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Gas Monkey Photo Challenge Crowns First-Ever Champion!

Photo Challenge, Gas Monkey, Fast N Loud, Richard Rawlings

Photo Challenge, Gas Monkey, Fast N Loud, Richard Rawlings
^The Winning Shot^

What The Judges Had To Say:
@AndrewLink: “Great use of light to let the background fall to black and allow the car to stand alone.”
@PepperYandell: “Love the grit, really matches the style of the car.”
@JeremyCliff: “Love the light, love the simplicity, love the feel as a whole. I like the grittyness/texture of the ground, think it fits well with the offroad/grittyness style of vehicle.”

Name: Jimmy Ban
Instagram: @jam9k
Website: www.jimmyban.com
Location: Los Angeles, California

Notable Clients: So far the majority of my clients have been private owners & collectors, but a few brands I’ve worked with are VanTech Motorcycles, Charlie’s Place Motorcycles, Riot Cycles, Motorcycle Classics Magazine, Bike Exif, Rusnak Auto Group.

Years Shooting: In general, 35 years. Automotive photography, 1.5 years.

Jimmy Ban In His Own Words:

I was born in a barn. No joke. A few years later I discovered that I liked cameras and it’s stuck with me ever since. I loved photographing people, landscapes, buildings, dogs, rocks, anything, everything, but I’ve never really photographed automobiles. Fast forward to the Summer of 2016, while randomly using my friends motorcycle to try a new lighting technique, boom, that’s when I literally saw the machine on wheels in a completely new light. I was fascinated by this machine – the lines, the textures, the shapes, the colors, and all the other little details on it. That bike was beautiful. It was unique. I mean nothing compares to looking at this machine in person, but looking at an image allowed me all the time I wanted to spend on to examine the bike, in full, just like when I had my Countach and Testarossa posters on my wall back in my childhood days.

Immediately I was obsessed. I needed to shoot more. After wondering how I could get access to some more beautiful rides, I eventually came up with the idea of going to car and motorcycle events in hopes to find more rides to shoot. And here in Southern California I discovered that there’s multiple events happening throughout the L.A. area on pretty much every day, all year long.

And so I would just show up to these events, and right in the middle of a bunch of people, with my knee pads on, I would set up my tripod and camera, and I would get my flash out, and I would just patiently wait until i had a clear frame for a few minutes, and shoot. The more motorcycles and cars I shot, the more people I met, and that’s when I started to realize that the builders and owners of these machines are just as fascinating. Every single person is just as unique as their rides, coming from all different backgrounds, whether it be a postal worker, a musician, a CEO, a fireman – all with different reasons and stories of their connection with the automobile… It was amazing.
In this journey that has been going on for about a year and half now, I’ve photographed hundreds of different vehicles, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

So did I know much about motorcycles and cars before all this? Nope. Actually, I didn’t really know shit about Countaches and Testarossas. But I’m slowly learning, and I can feel my growing interest in the automobile culture getting stronger and I’m finding myself scouring craigslist and eBay listings, wondering if this ride, or that ride, is going to be my next ride. BTW, I currently drive a damn Prius named “Furiosa.” She’s a 2012, and I get 45 MPGs because I have a heavy foot.

Anyway, although I still try to go to car events every week, I don’t really need to anymore as I’ve been getting a lot of people reaching out to me and hiring me to shoot their rides. So, a few months ago I have started doing this full time and it has been an absolute blast. So if anyone wants their ride shot, give me a hollar. Yes I can travel.

Oh yeah – did I mention that I’m also a filmmaker? Well, I’m a filmmaker, and I’m in the middle of making a documentary film about car culture, because you know, it’s pretty awesome. The first trailer should be coming out very soon, so stay tuned.

Forza Motorsport 7 Get Multi-Car Update, ForzaRC Season

Forza, Gas Monkey, Fast N Loud, Richard Rawlings
1968 Holden HK Monaro GTS 327

As an “old man” I always find myself skeptical of updates to games like this, or even phones for that matter, why didn’t they just get it right and add what they wanted the first time?! However, the premise is growing on me as games like Forza Motorsport 7 continue to add cars that keep the game up to date to the real world. You can see all the current additions in the gallery below!

And taking the game from the console to more the real world Forza has announced the Forza Racing Championship 2018. The event registration is open now and will begin April 2nd and run for seven weeks during which time drivers will compete for a quarter-million in prizes.

Dodge Demon Creeps North Of 200mph On Record Setting Run

Dodge, Demon, Gas Monkey, Fast N Loud, Richard Rawlings

Our friend Johnny Bohmer is no stranger to speed as you can see here and neither are his proving grounds in Florida where cars are routinely pushed to their limits.

It was their on a 2.3-mile runway which once was used to land space shuttles that a 2018 Dodge Demon topped out at 203mph. Known for its straight-line speed the 203mph number may not be as surprising as just how chill the duo in the car are as the speedometer crept north of the 200mph mark.

Japanese Aspark Hypercar Does 0-60mph In Under Two-Seconds

Aspark, Owl, Hypercar, Gas Monkey, Fast N Loud, Richard Rawlings

The video still leaves us with a number of questions, like, why Aspark named their supercar after an owl or why they seem to be conducting their 0-60 run in the back of a warehouse. Nevertheless, the Japanese automaker delivered with an impressive 1.921-second 0-100km/h run in their all-electric Owl. Checkout the entire, albeit short, run in the video below. The action starts at around the one-minute mark and ends about two-seconds after.

The Field Is Set For The Daytona 500, Get All The Details Here

NASCAR, Daytona 500, Gas Monkey, Fast N Loud, Richard Rawlings

Following qualifying and the unique duals that determine the Daytona 500 running order, the field is set for today’s race. Forty cars strong it is notably the rookies that are making headlines this year as the green flag approaches. None more so than Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s replacement in the 88, Alex Bowman, who won the pull a week ago.

Other Notables:
-Darrell Wallace Jr., the first African-American full-time cup driver will start 7th.
-Defending champion Martin Truex Jr. will start on the outside of row 12 in 24th.
-Keeping the Earnhardt name strong in Florida is Jeffery starting 27th.
-Running the “Danica Double” Patrick will start 28th.
-Veteran and seven time champion Jimmie Johnson is starting from the 35th spot.

Coverage for the 500 begins 1:30pm EST on Fox.

The Full Field:
1. Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports
2. Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing
3. Ryan Blaney Team Penske
4. Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports
5. Joey Logano Team Penske
6. Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing
7. Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports
8. Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing
9. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing
10. Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing
11. Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing
12. Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
13. Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing
14. Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing
15. David Ragan Front Row Motorsports
16. Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing
17. Daniel Suarez Joe Gibbs Racing
18. Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing
19. Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing
20. AJ Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing
21. Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing
22. Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports
23. Ty Dillon Germain Racing
24. Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing
25. Brendan Gaughan Beard Motorsports
26. Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing
27. Jeffrey Earnhardt StarCom Racing
28. Danica Patrick Premium Motorsports
29. Justin Marks Rick Ware Racing
30. DJ Kennington Gaunt Brothers Racing
31. Brad Keselowski Team Penske
32. Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports
33. William Byron Hendrick Motorsports
34. Gray Gaulding BK Racing
35. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
36. Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing
37. Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing
38. Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing
39. David Gilliland RBR Enterprises
40. Mark Thompson Phoenix Air Racing

Daniel Craig’s “007” Aston Martin Vanquish Heads To Auction

James Bond, Gas Monkey, Aston Martin, 007, Richard Rawlings,

While it’s certainly 007 in the sense that it belongs to a James Bond it is also 007 in number. One of just 100 midnight-blue 2014 Centenary Edition Vanquishs made this one is extra special belonging to Daniel Craig, aka James Bond, himself. In addition to being one of just 100, Craig further customized it with the help of Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, making it truly bespoke.

Proceeds from the April 20th auction will go to benefit The Opportunity Network. The street-legal left side drive Aston is projected to bring in between $400,000-$600,000.

[Photography courtesy of Christie’s.]

New 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 Delivers Jaw Dropping Acceleration

Mercedes, AMG, G 63, Gas Monkey, Fast N Loud, Richard Rawlings

The cliche is true, don’t judge a book by it’s cover. For if you did you would think there was certainly no chance this brick on wheels could aptly accelerate, but that’d far from the truth as it’s capable of an astounding 4.4-second 0-60mph time, nearly one full second quicker (0.9 seconds) than the prior model.

By comparison a 2012 McLaren 12C clocks in at 3.1-seconds on its 0-60 run. Obviously in racing that 1.3-seconds is an eternity of a difference, but c’mon, the Benz is a beast. It rides high, looks like a drawing of a car that a child would make and yet still runs a 4.4-second time thanks to its AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo with 577hp and 627 lb.-ft. of torque. With the AMG Driver’s package the SUV tops out at 149mph.

Few Things Were More Cali In The ’60s Than This Volkswagen Bus

Volkswagen, Type 2, Mecum, Gas Monkey, Fast N Loud, Richard Rawlings

The Volkswagen bus has been going up in price through the years and for good reason, they’re rad! However, more specifically they’ve become a symbol of a generation of peace and love having originally had their roots tied to humanities darkest hours of World War II. And no Volkswagen bus is more revered than the 23-window which ceased production in 1963, the exact year of this one headed to auction in Los Angeles, CA this weekend.

Having gone for as much as $200,000 this 1963 Volkswagen 23-Window Bus certainly has the potential to bring in big money, but certainly not to that caliper. Modern upgrades on it have removed it from the concours level payday, but then again an adjustable air ride suspension could be just what the right buyer is looking for if they plan to get out and cruise the PCH in this classic. Additionally, the bus features 17-inch Budnik wheels, horizontally-opposed 2,110cc/120 HP engine, dual carburetors and a Freeway Flyer 4-speed transmission.

In short, this final year 23-window VW is the perfect example of one restored for the owner who’s looking to give it a second life on the coastal California highways where it once found its freedom.

[Photography courtesy of Mecum Auctions.]

2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star Launches Deep In The Heart Of Texas

Ram, Lonestar, Gas Monkey, Fast N Loud, Richard Rawlings, Texas

Ram called it, “the heart of America’s truck country” and they’re not wrong about that. From Ford ads declaring them “the best in Texas” to the Toyota Tundra laying down roots, truck companies love Texas and Texas loves trucks. That being said, it makes perfect sense that Dallas, TX would be the spot for Ram’s release of the “original Texas truck,” the 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star.

And to the devotees here, yes, we did already cover a Texas inspired Ram edition, but that was the Laramie Longhorn edition. The latter focused on luxury within the world of trucks where as the Lone Star is more about the everyman. The brand’s top-selling truck in Texas is also only available in Texas, raising a bit of a chicken or egg type question, but nevertheless it offers a plethora of upgrade opportunities.

Via Ram:

Standard 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star equipment includes bright front and rear bumpers, chrome door handle centers, a bright grille surround with billet inserts, 18-inch aluminum wheels, fog lamps, 60/40 split rear bench seat and leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls.

In addition, monochromatic “Sport” and “Black” appearance packages are offered, creating a broad mix of interior and exterior themes for the new 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star model.

The 2019 Ram 1500 interior is completely redesigned, using all-new features, technology and premium materials to make it the class leader in quality, comfort and durability. Four interior trim levels, and a choice of six-passenger bench front or optional five-passenger bucket seats, are offered on the Lone Star.

Several option packages are available with the Lone Star in order to give buyers their choice of function-specific enhancements. They include a Bed Utility Group, a 4×4 Off-road Group, a Protection Group, Trailer Tow Mirrors and Brake Group, Max Towing Package and Premium Lighting Group.

Additional options further allow Texas buyers to personalize their Ram 1500 Lone Star to meet their hard-working needs. Among those options are a class-exclusive Active Level Air Suspension, electric-locking rear axle, Blind-spot Monitoring and 20-inch aluminum wheels.

Available only in Texas, 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star models are distinguished by unique “Lone Star” tailgate and interior badges.

The Lone Star will initially be offered with the 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8. A powerful and fuel-efficient HEMI with the eTorque mild hybrid system is also available. A 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar with eTorque will join the powertrain offerings later in the year.

The 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star is available with a choice of 4×2 and 4×4 powertrains, Crew and Quad Cab configurations and 5 ft.-7 in. (Crew only) and 6 ft.-4 in. bed lengths.

Owner Of 24 Years To Part With Storied 1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV

1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV, Gas Monkey, Fast N Loud, Richard Rawlings

The story of Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari is one of racing’s all-time greats, but one for another time; however, from that rivalry a plethora of stories were spawned and that of the 1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV is a doozy.

In 1966 Ford would officially give the middle finger to Ferrari with their first 24 Hour Le Mans win, but it was the next year in the 1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV that the manufacturer would take the checkered on the first, and only, all-American Le Mans win. It’s easy to be confused, there are a lot of moving parts when it comes to Le Mans, and while the 1966 win was the first for the American manufacturer, the drivers were from New Zealand and the GT 40’s chassis from the U.K. That all changed when Ford built the 1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV in the good ole U.S. of A and Shelby-American would field a team of American racers, Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt. In command of a secondary car for Ford the duo was not the team anyone anticipated bringing home the victory for Ford, but in the end it was them who would stand atop the podium and secure a spot in history as the only all-American team (manufacturer, team and driver) to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Twelve 1967 Ford GT40 Mk IVs were built and this one represents the 12th and final of them. It has been owned by the same owner for 24 years who is currently set to part ways with it at Gooding and Company’s Amelia Island auction. The storied racecar will include a spare chassis and is predicted to sell for anywhere from $2-2.5 million.

[Photography courtesy of Gooding & Company.]

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