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American Dream Cars

08/20/2015

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. 

When speaking of dream cars, we have to look at our American market for some inspiration.  Even so, we have to break up the American market into segments.  I thought I would start with Muscle cars.  

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The 1965 Shelby GT-350 photographed at the historic Churchill Downs in Louisville Kentucky.  I was invited to judge the Ferrari class at the inaugural Louisville Concours d'Elegance.  You can see the famous twin spirals in the background.

This is the real deal, first edition of the Shelby GT-350 that really had a raw element to it.  Back seat delete, battery located in the trunk (this was changed during the production run for 65),  Koni adjustable shocks, special semi-racing Goodyear tires.  The motor was bumped up to 306 hp plus heavy duty braking gives you a pretty stoudt package.

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The 1967 GTRX Hemi 440 was a very classy looking muscle car with some very good styling cues.  The above car is one of 7 that year with a 4 speed tranny.  375 hp and and 480 lbs of torque made for a smokey tire stew. 

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OK, so maybe its not an American car but its still ultra cool.  It comes from the Garage of Andy Cohen of Junkyard Empire.  The car started life as a 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon Coupe and then modified to fill its role in the first Mad Max movie.  Andy recently got the blower working on one of his episodes.

 

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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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Dramatic Motorcycle Wreck Captured on Video

07/08/2015

Jesse Lopez was riding along Glendora Ridge Road in the Angeles National Forest when his life almost came to a screeching halt. After taking a wide turn and hitting a patch of uneven pavement, the 24-year-old and his motorcycle collided violently with a Los Angeles County Fire Department crew transport bus. The entire accident was caught on video thanks to a rugged GoPro camera. 

WARNING: The video below contains graphic footage. Viewer discretion is advised.  

According to reports, though Lopez survived, he suffered a broken femur, tibia, fibula, ulna and humerus at the elbow. It's been three months since the incident and Lopez is still working towards a complete recovery.

"I don't remember what happened due to memory loss, but I might have panicked when I saw the truck," Lopez told NBC News. "So I applied the front brake, which straightened me out and I went straight toward the truck, which was also moving probably about 35 mph."

Thankfully, Lopez was wearing a helmet. According to research conducted by the NHTSA, helmets are 37 percent effective in preventing deaths and 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries from motorcycle accidents. California law states that "any driver and any passenger shall wear a safety helmet meeting requirements established pursuant to Section 27802 when riding on a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle". California is one of 19 states that requires such helmet use. The state is one of a handful trying to lower the statistics-- over 4,300 motorcyclists died in crashes in 2013.

Do you prefer two wheels to four? Check out when Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars ditched the cars and entered a garage stuffed to the brim with badass bikes ready for auction.

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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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