I’m wrapping up 2011 with my best shots from last month’s Tampa International Auto Show. I’ve been a bit slowed up lately, because I got a new laptop and have had a lot of trouble getting the thing to color calibrate. Hopefully, this will be solved soon because as of right now, I’m unable to trust it’s color enough to do any photo editing on it. So, I’ve had to do everything on my wife’s Macbook.
Without further ado, here are my favorite shots from the annual car show last month. With the launch of the Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ, I wasn’t sure there would be much to see at the show this year, with most of the good stuff having been sent off to LA. Nonetheless, I got my first views of the new 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 along with the unique new Hyundai Veloster and Fiat 500. Not to mention a few old school hotrods. And I didn’t even get stuck in any Corvettes this year. (more…)
On the pre-Thanksgiving weekend, I got to go to not just one, but two events, this being the first. The duPont REGISTRY Cars & Coffee event for last month was held outside of the registry at Innisbrook Golf and Country Club, which provided a pleasant green backdrop for this new set of photos. The big draw for this event was the first Mercedes Benz SLS AMG convertible on U.S. shores, but I was quickly distracted by some classic Mopar racecars and the new Ferrari 458s that were in attendance. (more…)
A few years back, I bought a brand new GReddy Ti-C cat back exhaust for my Mitsubishi Lancer. The day it arrived, I was under the car, removing the sway bar, removing rusty bolts, getting rid of the raspy factory exhaust. And then, when I got it all lined up and bolted back together, I went to reinstall the Progress sway bar, and it wouldn’t fit! This was the first time I ever modified a car to such a level (it was a base model and didn’t have a sway bar from the factory) that parts were discovered to be non-compatible with one another. I drove it without the bar for six months or so, loving the exhaust note and the new lack of hesitation in the upper rev range, but hating the loss of cornering ability. This was when I first heard on Evom about S&R Performance, a shop in Tampa, FL. (more…)
I’m finally getting around to posting last month’s Cars & Coffee event from three weeks back. Things got derailed a bit when, the day after attending this and an Evo meet at S&R Performance (post on that to come), I woke up with a bad case of what my wife thinks was heat exhaustion. No more 2 event weekends without carrying some water.
Anyways, on this outing to Cars & Coffee, I arrived 20 minutes later than last time (made a wrong turn and had to go over the bridge twice), and had to park outside the event, more over towards the exotics. As a result, this time I’ve got many more photos of the high end rides for you to see after the jump.
Contrary to what you typically see on the Golfs in the Euro scene, or the Hondas in the stance scene, this car’s rubber band-like tires aren’t stretched in the slightest and are nowhere near to poking out of the wheel wells. It combines the rust factor that has recently spread from the Euro scene, into the sticker bombed Civic scene, with a Japanese plate, single taped headlamp (a half track rat?), and cobalt blue wheels. I hope you’ve got your tetanus shot, because this old Kurierwagen is rusted to the core.
There was a nice assortment of old-school Volkswagen Beetles in the parking area at Straight Stance, customized in various forms of lowrider and stance styles. They all had nice, straight bodies, with one even sporting a bit of the Rat Rod look. (more…)
Here’s just a quick post with some under-hood photos of the Honda S2000 CR that we’d previously seen at the May duPont REGISTRY Cars & Coffee. On our first sighting of this car, the hood was down, so there wasn’t much to tell about what had been done with it, outside of the hot wheel and tire package. When I spotted it at Straight Stance, later that same day, I knew I had to seize the opportunity. (more…)