The General Lee

Dukes of Hazzard celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year, so we’re kicking off the celebrations early by re-uploading this post originally published in CarLustBlog.com on June 8, 2016. Minor editing, removal of excess pics and fresh links where needed aside, it’s all the same.

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Picture this: a young kid is at home watching day-time TV during summer break. Then a commercial appears: an orange racecar without headlights and a pushbar flies across the air in various scenes. The kid is GLUED to the TV, trying to ID the car to no avail. Then it’s all over. Unlike other commercials, it never reappears. But the imagery is etched in the back of the kid’s subconscious, hoping that one day he’ll find more about it. Continue reading

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Bumblebee, a review:

Bumblebee is a new and well-critiqued movie, but given that it’s part of a commercially successful but critically panned string of movies, it’s best that I convince you that there’s more than meets the eye with this one. If I like it (and I did), I’m sure you all will love it!

Warning: spoilers ahead!

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After retreating from a losing battle in home planet Cybertron, Autobot B-127 (briefly voiced by Dylan O’Brien) is tasked by leader Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) with secretly escaping to planet Earth and set up a base so that the Autobot minority can regroup. Crash-landing in a military exercise led by Jack Burns (John Cena), B-127 is immediately treated as hostile. Things get worse when Decepticon Blitzwing appears bombs ablazin’, heavily injuring B-127 and ripping out his voice box. B-127 uses Blitzwing’s own firepower against him, but the damage is such that he suffers memory loss and emergency shutdown, but not before scanning a vehicle to transform into… Continue reading

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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

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