Every Monday we’re greeted with a spectrum of emotion from you, dear readers. Our inboxes are loaded with questions, insults, agreement, interesting stories, and, of course, incoherent babbling. So, what better way to share this love (and pain) of our Mondays then by publishing a selection of your emails on-line? You’ll find them below as we see them, in pure, unedited glory. Stephen of Vancouver, WA writes:No Need for Speed??” article and highlighting the overlooked point that it’s the driver operating the car, not the speed of the car that injures or kills. As a police officer, crash reconstructionist, and driving instructor I have experience with good drivers and those who “need improvement”. His comment that “it’s not the speed that kills you – it’s the sudden stop” or deceleration, is something I use in all the classes I teach to civilians and other police officers. The missing element for driver’s … [Read more...] about MT Mailbag Roundup: NAFTA, Grammar, and Smooth Jazz
The forthcoming Audi S8, the hot version of the new A8 saloon, will set the template for the design of the company's future performance models, design director Stefan Sielaff has told Autocar. "It will create a new design grammar which will also go onto the next S6, S7 and S1," said Sielaff. New Audi A8 revealed Hi-res pictures of the new Audi A8 Audi A8: Rupert Stadler Q+A Chas Hallett blog - First hand impressions of the new Audi A8 This is also one of the first times that a senior Audi source has admitted that hit versions of the new A7 fastback and A1 supermini are in the pipeline. Sielaff revealed that all of these S models would have more visual differentiation over the standard models than the current S line-up. He also talked of increased use of aluminium and carbonfibre in the cabins to make them more special. The next S8 is likely to be seen late next year, powered by a turbo V8 rather than the Lambo-sourced V10 of the current model. Chas Hallett Twitter - … [Read more...] about Audi S8 to set new standard
These are the first pictures of the forthcoming Audi S8, spied during winter testing. Little is known about the S8, the performance version of Audi’s new A8 executive saloon, but power is likely to come from a turbocharged V8 engine rather than the Lamborghini-sourced V10 of the outgoing model. See the Audi S8 spy pics The development model pictured here is in standard A8 bodywork and lacks any of the styling changes that will make it into the production S8. But its identity is given away by the quadruple exhaust system and larger brakes. The S8 will be the first of Audi’s next-generation S models to have more visual differentiation from the standard range than the current S line-up. This theme will be carried over into the S versions of the forthcoming A1 and A7 models. Audi’s design director Stefan Sielaff told Autocar at the A8’s launch last year that the S8 would “create a new design grammar which will also go onto the next S6, S7 and S1”. … [Read more...] about Audi S8 – first spy pics
We all know about the exploits of the Ramchargers and Tom Hoover at Chrysler Engineering, but many dedicated people contributed to Chrysler’s greatness during the muscle car era. Perhaps no engineer worked harder and got less recognition than Bob Tarozzi, who is best known for his engineering work on the Super Stock Hemi package cars in 1968, and for his work on the Chrysler Trans-Am effort with All American Racers in 1970. This piece is in fact an excerpt of Tarozzi’s new book, Turk, The Lives I’ve Lived, A Rebel With A Cause, available from www.rtarozzi.com. Here, we jump right into the deep end of Tarozzi’s book, Chapter 6, but don’t think for a minute that this chapter is the book’s high point—each section has juicy tidbits from Mopar and AMC performance history in its heyday. We want to thank Bob for letting us publish this segment, and hope all of you will pick up a copy. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed! — Johnny Hunkins … [Read more...] about ‘70 Dodge & Plymouth Trans Am Season: Crazy Insider Story!
Don Jaros 1929 Ford coupe North Port, Florida Don Jaros is a high school graduate from the class of 1967, but he was reading pocket-size hot rod books when he was in grammar school. He claims to have always been a motorhead, as even as a baby his favorite toys were cars and trucks. Well, some things never change and, a few decades later, Don still likes to play around with toys, albeit ones that are a bit larger. He has had many cars through the years and had become tired of being married to the waxing and polishing, so he decided long ago that his next vehicle would be covered in black satin paint with red ‘n’ white pinstripes—just a good old-fashioned rod like the ones he remembered from high school. And, as far as he’s concerned, that’s exactly what he got with his ’29 Ford coupe. Currently powered by a 350 small-block Chevy, its tires are spun through a TH350 trans and a 9-inch Ford rear. The frontend features a dropped I-beam axle with a … [Read more...] about 1929 Ford Coupe – Early Iron