Saturday, December 29, 2012

SSZ Stradale

When a car looks like it is right, and by looking at the proportions on this racer come road car, my its so right.

Finding information on this car is fairly scarce, from what i could find out it was built in Wisconsin by a racer for racing, particularly for GT2 racing in the early 1990's. It was built as a "kit car" that was supplied complete in road going spec, powered with either the legendary Alfa Romeo V6 which would do 0-60 in under 6 seconds for $50,000, or a Nissan 300ZX derived turbo V6 in racing guise.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Coca Cola Christmas Trucks

Well it is Christmas and I thought we have to do something with a Christmas twist, so how about this. Can you believe there was a time when this truck wasn’t part of the festive period!!!!! That being prior to 1995, it’s hard to believe since it’s now the signal that “the holidays are coming”. The original truck was built using 30,000 lights for the “Christmas Caravan” adverts in 1995 with artwork depicting Santa by Haddon Sunblom who helped define the image, the special effect were undertaken by Industrial Light and Magic, the ones behind Hollywood’s such as Star Wars and The Abyss, to multiply the number of trucks to an endless line. Following the success four more adverts were made up to 1999 and eventually broadcast in over 100 countries around the world with a slight change in livery.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Judge Dredd Land Rover City Cabs

The year is 2139 and following a world war the worlds population it restricted to massive Mega City's, few car manufacturers remain, one though has thrived, Land Rover.

In 1994 when Hollywood decided to make a film version of the comic book they were looking round for a vehicle to use and Land Rover had won the rights to supply the vehicles. I remember as a lad watching a making off and hearing how the production staff were visiting Land Rover, apparently one of the concept design staff had been sketching an off roader with some inspiration from a ice hockey ski mask. Not only that it just happened to be yellow, the rest they say is history and the taxi's and in fact most cars in this Hollywood future were all Land Rovers.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Status Mini Minus

So you’ve got a Mini, and you’re looking at it thinking “I wonder if I can make it lower?” most would tweak the suspension or, if possible, put smaller wheels and tyres on, but to do it right you need a replacement fiberglass body. What the Status Minus offered was a 3” reduction in the height of the car, however it wasn’t just a simple roof chop, the window were left the same the chop happened blow the waistline. It therefore requires some though when fitted as the doors needed cutting down, as did the dash and seats bases. The bonnet would also need attention due to the clearance to the engine being lost and the radiator would also need lowering. Beyond that all the other components are straight off a standard mini.

Monday, December 10, 2012


Like many who saw this viral video last week I was just blown away with it and needed to know more, was it a one off? Was it for a film? etc questions were running through my mind, so after some time on Google to my surprise it turns out that this is a production vehicle!!!!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Argonaut Smoke

Spot the odd one out, Supercharged V12, 1010bhp, 240mph or a car from 1959? Well the Argonaut Motor Machine Company promised it all and yes in 1959 on top of a full luxury interior that included an options list which included, TV, running water, air conditioning, bar, refrigerator and compact office!!!! Not only that but unlike the Bugatti Veyron it carried a 4 year guarantee. The cost for the pre-supercar supercar? from $28,600 rising to $36,000. Its not clear how many were built as they were all made to order. The rolling chassis, which included driver electrically adjustable shocks front and rear, was shipped to Bertone or Touring of Italy for there bespoke bodies to be fitted. There were also 3 prototypes built. What an example of automotive excess.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Aston Martin Bulldog

Even the conservative Aston Martin dabbled in the "wedge" in the 1970's, this though had more to it than most attempts at the future of car design. Its primary use was as a test bed, and not just a styling exercise. Fitted with a mid mounted 5.3ltr turbo V8 with 700bhp, it was officially clocked at a test session in 1979 at 191mph!!!! even now thats pretty quick by supercar standards. But its theoretical top speed due to that slippery shape was estimated at 237mph, thats Mclaren F1 territory some 10+ years earlier!!!!!