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Photographer Cheats Death Taking a Photo

Balls of steel.

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Photographer Cheats Death Taking a Photo
This is the terrifying moment a British photographer cheated death as an out-of-control drag racing car careered towards him out of control. Andy Willsheer kept snapping even as the 250mph car spun towards the crash barrier at Pomona Raceway in California.
dragster.

And yet closer: In the blink of an eye the dragster was almost on the Briton... but he kept the viewfinder of his camera clamped closely to his eye. Miraculously, the wrecked vehicle landed just feet away from the photographer, who escaped unharmed.

The high-powered machine, capable of going from 0-60 mph in under a second, skidded off the track after its right side wheels hit an oil slick.

Only the concrete barrier prevented Willsheer from being killed by stopping the car dead just three feet away from where he was standing.

‘The crowd were yelling out for him to get out of the way and he kept on taking pictures,’ said one eyewitness.

‘He really is lucky to be alive, but he must have taken some great photos.’

Safety teams shut down the engine as soon as it stopped and driver Steve Gasparrelli also walked away unhurt.

Source: DailyMail
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Hotchkis to reveal 750-hp LS7 Lingenfelter Camaro

See it at SEMA!

Tags: hotchkis, lingenfelter, camaro, domestic

Hotchkis to reveal 750-hp LS7 Lingenfelter Camaro
Oh my. A stock 2010 Chevy Camaro SS produces 426 horsepower from its 6.2-liter LS3 V8. A Corvette Z06 turns out 505 hp from its 7.0-liter LS7. The Blue Devil, aka Corvette ZR1, is the most powerful car ever produced by General Motors and churns out a ridiculous 638 hp from its supercharged 6.2-liter LS9 guts. Impressive, but what if you were to strap a supercharger onto the bigger displacement LS7 from the Z06? Why, you'd get more power than you do from the LS9, that's for sure.

Obviously, that's exactly what Lingenfelter has done with its new Camaro. Co-engineered with suspension experts Hotchkis, the 2010 Lingenfelter Camaro features a 750-hp supercharged 427 cubic inch (though really 428) V8. No official word on torque, but let's just assume bat guano levels of twist. For one thing, this Camaro motor is a bit more than simply a blower bolted to a big block. For one thing it has forged JE pistons. For another it has titanium intake valves and Iconel exhaust valves – we don't even know what Iconel is! Oh wait, thanks to the magic of the internet we learn that Iconel is an "austenitic nickel-chromium-based superalloy" that is "oxidation and corrosion resistant materials well suited for service in extreme environments." What on earth is austenitic?

And that's just part of what makes the engine so mighty. But Hotchkis and Lingenfelter didn't stop with a stonkin' motor. As you might expect, the suspension is pretty incredible, too. Underneath the Camaro you'll find a Hotchkis Total Vehicle System that consists of sport springs, adjustable sway bars and a ChassisMax subframe brace. The dampers come from Lingenfelter/Sachs and are fully adjustable. And of course there's the requisite Brembo calipers and rotors. The fairly massive 20-inch wheels are slathered in Pirelli 275/40ZR20 rubber up front and Pirelli 305/35ZR20s in the rear.

Then there's the body kit, which consists of all sorts of bits and baubles like a front splitter, rocker extensions, a carbon fiber grille, functional air extractors on the hood, trunk spoiler, rear fascia and LPE exhaust tips. All in all, this looks to be one mother of a Camaro.

Source: AutoBlog
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Aston Martin Rapide: Spy Shots

V12 four-door that is actually pretty damn hot.

Tags: aston martin, rapide, concept, spy shots, exotic

Aston Martin Rapide: Spy Shots
CAR Online reader Simon Gregg has spotted Aston Martin's new Rapide testing undisguised in the UK. The new four-door Aston will be unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in September, use the company's familiar 6.0-litre V12 with 470bhp and 443lb ft, and go on sale in early 2010.

As for the exterior and interior details, we'll leave that to reader Simon Gregg:

'I spotted the new Aston Martin Rapide on the M4 Westbound on Friday evening. This new addition from Aston Martin is most certainly going beat the Porsche Panamera in the style stakes! It has the same aggresive look of the Vanquish from the rear and even offers the appearance of being a two-door car, rather than a four-door when viewed from certain angles.

'The interior boasts a centre console which runs all the way through to the rear seating area - a strict four seater! The facia and interior door panels share the styling found in the current DBS and V8 range. Rear access is via a Vantage-style rear hatch, which will make loading up very easy.'

Source: Car Magazine
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2010 Shelby GT500 Spy Photos

The eye-catching zebra print is in motion on the new Shelby.

Tags: ford, mustang, shelby, gt500, spy photos, domestic

2010 Shelby GT500 Spy Photos
Already running in the wild (aka the streets of Detroit), the new Shelby GT500 is testing away with its new skin. The new GT500 shares a lot of the styling elements of the current car with double vents on the hood, a huge aggressive upper and lower grille plus the not-so-subtle stripes on the hood.

What's new is the smoothly styled rear spoiler which compliments the new back-end. New wheels finish the look. Oh, and the supercharger whine was heard.

Source: Jalopnik
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Some Girls from SEMA 2008

The other curves we all agree on liking.

Tags: sema, girls, hot, other

Some Girls from SEMA 2008
I could write anything here and it wouldn't matter. So I won't!

Source: CarZi
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New Mustang in thin zebra camo

Not too much that's new, but we already knew this.

Tags: ford, mustang, spy photo, domestic

New Mustang in thin zebra camo
Though the updated model will share the same the overall length and width as the current model, the car will be styled to look smaller and more athletic. Speaking with Automotive News, Ford’s North American design director, Peter Horbury, explained that the new car’s lines have been designed to make it look as though the wheels are “further out, further forward and further rearward”. The new car will be on show at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

Source: Motor Authority
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New HighRes Photos of the 2010 Camaro SS!

...'bout time...

Tags: camaro, 2010, high res, ss, photos, official

New HighRes Photos of the 2010 Camaro SS!
It took a while, but GM has finally released the official High Resolution photos of the new Camaro SS.

Not much more to say aside from...enjoy!

Source: Camaro5
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High-Res Photos of the Camaro SS

Enjoy the goodness of the future Camaro top dog.

Tags: gm, chevrolet, camaro, camaro ss, photos, domestic

High-Res Photos of the Camaro SS
Not much to say, as pictures do a better job. Enjoy!
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Video: Lady in shotgun not enjoying herself

She's definitely a screamer. See what I did there?

Tags: racing, shotgun, lol, video, other

Something tells me this is her first and last time she'll ever go for a ride-along with a professional racecar driver. I'm surprised the driver kept his composure although I'm sure he was thinking what was handy in the car that could be used to muzzle her.

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Woman survives gunshot between the eyes

Luck on her side.

Tags: gunshot, road rage, other

Woman survives gunshot between the eyesHow's this for a story. Emergency room doctors apologized to the 42-year-old woman who had come in for treatment for staring at her in disbelief. It wasn’t every day — in fact, it was never — that they saw somebody with a large-caliber gunshot wound between the eyes who not only was alive, but wasn’t even unconscious or seriously injured.

"They were shifting lanes, and trying to box us in and trying to run into the side of the truck," Marie said. They also continued yelling obscenities, and one man in the Sentra looked at Marie and told her he was going to kill her.

At the next light, the driver of the Sentra attempted to pay off on his promise. Horrified, Marie saw him stand up on the seat and rise through the car’s open sunroof.

"I seen him rise out of the sunroof like in the movies, and he pulled his gun up and turned it and I heard it fire," she said.

Police investigators would theorize that the man fired three shots from a gun that they believe was a .44-caliber handgun. One of the bullets struck Marie directly between the eyes.

It should have killed her. Instead, the bullet shattered into three pieces against her skull. The fragments ran under her skin, exited through her cheek on one side of her head and near her ear on the other.

When she was examined, doctors determined that all she needed was some stitches. When they were done sewing her up, they sent her on her way. She walked out of the hospital.

Said her boyfriend, "I was able to walk her out of the ER and tell her she should buy a lottery ticket."

Source: MSNBC

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Saturday Drool Material: Irvine California Meet

Tags: hot cars i wish i joined, domestic, import, european, other

Saturday Drool Material: Irvine California Meet
I'm TRULY sorry for the hate you will have for your own life after viewing this link. Some of the best cars came together for a meet in Irvina, CA, and we get to enjoy the pictures.

Source: Cars and Coffee Meet

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Business Week Rates the Most Expensive Cars

Tags: business week, expensive, you gotta be a baller shot caller, other

Business Week Rates the Most Expensive Cars
Cameron: The 1961 Ferrari 250GT California. Less than a hundred were made. My father spent three years restoring this car. It is his love, it is his passion.
Ferris: It is his fault he didn't lock the garage.

What better opportunity to plug a classic 80's flick. Even though the exact Ferrari from Ferris Bueller's Day Off didn't make the list, the 199 Ferrari 250 GT did. You aren't "money" until you're rolling around in one of the following cars. Looks like the classic Ferraris are holding up in value. Huh, who would have thunk it.

$9.3 million - 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM
$5.7 million - 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM
$5.5 million - 1966 Shelby Cobra
$4,950,000 - 1959 Ferrari 250 GT
$4,510,000 - 1931 Bentley 4_-Liter
$4,455,000 - 1959 Ferrari 250 GT
$4,400,000 - 1935 Duesenberg SJ
$3,740,000 - 1933 Delage D8S
$3,564,000 - 1970 Ferrari 512S
$3,520,000 - 1884 DeDion, Bouton et Trepardoux
$3,267,000 - 1966 Ferrari 206 SP Dino
$3,118,500 - 1953 Ferrari 340 MM
$2,970,000 - 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Double Pullman
$2,821,500 - 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competizione
$2,819,000 - 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Corto

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Shotgun - 1, Man - 0

Tags: shotgun, lug nut, other

Shotgun - 1, Man - 0
A man trying to loosen a stubborn lug nut blasted the wheel with a 12-gauge shotgun, injuring himself badly in both legs, sheriff's deputies said.

The 66-year-old man had been repairing a Lincoln Continental for two weeks at his home northwest of Southworth, about 10 miles southwest of Seattle, and had gotten all but one of the lug nuts off the right rear wheel by Saturday afternoon, Kitsap County Deputy Scott Wilson said.

"He's bound and determined to get that lug nut off," Wilson said.

From about arm's length, the man fired the shotgun at the wheel and was "peppered" in both legs with buckshot and debris, with some injuries as high as his chin, according to a sheriff's office report.

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SEMA Survey on Hot-Rod Enthusiasts

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SEMA Survey on Hot-Rod Enthusiasts
Automotive enthusiasts are most interested in musclecars, street rods, customs and restored vehicles, according to SEMA market research. So who are these enthusiasts? The following is a short excerpt from the 2006 Hot Rod Industry Report, which provides demographic data on this group:

SEMA’s latest Automotive Lifestyles survey was launched in June 2006. It was sent to subscribers of 21 different Primedia publications, including Hot Rod, Motor Trend, Popular Hot Rodding, and Rod & Custom.

Follow the link below to see the survey in full. Thanks for the link, Jim!

External: SEMA Survey

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Hot Rod Drag Week 2007

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Hot Rod Drag Week 2007
Started today in Cordova IL and ends in 5 days at the same spot. Traveling to Union Grove WI, Kaukauna, WI, and Cedar Falls, IA the participants will drive 1,000 miles. Yes drive. Hot Rod's Drag Week is a competition for the true street car. Each car must drive under its own power with out help to each destination. Receiving, buying, borrowing parts is a legal way to stay in the game. The cars must be street legal with lights, windshield wipers, horn, turn signals, as well as current registration and plates. All vehicles must also pass NHRA rule specifications.

One Chicago area speed shop loaded up the back of their 2002 Camaro to make the long trek. Powered by a 383 Irong Block LS1 motor this twin turbo beast gets down. Speed Inc is off to a great start pulling off a 8.7 @ 161 mph. How many street cars do you know that will drive 1,000 miles in a week and dyno 1,144 HP to the rear wheels?

DRAG WEEKROAD TOUR DATES & LOCATIONS
September 9 MSD Kickoff Party, Cordova Dragway Park, Cordova, IL
September 10 Cordova Dragway Park, Cordova, IL
September 11 Great Lakes Dragway, Union Grove, WI
September 12 Wisconsin International Raceway, Kaukauna, WI
September 13 Cedar Falls Raceway, Cedar Falls, IA
September 14 Cordova Dragway Park, Cordova, IL

Hot Rod: Drag Week Registration
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