The Chevy Vega and What Could Have Been
Much has been written about the Chevy Vega and how it nearly destroyed General Motors. The economically priced Vega was designed to be the car for everyone. It came in practically every body style that a subcompact car with two doors could, including a notchback sedan, hatchback coupe, wagon, and paneled delivery wagon. General Motor’s engineers did everything they could to keep the car under the $2000 price tag; sadly, those engineering decisions are what made the car’s engine so unreliable and the exterior panels so quick to rust.
The Best Car Shows in the US
There are car shows and then there are Car Shows. When you spend big bucks finding your favorite classic car and weeks working on restoration projects, you want to show your pride and joy to the people who will appreciate it the most.
Whether you drive a lowrider Chevy Fleetline or a hot rod Chevy Chevelle with flames on the side panels, you will certainly be noticed at the annual Dream Cruise in Detroit, Michigan – the home of the automobile. The Woodward Dream Cruise, which takes place annually in August, is one of the premier car events in the world. Over one million visitors line the streets to see over 40,000 classic cars cruise the street just like in the good ol’ days.
How to Shoot the Best Hot Rod Photos
Whether your hot rod is a 1941 Chevy Special Deluxe or a 1951 Chevy Styleline, you know the value of a stylish photograph. After you have spent thousands of dollars on restoring your classic car, you should learn how to many your car look you spent thousands of dollars on it. There are several mistakes that amateur photographers make when shooting their cars. To make your Chevy Special Deluxe look like a deluxe car, follow these tips:
Cars that Moved Brands
Some car names are just too good to stay within one brand. While it is impossible to consider the Mustang ever belonging to a carmaker other than Ford or a Corvette not being a Chevy, there are a few car models that have switched to other makers. Most of the name switches did not take place overnight, but many involved the defunct AMC along with cars in the Mopar lineup. Here are some of the notable switches:
Inductees Announced for 2014 International Drag Racing Hall of Fame
The International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, located at the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala, Florida, inducts new members each year. These are people who have made important contributions to the sport of drag racing and the Hall of Fame has announced the inductees for 2014. The new class marks the 24th year of new inductees, and the ceremony to honor them will take place in Florida on March 13 next year.
Chevy Delray: Typefaces Designed to Engage Buyers
When auto manufacturers designed new cars, they had to imagine what the car would look like on the outside, the inside, and under the hood. Cars are not released to the public in a willy-nilly fashion; they have to be tested for aerodynamics, fuel economy, and consumer desire. People love their cars because they see themselves in the style of the car. So, when manufacturers design the name, they do so by considering who they think will drive the car and what appeals to the potential drivers. This stylistic choice shows up in the typefaces that are used on the name plate for the car.
Fast and Furious: The Fastest and Most Furious Cars in the Film Series
In 2001, the movie industry was changed forever when The Fast and the Furious movie franchise began. This movie and the five sequels have continued to fill theaters with people who love fast cars, heists, and street racing. With actors like Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Jordana Brewster driving some of the hottest cars to ever appear on the big screen, it is no wonder that the movie is considered a feast for the senses. These are some of the most memorable cars to grace the screen:
Entertainment and the Dodge Corone
The Dodge Coronet is car model that started as a high-end car in the early 1950s, but dropped to the low-end car in the late 1950s. Eventually the car became a hot rod and then turned into a mid-size sedan and station wagon in the 1970s. It is true that the car is not as memorable as the Chevy Belair, Ford Mustang, or Mercedes Gullwing, but it did appear in many popular television shows.
Entry Levels: Bigger than We Remember
In the race to sell the most cars by designing cars with performance, style, and convenience, most automakers focus their work on their mid-level and high-end cars. Some of the best known cars are specialty cars, like the Ford Mustang, expensive sports cars like the Chevy Corvette. High-end vehicles like the Cadillac Coupe De Ville are other models that car makers used to bring buyers into their dealerships. Even though the specialty cars and their top-of-the-line models to draw buyers, many of those buyers ended up choosing less expensive models, like the entry level cars. Many of the entry level from the mid-century are very different than the entry level models of today. These are a few:
Monte Carlo SS: Ending the Oil Embargo in Style
When 1980s rolled around and the oil problems and energy crisis began to dissipate, the Big Three automakers, GM, Ford, and Chrysler, began turning away from fuel efficient gas sippers and slowly began to reintroduce cars with a little power under the hood.
Cars started to get exciting again, especially as the Big Three released a few cars that paid homage to the muscle cars from the pre-energy crisis years. Automakers started using V6 and V8 engines because fuel was available. As the decade moved on, Detroit car makers even started to add turbo into the mix, too.