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It’s Auction Time!! The 2012 Orange County Barrett Jackson Auction in Southern California is just a little over a week away with the pre-events starting next Sunday. While it is pretty unlikely many of us Northern Californians will be heading down to SoCal to check out the auction that doesn’t mean we are going to get left out. No doubt you’ve already discovered that Barrett Jackson has live TV feeds of the action packed auction for the armchair bidders.

2012 Barrett-Jackson Auction Catalog

What’s TV without a TV guide? Pretty much the same as an auction without a catalog! All guesswork! The Orange County Barrett Jackson Auction is putting out a catalog of the collector cars that will be sold at the show. You can buy the catalog online now (more…)

Click it or ticket

Click it or ticket

NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) will be implementing this years Click it of Ticket safety campaign starting May 21, 2012 and going through June 3, 2012. This is billed as a “High Visibility Seat Belt enforcement” campaign.

Summary from Traffic Safety Facts 2009: A Compilation of Motor Vehicle Crash Data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System and the General Estimates System

Here are some of the facts in the latest Traffic Safety Facts Report (2009) compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation. (more…)

The World’s Coolest Cars, Historic Warbirds, Demolition Derby, Quirky Contraptions

Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show Expands to Two Days, April 28-29, 2012 at Half Moon Bay Airport

1950 Custom Peterbilt

1950 Custom Peterbilt

Stop by our calendar for more pictures of the Pacific Coast Dream Machines car show

HALF MOON BAY, CALIFORNIA — For a remarkable and singular experience, there’s nothing that matches up to the Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show — Half Moon Bay’s massive celebration of mechanical ingenuity, power and style known as the “Coolest Show on Earth”. It’s a whimsical, fascinating, amusing, curious and
absolutely unique show and tell spectacle featuring 2,000 magnificent driving, flying and working machines from the 20th and 21st centuries. The world’s coolest cars of every era and style, model-T fire engines, vintage busses, custom motorcycles, tricked out trucks, sleek streamliners, one-of-a-kind antique engines and tractors and historic military aircraft will be among the mesmerizing displays.

This year’s 22nd annual show is expanding to two days (more…)

It’s about time for Redding’s Top Automotive event. Redding Kool April Nites (cool april nights). Once again there is a 2000 car cap so if you are planning on entering a car you probably want to get things started, registration ends on April 11 and the show is from April 17-22. You can find more information in our car show calendar on 2012 Kool April Nites.

Redding Kool April Nites

Redding Kool April Nites

Show ands Shines will be held through out the week with the main events happening on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The cuise starts at 6:30 on Friday and is followed by the first of the two dances at the Redding Convention Center in the Mega Tent. (more…)

Toyota Financial Services (TFS) as well as Lexus Financial Services (LFS) are offering their lease customers yet another car insurance that can be added to the list while leasing a car, the “Excess Wear & Use Protection Plan” the EWU. This one is set to cover all the little dings, scratches and other imperfections incurred of the course of driving a car for several years (but of course not without limits).

This new insurance will cover certain “beyond” normal wear and tear items like: (more…)

Powered by a 200 hp, 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine the new Scion FR-S is sure to thrill! Holding to the traditional Front-Engine, Rear-Wheel drive design of most of the better sports cars the Scion delivers exceptional performance.

D-4S fuel injection

The Scion FR-S is a joint effort of Toyota and Subaru, using Subaru’s horizontally opposed engine and the D-4S fuel injection developed by Toyota. The D-4S fuel injection system combines both port fuel injection (PFI) and GDI injectors that utilize a dual fan spray.

This interesting combination of the two fuel injection technologies take advantage of each methods best characteristics to produce a high power, low emission engine while also decreasing fuel consumption. In short the port injectors receive the highest demand on startup to decrease the emissions of the cold engine with only minimal use of the direct ejectors. (more…)

Chevrolet’s latest offering to the war of the mini-cars, the Chevy Spark will be unveiled at the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show on Nov 16th. This mini-car is designed to attract a younger audience with its electronics and entertainment features as well as fuel economy and sporty design.

2013 Chevy Spark

2013 Chevy Spark

Competing with other mini-cars like the Fiat 500, Smartfortwo and the Scion iQ, the Spark boasts of a more roomy passenger area as well as more cargo room. The 1.2L 4-cyl engine and standard manual transmission promises good fuel economy while still offering an impressive integrated safety system which includes 10 airbags and OnStar.

While this post won’t quite make “Breaking News” (the interview was done about a year ago). I thought it might be interesting to bring up again. Chris Paine was the directory of a documentary on the electric car back in 2006. Since then he has done a new 90 minute documentary on the same subject called “Revenge of the Electric Car”. Both highlight the difficulties of creating and marketing a new technology like the electric car.

The premise of the original film was based on how the Car manufacturers and oil companies got together to end the fledgling progress of the electric car. The number of electric cars in California had reach about 6,000. Many of these cars though were taken back by the manufacturers and destroyed.

Once again we are seeing a surge of new electric car models and California (more…)

Russo and Steele Sports and Muscle Monterey Auction

Russo and Steele Auctions

Russo and Steele Auctions

Following the success of the Russo and Steele Scottsdale auctions, Russo and Steele are now holding auctions in Monterey California. This year’s auction will be held on August 16-18, 2012. This year’s show is entitled “Mecca of Collector Automobiles”. Check here for more information on the 2012 Russo and Steele Monterey Auction.

Collector Car Auctions

Russo and Steele only consign collectable vehicles and specialize in collectable European Sports cars, American Muscle cars, hot rod and custom cars. While at the Barret Jackson auctions you will find a wider veriety of vehicles including collector work trucks, celebrity signed vehicles (like a tractor from Jay Leno), novelty cars like the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine, late model sports cars and even just late model cars, Russo and Steele only works with the exceptional and collector automobiles.

Monterey’s Historic Car week


Remember when you had to actually watch the Superbowl to see the commercials, you remember back when commercial breaks meant Beer run, bathroom or snack time. Well, the battle of the Superbowl commercials continues to heat up. We’ve already checked out “The Beast“, and “The Dog Strikes Back“, now Chevy has their Superbowl commercial ready to be viewed (days before the Superbowl).

Chevy’s claim to Superbowl commercial fame is centered on the Chevy Sonic. Besides just driving down the street, have you ever wondered what you might like to do with your Sonic? Chevy tries to answer that question. How about Sky Diving, Playing the Piano (remember this is with your Sonic), perhaps trying a corkscrew jump with your new sonic is more your thing.

Well, checking out the video and finding out what it would be like is just a click away (more…)

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