Monthly Archives: November 2009

How to turn your car into a Christmas-carol-free sanctuary


We found out long ago from the teachings of Lyndsay Buckingham that it’s a long way down Holiday Road. Now that we’ve eaten our way through another Thanksgiving, that route just got a lot more treacherous because every destination along the way is going to be infected with Xmas songs. Dylan croonin’ Little Drummer Boy. Run DMC spitting hot fire about Hollis. Beagles barking out Jingle Bells. O, the horror!

If you’re looking for a little reprieve, don’t turn to your car radio. The airwaves always get overrun with holly-poisoned ditties this time of year.

Dice iPod Car AdapterYour best bet for bah-humbugging these pernicious carols is to drown them out with your own iPod playlists. Luckily, if your stock stereo didn’t come equipped with an auxiliary jack, you can professionally integrate your iPod right at home with a Dice iPod Car Adapter. Unlike those crackly FM transmitters, this kit is custom configured to hardwire right into your stereo for crystal-clear audio. It even keeps your player fully charged while you drive, so you’ve always got plenty of juice to build an impenetrable Ramones barrier between yourself and Bing Crosby’s White Christmas.

It’s either that or turn on NPR.

Happy Thanksgiving from AutoAnything


Thanksgiving Turkey Gets a Bikini Tan

This is how we do it in San Diego.  :)

From our family to yours:

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Saab, born from jets, crashes and burns


Swedish meatballs will surely be served at Saab's funeral

Holy Swedish meatballs, Bätman. The word on the street is that GM’s Sweden-rooted marque, Saab, is on the verge of being sent to the proverbial scrap yard. Even though the Man of Steel was able to survive the scrap yard in Superman III, Saab doesn’t have the advantage of being born on Krypton—they’re just from Trollhättan.

According to the AP, the struggling auto maker was being courted by Koenigsegg Automotive AB, yet another Swedish auto builder. However, Koenigsegg backed out of the deal, leaving Saab floundering like a herring out of water.

Before Koenigsegg came a courtin’, GM had planned to put Saab out to pasture. Now that Koenigsegg put the engagement ring back into its pocket, GM may finally have to pull the plug on Saab. I guess this means that Kurt Vonnegut’s criticisms of Swedish engineering have finally been vindicated.

Automotive Watches, Tailgating Gear, Power Programmers & More! An AutoAnything Weekly Update


Warehouse BoxesHoly smokes do we have a new product payload for you.  Christmas time is around the corner, so we thought we should add some products that might make your shopping a little easier this year. Over the last month, we partnered up with Taxor, a manufacturer of men’s watches, women’s watches, and automotive clocks.  But what makes these time pieces are extra special because they feature the logo of your mistress de la garage.

  • GM Watches for Men –  Because you want the world to know that you drive a Corvette.
  • Honda Watches for Men – So you can keep your Honda boxers to yourself.
  • Nissan Watches for Men – So you can time your car going from 0 to 60 in about 9 seconds flat.
  • Dodge Watches for Men – Because strapping a Dodge Hot Wheels on your wrist is unacceptable.
  • Ford Watches for Men – Tired of holding your Ford key out in hopes someone asks what you drive? Wear a Ford watch instead.
  • Dodge Watches for Women – Unless your special talent is telling time by the location of the sun, you need this watch.
  • Ford Watches for Women – Because no outfit is complete without at least one Ford accessory on your wrist.
  • GM Watches for Women – To tactfully remind others what kind of fancy car you drive.
  • Honda Watches for Women – It’s about more than just punctuality–it’s about having mad style.
  • Ford Clocks – Hickory Dickory Dock, tell time with this Ford Clock. C’mon. You knew we had to use it.
  • GM Clocks – Better than running out to your car to check the time–now you can tell time the GM way on your wall or desk.
  • Honda Clocks – Don’t spend your money on a box. Don’t spend it on a fox. Don’t spend it on a sock. Spend it on a Honda Clock.
  • Jeep Clocks – Jeeps beep and clocks tock. Now, Taxor brings you Jeep Clocks–sorry they don’t beep.

And if time isn’t your thing, then we’ve got a few other items that’ll rock your Christmas socks:

  • AVS Seamless Ventvisor – Seamless stockings, seamless rain gutters, seamless plots and now—Seamless Ventvisors.  Get’em today, they’re Ultra Low-Pro for a look that’s slicker than your grandpa’s comb over.
  • Tailgate Cargo Box – No, it’s not a miniature Doug Henning prop; however, the Tailgate Cargo Box does carry all your gear and then magically transform from a cargo carrier into 2 chairs and a table.  Works great for camping too!
  • Hypertech Max Energy Sport – You may have heard about this, you may have even seen spy photos of it, but the day has almost come; Hypertech is entering the world of sport-compacts!  We should have these puppies in stock soon, check back if you want to give your import some extra juice!

BREAKING: There was No Pelican


In what seems like an uncanny, unpossible chance of coincidence, there were some guys driving parallel to and videotaping the Bugatti when it crashed into the salty marsh.   From the video, it’s clear that the guys recognized the Veyron as being an exotic car, although they weren’t sure what kind it was.  As they were admiring the ulimate super car,  the Bugatti all of a sudden veers to the right and hits the drink!  The driver reported to the authorities that he swerved to miss a low-flying pelican, but I don’t see a pelican, do you?

Bugatti Veyron Misses Hitting a Pelican?

Bugatti Veyron Misses Hitting a Pelican?

But before we reserve judgment, lets review some freeze frames.  You can see there is a small white smudge in front of the Veyron, which could potentially be a Pelican.  However, the original report stated that the driver swerved to miss a low-flying Pelican… this smudge ain’t flying.  Even if the bird wasn’t flying, if a car came so close to it that the driver had to swerve to miss it, you would think that the bird would be startled enough to fly up in the air, at least a few feet, in an act of self preservation.  There are some strange details to the drivers story, but in a grassy-knoll kinda way, I’m not buying the idea that the white smudge is a pelican.

The sleuths over at AutoBlog did some digging around and discovered that the person driving the 16/4 was none other than Andy House, the owner-operator of Performance Auto Sales, the “leader in Exotic Salvage Restoration”.  So far, this doesn’t look good for Andy as it sounds like it was nothing more than a publicity stunt.  Although this notion is unconfirmed, but it is an unthinkable atrocity to crash an exotic car as rare as the Bugatti Veyron for some kind of business gain.  Sounds pretty bad, huh?

Here’s the crash video.  WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE, NSFW.

10 Minutes of Pure Rally Crashes


I don’t think there’s a better way to kill 10 minutes on a Friday afternoon…

 

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Simoniz Auto Detailing Products & Chrome Car Antennas – An AutoAnything Weekly Update


Well, another week has passed. Here in California, the weather’s getting cooler and at 64 degrees Fahrenheit, the ocean is downright frigid! It makes it tough to surf, and somewhat chilly for scuba diving.  But Colorado’s seen a huge snowstorm, leaving several feet of fresh powder behind.  I’m sure a bunch of my friends are out at Vail cutting first tracks and demolishing pints… yes, I’m jealous.

But I can already smell the turkey that mom’s cooking in the oven, so that makes everything better…

Thanksgiving Turkey with all the Trimmings

You know what I also smell?  New product.

Simoniz Products – Simon says Simoniz all you need to make your car shine like new.  Even works great on rusted out 1982 Toyota Tercel’s… really, it does.

Chrome Car Antennas – Because some people just want a shinier place to put their Jack-in-the-Box Antenna Balls.
We also revamped some of our old shopping guides with a better layout, updated information and more detailed descriptions. So whether you’re trying to find the best detailing products, pick out some aftermarket lights, or you need help choosing the right car bra for your ride (hint: just like junior high, it’s probably the push-up bra), we’ve got you covered.
That’s it for now, check back later for your Friday Afternoon 5 O’Clock Countdown post.

Bugatti Veyron Dodges Pelican, Goes for a Swim in Galveston, Texas


Bugatti Veyron in Salt Water - Galveston, Texas

In Galveston, Texas, a local was driving his run-of-the-mill Bugatti Veyron to go prospect some “high-end” land for development.  As the story goes, he was talking on his cell phone when a pelican flew in front of his 16/4, he dropped his phone, swerved to miss the bird,  and hit a patch of mud.  The end result is in the photo above.

Believe it or not, the $1.6 million dollar Veyron comes with a hands-free bluetooth system built in, so I smell something fishy.  Video of it sitting in the salt-water drink after the jump.

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Dodge Viper Logo Totally Looks Like…


Upside Down Dodge Viper Logo Totally Looks Like Daffy Duck

Upside Down Dodge Viper Logo Totally Looks Like Daffy Duck

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Fords Inflatable Seat Belts to Save Lives & Necks


Fords Inflatable Seat Belt

The idea is ingenious. We already use airbags in out steering wheels, dash boards, pillars, seats and headliners, so why not put one in a seat belt? If it works as intended, it should spread out the impact forces and reduce the amount of bruising that occurs. This could prove a major benefit for children and elderly people, who are often more prone to injuries during car crashes.  The inflatable belts are only being developed for the rear seats; featuring smooth edges and more padding that a sheepskin seat cover, these belts should prove to be more comfortable to wear that traditional belts.  Expect them to be released in the next generation Ford Explorer first, with more vehicles to follow. Get the full details from Ford after the jump.

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Top Gear is Back this Sunday, November 14th!


Just a heads up to all the Top Gear fans, the boys back in action this Sunday.  I just checked BBC America’s TV schedule and it doesn’t look like they’ll be airing Season 14 any time soon, you’ll have to find other means of watch it.  What will they be getting themselves into this season? Trailer here.

2010 Specter Werkes Corvette GTR Gets Our Motors Running


2010-Specter-Werkes-Corvette-GTR-Wheels-Brakes

Officially unveiled at the 2009 SEMA Show, Specter Werkes has shown the public what their 2010 C6 GTR is made of. Based on the mighty 500 horsepower Z06 platform, this Vette is far from stock.  Powered by Lingenfelter’s twin-turbo system for the LS7, this C6 now boasts 800 horsepower to the wheels and enough torque to spin the world backwards.

A custom body kit, vented hood, front lip and matte-black rear fascia clean up the exterior.  Overall, I think it looks good, but those rear exhaust tips are a little over the top.  Carbon fiber wheels adorn each corner, wrapped in Pilot Sport PS2 rubber, surrounding a StopTech 6-piston BBK.  The wheels are made by HRE and weigh in at only 22 pounds each, not bad for 20’s! Press release and 5 more pics after the break!

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VIDEO: Amphibious Hummer Doubles as Submarine


As if we haven’t had enough weird personal projects today, this Hummer’s been modified with a snorkel intake and exhaust that would make Scuba Steve jealous…

VIDEO: Ken Block’s STi on SnowCat Tracks!!


We’ve seen this before, but only during a brief 15-second clip taken with a cell phone, which really isn’t much to go on.  But now the day has come where Ken Block shows the world his top secret project.  You could say that Ken Block has built the worlds biggest sled, or maybe even that it’s the boldest application of Subaru’s legendary AWD system.  If it were me, I’d call it the ultimate ski lift.

 

Scent of a Volvo: Blind Man Draws the New S60 for Promo


Blind-Man-Draws-Volvo-S60

The human ability is something that never ceases to amaze me.  As we continue to push the limits of our lives, people are constantly raising the bar another notch. Case in point is Eşref Armağan, a blind artist who was chosen to draw out the new Volvo S60, a car that no one has seen. Volvo says the new S60 will be a game changer, a car that surpasses all it’s predecessors.  For now, they can’t provide us with any details, but they would like to offer us a blind preview of what it’s going to look like. Hit the jump to see the viral-tastic video, or follow Volvo’s blind preview on Facebook.

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Keyboard Cat Plays Hall & Oates Like a Rockstar


Because we all need a little humor in our lives…

The Z28 Returns to the Camaro Family


Chevy Camaro Z28

It’s been rumored for quite some time that the Z28 would be making a comeback, and it’s a smart move for GM as the Camaro is one of their best sellers.  The SS’s V8 is fast and throaty, while the body lines give it a sinister look… the perfect recipe for American muscle.  Well all that’s about to change for the better as it looks like the Z28 will finally become an option for new car buyers.

Spied and facebooked at the SEMA show, the above picture is probably of the new Z28.  There are absolutely no details yet, and we only know whats been rumored, which is that there’s an LSA-engine under that hood.  The LSA is the same powerplant used in the Cadillac CTS-V, which means it’ll be brutal; 550 HP and 550 FT-LBS of torque. Stay tuned, more details to follow.

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