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Secrets to Maximizing Your Return When Selling Your Car for Scrap

Having a junk car sitting around is like money wasting away on your lawn. Find out here the secrets to maximizing your return when selling a car for scrap.

The average car stays on the road for just 11.8 years. After that, most car owners have to figure out how to get rid of a car that’s worth nothing to a dealership.

Selling a car for scrap is a great way to get rid of cars that just aren’t worth much anymore. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a rock-bottom sale price.

Luckily, there are a few easy ways to help you get the best price possible. Here’s what you need to do when selling your car to a scrap buyer.

Understand What Scrap Buyers Look For

Scrap car buyers aren’t looking for the same things a used car dealership is. They don’t really care about how many miles are on the car or whether or not it’s maintained properly. They care about the parts they can sell.

You’ll get more for a car that’s in good physical condition. This means a vehicle that’s not rusted out and doesn’t have a bunch of dents and dings in the doors.

You’ll also get the most from scrap buyers if your car is relatively rare. The less time your make and model was in production, the fewer parts are available on the market. This increases the demand and makes scrap buyers willing to offer you top-dollar.

Unfortunately, this also means they don’t care about the bells and whistles your car has. That 8-disc CD changer or TV screens installed in the headrests won’t impact how much they offer you. They’ll offer you a price based on the weight of the metal components and it’s up to you to take it or leave it.

Sell the Non-Metal Parts

Since your car’s value is set by the amount of metal it has, the best thing you can do is get rid of the non-metal parts. This can be anything from the radio and sound system to the engine and tires.

Put those items up for sale on your own. Use online marketplaces like Craigslist or eBay, and reach out to local mechanics shops to see if they’re interested in your parts.

This will let you get the full amount possible from your car. Remember, scrap buyers aren’t typically interested in the interior of your car.

Use that to your advantage. Sell the items yourself to get the most from your junker.

Get Rid of the Battery

Scrap buyers don’t want your car’s battery and will likely remove it before giving you a quote. You can save yourself time and frustration by removing the battery before contacting the scrap buyer.

Instead of just tossing it in the trash, sell the battery. If it’s in good shape, you may be able to sell it to a private buyer. If it’s not, you may be able to find a mechanic or a battery shop that will pay you for it to recycle it.

This may not add tons to what you get beyond the scrap value of a car, but every penny helps.

Keep the Car Whole

It may be tempting to take the car apart and sell the doors or undamaged panels yourself. But this can hurt the amount you’ll get when you scrap the rest of the car.

This is because scrap buyers base their offers entirely on the weight of the car itself. The more parts that are there, the more you’ll get for the car.

Many companies also prefer to see the car fully assembled. It makes it easier to transport the car and also makes it easier to weigh.

If possible, leave the car fully assembled and only remove the easy-to-access parts inside the car and under the hood. These won’t impact the scrap value.

Get Quotes from Different Scrap Buyers

Different scrap car buyers will offer different prices for your car. This means you’ll want to shop around before you decide to sell your car for scrap.

Get quotes from several buyers and choose the one that offers you the highest price.

Keep in mind that you may want to expand your search for the right buyer. Demand for certain makes and models can vary from city to city. If you’re willing to transport the car a bit farther away from home, you may get a higher price.

If you’re in a pinch, you can always list the car for scrap online. Keep in mind that you probably won’t get the best price possible.

Always Double-Check the Scale

When you’re selling a car for scrap, the price you get comes from the weight of the car. The lighter the car is, the less you’ll receive.

Most buyers are honest and won’t try to cheat you on the offer. But that doesn’t mean that every scrap buyer you work with will do the same.

That’s why it’s always a good idea to double-check the scale before the car gets weighed. When nothing is on it, the scale should register absolutely nothing.

If the display shows any number, request that they zero it out before they weigh your car. This way, you’ll get the amount you’re actually due rather than getting low-balled.

Make Sure You Have the Title

You can’t scrap a car that you don’t own. This means you’ll need to provide proof of the title to the scrap buyer before you can sell it.

Make sure you have the title on-hand before you contact scrap buyers for a quote. If you don’t know where your title is, contact the DMV and see if you can get a new one issued.

If you can’t, some scrap buyers accept previous registrations to prove ownership. This isn’t standard and varies from state to state. If you don’t own the car outright, you won’t be able to sell your car for scrap.

Selling a Car for Scrap Is a Great Way to Make Fast Cash

Selling a car to a dealership is a great option if it’s running. But if you’re stuck with a junker in your yard, scrapping it is the best choice.

Use these tips when selling a car for scrap and you’ll be able to get the highest amount possible.

Looking for more tips on how to make money when you’re in a pinch? Check out our latest posts.

Lexus, GS F, Vaughn Lowery, Toyota, 360 MAGAZINE, Anthony Sovinsky

How To Choose The Right Motor Trade Insurance

When you are a professional who works with vehicles every day, you need to make sure that you are protected against anything that might come your way. Say, for example, you are a mechanic who needs to drive a client’s car. Do you have the right kind of insurance cover for this?

Motor trade insurance is the perfect kind of policy for this kind of role. If you don’t already have motor trade insurance then you should make sure that you invest in the right kind of policy. Here, we are going to help you choose the right motor trade insurance for your business. Keep reading to find out more.

Do You Need It?

If your business has ‘care, custody or control’ of someone else’s car you will need Third Party motor trade insurance at the very least.

Some of the common types of roles that require motor trade insurance include car dealers, bodyshop repair garages and valets. These are the people who are likely to be driving around in someone else’s vehicle and any business that employs this kind of staff needs to have the right kind of cover. Make sure to find out if your business requires this kind of insurance before taking out a policy to ensure that you don’t waste any money in the future.

What Is Covered?

Motor trade insurance will be tailored to the needs of the business, and as such it’s impossible to say exactly what will be covered by each policy.

Each policy will be different and you might need to pay more for the more comprehensive policies. Some things that you might expect to be covered by this kind of insurance may not be, so make sure that you are reading all of the terms and conditions carefully before you take out a policy.

Comparing Prices

When you are trying to choose the right motor trade insurance policy for your business, you need to make sure that it is affordable. Policies will range in price depending on the type of cover and the company that is providing it. It is always a good idea to compare the prices of different policies before you make any commitment to the deal.

You can do this easily by using an online platform who will look at your requirements and provide you with the best deals across a range of providers. Don’t just go for the first one you see, ensure you compare providers using a price comparison platform. This will help you to find the right price and not overpay for your insurance. This is something which will help to keep your business costs low as we are sure that you will have a lot of other things to pay for.

Optional Extras

Finally, you might want to consider looking at some of the optional extras that can be added on to your motor trade insurance policy. These extras are things that can make your policy more comprehensive and personalised to your business. Some of the things that you might be able to have added on to your policy include European cover, Parts Only cover and cover for your business premises.
Some of these optional extras will add a lot of money to your policy while others might only have a small impact on the cost. Make sure to only add on the things that you need and don’t be swayed by an insurance company that wants to make some extra money from you.

Final Thoughts

Choosing the right kind of motor trade insurance for your business can be tricky but if you think about it carefully then you should be able to find the right policy. It is important that you know first what you need to be covered for and that you have a budget in mind. If you can find a policy that covers everything that you need and you find it for the right price then you should be able to make the right decision.

We advise that you always compare prices before you commit to any kind of policy in the future. Soon, you’ll have your motor business up and running and be covered should anything happen while you are on the job.

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Black Badge Cullinan

Black Badge family defines taste of a younger generation

¤6.75-litre V12 engine now delivers increased power (600BHP) and (664 ft-lb) torque

¤Drivetrain and chassis re-engineered for enhanced dynamic performance

¤Infinity symbol continues to signify noir expression of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars unveiled the latest member of the Black Badge permanent Bespoke Family, Black Badge Cullinan. Introduced in March of 2016 to tremendous reception, today one-in-five Rolls-Royce commissions is done as Black Badge with a darker image that defines the taste of a younger generation of luxury consumer., Cullinan remains the most popular Rolls-Royce with clients waiting for months for Bespoke commission. Now it is time for Black Badge Cullinan to conquer new frontiers.
 
“Black Badge reflects the desires of a distinct group of Rolls-Royce clients: men and women who take risks, break rules and build success on their own terms. The time has come for Rolls-Royce’s boldest and darkest expression of Black Badge yet. The King of the Night, Black Badge Cullinan,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
 
This Rolls-Royce alter ego is marked with the mathematical symbol representing a potential infinity placed discreetly throughout the motor car. This marking was first applied to Sir Malcolm Campbell’s record-breaking Rolls-Royce-powered Blue Bird K3 hydroplane.
 
Black Badge Cullinan Exterior: The King of the Night
Multiple layers of paint and lacquer are meticulously applied and hand-polished polished for up to five hours, representing the most comprehensive surface finish process ever applied to a solid paint color. The depth and intensity of Black Badge Cullinan’s finish serves as the perfect canvas for a contrasting Coachline.
 
 
The darkened Spirit of Ecstasy mascot is presented in high gloss black chrome and the iconic Rolls-Royce badges invert to become silver-on-black. Chrome surfaces such as the front grille surround, side frame finishers, boot handle, boot trim, lower air inlet finisher and exhaust pipes are darkened and the vertical grille bars remain polished, reflecting the blackened surfaces that surround them.
 
Black Badge Cullinan wears all-new 22-inch forged alloy wheels, reserved exclusively for Black Badge Cullinan. The 22-wheels accompanied by another first for Rolls-Royce with the marque’s first ever colored brake caliper. The high gloss Red paint offsets the new dark wheels.
Black Badge Cullinan Interior: Superlative comfort. Audacious design
Collaboration between designers, engineers and craftspeople saw the creation of a luxury carbon-fiber finish developed to create repeating geometrical shapes in a three-dimensional effect. Each leaf of Technical Fiber is finished with six coats of lacquer before being left to cure for 72 hours then hand-polished to Rolls-Royce’s hallmark mirror finish.
 
Starlight Headliner has joined Rolls-Royce iconography alongside the Spirit of Ecstasy and Pantheon Grille and makes its Cullinan debut on Black Badge Cullinan. Crafted in Black leather with 1344 individual fiber optic cables, the new Bespoke Starlight Headliner incorporates a new shooting star feature with eight brilliant white shooting stars.
 
Color and Trim designers created a bold new leather color, Forge Yellow, to offer as part of the brand’s curated collection. The new colors can also be commissioned for the Bespoke Viewing Suite or incorporated into the Recreation Module tailored to any client’s specification.
 
Black Badge Cullinan Engineering. The Architecture of Luxury’s dark side
Black Badge is far more than an aesthetic treatment. Key to the thrill of Black Badge Cullinan is the Architecture of Luxury, Rolls-Royce’s proprietary all-aluminum architecture. The sub-structure delivers extraordinary body stiffness and is fitted with all-wheel drive and four-wheel steering.
 
Like all Black Badge family members Black Badge Cullinan is enhanced to generate an extra 29bhp for a total of 600bhp and an additional 37 ft-lb (50NM) for a total 664 ft-lb (900NM) torque. Pressing the ‘Low’ button on the gear shift unlocks Black Badge Cullinan’s full suite of technologies including the new Black Badge audible exhaust, creating a deep rumble of the 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V12. As the Rolls-Royce of SUV’s, Black Badge moves Cullinan to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds.
 
Black Badge Cullinan features Rolls-Royce’s ‘Intuitive Throttle’ for a more aggressive shift pattern for the ZF 8-speed transmission. Both front and rear steered axles work collaboratively to adjust the levels of engagement depending on throttle and steering inputs. Changes to suspension components and settings add to the suite of dynamic technologies that ensure balanced dynamic and refined ride. And of course, Black Badge Cullinan features a raised braking bite point and decreased pedal travel. Redesigned brake discs also allow consistency in these changes while braking at elevated temperatures.
 
Black Badge Cullinan is now available to commission.

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AM General × Fiat Chrysler

Automobiles Partner to Develop New Light Tactical Concept Vehicle – Jeep Gladiator XMT



Leading manufacturer of light tactical vehicles, AM General, together with the Jeep Brand of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), today introduced a new light tactical concept vehicle at the Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA). The Jeep Gladiator Extreme Military-Grade Truck (XMT) by AM General is the first phase of a collaboration that reunites two companies whose histories trace back to World War II. In creating the Jeep Gladiator XMT, AM General leveraged the Gladiator’s class-leading capabilities and customized the truck to meet global customers’ needs for a light-weight military truck.


“We are extremely excited to partner with FCA and introduce the Jeep Gladiator Extreme Military-Grade Truck at AUSA,” said AM General President and CEO, Andy Hove. “This new venture gives us an opportunity to showcase our expertise in light tactical vehicles and help FCA maximize the Gladiator’s global reach and potentially enter new military markets.”


AM General identified the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator – the most capable midsize truck ever, with 7,650 pounds of towing capacity and up to 1,600 pounds of payload capacity – as the ideal platform on which to develop the Extreme Military-Grade concept vehicle.
“The Jeep brand has an important military heritage, so we couldn’t be happier that AM General expressed interest in creating the Gladiator XMT,” said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – North America. “The all-new Jeep Gladiator boasts unmatched functionality, versatility and especially capability – including two advanced 4×4 systems, locking differentials, skid plates, tow hooks, and incredible approach, breakover and departure angles – the perfect foundation for this ultra-capable military concept vehicle.”


“We’re proud to partner with AM General, we look forward to gauging interest and gathering feedback on the Jeep Gladiator XMT, and we’re excited about potential future opportunities,” Morrison added.
Based on its over 100 years of experience in the defense industry and deep knowledge of the global military landscape, AM General identified a series of parts and accessories that amplify the Jeep Gladiator’s leading off-road maneuverability and enhance the Gladiator’s capability to provide its end users with the appropriate equipment for tactical communications and service. The Jeep Gladiator XMT has been upfitted by AM General with both custom-built and commercially available military-grade parts to create an even more rugged truck that can traverse the toughest of terrains in adverse conditions and is ready to meet varied military customer requirements.


As with the iconic, proven and versatile Humvee, AM General can also apply its manufacturing and engineering expertise to convert the Gladiator XMT into mission-specific and purposeful light-weight tactical trucks based on customer requirements. Whether the need is to have a rugged personnel transport carrier or a command and control truck, the company has demonstrated through the Enhanced Tactical Kit (ETK) offerings on Humvee, its ability to deliver solutions that are customer-driven, and cost-effective.
Pending feedback and interest in the military marketplace, production could begin in the second half of 2020. In addition to the gas model, Gladiator XMT would be offered to military customers as a diesel version.

All-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator 
The all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator, the most off-road capable midsize truck ever, builds on a rich heritage of tough, dependable Jeep trucks with an unmatched combination of rugged utility, authentic Jeep design, open-air freedom, clever functionality and versatility and best-in-class towing and 4×4 payload.
 
Available with three different powertrain combinations and equipped with a versatile cargo box, Gladiator is built to handle the demands of an active lifestyle while delivering an open-air driving experience in a design that is unmistakably Jeep. Combining traditional Jeep brand attributes with strong truck credentials, the Jeep Gladiator is a unique vehicle capable of taking passengers and cargo anywhere. A multitude of technology features, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and safety features, such as Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, adaptive cruise control and Forward Collision Warning-Plus, further Gladiator’s appeal.  
 
All Gladiator models are Trail Rated with a badge indicating that the vehicle is designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording. Gladiator Rubicon models are equipped with signature red tow hooks, Rock-Trac® 4×4 system, featuring a two-speed transfer case with a 4:1 low-range gear ratio, front and rear heavy-duty Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lok® electric front- and rear-axle lockers, segment-exclusive electronic sway bar disconnect, cab and bed rock rails and standard 33-inch Falken Wildpeak All-Terrain off-road tires.

AM General
AM General designs, engineers, manufactures, supplies and supports specialized vehicles for military and commercial customers worldwide. Through its military business, the company is widely recognized as the world leader in design, engineering, manufacturing and logistics support of Tactical Vehicles, having produced and sustained over 300,000 vehicles in over 70 countries. Through its heritage companies, AM General has over 100 years of experience meeting the changing needs of the defense and automotive industries, supported by its employees at major facilities in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, and a strong supplier base that stretches across 43 states.

FCA
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles and related parts, services and production systems worldwide. The Group operates 102 manufacturing facilities and 46 R&D centers; and it sells through dealers and distributors in more than 135 countries. FCA’s automotive brands include Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep, Lancia, Ram, Maserati. The Group’s businesses also include Mopar (automotive parts and service), Comau (production systems) and Teksid (iron and castings). In addition, retail and dealer financing, leasing and rental services in support of the Group’s car business are provided through subsidiaries, joint ventures and commercial arrangements with third-party financial institutions. FCA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCAU” and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol “FCA.”

Jeep Brand
Built on more than 75 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV brand with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Gladiator, Grand Cherokee, Renegade and Wrangler. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left and right-hand drive configurations and with various gasoline and diesel powertrain options. Jeep is part of the portfolio of brands offered by global automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. For more information regarding FCA (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA), please visit http://fcagroup.com

Bring a Trailer Introduces New Premium Services

BRING A TRAILER INTRODUCES PLUS AND WHITE GLOVE PREMIUM SERVICES FOR A CUSTOM SELLING EXPERIENCE

The Plus Service includes professional photography and listing assistance while the White Glove Service provides sellers of high-end collector vehicles with a concierge listing experience with a customizable menu of services and direct communication with Bring a Trailer staff.

Online collector car auction host Bring a Trailer has expanded its available services with two additional ways to help sellers and buyers connect. In addition to its current $99 Classic listings, the site now offers Plus listings which include professional photography and writing consultation as well as the new White Glove Service which provides assistance to sellers through the process from start to finish – custom tailoring the listing services to the needs of the seller. A 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL is the first collector car to be listed using Bring a Trailer’s White Glove Service and will sell at no-reserve on the Bring a Trailer Premium Services landing page, bringatrailer.com/premium.

Bring a Trailer’s new Plus listings offer sellers the same features that users are familiar with but adds professional photography services courtesy of its photography partner Snappr as well as staff consultations to help sellers show their automobile in its best light. This will help buyers better communicate the details of their automobile to the Bring a Trailer audience leading to a better experience for both. The new service charges a flat rate of $349.

For owners of rare and valuable collector vehicles or vehicle collections, the new, top-tier White Glove Service custom tailors an exclusive catalog of listing services to the specific needs of each seller. This custom selling experience can include professional photography as well as writing and curation of the listing, but there is no limit to the marketing which can be done with this option through both internal and external promotion. Pricing for the White Glove Service is dependent on the services desired. Both Plus and White Glove listings can now also be hosted for up to 21 days.

 “Our mission is to simplify the selling and buying process as much as possible,” said Bring a Trailer Founder Randy Nonnenberg. “These two additional methods of listing an automobile on our site are about providing more to our customers. More convenience, more services and, ultimately, more great cars. We are excited to be able to connect cars and car people on our site through our Premium and White Glove Service listings.”

Bring a Trailer’s new services is now available and hosts its first sale, a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, at no-reserve immediately. Click here to see the listing, and here to learn more about the two new services.

About Bring a Trailer

Bring a Trailer was founded in 2007 to help connect buyers with the best rare, unique and collectible cars in the world. Site staff sift through submissions to offer only the best and most interesting cars in a unique, usable and community-oriented platform. Sellers can speak directly with bidders, answering questions and sharing photos. Over 15,000 cars have been listed on Bring a Trailer since its inception with more being added every day. Bring a Trailer auctions are listed at a flat-rate starting at just $99 with a sell-through rate of 75%.

ToyMakerz

Season finale of “ToyMakerz,” Dean Cain (Dave’s friend) stopped by the ToyMakerz shop in North Carolina to get David Ankin’s advice on a new Camaro build that he’s contemplating and they get into a bit of fun/ trouble out on the open road in this episode. David Ankin stars on A&E’s show ToyMakerz in it’s third season. Batman and Superman unite! True fact, David Ankin started off as a stunt man as Batman at Universal.

There was a cop that pulled them over for pushing the speed limit and wound up getting star struck. The cop asked for a photo also.

David also reveals in this episode his most fierce car build yet.

Here are David’s ideas on the finale car that airs on the final episode as well:

Description- ’41 Willys Coupe Exhibition Car

-Pro-Charged, Nitrous-fed LS with 1300 HP; It’s an assault on your senses.

-44 inches of rear tire, 3 brake systems; She’s one angry, fire-breathing monster right on the edge of out of control.

-It was designed to give fans the experience that I live every day.

As you know, the season finale of ToyMakerz was this last Sunday morning on History! This is the episode-specific teaser.

Season Recap:

I first felt “the itch” when I was a kid, growing up in the heart of motor country in Indiana and Michigan. Watching my dad, a skilled car fabricator nicknamed “The Iron Man” for his impressive metalworking skills, I yearned to build my very own custom rides. And so I learned to tinker and create my very first custom Toyz!

I’d modify my bike – once I extended the front fork by hammering together two regular bike forks – my very first Chopper! The funny thing is, even though my father is a welder, it didn’t occur to me to ask him to weld the forks together! Trust me, that did not end well… Next up was a motorized dirt bike that I’d tune and modify with any spare dollars I could earn mowing lawns or helping in the garage. Naturally, this road led to fast cars, motorcycles and a passion for driving – aka, playing with (and breaking) my Toyz.

Straight out of high school I scored what I considered my dream job at the time – doing live stunts as Batman for Six Flags in Texas! For 3 years, I performed trick shows 6-days-a-week. It was a blast. But eventually I had to grow up…. just a little!

So I moved to Myrtle Beach , where I discovered a knack for live venues and built up several bars. This career introduced me to a wide array of seriously impressive vehicle builders and designers, further fueling “the itch”, and it allowed me to put away some money for my true passion.

In 2014 I finally made the leap into full-time toy-making. Partnering up with David Young, a sharp businessman who shared my love for motorsports and the manufacturing process, we launched ToyMakerz LLC in Reidsville, NC. After a few years of research and design, we decided to share our rides with the world and launched ToyMakerz the TV show on Velocity. What followed has been a wild, non-stop ride atop a cannonball.

Seasons 1 and 2 were highly acclaimed and featured custom ToyMakerz creations like the GPS (a 3/4 scale chain-driven personal supercar), the SB (a mean, mashed up truck with a NASCAR-level engine) and the Beast (a fully custom, mid-engine formula car, winner of the Magnaflow People’s Choice Award at SEMA). Along the way, we met more and more incredible toymakers, of all types, and continued to grow our skillset .

Now airing on HISTORY Channel and FYI, in partnership with A+E Networks, ToyMakerz Season 3 has allowed us to take our toymaking to another level. Here’s an overview of what we’ve built:

ToyMakerz S3 Episode 1 – ’71 Charger – A Richard Petty Tribute

We take on a project for a Richard Petty mega-fan to overhaul a signature 70’s Charger “Petty Style” and setup the surprise of a lifetime – an appearance The King himself.

ToyMakerz S3 Episode 2 – Capital City Bike Fest and Car Show

Teaming up with Epic Moto Co, We’ll strip weight, and increase horsepower, while converting an American V-Twin bagger into a street fighter to be revealed at the Capital City Bike Fest and Car Show in Raleigh, NC, one of our favorite annual events.

ToyMakerz S3 Episode 3 – ’56 International Shop Truck and GoPro Race Day

Every shop needs a great shop truck. We were stunned to find a perfect ’56 International flatbed truck that somehow still runs.

ToyMakerz S3 Episode 4 – Misfit Toyz Invitational

We invited some of our top fabricator friends and ToyMakerz Nation standouts to create and race their own one-of-a-kind Misfit Toyz. It rained cats & dogs, making for one of the funniest events I’ve ever seen.

ToyMakerz S3 Episode 5 – ToyMakerz Drag Races – VW Style

When my buddy Scott Sain challenged me to a VW Drag Race, at the 2018 VW Germanaire drag race at the South Carolina Motorplex, how could I possibly say no?

ToyMakerz S3 Episode 6 – Challenger Mods for Sarah Edwards

Jet car pilot Sarah Edwards needed a daily driver. A perfect project for ToyMakerz! We’re thinking American muscle…

ToyMakerz S3 Episode 7 – Kraken Monster Truck Debut and Thunder Roadster Road Race

We put the finishing touches on a remarkable new monster truck, The Kraken, and help our good buddy, land-speed record holder Lee Shirts, tune his Thunder Roadster for a race at gorgeous Virginia International

Raceway (VIR).

ToyMakerz S3 Episode 8 ’41 Willys Coupe – David’s New Exhibition Car

Now this Toy is truly ridiculous. We envisioned and built a completely out-of-the box , over-the-top, exhibition car based on a ’41 Willys Coupe that can make tracks like no other car out there. To top things off, Dean Cain stops by for a visit, as do our top 3 Show Us Your Rides finalists.

It was truly an awesome season. But, now that all is said and done and we’ve had a few months to soak things in, I’m starting to feel that itch again.

Pininfarina Battista Electric Hypercar

Pininfarina Battista Electric Hypercar Debuts in North America

The Battista represents a new reality for electric car desirability in cities, in suburbs and on circuits

Automobili Pininfarina launched its stunning pure-electric 1,900hp Battista hypercar in North America – just one year after the company was introduced at the 2018 Rome Formula E race. Shown in the days leading up to the New York Auto Show, the production-ready model was debuted during an exclusive, invite-only event at Studio 525 in Chelsea by Michael Perschke, CEO and Luca Borgogno, Design Director.

During the event, one of only 150 Battistas, painted in a stunning Grigio Luserna satin-grey carbon with Blu Iconica design accents, was on display. The world-first car was revealed to an excited audience of car collectors, supercar owners, business leaders, automotive influencers and members of the media.

To celebrate its arrival in the world’s biggest market for both supercars and electric cars, a new film of the Battista in action, driving through the streets of New York has been released.

“The Battista’s arrival in New York is a proud moment for the entire Automobili Pininfarina team, as we can finally begin to bring the next generation of hypercars to discerning customers throughout North America” said Perschke. “We’re quite confident that this is the car that makes the United States fall in love with ultra-high-performance electric vehicles.”

Pulling from traditions of Italian design and European engineering, alongside the latest in cutting- edge technology, the company is entering a previously unoccupied market segment with great potential. The new demand for high performance zero-emission vehicles, driven by the increasing emissions regulations in the urban centers of major global cities, puts the Pininfarina Battista at the forefront of a growing trend in the ultra-luxury automobile market.

The Battista’s showing in New York coincides with the beginning of Pininfarina’s search for strategic partners to execute the next phase of its development plans. Following the enthusiastic reception of the Battista, Pininfarina plans to launch a full range of high-end, zero emissions SUVs, broadening its consumer reach in the luxury electric vehicle market.

Deliveries of the Battista to North American clients begin in late 2020, with over half the allocation already reserved.

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BMW Exclusive

“Forget the legs and do everything with my hands,” said racing legend Alex Zanardi when asked how best to tackle the grueling, twice-around the clock Rolex 24 At Daytona. For his first US race since the 2001 crash that took his legs, Alex takes on yet another formidable challenge behind the wheel of a specially modified BMW M8 GTE.

Catch the action on NBCSN, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports App, January 26 and 27.

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Gearing up for the future.

BMW stunned attendees at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show with a look into an autonomous future—with the BMW Vision iNEXT. As part of a mixed reality experience, visitors were able to drive the iNEXT before the vehicle took over the wheel. Then, they could explore video conferencing, shopping, and more—guided by the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant.

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Adventures, made in America.

Back in 1999, the BMW X5 was the first-ever X Model crafted at the BMW Plant in Spartanburg, SC. Now, 20 years later, the All-New BMW X5 has launched a new generation of X—and a new legacy of American-made adventures.

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A first look at the New 7.

Success is not a spectator sport. It’s a rush. A thrill almost as powerful as the New BMW 7 Series itself. Enjoy your exclusive first look at the 2019 7 Series, from all-new innovative features like a fully digital cockpit to the stunning new kidney grille. Expect a new chapter in the story of luxury.

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Your Winter House chariot awaits.

BMW is proud to partner once again with Chef Daniel Humm, restaurateur Will Guidara, and the team behind three-Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park at EMP Winter House in Aspen. Their exciting new seasonal pop-up restaurant offers an incredible menu inspired by their new Aspen home as well as Chef Humm’s Swiss roots. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind experience.

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Petersen Automotive Museum Opens New “Legends of Los Angeles” Exhibit

On November 10, 2018, the Petersen Automotive Museum opened its latest exhibit, “Legends of Los Angeles: Southern California Race Cars and Their Builders,” in the Charles Nearburg Family Gallery presented by Lucas Oil. The display features 12 Los Angeles-built race cars powered by engineering masterminds such as Ed “The Old Master” Pink and Fred Offenhauser and piloted by legends such as Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, Parnelli Jones, Bill Stroppe and Dan Gurney.

“Legends of LA” is highlighted by a stunning180-degree panoramic video, which surrounds the collection of race cars and provides an immersive way to experience the fastest race cars ever built in Los Angeles as they are raced on the region’s famed tracks. Featuring vehicles from every major racing type including midgets, sprint cars, dragsters, off-road cars, IndyCars, land-speed cars and road-racing cars, the panoramic video works alongside the display to take viewers on a visual journey down historic tracks such as El Mirage, Willow Springs International Raceway and Perris Auto Speedway.

Key vehicles on display include a 1963 Ol’Yaller Mark IX, which was one of the last race cars designed and built by Southern California hot rod legend Max Balchowsky; a 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 FIA, one of five FIA-spec factory team cars that competed in the 1964 World Championship and was raced by Dan Gurney in the Targa Florio; a 1967 Long 
“Shelby Super Snake” with an Ed Pink racing engine, which made history when driver Done Prudhomme accomplished four quarter-mile runs in the six-second range at the 1967 NHRA Spring Nationals; and Big Oly, a 1970 Ford Bronco which was raced to a back-to-back victories at the Baja 1000 in 1971 and 1972 by the legendary off-roading team of Parnelli Jones and Bill Stroppe.

“From the early years of auto racing to today, Los Angeles has played a key role in the development and growth of motorsports in North America,” said Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Our new exhibit honors the region’s rich history through some of the finest examples of race car engineering and design, telling a comprehensive story about the legends that helped establish Los Angeles as the diverse racing destination that is today.”

Preceding the public opening, the Petersen hosted a formal cocktail reception and media preview on Thursday, November 8, 2018. The evening paid homage to LA-based racing icon and race car constructor Parnelli Jones, a motorsports legend known for his victories in nearly every major auto racing event in the United States. Jones, whose voice is featured in the gallery video was praised on stage while guests bid on his signed racing memorabilia during a silent auction.

“Legends of Los Angeles” will run through December 1, 2019. To learn more about the new exhibit or the Peterson Automotive Museum, please click here!

The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity. The Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles, California, 90036. Admission prices are $16 for general admission adults, $13 for seniors and students with ID, $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Active military with ID, personal care attendants and children under three are admitted free. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For general information, call 323-930-CARS or visit here!

Speed Read: Supercars

Speed Read: Supercars will guide you through every aspect of these imagination-capturing, eye-widening, land-bound speed missiles.

When Lamborghini unleashed its Miura on an unsuspecting world in 1966, it set off a high-performance arms race that continues to this day. Ferrari, Maserati, Jaguar, Porsche, and Lotus all accepted the challenge. Over the following five decades, numerous others stepped up, including stalwarts like Aston Martin, BMW, and Audi, as well as small-volume specialists such as Koenigsegg, Pagani, Noble, and Spyker. The result is a veritable smorgasbord of blazingly fast and delicious-looking land missiles available to anyone with several hundred thousand dollars to spare.

Supercars are complex subjects that interest nearly all car enthusiasts. Every part of a supercar represents myriad decisions informed by engineering, aesthetics, human interface, and emotion. Speed Read: Supercars answers the hows and whys of these fantastic cars, offering an engaging review of history, engineering, design, key concepts, and key people.

About the Author

Basem Wasef’s fascination with all things automotive spans back to his childhood in London, where he was known to sing Happy Birthday to his extensive collection of Matchbox cars. Though his enthusiasm has taken him from the Arctic Circle to Modena in pursuit of extraordinary and exotic vehicles, he can’t imagine living anywhere but car-crazed Los Angeles, California.