March 20, 2012
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The Saanich fire fighters annual charity hot rod car show at Pearkes Arena with a rock and roll dance. This was the 10th anniversary of the dance with proceeds going to the Victoria Hospital Foundation Pediatrics. The venue for the car show was dark and under-lit. It was a challenge to shoot usable images without a tripod, but it can be done with the help of post processing.


Ford panel van

Classic dragster

Buick Skylark

AMC Javelin


1961 Chevy Biscayne

1941 Chev Master Deluxe

1927 Ford Tudor

1934 Ford 3 window coupe

1972 Shovelhead Bobber

1969 Camaro SS 427

1932 Ford Pickup

1968 Dodge GSS Hemi Dart

1949 Austin A40 Dorset

1940 ford Pickup

1953 Chevy Belair




February 24, 2012
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A while back Aston Martin introduced the V12 Zagato concept to the world, a super car that was born from the creative minds of Aston Martin and Italian coach builder, Zagato. The overwhelming popularity of the concept prompted the folks over at Aston to expedite the release of the production car and lo and behold.

After a couple of nips and tucks, the Aston Martin V12 Zagato ($522,000) will finally hit production and its final form is as curvaceous as it was when it first surfaced in May last year. Based off of the V12 Vantage, the car not only echoes the Zagatos of the past, but is said to be an example of what we can expect of the Aston Martins of the future. This exclusive beauty of a motor car will come powered with a 6.0 liter, 510 hp V12 and only 150 examples will be made.


February 24, 2012
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Ford’s new Drop top monster, it has a 5.8 liter supercharged V8 that produces a monstrous 650 horsepower. Ford says the new model, equipped with the optional Performance Package that includes Bilstein electronic adjustable dampers, is capable of running Sebring International Raceway about 3.5 seconds quicker per lap compared to the 2011 and 2012 models (both less 100hp against the 2013 model). Curb weight should be typically a couple hundred pounds heavier than its hard top cousin courtesy of additional bracing on the power-operated convertible soft top. The Shelby GT500, built at Auto Alliance International Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, will blast into showrooms this summer.

If your not bald when you step in, you might be when you step out.


February 24, 2012
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Acura fans and car fans alike have been waiting for this day to come since the NSX was discontinued back in 2005. This is the next generation NSX concept.

The NSX will utilize a form of the new hybrid Super Handling-AWD (SH-AWD) system. The V-6, likely a 3.5- or 3.7-liter, will drive the rear wheels by means of a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Unlike the current SH-AWD system, which would send power to the front wheels by way of a driveshaft and a mechanical differential, the NSX’s front wheels will instead be powered by a pair of electric motors. As each motor is assigned to a wheel, the system has the ability to accelerate the outer wheel in a corner, creating a yaw moment that improves the car’s ability to turn in and rotate. All told, the system could produce a net punch of about 400 hp.



February 24, 2012
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The all out attack on German engineering continues with Cadillac unveiling their answer to the 3 Series, A4, and C-Series with the new ATS. The brand’s signature Art & Design styling loses the hard lines for smoother contours yet remains unmistakably a Cadillac.

The ATS targets the Beemer 3 in every dimension, it’s within half an inch in length, width, and height and will be “priced similarly. Its new, direct-injected 2.0-liter turbo four cylinder is one of three power plants, the others being a base 200-hp four cylinder and the familiar 3.6-liter V-6 that out muscles the four-cylinder 328i with 270 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The automatic transmission is a six-speed, for now, but an eight-speed is on the way. The real hint that Cadillac means business, though, is the ATS’s curb weight, another traditional weak spot for General Motors. With a six-speed manual transmission and the 2.0-liter turbo, the ATS weighs less than 3400 pounds, which edges out the 3406 pound 328i and significantly beats other competitors.

“We’re going to out-refine the 3-series. We’ll have similar or better performance, but we’ll have that silk glove of Cadillac laced over it,” says the ATS’s lead development engineer, Chris Berube, who worked most recently on the CTS-V.


February 24, 2012
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Mopar is bringing some serious power to the Charger in time for the Detroit Auto Show.  There will be three performance kits,the pinnacle being its the Stage Three kit. The Stage Three option puts a 426 Hemi crate motor under the hood which delivers an incredible 590 horsepower. Only problem is that you’ll only get to put that power to work on the track due to emissions laws. Though we doubt you’ll be complaining when your Charger is devouring the asphalt and anything in its way at the local track.

So what happens when you give the boys at Mopar Underground a 2011 Dodge Charger and let them work their magic on it? CEO Ralph Gilles answered it best. “We let the designers of the production car and their friends at Mopar rip. I wanted them to show us what they would do with this vehicle if it were their own dream car.”


February 5, 2012
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With a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine pushing 465-horses 465 lb-ft of torque for 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) sprint time of 4.8 seconds and a quarter mile time in the mid-13 second range, the regular 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is one of the fastest production SUVs around. But for Hennessey Performance Engineering [HPE], that’s not enough. The Texas based tuner, known for its insanely powerful tunes, has done it again with the introduction of the 2013 HPE800 Twin Turbo Jeep Grand Cherokee.

“We’ve built dozens of 600-800 hp Jeep SRT8s over the past five years, so we have an existing client base who will want to upgrade the new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 to an even higher level”, said company founder and president, John Hennessey. “This vehicle is designed for the performance minded driver who lives in Aspen or Moscow and wants to be the fastest in all weather conditions.” The tuner’s crew started out by increasing the V8′s displacement to 7.0-liters (426 and then added a twin turbo forced induction system, boosting output to an insane 805-horsepower and 823 lb-ft of torque, enough to propel the HPE800 from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds and complete the quarter mile in just 10.9 seconds with an exit speed of 130mph (209km/h).

To put these performance numbers into perspective, the new McLaren MP4-12C hits 60 mph in 3.3. How’s that for fast?


February 5, 2012
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Lexus is previewing the next evolution in its new design direction with the debut of its LF-LC Concept. Debuting at the Detroit Auto Show, the 2+2 coupe will soon fill the void left by the SC which was discontinued last year.

The coupe was penned by Lexus’ Calty design studio in Newport Beach, California. It comes as no surprise to us that this rolling design study also packs hybrid power, but Lexus claims that the sleek sports car will also deliver cutting-edge driving dynamics. This coupe is a design study that promises to further reveal the future of Lexus design. The LF-LC boldly displays Lexus’ new spindle grill, while also mixing in sharp angles and elegant curves. The LF-LC also suggests that their LF-A may not be a one-and-done foray into the exotic sports coupe segment, but at the same time Lexus promises that the LF-LC could “remain within reach for premium buyers.”

Outside of audacious LED headlamps and about two inches of ground clearance the exterior of the LF-LC looks production ready. The same cannot be said for the futuristic cabin. the cabin is dominated by rich leather, tons of suede, thin elegant seats and more polished wood than a bowling alley. Actually, the center stack looks like it could spit out a 14-pound ball with three holes, and that’s not a bad thing.

The tech features are equally impressive but in my opinion distracting and dangerous. A pair of 12.3-inch screens are on information and navigation duties, respectively. The impressive screen dominating the center stack is of the touch-sensitive variety, and it also controls audio, climate and navigation. The LF-LC also features a keyboard that helps the driver with more complex entries… hopefully for when this high-end Lexus remains in park. Lexus has gone further still with the touch tech, as doors, windows, mirrors, seats and entertainment systems are all manipulated through similar controls on the doors.


December 31, 2011
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Mercedes-Benz’s next SL update continues a model run that started in 1954. The first generation of the SL included the 300SL Gullwing, one of the most collectible Mercedes-Benz cars. For 2013 the sleek curves of the past have been replaced with boxier, more aggressive lines and a longer overall profile. While the basic concept of the SL will remain unchanged, there will be a lot of updates under the skin. Most important, the awesome 6.0-liter and a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-12 engines will get the bullet, and the naturally aspirated, 6.2-liter AMG V-8 will be gone as well.

The AMG version of the next SL will instead be powered by a turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 which will likely produce 563 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, says Henner Lehne, analyst at CSM Worldwide in Frankfurt, Germany. Lehne expects Mercedes Benz to downsize the engine portfolio, with the three non AMG versions that will be powered by V-6 engines. Two naturally aspirated engines will make 241 hp and 311 hp, while a turbocharged V-6 is expected to turn out 382 hp—as much as the current SL550’s 5.5-liter V-8. Mercedes is working on engine stop/start systems as well, but a full hybrid is far off, if it comes at all. Under the skin, the next SL will share many components with the E-class; outside, the look will remain similar to the current model. For a while, Mercedes-Benz toyed with the idea of returning to a conventional softtop, somewhat more appropriate for a vehicle that is rarely used as a year-round daily driver outside of temperate climes. But in the end, Mercedes decided to keep the retractable hardtop, which has become somewhat of an SL trademark.


December 31, 2011
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The Bentley Continental GT and GTC V8 has been introduced and as a kinder, gentler bulldog that makes do with “just” 500 horsepower and 487 ft-lb from its 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8. That is down 20 horsepower and up just 8 ft-lb from the output of the Audi S8, with which it shares the innovatively-packaged, cylinder-deactivating V8. I’m gonna guess that’s to leave unquestionable space between it and the W12 631-hp Continental GT, and so Bentley could reach its 40 percent improvement goal with respect to emissions and gas mileage. Full and official figures will be released in early 2012.

This new Bentley V8 engine delivers maximum power of 500bhp at 6000 rev/min and an extraordinary peak torque of 487 ft-lbs which is available across virtually the entire rev range from 1700 to 5000 rpm, providing effortless power delivery in the Bentley tradition. Combined with a new close-ratio 8-speed automatic transmission, this translates into a less than 5 second acceleration time for the 0-60 mph sprint and a top speed of over 180mph. The new V8 engine features variable displacement with a sophisticated engine management system, ensuring a seamless and imperceptible transition from V8 to V4 mode under light throttle load. The high-technology V8 also features high pressure direct injection, low friction bearings, thermal management, energy recuperation via the charging system, and innovative turbo charger packaging for greater efficiency.

The new V8 engine will be available in two models; the Continental GT and the Continental GTC. These models are distinguished by a black gloss matrix grille with chrome frame and centre bar, a red enamel Bentley ‘B’ badge, and a black matrix three-segment lower front bumper divided by distinctive body-colored strakes. At the rear, chromed figure eight exhaust tailpipes, a dark lower valance and red enamel ‘B’ trunk lid badge emphasise the sporty, contemporary identity of the new V8s. Both models are specified with 20-inch wheels as standard with an optional 21-inch six-spoke design which is available in dramatic Diamond Black (exclusive to the Continental V8) or Diamond Silver finishes.

Inside the cabin, an Eliade cloth headlining, new contemporary “Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus” veneers, optional two-tone leather colour split and short centre console continue the new, sporting design theme. Both new models feature an , all-wheel drive system employing an advanced Torsen differential and a 40:60 rear biased power split. Since the launch of the original GT in 2003, the W12-engined Continental range has been continually evolving with over 50,000 sales worldwide, making Bentley’s factory in Crewe, England, the largest producer of 12 cylinder engines in the world. The W12 remains Bentley’s the ultimate expression of it’s engineering strength.

Commenting on the launch of the new V8 Continental models, Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive, Bentley Motors said: “With the new 4.0 litre V8 engine we are widening the appeal of the latest generation of Continentals, introducing a completely new driving experience. The new engine will have all the exhilarating power, drama and performance you would expect from a V8 engine sporting the famous Bentley wings, effortlessly delivered with our characteristic ‘wave of torque’. This is complemented by innovative powertrain technology that delivers exceptional fuel efficiency and emissions.”

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