Off to SEMA

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Whenever I look at this picture I can’t help but smile. Although I’m critical about how a lot of cars are put together (it is after all my business to analyze such things), sometimes it’s nice to just get a good laugh out of it and not think to deeply into it.

I took this picture while driving to work one day. I particularly enjoyed thinking about the scenario of the owner contemplating the decision as to whether to give the Accord a dual exhaust or install a bumper which does not fit a custom dual exhaust. Clearly there would be no money left over to paint the bumper regardless of the decision, but this guy wanted it all. So rather than trim the bumper to accommodate the dual exhaust he sort of just “made it all work” and let the second exhaust dangle wherever it may. As a result it made my morning considerably more enjoyable.

When I think of SEMA somehow I can’t help but think of cars like this.

With that being said, I can’t wait for Tokyo Auto Salon.

(PS – This was written prior to my departure to SEMA but it won’t go live until Saturday)

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Mad Cow by Stanley Ku

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Confused? So was I when I first saw this car at the local Supercar Sunday meet in Woodland Hills. Honestly, I was fooled and believed it to be a Lambo Murci at first because there was no reason for me to think otherwise. However, as I approached towards the car, the stranger it looked and then it hit me. The car was a fake.

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If it weren’t for all the ugly addictions, especially in the front, it might actually look decent. It’s just a dead giveaway with how it looks right now. If I’m not mistaken, it think the car is for sale. Desperate times call for desperate measures. I’m sure some budget ballers would be interested in it.

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Hater Fodder – Mercedes-Benz G Classless

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The Benz G Class is one of those cars that never seems to change. With a life span comparable to the Lotus Esprit, the G Class has outlived numerous decades of design and techological change. With a history of textbook function over looks philosophy, one has to look in amazement at this modified G Class.

The G Classless as I’ll refer to it, was modified by a private owner (I’m presuming) who felt that what the G Class really needed was a E Class front end. I think any good friend would tell you that doing this is a terrible idea, but somehow nobody warned of what it would end up as.

So here we go, your hater fodder for the day. The G Classless Benz.

Original Source: http://www.autogespot.com/en/item/733/very-exclusive-mercedes-benz-ge-class/

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Hater Fodder – A Knockoff Bentley Going Into Production?

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Hautai's Knockoff Bentley

Sometimes I get so frustrated with the automotive aftermarket because there is such a lack of respect for people’s life work of design and engineering. I continue to watch companies go bankrupt because the knockoff brands out there (you know who they are) just kill the market and make it nearly impossible for original companies to survive. Being a small aftermarket tuner who manufacturers original parts just doesn’t make sense in this environment…it is almost impossible to make a profit because production costs are so high to R&D parts. I know because I’ve passed on probably 20 chances now to start my own brand, the numbers just never made sense to do it. Actually, worse than that…one of the most talented designers I know is out of work right now for this same reason. The man’s life work is design and now he’s considering at working at a restaurant instead. I cant describe how depressing it is to know of his talent and yet know of his inability to continue his life’s work because the “enthusiasts” in the industry supported knockoffs instead of original parts like his. (I’m not saying names out of respect, so please don’t ask or comment about it…this story exists in multiple cases he surely is not the only one)

In general I don’t find knockoffs funny because in the context of the automotive aftermarket, the companies getting damaged by knockoffs of their goods are usually too small to survive the damage without huge problems (aside from the Nismos, TRDs and Mugens with big enough budgets to continue on).

Yet with all that being said, I can at times be amused by knockoffs in cases where nobody gets hurt too badly. In this case Bentley must be covering their heads in embarassment as they view the upcoming Hautai manufacturered unnamed car. No doubt this will still hurt Bentley’s image a bit, but I’m sure they’ll ultimately be fine. If anything, this hurts the image of Chinese automakers who are poised to inevitably enter the US and overseas markets. In their quest to become a legitimate source for world wide production vehicles this is a real setback to the image of Chinese car manufacturers.

(I wonder if Hautai is also one of the companies making those Top Secret, umm I mean… “TS Style” knockoff hoods that have eroded Top Secret’s hood sales over the years)

Here’s a front shot of the Hautai “B Style” as I’ll call it. At least the front is a little different.

Hautai Knockoff Bentley

Original Source: http://www.autoblog.com/2009/05/12/chinas-hautai-reportedly-readying-bentley-continental-knockoff/

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Hater Fodder – Red and Gold Mercedes SLR

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Switzerland is responsible for this gaudy addition to our Hater Fodder section of the blog. Below you can see the base SLR they used, and after looking at the guy in the picture you can almost guess where this project is headed…

Red and Gold SLR Mercedes

So what do you get when that guy designs a SLR?

Red and Gold SLR Mercedes

So lets ignore the gold and ruby interior, or the way those SLR rims manage to look hideous after a gold plating with red center caps. This car is worthy of the hater fodder topic just because of that rear wing being on a SLR. It looks like someone got in on that liquidation sale of Erebuni’s old 1990s inventory of shogun style wings. The front bumper sadly is no better. The car is all SHOCK AND AWE(ful).

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But really…you just need to see another picture of the creator of the car. I feel like this post is more about that guy than the Mercedes, since he really embodies his creation.

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Source: http://www.anliker-ueli.ch/index.php/bilderwelt

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Hater Fodder – Nissan Primera Rocket Ship

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Yet another chance to feed all the haters with something we can all have some fun with. Enjoy.

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Hater Fodder: The CorZonda

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First off, I must give props to Jalopnik for amusing me greatly with their “Doing It Wrong V3″. This picture I took from their gallery, which contains other examples of tragic/comedic greatness.

http://jalopnik.com/photogallery/doingwrongv3/

For my chosen example (due to my love of Pagani and their Zonda), I’ve selected what I dub the CorZonda. Although the owner was creative in achieving what he did with the rear of the car, it is a complete disaster from my eyes. Here’s some food for the haters…I present you with the CorZonda.

The CorZonda

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