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10 Cool Muscle Cars

We love cool muscle cars and here we feature our 10 favourite muscle cars. The true muscle car was built for the everyday American who wanted more power and these beauties certainly have power.

1. 1970 Buick ‘GSX’ Stage 1

This cool muscle car did the quarter mile in 13.38 seconds and came in only two colours – Apollo White or Saturn Yellow.

 

2. 1969 427 COPO Chevelle

A special order by dealers designated Central Office Production Order, the 1969 427 COPO Chevelle had a limited run of about 320 cars. This 450 bhp muscle car was fitted with a L72 427-cid V-8 due to demand from muscle loving Chevy dealers. Interestingly enough, Chevy didn’t want their mid-sizes at the time to have more than 400 cid. But the COPO Chevelles were made and distributed to some very happy dealers.

 

3. 1965 Pontiac GTO

Possibly the one to start the American muscle car craze, the Goat or 1965 Pontiac Tempest GTO option featured racing car options that remained inspirational long after it was out driven in speed and power. From 0-60 in 6.1 seconds was not shabby, but not awe-inspiring considering the next 10 years of muscle cars. Regardless, this muscle car has the chops to make this list just by starting the phenom that has turned car enthusiasts into weekend warriors under the hood.

 

4. 1969 ZL1 Camaro

Probably one of the rarest of muscle cars, the 1969 ZL1 Camaro featured a jaw-dropping 500 horses under the hood in an aluminium V-8 engine. This cool muscle car could go from 0-60 in about 5.3 seconds, which was why some of the 69 models made found their way into drag-racing. Over time, the full complement of cars was sold; however, the package option was never offered again.

 

5. 1970 454 Chevelle SS

The 1970 Super Sport package Chevelle featuring the LS6 package came in at a whopping 454 horse. The option was standard for the average car buyer of the day making it one of the most powerful stock cars anyone could purchase. With racing stripes and a smooth interior, this muscle monger was the average muscle lover’s dream.

 

6. 1969 Ford Mustang ‘Boss 429’

The ‘Boss 429’ 1969 Ford Mustang was the costliest non-Shelby Mustang Ford offered at the time. The reason came down to the semi-hemi 429 engine that Ford wanted to get into NASCAR. While the car was not built for its screaming starts, it was known for long-haul racing capabilities and smooth handling.

 

7. 1970 Plymouth Hemi-Cuda

The baddest of the 1970 Plymouth Barracudas or Hemi Cudas featured a 425 bhp 426 hemi engine. This muscle car boasted a 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds and was known for burning rubber without much prompting. A brute on the road, the Hemi Cuda was made for muscle lovers. The Hemi Cuda came in one engine size, 426, while the other four engine options for the ‘Cuda did not have hemispherical heads.

8. 1969 Z28 Camaro

Not the most powerful, the 1969 Z28 Camaro was built for the excitement of road racing and loved for its sense of style and handling capabilities. Perhaps one of the most stylish and cool muscle cars, this Camaro could do a quarter-mile in 14.8 seconds though only at a speed of a little more than 100 mph. Despite that obvious lack of raw power, it was noted for its great handling with four-disc brakes, positraction and power steering.

 

9. 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C

Thought to have too much power for its chassis, the 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C featured an impressive 480 bhp. This sporty little number looked like a European sports car, yet had the muscle to prove it was American. Two twin turbocharged versions of this super car were made – one for Bill Cosby and one for Shelby. Cosby sold his because it had too much power and the next owner put it in a lake; Shelby’s Super Snake was sold in 2007 for $5.5 million US.

 

10. 1968 L88 Corvette

Boasting a top speed of about 170 mph with a special order package, the 1968 L88 Corvette is thought to be the end-all, be-all in the Corvette world. The 550 bhp motor was designed specifically for racing and GM didn’t want the L88 on the open road due to its power. More standard features of everyday cars such as air conditioning and a radio weren’t even offered to make this powerful car less attractive to the common man.

Enthusiasts can learn more about muscle car history and racing from Parts Geek’s More Muscle Car Resources page.

Smart Car Body Kits 2017

Smart Cars are by no means the coolest cars in the world but with a cool body kit fitted – they get real close! One of our favourite smart car body kits is this A Team van inspired kit…

Check out these other cool smart car body kits from around the world

 

Most Popular Supercars Driven by Billionaires

Take a minute and think of the most expensive car you can. Now think about the fastest car you know. Is it the same car, or two different ones? It might be hard to imagine because it seems that every supercar company keeps upping their game, trying to outdo each other to secure their spot as having one of the best cars in the world. Bear in mind, limited production cars such as the Aston Martin One-77, Lamborghini Centenario, and Koenigsegg Agera RS have been kept off this list due to the minimal quantity of them on the market. Although this list is not comprehensive, maybe there is a chance that you guessed one of the cars on this list!

1. Porsche 911 GT3 RS

At a glance:

Horsepower: 500
Engine: 4.0-Litre flat-6
0-60: 3.2 seconds
Top speed: 200 mph
Base price:  $175,000

This beautiful piece of German art and engineering made this list not because it’s the fastest, nor is it the most expensive, but is perhaps one of the most recognisable and long-lasting brands in the automotive supercar industry. The GT3 RS boasts a 4.0-Litre six-cylinder engine. With 500 horses galloping in the engine, you can expect to get from 0-60 in about 3.2 seconds! Although its price may seem high, for a billionaire this might fall into the realm of
“practical.”

2. Bugatti Chiron

At a glance:

Horsepower: 1,500
Engine: 8.0-litre V16 quad turbo
0-60: 2.3 seconds
Top speed: 261 mph (limited for safety reasons)
Base price: $2,700,000
Let’s move on to the toys that say “I have a lot of money, and everyone needs to know!” The 2017 Chiron is probably so exotic that it has its own island and walks around in an unbuttoned thin white t-shirt showing off its chiseled abs and six pack for those few lucky enough to see it. Even its predecessor, the Veyron, looks upon this beast with disdain knowing the Chiron is out there doing things it never could.

3. McLaren P1

At a glance:

Horsepower: 903
Engine: 3.8-Litre electric/twin-turbo V8 hybrid
0-60: 2.7 seconds
Top speed: 217 mph
Base price: $1,150,000
Nothing says “I love driving fast and saving the environment at the same time” as a hybrid supercar, and this rear wheel drive monster does it the best! The P1’s two competitors aren’t bad either, but Porsche 918 Spyder and the Ferarri LaFerarri have a bit of catching up to do. Especially considering the redundancy of the Ferarri, not to mention it’s high price point!

4. Hennessey Venom GT

At a glance:

Horsepower: 1,244
Engine: 7.0-Litre V8 twin-turbo
0-60: 2.7 seconds
Top speed: 270 mph (verified)
Base price: $1,200,000
If you’re by chance in the market for a car in the low million-dollar range and aren’t a fan of the hybrids, take a look at this puppy. With a top speed, higher than the Chiron, and a price point and 0-60 similar to the P1, this could be your car. This car even holds a Guinness World Record title! This car has plenty of bark and bite.

5. Lamborghini Aventador S

At a glance: 

Horsepower: 730
Engine: 6.5-Litre V12
0-60: 2.8 seconds
Top speed: 217 mph
Base price: $425,000
No supercar list is complete without a Lamborghini in the ranks. The Italian Lamborghini brand has been around for quite some time, and in that time, they have produced some of the most luxurious cars on the market. The Aventador S comes with all-wheel drive and even rear steering. Not only does this car look mean, but it also sounds mean! Lambo’s have a sound of their own, and this one will certainly make some heads turn.
If you’re someone with one of these sweet rides, or even if you’re not a billionaire yet, but still want to add some style to your current ride, throw on a customised license plate from Absolute Reg you can click here to start designing your very own!

Sources

http://www.gayot.com/lifestyle/automobile/lists/supercars/main.html
https://www.autobytel.com/sports-cars/car-buying-guides/top-10-exotic-cars-126019/
http://www.caranddriver.com/news/2017-lamborghini-aventador-s-now-with-730-hp-and-four-wheel-steering-news

 

Silverstone Circuit, The Home Of British Motorsports

Silverstone in central Northamptonshire is one of the most important racetracks in the United Kingdom. It can be considered the premier location within Britain for organised motorsport. The track is the current home of the British Grand Prix, which Silverstone has hosted since 1948. The circuit has been a key global location for competitive racing ever since 1950. Silverstone was constructed over three months after the second world war for the RAC from the disused remains of RAF Silverstone’s airfield and the ruins of a nearby farm. This took place after an informal competition in September 1947 to test the viability of the site known as the ‘Mutton Grand Prix’, so named for the accidental death of an unfortunate sheep that occurred during the race.

After development, the racetrack rapidly became a British motorsport fan favourite known worldwide for its distinctive curves and overhanging bridges. Silverstone has seen many changes to the broad loop layout since the first formal race was held in October 1948, although the original design is still mostly the same today. However, major redesigns to parts of the track completed in 1991 and 2010 allowed Silverstone to offer a greater variety of circuits and challenges to drivers. The site has also been home to the Silverstone UTC training facility since September 2013.

Silverstone has certainly seen its share of great motorsport moments. Of particular note are Graham Hill’s 1960 surprise turnaround and spin out, Jackie Stewart’s shocking 1969 victory, Nigel Mansel’s 1987 and 1991 clinched victories, Michael Schumacher’s 1998 finish line controversy, and Lewis Hamilton’s four-year 2014-2017 streak of triumphs. The 1950 Silverstone Grand Prix is also notable for being the only British motor race ever attended by a reigning monarch, George VI.

Below is a 3D model of Silverstone circuit produced byTrackdays.co.uk. From this diagram, you should be able to get a good overhead view of the route you’ll be taking, the landmarks around the track, the surrounding landscape, and the obstacles all drivers face navigating the circuit. The diagram’s hazard key system also lists tips as to what to expect for each of the fifteen major features of Silverstone Circuit.

10 Things to Do to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

Accepting that winter is on the horizon is never particularly pleasant.  Especially when this also means acknowledging that the time has come to get your car or cars ready for the cold weather ahead.

On the plus side, dealing with everything ahead of time can be far less stressful than attempting to tick all necessary boxes at the last minute. So for those who prefer to take a proactive approach, here’s a quick rundown of 10 things to start doing right now to get your car ready for winter:

  1. First of all, you need to comprehensively check the condition and maintenance of your tyres. If there are any excessive signs of wear or damage, now’s the time to replace them.
  2. If you live in an area where winter driving conditions tend to be particularly severe, you might want to think about investing in specialist winter tyres. These can make an astonishing difference in terms of both performance and health and safety alike.
  3. Manufacturers typically recommend deflating tyres very slightly over the winter months. Check what’s recommended for your own vehicle and choice of tyres online.
  4. As for your battery, it’s worth remembering that cold weather can do a number on even the best batteries out there. Which means that if your own battery isn’t exactly reliable or in the best of health, you might want to get it sorted before the weather takes a turn for the worst.
  5. Never leave it until the last minute to replace the windscreen washer fluid in your bottle with a specialist winter product. If you do, you run the risk of the summer washer fluid freezing in the bottle and pipes, potentially destroying them in the process.
  6. The same also goes for antifreeze, as you don’t want to leave it too late and risk problems that can easily be avoided. Experts recommend refilling antifreeze once every three years, so be sure to keep an eye on this.
  7. Make sure your windscreen wiper blades are in the best possible condition. Given the way in which they will have to deal with much heavier punishment over the winter, now could be a good time to replace and upgrade your current wipers.
  8. Check that your fans and heaters are working appropriately, as you will be needing them to keep your windows and windscreen free from interior fog. For obvious reasons, anything that affects visibility negatively during the winter isn’t a good thing.
  9. Make sure that you not only have an emergency kit in the car, but that said kit contains everything you need. An emergency phone charger, blankets, something to eat and drink, a torch, basic first aid supplies and so on.
  10. Last but not least, if your car has not been professionally serviced for some time, it is imperative that you get it done before the winter weather sets in. The reason being that while it may have performed adequately during the summer, you’ve no idea what kind of damage the winter weather might do when it eventually sets in!

Easy Fixes for Ensuring Your Car is Always Road Ready

Many car owners take their car directly to the garage for even the smallest of repairs. This can cost a fortune over the long run as vehicles need to be maintained each year. Instead, it is much better to read up on how to make easy fixes so that your car is always road ready.

All you need for many fixes is a suitable working space, an internet connection and a handful of garage equipment. Places like SGS are ideal for finding everything you need in one place. Here are a few easy repairs that any motorist can make to keep their car on the road:

Changing a Flat Tire

Changing a flat tire is a topic that is constantly seen in film and TV and is viewed as a sign of independence. If you do not know how to change a flat tire, read on so that you never find yourself stuck on the side of the road.
First, secure the automobile by pulling over on a flat surface and using bricks or anything similar behind the wheels of the side that will not be raised. Next, use a screwdriver to pry the wheel cover off and loosen/break the lug nuts with your wrench (turn counterclockwise). Jack the car up 6 inches off the ground and remove the lug nuts. Pull the tire straight towards you until it comes off.
Lift the spare onto the lug bolts and replace the lug nuts – tighten by hand but not all the way. Lower the car and then use the wrench to secure the lug nuts. Replace the hubcap and you are done.

Replacing Air Filter

Perhaps the easiest repair of all – replacing the air filter will take just 10 minutes and with minimal fuss. Pop the hood and locate the air filter box. Release the clips or screws to lift the cover off and take note of which way around the filter goes. Lift the old one out, quickly clean the inside of the box with a damp cloth and replace with the new
filter. Attach the clips or mounting screws to secure the box.

Change Battery

A dead battery is a big problem but one which is not actually too difficult to fix (but always wear protective gloves and goggles). First, it is essential that you identify the positive and negative connections (negative is usually black with a – whilst positive is red with a +). Remove the negative terminal first and then loosen the positive terminal followed by the clamps and screws. Carefully lift the battery out and keep it level to avoid acid spillage.
Place the new battery in its housing and ensure that the positive and negative posts are in the correct position. Tighten the clamps, remove the protective covers and then connect positive first followed by negative.
These are just three simple fixes that anybody can make to save on mechanic fees and keep their vehicle on the roads at all times.

3 of the best small cars available at affordable prices

The small car market is incredibly competitive, which is good news if you’re looking for a new supermini vehicle. Not only will you have a great range of models to choose from but you’ll also find that the standards for these types of cars are very high.

To be in with a chance of manufacturing the best small car on the market, the car must be comfortable for city and motorway driving. It must also provide you with enough boot space for your shopping trips, a decent amount of technology and have an interior that can meet up to the daily demands of your family. And, perhaps most importantly of all, it must be affordably and competitively priced.

So, to help you find your next supermini car, here are three of the best:

Ford Fiesta

It’s perhaps no surprise that the Ford Fiesta tops many top ten supermini lists, especially since the new model arrived on the market. It continues to dominate the sector with it being easy and fun to drive. Furthermore, the Ecoboost petrol engines offer a quiet yet punchy drive, and this plus point is topped off by the great discounts that are
available on these cars.

One of its counterparts, the Ford B Max, is also growing in popularity as it’s based on the best-selling Fiesta but is slightly longer and taller. It also boasts no central pillar and has sliding rear side doors, making it much easier to get more in your car. Great for taking the kids out or packing full of shopping, it’s available from companies like AA Cars.

Ford Fiesta
Ford Fiesta

Volkswagen Polo

Another unsurprising feature on our list, the VW Polo provides you with a premium small car in many ways. Not only does it have a smart, classy interior but it also looks fantastic on the outside, too. Some models can get quite pricey, but when you’re looking for an affordable supermini car, the 1.2-litre petrol engine offers a practical, economic style
that’s hard to beat.

 



Skoda Fabia

 
This car has won numerous awards during its time and is a favourite for many. Boasting a top-notch build and high-quality materials, the Fabia’s affordable to run. You’ll also find it at an affordable price, which means it’s a great little run around whether you’re travelling through the city or you’re taking to the open road.

Why Leasing Cars is Cost-Effective for Businesses

When it comes to businesses looking to add to their assets, they will always want to find the most cost-effective solution. If looking to add business cars, it is always best to lease the automobiles. Whether your business relies heavily on a large fleet or you simply have one company car, leasing makes the most financial sense and is a great option for both big and small companies.

What is Leasing?

So, what exactly does leasing involve? Instead of purchasing a vehicle outright or paying for it over an extended period of time (hire purchase), a lease involves hiring the automobile for a predetermined period (often 2 or 4 years but this is usually negotiable). During this time you will make monthly payments and then simply hand the keys back at the end of the agreement. There are often annual mileage allowances and a charge is incurred if this is exceeded (the distance is often negotiable).

The Main Benefits

One of the major benefits of leasing a car for business purposes is the fact that you can avoid as much as 100% of VAT when you hire a car. This is if the automobile is solely used for business purposes, but even if it is used for personal reasons then you can still avoid a large percentage of VAT. Needless to say, this is a huge financial advantage.

Other Advantages

The other benefits of leasing are that you completely avoid vehicle depreciation – this can be as much as 60% after the first three years of ownership. Additionally, leasing allows businesses to add brand new vehicles to their fleet every few years. This can boost morale, but you could also benefit from greater fuel efficiency and other improvements. driving new cars is also a way of promoting that you are a successful business.

Leasing companies like Car4Leasing often include a full maintenance and service package as part of the agreement too. Finally, these hire agreements have much lower monthly payments than hire purchase deals and this
makes them more cost-effective. From a financial standpoint, there are many benefits of hiring a car for your company. You can avoid VAT and depreciation, the monthly payments are manageable and you do not have to pay a huge sum upfront. There are then other benefits, such as getting to drive a new car every few years and not having to worry about selling the car on. Overall, leasing is a smart move to make for any business looking to add to their fleet and much more cost-effective than buying outright or hire purchase deals.

Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car is, usually, the best option for motorists. When you know what you are looking for, how much you want to spend and where to find it, you should see yourself drive away with a great car. The used car market can also be unreliable and intimidating, so there are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for a used car.

Establish a Budget

Firstly, you should always establish a budget and stick to this. You need to consider how much money you can afford to spend on the car and then factor in all of the running costs. When you have a budget in mind, it will filter down the results of the model of car that you can buy. Write this number down and do not go over it in the negotiating stage.

Research

Researching used cars used to be challenging, but the internet is a fantastic resource which allows you to conduct all the research that you need from the comfort of your own home. Research the type of car that you wish to buy and find what the top models are in that market – this will give you a solid idea of what is in your price range.

Reliable Seller

You may be tempted to use a private seller as they often have the lowest prices, but this can be a dangerous path and you could be opening yourself up to a used car scam. Instead, it is worth using reputable online car supermarkets like Unbeatablecar. This is a simple experience, you avoid used car scams (although it is still worth getting a history check carried out), and you can also buy on finance. These car supermarkets often have huge stock, so you should be able to find what you are looking for.

Check and Test Drive

Simply kicking the tyres won’t do – you need to thoroughly examine the exterior, interior and under the hood. Additionally, you should take it for a test drive to ensure that everything works properly and that you enjoy being behind the wheel of the automobile. There is advice online for how to comprehensively do both the check and test drive.

Paperwork

Equally important as checking the car is making sure that all the proper paperwork is in order. This includes the V5C registration document and the handbook.

These are the key things to keep in mind. You can then negotiate a fair price (use online figures and your budget), agree the collection/delivery arrangements and get a receipt detailing the price, vehicle details and terms of sale.

The State Of UK’s Roads 2017

Whether you’ve recently passed your driving test, or been driving for 20+ years, potholes are a problem for the majority of UK drivers – a problem that just won’t go away, especially if the results of a new report by the RAC is anything to go on.

And it seems, potholes aren’t just a problem for drivers – according to the RAC’s figures, the organisation dealt with over 6,500 breakdown jobs between January and March 2017, which were likely attributable to poor road surfaces. The last time that so many pothole-related breakdowns were recorded in a three-month period was in the first quarter of 2015 (almost 6,900 breakdowns were recorded then).

However, in the early months of 2015, the country was subjected to more days of frost and rainfall when compared to the first three months of 2017, when the nation experienced mild and moderately dry conditions.

“Our figures sadly show a surprising and unwelcome first
quarter rise in the number of breakdowns where the poor quality of the road
surface was a major factor. We had expected a figure no worse than that
recorded in the first quarter of 2016 (4,026) and it is very concerning that
the roads, strangely, appear to have deteriorated in a mild, comparatively dry
winter”

commented by David Bizley, a chief engineer at the RAC.

As reports show worrying figures about the state of the UK’s roads, Inchcape Volkswagen, providers of VWservice and repairs, investigate further:

 

Pothole hotspots

FillThatHole.org.uk has compiled a league table of the top ten locations that have had the most road hazard reports.

However, the league table differs when FillThatHole.org.uk’s ranked locations on open reports though:

 

Frequency of potholes being filled in

The average number of potholes filled in 2016/17 per local authority across England was 13,468, according to the Asphalt Industry Alliance’s Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance Survey 2017.  The top ten authorities ranked on fixed reports in FillThatHole.org.uk’s league table is as follows:

Number of drivers reporting damage in the past 12 months (ranked by region)*

Region
Number
of drivers
South East England
941k
London
733k
South West England
721k
Yorkshire & Humber
720k
North West England
687k
West Midlands
609k
Scotland
521k
Eastern England
457k
East Midlands
365k
North East England
343k
Wales
201k
Average cost to repair pothole damage (ranked by region)*
Region
Average
cost
Eastern England
£163.68
South East England
£124.93
London
£124.65
Yorkshire & Humber
£120.00
South West England
£119.01
Scotland
£109.02
West Midlands
£87.59
North West England
£87.01
East Midlands
£86.33
North East England
£72.66
Wales
£61.83

Structural road condition percentage split in England

Percentage of roads across England in poor condition (i.e. they have less than five years’ residual life remaining) — 17 per cent. Percentage of roads across England in adequate condition (i.e. they have between five and 15 years’ residual life remaining) — 30 per cent. Percentage of roads across England in good condition (i.e. they have 15 years or more residual life remaining) — 53 per cent.

Sources: