Spyker Bankrupt

It's hard to build specialty cars, just a few weeks ago we learned that Saleen is on the edge of bankruptcy and now Spyker the quirky Dutch car maker declared bankruptcy on Thursday after failing to secure funding that would allow the company to restructure. The company has had a rocky history since its founding in 2000, a revival of the Dutch brand that was founded in 1898. The modern Spyker filed a voluntary petition on December 2, 2014 for financial restructuring in a last ditch effort to save the company.

In 2010 Spyker purchased Saab from General Motors for $74m in cash up front, payable to GM by July 2010, and shares in Spyker to the tune of US$320m. After unsuccessfully attempting to partner with and then sell Saab to Chinese companies Pang Da and Zhejiang Youngman Saab filed for bankruptcy in 2012, the brand was purchased by Chinese owned NEVS AB.

Earlier this year the US courts dismissed a 3 billion dollar lawsuit against GM, in which, Spyker accused GM of interfering with their plans to sell Saab to the Chinese.

Victor Muller, the company’s founder and CEO, said he plans on resurrecting the group and focusing on electric vehicles.

Official Press Release:


Zeewolde, the Netherlands, 18 December 2014. Today the District Court of Midden-Nederland, at the request of the administrator, converted the moratorium of payment, granted to Spyker N.V. and its wholly owned subsidiaries Spyker Automobielen B.V. and Spyker Events & Branding B.V. (collectively "Spyker" or the "Company") on December 2nd, last, to bankruptcy. The cause for this conversion was that the committed bridge funding did unfortunately not reach the company in time. The administrator will continue his work but now as receiver.

Victor R. Muller, Founder and Chief Executive Officer said: "None of the ambitions we had when we founded Spyker 15 years ago, has vanished as a result of today's events. In 2000 we set out to establish a super sports car business from scratch with a global distribution and we achieved that. Over the years we undertook some daring ventures that left their marks on the company which in turn contributed to today's demise.

However, I would like to make clear that as far as I am concerned "this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning" to quote Winston Churchill. I will relentlessly endeavour to resurrect Spyker as soon as practically possible and, assuming we will be successful, pursue our goal to merge with a high performance electric aircraft manufacturer and develop revolutionary electric Spykers with disruptive sustainable technology.

This is the moment to express my gratitude to our customers, dealers, suppliers and of course our employees and Board. Their loyalty and support was vital to build the brand over the past decade and a half. They can count on us continuing to live by the Spyker axiom "Nulla Tenaci Invia est Via" (Latin for "For the tenacious no road is impassible")."

Thunderbird Italien Concept

1963 Thunderbird Italien Concept was not done by Bertone or Ghia or any other Italian design house as one might expect. Ford was working with Zagato, Ghia, and many others during the Early 60's. Instead this very Italian looking Thunderbird fastback was done in Ford's own styling department.

The team at for built a plywood buck and used modeling clay to sculpt the new fastback roofline right onto the car. They then sent it over to Dearborn Steel Tubing Co. to take a mold and graft the fiberglass roof and trunk onto a 1963 Thunderbird, as well as finish the cars other custom touches.

Dearborn Steel Tubing was responsible for several Ford show/concept cars and even built the 100 1964 Ford Thunderbolts. Vince Gardner was head of the project, the same man that was responsible for the short wheelbase Mustang (read about that car here). The Thunderbird received several custom touches from fender vents and custom bumpers to a full leather interior.

The Italien appeared in the 1964 New York Worlds Fair's "Cavalcade of Custom Cars" and was prominently featured in a special World's Fair publication. After appearing in the World's Fair, records from Ford's Jacque Passino's files indicate the Italien was destined for a fate typical of most Ford concept cars -- The crusher. However, in September 1964, the Italien was sold or presented to actor Dale Robertson of TV's "Tales of Wells Fargo", "Wagon Train" and other shows.  The car has been sold to various collectors over the years and pops up at important Ford events from time to time.

Source: Barrett Jackson

Video: 1 hr on Prado

Photographer and Filmmaker Puspa Lohmeyer spends an hour in front of the Prado Bar/Restaurant capturing the amazing collection of cars that populate the streets of Havana. Enjoy the video below.

Rebel Heart

Paspa Lohmeyer is by far one of my favorite photographers and in this set titled Rebel Heart she teams up with stylist Sydney Ballesteros, model Lisa Marie Lipscomb and a Royal Enfield Bullet to produce these amazing images.

The entire shoot is worth seeing, so head over and see the full set here

Photography: Puspa Lohmeyer
Creative Direction & Styling: Sydney Ballesteros
Model: Lisa Marie Lipscomb
Hair: Raul Mendoza
Make up: Tangie Duffey
Location: St David, AZ

Car Girl: Tyler Paige

Tyler is a real Car Girl when she is not working at automotive events as a promotional model she can often be found running around Southeast Texas in a 5.0 Mustang or F150. She has been featured in 5.0 Mustang Magazine and was featured as a SuperFord Magazine as babe of the month. Tyler was also a finalist for Miss Grand Prix of Houston and was working as a promotional model at the SEMA show this past November.

Name: Tyler Paige
Age: 21
Home Town: Houston, TX
Car of choice: F150 / Ford Mustang GT
Dream Car: Pagani Cinque
Instagram: @tylerpaigem
Twitter: @tylerpaigem
Facebook: Tyler Paige Fan Page

Likes: Modeling, Fast Cars, Attending  Car Shows and Races, Watching Formula 1.

Photo by Mike Wilkes
Advent Works Photography

DK Automotive Photography 

The End of Cars and Coffee?

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In a story I first saw on Car Stories, it looks as though the surrounding community that has grown up around the Ford/Mazda HQ (home to the event) have won. Due to a rise in noise complaints and the crowds December 27th is going to be the last Cars and Coffee held at the old location. This was confirmed on the Cars and Coffee Facebook page. So far no future location has been announced. 

It looks like the end of an era... 

Dashboard Art

It used to be that cars had interiors styled by visionaries, today, most interiors seems interchangeable with the exception of some of the most special cars produced today. But up until the 1970's it seems that no matter what car you purchased your dash was designed to be evocative. Check out some great images we've captured of some iconic dashes, can you name all the cars they belong to? 

Sunday Drive

Nothing beats a Sunday Drive, and here in Southern California in less than forty minutes you can go from the edge of Los Angeles to a winter wonderland. Angeles Crest Highway is one of the best driving roads in the US and after a quick stop at Newcomb's Ranch for lunch, we hit the road down the back side and into the snow. Check out the photos below and a short video. 

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Mad Max: Fury Road Trailer

This new trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road proves that this will be the Maddest Max of them all Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, lots of  Explosions and crazy post-apocalyptic cars... what's not to like?

Check out the trailer below:

SLS Las Vegas: Modern Luxury

I am in Vegas a lot more than I would like to be, sometimes for a week or more at a time with events like Magic and the SEMA Show. So when a new hotel opens up I like to check it out, it gives me something new to see. The SLS has only been open since August so everything is still brand new and it is a major upgrade to the aging Sahara Hotel and Casino that it replaced. It is kind of sad that the Sahara is gone only because it was the location of the original Ocean's 11 film with the Rat Pack...but time marches on and I am sure Peter Lawford would feel right at home in the SLS.

If you are a fan of modern clean design you will love the SLS's industrial luxury feel, this can be seen from the open ceilings of the casino to the exposed concrete in many of the rooms. The clean industrial lines are often punctuated by a burst of color or art that is more old world or organic to balance out the spaces nicely. 

Location: If you are a Vegas veteran like me you know that the Sahara was on the north edge of the Strip, but for me it works well since it is close to the Las Vegas Convention Center where most of the events that I attend are held. For me the newness of exploring Las Vegas Blvd has worn off a long time ago so once I settle into a hotel I generally stay on the grounds during my down time.

If you are like me the SLS has everything you want from a great selection of restaurants to shopping at brands like Fred Segal, being a L.A. area native its like escaping to a self contained Los Angeles. The restaurants in house include Katsuya and Umami Burger & Beer Garden both So Cal staples.

I have found the best deal for the SLS is on or with prices as low as $45 a night (week night) its a lot of value for the money, but I have found that during a non-holiday weekend you can still get a room or under $80. Holidays and Big Event weekends prices can go up as high as the $180s.

For more information or to book check out their official website HERE for bookings I recommend or

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Continue Street Racing Crackdown

Over  the summer there were a number of stories about the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department arresting drivers and impounding cars, including a raid at Art's Burgers. Then there was a story about the California Highway Patrol going undercover for months to break up a "ring" of canyon drivers, that two month long undercover investigation netted a few tickets and fines (read about it here).

LACS has stepped up patrols and are cracking down on cruises, street races, and just about anything care related, last month in Carson, California the LACS arrested eleven and towed eight cars and wrote 17 tickets... the spokesman followed up by saying that "over 500 spectators will sometimes attend street racing events". They do not go into how many people were attending the alleged racing event in Carson.

While I don't condone street racing, many of these raids are happening at cruises and what amount to unofficial car shows. With the Sheriff's department getting a boost in budget we should expect to see more patrols out on the streets.

Source: NBC

1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV Continuation by Kar Kraft

Ford only built 12 GT40 Mk IVs, but the team at Kar Kraft is building a limited run of 7 continuation cars that are legal to race in HSR and SCRA and it comes with an FIA Historical Technical Passport for competition in Europe. This the price of original GT40's in the stratosphere these continuation cars are becoming more common at the historic races, not that this car is going to be a the price of a Aztec GT,  but it still significantly less than a real GT40 if you are looking for a car for the track. This car is offered next January at the RM Auctions Phoenix Sale Click HERE for the official listing.

Official Catalog Description:

500 bhp, 427 cu. in. V-8 engine with dual four-barrel Holley carburetors, model T-44 four-speed manual transaxle, front and rear independent suspension with coil springs and shock absorbers, and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 95 in.

The fourth of only seven continuation Mk IV GT40s
A faithful recreation of one of the most important American cars ever built

Perhaps the most significant post-war American race car ever produced was Ford’s Mk IV GT40, and it is nothing short of a racing legend. It was the ultimate development of the GT40 platform, and it took the fight straight to Ferrari, dominating a field that included the Ferrari 330 PF and the Chaparral 2F, as well as its predecessors, the GT40 Mk I and Mk IIB. As history would reveal, the Mk IV would only be campaigned in two races, at the 1967 12 Hours of Sebring, where Mario Andretti and Bruce McLaren piloted a Mk IV to victory, and at the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans, where Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt outperformed all to the checkered flag and won the Index of Performance for the most efficient car. That victory is the only all-American outright win of an American-built chassis, engine, team, and drivers at the fabled Le Mans 24-hour endurance race. Due to the Mk IV’s unparalleled performance, the FIA quickly relegated the Mk IV to racing extinction by outlawing any prototype car that had larger than three-liter motors.

As only 12 original chassis were built, with 10 surviving, the existing original Mk IV GT40s are prized possessions of their caretakers; they seldom change hands, and they are rarely seen or heard in action. Such is the case with the most desirable cars in the world, as there are not enough original examples available for purchase by enthusiasts. To help bring the look, feel, sound, and performance of this famous car to a few fortunate individuals, and through them reach a greater audience and future generations, Mike Teske, the managing director of Kar-Kraft LLC, gathered a team that is considered by many to be the best in the industry to recreate the car. To achieve the level of detail these cars exhibit required the access to information gathered over 40 years of research and support. As such, advice and documentation (including a set of original Kar-Kraft engineering drawings) was gathered from many involved in the original Mk IV program, such as Carroll Shelby, Edsel Ford II, Dan Gurney, Carroll Smith, Phil Remington, Roy Lunn, Chuck Mountain, Ed Hull, Homer Perry, Ray Geddes, and many more. The Kar-Kraft team also included Ken Thompson, a fabricator at Holman and Moody’s shops in the 1960s, when the Mk IVs were campaigned, and a recipient of NASCAR’s Fabricator of the Year award not once but twice. The construction process spanned eight years to achieve the result presented here. Make no mistake, these cars were built as mirror images of the originals, as they were constructed with a honeycomb-aluminum riveted and bonded chassis and fitted with fiberglass bodywork. Each car was graced with a 427-cubic inch V-8 that was capable of producing 500 horsepower, just like the originals.

The Kar-Kraft Mk IVs have received worldwide recognition and acceptance wherever they have been displayed. Ford of France displayed a Kar-Kraft Mk IV on and off the track during the 2012 Le Mans Classic race. The highest compliment possible came from the very group that originally outlawed the Mk IV, the FIA, which has accepted these cars to compete alongside the originals. To quote the fourth edition of the World Registry of Cobras and GT40s, “These cars are more than just steel-chassised cars that look like the original Mk IVs. They are, in all respects, exact duplicates of the originals. They are constructed to the same specifications and use the same techniques as the originals.”

Chassis J-16 was finished in Princess Blue with white stripes and red and blue accents, in tribute to Shelby’s early Cobras, and it also retained roundels on the nose and doors and dual racing stripes, which were similar to the Mk IVs that competed at Le Mans in 1967, J-5 and J-6. It completed construction in the final days of 2010, alongside the other Kar Kraft Mk IV GT40s, and it was built for Joe Henderson, of Ashville, North Carolina. It is the fourth of seven continuation cars built, and it is the sole example finished in this particular livery. Chassis J-16 is faithfully equipped with a dual-quad, dual-plane, 427-cubic inch tunnel-port V-8 that is capable of producing 500 horsepower and provides rotation force through the magnesium-cased T-44 transaxle, which was designed specifically for the GT program. The car was entered in just one vintage race, to work out any potential issues, and it is legal to race in HSR and SCRA events. It also comes with an FIA Historical Technical Passport for competition in Europe.

It goes without saying that the Mk IV GT40 is one of the most historically important motor cars ever built. With a pair of wins at two of the world’s most important endurance races, it is nothing short of a motorsports icon, and it symbolizes a high point in American motorsport history. Thanks to an unprecedented level of effort, the Kar Kraft continuation Mk IVs are mechanically equivalent to the originals in every fashion and thus provide an unparalleled equivalent driving experience for significantly less investment. Chassis J-16 is an exceptional example of the breed. It is ready to be enjoyed in shows, and with professional preparation, it will be ready for vintage racing.