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Car Sighting of the Day : Oahu, Hawaii

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Mercedes Benz 250 SE Automatic

They were produced between 1965 through 1972. This particular one is probably either a ’66 or a ’67. You can tell because in 1965 they came out with the coupe version of this car and starting the years afterwards they made it without. Starting in 1968 there are slight variations in color as well as design, not a big enough difference for the average consumer but they made adjustments here and there. There were also advances in engine technology seen during this period. They used the same engine from the previous generation but they enlarged and refined it for the W108 line of cars. The 250SE came with a straight six but it also had a six-plunger fuel injection which improved overall performance of the vehicle. In 1967/68 Daimler started a new Stroke Eight family of vehicles with W114 & W115 chassis’ so these 250SE’s on the road now are pretty rare. They did however continue the production of export designed 250S until March of 1969.

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Commercial of the Day

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Ridin Dirty~

I saw it for the first time today but apparently it’s 11 months old?

Still put a smile on my face, that’s for sure.

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Commercial of the Day

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My favorite commercial of the day.

Usually I don’t care for Priceline Negotiator commercials but who doesn’t love a Kill Bill parody commercial?

Am I right?

And I mean LOOK at the AC Shelby Cobra! My jaws dropped and I was in love all over again…

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Which reminds me of the De Tomaso Mangusta that they used during Kill Bill, which was ALSO to die for!

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Love it!

Have a good rest of your day!!

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Why is there a Top Gear America?

That is just wrong.

If I wanted to watch a bunch of dorky American dudes talking out of their asses about cars they don’t know jack shit about I would just go…just about anywhere.

If I wanted to hear a racer, actor and analyst about cars I might as well go ask Arie from The Bachelorette because I think even HE could tell me more about cars than these three knuckleheads.

Yes there has been a rising popularity in automobiles among our youth but we already have the original Top Gear as well as new shows like Counting Cars and American Choppers and what not. Do we REALLY need an AMERICAN Top Gear? Why does America have to ruin existing shows?

I hope all three of them get tractor foot!

(It’s an inside joke for those of you who have seen Here Comes Honey Boo Boo).

Die American Top Gear Die!

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RIP Carroll Shelby

One of America’s most famous car racers and designers passed away today at age 89.

You may have never heard of Carroll Shelby but I am more than certain that you have ogled some of the cars that he has designed because I know that I have. Shelby has been a trailblazer in the world of both automotive ingenuity and the culture that still surrounds racing today. How crazy is it to think that this man helped engineer a racing machine that would beat Enzo Ferrari’s mad racing streak.

This man was not only an automotive super hero but he was also a beacon of hope to those who needed a role model. Having a rough childhood riddled with sickness and again battling with illness and severe injuries from racing accidents Shelby has battled his way through on to the next project and he has been a key part of design even up till his death. But what made Shelby a true hero was that he even founded his own foundation in order to aid children who were in need of organ transplants. This was a man who gave back to his community and never forgot his roots as the son of a rural mail carrier.

The only thing I think people get confused on is what company Shelby designed cars for. For the younger generation they would most remember him for the Ford Mustang Shelby pictured below:

but Shelby was most popularly known for his AC (Auto Carriers) Motors based Shelby American Cobra:

and then after beating Enzo Ferrari at Le Mans in 1959, Henry Ford II eventually recruited him in hopes to build a car that would beat out Ferrari at future Le Mans competitions and Ford hired the right man. The Ford group had 4 consecutive Le Mans wins from 1966 through 1969 thanks to Shelby.

and most of you may have already forgotten or may have never made the connection in the first place but Carroll Shelby was also responsible for the Dodge Shelbys/ Shelby Dodges.

Why’d he start working with Dodge? because Lee Iacocca asked him to. Iacocca was responsible for getting Shelby to Ford so this time he had him work as a “Performance Consultant” on the Dodge Viper but he ended up helping to design and change previous designs for the new Dodges.

And Shelby didn’t stop here. Although there were a lot of ups and downs attached with it, he had also managed to take his original designs from paper to finished product to create the Shelby Series 1. But to keep a long story short his company (Shelby American) was bought up, then that company (Venture Corporation) went bankrupt but not because of their Shelby purchase and Shelby ended up buying his stock back for pennies on the dollar but his Vehicle Safety Standards certificate had expired so he sold his car without a motor or transmission as a “component car” but people still bought them and made their own Series 1 Shelbys at home.

Makes me just want to up and be a car designer! I WISH!

You will be missed and remembered. For every engine rev and street race won I know that you have contributed a big part of the ever growing love and passion of cars  in every true red blooded American and we will not forget it.

(Forgive the run on sentence).

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Ferrari 250

Look at this gorgeous Ferrari we saw at Jack in the Box when we went to go get a quick breakfast.

It’s a 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Scaglietti. God isn’t it gorgeous?

Who thought I would find one in the streets of Honolulu.

Oh, did I also mention that I live next to all the luxury car dealerships? So every walk around the neighborhood is filled with Lamborghini’s and BMWs a plenty. Yum Yum!

Here’s a full picture of the Ferrari since you can’t really tell from just the picture of the back end.

And since I haven’t had the opportunity to write about cars I thought this would be a perfect time.

I thought my car blog entry days would be few and numbered in between since I had left LA but I’m glad Hawaii is proving to be a different type of car mecca for me. I’ve seen some classics here that I haven’t had the chance of seeing in LA.

So let’s talk about the Ferrari 250. Ferrari manufactured the 250 series from 1953 to 1964 and it included a lot of different variants which ended up becoming Ferrari’s most successful early line. It eventually ended up being replaced by the 275 and the 330 which I will talk about another time.

A lot of the 250s had the same wheelbases. The small wheelbase cars would be 2,400mm where the long wheelbase models would be 2,600mm. Most cars not only had the SWB but also the same type of lightweight V12 engine that made the Ferrari much lighter than other competitors which made the Ferrari 250s a car to be reckoned with when it came to racing. These lightweight engines weren’t the fastest engines of their time but for the weight they had a pretty impressive output which has lead the 250 series to many victories in several different racing competitions.

As soon as they debuted this car they were selling like hot cakes as well as being used in races. The combination of low weight + high power  + well-sorted suspension = made this car a winner.

This car is, till this day, still seen as one of the top cars of the 1960s as well as one of the best Ferraris of all time.

I’m just lucky that there are people out there maintaining such classics so that I can enjoy them too.

Maybe I can just wait at Jack in the Box to see if it rolls by again…

A girl can dream can’t she?

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Rack City Bitch

I’m so glad being in Hawaii doesn’t stop me from spotting nice cars. Always nice to see a Bentley somewhere close by. Don’t really care for the soft top or the bumpy edges on the rear but it is what it is.

What have I been doing in Hawaii? Mostly just looking for a job and walking around. Haha.

We found the perfect apartment though! We’ll sign the lease sometime next week. I am SO EXCITED! I’ll post some pictures up when I can.

Oh and guess who picked up their baby from the shipping dock? THIS BITCH RIGHT HERE! I’m so happy to have my car back. I know I can walk to almost anything on this island but it’s just nice to know that my baby will be here with me. It just sucks that I’ll have to give up my California plates though…I think I might just register and get a custom license plate instead of a boring regular Hawaii license. It’s only about $25 more a year so it’s not too bad.

All the California Girl references are taking so maybe I can do something like this…

That one is still available…hmmmm

I guess I’ll have to think about it some more to see what I can come up with. If any of you guys have any suggestions I want to hear them!

Oh and look what other beauty I saw in a shop just yesterday!

Ain’t she a beauty? Someone took REAL good care of her.

And because it’s so close to the playoffs I thought I’d post my bracket. The last few spots might change as the regular season comes to an end but it shouldn’t make too big of a difference in the overall outcome.

And I’m sad we won’t be able to go this year but we’ll start the tradition again next year so I’m pretty excited about that! We’re going to make a trip of it every year and visit a new city and watch a different team go to the playoffs. It’ll be fun.

We’ll see how it goes. I’ll probably end up placing a few bets here and there but that’ll be nothing new. I’m surprised at how many teams have just been KILLING it lately! Just giving it their all as the season comes to a close.

I think Lebron will get his ring this year and another MVP trophy. Who else but the King right?

But if the Thunder or the Bulls won I wouldn’t be as disappointed either. We’ll see who can bring their A game when it comes down to it!

I saw this at an Italian restaurant and I had to take a picture. KING JAMES PIZZA BITCHES! Hahaha.

Pacers vs Bucks game on right now. I wish the Bucks could just win these last few games so they could make it to the playoffs! A girl can dream right? It’s going to be hard to win against the Pacers though, they’ve been on a roll!

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C is for Corvette

A view from our hotel room in Waikiki.

I actually haven’t been to the beach yet because well…I don’t really care for the beach. It is what it is.

I bought Silent Hill (The old one) to play but…it freaked the shit out of me early on so….I’m going to return it. Yup. I’m a big ol’ chicken.

But I’ve been watching Mark play Saints Row the Third and I have to say it’s pretty entertaining. He even made a character after me. She looked pretty strange though…her cheekbones were a little too high…but her Russian accent made up for everything.

I also like identifying every car that the cars in the game are modeled after. Most are weird hybrid versions of cars like half Jaguar and half Mitsubishi or half Bentley and half Chrysler. Hahaha. Mark’s been pretty comfy in his wannabe CTS or otherwise known as the “Sovereign”. Pretty close to the original though.

And all the gangsters drive the Rolls Royce and Bentley knock offs.

But that’s not why I’m writing this blog. I started this entry because I saw a classic beauty in the parking lot the other day. Any guess as to what it is?

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Yup! That’s right! A classic 1973 Corvette!

Sorry for the awkward shots. There were cars on either side so I couldn’t take a better picture. Ugh you should have seen the paint job and those seats! God! They were to die for!

The Chevrolet Corvette or also known as the Chevy Corvette Stingray Coupe (C3) was designed to break away from the C2. It still used the same chassis but the interior and exterior were brand new designs.

And for those of you who are curious here is some background information on the Corvette.

The Corvette is made by Chevrolet which is a division of General Motors and it has been in production for 6 six generations now. The first prototype was a concept car that was debuted in 1953 at the GM Motorama. And I’m sure for those of you who have read my previous posts they will already know that the name “Corvette” comes from a small warship that they used to use in World War II. The warship has been around since the 1650s but the modern Corvette warship that we know now was designed during WWII.

And I’m sure most of you already know but the Corvette is also called the Stingray.

The Corvette that I saw on the street is a 3rd generation Corvette and it was modeled after the concept car the Mako Shark II which was designed by Larry Shinoda in 1961.

I actually really like the naming of cars using an aquatic theme. It not only keeps with the sea theme that the name “Corvette” brings to the table but it also sets these cars apart from the other cars that just name their automobiles after big cats.

Mark was part of a group survey one time and when they asked what they would like their dream car to be named after almost everyone responded that they wanted it named after a big fast cat. Weird huh? I rather have a Shark than a Cougar anyday. UGH MERCURY COUGAR! Gross…

wait I take that back. I’d take a muscle car classic Cougar…BUT only if I couldn’t get my hands on a Shark or a Stingray.

I mean, throughout the years there have been slight changes and improvements to the design along the way but by only changing what is necessary (under the hood & technological advances) the Corvette keeps the feel of being a classic. Chevrolet isn’t afraid to change with the times which is great for both newer and older customers but by maintaining the same body shape and style it makes the car more relatable to a number of generations which helps Chevy keep a steady flow of customers as their business grows.

There’s a reason the Corvette is called the “Mid-Life Crisis Car”. It’s a car that people dream of owning, it doesn’t have to be specific to a certain generation of Corvette or even body style. Corvette just possesses this hold on customers by offering them something old and familiar yet something new to them  to experience. The feeling of driving a Corvette or riding in a Corvette sometimes gives people the same thrill as seeing another one on the road. It’s that connection that Americans feel to an all around classic. This pull to an immediate relief of stress and worry which is replaced by adventures and speed draws customers from all age groups to indulge in the Corvette. And that is why it has done so well for so many generations. There are so many cars that have never survived past the 50s and 60s but the Corvette has proved time after time that there is something to be said about their way of design and marketing. I can only imagine what they will be like in another 60 years.

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Hyundai Genesis & Equus Marketing Tactics

So we all know about product placement and the techniques of branding that companies use, like well designed labeling and the weight of price over value, but what you don’t know is to what effects marketing tactics like these can have on an unsuspecting customer base.

What do I mean by this? For example Hyundai uses the same tactics to market their cars to not only the new younger generation but to those worried about the class status of their vehicle and what it in turn says about them. Like the design of a Hyundai but fear that you will be looked down upon for owning a cheap Korean car? Well look no further because for people who can’t tell the difference between a Mercedes Benz and a Hyundai without the hood ornament, all it takes is a new symbol.

The reason why I know it is working is because not only have people in LA been embracing the new design but because people who know me send me pictures of new Hyundai’s thinking it is a more expensive car that I might be interested in taking a look at. Yes, it’s happened. To the average Joe Shmoe the new Hyundai Genesis has the look of a brand new luxury sedan. The body shape of the Hyundai Genesis is basically the love child of the Toyota Camry and the Mercedes Benz S550 plus or minus an awkward looking grill

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Hyundai Genesis

Toyota Camry

Mercedes Benz S550 (Brabus)

See the resemblance? But by taking off the Hyundai symbol that used to come on the older models it has boosted sales incredibly. When the Hyundai Genesis first went on sale August of 2008 sales were dismal but now but sales rose to over 21,000 vehicles in 2009 and they are expected to sell over 50,000 units every year from here on out. That’s a big jump from 6,000 units in 5 months.

But the marketing ploys don’t stop here. Toyota has the Lexus, Nissan has the Infinity so Hyundai wanted their own Premium Brand name as well so they created the Equus brand.

But instead of being original they have borrowed from many designs to make only an inferior copy of greatness. Basically they’ve made a rear wheel drive platform vehicle copy to try and sell to the mass population as a luxury sedan.

Unoriginal qualities

-The name itself is a Latin term meaning horse or steed. (Real Original).

-The hood ornament looks AWFULLY similar to the Rolls Royce flying woman emblem.

-Mercedes S Class body frame from the top/front & BMW 5/6 series frame from side and back.

-Double between Lincoln grill and the split grill BMW is known for.

-Mercedes Benz headlights / tail lights

Why would I pay over $60,000 for a mere shoddy replica of a nice car?

Heavy curb weight, horrible turning diameter, 15mpg…

It’s one thing to pay $34,000 on a car that looks expensive (Genesis) but it’s another thing to spend twice that on something that is basically the same but just has a V8 instead of a V6. Did I mention you get better gas mileage from the Genesis?

It’s hard to find anything that offsets the Equus from the Genesis. There is no WOW factor, even reviewers claim that this is the new Mercedes. Just because you copy the shape and look does not mean that the S class is replaceable. There is a reason the Mercedes Benz S Class keeps winning the Best Luxury Sedan of the year award.

For people who know nothing about cars and want to believe that the Hyudai Equus is better than the Mercedes Benz S Class, they can go right ahead into thinking so. Don’t fall for the branding marketing ploys of Hyundai.

Low Torque, Inferior Interior, no All wheel drive = THAT is what you’re getting from the Equus.

Coming from a family who owns multiple S Class Mercedes, never have they disappointed me in horsepower, interior design or driving capabilities.

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