Flight Delay: Lockheed Constellation Edition

Pea soup fog at both Burbank and San Francisco airports has provided a few moments to reflect on this ten foot long TWA Lockheed Constellation model suspended above our seat. The plane was designed by Kelly Johnson and served not only as one of the first pressurized commercial airliners, but also under President… » 11/06/07 1:15pm 11/06/07 1:15pm

SEMA 2007: Turbo Plumbing Bonanza, Part 2

Turbosmart doesn't manufacture turbochargers directly, but they do make everything else required to plumb together a forced induction system that works - even for sponsored drag cars. This Mustang from Murillo Motorsports packs not just one but two turbos mounted in the trunk. Intakes for the watermelon-sized hair… » 11/02/07 7:30pm 11/02/07 7:30pm

SEMA 2007: Purevision Gran Torino

While we could not locate Steve Strope the man at the SEMA, we did find his 1972 Ford Gran Torino. The latest from Purevision packs a 514 cubic inch Ford crate engine and a 4-speed top loader backed by a Gear Vendors overdrive that translates four into eight speeds. The heavy rides on Bonspeed wheels sized at a mere… » 11/02/07 2:30pm 11/02/07 2:30pm

SEMA 2007: ENDLESS APPLICATION POTENTIAL!

Carbonetic is an offshoot of Across, which produces carbon-carbon composites using a patented method. The translation is that since they can make nearly anything out of carbon-carbon, they can also produce a series of clutches, limited slip differentials, and brake pads using the same stuff. What impressed us the most… » 11/01/07 2:45pm 11/01/07 2:45pm

SEMA 2007: Turbo Plumbing Bonanza, Part 1

You would be correct if you're thinking that we ran something like this from last year's friction materials SEMA convention accompanied by some random musings about Norse death metal. Thundering crescendos of dualing lead guitar aside, a year ago we only ran one image. Thanks to the ongoing miracle of the internets we… » 11/01/07 1:15pm 11/01/07 1:15pm

SEMA 2007: Plymouth GTX Wagon for 1968

The story goes the original owner of this wagon was dismayed to find that the Plymouth GTX came out just weeks after he purchased the mighty land yacht. So dismayed in fact he took it back down to the dealer and made them option it the same as a Belvedere-based Plymouth GTX coupe. A 440 with six-pack bolted to a… » 10/31/07 7:30pm 10/31/07 7:30pm

SEMA 2007: Twin-Turbo LS1 V7 Super Coupe in Vegas

The night and day efforts of three guys over the course of six months is under the lights here in sin city. Twin turbos on the LS1 helped twist the dyno to to read 1067 horsepower and 980 foot pounds of torque and make the V7 Super Coupe, as Phil from American Super Car put it - a D9 Cat in Corvette clothing. Right… » 10/31/07 4:00pm 10/31/07 4:00pm

SEMA 2007: Toyota Corolla XRS for 2009

From the bolt up a TRD supercharger department comes the 2009 Toyota Corolla XRS in blue. The new Corolla will be available in everything from the standard volume leader to the XRS shown here. The XRS packs the 158 horsepower version of the 2.4 liter engine under the hood with choice of five-speed manual or sequential… » 10/31/07 2:45pm 10/31/07 2:45pm

SEMA 2007: Toyota Matrix XRS Revealed

In celebration of Halloween and 50 years in America Toyota revealed the stock versions of the 2009 Corolla and Corolla Matrix. We looked for the aforementioned scantily clad sirens and nitrous bottles, but all we heard were scary noises. Both cars were said to have super aftermarket potential! The MillenWorks Matrix… » 10/31/07 2:15pm 10/31/07 2:15pm

SEMA 2007: Quadracycle!

Attempting to move quickly away from the country karaoke guy sitting and singing Eastbound and Down to electronic accompaniment from PA mounted to the lift gate of his pickup found us in short proximity of the none other than the Bourget's Bike Works Quadracycle. Passerby reaction seemed to be split between man that's… » 10/30/07 6:00pm 10/30/07 6:00pm

ENGINE SUPERNOVA POTENTIAL!

Every now and again we have to revisit the reasons sinking endless hours and buckets of coinstar trappings into our rides somehow worth the effort. Last week we motored down to Torrance from Montrose in the mighty Starion for some wrenching, a late cobb salad down at the Hof's Hut, and to pick up a turbo heat shield… » 10/29/07 2:30pm 10/29/07 2:30pm

SEMA 2007: Mother's Propane and Propane Accessories

We know what you're thinking. Another Chevelle at SEMA. Wait now. This Chevelle kicks out 1000 horsepower without a blower, the bottle, or burning one drop of gasoline. How? Propane! The small block Chevy under the hood huffs down the same stuff folks use to heat up their Hamburger Helper. Since propane packs a 100+… » 10/29/07 11:45am 10/29/07 11:45am

La Vida Lowrider: Cruising the City of Angels

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles is hosting a selection of the city denizen's automotive creations that defy the soulless mechanicals of modern commuter boxes by proudly representing the culture and families that crafted the machines. While one group of post WW2 hooligan Angelenos were seeking higher… » 10/26/07 6:30pm 10/26/07 6:30pm

SEMA 2007: Small Block Chevy Quadracycle

Featuring such luxury amenities as power rack and pinion steering and a 425 horsepower 383 cubic-inch Chevrolet small block is the Bourget's Shredder F-80 Quadracycle. This beast is designed to attract that group of the motorgoing public that wants to ride a motorcycle, but can't be bothered screwing around with just… » 10/26/07 3:00pm 10/26/07 3:00pm