Friday, October 28, 2011

Top Classic Car Museums

If you are an auto enthusiast, then you probably have a passion for everything cars. You probably love classic cars, new cars, and all the features that have come in between. There are plenty of places all across the world that share your passion. This article will take a look at the top automobile museums. Now you can make a trio and marvel at all the wonders available for viewers to see.

Sarasota Classic Car Museum. This museum is recognized as the second oldest continuously operating Antique car museums in the United States. They offer you a chance to walk among antique, exotic, European, and even one of a kind classic cars. If you are lucky you can go and view various celebrity cars such as John Lennon's 1965 Mercedes Benz.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ferrari Classic Cars Past and Present Making the News

The supreme luxury sports car marque Ferrari is never far from making news headlines, whether it is the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 racing team or, say, their ever popular sports cars like the Ferrari 458, winning even more automotive accolades than you can shake a stick at. One thing is for sure - the Ferrari cars, and the brand as a whole, has always been evocative.

Even from their humble beginnings at the start of the 20th century by their founder and automotive engineer Enzo Ferrari, the company owes much to its racing roots and heritage. The Maranello based super car manufacturer has long been synonymous with the motor racing world, especially as Ferrari is the oldest Grand Prix team in the world.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Limousines Riders, Then and Now

When I was a child, this particular question used to always pop up in my little head as to who really are these people riding in these pretty, large and absolutely longer than the usual cars? Growing up in urban area, it always fascinated me as to who were these limousine riders? Limousine itself was an exciting subject matter for me but far more than that, I was more curious about the people I could see inside it. I always wondered what they did? where they came from? and why they are using limousines in particular when there were so many other modes of transportation? Over the years, I have been around to see many things, they change and go, however the excitement of seeing a luxury town car or limousine in the streets is the same. Today, with added consciousness, I attempt to answer those questions that may be looming over the minds of many.

Even though limousine travel has come a long way today, owing to the advancements in technology and economy its definition in society amongst people and its denotations has never changed. Limousines have always been a symbolization of luxury and comfort. Even when looking back in time, limousines were always a higher status marker, a symbol of prosperity and prestige and a means of higher class transportation projecting the splendor and lavishness accompanied in luxury lifestyle and comfortable living.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

New Car Dealers in High Gear

In Frank McClure's office, protected in a velvet-lined box, is Arizona auto license number 178. It was issued in 1914, the year that Monte Mansfield opened his Ford dealership in Tucson. McClure worked for Mansfield from 1954 to 1958, the year Mansfield sold his Ford dealership to Holmes Tuttle. When Monte Mansfield died, his widow gave the license to McClure, who is now the president at Holmes Tuttle Ford. It is in gestures such as this, as well as through memory and remembrance, that the history of the dealerships in Tucson is told.

While the idea of going to the dealer to buy a new car makes sense to us, things weren't always done that way. The first cars were sold factory-direct, and the first independent car dealers got their start by buying cars from the factory and then reselling them alongside reliable products, like bicycles and horses. The first dealerships were even referred to as stables, until Percy Owen opened a site to display automobiles in New York City in 1899 and called it a showroom.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Auto History - Engine

At a time when vehicles had not yet agreed on a common form, the Apperson six-passenger touring car showed incredible vision. Built by the Apperson Brothers Automobile Company, its four-cylinder inline engine produced an astounding 40 hp. It used an advanced jump-spark ignition synchronized by a commutator supplying four coils. Its combination water tank and radiator was a forerunner of today's design, with an upper and lower tank, connected by finned copper tubes. A belt-driven fan pulled air across the fins, and a gear driven water pump circulated coolant. The car also had a friction clutch and sliding-gear transmission that provided four forward speeds plus reverse. It used two independent braking systems, one acting on the gear case, and the other on brakes of a rear drum design. Perhaps the car's most memorable feature was its rear-passenger parlor seating with walk-in rear entry door.

The answer to solid rubber tires and cart springs? Perhaps. A manufacturing nightmare? Probably. As you can see, each spring attached to its own upper perch, which joins at a hinge to the previous unit. Also note the work that went into the lower spring perch.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

5 Good Reasons to Move Up in a Micra

1. It's a Nissan. And that says a lot. You can't go wrong buying from a brand that has been around for decades and has built a solid reputation for creating great quality products that last. For you this means great resale value, so when you're ready to trade up, you won't lose out. What's more, as Nissan vehicles are assembled locally, parts are readily available so you won't have to wait weeks for it to be imported like some European badges will have you do. Plus, you won't have to look far and wide to find a reputable dealership to service your Micra as Nissan boasts a countrywide network offering professional support in and around all major cities and even smaller towns.

2. It makes good financial sense. Not only is the new Micra competitively priced, retailing from under R100 000 at leading South African dealerships, but you'll also be able to find a value-for-your-money deal in the used Micra market. The Nissan Micra has been around since 2004 and since been released with 1.2L, 1.4L and 1.5L engines with petrol and diesel options in both 3-door and 5-door derivatives. Smaller yet punchy drivetrains in this case equal low fuel consumption figures for further savings. The latest 1.2L petrol Micra boasts an astoundingly low 5.2L/100km fuel economy reading, so you can go pretty far on a tank and even further on your fuel budget.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

What Constitutes A Classic Car?

What constitutes a classic car, Who determines if a car is a classic, when does a car become a classic?

How many times are those questions asked? This classic car debate is a very subjective one and in my opinion there is no right or wrong answer.

There have been iconic cars that attained classic status upon introduction, the Jaguar E type roadster for example is a case in mind, when introduced at the Geneva motor show it stole the show. The model on the stand had been driven to the show over night and had rolled off the production line a day or two previously.

The Aston Martin DB 5 attained classic status as James Bond 's choice of car.

Preston Tucker and the Tucker Torpedo became an iconic car and gained classic status from inception due to the publicity and the court case. The interest it created in 1948 has not waned in the intervening years. I was fortunate to see one in the flesh and found it difficult to believe it was created pre 1960 never mind pre 1950.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Dreams Can Come True But Not Without Some Effort

I am the original owner of my 1969 4 speed Porsche 912 Coupe. The car's 1969 factory paint was Light Ivory 6804 - 131, a standard '68 -'69 color. The only factory options were tinted glass all around. It was very basic, even for 1969.

Long after delivery, I discovered the car was built on a Karmann 911S/E chassis, complete with dual battery boxes up front, rocker panel trim, factory 911 suspension fittings and cable harnesses.

When I purchased the car I arranged for the dealer to paint the car the now very rare Golden Green 6828.

I drove it daily from until mid-1976. Then I drove it only occasionally until early 1981 when I removed the battery and garaged the car.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

US Route 395 in Washington and Oregon

My 1969 Porsche 912 and I drove through eastern Washington and Oregon on our way from Canada (starting at Laurier WA) to Southern California on Route 395.

The 1955 Sturgis Bridge (southbound) in foreground and modern concrete bridge (northbound) in background cross the Columbia River at Umatilla OR.

Pendleton is home to the world famous Pendleton Woolen Mills. Because of my lifelong fondness for Pendleton products, I wisely locked my wallet and credit cards in the car before I entered the building.

I stopped again about ten minutes later to check my oil (it was OK) and enjoy some Oregon history at the Battle Mountain historic marker.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Mercedes-Benz Classic Cars Past and Present Making the News

The much celebrated German luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has always offered high quality motoring along with expertly engineered technical automotive design. Mercedes-Benz has always been competitive and had an active racing presence over the years, which has helped with the company's car development and design.

This can still be seen today, with Mercedes having a major role in many areas of motorsport around the world, including the high-profile Formula 1 World Championship and the DTM (or Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters - German Touring Car Masters) race championships, as well as world-renowned races like Le Mans.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Elantra Tops Everybody's List

Whatever your age, whatever your budget, when shopping for a new car we all strive to find the best possible value for our money. And we'd like it to be wrapped up in an attractive package that's guaranteed to make us the envy of our friends. In the compact sedan market segment there is one particular new kid on the block that has everybody talking, test-driving and signing on the dotted line. The new Hyundai Elantra is all of the above and then some. Even the critics agree, which is why it's been named North American Car of the Year and is a finalist and favourite for the South African title to be announced soon.

Nothing beats a great first impression and the Elantra has this down to a t. Whether viewed from the front, side or back, Hyundai's new generation 'fluidic sculpture' design language will make you want to do a double-take. Every element from its swept-back headlamps and sloping roofline to its lowered profile and sleek door lines contributes to the Elantra price appearing far more expensive than its R192 900 price tag will reveal. Inside, it's much the same. Quality materials, sleek surfaces and top of the spectrum finishes contribute to a modernised interior that gets the nod from especially style conscious buyers.