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Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Classic Car Owners

classic on the roadYou have many options for holiday gifts that will delight the classic car owner in your life. The possibilities vary from exotic to creative, from expensive frugal. With a little ingenuity, you can find a gift even for someone who appears to have everything.

Choosing a gift for a car owner involves understanding the custom car culture. Standard items such as car parts and paraphernalia are the core areas to start searching for the special gift that will raise eyebrows.

Custom Parts

Parts span the horizon from simple replacements to that one thing they wanted yet would never shell out the money for. Parts can be original, replicas, or modified version such as popular Billet accessories. As with any … Read the rest

Rim Review: Pro Comp 5035

Choosing new rims for your car can be confusing. There are so many different brands, styles, finishes. Over on our official YouTube Channel, you’ll find reviews of some of the top rims. We walk you through the specs of each wheel and even provide background on the design of each model.

If you’re considering the Pro Comp 5035, take a look at our review below. It’s a short video, but it packs a lot of information about the 5-spoke, racing-style design, including size, features, what car(s) it’s ideal for, plus warranties.

Pro Comp Predator Series 5035 (Satin Black) :

Celebrity Car Collections

Bugatti Veyron

Bugatti Veyron

Those in the celebrity world have the paparazzi glued to them, desperate to find the next scandal to sink their teeth into. We, however, are interested in the lives of celebrities for a very different reason. Many celebrities, either publicly or privately, own a variety of cars in their vast collections. Celebrity comedians like Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, and Tim Allen are all known for having an impressive car collection, while other celebrity collectors like Chris Brown, Ralph Lauren, and Nicolas Cage may surprise you. Whether famous for acting or rapping, making us laugh or designing our clothes, this diverse group of car collectors each possess a remarkable quantity, and quality, of valuable vehicles.

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren, … Read the rest

18th Annual Food Drive

18th annual food driveOur 18th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive & Hot Rod Happening is almost here! Starting November 1st (this Sunday) you can drop off non-perishable food or send in a donation.  We’ll be collecting food right up until our annual event on November 22nd. That Sunday we’ll be at our retail location at 3910 Cherry Ave, Long Beach, from 8 am to 11:30 am.  Volunteers will be packing up boxes of food and there will be classic vehicles on display, live music, free coffee and donuts, and an appearance by Chip Foose of “Overhaulin” fame.

We’ll also be holding our legendary “Go Big Or Go Home” giveaway. Tickets are available the day of the event or when dropping off donations. This year’s … Read the rest

Lessons in Teen Driver Safety

Handing Over KeysThere are roughly 260 million vehicles in the United States. A public with lots of vehicles unfortunately has a lot of vehicle accidents. These collisions disproportionately injure and kill teenagers. In response to a dire situation, Congress established the third week of October as National Teen Driver Safety Week. This year it takes place October 18th – 24th.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 14 – 18 year olds in the US. Teenagers are only 14% of the US population, but account for 30% of the fatal accidents, according to the CDC. A 2007 study showed that teens are aware drunk driving greatly increases the chances of an … Read the rest

Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Highlights

Barrett-Jackson is most known for it’s annual auction in Scottsdale in January of every year, but the auction house holds several other major events throughout the year. Case in point: Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas was held September 24-26th and featured over $26.9 million in sales.

The auction raised $750,000 in three charity sales and $720,000 in automobilia sales. Corvette was the top car in both the regular and charity sales. A 1968 Corvette L88 with low mileage topped the sales with a closing bid of $330,000 while the first 2016 Corvette C7.R Z06 (with VIN#001) raised $500,000.

Here’s the video of that 2016 Corvette on the block:

What’s it like to be a spectator at one of these amazing auctions? Here’s … Read the rest

Preview of 2015 Tokyo Auto Show

2013 Tokyo Auto Show

2013 Tokyo Auto Show

The annual Tokyo Auto Show in (where else?) Tokyo, Japan, has always been a high tech showcase and the most important show for their domestic automakers. While the Tokyo show has faded somewhat in Asia due to the importance of the massive Chinese car market, Japan is looking to take back their thunder this year’s event, October 29 to November 6.

The theme is “Technology & Fantasy” and both are something the Japanese are excellent at, turning into incredibly cool designs. “Your Heart Will Race,” declares the promotional tagline, and they aren’t kidding. There will be a huge number of production and concept vehicles from every major Japanese manufacturer, and several foreign ones, on display. In … Read the rest

Tricked Out Trucks (Videos)

If you’re dreaming of modifying your truck, it might be a good idea to check out what has been done by others. No time like the present to seek out inspiration from those who have already been there, done that.

Here’s a good place to start. The 2014 “Leaving SEMA Show” — a cruise featuring customized trucks:


Here’s another collection of tricked out trucks, including semis, antiques and specialty trucks:

Looking to trick out a Ford? Take a look at this modified Ford Explorer: