Saturday, October 1, 2016

Nissan Titan Driving Adventure and you can do it too!

Those who know me know I'm a car guy at heart, but its hard to turn your back on a well engineered machine regardless of the form it takes.  This pretty much describes the Titan XD and new for 2017 Titan trucks from Nissan.  I've already reviewed the Titan in detail HERE.   Its really a well built, terrific handling and quiet truck.  Worth your time to look at if you're in the market for a new truck.
The 5 year/100,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty can't be beat in the industry for a truck either.

Since that last review I had the chance to really run the truck through its paces on a closed circuit slalom course.  It will do a decent burn out.  The ABS performs flawlessly, and repeatedly...and it has the best pedal feel of any ABS system in a truck I've ever driven.

Through emergency lane changes and slaloms the Titan is smooth and easy to transition from right to left with nominal lean and nose dive.  Confidence inspiring is the words that come to mind.

On an off-road course the acoustic glass and sound insulation present is really noticeable.  Over a log trail or rocks the noise is signficantly subdued inside the cabin while you float along in hushed quiet on the "zero gravity seats".

The automatic hill descent control is a trip.  Simply activated on the dash, release the brake and the system will control gas and ABS brakes to take you slowly and safely down a steep grade with no drama at all.  Add in the side cameras to prevent going off trail and damaging your rims and the front camera aimed low at the road when you can't see it and you have quite the safety suite of technology to add to your off-roading fun.

Now for the fun stuff.  The Nissan Titan Driving Adventure is open to the public this weekend 10/1-2 at the StubHub Center in Carson.

More pics by me from the drive in a Flickr Album

DEETS: Nissan Adventure Drive,10/1-2 8AM-5PM.  StubHub Center, 18400 Avalon Blvd, Carson CA  MAP HERE

Sunday, September 25, 2016

2016 Japanese Classic Car Show

What a terrific car show this was.  Small enough to be walkable and not exhausted at the end of the morning.  PERFECTLY curated.  Outstanding collection of cars from survivors to complete restorations, to customs to amazing imports of such darlings at the Skylines which aren't for sale here.

One of the big surprises at the show was Nissan's debut of the hot new GT-R Nismo supercar.

The new 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO features a new front end design, hand-laid carbon fiber body components derived from motorsport and a refreshed interior with special NISMO appointments. The performance of the all-wheel-drive GT-R NISMO has also been upgraded, with revised suspension and increased chassis stiffness, while the hand-crafted twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6, which produces 600 horsepower.

More pictures of some incredible cars in my JCCS Flickr Album.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Holy Tequila can make car parts with it too

Ford in its quest to build the sustainable automobile has been chronicled here in the past.  From wheat chaff reinforced plastics to recycled water bottles becoming carpet and car upholstery they are leading the way towards just that.

The quest took an interesting twist recently.  The use of left over mash from making tequila as the source for a polymer to create plastic resin.  Go figure...Happy Tequila Tuesday have a shot for the cause.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Grandparents Go Drifting | Donut Media

How fun is this!  Imagine getting to work on the RS team and then share it with your Grandparents.  Its no debating who had more fun with this "Take your Grandparents to work day".

Sunday, September 11, 2016

2016 Street Rods Forever 27th Annual Show

Saturday 9/10/2016 was the 27th Annual Street Rods Forever car show in Old Town Monrovia.  What a show it was, bigger by a few blocks over prior years  and jammed with hundreds of cars in various states of restoration and customization.

It was difficult but I was able to identify one car as a personal favorite to name "best of show" for the blog.  It was this custom chopped and channeled low riding Mercury.  The flame work was amazing, the depth of color was so rich a simple photo doesn't do it complete justice.  The paint itself was so deep it was like a mirror picking up the refection of everything around it.  The young man who made this car is a master in the craft of car customization.

I have several other pictures from the show in a flickr album.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Street Rods Forever car show in Monrovia this Saturday 9/10/16

Look here sometime after the weekend is over for a recap and a flickr folder full of pics from the show along with my personal choice as "best of show".  Simple criteria, unique, different and stopped me in my tracks is enough to capture the title.

The show is Saturday 9/10/16 from 9AM to 2PM.  ITs well attended and concurrent to the show the city of Monrovia will be holding zipcode day as our zip, 91016 coincides with the short version of the date.   Why do I bring this up?  The good towns folk will be in Library Park for festivities celebrating the date and zip code coincidence and parking will be tight.  DO arrive early for best parking.

Where: Myrtle Avenue 300 South block to 600 South Block. Monrovia CA 91016

Thursday, August 18, 2016

2016 Ford GT: 360 Experience for smart phones

This is cool. Totally cool.  Can't afford a real Ford GT like me?  Can't get on the approved list if you can afford one?  Well this 360 app for smart phone is the ticket.

Launching today for iOS and Android users in the United States, Ford’s new virtual reality app delivers a powerful storytelling platform for consumers and fans to experience Ford innovations like never before.

The first piece of featured content is the story behind the all-new Ford GT’s return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Fifty years after the original victory, the innovative balance of power and efficiency delivered an incredible class win earlier this year

You can download the app now for iOS and Android devices – and a headset or cardboard is not required! You can still use your smartphone for 360 video fun.