Top-Less or Top-More?


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.

- Mark











SEMA Day 3


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:



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.

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!




Photos: Emily Kaiser


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


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.

Ford Connect 6
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.

Gran Turismo
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.

Gran Turismo 2

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.

Racing Porsches


Racing Porsches

by Ken Visser

With Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans series about to start, I thought we would take a look at some special Porsches. As we will see, racing improves the breed.  (Continued below)

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I photographed this 1953 Porsche 550 Coupe at the Amelia Island Concours in 2007.

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It's Here. The Chance To Show Of YOUR Ride!!


Velocity-WhatsYourRideVelocity fans, we know you’ve been waiting for this. A chance to show off your own ride is finally here. Whether it’s your beloved classic, badass hot rod, motorcycle, whatever; we want to see it in "What Do You Ride?" Just want to look? That’s cool; you can vote for each other’s entries and explore each other’s work.

This has been our labor of love to get YOUR labor of love some time in the spotlight. What Do You Ride?” is the first of our new polls and car galleries that will live in the newest area of our site, “The Showroom.” After all, where else would you look for the latest in shiny, fun, social activity but in a brand spankin’ new showroom?

We’ll keep you posted here Under the Hood and everywhere we can about what’s hot on the sit and in our new Showroom.

So ladies and gentlemen, start your engines and start uploading those rides. 

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