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.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Autonomous Vehicle on sale date announced by Ford

Listen up.  This is HUGE.  Bad news for uber and lyft drivers, but imagine the possiblities.  With an aging population that is facing the loss of drivers licenses, this means mobility won't end when ones vision fails.  As promised in the last couple of Auto Show previews Ford is out to be the disrupter in the auto industry and create waves changing how things are done in the transportation industry.  I implore you to listen to the entire video as it really lays out the road map to get to level 4 autonomous vehicles.

Ford isn't doing it alone.  Ford isn't doing it all in Dearborn.  They're increasing the size of their Silicon Valley campus.  They are investing and partnering with other companies to do it.  Companies like Velidar makers of the Lidar systems that help in the guidance of the autonomous car.  Also they are working with a NEURO scientist to bring human like intelligence in how the cars see the world around them.  Amazing.

As a kid of the Jetsons era this is big.  Its not the self flying car of the cartoon, but it will be the self driving car.  Game changer.  Disruption in the Industry.