Archives For August 2012

The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe, similar to one shown at Pebble Beach.
Credit: Wikipedia.

Anyone who was fortunate enough to attend the car show and auction held at Pebble Beach was not only able to admire all the cars, but could potentially own one of them!

It’s only at Pebble Beach where you would find so many Bugattis sitting side by side. Plus a throng of Ferraris, Porsches and various vintage cars.

Personally, our favorite may be the classic Mercedes Gullwing. But then again, in a collection of rides like this, we probably have more than a few that we favor. I mean, check out the photo gallery!

An event of this magnitude inspires the best and worst aspects of our car enthusiast personalities. We’re filled with equals amounts of admiration … and envy.

What cars will be at the next event?? The race is on!

Check out a massive spread of photos from Pebble Beach 2012 from Insideline.com below here:

2012 Pebble Beach Weekend Picture Gallery

We know, folks, it’s hard to believe the summer car show season is already drawing to a close.

Recently the Texas HeatWave series held its huge Austin event where hundreds of custom trucks and cars were on display. And you know these rides had to have some serious security. If not alarms then maybe firearms! I mean it’s called the “HeatWave” Custom Truck and Car show for a reason, right?

If you didn’t get your car souped up in time to enter this year’s show, you better start preparing for future car shows! To make it big in the Lone Star State, you’ve gotta show off your wheels!

But let’s not forget, the nicer the car the MORE SECURITY YOU WILL NEED! If you have a one-of-a-kind car, who wouldn’t want to do anything they can to get their hands on it! Be smarter than the criminal and get yourself some car protection. Viper car alarms have been installed in all kinds of cars.

Want to see some footage from the Texas HeatWave Truck & Car show? Check it out below here:

The Boss 302 Mustang during a recent Viper validation testing (NOT the new 2013 Ford Mustang).

It’s no wonder rumors are buzzing about the remodeling of the Ford Mustang. This pony car has maintained the same design for about eight years! Anyone could recognize a Mustang from a mile away, and we mean it when we say anyone! We suppose that the “traditional Mustang” got too mainstream, it’s time to mix things up!

Before we spoil the plans for the new Mustang’s exterior, let’s take a look at what’s under the hood because anything that will look THAT elaborate has to be able to reclaim the ol’ Mustang glory for all it’s worth!

So let’s play, “What’s under that hood!?” It’s pretty simple!

“A smaller-displacement, high-output V6 (code-named Nano),” which should result in improved overall efficiency, according to Autonews.com. “The V6 (Nano) rated at 305 hp to the eye-popping 662-hp supercharged V8 Shelby GT500, capable of eclipsing 200 mph.” 200 mph is pretty much near Batmobile status! Pretty legitimate.

As you can see, Ford is really stepping up their game with this new Mustang! Start rediscovering every penny you ever saved for a rainy day, because the storms are rolling in and so is the new 2013 Ford Mustang!

The new Mustang’s exterior portrays a few designs inspired by the Evos to give the car a more new, modern feel. Something that the retro Mustang isn’t used to. Why not give modern a try?

Take a further look at the new Mustang with this article from Autonews.com:

Remaking the Ford Mustang: Next breed of pony car charts a fresh course

The iPhone 4S, the most recent generation of the iPhone.Credit: Wikipedia.

Drivers are holding on to their cars longer than ever before, and consumers are doing the same for smartphones.

Part of this is due to people waiting for the next iPhone, but the other factor is the already high penetration rate, as in over 50 percent of Americans that have mobile phones own the “smart” variety. This makes the launch of the iPhone 5 (and all those apps) even more critical.

We all know Apple fans are anxiously awaiting the release of their latest model — the iPhone 4 is becoming ancient technology to the faithful Apple users.

According to a recent article from Reuters, the global smartphone industry is a lot more vulnerable to economic shocks these days than during the 2008-2009 financial crisis — if Apple’s weaker-than-expected most recent quarterly result is anything to go by.

Half of all consumers already own a smartphone in developed markets — and penetration rates are much lower in emerging markets, where cheaper phones costing less than $100 are hurting the profit margins of the smartphone giants.

Just look at those who are still using their dinosaur phones like the Envy 1 — lucky for them they could have an easier time joining the smartphone family. With Japanese brands such as LG and Samsung providing smartphones at a smaller cost, they have opened the market for people to get on the smartphone train (the 4G service provided with some of these phones doesn’t hurt either).

In this down economy, the smartphone industry has been able to take the world by storm, but with the market for new phones in a downward trend, what brands will provide the most advanced technology to survive? Only time will tell.

Check out the full Reuters article on the smartphone wars below:

Analysis: Apple Sounds Warning Bell for Smartphone Industry

If you have a new car with all the latest high-tech innovations then you have less to fear about car theft!

No promises, of course. But after seeing the Top 10 list of most-stolen vehicles filled with sedans and American pickups it seems the thieves are giving up their computer-hacking days and going after the older cars with no chance of computer chips to track them down.

And that’s … a pretty smart move.

Although the thieves are stealing older versions of the newer cars, that doesn’t mean they don’t get caught because of the newer tech. It is now more common than ever for people to track down their stolen cars because they left their iPhone in their car and it has a “Find my Phone” app.

Although that can work as a freak-accident safety for your car — would you really want to take that risk??

The top 5 most-stolen vehicles are:

5. 2000 Dodge Caravan
4. 1991 Toyota Camry
3. 2006 Ford F-150
2. 1998 Honda Civic

And, drum roll, please! The top stolen vehicle is the…

1. The 1994 Honda Accord!!

If you have any of those cars, either cross your fingers it doesn’t get stolen, or get yourself an alarm system. Preferably one of the Viper systems, just to be on the safe side.

Check out the rest of the top 10 most-stolen vehicles and make sure yours isn’t on this list from Yahoo/Motoramic:

Top 10 list of most-stolen vehicles filled with foreign sedans, American pickups