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Celebrity Drive: Steve Darnell of “Vegas Rat Rods”

Motortrend Magazine News - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 4:00am

Quick Stats: Steve Darnell, Discovery’s “Vegas Rat Rods”
Daily Driver: 1957 Chevy 210 (Steve’s rating: 10 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Other cars: See below
Favorite road trip: Vegas to Pomona
Car he learned to drive in: Old Ford and Chevy truck
First car bought: 1973 Datsun

A 1928 Dodge from his late grandfather started it all for Steve Darnell of Vegas Rat Rods.

“He was a World War II vet, he was a bad-ass, and he was the nicest guy on the planet. I rebuilt the car and I called it ‘The Destroyer’ because he was on a destroyer battleship and he did nine battles and he lived through two or three typhoons. I feel like such a wuss compared to what he went through as a young man at 22 years old.”

Inspired by his grandfather, Darnell dedicated the rat rod to him. “He was a pretty amazing guy, there’s a lot about him here at WelderUp and my life,” he says.

Even though Darnell has built many cars since then, the Destroyer remains WelderUp’s mascot. “It sits in my showroom and we have a lot of people who come to Vegas and … want to see that car,” he says.

This rat rod, a perfect 10 in Darnell’s eyes, epitomizes the world of fabricators and welders who want to channel their creativity into something automotive. Darnell says he’s built fantasy cars for professionals including doctors who drive Porsches during the day, but these rat rods induce a different effect.

“They jump in the front seat of this thing, and it just changes their whole way. They want to go out and do burnouts and piss people off a little bit, be somebody different for a minute,” he says. “And a lot of these are people going back in time of like, ‘Dude, my grandpa had one like that.’ We’re building out now an inspiration for all these kids and their dads. They’re all out building cars in their garages because of this TV show. I hear it every day, ‘You’ve inspired me and my kid to build a rat rod.’ We’re bringing families together, they’re out in the garage and they’re building stuff and it goes from something that looks like you’re a bad-ass to where it’s actually a family thing.”

Besides the WelderUp mascot car, Darnell has a few other favorites in his garage of about 30 cars, such as his 1957 Chevy 210.

1957 Chevy 210

Rating: 10

“What I like about it, is it’s drivable, it’s got a fuel injected motor in it. It’s turbocharged, it makes about 740 horses, it’s no joke,” Darnell says. “What I like about it is I can pull up next to somebody and they’re in their brand-new Camaro and Mustang and I [can smoke them]. That’s what makes it fun. It’s a sleeper.”

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1968 Dodge Charger

Rating: 10

“I love it. It’s got a diesel engine in it, which doesn’t belong in the car, two superchargers, two turbos on it, sticking right through the hood, and the car is just insane,” he says about the Charger, which was built for a music video.

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1930 Ford Model A sedan

Rating: 20

This Ford is like WelderUp’s own Trevi Fountain, drawing fans in for what it stands for, and a place they can toss coins for good wishes.

“My general manager, his little boy had cancer and I decided to do it right in the middle of our filming season the year before this one. We stopped the shop and I said, ‘I want to build a car about cancer.’ I built a car that literally looks like it has cancer in the front of the car and it just goes through the car, it’ll come out to being brand new,” Darnell says.

That’s a car Darnell had to set aside in its own area. “We’re like a family, so when you have a little boy who barely can talk, already dealing with this, it was a lot to go through as I built the car,” he says.

On a scale of 10, Darnell rates it off the charts with a 20, commenting on how each one motivates him in a different way.

“Every time I build one, I have to go into that place and live it. They’re all different to me. The motivation for most of my builds are something positive, even if it’s creepy.”

He says he’s built scary cars and over-the-top crazy fast cars, but this one is in a whole different place of its own because it’s dealing with a disease that kills people every day.

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“It was really weird to do it because I was like, ‘Oh man, I hope people don’t get offended by me building this car,’ but people love it and they walk in my showroom and they throw money in the car. It’s really cool,” he says.

Darnell wanted to do something positive with the money people throw in the car, so they’re putting it in a college account for Preston, the boy who inspired this car.

Although Darnell isn’t quite sure why people began to and continue to throw coins, he surmises that perhaps many have lost loved ones to cancer or have gone through it themselves.

“I’ve had women come in here that have had breast cancer and they’re like, ‘The car is exactly what I felt like. I can’t believe how spot on you are.’ I just figured this is how cancer feels; I haven’t been through it personally yet myself,” he says. “But I think a lot of people, they come in, they feel bad or someone’s died and they want to give help to somebody, and the good thing is that they know it’s going to something good.”

Car he learned to drive in

As a kid, Darnell would drive an old Ford truck on his uncle’s cattle ranch in eastern Montana.

“I’d have to feed cows with the truck or a tractor and that was when I was 7 years old because a lot of times back in them old days, you’d sit in the front seat and drive while the other guys sat out the back. So somebody had to steer and drive the truck. That’s when I learned how to drive a stick. You’d have learn how to let the clutch down easy because if not, you could throw a load of hay off and everybody off the back of the truck,” he says, laughing.

When visiting his grandfather in southern Utah, Darnell also drove the old Chevy truck that was there. “He’d put me on his lap and I’d drive his old truck around all the time with him,” Darnell says.

And in Vegas with his dad, Darnell grew up in steelyards. “I’d come here and work for my dad. I learned how to drive a forklift when I was really little,” he says. “I knew how to operate equipment. My dad had me on a forklift moving steel around or I was riding with him. As I got older I started running all kinds of different equipment. Being around all that is really what got it happening. Between the steel industry and out on the ranch and learning all that stuff, it’s good for you when you get older.”

First car bought

The story of how Darnell bought his first car started with a bicycle he bought for $80. “I sold my pedal bicycle that I paid for mowing lawns, a Redline bicycle. I fixed it up, I sold it for $300. I took my $300 and I went over and I bought a 1973 Datsun right out of a guy’s backyard,” he says. “I didn’t have a driver’s license; I was 13 or 14.”

When he tried to start the car, it had problems, so he started it in gear because the clutch didn’t work. “Then I’d ride my bicycle to the junkyard and get parts in Billings, and the old man used to give me parts; he knew I was broke. We’re still friends today,” he says. “I’m friends with him and his family all these years later. It’s been 35 years.”

Darnell got enough parts to get the Datsun running and drove that every day during his first year of high school, without a driver’s license. “Then I got a job so I could really make money. I was mowing lawns and fixing dirt bikes, people would bring motorcycles, I’d fix them in their garage, and I was building bicycles and selling them to people.”

The manual Datsun wasn’t easy to drive without air or power steering, but it meant the world to Darnell.

“The feel of the freedom of knowing that you just went and took your hard-earned money and bought your own vehicle—that day was one of the most satisfying days of my life,” he says, exuberantly.

For Darnell, the Datsun was about the independence of being a young man. “Nowadays, kids don’t even get their driver’s license until they’re 20. We were driving before our driver’s license, we were so excited to drive,” he says. “I couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel of something and turn that radio on and just live and be free. I think that adrenaline rush, now I don’t know how many cars I have, and I’ve been through hundreds of cars, but that Datsun was one of the first ones. It was cool. I wish I could find that one actually.”

Darnell also had a 1970 Chevrolet Blazer during his teenager years. “That was probably the coolest thing when I was in high school that I drove,” he says. “I had a lot of different cars and trucks even when I was younger; I was buying and selling go karts. Since I was a little kid I had dirt bikes.”

It was a struggle to maintain his cars back then in high school. “I went to work when I was 16 years old so I could afford to drive my cars, and before that I shoveled walks and mowed lawns and did side jobs and whatever I could do,” he says.

Although Darnell lived in Montana during his teenager years, every summer he’d go work for his dad in Las Vegas. “I had an old Camaro here and we used to cruise the Strip and Fremont Street and chase girls and have a good time back in the late ’80s,” he says. “I had four different cars before I graduated high school because I was buying them, selling them, fixing them up, selling them.”

Darnell first got the bug for working on cars back in high school, inspired also by stories his parents would tell him of a glorious past with their cars in old Vegas. “My mom and dad in the ’60s were cruising Fremont Street in their ’56 Chevy,” he recalls. “All those stories stayed in my head and I thought it was so cool, so I’ve always been into cars because of that.”

Favorite road trip

One of Darnell’s favorite road trips was driving up to his grandfather’s place in Utah. “I knew that once I got there I could drive his truck and drive the tractor and shoot the guns. So that was always a thrill too when I was younger,” he says.

But today, Darnell’s favorite road trip is from Vegas to Pomona, California. “Some of my favorite highways is the 210, getting ready to get off on Fruit Street so I can go to Pomona for the swap meet,” he says, with a laugh. “Coming down the highway, knowing that I’m getting closer to the Pomona Swap Meet is always a thrill, because I can’t wait to get there.”

Darnell loves the swap meet so much, he tries to go every five weeks when he can. “It’s a blast. For me in my world and what I do, I find stuff and … build something out of it. So it’s fun to go there and find the parts and pieces that I need to be able to create these creatures that I build, but at the same moment it’s like a family reunion. Everybody’s barbecuing in the parking lot, they sleep in their cars right on the grounds, it’s crazy,” he says, laughing.

Now that he stars in his own show, some people are surprised when he camps out like they do. “People trip out because they can’t believe that I’m sleeping out there on the parking lot. I’m like, ‘I’m just hanging out with you guys, man,’” he says, laughing. “But it’s fun, it’s a good time. That’s where I came from, my dad took me there in the late ’70s, so I’ve been there since ’78 or ’79.”

Vegas Rat Rods on Discovery, Tuesdays at 9 p.m.

Darnell’s 1928 diesel rat rod started it all because it went viral before that was even an everyday term. “It was the first rat rod with a twin-turbo six-cylinder diesel engine in it,” he says. “I did this big, big, huge burnout in this parking lot of this church. The church was having a car show and they said, ‘You can do a burnout.’ It went to YouTube and it went viral, a couple million views right away, and that’s when people didn’t really know a whole lot about YouTube.”

He was approached by production companies and they tried to build cars out of ranch finds—they’d go to a ranch and dig around old stuff from years of farming and build a rat rod, Darnell says.

Although a production company in Canada produced the show and it ran on Discovery, Darnell says the current season feels new because it’s now a Discovery Studios production here in the States.

“My exec at Discovery, Kyle Wheeler, had seen value in this show and he’s like, ‘Look, I want you to come to L.A., we need to sit down and talk about this show and see about putting it back on American ground.’ I said, ‘I’ll be there.’ Kyle, he’s a miracle worker, and he’s a straight-up dude and we made it happen, and we did Season Four, which is the best season I’ve ever done.”

His kids now appear on the show, too. “My two boys have been around me since they were little, so they know how to weld,” he says

It’s easy to see why Darnell has helped make the show a hit among his fans, always speaking with genuine conviction and unfiltered passion.

“We’ve got my ex-brother-in-law Justin, a great fabricator, very intelligent. He’s great this year on the show. We’ve got Merlin, my newer mechanic who is very intelligent. Of course my goofy cousin Dave is on the show. And Travis, my artist that helps me with design on paint,” he says. “We’ve been a lot freer, they let us produce the show this year.”

Being able to produce has made a big difference for Darnell, as well. “The pick sites where we go find this stuff, it’s like a mixture of American Pickers and building cars, in a way. I get to down out and find an old sign that has history and I get to tell about it. It’s just so much cooler.”

They also got to film at his favorite swap. “That was what was so cool about our production this year; we got to go to Pomona and I got to go show them how I do it,” he says.

They built a car this season that was haunted. “The guy I got it from, this creepy dude that I know from frickin’ Pomona, his name is Joe, he’s an awesome dude. [A ’55 Chevy we built this year] is called the Haunted Rod, because the car is haunted, but it’s like that Christine feel, like the movie,” he says.

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With his success, Darnell makes sure to cater to fans who come to Vegas wanting to make a stopover at WelderUp. On an average day, WelderUp might have up to 150 people. “This morning I did a private tour with 22 people and I take them through the showroom, I explain who I am, I show them some of the cars, I answer any of their questions, and they love it,” he says. “They leave here loving that they came and that they met me and they know that I’m real. Not a lot of these celebrities will take the time to come out and be with the people.”

He says if it wasn’t for these people watching TV, he wouldn’t be where he is today. “I feel like I have to contribute to that and set aside time for the people that really want to know about me and really want to know about what’s going on at WelderUp and Vegas Rat Rods—‘Do we build the cars that fast?’ and ‘Does Discovery tell you what to build and what not to build?’ They just have so many questions,” he says. “They think it’s a big fake thing behind the scenes because TV has got so much drama over the past years that the more real it is, the more they like it.”

Darnell doesn’t have time for drama, he says. “I’m building a car in here with my guys. I’m not an actor, I’m not a host, I am the guy designing and doing all the detailed fabrication, going on the picks, doing everything for the show,” he says. “I’m in here on my hands and knees welding right alongside the rest of these guys in here. And they love that. They love the fact that it’s real and that we’re at the same level. But when you’re a baller, when you’re so far up there, people can’t relate with someone who flew in on their helicopter. And that’s what I like, they feel at home when they come in my shop, they hug me like they’ve known me.”

Darnell is excited about this season and the story behind its production move to Los Angeles. “I’m excited about the help I’ve got this year from everybody, the show runner that I have this year [is] working hard, he wants the best show on TV, so that inspires me and makes me go, ‘OK, now I have something to fight for because we’re working together here,’” he says.

Darnell hopes the show continues to inspire viewers at home to build their own rat rod creatures. “Dads want to go out and build a car, and moms are taking stuff out of the kitchen going, ‘Hey, can we put this in the car, too?’” he says.

See Vegas Rat Rods right here.


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1990 Buick Estate Wagon Gets ‘Regular Car Review’ Treatment

GM Authority News - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 10:10pm

It’s a gorgeous car in its own, unique way.

Refreshed Chevrolet Malibu XL Debuts In China

GM Authority News - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 10:02pm

It receives a sleek Redline variant, too.

2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan First Look: Civic’s Prime Competition Is Back

Motortrend Magazine News - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 10:00pm

Toyota’s freshly minted Corolla hatch, based on the hot new TNGA architecture, has been winning friends and influencing editors ever since we first clapped our eyes on it in March. We’ve since buckled in and strapped our gear on a few times and lauded the little hatch for its quantum-leapfrogging of its dreary Corolla iM predecessor. Sprightly dynamics and an upscale cockpit have drawn praise, while stingy rear-seat and cargo space drew raspberries. Those problems would seem to be easily solved by stretching the wheelbase (and rear leg environment) by 2.4 inches and grafting on a trunk. Yes, after testing out the tooling and letting the youth troubleshoot its hatchback for a few months, Toyota is now revealing the Corolla sedan for sale to everybody else starting in March.

Like the 2019 Corolla hatch, the 2020 Corolla sedan gets a broader stance, with its front and rear track widened by 0.5 and 0.9 inch, respectively, relative to the outgoing sedan. It also gets the hatch’s new 18-inch aluminum wheels on top trim levels, with lesser trims making do with steel or alloy 16s. Following a trend that started with the Camry, the whole car stands a bit lower—the height comes down 0.8 inch, the hood sits 1.4 inches lower, and with it the cowl, beltline, and instrument panel each come down a bit. The driver even sits an inch lower and 1.6 inches further rearward. All of this helps lower the center of gravity by 0.4 inch, while thinner A-pillars improve outward visibility.

Other refinements include a huge new one-piece floor silencer pad to hush road and tire noise, and a clever stratified climate control system that can feed fresh dehumidified air to the greenhouse to prevent fogging while recirculating warm air lower in the cabin. A killer nine-speaker 800-watt JBL stereo is offered featuring the brand’s Clari-Fi technology, which can analyze, rebuild, and restore audio details lost to compression.

The top powertrain offering in the SE and XSE models matches that of the sportier hatch—Toyota’s new 2.0-liter port- and direct-injected engine featuring a lofty 13:1 compression ratio, electric cam phasing, and variable cooling and lubrication circuits. Here it produces 169 hp (1 more than in the hatch) and 151 lb-ft of torque and comes teamed with a six-speed manual (featuring new micro-polished gear teeth for reduced noise, hill-holding, and downshift rev-matching) or a CVT that uses a torque converter and a conventional first gear, which then hands off to the belt-and-pulleys system. Base L, LE, and XLE grades get an updated version of the last model’s 1.8-liter engine in essentially what was its Eco trim, producing 139 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque. We’re told the fuel economy improves, but no numbers have been shared yet. But the big news, fuel economy-wise, is the later arrival of a hybrid model. We’ll learn more about its specifics in a few weeks at the L.A. auto show.

The sedan and hatch share most of what’s forward of the B-pillar, with the notable exception of the sedan’s two new fascia and grille designs. The Toyota sombrero moves up from its central grille location on the hatch to that little island of painted bodywork that sits forward of the hood on the sedan. The Avalon-esque dash carries over, complete with its 8.0-inch touchscreen featuring the Entune 3.0 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility (sorry, no Android Auto yet). Base L models must make due with a less feature-rich 7.0-inch screen. Top models share the hatch’s 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster speedometer display, while lesser grades get a 4.2-inch multi-information display flanked by analog speedo and tach dials. A full suite of connectivity features is available, including accident reporting, remote vehicle status reporting via phone app, onboard Wi-Fi powered by Verizon, and concierge services.

Continuing where the last-gen model left off and matching the 2019 Honda Civic, every 2020 Toyota Corolla will feature Safety Sense 2.0 gear as standard. This includes a radar- and camera-based pre-collision system that warns and brakes, adaptive cruise control (on CVT models it even handles stop-and-go traffic), lane-departure alert that will steer to prevent lane departure, or with the CVT, “Lane Trace Assist,” which keeps the car centered in its lane. There’s even auto-high-beam assist and Road Sign Assist to interpret and display speed limit, stop, yield, and do-not-enter signs.

Many of us were underwhelmed by the 11th-generation Corolla. The 2020 Corolla’s predecessor placed a disappointing sixth out of seven compacts in a 2016 Big Test comparison. This new car’s TNGA bones, high level of standard equipment, and improved refinement seem poised to regain our respect. Once it arrives, we look forward to seeing whether its performance improves without overshadowing the practical strengths that have made the car a sales success for so many years. Of course, the proof of this rice pudding will be in the driving—and determining how eagerly its new and retuned engines can pull the skin off said pudding…

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Some Interesting Stats About Chevy Sales In China

GM Authority News - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 8:23pm

Chevy is a relatively young brand in the Chinese market.

Chevrolet Monza Is A New Sedan Exclusively For China

GM Authority News - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 6:20pm

A midsize sedan, by Chinese standards.

Rivian Teases Electric Pickup Ahead of L.A. Debut

Motortrend Magazine News - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 5:30pm

Rivian will beat Tesla to the punch by introducing an electric pickup at the Los Angeles auto show later this month.

In the teaser below, Rivian shows off a unique headlight design for the new full-size truck. We don’t know much else about the vehicle at this point, but we do know it will be named R1T and feature an all-electric powertrain. Rivian will also debut a three-row, seven-passenger electric SUV at the show. That model will be named the R1S. And apparently, it will mix Ferrari acceleration with Jeep off-road capability.

Rivian promises the models will feature “impressive on- and off-road performance figures and class-leading specifications including range, power, torque, and off-road articulation.” As we learned earlier this year, Rivian has purchased a 2.6-million-square-foot former Mitsubishi plant in Normal, Illinois. Having a real plant with real manufacturing equipment goes a long way in dispelling vaporware suspicions. But if Rivian wants to compete with Tesla, it will have to offer a range in the high 200s, as the Model X tops out at 295 miles.

Less than a year ago, we heard Tesla wants to build an electric pickup right after the Model Y crossover. Knowing Tesla, though, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly when this model will debut. Meanwhile, Bollinger Motors will build functional prototypes of this all-electric pickup early next year.

The Rivian R1T will debut online on November 26, while the R1S will be revealed November 27 ahead of the L.A. Auto Show. Deliveries for both models start in 2020.

Source: Rivian

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Jaguar Tests V2X Tech That Can Help Drivers Avoid Red Lights

Motortrend Magazine News - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 4:30pm

Jaguar Land Rover is one of the many automakers exploring a future that involves cars communicating with road infrastructure to minimize traffic jams and improve safety. It participated in a U.K. research project testing technologies that can help drivers avoid red lights and handle intersections more effectively.

When properly set up, roads can send traffic light information to a connected car. With that info, the car calculates an optimal traveling speed that will help it avoid red lights, which not only reduces traffic congestion but also curbs emissions. Jaguar vehicles are also testing technology that warns a driver if it’s unsafe to enter an intersection, and assigns priority when multiple connected vehicles come to an intersection and there is no traffic light to dictate the vehicle that should go first.

These Vehicle-to Infrastructure (V2X) technologies have been trialed on F-Pace crossovers in the U.K. It’s part of a $25 million research project funded by the U.K. government and industry members to accelerate the development of self-driving cars. Ford and Tata Motors European Technical Center were also involved in the three-year project that ended in October.

Other technologies that came out of the program include a feature that warns drivers when an emergency vehicle is approaching, a feature that provides real-time parking information, and an in-car display feature that alerts drivers of current road conditions. Another feature alerts a driver when a vehicle ahead brakes suddenly, even if the weather conditions are poor or there are other vehicles in between the driver and the braking vehicle.

Audi has already rolled out a traffic light information system that can tell drivers how long they’ll be stuck at a light. Of course, the feature only works in cities with the infrastructure to support such technology, including Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Denver, and a few others. Meanwhile, Cadillac plans to introduce V2X technologies on a high-volume crossover by 2023.

Source: Jaguar Land Rover

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2020 Kia Soul Shows Off New Headlights

Motortrend Magazine News - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 3:30pm

Kia has released its second teaser for the next-generation Soul before it debuts at the Los Angeles auto show later this month.

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The new teaser reveals a much more polished headlight design for the 2020 Kia Soul. The lights are narrower and integrate more naturally into the grille. Kia is also showing off a striking white and red paint job.

Just yesterday, Kia teased the Soul’s rear end. It keeps its boxy shape, as well as the vertical-oriented taillamps. But it adopts a new floating roof that incorporates a “Soul” badge.

It’s likely the new Soul will adopt the same platform as the Hyundai Kona. If so, it could share the same 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter engine options. Kia hasn’t confirmed specs, but says it will offer “several drivetrains,” including turbocharged and electric versions.

The 2020 Soul is a bit overdue for a full redesign, considering the previous generation debuted for the 2014 model year. The design of the second-generation model didn’t change radically from the first generation, but this third model looks like it could shake up that trend. Judging from the new headlights, we’re thinking the change will be for the better.

Source: Hyundai Motor Group via Instagram

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SEMA 2018: EBC’s New Two-Piece Rotors, Four And Six Piston Calipers

Corvettes Online News Feed - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 3:29pm
EBC Brakes from the UK debuted their new Apollo two-piece rotors and four and six piston calipers at the 2018 SEMA Show. It also had stainless brake lines along with their full line of pads.

The Next-Gen Porsche 911 is Almost Here

Motortrend Magazine News - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 2:45pm

We’ve known for a while that a new Porsche 911 is coming soon. Yes, the 991-generation 911 has been on sale since 2012, meaning it’s about time for a redesign, but Porsche’s also told us exactly that. In fact, earlier this year, Porsche even released official “spy shots” of the redesigned car. But when will we actually see it? The latest teaser, released as a video on Facebook, suggests it’ll be very soon. Most likely coinciding with the Los Angeles auto show that starts in a few weeks.

If you’ve ever seen a 911 before, the video doesn’t reveal much. Shadows obscure most of the car, with only the outline visible in most shots. But like the last time Porsche redesigned the 911, the biggest differences will probably be the way the car drives, not the way it looks. Besides, why would Porsche mess with such a timeless shape?

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This teaser does, however, come only a few days after Porsche released a new set of photos showing the redesigned 911 undergoing endurance testing. Photos of what looks to be a completely undisguised car, by the way. If Porsche’s releasing more teasers on social media, showing off the full car, and generally announcing that it’s done hiding the new 911, you have to assume the reveal is close.

How close? We’d be willing to bet the official reveal will be right after Thanksgiving. Media days for the L.A. auto show start November 26, making that the most likely place for the new 911 to make its debut. Then again, keep an eye out. You never know whether Porsche will decide to reveal it early.

Source: Porsche via Facebook

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Corvette America Expands Replica Wheel Selection for 1988-2018 Corvettes

Corvette Blogger - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 2:28pm

So you like the C6 ZR1 Corvette wheels in satin black or the chrome C7 Z06 wheel but you drive an older model Corvette? No problem! Our friends at Corvette America now offer all of the modern Corvette wheel styles in various widths and offsets to fit 1988 to current year Corvettes.

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Nitrous Express Announces Acquisition Of Snow Performance

Corvettes Online News Feed - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 1:56pm
On November 13th, 2018 Nitrous Express announced that it had acquired Snow Performance. Both companies are well known in the industry and we expect big things to happen with this merger.

This Crazy GMC Sierra Plane Limo Is Ready For Takeoff

GM Authority News - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 1:42pm

Cruising altitude is approximately three feet.

2019 Honda Passport Will Debut at the L.A. Auto Show

Motortrend Magazine News - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 1:00pm

The rumors were true. In a few weeks, Honda will resurrect the Passport name for a new utility vehicle positioned between the CR-V and Pilot.

The 2019 Honda Passport will debut November 27 on YouTube before making its way to the Los Angeles auto show. It goes on sale early next year.

Honda has released a few teaser images of the Passport, though they don’t give us much to go on. The vehicle will undoubtedly be a unibody crossover like its bigger and smaller siblings, but the automaker assures the model will be capable of venturing off the beaten path.


“The new Passport is a more personal, powerful and off-road-capable SUV that hits the sweet spot between daily driving comfort and weekend off-road, all-weather adventure capability,” said Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice president of American Honda Motor and General Manager of the Honda Division, in a release.

If the Passport name seems familiar, you can pat yourself on the back. Honda sold the original Passport, essentially a rebadged Isuzu Rodeo, from model years 1994 through 2002. Shortly after discontinuing the Passport, Honda rolled out the more car-like and practical Pilot.

Expect the Passport and Pilot to have more in common this time around. A report from Automotive News earlier this year indicated the new Passport will ride on the same platform as the Pilot, although it will be 6 inches shorter. Honda designed and developed the Passport in the U.S., and it will enter production in Lincoln, Alabama, alongside the Pilot.

Source: Honda

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Motul Offers High Performance DEXOS Synthetic Oils For GM Owners

Corvettes Online News Feed - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 11:56am
As a fine winemaker blends the best grapes to create wines that accompany different types of food, Motul formulates oils for specific applications. It has a selection of oils that meet the tough GM Dexos standards.

Callaway Cars Highlights Dealer Inventory Online

Corvettes Online News Feed - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 11:42am
Finding your next Callaway car, truck or SUV has become a one-stop-shopping experience thanks to Callaway Cars' new online inventory listing.

Corvette Racing Receives BoP Weight Reduction Ahead of Shanghai 6 Hour Race

Corvette Blogger - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 11:31am

Photo Credit: Corvette Racing / Twitter

Game On!

We noted last week how Corvette Racing was essentially penalized for joining the FIA WEC’s Six Hours of Shanghai with a 27 kg weight penalty. The BoP weight penalty raised the No. 64 C7.R minimum weight to 1276 kg, which was nearly 60 lbs heavier than its earlier 2018 FIA WEC race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans just a few months ago.

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SEMA Show 2018: That’s A Wrap For This Year’s SEMA Show!

Corvettes Online News Feed - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 11:28am
Once again the SEMA show has come and gone in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. We take a look at some of the vehicles, trends, and new products that SEMA had to offer in 2018.

Chevrolet FNR-CarryAll Concept Gives The Blazer A Third Row

GM Authority News - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 10:14am

Might as well call it a three-row Blazer.


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