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Tomorrow, the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association will gather in a blaze of bright accents and lowered stance to allow its members to show off their latest and most outlandish new aftermarket makeup. The annual SEMA Show is always in Las Vegas, and it’s always very well attended. Last year over 50,000 people showed up from all over the world. As the acronym suggests, the focus is always on aftermarket products, upgrades for everything from race cars to RVs. But big automakers always take the opportunity to show off the cool stuff they could build if they could be bothered to take a break from churning out beigemobiles. Here are a few special editions the manufacturers will have on hand. Continue reading
Here at the asylum we call the Streetside office, we have a term we toss around: the Initial Trifecta. These are the first three power modifications you should make to any new ride. Last week we covered the cold air intake for improving your engine’s ability to inhale; next week we’ll hit the exhaust for exhaling. But this week, we’ll talk about one of the simplest, easiest, laziest mods you can make. After all, it’s getting cold out, and you don’t want to be leaving your warm and cozy cab just to be installing all kinds of mods and such. The second part of the Initial Trifecta is the power programmer. No, don’t get up. Continue reading
The global platform…it’s an automaker’s concept of a single set of blueprints for each car they build, no matter where it’s sold. Unfortunately, their sales maps usually have a big white void where the US sits, due to our harsh safety and emissions regulations, and perhaps our picky outlook. Sometimes this can be a good thing, as in the case of the Tata Nano, which has a hobby of catching fire and looking like a joke on wheels. But often it means we miss out on some of the coolest cars in the world, like the Toyota Hilux and the Holden VZ Ute Thunder. Continue reading
We talk a lot about K&N here at Streetside, but not without good reason. We’re all car people here, and we tend to agree with most of the other car people in the world that if you’re looking to increase your horsepower, but you only have 20 minutes, a K&N cold air intake is the best thing to install. See, K&N doesn’t futz around with little fundraising products. If it doesn’t increase your power, they don’t make it. Continue reading
This week, the people over at Guiness recognized a new world record. An expedition set out last year from the edge of the Antarctic High Plateau with the goal of getting to the South Pole, 1,434 miles away. The team made it in just 108 hours, and though this means they only drove an average of 13 mph, it took a truckload of toughness and technology to make the drive in the fastest time ever recorded.
Last week’s Civil Defender of classic Suburbans didn’t fare well, and you let it go the way of the Cold War with a unanimous Pass vote. That ambulance, however, was on the block for fifteen grand, so if the price was a bit too steep, whet your fancy and use it to lop off a zero for today’s example: a 1985 Econoline with low miles and a fifteen Benjamin asking price, and whose maximum headroom and rock cred might sway you toward a Buy vote. Continue reading
Be honest. When’s the last time you saw a DeLorean DMC-12 in the brushed stainless flesh and didn’t immediately imagine using it to travel back to 1955? Like Mark Hamill, the DeLorean has been typecast, and will never live down its role as Robert Zemeckis’ iconic time machine. But now, it may be known for something else, and this, in a way, also comes from the future. For the first time, the official DMC-12 will be electric.
K&N air filters have many advantages over stock filters. You get more horsepower, better gas mileage, and a million mile warranty. Best of all, you get a sticker! But an oft overlooked bonus is that a K&N filter never needs to be replaced, only cleaned. Unfortunately, that cleaning is also oft overlooked, leading to an asthmatic intake system. So here’s a quick rundown on how to keep your K&N filter clean and breathing easy. Continue reading
Purpose-built track toys have been cropping up for a while. They all seem to come from places where the Queen’s English is spoken, but they’ve got more than this in common. They’re all very light and simple. They’re small with small engines: modern go-karts for the road. First there was the Ariel Atom, the skeletal supercar with a Honda Civic engine. Then there was the KTM Crossbow, the slower, more expensive competitor from a bunch of mad cycle builders named Bruce.
But now a challenger has appeared in their gum-stick mirrors, and this one has exactly as many seats as an F1 car. Continue reading
Last week’s target practice Caddy couldn’t win any of you over with its low price, but if the broken glass wounded you, today’s Pass or Buy 1962 Suburban could help, and it may arrive just in time.
The last time we featured a medical transport on Pass or Buy, it required a special license to operate. Today’s Suburban could be driven by a standard 16-year-old, but it’s far from standard, fitted out as a Civil Defense ambulance. Will its $15,000 asking price resuscitate your interest in the early Cold War, or now that you’ve heard such a figure, would you rather call a real amberlamps? Continue reading
The Caterham Seven is a very good car, chosen by autocross enthusiasts worldwide for its acceleration and lightweight handling prowess (and chosen by us as a Dream Car). It runs in very tight circles. In fact, it currently holds the world record for number of consecutive donuts: 566.
We here at Streetside also run in tight circles. As of last week, we can count the Bizrate Circle of Excellence among them. The Circle of Excellence is a prestigious annual award, rather like the Oscars of online business. Very few are given out every year, and we’re honored. Continue reading
Wheel studs are those threaded posts that keep a grip on your lug nuts. Since they keep your wheels from flying off, you might imagine them rather important. You’d be right. But sometimes, especially with older cars, they break. You’re standing on your lug wrench, trying to wrestle free that last rusted nut, and snap. But before you utter an Oh snap, fear not. You don’t have to replace your car. You can fix that wheel stud yourself, and it’s cheaper than just letting it go. Because your life is worth more than the two bucks you’ll pay for a new one. Here’s what to do: Continue reading
Here at Streetside, we enjoy talking cars–even unenjoyable cars. But when we tried listing the ten dumbest cars ever made, we decided that your opinions were just as valuable as ours. So we put it to a vote, and tabulated your nominations. And if they display a lopsided aversion to GM or anything built after 1970, well, rock the vote next time. Continue reading