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2018 Infiniti Q50 RedSport 400: The Thinking Man’s Alfa Four Cheese?

It was damn near 100 degrees in Nashville, Tennessee last week when we were there to drive the newly redesigned 2018 Infiniti Q50. More than the heat, however, was the humidity. Some folks in attendance were okay with the humidity, but being that I live in the desert, it was …

Thrill Ride: Highs and lows in a 2009 Honda S2000

Honda’s famous S2000 won’t fail to give you a good time, but by God does it make you work for it. I’m not easily embarrassed. I can’t afford to be, really – my height, Sideshow Bob feet, stupid hair and laughable fashion sense combined with my propensity for making stupid …

The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 211 – Emory Porsche Campout

This week on C&T we have a little surprise for you. Brad was recently in attendance at the Emory Porsche Campout in Oregon, and had the opportunity to interview a few Porsche-fanatic folk for an upcoming project he’s working on. John Polnik, previous guest of the show, runs the incomparable “Der …

2017 Volkswagen GTI DSG & 6MT Test Drives
A Tale of Two Transmissions

Comfortable, reserved, and still dynamically enjoyable, the 7th-gen GTI is a dual-natured car that’s properly satisfying…so long as you pick the right gearbox Having spent the majority of my automotive life around rear and all-wheel-drive platforms, my bias has always been somewhat inherently against front-drive even in spite of how …

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2018 Infiniti Q50 RedSport 400: The Thinking Man’s Alfa Four Cheese?

It was damn near 100 degrees in Nashville, Tennessee last week when we were there to drive the newly redesigned 2018 Infiniti Q50. More than the heat, however, was the humidity. Some folks in attendance were okay with the humidity, but being that I live in the desert, it was borderline deadly. With a “feels like” temperature of almost 120 degrees, it was too hot for planes to take off from the airport, and my 7PM departure was delayed until 10PM because of that. If only American Airlines had a couple Q50 RedSport 400 engines to strap onto their planes, they’d have had more than enough power to take off, regardless of the heat index. There’s something about that turbocharged 3-liter V6 that makes it feel like it has much more power than the ratings might indicate. Certainly enough to power a flight loaded down with a couple hundred fat asses and all their luggage. 

In the interest of full disclosure, Infiniti flew me to Tennesee, put me up in a nice room, and fed me nice food. When heat completely jacked up flight schedules, their staff went out of their way to accommodate me. 

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Thrill Ride: Highs and lows in a 2009 Honda S2000

Chris Haining July 24, 2017 Featured, Reviews

Honda’s famous S2000 won’t fail to give you a good time, but by God does it make you work for it.

I’m not easily embarrassed. I can’t afford to be, really – my height, Sideshow Bob feet, stupid hair and laughable fashion sense combined with my propensity for making stupid jokes make being thick skinned an essential defence mechanism. As a result, I can do things that are quite phenomenally idiotic because I don’t fear looking a complete fool. Usually.

On this unusually glorious summer day, I am in the company of a svelte, trim Honda S2000 roadster on a supermarket fuel forecourt, but instead of enjoying all the envious glances I wish the ground would swallow me up. For all my experience driving the good, bad and ugly, never before have I so comprehensively failed to open a fuel filler cap.

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The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 211 – Emory Porsche Campout

This week on C&T we have a little surprise for you. Brad was recently in attendance at the Emory Porsche Campout in Oregon, and had the opportunity to interview a few Porsche-fanatic folk for an upcoming project he’s working on. John Polnik, previous guest of the show, runs the incomparable “Der Faszination” YouTube channel. Jim Breazeale is a great guy, and proprietor of the European Auto Salvage Yard in the California bay area. Jeff Zwart really needs no introduction, does he? Pikes Peak competitor, vintage car enthusiast, Porsche fanatic, photographer and videographer extraordinaire, to name a few. Gary Emory is the father of Rod Emory, and he has operated “Parts Obsolete” Porsche parts for years. Rod Emory is one of the most significant Porsche hot rodders, metal shapers, and restoration specialists around today. If you don’t know these guys, you really should. 


The Cammed and Tubbed Podcast – Emory Porsche Campout

We had a bit of audio skipping on the second episode this week, the Tuesday episode normally reserved for questions. Cam bought some new RX7 seats, Brad talks about the next stages of Project Bradsport. Lower your standards for this one, and you might enjoy it. Thanks for listening!


The Cammed and Tubbed Podcast – Exactly How I Eat Mini Hamburgers

Check out our Instagram, our Twitter, and our Facebook pages. As always, we’d really appreciate it if you would rate us on iTunes, share us with your friends, and maybe if you’re feeling nice, interact with us on those social medias. If you’re so inclined, Cammed & Tubbed also now has a Patreon with some fun perks. You can even join our Cammed & Tubbed slack to chat with us basically all day, and get some live updates from Cam and Brad on our project cars.

 

The Carchive: 1966 American Motors Rambler Classic

We’ve been living in the past this last couple of fridays, and I reckon we ought to stay there for a little while. A fortnight back we were in 1966 to see what Buick was up to, last week we were giving Dodge a chance to impress us with the ’62 Dart. This week, it’s back to ’66 for a visit to Kenosha, WI, to hang out with AMC.

This brochure is for the last year of the Rambler Classic, which had been in production from ’61. Let’s see if it can be as exciting as the front cover promises. Welcome back to The Carchive.

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The News for July 21st, 2017

Greg Kachadurian July 21, 2017 The News!

Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Lotus reveals most powerful, fastest Evora ever – again

  • Buick is bringing back the Regal GS with 310 hp

  • Ford creates pursuit-rated F-150 Police Responder

  • BMW posts successful first test with M8 GTE

  • Honda reportedly files patents for new roofless sports car

  • Buick cuts 2018 Regal pricing by $2K over the previous car

  • What’s your automotive news?

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2017 Volkswagen GTI DSG & 6MT Test Drives
A Tale of Two Transmissions

Comfortable, reserved, and still dynamically enjoyable, the 7th-gen GTI is a dual-natured car that’s properly satisfying…so long as you pick the right gearbox

Having spent the majority of my automotive life around rear and all-wheel-drive platforms, my bias has always been somewhat inherently against front-drive even in spite of how well-developed the layout has become in recent years. But I’m not here to tell you, not in this article at least, to which axle I prefer my power sent, but rather to talk about one of, if not the, best FWD cars out there: the GTI. We’ve talked about it recently more than once, and now it was my turn to see if it lives up the hype.

Few cars have as storied, affectionately-remembered pasts as do Volkswagen’s beefed-up Golf. Aside from the iconic Beetle and Microbus, the GTI just might be the brand’s most loved model…and perhaps the most loved front-drive hatch of all time. Now in its Mk. VII generation, the GTI continues to be praised as a fantastic do-it-all, well-rounded car. If you need something to do everything well, but not to do any specific task perfectly, the GTI just might be the car for you. And that’s exactly what it’s the best at: not at any individual task, but at being a complete package, or being a little of everything to everyone.

But, in a package that offers a relatively narrow spread of available options, therein lies a question that deeply affects the GTI’s character: which transmission is the right pick? The six-speed manual is the traditional choice, but is DSG dual-clutch-auto better suited to the car’s mantra? Read on to find out.

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JDM Subaru Forester STI is tantalizingly affordable

I recently got to experience a handful of Japanese hero cars. The story on this is coming out soon, but the short version is that I drove an FC and FD Mazda RX-7, Rotary pickup, and a Eunos Cosmo. To say that I’ve got JDM on the brain would be an understatement. I’ve been browsing for that imaginary machine I’d like to add to my stable but in all honesty I have neither the room or the cash on hand for such a transaction. Still, there are some great deals out there… such as this Subaru Forester STI you see above.

Offered for sale on JDM-Expo, this is a version of the Forester which we never received stateside. Our most potent 2nd-generation Forester was the XT Sports Turbo, which saw 235 horsepower from its turbocharged flat-four engine.

In Japan, you could order up the STI version which took the Impreza WRX STI powertrain and made it its own. Now you have a Forester with 320 horsepower. This one also gets STI body trim bits, the appropriate gold wheels, and it also is full-on JDM inside so that means its RHD. I just wish it was a manual instead of an automatic.

Regardless, it’s for sale and the asking price is just $6,500. The odometer shows just under 67,000 kilometers, which means the car has traveled just over 41,000 miles. 

How much is shipping from Japan and who wants to buy an old pickup truck so I can buy a weird Forester?

BareMetalHW turns a clean car into a Mad Max buggy

BareMetalHW usually takes a crusty old Hot Wheels toy and turns it into fresh look scaled-down awesome. Today, however, we’re moving in the opposite direction. The host takes a Dune Chaser and makes it something that George Millar would be proud to see blasting across a hellish desert landscape.

The Dune Chaser is a metal-on-metal toy so it serves as a good platform to take on the faux weathered beating that it’s about to receive. Panels are beat up, fake rust is applied, and then a pair of guns are added because you need some post-apocalyptic firepower in this universe. The frame is extended and the builder even makes use of a 3D printer to complete his vision.

Click play and drift into an oddly soothing look at this Hot Wheels transformation.

Podcast: Episode 210 – The HoonTruck comes home

The HoonTruck comes home after a brief stint in the shop. It’s running better, has fresh front glass, and the exhaust outlets are now evenly lined up. Meanwhile, the Benz is about to go under the knife for some suspension fixes.

Right now, I’m driving the Chevy Colorado ZR2 so I’ve got a few things to say about that. Coming up later in the week is the Jaguar F-Type R convertible and then it’s off to the East Coast to drive the Audi RS3 and TT-RS at Lime Rock Park.

Finally, we dive into your questions.


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Watch Travis Pastrana’s Record Breaking Run up Mt. Washington

The Presidential Range is a mountain range within the White Mountains in which the highest peaks are named after various presidents. At 6,288.2 feet above sea level, Mount Washington is the highest of them, and is also the highest mountain in the northeast. Don’t let that fool you into thinking that it’s just some hill because you’ve seen the Rockies. It’s a place known for constant weather changes and extreme winds.

Of all those mountains, only the peak of Mt. Washington is easily accessible. There is a cog railroad going up one side and a road going the other. Of course someone, may years ago, had the brilliant and insane idea of racing up that twist 7.4-mile road. For over a hundred years people have been racing up this mountain on foot, on bicycles, and in cars. This year is no different. 

In September 2010, Travis Pastrana set an unofficial record of 6:20.47 seconds to drive up this mountain. His Subaru Rally Team teammate broke that record in 2011 with 6:11.54 and again in 2014 with 6:09.09. On July 9, 2017 Travis Pastrana shattered that record in his 600-hp Subaru WRX STI by racing up that mountain in 5:44.72. And this time the record is official. 

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