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by motorfoot 6/24/2008 3:27:00 PM

We turned the MOTORFOOT search engine loose on YouTube for a while and well...

Let's just say searching YouTube is like digging for gold. You expend a lot time and energy only to end the day with a few nuggets. But like the prospector, what keeps you going is the thought that maybe tomorrow you will strike it rich.

Here are a couple of nuggets that are complete time wasters, but hey, can you really put a price on a smile?

I hope you enjoy.

 

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8th Annual Drive Your Corvette To Work Day - Friday June 27

by motorfoot 6/21/2008 3:31:00 AM

Friday, June 27th, is the date of the 8th Annual Drive Your Corvette To Work Day, sponsored by Mid America Motorworks. In honor of Drive Your Corvette To Work Day, enthusiasts across the United States make "America's Sports Car" their commuter car for the day. Every year, the Friday closest to June 30, Corvette?s official birthday, is chosen to observe Drive Your Corvette To Work Day.

 Source: mamotorworks.com

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Jays Garage - Leno Picks Up Challenger 4 of 6400

by motorfoot 6/17/2008 1:50:00 PM

Jay Leno, Auto enthusiast extraordinaire, cruised in style in his 1970 Challenger to pick up his new Dodge Challenger SRT8 at Big Valley Dodge.

He also brought along his film crew and captured the event for us.

 Adios Jay!

Going to pick up your new ride? If Jay can do it, you can too. Capture your event on video and send us a link!


Dig the Vid at Jay's Garage
>> jaylenosgarage.com

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Autoline on Design

by motorfoot 6/9/2008 2:28:00 PM
Autoline Detroit has been running a series themed "Autoline in LA", with a focus on design.

This week the show featured an interview with four of the top automotive designers located on the west coast.

From the Autoline Detroit website:

"Joining John McElroy on this week’s deep dive into the world of automotive design are four of the top automotive artists located on the west coast. Kevin Hunter is the President of Toyota’s Calty Design Research Center located in Newport Beach. Dave Marek is the Chief Designer at Honda’s Advanced Design Studio in Pasadena. Franz von Holzhausen is the Director of Design for Mazda’s North American Operations and Joel Piaskowski is the Chief Designer at the Hyundai Kia Design and Technical Center both located not too far from each other in Irvine. Together all four will talk in-depth about style, trends, SoCal and how their studios plan and predict for the future."

Interested? Well you are in luck. You can watch this show and past shows on the Autoline Detroit website. You can also watch the "Extra" segment which is the rest of the interview that didn't air on the TV broadcast.

We are living in "interesting times" regarding the auto industry, and as performance car enthusiasts, we are especially affected.

So, what did I get out of it?

Dave Marek, the Chief Designer at Honda’s Advanced Design Studio, mentioned that a fragmentation is occurring among consumers and that we won't give up our performance desires. Unfortunately, that intriguing thought died right there as they switched gears to another topic. Was he implying that performance and efficiency are conflicting requirements, resulting in two separate vehicles? Or was he implying that those two consumer desires can be achieved in a single vehicle design? Now that's a discussion I would love to hear these designers elaborate on!  Unfortunately it was not a live call-in show dangit!

Kevin Hunter, the President of Toyota’s Calty Design Research Center, was the least animated of the bunch. Which made sense when he said  the whole point of a vehicle is to get from point A to point B. Hmmm, spoken like a...Toyota engineer! How's that for inspiring passion?

And there was the "wretched American excess" comment by Franz (and your point is?)...but I'll let you discover that for yourself!

Dig the Vid at Autoline Detroit Website
www.autolinedetroit.tv

Also on MOTORFOOT:

The Open Platform Car - Part 2 (a vision realized?)

The Open Platform Car - Part 1

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Ford Coupe - Extremes

by motorfoot 6/3/2008 7:44:00 AM

I found this unique Ford Coupe on www.streetrodding.com and thought it was Cool Car worthy. It's interesting how my appreciation of cars has grown over the years.

A year ago I wouldn't have considered purchasing a hot rod, but now I am open to the possibility  for several reasons:

  • Hot Rods like the Ford Coupe are easier for me to work on than newer machines like my Corvette.
  • I'm less concerned about dinging it up.
  • I could try out modifications and not worry about resale value!
  • Hot Rods are just plain cool, always have been, always will be.

The Ford shown above is certainly a show quality car, but I would go for  the Coupe shown below. It's currently for sale at a local dealer.

What about you? Has your taste in cars changed? If so, why? 

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