"Get On It!"
11/7/2011 3:10:00 PM
There are quite a few car show sites out on the web, so do we really need another one?
Heck yeah! Since no one web site can meet the needs of everyone,
it's a good thing to have choices. The new choice we are talking about
here is MOTOR Texas.
MOTOR Texas, as the name implies, is a Texas based web site
that will initially focus on listing car shows and automotive
10/16/2008 12:55:00 PM
The Hub Garage is about to launch their first new original HubTV series called Top Shops at topshops.hubgarage.com
Top Shops features Chris Jacobs, the host of the popular TV show Overhaulin, as he visits top automotive shops around
the country and around the world. The first episode features muscle car maniac Steve Strope at his Pure Vision shop in Simi Valley, CA. Steve is working on his very unique take on a 1969 Dodge Charger 515 GTB which will make it's debut at SEMA 2008 - just a few weeks away.
Top Shops will introduce some of the best custom builders and find out what's behind their unique creations. They will also visit some of the top automotive manufacturers, museums, and car collections.
The Hub is still working out a release schedule for the video podcast, but expect regular episodic content.
The videos will be embeddable, downloadable in a variety of resolutions, and available via iTunes and RSS (check out the links below).
The first episode is done so check it out!
>> topshops.hubgarage.com - Top Shops home. Check out the videos here!
>> phobos.apple.com - View on iTunes.
>> topshops.hubgarage.com/episodes.rss - Keep up with the latest epissodes via RSS.
7/14/2008 12:39:00 AM
Just a quick note to check out Jay's Garage latest video. Jay drives the 2008 SSC Ultimate Aero, a real American supercar Bugatti eater. Must see TV.
7/4/2008 4:17:00 AM
On April 2, 2008 Cirbin Inc. announced an agreement to merge with T-Rex Corp.
The merged companies will now be known as CAMPAGNA MOTORS. In a press release, André Morissette, CAMPAGNA’s CEO states "We have chosen to retain the name of the inventor of the vehicle that we manufacture. The name CAMPAGNA has value for us, both on a philosophical and pragmatic way; it was chosen to pay tribute to the inventor of the T-REX, our flagship product and world leader in the 3-wheel vehicles".
MOTORFOOT strongly believes that this market segment we call "Light Sport Vehicles" is on the verge of a breakthrough and the merger of Cirbin and T-Rex strengthens our belief. As André Morissette, CEO of Cirbin states in a press release, "Simply put, this consolidation will position our company at the forefront of this growing niche vehicle industry."
Most sport bikers know about and appreciate the T-Rex for its extreme performance and wicked good looks, however, the light sport vehicle market has suffered from low consumer awareness, high manufacturing costs, and limited availability. Not a good combination for growth. Yet, there is progress.
At the intersection of rising fuel prices, the new wave of niche auto manufacturers, and the never ending need for auto excitement, we believe that the merging of Cirbin and T-Rex to form Campagna Motors is strategic and on target. The question is, what the heck are Kawasaki, Honda, Yamaha, and Suzuki doing (not to mention the U.S.).
>> campagnamotors.com - Campagna Motors website.
Also on MOTORFOOT:
>> Sport Vehicles - As you may know, MOTORFOOT has featured light three and four wheeled sport vehicles on our Sport Vehicles page.
>> Next Wave - Niche auto industry watch.
>> T-Rex -- My Kind of Smart Car
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.
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
Also on MOTORFOOT
The Open Platform Car - Part 2 (a vision realized?)
The Open Platform Car - Part 1
5/29/2008 3:06:00 PM
I ran across hubgarage.com a few days ago via our MOTORFOOT search engine.
This site is interesting because it has some automotive star power behind it: Chris Jacobs, host of Overhaulin.
It's not apparent who is really behind the site, but I found a post on two VW enthusiast sites that may or may not be accurate: "The folks over at Dynamat started a new site called the Hub Garage. It is essentially a "myspace" type of website where you can connect with other gearheads."
I should probably know what Dynamat is, but I don't, so I did some searching and found the site. Here's an excerpt from the Dynamat site: "Dynamic Control seeks to produce and deliver high quality acoustic solutions to the world with speed and accuracy, for better sound everywhere"
Hmmm. Why is a company like Dynamat interested in creating a cool auto enthusiast social network? Well, the Dynamat site has Chip Foose on it so I certainly see some connections here.
The site is in beta so you can't join with out an invite or a VIP code. But you can simply obtain the VIP code by watching a humorous video/commercial about Hub Garage (see hubmechanic link below).
The site has a clean design with no ads. When you join, Chris Jacobs is in your "Buddy List". Thanks Chris! You get your own blog, you can upload your car photos for your personal garage, you can upload videos, and you can create news items that all community members can see.
That's about as far as my detective work has gone. Time for another energy drink.
** Update **
From Chris Jacobs to MOTORFOOT: "The HUB was created by a group of people including myself and The inventor of Dynamat, hence the connection."
Here are some interesting links relating to Hub Garage:
Dynamat About Page
The Jesse Video
Chris Jacobs Garage
3/13/2008 3:35:00 PM
Attention Texas vanity plate fans, you will soon be able to express yourself with more character!
Texas offenders at the Wynne Correctional Unit in Huntsville will begin stamping out seven-character general issue license plates in 2009.
According to American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators "Texas is dead last in the nation in the percentage of drivers with vanity plates." and "Less than 1 percent of the state's 21 million vehicles have customized plates, compared to 16 percent in Virginia."
It took 33 years to run out of six-character combinations. TxDOT estimates that the seven-character plates will run out in about 35 years. But of course, the catchy vanity plate messages will be snapped up much quicker!
3/4/2008 11:37:00 AM
When the HHR first came out I wasn't interested. In picture form, it didn't look very attractive to me. As they started to appear on the street I found the car looked ok, but still not interested.
As gas prices started climbing and my daily driver was geting older I started thinking about options.
Enter the HHR SS.
The HHR SS has improved suspension, 18 inch wheels, and a turbocharged engine that grunts out 260 hp/lb-ft. That's 55 more ponies than the standard engine! Sir, you have my attention!
I found out the engine was detuned to 235 hp for the automat version so it wouldn't destroy the fragile four speed automatic trans. Dang.
What If Mode.
I like trucks. What if Chevy chopped the HHR into son of SSR? Now that's interesting. They could offer (1) the standard HHR, (2) the Panel version (coming in June 08), and (3) the son of SSR Truck version. And throw in a beefy five speed paddle shift automatic just for me.
Back to Article...
If you are interested in the new SS version of the HHR, you might wait because further enhancements, such as Brembo brakes, larger rotors, and limited-slip differential, will come in the Spring. As for me, it's a compelling package for a daily driver, but I'm not going to buy it because Chevy chose not to equip it with a sturdy automatic. Bring back the freakin S10. My search continues.
3/1/2008 1:43:00 AM
The Navy's latest ship, the USS New York, will be christened this weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The leading edge of its bow is made from steel girders salvaged from the ruins of the World Trade Center.
The USS New York is the first of three ships that will serve as a memorial.
The USS Somerset will be named for the county in Pennsylvania where Flight 93 crashed while passengers fought with the hijackers.
The USS Arlington will honor the county where the third plane crashed into the Pentagon.
A fitting memorial to September 11, and a continuing message to our enemies, "We will never forget
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