Shelby King Cobra

When Carroll Shelby took the Cooper Monaco and worked his American V8 Magic on it like he had done before with the original Cobra the King Cobra was born. Powered by a 289 V8 with four Weber carburetors pushing out 400hp. The car was built for speed with a 5-speed manual transaxle, 4-wheel disc brakes and 4-wheel independent suspension with coilovers. Two Cooper-Monaco Shelbys purchased by Shelby American for the 1963 Fall Series, the King Cobra was an important step in the Ford GT40 development program and are pretty amazing to see in person. 

The 1,964th 50th Anniversary Mustang to be auctioned for charity

Henry Ford Health System’s Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute will be the beneficiary when the coveted final production 50 Years Limited Edition 2015 Ford Mustang, badge No. 1,964, is offered at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction Sept. 25-27. Ford will build only 1,964 units of the 50 Years Limited Edition Mustang fastback in honor of the year the pony car debuted.

“Ford Mustang inspires passion like no other car,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “The visceral look, sound and performance of Mustang resonates with people, even if they’ve never driven one. Mustang is definitely more than just a car – it is the heart and soul of Ford Motor Company.”

That makes it all the more fitting that this rare 50 Years Limited Edition Mustang will be auctioned as part of the annual Get Your Heart Racing program to raise funds for the Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute at Henry Ford Health System.

Each limited-edition car features a plaque on the instrument panel engraved with a serial number and the signature of Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford. A version of this Mustang will be displayed publicly at the Get Your Heart Racing Pit Party sponsored by Crest Automotive Group, Friday, Sept. 12 at Eastern Market in Detroit.

50 Years Limited Edition Ford Mustang
Based on the all-new 2015 Mustang GT fastback with performance package, the 50 Years Limited Edition model is designed to provide customers with outstanding performance and a unique appearance that will be instantly recognizable. Complete vehicle specs and images of the base car can be found here.

One enthusiast has the opportunity to become the owner of one of the rarest of this limited stock, and it’s likely many of the most serious Mustang fans will be involved in the bidding.

Barrett-Jackson auction and Ford Championship Weekend
After the Get Your Heart Racing Pit Party in Detroit, attention turns to Las Vegas for the Barrett-Jackson auction. Mustang No. 1,964 can be built to the customer’s specifications including being produced in either Kona Blue or Wimbledon White.

The winning bidder has the option to transform Mustang No. 1,964 into a one-of-a-kind replica of the official Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway pace car, or keep it as stock. According to Barrett-Jackson, pace cars have been among the most desirable vehicles in years past. As a final bonus, the winning bidder can choose to have a free supercharger installed to increase the horsepower of the legendary pony car.

In addition to the pride of owning this custom car, the auction winner will receive a VIP package to the Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Nov. 14-16, where a preproduction unit of the 50 Years Limited Edition Mustang will pace the race.

The winning package includes airfare, hotel accommodations and two VIP tickets to the track. As part of the experience, the winning bidder has the opportunity to ride along in the official pace car as a Ford NASCAR driver completes hot laps around Homestead-Miami Speedway prior to the race.

Last year, Get Your Heart Racing auctioned the “movie-star” Mustang that appeared in the Dreamworks box-office smash “Need for Speed” – a film adaptation of the popular video game of the same name. When the Barrett-Jackson auctioneer’s gavel ended the spirited bidding, that Mustang had sold for $300,000, causing the packed house to erupt in cheers.

Get Your Heart Racing
“The Get Your Heart Racing program has become our biggest annual fundraiser, and everybody who participates seems to love it,” said Sandy Hudson, chief development officer, Henry Ford Hospital. “With the help of our sponsors – especially Ford Motor Company – we’re looking to 2014 to be our biggest and best year yet.”

Get Your Heart Racing is co-produced by Henry Ford Health System and Ford Motor Company in support of the Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute. Honorary chairpersons of this year’s event are Paul and Lynn Ford Alandt and Raj Nair. The Pit Party at Eastern Market promises scrumptious food and drink, live entertainment, incredible auction items and the opportunity to meet executives from Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford Health System and other business leaders.

For more information on the Get Your Heart Racing program, or to purchase event tickets, please visit or contact Kim Streich at 734.246.9639 or

2014 Get Your Heart Racing sponsors include Ford Motor Company, Crest Automotive Group, Comerica Bank, Continental Catering and Events, Heidie M. Gorno, Superior Ambulance, Novelis, Lear Corporation, Panasonic Automotive Systems of America, Fritz Enterprises, ISIS Medical, Village Ford, Penske Corporation, Powerlink, Dassault Systèmes, Ken and Marilyn Way, Goodyear, Dakkota Integrated Systems, Detroit Manufacturing Systems, Team Detroit, Faurecia, W.F. Whelan Company, the Honorable Sandy and Lisa Baruah, and R.H. Bluestein Company.

Ford will offer ride-and-drives and hot lap experiences for attendees of the Barrett-Jackson auction. The ride-and-drives will feature the 2015 Expedition for the first time this year. Ford’s 2014 lineup, including the Mustang GT, Focus ST and Fiesta ST, will also be available for ride-and-drives. Additionally, professional drivers from Miller Motorsports Park will offer hot laps in the Shelby American-built GT350, GT500 Super Snake and Shelby Focus ST.

Equestrian Themed Aston Martin

by Michael Satterfield

This unique Equestrian Inspired Aston Martin DB9 Volante was designed exclusively for charity auction at this years Menlo Charity Horse Show. 'Q by Aston Martin' designers at Gaydon were commissioned by the Los Gatos Aston Martin dealership to create a unique example of the DB9 for the Menlo Charity Horse Show in Los Gatos. The show is one of the finest professional/amateur equestrian events in the United States, renowned for its origin and legacy of philanthropy.

The outstanding result of this bespoke commission is a beautiful, highly-customised DB9 Volante, crafted specifically with the discerning Equestrian lifestyle in mind. Bathed in an interior of Saddle Tan Luxmill leather from our Q Heritage palette, this is contrasted beautifully with Diamond quilted Ivory Alcantara on the seat inner.

You'll also find an exquisite selection of finishing touches, such as authentic equestrian saddle leather rear storage, and unique horse logo embroidering on the front head restraints and rear console.

The exceptional DB9 Volante will now be entered into the special charity auction at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton, CA next week, with the winning bidder generating a $10,000 donation to MCHS, benefitting Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired.

Source: Aston Martin

Road Trip: Durango to Wickenburg

I was recently headed back to California from Denver and decided to take an alternative route to mix things up a bit. Twice a year I make the treck to The Mile High City for a trade show. While I find the bulk of Denver to be a flat wasteland of brown box shaped buildings, the roads that connect Denver to the Southwest are full of amazing bits of Americana and some of the prettiest natural wonders in the US. My trip took me from towards Durango, CO towards the four-corners. Sinw
Cows grazing in Southern Colorado
Cars at a repair shop in Colorado
Wolf Creek Pass, Colorado
Ranch House in Southern Colorado

Saguaro Theater, Wickenburg, AZ

Ferrari to unveil $3.2 million dollar Ferrari at Los Angeles Auto Show

 by Michael Satterfield

According to Automotive News Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo’s last act at the brand will be the  unveiling of a limited-edition U.S. market only model. The car will be limited to 10 units and priced at $3.2 and they are already sold out. The car will be blue with white stripes in homage to the North American Racing Team (N.A.R.T.) Ferraris of the 60's-80's. Details on the car are not being released but it is likely based on the Ferrari F12.

The car will be publicly unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show on October 12th. 

Is the new 4C the most attainable supercar of all?

by Michael Satterfield

Supercars are for most just a dream, even when they go depreciate enough to become affordable to purchase the maintenance becomes more than most people are willing to deal with. Alfa Romeo hopes to change all that with their 2015 4C Coupe, it is by far one of the prettiest I have ever seen and with with 0-60 time in the mid 4 seconds its more than just a pretty face. So I was shocked to see that a mid-engined, Italian supercar was actually affordable.... Those are generally words that are not used in the same sentence. To give you an idea a Lamborghini Gallardo ticks all the boxes, it has a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds, its mid-engined, Italian, but the Gallardo has an MSRP of $212,000. That is where the featherweight Alfa comes in and changes the game with an MSRP of less than $54,000.

The new 4C will start at just $53,900 for the standard coupe (plus destination) and is filled with technological tricks that are generally reserved for the track. The car features an intercooled turbocharged 1750cc direct-injection engine with variable-valve timing that is pushing out 237hp. A carbon fiber monocoque and aluminum chassis with a composted body keeps the weight to under 2500 lbs. This combination of lightness and power gives the Alfa 4C supercar performance in an affordable package.

“The all-new 4C marks the return of ‘the great Alfa Romeos` and represents the purest formation of the brand’s DNA with its supercar-levels of performance and innovation, all while focusing on making the driver an integral part and completion of the machine,” said Harald Wester, CEO of Alfa Romeo. “With its technological solutions derived directly from Formula 1, the Alfa Romeo 4C creates an infusion of body and machine, an extension of its driver’s soul that is ready, capable and willing to respond and deliver.”

To launch the brand return to the US Market 500 "Launch Edition" 4C's will be offered, these limited editions are priced at $68,400 (excluding destination) and include a number of special limited edition features including race tuned suspension, carbon fiber spoiler and mirror caps, race exhaust, forged wheels, and several styling upgrades.

For more information on the 4C Click Here to find a list of US Dealers Click Here.

Dodge drops price on Viper

Official Release: Dodge is reconfirming its commitment to the future of the Viper and repositioning the iconic Detroit-built supercar for 2015, giving the snake more horsepower, improved fuel economy and a new starting price $15,000 less than the 2014 model it replaces.

For 2015, the hand-built American exotic now delivers an increased 645 horsepower, gets up to 20 miles per gallon and is offered at a new starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $84,995 (all prices exclude tax, title, license, destination and gas guzzler tax).

Reaching back into its 100-year history, Dodge is using the formula that successfully launched the original 1992 Dodge Viper, but with even more power, refinement and craftsmanship. Adjusting for inflation, the 2015 model year Viper is priced competitively to the first generation Viper, as calculated by Kelley Blue Book. When Viper was first introduced, the U.S. MSRP was $50,700. Adjusted for inflation -- that equates to $86,130 in today’s dollars.

“The Gen 1 Viper had 400 horsepower. It didn’t have air conditioning, anti-lock brakes, traction control or stability control. It didn't even have real windows. It was the purest, rawest and most visceral American performance car of its time,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO — Dodge and SRT Brands. “The Gen 5 Viper maintains the purity of the original car, with its seductive design, perfect weight balance and all-aluminum V10 with an additional 245 horsepower. But the rawness has been tamed with state-of-the-art five-mode ESC, two-mode suspension, ABS, traction control, launch control and a lightweight structure comprised of carbon fiber, magnesium and aluminum. Despite the Gen 5's massive leap forward in technology and performance, we're pulling its starting price back to the equivalent of the original Gen 1 car.” Dodge is repositioning every Viper model with a lower starting price.

In addition to the new starting price, all existing Gen 5 Viper owners will get a certificate worth $15,000 that can be redeemed toward the purchase of a new Dodge Viper. This $15,000 certificate is in addition to the $15,000 price reduction.

Effective immediately, all existing 2014 model year Vipers in dealer inventory will also be re-invoiced and receive a new Monroney label that highlights the $15,000 price reduction.

Dodge is also expanding Viper sales beyond the current SRT network of dealers. More than 2,300 Dodge dealers will be able to sell the 2015 Dodge Viper.

“We have a saying at Dodge: ‘If you know... you know,’ and if you know Viper, you know this is big news,” Kuniskis added, “and if you don't know Viper, it's time to check it out and see what makes owning and driving the iconic Viper so much more unique, exclusive and interesting than any other American performance vehicle.” 

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Manx by Gentleman Car

by Michael Satterfield
Philippe Médart of Gentleman Car in Belgium knows how to have a good time. As the official importer of Shelby American cars he always has something cool in the shop. But recently he went all Thomas Crown and had some fun in a classic Meyers Manx Dune Buggy, the buggy looks like blast you can see his entire inventory that includes Corvettes, American Muscle Cars, and European Classics see the current inventory on 

Is This The New Batmobile?

by Michael Satterfield

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has been filming in Detroit for awhile without leaks. But Instagram user amacro13 took these images of what has to be the new Batmobile. MTV has the rest of the story and more pictures here.  The car has a good balance of the more classic Batmobiles being more car like, but it still has the military hardware look of the Tumbler.

Road Trip: Coney Island Hotdog Stand

by Michael Satterfield

Coney Island Boardwalk Hotdog Stand in Bailey, Colorado is one of those roadside attractions that were once common along America's highways. The diner is shaped like a giant hot dog and features a small indoor seating area. Unlike so many of the old diners that have been shuttered, preserved as museums to times past, or become other businesses, this diner is still serving up food.

The stand has become a popular destination for tourists who visit the Bailey area for outdoor sports and camping, during peak holidays the line can grow to over an hour long.  The hotdog shaped building is 42 feet and weighs in at 18 tons. In addition to the traditional footlongs and jumbo dogs you can order some unique gourmet dogs as well. The menu includes a Elk Jalapeno Cheddar, Smoked Buffalo, and the Colorado Native that is made from local game.

The stand was originally built in 1966 on Colfax Ave. in Denver, named The Boardwalk at Coney Island. The original owner Marcus Shannon had dreams of launching a chain of  hotdog stands but went out of business just three years later. In 1970 the stand was sold and was moved to Aspen Park along US 285 and renamed Coney Island Dairy Land, and was open until 1999. In 2006 new construction threatened the stand once again so it was moved from Aspen Park to its new location in Bailey.

I stopped off on my way back to California and ordered a chocolate shake and a regular hot dog, it's not fast food by any means, since it is a small kitchen with just one or two people working. But it is a nice roadside distraction and when you are roadtrippin it is always nice to take its slow anyways. The hotdog was good, the shake which was made with hand scooped ice cream was amazing, and the staff (an older lady) was great and even gave me a heads up on local sheriff speed traps.

If you happen to be headed across Colorado be sure to stop off at Coney Island for a snack and a picture. Coney Island is just off Highway 285 in Colorado on the road from Denver to Fairplay. It is a beautiful drive and a fun detour.

Coney Island Hotdog Stand
10 Old Stage Coach Rd
Bailey, CO 80421
(303) 838-4210

Top Selling Cars by State

by Michael Satterfield

This map was made by Alex Davies and Mike Nudelman of Business Insider and shows the us best-selling car or truck in each state last year. No surprise the F150 is still king of the heap with the bulk of the country choosing the F-Series.Oklahoma seems to like the Nissan Altima, but a Reddit post about this map points out that the Dollar Thrifty Automotive Rental Car company is in Tulsa and that might be throwing off the data. California is still in love with the Civic even though American Honda left Los Angeles for Ohio in 2013. Michigan loves the Fusion and the Snowbirds from Maryland seem to be commuting to Florida for winter in their Toyota Camys. 

Vespas of Indonesia

  by Michael Satterfield
It is no secret that I have always loved Vespas, having owned a few over the years from the classic models to a rare GT60. Vespas only disappointment for me in the US has been their price points (which has not really kept me from buying them). My other annoyance is the fact that they only make truly beautiful bikes in limited editions (ie. the 946) that are all snapped up by collectors and are never ridden on the street and therefore are useless. The new Sprint is a step in the right direction and I am going to need to ride one to see if I want to ink up for another one.

But in Indonesia where the bike is still king Vespas are slightly more common than in the USA...and I love that. There is something about city that has classic scooters zipping around it that just makes it feel like a city should. Even if it is a small tourist town like Ubud on the Island of Bali. But on my multi-island adventure across Indonesia everywhere you looked there was a Vespa. It makes me want to run out and buy one right now... but I think I need to wrap up a few of our project cars first. I could not help taking pictures of the many scooters I encountered, here are some of my favorites.