Corvette Summer Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Summer has come and gone. But we shouldn’t forget that Corvette Summer is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. In its honor, we bring out this post, originally published on June 22, 2016. It’s been edited in the slightest.

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An irrational fear that I have is that my future daughter (given the family’s track record, it’s gonna be a girl) will inherit her old man’s taste in vintage goodness. The thing is, vintage goodness for her will be stuff from the 2000s and 2010s, most of which I’ve cast aside, preferring to follow things from the latter part of the 20th century. It will be my duty to guide her through the good (Web 2.0, uhh… More Cowbell?), the bad (Web 2.0, reggaeton, Bay-formers, scripted reality TV, etc.) and the ugly (Web 2.0, famous-because-famous “celebrities”, Crocs, Venetian shade sunglasses, Lady Gaga’s influence in wardrobe). Yes, I’ll try to see if she gets interested in some of the things her old man likes. Continue reading

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Four-Door Thunderbirds

Fullscreen capture 11262018 110319 AM.bmpIt’s certainly no secret that yours truly is in love with cars that have suicide doors.  There’s just a curiosity about them to me, especially on newer cars (Later than 1960, if you will) that catches my eyes.  This may have started with the 1960s Lincoln Continentals, but the cars that I dream about most in my driveway with center-closing doors are these four-door Thunderbirds. Continue reading

HKS Zero-R

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While writing about the R32 range, specifically the BNR32 Nissan Skyline GT-R, I went to gtrusablog.com and soaked up all things R32. One of the entries showed pics of various silver machines called HKS Zero-R. I’m familiar with HKS, a prominent tuning company with a plethora of aftermarket performance parts. Not only did they cover the BNR32 Skyline GT-R, they sponsored one in Japanese Group A racing category. So they were no strangers to GT-Rs. With that in mind, it made sense that HKS would venture into selling their own spin on the GT-R the same way companies like Alpina did with BMWs: even if the car’s basis comes from elsewhere, it’s been reworked to such an extent that it’s an entirely different animal in legal terms. Continue reading

1989-1994 Nissan Skyline GT-R (BNR32)

This was my first official write-up for CarLustBlog.com, back in October 11, 2011. A lot has changed since then, as there’s FAR more pics and information available on this machine than just 7 years ago. My opinion on some details, as well as writing skills have also changed. Mistakes have been fixed, sections of the post have been moved and expanded (including pics and links), but the original bones are still there.

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Godzilla. You know you’re doing something right with a nickname like that.

While reading the GT-R story in Motor Trend Classic, I asked myself if it was fair to compare the technological tour-de-force that is the BNR32 Nissan Skyline GT-R with the lightweight (2500lbs vs 3150lbs), naturally aspirated rear-wheel-drive KGPC10 Nissan Skyline GT-R, aka the Hakosuka. They do have something in common, aside from name. Both were born to WIN.

The R32 range was spearheaded by automotive engineer Naganori Ito, who of course worked on its most famous version, the BNR32. This one was built around the latest Group A racing regulations. Nissan wanted to do better than its predecessor, the R31 Nissan Skyline GTS-R. Plus, it was a good opportunity to resurrect the GT-R badge, last seen on the 4th generation Skyline (R32s are the 8th), the 1973 Kenmeri KPGC110 Nissan Skyline GT-R. For that, some serious hardware was going to be needed: Continue reading

The Chandelier Tree

(A note from Chuck):  This post is dedicated to my Mother, who would have been 95 today [Sept. 22].  She loved all living things, especially plants, and would have been amazed at the sight of this magnificent tree.)

121So when’s the last time you’ve driven through a tree and did no damage whatsoever to your car, its occupants, or the tree itself?  That’s right, a tree, a big, growing, hard, wooden thing that gives you shade in the Summertime, usually drops its leaves in the Fall, and looks so grand in the Spring.

The Chandelier Tree in Leggett, California, offers just that opportunity.  There’s a small fee as you enter the grounds, where the “natural” potholes enforce a 5 mph park speed limit.  And just in case you were wondering, the Tree gets its name from its limbs that resemble an ornate chandelier. Continue reading