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Ken Block San Francisco Video 5



Hot off the YouTube press, Ken Block presents GYMKHANA 5 in his 2012 650 Ford Fiesta HFHV (which does 0-60 in 1.8 seconds) from the closed off streets of San Francisco; his ultimate playground!

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2012 Gumball 3000 Photos



Right now the 2012 Gumball 3000 cars are lining up in New York Times Square to begin the first leg of their run to Toronto! The entrance fee is $40,000 USD per car and limited to 120 pre-screened cars (93 registered this year) to ensure they are “interesting” teams :) They arrive in Toronto sometime tonight and I will be there to take some photos! Don’t forget to checkout the cars from the 2011 Gumball 3000 and 2010 GUMBALL 3000 when they were last in Toronto! There is even a techno colored Team Toronto (Team #12) driving a Mercedes Benz SLS AMG!

Check back during the entire week of the GUMBALL 3000 for full coverage!



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Mega Speed Custom Car & Truck Show



The 2012 Mega Speed Custom Car & Truck Show will happen at Mississauga’s International Centre (6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga, ON) and will feature over 500 hot rods, custom cars, trucks, tuners and race cars. The Show is open Friday March 9th and Saturday March 10th from 10am to 10pm, and Sunday March 11th 10am to 6pm. Looking for a used car? Checkout Motors for over 150,000 used cars to choose from.

The Mega Speed show replaces the Performance World show (Performance World Girls HERE), which wrapped up its final event last year (2011). The show’s name comes from Pat Porco’s shop, MegaSpeed & Customs Accessories in Scarborough, where he builds hot rods and custom cars, including a 1932 Ford for TV’s Mike Holmes.

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Origins: The Muscle Car



Muscle cars, it is generally agreed, can be blamed on Oldsmobile. That's right. The dowdy "This is not your father's Oldsmobile" kind of car started the muscle revolution in 1949. Oldsmobile took an intermediate car and replaced the V-6 engine with a high compression overhead V-8 for more power. From Musclecars magazine, “The idea of putting a full-size V8 under the hood of an intermediate body and making it run like Jesse Owens in Berlin belongs to none other than Oldsmobile…” Looking to start and capture a market, Chrysler introduced the C300 in 1955. Advertised as the most powerful car ever sold, the C300 came out as a limited edition with a 300 bhp engine. Driven with the pedal to the floor the car reached 60 mph in 6.9 seconds and could reach speeds up to 130 mph.

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2011 Dubai Motor Show Photos



The 2011 Dubai International Motor Show Photos opened yesterday and runs until November 14th. MadWhips contributor Tariq199 has just uploaded his first batch of his Day1 coverage for all of us to enjoy. Included are 3 Special Edition Bugatti Veyrons and custom modified supercars by Mansory, Hamann, AC Schnitzer, Gemballa and more. There are also a pair of Rolls Royce Phantom’s (Coupe & Drophead) with a 2300 diamonds (g color, vs clarity) “flying lady” hood ornament weighing in at 38.53 carats to celebrate her centenial!

Stay tuned and check back daily for more photo coverage of the show!

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2011 SEMA Show Custom Mustangs Photos


Custom Modified Ford Mustangs at the 2011 SEMA Show

The title says it all! Looks like there were quite a few bad ass 2011 SEMA Show Custom Mustangs Photos this year! Can’t decide which is my favorite, but the ones highlighted below definitely are front runners! Don’t forget to checkout my earlier post of photos from Monday 2011 SEMA Show Outdoor Event. Enjoy these pics from my friend Richard Owen of Supercars.net!

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2011 SEMA Show Outdoor Photos


SEMA Show outdoor images 2011

Another year, another slow economy for the USA and specifically sunny Las Vegas, yet the 2011 SEMA Show Photos seems to be packed full of modified and exotic cars. It truly is something to visit SEMA, and see all the sweat, blood and money that goes into some of the custom cars and trucks at this show. Special thanks go out to my friend Richard Owen (founder of supercars.net) for these pictures and the rest to come this week!

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2011 McCalls Monterey Jet Center Party Pics



This year marked the 20th anniversary of the McCalls Motorworks Revival private event at the Monterey Jet Center.Lotus debuted the Evora GTE Road Car Concept, Lamborghini had 2 LP700-4 Aventador’s, Hennessey also displayed their first Venom GT (destined for a domestic customer) and Aston Martin brought a bright red V12 Zagato. Full Photo Album: 2011 McCalls Monterey Jet Center Party Pics

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Top 5 Ways To Improve Your Camaro, Vette or Stang


Custom Lime Green Chevy Camaro


Camaros have been a hot car since they have been redesigned and improved. Even film directors like Michael Bay use the Camaro in Transformers as a character in the film.

We’re willing to bet that it was none other than a classic American muscle car that first ignited your passion for automobiles. That vintage, “cool guy” thing really resonated with you, and ever since your heart thumps like a cartoon character’s every time a Stang, Corvette or Camaro rolls up next to you at the limit line. From their aggressive stance and glistening paint jobs to their rumblin’ exhausts, there’s no wondering why muscle cars are the top performers out in the gravel jungle.

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