiday.

It's always nice to pay respect where respect is due, especially around Father's Day. Check out this clip of Overhaulin's Chip Foose gush about his car-lovin' old man.

Disclosure: Meguiar’s is a Velocity sponsor

Sideswiped by a rock? No, THE Rock.

06/22/2015

As Augie Bridges of Wakefield, Mass. crossed the street to assess the new damage to his left side view mirror, he immediately came face to face with the culprit. Bridges’s mirror had been smashed a rock. It wasn’t just any rock, however. International superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson accidentally caused the damage while driving to a movie set nearby. The San Andreas and Furious 7 star claimed via an Instagram post that he was distracted behind the wheel due to blasting music and his subsequent “one man dance party”.
 
Johnson, channeling his action-movie macho, whipped his truck around and rushed back to the scene. He attempted to present his registration and insurance information, but Bridges was too starstruck by the shear size of the former professional wrestler to engage. After a breath of silence, Bridges broke out laughing.
 
“Wow, this is gonna be an awesome story,” said Bridges to Johnson, who stands at hulking 6’5''. The two, according to Johnson, stood in the street “laughing like two ol’ crazy buddies”. 
 
The Rock & Augie
Instagram: therock

 
In the days following the incident, Johnson checked in on his unlikely pal. Bridges refused to accept any payment from the megastar and fixed the mirror himself. Johnson called out Bridges on his Instagram account for being “so cool about the whole thing”. The post has over 500,000 likes and 6,500 comments. For Bridges, the story of a lifetime set in the small Boston suburb is enough compensation.
 
As a star in the Fast and Furious franchise, Johnson has had the opportunity to sit behind the wheel of some of the world's most drool-worthy vehicles. Check out Rick Hendrick gush over his favorite iconic movie car the "Mello Yellow" from Days of Thunder on Velocity's AmeriCarna. 
 
 

 

Top-Less or Top-More?

11/17/2014

by Mark Worman from Graveyard Carz


Take a guess...DSCN0870Which one weighs more?

A 1970 Plymouth Barracuda Convertible or an identically equipped 1970 Plymouth Barracuda hardtop?

While the initial appearance of a car with no roof would lead you to believe it's lighter than one with a roof, it's not...and here's why.

A hardtop vehicle, by nature, is a more solid car than one missing it's top. The roof on a unibody car makes up a large portion of the structural integrity of the overall body. When the top is removed, such in the case of a convertible, reinforcements are added to the body to compensate for the missinDSCN2759g roof structure. Items such as frame rail connectors, IE "torque boxes" are added at the front and rear of the floor pan to join the rocker panels to the floor sections.

In addition to this, a section of thick, solid steel angle iron is welded inside each rocker panel. While this does add strength to the car, it also adds weight.

Also contributing to the weight of a convertible vehicle, is the actual top mechanism itself. This includes the solid iron frame work of the top , as well as the hydraulic pump, pistons, cables and lines, etc. (optional on E bodies) that allow the top to go up and down. 

Another great example noDSCN1024t judging a book by it's cover.

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SEMA Day 3

11/07/2013

Today was the day where our some of our experts came together for the first time to talk cars and answer audience questions. We were delighted at the warm welcome Velocity received with a line that stretched around the displays. Those who attended the panel were treated to a wealth of information about car and engine restoration and insights on the future of the industry. Don’t forget, we’ll be bringing you video of the panel as soon as we can so those of us who couldn’t attend will get to see the action. In the meantime we have some shots of the gang:

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Photos: Emily Kaiser

In other news, Toyota announced it was retiring an off-road icon, the FJ Cruiser. The 2014 FJ Cruiser Trail Teams Ultimate Edition in Heritage Blue will be the last FJ for the company. The design hearkens back to the 1960’s FJ40. For those of you interested, you better act fast; only 2,400 of this model will be made ensuring it will become a classic.

We have also been taking note of some of the products that are on display, meant to enhance a car and users’ experience. Emily tells us that many of the products are focused on high tech enhancements that help with navigation and collision avoidance. I’ve also noted products providing heads up displays, LED exterior lighting enhancements, and noise and temperature controlling products for the inside of vehicles. Of course on the other side of the coin there are dozens of products and displays centered on enhancing noise – the noise of your sound system. That’s a given of course, but some items are pretty creative like the product that enables your trailer hitch to project on the back window of your truck/vehicle. Movies or slide shows after a day of off-roading? It sounds like that could be in our future.

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Photo: Emily Kaiser

Back to the cars, there were so many on display we chose just a few for you today including the deviantART Lexus, a Hot Wheels Car and one tricked out for business Scion. We’ll be posting some massive galleries of cars looking at not only the bodies but under the hood, so stick with us!

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Photos: Emily Kaiser

 

SEMA Day 2: SEMA Award Winners Chosen, the Ford Connect, and an Awesome Gran Turismo

11/06/2013

by Eileen Marable

Good morning Velocity friends! Here’s the very latest from the show floor. The SEMA Award winners have been chosen for the hottest car, sport compact, truck and 4x4-SUV. In order, the winners are: the Ford Mustang, Scion FR-S, Ford F-Series and Jeep Wrangler are taking home the honors. Speaking of home, what does this mean for the likes of us at home? These awards are given to the cars, trucks and SUVs that are deemed the best for showcasing ad-ons, new products and general modifications. That means all you tinkerers out there have a guide from SEMA as to what you might buy if you want to customize to your heart’s content.

Now, about the Ford Connect. Ford has six on designs on display and the users can vote as to which is the coolest. We love an audience vote! If we were reading the tea leaves the general idea behind the designed Connects and the audience vote seems to be to send the message to the audience (and flower and pizza delivery shops everywhere) this relatively straightforward, functional hybrid can/van can be cool. Or at the very least a cool marketing tool to display your brand – which still seems pretty functional (until you paint your mobile tattoo shop logo on the side.) Still, the ability to use your car to market your business is an interesting twist on the customization trend so kudos on the display Ford.

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Photo: Emily Kaiser

Finally: THE. GRAN. TURISMO. CORVETTE. I have to personally editorialize for a second and say as a gamer and a car lover I can barely look at this car without fainting. Chevy has decided to release a real life version of the Gran Turismo 6, of the famous PS3 Game fame.

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Photo: Emily Kaiser

The Gran Turismo Corvette is a seventh generation Stingray and here is presented in a stunning blue with yellow headlights, carbon fiber trim and aluminum chassis. Under the hood you’ll find an LT1 6.2L V8 engine, seven speed manual providing 460hp and 465 pound-feet of torque.

No release date has been given for the real life Gran Turismo, but for gamers the long awaited Gran Turismo 6 will be released on December 6th.

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Don't forget, today is our SEMA panel with a wide selection of our automotive experts. We'll be filming the panel and bringing it to you as fast as we can turn it around, and if you happen to be a SEMA, make sure your check the program for all the details and drop in and join us.


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