Car Girl: Samantha Carlin

Name: Samantha Carlin
Age: 23
Home Town: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Car of choice:  Her 2015 Ford Mustang
Instagram: @sammiec_413

Owner of Mustang not behind the wheel?

Henry Michael Gevorgyan was booked on suspicion of murder Feb. 28 for the now infamous street race that ended in the death of two spectators. Gevorgyan identified as the owner of the Mustang involved in the crash may not have been behind the wheel during the race. Prompting the police and local politicians to promise expanded enforcement and vehicle seizures for street racers.

A video, posted March 1st, on the Facebook page 818_1320 alleging Gevorgyan was the flag man in the race.

Gevorgyan’s attorney, Kate Hardie told the Los Angeles Times “He’s terrified, he wants to do the right thing.” Police continue to search for the driver of the second vehicle, a Nissan GTR.

UPDATE: According to KFI News Henry Michael Gevorgyan was charged with murder this morning and pled not guilty.

Police, or someone pretending to be the police, have been interacting with the 818_1320 on Facebook, looking for information on the driver of the Nissan GTR.

A Gentleman's Racer by Bentley

Bentley unveiled the EXP 10 Speed 6 at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show, my first impression was the grill was off, but after looking at it again, and again, and again... I have to say I really do love this new direction. It casts off  the stuffy heritage of the 50's saloon cars that has seemed to guide the design team since... well the 1950's and really returns to the brands racing roots.

Bentley once build cars like the 1924 Hawkeye Special

If you notice under our cars tab we don't even have a Bentley tab, because they have mostly been focused on building bigger, longer, more blue-bloodier sedans. But if the Speed 6 goes into production I might have to add a Bentley tab back to the site. I can't wait to see it in race trim and what a production model might look like.

Check out the full press release below:

MAR 2, 2015

Concept for sector-defining two-seater sportscar
Futuristic Bentley design, a statement in modern British luxury
Potential future model line
(Crewe / Geneva, 2nd March 2015) Bentley Motors is showing the future direction of luxury and performance with the EXP 10 Speed 6 at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show. The concept is a British interpretation of a high performance two seater sportscar using modern automotive design, highly skilled handcrafting, the finest materials and advanced performance technology.

From the racing success of the company’s early years to the international motorsport success of today, ‘speed’ is part of Bentley’s DNA. This inspiration is expressed throughout the EXP 10 Speed 6, where iconic Bentley design cues are fused with progressive craftsmanship techniques and modern technologies.

Copper elements are used as accents to both exterior and interior features to highlight the performance hybrid potential of the concept’s advanced new powertrain. Performance goals including top speed are set to challenge competitors and define a new segment benchmark.

Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, comments:

“EXP 10 Speed 6 is one vision for Bentley’s future – a powerful, exquisite and individual concept. The showcar has the potential to be the new pinnacle luxury two-seat sports car. It offers thrilling, driver-oriented performance, complete with trademark modern Bentley luxury and effortlessness.

It could be a future model line, alongside the Continental GT and redefining the pinnacle of another market sector, and the styling of the EXP 10 Speed 6 could influence the expansion of the Bentley family. This is not just a new sports car concept – but the potential Bentley sports car – a bold vision for a brand with a bold future.”

Contemporary Design, Yet Unmistakably Bentley

The exterior design of EXP 10 Speed 6 is an expression of muscular, athletic surfaces inspired by the aerodynamic shapes of aircraft fuselages and wings. The ethos of the design was to develop contemporary interpretations of Bentley styling cues, which have been brought together with beauty and precision. The result is a coupe of clean, modern surfaces whilst remaining unmistakably Bentley.

Creating exciting contemporary ideas from classic starting points is evident across the car, from the new interpretation of the iconic Bentley matrix grille and four-round headlamps to the paint colour – a deeper, richer and heavily metallic version of British Racing Green. The principles of established Bentley luxury have been applied in new and invigorating ways that use the latest technologies and techniques.

The shapes and lines of EXP 10 Speed 6 represent a dynamic sculpture, creating harmony between sharp lines and flowing surfaces and using twisted surfaces to imply speed. Combined with muscular proportions and an athletic stance through the use of a short front overhang, long bonnet, low grille and wide rear shape with a long C-post, the exterior styling hints at high speed potential of the car.

Every exterior material and each individual detail is designed to modern Bentley style. Cutting-edge 3D metal printing technology has allowed the grille mesh, exhausts, door handles and side vents to be delivered with micro-scale design detail precision. The iconic Bentley mesh grille, for example, is no longer a flat plane of latticework but includes varying depth with a complex 3D geometry only visible when viewed at an angle. Bentley’s renowned quilted leather has inspired three dimensional texture to the precision glass of the headlamps.

These exterior elements come together to present a Bentley for the next generation – lean, toned and exquisitely precise, designed around new evolutions of the design elements that unite all Bentleys – past, present and future.

Bentley’s Most Performance-Orientated Luxury Cabin

The inspiration for the interior comes from the continuous line that runs around the cabin, driving through the console and into two symmetrical wings before flowing into the door and looping back into the console armrest. Two elegant quilted sports seats are positioned either side of the narrow centre console which houses exquisite driver controls and a highly intuitive 12” touch screen. These features combine futuristic technology seamlessly with progressive Bentley craftsmanship.

Each detail has taken core Bentley interior DNA principles and moved them forwards. For example, the classic and purposeful Bentley knurled surface is a feature throughout the controls of the car, but now created using steel and copper together to create a two-metal 3D texture.

Continuing the fusion of traditional materials and contemporary design statements, the doors of EXP 10 Speed 6 feature 3D quilting, milled directly in to solid straight-grain cherry wood. Each resulting diamond is finished with a copper centre.

The centre console integrates digital information with tactile controls via a curved touch screen housed in an aluminium frame. The fascia instruments deploy from a flat position into the drivers view as the car is started using the floating “B” button integrated in to a non-symmetrical gear lever finished in aluminium, copper and cherry wood. A mechanical rev counter and digital display combine to provide the perfect balance of modern driver information and analogue beauty.

The rear interior space is divided into two compartments designed to house a specifically designed four-piece luggage set. Like the rest of the interior, the rear has been trimmed by the master craftsmen at Bentley in the highest quality Poltrona Frau leather.

– ENDS –

Mike Sayer
Product and Motorsport Communications Manager
+44(0)7507 846782

Andrea Baker
Head of Media Communications
+44(0)7415 499252

Bentley Motors Ltd
Pyms Lane

Notes to editors

Bentley Motors is the most sought after luxury car brand in the world. The company’s headquarters in Crewe is home to all of its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production of the company’s three model lines, Continental, Flying Spur and Mulsanne. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury car brands such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley employs around 3,700 people at Crewe.

 Source: Bentley

Lost California: Red Chief Motel

I have been doing some exploring in my own back yard lately, and one recently discovered gem of Route 66 was just a few miles away from my doorstep. The Red Chief Motel was your traditional Route 66 1930's auto lodge. The front building was a cafe and cocktail lounge just located just down from the Sycamore Inn in what was then unincorporated Cucamonga. More like apartments than a Motel each bungalow included a kitchen and a garage.

Today only the main building stands and is home to Gao Sushi, the traditional facade has been covered up by wood panels in an attempt to make the building look more modern. I just wonder what happened to the original sign.

A satellite view shows the original driveway loop that was once lined with bungalows motel rooms.

You can visit the building or grab some Sushi at:

8270 E Foothill Blvd
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Red Brick Benz

A Mercedes Benz car made of red bricks parks at Red Town Creative Park on March 1, 2015 in Shanghai, China. An artist Dai Yun of Xi'an who is now a sculptor of Shenzhen Public Art Center, designed a red bricks car which was accorded with the original proportion of Mercedes Benz. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

Via KFI 640


If you have never heard of  Luftgekühlt, you  might be wondering what it is and why you are seeing it on every car guys social media profile this Monday. The event created by Howie Idelson and Patrick Long, is a celebration of all things air-cooled Porsche. The event moves around Los Angeles, this past weekends was held at the production company Bandito Brothers. The top stars of the Porsche world gather to hang out and have a blast around some of the most influential air-cooled cars on the planet. This weekends event was no exception, Magnus Walker, Patrick Dempsey, Sean Lee, and many others were in attendance. Thankfully our good friend Leonard Mayorquin from was on hand to take some amazing images for us. CLICK HERE to see the full gallery. 

Moto 76 Tees

Moto 76 is a new midwest based founded in the garage where the Moto 76 guys build bikes, create great art and plan their next motorcycle adventures.  Each shirt is printed by hand in the garage and the team is more focused on the bikes their building than building an apparel brand. 

"We're more focused on the bikes than the brand, and want to share our passion for bikes, and pay homage to vintage motorcycle lifestyle with our line of hand drawn and hand printed shirts"  Said Jack Randleman the man behind the artwork.  

You can shop their current range of tees HERE also head over and like their page on Facebook 

Hundred Dollar Healey Update

Today I made a lot of progress on The Hundred Dollar Healey (El Guapo) in prepping it for The Rally Historico Transpinsular. Since we are building the car for long distance over the road rallies we contacted JAZ Products for one of their 16 gallon fuel cell and filler necks to give El Guapo great range. The foam filled fuel cell will also keep us safe in the event of an accident.

The JAZ Products fuel cell will be strapped down in the trunk, the racing style fuel filler will allow for quick fill ups. We are fabbing a splash guard and a catch with a drain for any fuel/water to run out that might come down through the hole. 

To also keep us safe I fabbed up a sheetmetal firewall to seperate the trunk from the passenger compartment. It's bonded and rivited in place and will be painted satin black like the rest of the interior. 

I also was able to get the hood scoop mounted for the fresh air intake for the motor. It is blue because it was original fabbed up for our Project Fairlane, but they never made it on to the project. It was not warm enough today to do more paint work so I just wet sanded the first spray down and prepped for warmer weather so I can get it painted.

LA wants to expand seizure of "Street Racing" cars after deadly accident


Prologue: I, in no way endorse or support street racing or illegal activity, I unlike the limp wristed politicians do however understand that it has and always will be a small part of automotive culture. If you feel the need to go racing...please go to a track and do it responsibly. 
This is an opinion piece written with a little tongue-in-cheek, just remember "Ful ofte in game a sooth I have herd saye!"  
For more NEWS on this story visit ABC 7.

With the recent death of two young men at a local Street Race here in Southern California the media and local political hacks have seized the moment to "save the children."  On television and radio reports every city councilmen, police chief, and local state assemblymen is demanding a "crack down" on illegal street racing. Already we are hearing plans to start impounding "street racing vehicles" and a cry from the local police that "if we only had more funding" they could stop street racing before it kills every child in if it is an epidemic that can only be stopped by padding the CalPERS retirement fund.

The Los Angeles City Council is already looking at a plan to increase penalties for street racing and hit-and-run crashes. The plan proposed by Councilman Mitch Englander would give the police the power seize and either sell or destroy vehicles involved in street racing activities and other hit and run accidents. The proposal came as quick as his knee could jerk and he could find a microphone or camera to be in front of.

Englander told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO this move is in response to the "car culture" on social media that seems to value hot rods over human life.

Councilman Mitch Englander wants your car
“They post on their websites that, ‘Oh this poor Mustang, look what happened to this Mustang’,” said Englander. “Two people died, somebody was seriously injured, and so, yeah, we’re gonna hit ‘em where it hurts."

It seems that Englander does not understand that the spectators were not forced to be there, sad that they are dead? ...yes, but are they also responsible? Absolutely, it is not like they were innocent bystanders. They knew what was happening at the race and now Englander is cashing in on their family tragedy for some cheap political cachet and a chance to enhance city revenue by auctioning off seized vehicles. This from the same city that flouts state law by handing the keys back to unlicensed drivers instead of impounding their car if they happen to be an illegal immigrant.

By the way Mitch does not ever mention how many people really die every year while street racing... just that it is an epidemic...wonder why? In what is described by police as a massive underground network that fueled by drugs, crime, sexy movies, and twitter it must be thousands per-year...tens of thousands... maybe more killed by sweet lady speed on the streets of America. Thankfully, it is not. In fact based on the numbers I looked up from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) it does not even register as half of one percent of all automotive deaths annually. Hummm... "BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN?" you scream while tears stream down your cheeks... Don't worry the children will be ok.

From 2001 to 2008 (the studies with the most recent data) according to the NHTSA study about 130 people per year were killed in "street racing" incidents nationally (that means in the whole USA), while you have 42,000 on average being killed per year in just run of the mill car accidents. It works out that only 0.3% of all automotive accident related deaths nationwide are caused by street racing. To give you an idea if all 130 people on average per year were just from the state of California that is only 0.00040625% of the population of the state.

Now compare this to the nearly 31% of automotive deaths caused by Drunk Driving and you start to wonder what all the rending of garments and gnashing of teeth is about... if it is truly about "saving lives" why is it that Englander is not proposing sezing and destroying or selling the cars of anyone caught driving under the influence? That would prevent a big chunk of the 31% of the total fatalities currently caused by drunk drivers, while a total crackdown on street racing would have no appreciable effect.

Now I can hear it already, the standard cry of "BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN??" and "IF IT SAVES JUST ONE LIFE!" Yeah...I get it for those families this is a profound, personal, life changing event... but that is anecdotal evidence at best and not worthy of shaping public policy. The cases where we end up with laws fueld by one person(s) passions generally are invasive, overreaching, and ineffective.  

We have watched police agencies and political class here in California increase in their animosity towards the car culture here in California. From the CHP's two month undercover investigation into canyon racers (here) to the raid at the Art's Burger Meet (here) the definition of what is "street racing activity" is getting pretty wide. 

As a car enthusiast who is part of the community, when politicians start wanting to expand the powers of the police to seize vehicles I start to get worried. The New York Times exposed some "special training" that police officers across the country have been getting. In one seminar, captured on video, Harry S. Connelly Jr., the city attorney of Las Cruces, N.M., described how officers in his jurisdiction could not wait to seize one man’s “exotic vehicle” outside a local bar, and other departments were found to have wish lists of cars officers or their family members wanted. Connnelly said "Don’t bother with jewelry and computers, (but) do go after flat screen TVs, cash and cars...especially nice cars." Read the whole story on that here.

We must understand that this has nothing to do with saving a life, it has everything to do with giving the police expanded reasons to seize cars and giving the politicians a talking point for some TV and Radio time. Sadly I could not find any statistics on how many deadly accidents were caused by LA's decrepit roads and aging infrastructure...something the LA City Council should be spending time on.

But if you happen to be a canyon driver, street racer, or even just an owner of a modified car... be looking over your shoulder, state and local law enforcement are gunning for the automotive enthusiast...yet again.

Route 66 Cucamonga Station Update

The restoration of the Cucamonga Service Station is coming along, a few weeks ago they unveiled the vintage Richfield Oil Sign and the team over at Route 66 IECA has done a great job with getting this project rolling and moving forward. The color is really that bright a yellow, meaning if you are headed through Rancho Cucamonga on Route 66 you can't miss it. The Official Site for the project keeps popping up with warning that it has a virus so visit the groups Facebook page HERE.

2 Killed 1 Injured in So Cal Street Race

ABC 7 reported this morning that two young men were killed and a third injured when the driver of a highly modified Mustang lost control and struck a group of spectators in Chatsworth. LAPD investigators said the men were there to watch a street-race at the time of the crash.

Plummer Street is well known as a street racing location in Southern California, like many industrial parks with long straightaways. Members of the automotive community said that the Mustang was racing a Nissan GTR and allegedly there is video of the incident floating around. Others say he was racing a Chevrolet Camaro, but so far nothing has been confirmed.

The driver of the Mustang fled and is still at large if you know anything please contact the LAPD at (818) 684-8000.

Read More Here at ABC 7

Video: Frank Monise Motors

We stopped in and visited Frank and Greg Monise of Frank Monise Motors to get the story behind their historic shop that has been tuning and racing British cars since 1949. Visit their official website at

Frank Monise Motors is a Sponsor of

The Persuaders

In this classic clip watch Tony Curtis (Ferrari Dino) and Roger Moore Aston Martin DBS) race each other in pure 1970's Machismo around the French Riviera. The song is the original theme song for the TV show which was filmed in France, Italy and England between May 1970 and June 1971. It was one of the most expensive action adventure TV shows made. With A-list talent like Curtis and Moore who play two international Playboys from different backgrounds who reluctantly team together to solve cases that the police can't for sport and adventure.

The show has everything glamorous locations, sexy women, fights, car chases, and international intrigue.It is fun to watch, full episodes can be found on YouTube

Aston Martin Vulcan

Aston has confirmed that the Vulcan track-only special edition will go into production, with just 24 examples to be built it will be one of the rarest Astons ever offered with just around 1/3rd the production of the One-77 limited edition.

“Aston Martin Vulcan is, by its very nature, a rare and thrilling supercar designed and engineered to deliver a genuinely bespoke driving experience that draws on our rich heritage, this car tailors its power and handling to both the capabilities of the driver and the characteristics of the track."Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said

The price of $2.3 million should keep the plebs away from the showroom. But I really hope at least one buyer will take it to the track and give it a proper flogging with all 800 horsepower. 

Official Press Release:

25 February 2015, Gaydon: Introducing the Aston Martin Vulcan – a track-only supercar and the British luxury brand’s most intense and exhilarating creation to date.

Born out of extensive motorsport experience – and using the brand’s acknowledged flair for design and engineering ingenuity – the 800-plus bhp, all-carbon fibre Aston Martin Vulcan promises truly extreme performance.

Uniquely for Aston Martin the new supercar – limited to just 24 examples worldwide – will allow owners the opportunity to precisely tailor their track day experience through a graduating scale of detailed power and dynamic performance adjustments.

CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, said: “Aston Martin Vulcan is, by its very nature, a rare and thrilling supercar. Designed and engineered to deliver a genuinely bespoke driving experience that draws on our rich heritage, this car tailors its power and handling to both the capabilities of the driver and the characteristics of the track.

“A sports car for true sports car lovers, I believe the Aston Martin Vulcan – and the unique ownership programme that sits behind it – sets a whole new standard in the ultra-high luxury supercar class.”


Styled entirely in-house by the Aston Martin design team led by Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman, and with a design language hinting at the next generation of Aston Martin sports cars, this supercar is powered by the most potent iteration yet of the company’s naturally-aspirated, 7.0-litre V12 petrol engine.

With its 800-plus bhp powerplant developed in conjunction with Aston Martin Racing, this front mid-engined, rear-wheel drive sports car draws extensively on the brand’s rich GT motorsport experience.

Utilising the techniques of world-class motorsport engineering, the supercar sees its power-to-weight ratio exceed those of the GTE cars which compete in the FIA’s annual World Endurance Championship.

Comprising cutting edge engineering including that sourced from the brand’s successful GT racing campaign, the car features a carbon fibre monocoque and body constructed by Aston Martin’s long-term specialist body engineering and manufacturing partner Multimatic, integral limited-slip differential, magnesium torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft and Brembo racing calipers acting on carbon ceramic racing disc brakes which measure 380mm in diameter at the front and 360mm at the rear.

Drive is channelled to the 345/30 x19 rear wheels and Michelin race specification tyres through a race-bred rear mid-mounted Xtrac six-speed sequential shift gearbox.

Track-derived pushrod suspension with anti-dive geometry is complemented by Multimatic’s Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars front and rear, driver-adjustable anti-lock braking, and variable traction control.

The new track car will comply with all relevant FIA race safety requirements.

Aston Martin’s Director of Special Projects and Motorsport, David King, said: “Taking the extensive learning from our various successful racing programmes and applying it to this exceptional track car for customers has been an exciting and sometimes challenging task for the team here at Gaydon.

“Our deep and broad motorsport experience, allied to our renowned road car expertise, has allowed us to make the Aston Martin Vulcan the absolutely compelling proposition it is today.”

Fast-track training

Prior to taking delivery of their cars, owners will be offered the opportunity to take part in an extensive and detailed programme of intensive track driver training.

Experienced racers including Aston Martin Racing’s Le Mans-winning Darren Turner will support owners on their learning journey, offering them the chance to refine their track driving technique and increase their ability through a carefully-constructed series of practical and theoretical driver training events.

Using a number of exciting high performance Aston Martins including the V12 Vantage S and One-77 road cars and the Vantage GT4 race car, customers will gradually build experience and develop their track technique, before beginning their thrilling personal journeys into the immense performance potential of their Aston Martin Vulcan.

David King said: “We will be running a series of exclusive track day events commencing in 2016 that will offer the opportunity for these customers to explore their driving capabilities, and the car’s performance potential, on some of the world’s most famous and glamorous race circuits.”

There will also be the option of time in the virtual race car world of Darren Turner’s Base Performance Simulators, where buyers will have ample opportunity to further refine their driving style in the safety of the digital race track.

No longer the exclusive preserve of Formula 1, it is widely acknowledged that using a simulator can help prepare a driver for any race; improving technique and consistency as well as, ultimately, lap times.

Almost infinitely flexible in terms of colour and trim options, the exclusive new sports car will be offered to buyers through Aston Martin’s VIP sales programme, using the expertise and luxury customer service that is now a hallmark of the brand’s ‘Q by Aston Martin’ bespoke personalisation service.

Dr Palmer added: “We have already received strong interest from the customers we have spoken to about Aston Martin Vulcan.

“The cars will blend our traditional Aston Martin values of Power, Beauty and Soul with an unrivalled ownership experience; a unique combination that will guarantee their place in the brand’s rich and charismatic history.”    

Performance data, together with further technical details about the ultra-exclusive track-only supercar, will be released closer to its track debut later this year.

The Aston Martin Vulcan will make its world debut on the brand’s new stand at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show (Hall 5 Stand 5253) at 10.15am on Tuesday March 3.

Source: Aston Martin

Jensen to return in 2016 with limited-edition Jensen GT

Jensen has been absent from the automotive world since 1976, the badge was revived briefly in 2001 with the terrible Jensen S-V8, a car that died a quick and painless death. This new heritage style Jensen GT picks up where the Interceptor left off and features many of the iconic Jensen cues that made the original Interceptor such a hit. These images of the clay model are an amazing teaser but details on the cars chassis and powertrain are not available yet, but I expect a big V8, perhaps a FF version with all wheel drive?

International Playboys and Denim Clad Men with Mustaches collectively leapt for joy at the prospect of a new Interceptor. We expect that Jason Clarkson, James Steed, and Rodger St. Hammond will be first in line to get behind the wheel of the new car.

Source: Jensen Group