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Car Spotting | 1953 Chevrolet 1/2 Ton Panel Truck

A true sign of the times this 1953 ½ ton Chevrolet panel truck remains as stock as the day it was born, 64 years ago. Granted it certainly is showing its age, but has done so gracefully with the body rust and mixed colors adding to the nostalgic charm. Additionally, this panel truck takes it back further to 1896 when Olympia Brewing Company was formed and would later go on to use this truck for deliveries and still wears some of the original brandings proudly. Also original is the 235 cu. in. motor with a three speed shifter on the column.

 

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As NOT Seen On TV | Packard 12

Gas Monkey Garage is more than just Fast N’ Loud, it’s a working garage and auto flipper. Because of this we have cars coming and going all the time and some that have found a more permanent home here. “As NOT Seen On TV” will bring you a behind the scenes look at some of the cars not built for TV.

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Car Spotting | 1960 MG MGA

Morris Garage or as it better survived through the years, MG, was a British car manufacturer which began producing cars in the 1920s. Since then the company has seen numerous changes being bought and sold repeatedly and shifting focus from its two-seater sports car heritage to low cost commuter cars that are now being produced by NAC MG, a Chinese corporation. However, despite its British heritage the MG brand has always been internationally known through its iconic Midget (or little car as they preferred to be called) and MGA that was primarily sold outside England.

The MGA was MG’s follow-up to the Midget and debuted in 1955 and would remain in production through 1962. During that run over 100,000 MGAs were sold, but with less than 10,000 remaining in England. This MGA represents the 1600 model which came with a 4-cylinder 1.6L motor which at the time Motor Trend tested finding a top speed of nearly 100mph and a 0-60 time in the low 13-second range. This over 50-year-old 1600 has been painstakingly restored and is a British beauty.

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Could This Be The Future Of Flying Cars?

Kitty Hawk is synonymous with aviation as it was the name of the city where the Wright Brothers first flew; however, if Google co-founder and Alphabet CEO Larry Page’s backed company, Kitty Hawk, has a say in the matter it will also be forever tied to flying cars. Kitty Hawk recently released this footage of their all-electric aircraft being tested over a lake and while tested over a lake this specific model is also designed exclusively for overwater flight. The Kitty Hawk Flyer, as its known, is legal to operate in the United States in uncongested areas and falls under FAA regulations as an ultralight aircraft. This means that no specific license is required and according to Kitty Hawk, the flyer’s controls can be learned in just minutes.

While the Kitty Hawk Flyer still has a long way to go toward achieving flying car status as the public comes to expect, it could very well be just around the corner given the successes that Larry Page brings to Kitty Hawk.

Forza Horizon 3 Lets You Drive Famous Hot Wheels In Rad Expansion


Have you ever wished you could rip open that Hot Wheels box and get behind the wheel of your favorite shiny new toy? Well, if you’re two of the collector’s on staff here then the answer is no, but for the rest of us things are a bit different. Forza Horizon 3’s new expansion pack now offers gamers the chance to get behind the wheel of some insane Hot Wheels on their iconic orange tracks. Playable cars include the Twin Mill, the Rip Rod, and the Boneshaker, but sadly no Hipo Hauler or Midas Monkey.

Fun Police Don’t Want The Dodge Demon On The Streets, We Do

Automotive News wrote an editorial stating that, “Dodge is wrong to offer a purpose-built drag racer as a road-legal automobile.” While we value all opinions this one left us scratching our heads as to how/why they would single out the Demon. Take the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 (insert basically any supercar of your choosing) and let’s look at the numbers and the argument that it’s wrong to be offered as a consumer car.

The Demon is the fastest quarter-mile production car, but for comparisons sake take its 0-60 time of 2.3 seconds. The Aventador by comparison is 2.8 seconds and while that half a second is significant on the track it’s irrelevant in the reaction time for a driver on a city street where Automotive News says the Demon is unsafe to exist. The Aventador has a top-speed of 217mph and the Demon is rumored to be in the 200mph range which puts them both well over the fastest legal limit anywhere in the US yet one is sold without the boo-hooing of Automotive News.

The Dodge Demon presents insane numbers if reaching them on public roads, but at the end of the day so do countless other cars if anywhere, but on a track. So why take on the Demon? Ultimately, like any car, it will rely on the common sense and ability of the driver. To then take on the Demon this way seems like an affront to, soon to be, Dodge Demon owners. Painting them as perhaps more irresponsible because the Demon isn’t a foreign supercar or not a quarter-million-dollar car. The whole stance by Automotive News seems more grounded in a Dodge customer bias than by numbers or simply a desire for clicks and if the latter is the case, you’re welcome. Scum.

GMG And Fan Favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. Announces Retirement

At times overshadowed by the family name early in his career Dale Earnhardt Jr. wasted no time quickly climbing the ranks of NASCAR’s elite and securing himself as a fan favorite for most of his career. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end as Junior will officially hang up his racing suit at the end of the 2017 season. Sidelined for a good chunk of the 2016 season due to concussions, the news of his retirement isn’t entirely shocking, but a surprise to many who saw numerous great years still to come for the driver of the 88.

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Earnhardt Jr. currently finds himself in 24th place as he seeks his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in his final season at 42 years old. In a career that has spanned just shy of two decades Junior has won two Daytona 500 titles, two XFINITY Series championships and has been voted Most Popular Driver 14-times. There is no word yet on who will replace Earnhardt Jr. in the 88 at Hendrix Motorsports next season.

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Aaron Kaufman’s Falcon Is For Sale! The Bearded Wonder's '63 Ford Falcon race car is up for sale.

It’s not often that you get a #TBT that has new developments surrounding it but that’s exactly what we have today!

Our former master mechanic, Aaron Kaufman just listed his ’63 Falcon racecar up for sale on eBay. For the uninitiated, this is the car that we were building at the shop when Aaron decided he liked it so much he bought it! He then proceeded to race it in Ultimate Street Car events, at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb twice, and made his short film, Tick Tock, with it.

 

As he branches out and starts his own ventures he has made the difficult decision to part with his stark white, protouring Falcon.

Check it out (and bid on it) on eBay and take a trip down memory lane with us in the gallery below.

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