When it comes to buying and/or building performance cars, one of the main factors involved is the cost. How much does the car cost? How much will the modifications and customization cost on top of that? Is there a cheaper car available that can achieve the same results? Should I just buy a better performing car from the start? There are not only endless vehicles to choose from but there are endless modifications available too.
Lets say someone’s goal is to own a vehicle that could go 200 miles per hour. They could spend $400,000 on a Lamborghini that will move that fast, or they could buy a 90’s Honda Civic and throw $20,000 into it and turn it into a little power rocket that can go the same speed. Of course those are completely different vehicles, but some people would prefer one over the other, mainly due to their finances. That raises the question; is there a perfect “Bang for the buck” performance car? A vehicle that delivers more than satisfactory performance without compromising the bank account and draining the wallet, does such a car exist?
Right now I can think of two that fit that description. The Nissan GTR and Chevy Corvette Z06. Both of these vehicles deliver a balance between performance,cost,and reliability. Both examples can easily outperform factory super cars, yet can be obtained at your local dealer for less than half the cost of their respected competition. I went to a local dealership of mine to check out a highly modified Z06 and the level of performance and detail it had amazed me.
Continue reading When life gives you lemons…
When one thinks of automobile racing, usually the first thing that pops into mind is quarter mile drag racing or road course racing. Where everything is all about being the fastest; cars modified for high horsepower and trying all methods to get the most traction. There is always a specific winner for those races and the losers need either more power or more traction next time to win. Among the various types of automobile racing though, there is a flock of enthusiasts that prefer to drive their cars a little differently than the norm… Disregarding everything that the manufacturers intended the cars to do and engage in a driving style that is a bit more involving.
Continue reading Where Driving Meets Style
Winter can be a slow and calm season for car enthusiasts due to several reasons.The salt used to aid in ice/snow melting can cause rust, potholes form more during colder months than any other season, and the majority of car events occur outdoors where standing in 17 degree weather isn’t always exactly pleasurable. These conditions that last for months leave special, rare and performance cars stuck in a winter hibernation locked in a garage all winter long while most people use that time to focus on other priorities. But when spring’s weather finally creeps up and it stays warm consistently, car enthusiasm and events burst and the automotive scene starts to flourish again.
Continue reading Spring Comes In Style
“Cars and Coffee” is a gathering for car enthusiasts all over the country, every Saturday morning. Some of the most interesting, exotic, rare, and fastest sports, classic, and exotic cars are known to show up to these gatherings. Once a month, Lamborgini of washingon in collaboration with DC exotics hosts their own, all year round. This cold, winter morning on January 17th was the 3rd one so far. Continue reading A Winter Morning for A Car Enthusiast
Taking a look at the current automotive scene, one might discover that the car scene is presently infested with vehicles that are left near stock other than a lowering kit and wheels. Young people of my generation are obsessed with this fad of lowering a car on flashy and trendy wheels yet doing nearly nothing else to it then passing if off as a “show” car. Stance, which is what that fad is called, was pretty cool when it first got popular in the USA about 4 or 5 year ago. It was new, it was done moderately and I didn’t mind it. But now, literally almost everybody in my generation has done it to their cars. Its been watered down, done over and over and over again and it’s seen everywhere. There isn’t much creativity to be seen at local car events now because the majority has done the same thing to their cars. The concept of “creativity” and “personality” being expressed into someone’s car recently became distant, it feels as if stance had pushed that away. But recently I experienced a breath of fresh air; as I was casually scrolling along facebook, I saw a vehicle that was so creative it not only caught, but commanded my attention. It got my attention so well that I knew I had to take pictures of it. A few text messages, emails, and days later. I found myself at Extreme Custom Collision in Northern Virginia. An Employee named Joel has built a beautiful piece of artwork that I’m thrilled to share with my readers today.
Continue reading Built, Not Bought.
As a kid growing up, like most other car enthusiasts I was exposed to countless car related magazines, movies, TV shows, and calenders that always had a habit of showing off a bikini model alongside almost every car. At first I was confused at what half naked girls had in common with cars that made it so they always had to be photographed together. Such as why a photo-shoot of a 1200-horsepower Toyota Supra had a random, nameless girl in a swim suit that was blocking the view and distracting my attention away from the car. But at that age It didn’t bother me much and as a typical young male I didn’t question it and instead I completely welcomed it. It wasn’t until last weekend, when I had my first ever opportunity to shoot a human with a car, did those buried questions start to clear up. It was my first time shooting somebody in this form and I didn’t quite know what to expect, but I think I came across the answer to a question that I had stopped looking for.
Continue reading Loverly Lauren
It is a scientifically researched and proven fact that the simple concept of color can stimulate moods, emotions and feelings. The human body reacts on multiple levels in response to colors, especially to some that might have a close relationship with a particular color. For example: Looking at the color red might speed up ones heart rate, it is a stimulating color that can effect the body psychically, and is often a passionate color. This traces back to primitive times of fire, danger, and alarm all being represented by the color red. Looking at the color yellow can focus ones mind, and is often a cheerful color. Because of the sun, yellow is the most visible color and also the most attention getting. Reason why most traffic signs, safety vests, and highlighters are all some form of a yellow shade, it captures and focuses your attention. Combine both sets of those attributes into one reaction and you’ll find yourself looking at the perfect color. Orange. Continue reading Tangerine Dream