Wednesday, January 30, 2008

We’ve got ignition at the 2008 Northeast Intl Auto Show in Providence.


A picture from inside the main floor in the GM section looking out at some of the auto show. (All image was taken by me and are under copyright protection.)

As a car enthusiast, one of the best things you can do is take in a car show or an auto show and this past weekend, I got the chance to taken the Northeast Intl Auto Show in Providence, RI. Normally, when it comes to taken in auto shows, I would take in the show in Boston in November, however this year that wasn’t possible, but the auto show in Providence was.

I’ve seen a lot of ways to advertise and bring in visitors to attend events before, but this one was new me, Motor Trend, who was one of the sponsors, gave away a one-year subscription to ever visitor who purchased a ticket to the auto show, why not, I’m in. We will see how long it will take to get here.

I would say the biggest hit at the auto show, hats off to Ford for bringing six concept/pre-production cars to the show, when we walked in, you couldn’t help notice the new Ford F-150 on a turn table display along with the Ford Interceptor and Ford Airstream with rope around it. The Interceptor looked good, nice for to become a police car, however I while the Airstream wasn’t really for 2008, I did like the interior, it looked like a future limo. In the front of the F-150 was the coming soon Ford Flex, nothing I haven’t seen before.

Continuing on in the Ford camp, brings us to pure American muscle with the new 2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt in that dark green, personally, if I wanted a Bullitt mustang, I would want the 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback GT, but the 2008 version isn’t bad. However, what was sitting next to it was even better, a 2008 Shelby GT Mustang, blue with white strips, that’s the look.

On the Chrysler front, no Dodge RAM concept n display, however they did bring the Chrysler ME Four-Twelve Concept that will most likely never be built, although it might be just what Chrysler needs to start with to meet the new Café standards in 2020, yeah, I see that, try putting in a diesel engine and that would work. As for Jeep, all models on hand including the new 2008 Liberty, which isn’t bad, however since it was on a turntable, you couldn’t get into it, that part sucked.

Chevrolet, I love the Corvette and they had two on display that you could get into, a regular one and a Z06. And of course, they had on display the Chevrolet Nomad, something I have seen a couple years ago that is really nothing more than a Pontiac Solstice and the Saturn Sky. When I think about a Chevrolet Nomad, it’s a 1955-1957 two door station wagon and if you brought it into 2008, the styling looks good on the concept, but its not long enough, it’s a station period. Next.

Going outside of the main hall was one vehicle I wanted to see, the new 2008 Subaru Impreza Wagon that they call Outback. Not bad, if I were car shopping, believe it or not, that Subaru would be at the top of the list along with either a Jeep Patriot or Dodge Caliber.

However, staying with what I would buy, also on that list would be the new 2008 Scion xB, that gives a big and tall guy like me, lots of room behind the wheel, although I still prefer the styling on the older one and get me started on the xA turned ugly xD, please.

Finally, upstairs where most of the foreign-imports were and yes the Scion was included, however, if you wanted to see the Nissan GT-R, you had to settle for a poster, well at least they had a poster of it, no way when it came to the Chevy Camaro, nor the Dodge Challenger, not even a Dodge Caliber SRT-4, that was in Worcester, MA, oh well. The last vehicles that impressed me and I don’t know why was the Suzuki SXBox, which is a tuned out SX4 crossover with a huge plasma in the bad. Well, that’s it here, good show, just one thing, for $7 (with coupon) and $9 parking, do you think you could bring more including concepts and how about a Dodge Charger. More photos to come on a seperate page.

- Racedriven

Thursday, January 24, 2008

So what did $1 Million dollars get you at the 2008 Barrett-Jackson Car auction in Scottsdale?

Over the last couple of years, enthusiants have seen a surge at the Barrett-Jackson in terms of prices and popularity, however while 2008 saw even bigger popularity, the hammer prices really didn’t come close to the records that one thought each would bring. It seems that the 2008 Barrett-Jackson prices were more along the lines of what most auction around the US would bring as well as some including the announcers called bargin prices.

So after all of that, what did $1 Million dollars get you at the 2008 Barrett-Jackson and more so, who were the showstoppers and the star?

For the 2008 Barrett-Jackson, $1 Million dollars would have bought you a lot more then in past years, going into the auction I had thought that there were two vehicles that would bring in the big dollar amounts, first, in the car industry, there is one name that is huge with power, Carroll Shelby, last year, his personal 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 “Super Snake” hammered down at a record-breaking $5 Million Dollars, so with that, what would his personal 1969 Shelby GT500 Convertible that he’s owned since day one bring, well, surprisingly it didn’t tip a million, try $675,000, that was shocking and they tried too.


John Schneider's 1969 Dodge Charger HEMI Coupe "Bo's General Lee" on stage at the Barrett-Jackson with John Schneider himself trying to get the crowd into this car. (Credit: Autoblog's cover of the Barrett-Jackson)

When you talk about the #1 most influential hot rod of all time (by Hot Rod magazine), one vehicle comes to mind, the General Lee, and this year, they had John Schneider's 1969 Dodge Charger HEMI Coupe that was used in the original television classic the Dukes of Hazzard as well as in the Reunion and Hollywood movies that was signed by most of the cast and shocking enough, this car is worth at least $1 Million dollars, it hammered down for $450,000, damn.

Keeping with the childhood theme for a second after The Dukes of Hazzard that was made around the time I was born (1979), what about Robosaurus stand on the outside of the grandstands, all standing up and talking, I remember seeing this years ago in Providence with my father and what show, this one didn’t do so bad, its an off-piece, it went for a good $575,000… what would I do with it, I would put it behind my house, standing up with the head over the house and every now and then it would say “Do you really want to mess this house? that’s cool.

In the last couple of years, auctioning off low serial number vehicles for charity has been a hit, back in 2006, they hammed down a 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Fastback that went for $600,000, that became the bench mark for future numbers and at this year, that bench mark was broken by one of Detriot’s big three, that each hammed down there own creations, Dodge put up Serial #01 of the new 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 for $400,000, no big surprise, however Ford hammered down there own Ford Shelby GT500 KR for $550,000 with Carroll Shelby right there, but nothing would prepare everyone for Chevrolet’s new Corvette ZR1, the paint costs a fortune, and with Jay Leno on-hand, that one was hammered for $1 Million dollars, now that’s the way you do it.

And finally, we get to the stars, the showstoppers of the show, concept s and one-offs were huge this year and have been for many years and while no vehicle is really going to surpass the $3 Million Dollar 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 GM Concept Car that sold back in 2005 nor the even more top seller, the 1950 GENERAL MOTORS FUTURLINER PARADE OF PROGRESS TOUR BUS with only 12 built by GM went for a record-breaking $4 Million Dollars, this year, first a 1963 Ford Thunderbird Fastback that had been used as a daily driver in California for many years sold for $600,000, however nothing would top the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe named “Rondie” concept car that was the biggest seller of the 2008 Barrett-Jackson, it sold for $1.6 Million dollars, that’s good solid amount period.


The star of the show, an award winning 1928 Duesenburg J Dual Cawl Phaeton (Credit: All three photos - the Duesenburg, the “Rondie” concept and the Robosaurus were all from Barrett-Jackson.com)

But you know, no show would be complete without what the star of the show, an award winning 1928 Duesenburg J Dual Cawl Phaeton that even though it sold lite, what a vehicle to look at, Jay Leno should have been interested in this one, this one sold for $1 Million Dollars, believe me when I say it, it was easily a $1.6-2+ Million dollar vehicle period. Well that’s it here.

- Racedriven

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Is NASCAR considering raising age limit for the Cup Series as the NASCAR Preseason Thunder rolls along?

NASCAR has confirmed that they are considering raising the age limit for Cup Series drivers from the NASCAR standard age 18, to age 21 (Read more…)

“My Take”: Looking at the NASCAR age limit that is currently at age 18 for all three series (Truck Series, Nationwide Series and Cup Series) works fine were it is, however that’s not what needs to be changed in the requirements, what should be changed is the experiences level that a driver must have before entering the Cup Series.

What do I mean by experience level, well, every driver regardless of what there past driving experience is whether it’s a former Formula winner or champion, an IRL champion, an Indy 500 winner or even a Rolex 24 winner should be required to be at least 18 years old and have a minimum of two (2) full years competing in either the Truck Series or the Nationwide (formerly Busch) Series period. I know that that’s a little much, but consider that some of the NASCAR rookie crop don’t have 6 races under there belts, let along even a season in the Truck Series or Nationwide Series, that’s were NASCAR needs look at.

So who fits on that list, try the just about the entire 2008 rookie crop including Patrick Carpentier, Dario Franchitti, Sam Hornish and Jacques Villeneuve just to name a few. Now I have nothing against these drivers, but they don’t have that much experience in a stock car, let along 250 mile – 600-mile races, like I said, age isn’t the problem.

I know, what about Joey Logano, yes Joey Logano would be on that list too, however he has some experience in a stock car as he not only won the NASCAR Busch East Series Championship, but the NASCAR Toyota Showdown at Irwindale last November and he has more experience in a stock car then most of this years rookie crop combined.

While this was going on, finally signs of the 2008 NASCAR season is just a couple weeks away as most of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams were turning single car runs and even drafting runs at Daytona. I don’t know what it is about testing that excites me, maybe it’s the sound of V8 Stock car engines in air, burning rubber, yeah, its more that these cars on finally back on track even if its just testing.

So what did we learn? Toyota has not been licking there wounds, instead they have been working on there program and I have to imagine that with the help of Joe Gibbs Racing including Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch, yes I said Kyle Busch, they got it right and it showed too, as they were fast in both weeks of testing and so was Waltrip Racing for that matter. With that, did anyone see Tony Stewart’s test car

However the two men making headlines first last week and then earlier this week, yes, Jimmie Johnson in his Lowe’s Herbie look alike test car and his new teammate junior..

Yeah, Dale Earnhardt Jr. turned the second fast laps all three days in his #88 Amp Energy/National Guard/Mountain Dew Hendrick Chevrolet and what a sight it was. Fans learned that Junior is ready for 2008 in a big way and so is this junior fan.

So who would have guessed it, Toyota and Chevrolet (mainly Hendrick Motorsports – Jimmie Johnson in the first week and Dale Jr. in week two) were the fastest testing, well the Toyota was a little surprising.

- Racedriven

Friday, January 18, 2008

Tony Stewart goes for big money for charity as Monster Garage is reignited at the 2008 Barrett-Jackson Car Auction.

You know, first thing is I hope that headline makes since and second is what an interesting week it’s been at the Barrett-Jackson car auction so far and even though I am watching it unfold on SPEED, its always intriguing to see just what some of these unique and one-off vehicles will go for.

Earlier tonight, the man himself made an appearance, Tony Stewart and he did it in smoking fashion, yeah, doing a burnout straight onto the auction block, what a sight on television as the cameras were right there looking straight into the wheel wells, were do I get a photo of that… Smoke was on-hand to see his 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series winning racecar (three wins in 2006 - Kansas, Atlanta and Texas) with signed uniform and helmet go across the block, so, going, going, gone for … $300,000 all goes to the Darrell Gywin Foundation.

On the first two night’s (Tuesday and Wednesday night), the crowd of car enthusiasts on-han were treated to a different and yet funny, one-offs from the hit show Monster Garage made there way across the block, I often wondered just who would want to buy any of those, let along what they would go for and I have to say I was surprised, even with the television backing, most Monster Garage creations only went for between $6,000 and $19,500, however I wondered in my preview piece a couple days ago who would want a PT Cruiser Wood Chipper and so did, $12,500 it went for.

I found it really funning that every time one of these vehicles had crossed the block, the SPEED crew doesn’t know what to say, they look at it and laugh, saying, what is this all about? Like we should have to explain, its was built because we can. They don’t know how to describe most the vehicle, even the auctioneer laughs. I have to admit it is funning, but it’s cool to see.

During the broadcast and endless commercials, the announcers kept saying that each vehicle was only sold by Bill of Sale and it was the buyers responsibility to get register them if they wanted to. So what do you do with them, in most cases, I would say put them in your garage for all of your buddies to see, a museum or as they said, a parts car.

Wondering what the top 3 was, out of the two day event (a couple vehicles still to come tomorrow night - Saturday night), believe it or not, tied for third was the 72 Peterbuild trike which was the fantasy bid car and the Hotdog dragster both sold for $23,000, in second, the surfmobile, it’s a sort of like a doonbuggie which hammered down for $28,000 and the number one highest selling vehicle, the Baja 1000 Trophy Truck that when for $36,000, which if I remember from the series a couple years ago, that didn’t even come close to what it cost to build, but Jesse James did race this in the Baja 1000, however it did break. (Both photos are from Barrett-Jackson website)

What will go for more, the General Lee or Carroll Shelby’s personal 67 Shelby Mustang GT500?

- Racedriven

Thursday, January 17, 2008

An August days travel: Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos in Connecticut.

The idea of writing about my recent travels is nothing new to me, I also write about my travels every year to New Hampshire Motor (formerly International) Speedway for NASCAR at least once a year, but its rare to see write about non-motorsports travels, however in my daily visits to my favorite blogs, I read something intreging over at Lorelle on wordpress blog, she has issued a challenge for her fellow bloggers to write a travel post consider that she travels a lot.

Now, I have to say, what I consider travel and what she considers travel may be two different things, my travels doesn’t consist of hotel rooms, its normally a driving trip a couple hours away to a location and in the same day, driving back home. With that said, I still wanted to try my luck at this one sort of speck.

This past August, I had the chance to travel to Connecticut with my mother and her husband to try my luck at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casino experience in one day and what a day, with money in hand, we started our journey down the highway to the first of the two casinos, Foxwoods, for a game of poker for my mother’s husband, while that was going on, we continued on to Mohegan Sun about 15 miles away and what a difference it is, as you go over the bridge to the highway entrance, you see of in the distance, an amazing sight as what looks like a glass work of art. Wow, you pull up and the parking is just right, five levels all with what’s full and what’s not.

Once inside, its nothing like I’ve every seen, wooden carvens, water falls and lots of stores to slots and boy do I love playing the slots, keep in mind, I really only have a mony to gamble with and once its gone, so am I, did I spend it all, no, not even close. They say diamonds are a girls best friend, but on this day that slot of diamonds was my best friend, a couple of hours on $40 was cool, up and down, but still money in. By the time we were done exploring and playing slots, it was time to eat a donut and go back to Foxwoods for more slots.


Wooden carvens above the first set of slots (Picture taken by me with my 2MP camera phone)


A logcabin tower (Picture taken by me with my 2MP camera phone)


The huge water fall deep in the building. (Picture taken by me with my 2MP camera phone)

Foxwoods was the same as I remembered it from years ago, but without quarters. Can you say slots with diamonds again, I don’t even pull the handle anymore, but I will say, while I was at Foxwoods, the guy next to me won big, I don’t know the total amount, but it was well into the 700 quarter amount, interesting sight, I believe it was the highest you could win on that slot. By the end of the day, we ended up which included $7 dollar turkey sandwiches and ice cream, leaving with what we came in with, he won and I lost a little, but that was fun. I have to say, both casinos are fun to experience and what a good place for a bachler party… ha ha ha, got yeah mom…

So which ones better, personally, while my family loves Foxwoods more, after experiencing both, I like Mohegan Sun casino more, its better layout including the parking and what a look to its building, damn. Is this the last, no way, I can’t wait until next time in a couple years from now.

You know with an experience, painting a picture meaning writing about it is always a challenge and while interesting, nothing compares to experiencing it yourself. Enjoy

- Racedriven

One Tree Hill finally returns – Part Two

I’m remaindered of the quote over the door in Brook’s new store, “Somebody told me that this is the place where everything’s better and everything’s safe…” so with that, welcome home to Tree Hill.

Continuing on from last week’s return of One Tree Hill, fans found themselves still left with some questions including what happened to Karen, her four year old daughter, Dan and some of the other cast members, plus why was Brook, being bossed around by her manager when see owns the company, but fans did learn where there favorites landed and I have to say, “You can go home again, but for how long?”

Well, if you were to title this one, first, Nathan finally wakes up and sees the light and second, Is Haley totally insane for hiring a hot nanny? The second one works…

While I still don’t know about Karen, Dan is still alive, this guy must have nine lives and yet still in prison and for that matter, so does K-Fed’s acting and singing career as he too made his debut as a rock star that had signed with Peyton’s music label, did anybody not see this coming...

I’ve got a question for the shows creator, when will Peyton’s and Lucas’s wedding be, you know those two should be together.

During this one, I have to admit that I was shocked at a couple of moments, first with Mouth kissing his boos only to be fired, as I watched it, I was thinking that’s not going to work… and then seeing Mouth tell his ex-boss just what he thought of her only to end up let’s just say, getting together, but what an ending, I finally somewhat understand why Brook even gives a damn what her manager has to say, let along continues to let her boss her around, all I got to say is, I’m coming mother… bye Mrs. Davis.

- Racedriven

Friday, January 11, 2008

How to update the NASCAR points system.

With all of the talk in the media, the new media namely social groups and blogs, and among NASCAR fans about what should be changed in the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season that is set to kick off next month (February) on the 17th with the 50th running of the Daytona 500, I began thinking about the points system and an article I wrote a little over a year ago that highlighted what I would like to see the current points system changed to look like and it has gotten some good feedback both here at Racedriven.com (original article) and over at my Racedriven Overdrive blog I had in 2006. However, with every article, there is still room for improvement and that is what I have done with adding some more tweaks that I picked up from the 2007 season.

One of the biggest questions in NASCAR is how to update the current points system used in all three of NASCAR's top racing series including the NASCAR Sprint (formally Nextel) Cup Series. The idea of completely rebuilding the points system is not needed at all. This 36 year+ old system is just fine with a couple of needed tweaks to still give drivers the chance of winning the championship even if they have a couple of bad races. The current system rewards drivers for consistence and not for victories, the points system needs to do both.

One other problem that does need to be addressed is at any given NASCAR race after a wreck happens, drivers that were involved in the wreck will return back to the racetrack and make laps at the minimum speed limit to get a little higher up in the finishing order, namely for more points, however, in doing so, those drivers would end up making an even bigger mess for the leaders to get through and sometimes resulting in more wrecks, case in point, Talladega, need I say more.

So here we go...

This points system would still be used through the entire 36-race schedule including the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup Series Championship. When it comes to points per position, the winner of each race would receive 142 points (which is 20 points per victory including 5 bonus points for leading a lap), second gets 122 points, third would receive 116 points, then its five-point increments separate drivers' points for finishers in 4th and 5th. Then its three-point increments separate drivers' points for finishers in 7th through 33rd. 33rd though 43rd finishing position would receive the same points (20 points.)

The 33rd though 43rd would result in the same points given for each position and hopefully help keep the wrecks cars in the garage and not coming back on track running at minimum speed.

Bonus Points:
5 - leading a lap
5 - leading the most laps
20 - winning a race including 5 points for leading a lap
50 - winning the 26-race points standings going into the 10-race chase.

When it comes to a 50 point bonus for winning the regular season, a driver should be rewarded for winning the regular season, namely being the points leader after Richmond, last year (2007), it was Jeff Gordon and he got nothing for being the leading going into the chase.

The Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship format (that is determined by point standings) would include either the top 10 or top 12 drivers in points, even though I was against the top 12 advancing to the chase when it was first announced, it gives more drivers a shot, but in that case, there should be a cap on how many points they are behind the points leader, -800 will not do at all, I was thinking more along the lines of any driver -600 points back would be in, a minimum of the top 10 make it in to the chase no matter what.

So for the start of the Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship, instead of the order being determined by just the number of victories, it would be 50-point on top of the 10 points per victory (10 points per victory in the 26-race regular season.)

So if this points system were in place for the 2007 season, the points going into the chase at New Hampshire would read (stats borrowed from Jayski.com and then I added the 50 bonus points for winning the regular season on to Jeff Gordon’s total.)

1-Jeff Gordon --
2-Jimmie Johnson -30
3-Tony Stewart -60
4-Carl Edwards -70
5-Kurt Busch -70
6-Denny Hamlin -80
7-Matt Kenseth -80
8-Kyle Busch -80
9-Jeff Burton -80
10-Martin Truex -80
11-Kevin Harvick -80
12-Clint Bowyer -90

(So Jeff Gordon would lead by +30 points over Jimmie Johnson, instead of Jimmie Johnson leading by -20 points over Jeff Gordon. This would also put Clint Bowyer -90 back, instead of only -60 points back.)

This new points system above includes my original idea that I wrote on back in September 2006, plus NASCAR’s additional point bonus for the 2007 Chase for the Nextel Cup which is the top 12 and the new points for the start of the chase separating each driver by the number of victories they had during the regular season. What a change this could have on who wins the Sprint (formally Nextel) Cup Series Championship, it is different.

Any Comments?

- Racedriven

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The 2008 Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale is on the horizon.

Every January, I always look forward to the Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale on SPEED, its always exciting to see a large group of bidders and car enthusiasts under one roof and see who’s willing to put up the money for there dream car, let along it’s a giant car show of some of the most exclusive cars including one of my favorites, Shelby Mustangs.

When you look back at last year’s auction and consider what record amounts were hammered down last year, its amazing just seeing one vehicle go for so much, who really would pay anything over a half million dollars for a collector car, but when you consider the record from last year’s auction which was Carroll Shelby’s personal 1966 SHELBY COBRA 427 "SUPER SNAKE" with a 427 Supercharged engine attached to a 3-speed Automatic Transmission that puts down 800 horsepower that hammered down at 5 million dollars, that’s huge, of course, anything from Carroll Shelby is always a big seller. (Read Last year's highlights)

Keeping with the Shelby theme, a 2007 Shelby GT (Ford Mustang) Serial #001 that was black with two racing strips went across the block and equaled last years record set by a 2007 Shelby GT500 at $600,000. Concept cars went for a pretty penny last year as well, can you say 1 Million dollars for each of these concepts, the 1954 Dodge Firearrow II Convertible Concept Car and a 1954 Dodge Firearrow IV Convertible Concept Car.

With every years successes, you come across that one story that just says what is this? and following last year’s auction, a story did in fact break that was entitled the Ramcharger (a 1970 Plymouth Hemi-Cuda) owner vs. Barrett-Jackson that ended up in court battle, personally, what was even more interesting was that during one of SPEED Channels live on the block shows, they had Barrett-Jackson comment on this story. What an aftermath.

Earlier today, the story broke that reads… (From Barrett-Jackson press release - “In the settlement, the judge (name removed by me) exonerated the Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. of all allegations of wrongdoing in relation to a situation that occurred at the company's Scottsdale (Ariz.) event in January 2007,”) Read More. Personally, I’m leaving this story were it belongs, done and over with.

So what could be hammed down at this year’s auction, let’s start with the Detroit’s big three auctioning off huge vehicles for charity… a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, a Shelby (Ford Mustang) GT500KR that should surpass $600,000 from the last two year’s of Shelby’s and a Dodge Challenger SRT8, hopefully all should bring big money for charity.


The the ESCALADE ESV “Tailgater” (Credit: Barrett-Jackson Website)

One of my favorite discovery shows "Monster Garage", are auctioning off what looks to be almost the entire fleet of vehicle created on the show including the Corvette “Mud Bogger”, the ESCALADE ESV “Tailgater”, the F-150 “Nut-shaker” and of course the PT “Wood Chipper” Cruiser, what a cruiser for car shows, who knows when you need a wood chipper. Personally, the tail-gator would be the heavy-hitter, its perfect for NFL or NASCAR fans for tailgating in the parking lot including huge flip-down plasma in rear, this would be perfect for Tony Stewart.


Carroll Shelby's personal 1969 Shelby GT500 Convertible (Credit: Barrett-Jackson Website)

The one to watch, that would have to be the 1969 Shelby GT500 Convertible that just so happens to be Carroll Shelby’s personal car, this one might just hit the $3 Million dollar mark, that would be cool to see.


John Schneider's 1969 Dodge Charger HEMI Coupe "Bo's General Lee (Image from ebay auction page.)

You just have to wonder, will we see another 5 million dollar record? It could happen, like I said, Carroll Shelby’s personal GT500 convertible could go for over 3 million dollars, the personal one for me out of them all including the Shelby GT500 Convertible would have to be John Schneider's 1969 Dodge Charger HEMI couple “Bo’s General Lee” (pictured above), I have all of the dvd’s of the Dukes of Hazzard and I wonder if this was the one that originally was auctioned off on ebay and was to go for $9.9 million dollars, that’s perfect. We will see starting on the 15th.

- Racedriven

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

One Tree Hill finally returns

Normally I really don’t write pieces or in this case reviews sort of speck on television shows, but I have been waiting for One Tree Hill to premiere for months now and considering it was the only show of my favorites from last season on the cw not to be cancelled or have its series finale, it still meant a lot to me to watch.

Last night I was very interested in seeing just what the new season of One Tree Hill would be like including the fact that the story line jumped from there last days of high school and children being born to 4 years ahead (to be pacific, 4 years, 6 months and 2 days…) this season.

After watching last night’s two-hour premiere, it was a good move, its always interesting to see where people are four+ years later after high school. I had to keep in mind that some had just finished college or so I thought. Going into the premiere, I believe that a lot of the fans wanted to see how Haley turned out, was she working, still married to Nathen and what about her son?

Well that was quickly answered when viewers saw her just finishing up her teaching degree to only starting her first days as being a teacher at none other than Tree Hill High with her little 4 year old son Jamie right next to her. What about Nathon…

The biggest surprise was Nathen to me, wait, before you say what, let me explain. The vision of Nathon at the end of last season was he was still going to be a big basketball star and in the first episode, he was to be drafted to (I believe) Seattle, but wouldn’t you know it, it wasn’t to be, he was in a wheel chair… all throughout the episode, he kept saying I have nothing, I have nothing, at times I was just sitting there saying what are you talking about, you have a cute 4 year old little boy who idolizes and loves you, who wants to be like you and a gorgeous wife, wake up.

I had thought that Nathen had injured his legs in a basketball game, but nope, something that was so Nathon, he got thrown out a plate glass window landing on concrete saying to his brother Lucus, I can’t feel my legs.

It was surprising just how any had stayed in Tree Hill or was living there after who ever completed college. I expected that Lucus the writer would be somewhere nearby and he was… writing he second book and dating his editor. The big writer, nope, the new head coach of the Tree Hill Ravens that hasn’t done anything since their championship four years ago. It was a good touch to see Lucus as the Head Coach and even better to see Skalls as the Assistant head coach, but were was his girlfriend?

Mouth, looked like he just finished college and was on the unemployed level for a while and having no luck finding work, I know how that can be, the search now a days gets harder and harder with fewer jobs to be found. He who also lived in Tree Hill landed a entry-level job reviewing tapes with a boss that hired him, just to say strike two, well he hasn’t been fired yet.

From the look on preview commercials leading up to the premiere, no surprise to see that Payton was struggling to find success with a record label that in her eyes doesn’t know good music at all and with a boss that well was more interested in seeing Payton with one more button out then listening to her advice and comments on who might they sign for the next big hit. She finally got it right when she said I quit and left to meet Brook in Tree Hill and both went to home to see what life was like now.

Wait I said, Brook… which finally brings me to the career successful women herself, please tell me that nobody was surprised to see (the 21 year old) Brook was running her own multi-million dollar business called Clothes over bros. Considering a couple seasons ago her clothing sold out big times… that was perfect and yet didn’t have a man anywhere in sight.

What an ending to the two-hour episode, nothing better describes this one then saying “you can always go home again” as someone finally wake up… as one after another decided to live in Tree Hill with Brook buying business space in none other than Karen’s café to run her Clothes over bros. business from to Haley waking up Nathon to only find him walking in water, touching… now what about the parents and whatever happened to Karen’s Cafe? Did anyone else watch?

- Racedriven

Thursday, January 3, 2008

TV Spotlight: American Chopper in 2008

It’s been months since I have written on one of my favorite shows American Chopper and since then there has been a lot of going on including some new choppers built and some departures. Two choppers that got my attention were the HP Intel Chopper and the Silver State Chopper.

The HP Intel Chopper was nothing like I have every seen, a chopper with two engines mounted side-by-side and an on-board computer that controls everything from the electric kickstand to the thumb print needed to start the chopper, even the massive front tire added a interesting and appealing look to it.

The Silver State Chopper, an airline piece of artwork and you really can’t miss that air induct on top of the gas tank. The unveil had its moments too, trying to scare Paul Sr. with Mikey flying the helicopter and dropping a fake bike while Paul Jr. takes the real chopper out for delivery. Both pictures are courtesy of Orange County Choppers Website.

The final two episodes of last year that focused on the Iowa Farm Bureau chopper had a few surprises and ended with one departure of Vinnie and a corn chopper. Getting back to American Chopper for a moment, I saw the new episode list on the OCC website and what a list, but what is the My Name is Earl Chopper? Anyway, the list is below…


(Credit: Autoblog Posting and Gallery)

01/17/08 at 9:00PM(EST) - Army National Guard 1
OCC locks and loads as they pay tribute to the troops with a custom bike for the Army National Guard. Then, Sr. takes a walk down the aisle with Beth.

01/24, 2008 at 9:00PM(EST) - Army National Guard 2
01/31, 2008 at 9:00PM(EST) - My Name is Earl 1
02/07/08 at 9:00PM(EST) - My Name is Earl 2
02/14/08 at 9:00PM(EST) - Gander Mountain 1
02/21/08 at 9:00PM(EST) - Gander Mountain 2
02/28/08 at 9:00PM(EST) - Craftsman / Die Hard 1
03/06/08 at 9:00PM(EST) - Craftsman / Die Hard 2
03/13/08 at 9:00PM(EST) - Klipsch
03/20/08 at 9:00PM(EST) – Viega

While I had written on the Iowa E85 chopper months ago just after the press release with the official photos, I hadn’t watched the episodes yet and while the chopper was the main focus, that wasn’t what was talked about afterwards, it was Vinnie’s leaving OCC. Since then I can also tell you that Cody has left OCC as well, for were you might ask, Cody and Vinnie have gone into business together in New York State, they build custom choppers and repair them too, its called V-Force Customs. That’s cool that Vinnie and Cody are building choppers in New York and repairing them too, Best of luck to them.

Also on the final episode, the OCC gang went out to put up steel at there new World Headquarters in New York (picture on the right is courtesy of x635: The Blog), its almost finished and I have to say, it looks somewhat like a huge barn with something out front. What a look, I hope its big enough, they have already expanded once and moved twice.

- Racedriven

Happy New Year Everyone… New Year Resolutions!

3-2-1-Happy New Year 2008, every year, there’s one thing that I do ever New Years Eve that never changes and that’s the way it should be… sitting down in front of the television to watch Dick Clark’s Rockin’ new Years Eve Party and not bad this year. It’s always interesting to see what acts they have on tap and I was surprised to see one of my favorite country singers Carrie Underwood perform, good performance, did anyone notice during Carrie’s performance that there was a Pontiac G8 behind here, nice car, what a way to showcase it.

Well, now that its 2008 and every year we all do the same thing, we come up with New Years Resolutions and try to stick to them and believe it or not so did I… first and for most, I have been unemployment for a while now and I really want to work, so that’s what I will be concentrating on this year and I have my resume all set and ready to go.

Second, I’ve really been working on my health for a while now, I’ve changed my diet, eating habets and got into to exercising – exercise bike, walking, moving around even on Sunday during a Cup Series race, every little but helps. That’s it for New Years Resolutions, what a list. Good luck with your lists and happy new year everybody.

- Racedriven