Wednesday, March 30, 2016

SPRING FEVER!!

I’d just like to mention not being able to drive my GT500 is driving me crazy!! I’ve had it since February and haven’t been able to legally drive it yet.  Not only has it been too cold but in Canada when you bring a car from a different province you might as well be bringing it from a different planet.  Ontario at least cares nothing about the tests it has had in a different province.  So I need to get the safety inspection done again and the emission check done again.  Then when I thought I finally had everything complete the Service Ontario department says they don’t like my insurance.  So they give me a temp 10 day plate sticker.  Of course Canada being Canada the weather turns to crap and there is an ice storm during that time.


The reason they didn’t like my insurance is because Allstate gave me a temp policy to patch the time between my last car and when this new policy starts in April.  Ontario sees the temp insurance and won’t accept it.  So now I’m watching a few warm days pass by and I can’t drive it.

Whenever I'm commuting and I see someone tooling around in their summer ride I feel the frustration rising.  Soon though .... very soon.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Rims Or Wheels

People always say wheels when I feel they mean rims.  Maybe this is just my logic but here is how I see it.


No??

Thursday, March 10, 2016

There's Yet Another Hellcat... oh Dodge, why?

Why the hell does Dodge have to Hellcat everything in their lineup?  They’ve got the Hellcat Challenger, then came the Charger, then came the Jeep Cherokee, and not they show the TrailCat Jeep concept.  They pimp out that engine to everything.  Have they never heard the saying, “If everyone is special then nobody is?”

Dodge Caliber SRT-4
This is one of the main reason I went with a GT500 instead of a Hellcat.  The Hellcat’s just aren’t as special as the Shelby’s.  Dodge does the same thing with the R/T trim.  Back in the 60s/70s R/T stood for Road and Track.  It meant a car that was just as potent on the road as it is on the track so you needed to watch out.  It was for Dodge’s big muscle cars.  But not they slap it on everything.  You could even get a Dodge Caliber R/T then later SRT.  Now it’s all just a joke and they are doing the same with their new Hellcat engine.


Ford on the other hand has said that the new flat plane Voodoo engine that’s in the GT350 Mustang will be exclusive to that vehicle and will not be found in any other model.  This makes it special and makes the cars with the engine more valuable.  The supercharged 5.8L Trinity engine in my GT500 wasn’t in anything else from Ford.  It was 662hp just for the GT500.  Classy.

UPDATE: ...and now a Hellcat Ram....of course. Shocking.


Saturday, March 5, 2016

Car Stories: YouTube Video Series

I uploaded a few videos over on my YouTube channel.  One is about my first speeding ticket and the other is my views on street racing.  I mainly want to see people reaction and see if I want to do more stories.  Please feel free to check them out and leave a comment.  Thanks




Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Wow, Nice Beamer

If you read my page you probably know I'm not a fan of BMWs.  Well that's not fair.  I really have nothing against the car as a brand, they seem nice enough.  What I really hate are BMW drivers.  There is just such an overwhelming percentage of asshats driving them.  I commute an hour to and from my job every day and If I see something stupid happening on the road it's about a 75% chance it's a BMW driver doing it.

So I was checking out Autoblog today and they showcased this really nice looking BMW M2.  I guess it's a kind of concept but I was really struck by the color combo.  A nice dark hunter green with red wheels, and 570hp is pretty nice too.

http://www.autoblog.com/2016/03/02/ac-schnitzer-acl2-concept-geneva/




Tuesday, March 1, 2016

GT500 Postmortem: Buyer's Remorse?

I’ve owned several what I would consider to be nice cars.  They were all “every man” cars, nothing too exotic or fancy.  The Mustang is of course one of these, you can count several on almost any drive.  The GT500 is sort of a Mustang but then it isn’t one and purchasing the GT500 had some implications that I did not expect.  What I’m referring to is the way owning one shifted people’s views of me.

I have a group of “car guy” friends and we were all kind of in the same boat, tuning and upgrading what we have and dreaming of something better.  We could all relate to each other and shoot the shit about car culture and what was happening in it.  Then I bought the GT500 and I was kind of surprised to discover I’d been kicked out of the group.  Not literally of course but the attitudes of the guys I used to talk to certainly changed towards me.  Instead of being excited and encouraging about my purchase they had a bunch of jealousy and hatred.  Two people flat out told me they were jealous, another said they hoped I wrapped it around a tree, one said they wished they had my problems, and even my brother said, “I kind of hate you.”

I really never saw this coming.  It’s not like I bought a Ferrari or a Lamborghini, it’s basically just a Mustang with some extra juice.  If I had built my Mustang GT up to 662hp with a bunch for track goodies everyone would be fine with it.  But something about purchasing the Shelby gave people the attitude that I had obtained something that they cannot and therefore I’m an asshole.

Just to be clear I’m not wealthy.  I’m not rolling in cash and on a whim decided to drop a pile of cash on a play thing.  If anyone looked at my budget they would say I should not have purchased it.  I’m going to be paying a lot of money every month for a very long time.  But I made the decision that I wanted to have this and I made the sacrifice to have this huge burden on my budget. 

I’m a car guy, cars are my hobby and passion so I did what I felt I needed to do to make me happy.  I went from a car that I was extremely bored with and a car that really had nowhere to go in regards to tuning and upgrades, to a car with loads of possibilities.  Even in stock form I have so much to learn from it.  And from an investment standpoint it’s a car that could even pass on to my kids for them to sell or whatever.

If I could do it all over again I would not buy the GT500.  Normally I don’t give a crap about what people think or say but these were my buds.  I don’t want them thinking I’m some rich twat dropping bills on whatever I want.  It’s not like that at all.  So I asked the dealer if we could forget the whole thing and just switch it all back.  They were not responsive to this idea so I guess it's mine.