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The best, worst, and weirdest cars at the 2018 New York Auto Show

The best, worst, and weirdest cars at the 2018 New York Auto Show

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The best, worst, and weirdest cars at the 2018 New York Auto Show The New York International Auto Show opens to the public this weekend, and upon entering the Javits Center attendees will be bombarded with new cars, SUVs, trucks and even a handful of supercars that will most likely be out their price range. Here’s our primer for anyone who wants to cut through the noise and see the stuff that really matters.It’s the unfortunate staple of auto shows that car companies feel compelled to produce live-action versions of their commercials when revealing their new models. Take Volkswagen: the German auto giant had four actors dressed as outdoorsy millennials drive its new Atlas Tanoak truck on stage and then take a selfie in front of it. One was wearing a fishing vest covered in hooks a
In pictures: Motorama is Toronto’s hot rod and custom showcase

In pictures: Motorama is Toronto’s hot rod and custom showcase

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In pictures: Motorama is Toronto’s hot rod and custom showcase It’s a must for custom car enthusiasts in southern Ontario, and the most recent stop Jesse Henke made on the tour one of his latest builds, a 1965 Oldsmobile 442 nicknamed “The Getter,” was making around the show circuit.“We had its debut last year at SEMA [in Las Vegas], then it was at the Detroit Autorama last week, and now it’s here at Motorama,” Henke, owner of Windsor, Ontario-based JH Restorations, says. “The car was just finished — it’s probably got 50 miles on it.”The Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo has been drawing the newest and coolest custom car builds, hot rod projects and the enthusiasts who love them to the Toronto’s International Centre every spring for four years now, and it doesn’t show
2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe First Look Review: Time To Redefine The Super Sedan

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe First Look Review: Time To Redefine The Super Sedan

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2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe First Look Review: Time To Redefine The Super Sedan The Porsche Panamera most serious threat to date.Exactly one year after it was previewed at Geneva with the AMG GT Concept, the production-spec Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door has arrived, and it’s ready to start some trouble for the Porsche Panamera. Actually, Mercedes-AMG unveiled three tasty flavors of the mighty performance sedan, the AMG GT53, AMG GT63, and AMG GT63 S. Because of that AMG pedigree, those looking for a more traditional luxury German sedan will need to look elsewhere because the AMG GT 4-Door, in all versions, is not that car. Thank goodness.Thanks to a torque converter nine-speed automatic transmission, the AMG GT 53 makes the sprint from 0-60 mph in only 4.4 seconds and has a top
Day to get your motor running

Day to get your motor running

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Day to get your motor running MOTORING enthusiasts from Echuca-Moama and the surrounding district are expected to flock to Jack Eddy Oval next week for the biennial Hot Rod and Custom Car Show and Family Day.The event, on March 18, is a chance to get up close and personal with some classic hot rods and custom cars.More than 200 classic cars and motorbikes will be on display at the Show n Shine with entertainment on offer for the whole family.The show is one of the best known and longest running events of its kind in Victoria and attracts entrants from all over the country.Rich River Rod and Custom Club president Rod Munro said his club was once again extending an invitation to anyone in the area with a hot rod or pre-1975 custom car or motorbike to join in the fun....
New Custom Rolls-Royce Models on the Way, Following Sweptail Pattern

New Custom Rolls-Royce Models on the Way, Following Sweptail Pattern

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New Custom Rolls-Royce Models on the Way, Following Sweptail Pattern Rolls-Royce is planning a true luxury offensive, after seeing how the Sweptail was received. Speaking to Autocar at the Geneva Motor Show last week, the brand’s head of design spoke mentioned yet another bespoke model coming out in the near future. The new model will be a truly bespoke creation too, and it looks like the Brits are planning to bring even more out on the longer term, something they hinted at with a press release last week.To get a scope of how much demand for truly hand-built cars there is out there, you should know that Rolls-Royce currently has about 100 people working on such creations, from designers to engineers, customer liaison staff and more. Furthermore, it looks like the pricing doesn’t e
Forged Invitational Invite List

Forged Invitational Invite List

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Forged Invitational Invite List The Second Annual Caffeine and Octane at the Beach, on Jekyll Island, Georgia is this weekend, March 16-18. It's a car show that takes over the island and is set to showcase more than 500 of the best custom cars and motorcycles on the East Coast. Inside the show is the Second Annual Forged Invitational, hosted by Fuller Moto, it's an invite-only show which highlights talented fabricators and builders.Fuller, a former host of Two Guy’s Garage, runs his own shop, Fuller Moto which builds everything from early Ford trucks to custom Ducati Scramblers (both new and older models). He even built a customized Hearse, the Thundertaker.Last year saw about 5,000 people and around 300-plus cars and motorcycles. “I don’t care about the numbers honestly, I’m
Nissan 370Z 2018 review

Nissan 370Z 2018 review

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Nissan 370Z 2018 review Road testing the Nissan 370Z in 2011, I noted it was getting on. Yes, the rear-wheel drive two-seater had been given a design freshen up and a bigger engine a couple of years prior, but the 350Z it was based on had hit the local market way back in 2003. And it wasn't unreasonable to expect replacement or retirement in the not-too-distant future.You might say that makes it a modern classic; so good it's only required an occasional touch up to keep it on the Sports Car Most Wanted list. And in recent years, a consistent average of 30 Aussies a month have slotted a shiny new 370Z in their driveway.The 370Z is powered by an all-alloy, 3.7-litre (VQ37VHR), naturally aspirated, quad-cam V6, producing 245kW at 7000rpm and 363Nm at 5200rpm.It features the '...
Pininfarina HK GT Supercar Concept Revealed

Pininfarina HK GT Supercar Concept Revealed

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Pininfarina HK GT Supercar Concept Revealed The Pininfarina HK GT somehow managed to balance both a futuristic design and retro vibe.The sleek machine features an aggressive, in your face grill that melds into a sculpted, flowing body. As blunt as the face is, the rear end is rounded, smooth and reminiscent of a classic fastback.  LED lights complete the look.You might notice that there aren’t the usual door lines. That’s because the Pininfarina HK GT features massive gull wings that allow easy access to both the front and rear seats. The gull wings play well into the truly stunning design, making the car seem as if it were sculpted from a single block of metal.The Pininfarina HK GT was designed for China’s Hybrid Kinetic Group. The Pininfarina HK GT would be equipped with fou
Pimp your ride with an ARES car

Pimp your ride with an ARES car

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Pimp your ride with an ARES car In northern Italy, deep in automotive Shangri-la, where the great exotica brands Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati reside, there is also an upstart Willy Wonka factory creating motoring dreams. Instead of Oompa-Loompas wearing white lederhosen, an army dressed in slim-fitting black V-necks staffs this building. Mr Wonka in this instance is Dany Bahar. One of the more colourful characters in the automotive world, Bahar has had stints at F1, Ferrari and at the helm of Lotus, before he set up this new venture, which is all about extreme personalisation.While more and more manufacturers are embracing bespoke, a few third-party operators are taking uniqueness to a new level. Most will focus on a model or a brand, such as Singer, which reinterprets classi...
Winners announced for 10th Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show

Winners announced for 10th Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show

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Winners announced for 10th Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show Top 10 boats — ‘Oliver’s Twist,’ 1974 T-deck Hondo entrered by Matt Oliver; 1986 Hallet Vector by John Dahlberg; 1983 TR2 Cole by Doug Truesdell; ‘Ugly Customer’ 1982 Flat Canyon Marine by Tim Wingfield; 1978 Drag Hydro Sanger by Jerry Mangono; ‘Dodge,’ 1964 Flat Bottom Patterson by Bob Van Ostrand; 2005 Magnum by Scott Monroe; 1969 Longdeck Mandella by Steve Stenton; 1980 Spectra by Steve Thompson; and a 1986 Howard Flatbottom entered by Roger Martin.Tjop 10 cars — 1969 Chevy Camaro entered by Jim and Monique McKay; 1967 Chevy truck by Paul Cannan; 1940 Ford delivery sedan by Mike Hixson; 1951 Chevy by Bill and Karen Verboon; 1941 Willy’s by Robert Brkich; 1955 Chevy pickup by Shawn Ambler; 1959 Chevy El Camino by L