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The Boston Cup is another event to see rich people’s cars

Kamil Kaluski September 15, 2014 All Things Hoon

The boston cup 2014

Next Sunday, September 21st, 2014, The Boston Cup returns to the Boston Common. The third annual event is a kind of a show and Concours in one. Due to limited space this is an invitation-only even for the cars but it is open to the general public… for a price.

The cars are gated off and the only people who have an closeup access are, as per The Boston Globe:

The only folks inside the barriers are car owners, show sponsors, and those who want to pony up $75 for a VIP ticket or $50 for inside access.

“We’re not pushing those tickets,” says Doucette [the organizer]. “Those are for the few who have the need or desire to be inside.

“Our business model is different from a show that is dependent on admission fees. Our funding comes from solid sponsors and the money is there for us. It costs $100,000 to put on the show and we donate $25,000 to the city.”

While it would be nice to see all those cars lined up a few blocks from my house, I am not willing to pay $50 per person to see them. They are likely to be cars that I have already seen at the various Larz Anderson events or the Greenwich Concours anyway. There are far more interesting things I can spend $200 on for my family of four. Thanks, but no thanks.

Having lived in this city for ten years and going to The Common frequently, I have never before seen an event such as this that required an admission fee. Furthermore, with sponsors such as JP Morgan, Sam Adams, RM Auctions, that thing has paid for itself and then some. It’s run by volunteers, but somebody’s generating cash. I couldn’t find one charity that The Boston Cup is donating money to and I consider the $25,000 to the city is rent, not a donation.

Image: factoryfive.com

Truck Thursday: Nissan “Project Titan” is one awesome expedition truck

Nissan Project Titan

Those of that have been following my ramblings on these pages know that I have a lust for expedition vehicles. Perhaps it is from my father, a geography professor and a Lada Niva owner, or my mother who is a frequent traveler and a Jeep Wrangler owner, or perhaps my six week long African safari during college left an impression on me. Whatever the case, I love the damn things. Unfortunately, in my personal life I have neither the need, the time, the place, or the funds for a proper expedition vehicle, which is why I bore you with them here.

Nissan recently created a crowd-sourced projected which will allow “Iraqi war veterans and Wounded Warrior Project Alumni David Guzman and Kevin McMahon embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure… across the Alaskan landscape, Nissan will document the adventure, with a YouTube series set to launch this fall. The adventure begins today when Guzman and McMahon shift into drive in the Alaskan Frontier. To follow the team’s thrilling journey through the Last Frontier, visit the Nissan Trucks Facebook page: Facebook.com/nissantrucks.”

Cool! A nicely built expedition truck that will actually be used!

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Understanding and Hooning the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

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10.8 seconds. That’s how long it takes the new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat to cover one quarter of a mile from a stand still on street-legal drag tires, according to the NHRA. Let’s put that into perspective:

  • Until 2008, all cars faster than 12 seconds needed a roll bar and a harness.
  • The super exotic Ferrari F40, when new, ran it in 11.7.
  • A 2007 Porsche Carrera Turbo ran it in 11.6 seconds.
  • Everyone’s beloved McLaren F1 ran the quarter in 11.5 seconds.
  • The new $320,000 Ferrari F12 Barlinetta does it in 11.0 seconds.
  • The fastest Lamborghini Gallardo managed about 10.9 seconds.

Yes, many modified cars run faster than that, but if you want a factory stock car with air conditioning and warranty, you’re looking to spend significantly more than a hundred grand. Yes, the Hellcat is a muscle car whereas the cars listed above are sports cars that can corner as hard as they accelerate. Yes, street slicks, a sticky track, and overall ideal conditions do make a difference, so repeating those numbers at the local drag strip won’t be easy.

Still, 10.8 seconds, 707 horsepower, sixty-ish grand. In case you are still not convinced that we are living in the greatest automotive era of all time, this should erase all doubts. But the cool folks at Dodge think that despite its muscle car heritage, the Hellcat and other Challengers can hold their own on the road course, too. Dodge’s SRT team was so confident in the handling of their models that they let loons such as me loose on Portland International Raceway with their newest Challengers. And in heavy rain, too!

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Buying a new car using TrueCar.com

Kamil Kaluski September 9, 2014 For Sale

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I recently spent a weekend car shopping with my mother. She has been wanting a new car for some time. When my little brother developed a need for a newer car she gave him a great deal on her ’04 Acura TL, and in process she justified a new car for herself. She didn’t know what she specifically wanted, but she knew that she wanted reliability and fuel efficiency in a small two-door AWD convertible sport utility vehicle. She wanted all of that for under $25,000. Since such vehicle does not exist, she compromised on a new Jeep Wrangler.

Not caring about heated leather seats or navigational system, she decided on the Sport S model. Power Convenience Group (power windows, door locks, and remote entry) was a must, as was an automatic transmission (sorry, she drove stick all her life), and a hard top. The thing she was most adamant about, however, was the rusty Copperhead Pearl color.

She test drove two cars at two different dealerships and got two quotes, but all were for cars in different colors. I went onto TrueCar.com for the same reason that a lot of people do, to check out what TrueCar says we should be paying for a car. The TrueCar price was in between the two dealership quotes. At that time I decided to further test out what this whole TrueCar website is all about.

For those who do not know, TrueCar.com works with dealerships all across the country. In an attempt to take the frustration out of car shopping, the website shows a potential buyer the bottom line, final sale price. It also shows what others have paid for the same car, and someone can buy a car using TrueCar via participating dealerships, all with no haggling. Sounds like a great idea, but how does it work in the real world?

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This Korean Car Bed is the Solution for Long Car Rides and Seat Belts!

Kamil Kaluski September 8, 2014 All Things Hoon

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Infomercials have an amazing ability of showing you how your most common of daily tasks, such as shaving, is complicated, tiresome, frustrating, and/or painful. Then they you how one simple solution can take that task and make everything so much better. In the end, the task at hand becomes downright enjoyable with one simple device (call now, and we’ll double your order!!). Everyone is happy, the missus and kids are smiling, the sun is shining, birds and singing, and all that shit.

Reader Michael, known as mseoul, who lives in Korea sent in some screenshots of a local informational. This infomercial shows how an unhappy women and a child are riding in the back of midsize sedan. The woman is in true agony as she keeps that pesky seat-belt from strangling her to death. The child, too, seems to be tortured.

The solution is simple – an inflatable mattress that goes over the back seat, with clever inserts/supports that go into the foot-wells. Those annoying seat-belts are no longer needed and everyone is happy. Safety is still  a major concern, clearly, and the inventors have thought of that, too! See that vertical inflatable partition? There you go, safety! This will keep your child from flying through the windshield!

But wait! There is more!!!

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For Sale: Speedycop’s Geo Metro Stretched Limo

Kamil Kaluski September 8, 2014 All Things Hoon

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Somehow the limousine industry has totally overlooked the Geo Metro as a perfect candidate vehicle to be stretched. Its advantages are numerous, too! It says that its occupants have taste but are fiscally and environmentally conscious! They demand the best but are not willing to pay for it! They’re confident in who they are and they don’t need an ego-magnifying Bentley! They prefer to slowly experience the journey and not focus on the destination!

If I just described you, I have some great news!

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How many miles until a diesel car saves you money?

Kamil Kaluski September 5, 2014 All Things Hoon

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The folks at Mojo Motors put another infographic together, one that is very relevant to us, diesel lovers. Much like with a hybrid, a diesel powerplant drags an increase in vehicle price with it. It only makes sense that many potential buyers would calculate a return on this investment, and that’s exactly what Mojo Motors did, with some basic assumptions.

There was time when most diesel engines were lasting much longer than their gasoline counterparts. With advances in technology, that may not be true anymore, unless perhaps the vehicle is used for towing or hauling heavy stuff. Hit the jump to read Mojo Motors‘ explanation.

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Craigslist: 1993 Range Rover LWB County

1993 Range Rover LWB County side

I just reviewed a 2014 Range Rover Supercharged LWB over at TTAC. I loved it, and it is needless to say that right away I went shopping for a Range Rover of my own… and on my own budget!

Whamo! A LWB Classic!

How could this be a bad idea!?

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Truck Thursday: Two Classic Jeeps – ’51 Willys and ’75 CJ-5

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I recently attended a local media event where Jeep showed off the new 2015 Renegade. The presentation was very nice, and as decor Jeep provided two classic models from a local enthusiast/collector. The silver-gray one is a 1951 Willys and the red one is a 1975 CJ-5. They are not 100% original, few things are these days, but both have been built and/or restored by their passionate owner.

Check out the pics after the jump.

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What Is Behind the Name of Your Car?

Kamil Kaluski August 27, 2014 All Things Hoon

mojo motos behind car name

The folks at Mojo Motors came up with another interesting infographic which deals with car model names. Specifically, they grouped many car model names in groups of: Location, Adventure, Nature, Cultural, Transportation, Power, Futuristic, Versatility, Speed, Musical, Human Names, and Technology.

Did they get them right? Is the Honda Prelude a musical or futuristic name? What about the Chevy Trailblazer, speed or adventure? Check out the full info image after the jump.

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