(Words and Photos by Mike Brooks) Hot Rod Power has been something I wanted to participate in for at least 15 years. It was one of many shows, races, and events that I dreamt about over the several years it took me to build my C10. I loved the idea of cruising the highways and byways of America amongst thousands of like minded people who believe in the same idea- Use your car how it was intended, drive the wheels off of it and enjoy it. When the dates and cities for the 2018 Power Tour were announced last December, I knew this would be the year I got to join in on the fun. After months of planning and prepping I was on my way with my brother Jon as co-pilot. The truck ran great the first part of the trip. A few bugs surfaced along the way, but they were all quick fixes. The first 5 days and 1500 miles went fairly well. The next day?…. Well, not so much. The morning of day 6 started like all the others. Throw our bags in the truck, top off the cooler and hit the road to … [Read more...] about Here’s How A Race Engine Shop Saved Our Caddy Powered C10 From Long Haul Failure!
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Testing (and computing) to determine a definitive drag-race winner Free Price Quote From a Local Dealer View Special Offers No Obligation, Fast & Simple Free New Car Quote Change Car It used to be that if you wanted the quicker version of a car, you’d order the one with three pedals and a row-your-own manual transmission. Today, however, it’s not unusual for the exact same car to be slightly quicker with an automatic or automated-manual transmission. Modern automatics’ torque converters tend to lock-up sooner than their “slush box” forebears, and shifts are getting very quick. Automated double-clutch transmissions especially shine for their directness, smoothness, and near-instantaneous shifts. Often, though not always, the gears’ and differentials’ ratios are similar between manual and automatic versions in the same car, so it’s typically down to shift speed. A tenth or two difference between them is what we … [Read more...] about Why the 2018 Ford Mustang GT Automatic is So Much Quicker Than the Manual
The 2018 Mercedes AMG E63 S is wrought from the middle of your Venn diagram of desires. You want a car with power and personality; you need a car that can carry kids and cargo. You want a 600 horsepower hot rod; you need safety and subtly. You like wagons, because you have good taste and are smart. Well strap yourselves in—kids and groceries and all—and hang the hell on. (Full disclosure: I asked Mercedes-Benz for this vehicle specifically since a few of my colleagues you know and love needed to be carted around LA for a couple days. I asked to keep it longer because, come on, AMG wagon.) Fast station wagons are quintessentially Jalopnik because they’re as useful as they are artful. And while I almost always argue in favor of having a fleet cheaper specialized cars rather than a single expensive one that tries to do everything, the E63 S Wagon is so freaking good at all things that it becomes its own kind of novelty. And yeah, it’s fast as hell. On a short … [Read more...] about Here’s Why The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon Is Still The God King Of Cars
This weekend, April 6-8, will be a 12-cylinder double-header convergence of collectible cars, hot rods and lowriders. Vying for your time will be the Goodguys 18th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals and the 14th annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance weekend, both of which are just a few miles apart.The Goodguys’ Del Mar Nationals takes over the fairgrounds with thousands of flamed and nonflamed cars, trucks, hot rods, projects, fright pigs, rat rods and specialty rigs — even some tidy originals. And the array is more far-reaching than ever before.Goodguys is a national brand, founded in 1983, with 20 shows a season, which began March 9 at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and will end Nov. 16-18 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Show organizers work to keep the show relevant for new and younger participants to display primarily American-made vehicles.New this year is a younger cutoff date to show a vehicle, now at 1987, when for more than 20 years the cutoff was 1972. Younger … [Read more...] about Hot rods and haute wheels: Goodguys Del Mar Nationals and La Jolla Concours d’Elegance
It’s a Thursday morning in January, and the temperature in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a relatively balmy 70 degrees, a far cry from the frigid winter weather that’s been gripping much of the nation. There are no heavy jackets or snow boots in sight here at the Bonhams auction. Instead, those perusing the wide array of dream machines for sale are in their short sleeves nibbling on fruit and muffins and washing them down with a mimosa—or if the previous evening went long, a stiff Bloody Mary. Scottsdale Auction Week, as it has come to be known, marks the unofficial opening of the annual auction season. It’s also become one of the go-to events in the world to buy and sell classic and collectible vehicles. There’s anticipation in the air this year, with the primary question on the minds of most auction aficionados being how well the market has held up since the key sales in Monterey last August during the Pebble Beach festivities. There are seven auction houses … [Read more...] about Three Days in the Desert at the 2018 Scottsdale Auctions