Tuesday, July 24, 2012

2012 TJIN Edition Ford Explorer

Car, Bike & Truck Show Update As Of 07-24-2012

July 27 CRUISIN AT THE MARKETS AT SHREWSBURY @ Shrewsbury, Pa (info)
Aug 3-5 CARLISLE TRUCK NATIONALS @ Carlisle Fairgrounds, PA (info)
Aug 4-5 GLOBAL TIME ATTACK @ NJ Motorsport Park, NJ (info)
Aug 4 SHOWDOWN IN THE STREET @ Cactus Willies Eastern Ave Baltimore, MD (info)
Aug 11 5TH ANNUAL CROWN ME THE KING CAR, TRUCK & BIKE FESTIVAL @ Security Sq Mall, Secruity, MD (info)
Aug 11 OC CUSTOM CAR EXPO & CONCERT @ Ocean City Conv Ctr, OC, MD (info)
Aug 11 HONDA DAY ETOWN @ Raceway Park, NJ (info)
Aug 11-12 VAG FAIR @ Yorktown Fair Grounds, PA (info)
Aug 12 THE OPEN ROAD BIKE & CAR SHOW @ TGI Fridays On The Ave, White Marsh, MD (info)
Aug 19 ROTARY FEST @ Atco Raceway, NJ (info)
Aug 19  THE OPEN ROAD BIKE & CAR SHOW @ Bill Batemans Of Rosedale, MD (info)
Aug 25 BIMMERFEST EAST @ Ripken Stadium, MD (info)
Aug 25 TUNER EVOLUTION @ Sovereign Bank Stadium, PA (info)
Aug 31-Sept 3 BALTIMORE GRAND PRIX @ Balt., MD (info)
Sept 8 DUBS ON THE BOARDS @ Wildwood, NJ (info)
Sept 9  THE OPEN ROAD BIKE & CAR SHOW @ Bill Batemans Of Rosedale, MD (info)
Sept 15 BAILEYS CROSSROADS AUTO SHOW @ JEB Stuart HS, Falls Church, VA (info)
Sept 22 MOBTOWN GREASEBALL SHOW @ Dundalk, MD (info)
Sept 22 CUSTOM CAR EXPO @ Chase Center On The Riverfront, Wilmington, DE (info)
Sept 22 SOUND OF TRI-STATE THUNDER JAMZ @ Chase Center On The Riverfront, Wilimington DE (info)
Sept 22-23 NOPI NATIONALS SUPER SHOW @ Atlanta Dragway, ATL (info)
Sept 23 NISSAN EVENT @ Atco Raceway, NJ (info)
Oct 7-9 DELAWARE AUTO SHOW @ Chase Center On The Riverfront, Wilmington, DE (info)
Oct 13 3RD ANNUAL ROCKABILLY HOT ROD RUMBLE @ Steckler Show Place (info)
Oct 14  THE OPEN ROAD BIKE & CAR SHOW @ Bill Batemans Of Rosedale, MD (info)
Nov 17-18 WILD WHEELS WEEKEND HOT ROD & CUSTOM CAR SHOW @ Va Beach Conv Ctr, Va Beach, VA (info)
Nov 18 IMPORT VS DOMESTIC THROWDOWN @ Atco Raceway, NJ (info)
Dec 1-2 EAST COAST INDOOR NATIONALS CAR SHOW @ Timonium Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD (info)

More Shows To Be Added.  Stay Tuned!

Showdown In The Street Show 09-04-2012 @ Cactus Willies Eastern Ave

2012 Tesia Model S

The 2012 Tesla Model S is an all-new electrically-powered performance sedan. It does not have an internal combustion engine and therefore uses no gasoline and produces no emissions. Its lithium ion batteries can be recharged with electricity in your home, and a mobile connector allows you to charge from any available 110v or 240v electrical outlet.

The Tesla Model S is available in four trims: base, Performance, Signature and Signature Performance. The base trim includes a liquid-cooled 40kWh lithium-ion battery, and 60kWh and 85kWh batteries are optional. The 85kWh battery is standard on the other trims, and the Performance and Signature Performance feature a high-performance drive inverter to improve acceleration. Depending upon the battery selected, esimated range at 55 mph varies from 160 miles to 300 miles on a single charge.

Standard features include automatic air conditioning, 8-way power seats, AM/FM/HD radio with hard drive, and a unique 17-inch capacitive touch screen that operates all media, communication, cabin and vehicle controls. Performance trims include active air suspension, sport-tuned traction control, 21-inch alloy wheels with performance tires, Nappa leather interior with Alcantara accents, carbon fiber interior and exterior trim, and heated seats with power lumbar. Signature and Signature Performance trims are limited to the first 1000 deliveries and feature a 580 watt, twelve speaker Dolby ProLogic 7.1 sound system, larger capacity hard drive, turn-by-turn navigation, high definition back-up camera, power rear liftgate, Xenon headlamps, LED foglights, proximity keyless entry, removable parcel shelf and 20 kW on-board chargers (all of which is available on the base and Performance trim). Rear-facing jump seats in the rear cargo area, suitable for children up to five feet tall, are optional and increase passenger capacity from five to seven. With the Panoramic Roof option, the entire roof is constructed from lightweight safety glass and can be opened with swipe of the touchscreen.


Monday, July 23, 2012

Hollow Point - 2008 Ford F-650

This F-650 is at the Top of Darth Vader's Christmas List
By Harley Camilleri, Photography by Harley Camilleri, Maxwell Matthewson

It would seem that there isn't much real estate available to bring anything new into the world of custom trucks. Lifted and lowered trucks are not exactly some new phenomena, so how does one stand out in a crowd of very similar appearances? The fastest way to get the proper attention is to find that diamond in the rough; something that was overlooked or considered to be just too darn difficult to accomplish. We believe this F-650 does all of that and then some.
Built by Adam Genei and the Mobsteel crew in Brighton, Michigan, the huge Ford would seem slightly askew when delving into the company's previous custom vehicles. All outward appearances point to an affinity for classic Lincoln Continentals made of solid steel and every one dressed in a healthy coating of black. Adam tells us, "The cars we build are a part of American history; vintage Detroit steel, not a fiberglass reproduction. Steel with a soul, and the blood, sweat, and tears of our friends and family." After speaking with Adam at length, it becomes very clear he has a deep passion for the custom industry and his company's work shows that conviction. So how does the Hollow Point F-650 even make the cut? Basically, Mobsteel's customers drive more than just classy Lincoln Continentals and want their other vehicles to reflect a similar style.
One of the many high-profile clients having purchased a number of custom rides from Adam is NFL All-Pro, Albert Haynesworth. Apparently, Albert believes so highly of the work coming out of the Brighton shop that this truck was built entirely on a phone call alone. If that isn't saying something positive about Mobsteel, then we don't know what would. In the course of only a few minutes, Albert expressed his desire for something different and suiting of his personality. Adam responded with the F-650 and ideas to make it big, bad, and black. With the talking part handled and freedom to run, Adam secured an '08 Ford F-650 cab and chassis, and the reality of a plus-sized project was underway.
First on the list was getting the frame handled. It was determined that many feet of frame were going to see the cutting room floor before the standard Ford 8-foot longbed could properly fit. The frame was lopped off an amazing 15 feet and a matching '08 factory bumper was installed making the rear end appear as if the Blue Oval rolled off the assembly line itself. Suspension was handled by cutting off nearly every suspension mount, both front and rear, before relocating and fabricating new mounts to allow the truck to not only sit lower, but actually function properly and maintain the trucks GVWR. A custom front beam axle was built in house at Mobsteel and features an additional 3 inches of lowering compared to the stocker. Goodyear commercial airbags lay the medium-duty rig down over 325/45R24 Pirelli Scorpion ATR rubber and custom 24x10-inch Aztec wheels. All told, when the air is released from the F-650, its roofline measures 28 inches lower than when the project began thanks to the air suspension and 5½-inch lowered body.
Tilting the custom grille and hood forward over the handcrafted steel bumper reveals a massive Caterpillar inline-six turbodiesel. Governed for low speed work, Michigan Caterpillar in Novi, Michigan, reprogrammed the ECM to allow the truck a little more freedom to run. Breathing through a 6-inch turbo-back exhaust, the 11,950-pound truck can now run to 110 mph. Flying down the roadway from the command center, driver and passengers alike will be sitting comfortably in quad bucket seats stitched in two-tone, handtooled black and tan leather by No Joke Custom Upholstery in New Carlisle, Ohio. A suede and aluminum overhead console holds two 17-inch widescreen monitors, and filling those monitors is an audio video system piled high with JL Audio component speakers and amplifiers controlled by a Pioneer DVD head with an iPod docking station.