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Our 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club Experience

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I had mixed feelings about receiving the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata, on one hand; I knew that it was a really cool car and we would love driving it, on the other hand, we are a family of 3 and not everyone would get to experience it at the same time.

However, when the Miata Club finally arrived, my initial thoughts were Whoa! This week is going to be epic! Since it is a roadster we didn’t necessarily have a family trip or destination planned but it was certainly a great way to turn what would have been an ordinary week to an extraordinary week.

I kid you not, every time I got behind the wheel of the MX-5 it felt reminiscent of what I would imagine James Bond to feel traveling through the Swiss Alps on the set of Goldfinger in the DB-5.


Yes, it was that awesome and when you take the top down it becomes even more exhilarating and exciting to drive.

The MX-5 is definitely a thrilling ride and each day I found myself looking forward to going out in the evening and particularly at night with the top down to experience the Miata’s performance and handling.

The sport-tuned suspension was a little stiff but it handled each bump like a champ and felt like how I would expect a sporty two-seater roadster to feel.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is offered in three levels: Sport, Club and Grand Touring with starting MSRP price of $24,915.00. The price of the vehicle we tested was: $28,000.00.

What’s great:
Fun to drive
Great handling and acceleration
Easy folding soft-top

What’s not so great:
Cabin can be a little loud inside on the highway
No rear-view camera
Reduced headroom when the top is down

Here are some other notable features below.

• 155-hp, SKYACTIV®-G2 2.0L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with VVT
• 6-speed manual transmission
• EPA-estimated mileage city/hwy (mpg)3: 26/33
• 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels with Dark Gunmetal finish
• LED headlights
• LED Daytime Running Lights
• Black cloth convertible top with glass rear window
• Black cloth-trimmed sport seats with red accent stitching
• MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System
• BOSE® Audio System with 9 Speakers, including headrest speakers

In conclusion, we had a great time with the Mazda MX-5 Miata Club, the wife and I took turns taking our 4yr old out for drives and errands, we are pretty sure he felt a little bit like a secret agent too.

Would we recommend it? Absolutely especially if you are in the market for a fun to drive, sporty convertible roadster for under 30k.

A 1956 Ford F-100 Done the Right Way

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When it comes to classic trucks my top 3 in no particular order are the 1950’s Chevrolet Apache Step side, the highly popular Chevy C10 and last but certainly not least the classic Ford F-100 Series.

I snapped a few shots of this vintage iron at a local truck show in Texas and as I was recently going through some pics, I said that I must share this one with our fans on Car Guy Speed Shop.

Unfortunately, I did not have an opportunity to speak with the owner and therefore I do not know a whole lot about this ride but I do have two eyes and I know cool when I see it.

I like vintage cars and trucks that are not overdone and this is one fits that bill. It does have a few subtle body and interior modifications that really enhances the vehicle while not taking away from it.

Once designated primarily as a farm truck for agricultural use, the 1956 F-100 is now considered a highly sought after classic muscle truck by collectors and enthusiast.

According to Blue Oval Trucks, “In an effort to match the redesigned Chevrolet trucks that had appeared for 1955, Ford attempted to modernize its F-Series trucks by giving them wraparound windshields and restyled dashboards. Ford’s 1956 truck grilles got the customary annual update, and now boasted a “Back to the Future” look very similar to that of the 1953 Ford truck models.”

This 1956 Ford F-100 is done the right way; it features a redesigned custom interior, power brakes, power steering and power windows.

All finished in an excellent bright baby blue paint scheme and accented with eye-catching chrome all around.

I do not have a pic of the bed but if memory serves me correctly it did have a gorgeous oak bed that just completed the whole truck.

When it’s done right, I think the 1956 Ford F-100 Step side short bed just might be our top pick for classic trucks. Just saying 🙂

Tell us about your favorite classic car or truck, we would love to share your story.

2018 Dodge Charger Pursuit Comes With Officer Protection Package

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    Ask any boy or girl at a very young age, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Chances are that many of them would proudly say a “Police Officer”.

    I know how excited my little guy gets when he sees an officer or a cool cop car on the side of the road.

    Now they are too young to understand the risk that comes with wearing that badge but most adults would agree that law enforcement particularly police officers, have one of the most demanding and hardest jobs out there.

    Now a day police officer jobs are exceedingly difficult and it is always a good thing when new technology is implemented to make their jobs safer.

    To help facilitate this initiative, the FCA US LLC is extending their Officer Protection Package to the 2018 Dodge Charger Pursuit.

    12.1-inch UConnect Touchscreen and Mobile Command Center

    First offered on the 2017 Charger Pursuit, the Officer Protection Package will also be available at no cost to U.S. law enforcement organizations on the 2018 models as well.

    The Officer Protection Package is aimed at increasing an officer’s safety by enhancing their situational awareness when parked or otherwise working inside their vehicle.

    Officer Protection Package uses Rear Cross Path detection sensors

    The new package contains an array of advanced tactical equipment and technology that will deliver top rated protection and security.

    Check out the full list of specs at the FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) website.

    Some notable features include:

    • ParkView rear backup camera and Rear Cross Path detection to alert an officer if anyone is behind the vehicle.

    • Charger Pursuit V-8 all-wheel-drive (AWD) for best-in-class acceleration performance.

    • Pursuit-rated hardware: performance-tuned suspension, load-leveling NIVOMAT shocks.

    • Ballistic door panels for driver and passenger doors (Protection: NIJ Level III+).

    • Laptop-size 12-inch touchscreen display with Uconnect touchscreen system, allowing for quick toggling between vehicle controls.

    • Styling for Charger Pursuit draws on Charger’s late-1960s heritage while infusing aggressive yet sleek styling

    Find Of The Day: Audi RS7 in Daytona Gray Matte

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      Audi RS7 Daytona Gray Matte

      As we were headed for a quick trip to the local grocery store yesterday, my wife asked, “How come you always clean your phone before we leave?” I replied, “because you never know what you are going to see.”

      Literally, case and point as we get to the store here comes this sleek, aggressive, performance tuned Audi RS7 with an awesome Daytona Gray Matte finish and carbon package pulls up next to me in the parking lot.

      I’m sitting there for a minute taking it all in, checking out this amazing color and custom wheels gave a nod to the owner and then pulled out my phone. I snapped a few pics and here you go.

      The Audi RS7 is a fine example of what a high-performance car should be; the “RS” models can go toe-to-toe with both the BMW M Series and Mercedes AMG and considered to be direct competitors.

      Another interesting fact is Audi’s “RS” initials are taken from the German words RennSport which literally translates to “racing sport”. I can dig this!

      We’re going to keep it brief today but this remarkable Audi RS7 is a prime example of why I like to make sure that my phone is clean when I leave the house.

      2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

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      2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

      I cannot speak for anyone else but for me, the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport is spectacular. Earlier this year we had the pleasure of seeing this Vette in person at the local auto show.

      Maybe it was the wide fenders and confident-aggressive stance or the Admiral blue metallic paint with the full-length white centered racing stripe.

      I don’t know, perhaps the 2017 GS is just simply awesome and I was merely caught off guard seeing it live but none the less, my initial reaction was Whoa! Okay Chevy, I see you!

      As you know the original Grand Sport racer was developed by Zora Arkus-Duntov back in 1962 which was targeted for the 1963 Le Mans race and therefore Chevrolet and the Grand Sport, in particular, has a very rich history of racing in its DNA.

      1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
      1963 Corvette Grand Sport in Nassau – GM Heritage Center

      The all-new 2017 edition of the Grand Sport still shows off its racing heritage but has a lot more to offer than the original lightweight (1,800 pounds) Corvette used to race against Ferrari’s, Cobras and other GT production class cars on the international circuit.

      Powered by the track-focused naturally aspirated 460-horsepower LT1 6.2L V-8 engine the 2017 Vette packs a lot of power and performance with lightweight architecture and carbon-fiber components.

      The new Grand Sport is available with either a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission and for the first time, you can now add on the Z07 package.

      2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
      2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport – Dallas, TX

      This package includes some serious stopping power with Brembo carbon ceramic custom red calipers, upgraded Magnetic Ride Control suspension and competition style seats.

      The black aluminum wheels wrapped in practically racing grade Michelin rubber also delivers exceptional performance while keeping this monster glued to the ground.

      From the Grand Sport’s torch red fender hash marks to the leather and suede-wrapped interior if you want a signature ride with racing DNA and can drop $60,500 to $90,000 the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport might be for you.

      Other notable features and accessories:

      • LT1 performance
      • 6.2-liter V8
      • 460 hp, 465 lb-ft
      •Grand Sport Heritage Package
      •Grand Sport logo floor mats
      •Aluminum door sill plates
      •Front curb view cameras
      •Heated and ventilated seats
      •Optional choice of 5 center stripe colors

      1976 Thunderbird Bordeaux Luxury Group at a Glance

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      Last of the big birds, the sixth generation Ford Thunderbird made its debut around fall of 1971 with its 1972 model.

      A true heavy weight champ, equipped with a 460 cu in (7.5L) V8 the 1976 Thunderbird came weighing in at close to 5,000 pounds. It was considered the largest Thunderbird ever produced, sharing the body and frame of the Lincoln Mark IV.

      Branded as a personal luxury car the 1976 Thunderbird Limited Bordeaux Luxury Group edition included standard features like automatic transmission, power front disc brakes, power side windows, solid-state ignition and air conditioning to name a few goodies.

      Related: 1964 Ford Thunderbird

      This survivor looks amazing with a striking original silver metallic paint scheme and an impressive rich deep red interior and silver accents.

      Ford continued making Thunderbirds up until July 1, 2005, but it is the earlier generations that would leave a lasting mark on the automotive landscape.

      Photo: Primo Classics International

      Ford Puts the Mustang Pony Back In the Corral

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      Depending on whom you might ask the Mustang is either a famed P-51 fighter plane of World War II, a free-roaming horse of the American West or Ford’s iconic car that represents speed, style and performance with its celebrated pony logo.

      This time we are not only referring to the car but the galloping horse logo that embodies this legendary automobile.

      It was in the mid-1960’s when this corralled badge first appeared and when the Ford Mustang was still considered a concept car.

      Fast forwarding to the new generation, the 2018 Ford Mustang logo will also be surrounded in a chrome corral, signifying the Pony Package for the 2018 lineup offered with EcoBoost – equipped cars.

      The new grille that features the pony in a corral is one of many appearance updates included with the Pony Package.

      Other notable features include:

      •19-inch polished aluminum wheels
      •Bright beltline and window trim for fastback model
      •Premium carpeted floor mats with Ebony embroidered pony logo
      •Side stripes on lower body sides
      •Tri-bar pony badge on rear decklid

      The 2018 Mustang is due in showrooms this October.

      eBay Find: Aaron Kaufman’s 1963 Ford Falcon

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        If you are a fan of “Fast N Loud” you would certainly remember this 1963 Ford Falcon that was built by former master mechanic Aaron Kaufman. He built this car to be raced at the 100 year anniversary of the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb.

        We were a bit surprised to hear that Aaron was leaving Gas Monkey Garage several months ago and equally surprised to hear that he is auctioning off one of his prized possessions.

        The starting bid is only 1k but expected to go much higher, possibly reaching close to 100k.

        According to Aaron on his eBay ad “This car was never a driver car it has always been a race car since its most recent build. The wear on the car is honest and reflects the use of the machine. This car has raced the Big Bend Open Road Race once and raced at ppihc three times now. it has been used at various other exhibition events as well.”

        Check out the details on eBay.

        1968 Dodge Charger Widebody Street Machine

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        1968 Dodge Charger Widebody Street Machine “Reflex” Steve Holcomb Pro Auto Custom Interiors

        1962 Chevrolet Bubble Top Street Machine The SEMA Show

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        Chevy Bubble Top Street Machine at The SEMA Show 2016

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