Forgiato Wheels Shows off a Ford Thunderbird

May 31, 2012

Wooooooowwwwwwwww!!! Talk about a vehicle you don't really hear about. In 2002, Ford decided to bring back the Thunderbird after a five year hiatus. If you totaled the sales of the Thunderbird within 2002 to 2005, it is still less than the sales of the Mustang within 2011 (ironically, their lowest selling year in 12 years). Well, Forgiato got their hands on and released photos of a Ford Thunderbird wearing not only their Fiore wheels, but also a Forgiato grille as well.

For real, when was the last time you saw a Thunderbird? With aftermarket wheels? With Forgiato aftermarket wheels? Go ahead, I wait...

Better Late Than Never: Felix Hernandez's Range Rover


In 2008, Derek Jeter said the most truthful statement "The New York Yankees has the best fans". And that's true. But since my beloved Yankees aren't getting their cars customized, I'll show off a player of a lower-tier team: the Florida Mariners. Felix Hernandez celebrated him winning the Cy Young award, and he celebrates the best way possible- having MC Customs customize a Cy Young edition Range Rover.

It's called Better Late Than Never, since apparently I'm late as hell on this customization. Oh well, he's still no Robinson Cano.

Video: Vossen Wheels shows off a Ford Mustang 5.0 GT

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The general folks at Vossen Wheels released a video of a Ford Mustang 5.0 GT. This particular GT is wearing their VVS-CV3 wheels blasted in Matte Graphite, 20x9 in the front and 20x10.5 in the rear.

Almost brought a tear to my eye...

Mister Cartoon talks about the Customization of the Armored Truck

May 29, 2012

Many moons ago, Sony reached out to Mister Cartoon about customizing a Armered truck for their movie Armor. Skee.TV was extremely lucky to have behind the scenes access to the process of Mister Cartoon and crew designing, delivering, painting, and creating the custom vehicle. Check out the photos and the video...

I loved how they were able to recreate their sketches freehandly.

Photos: SA

West Coast Customs Customizes Randy Foye's Jeep

Randy Foye, Shooting guard of the Los Angeles Clippers (I had to look that up), took his Jeep Wrangler to West Coast Customs. No strangers to having high profile clientele, Ryan and his crew gave him the royal treatment, especially because the Underdogs of Los Angeles Basketball went further in the playoffs then the Lakers. I'm still laughing over that one... Anyway look at the photos...

The color red doesn't do anything for me, but this Jeep is gorgeous...

Vossen Wheels Shows off a Ford Shelby GT500

May 28, 2012

Ford GT500 - VVSCV3

Vossen Wheels released photos of a Ford Shelby GT500 sitting comfortably on their VVS-CV3 Wheels. The wheels have the Matte Graphite finish, 20x9 in the front, 20x10.5 in the rear. And since I'm a sucker for great automotive photography, I'll show off their work.

Ford GT500 - VVSCV3

Ford GT500 - VVSCV3

Ford GT500 - VVSCV3

Ford GT500 - VVSCV3

Ford GT500 - VVSCV3

Ford GT500 - VVSCV3

Ford GT500 - VVSCV3

There isn't enough money in the world to get me to a shoot like that. Did you see those storm clouds? I would have started hysterically crying. I have brontophobia (fear of thunder and lightning). But aren't these photos great?

Interesting List: 10 Most Expensive Vehicles to Own

24/7 Wall St released a list about the 10 most expensive vehicles to own in America. They compiled this particular list based off of depreciation, fuel costs, and repairs. And I paraphrased off of their comments, because they looked at every aspect of owning a vehicle, something that most lists do not take into consideration.

10. Nissan GT-R
Style: Premium 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM)
True cost of ownership: $117,892
Purchase price: $91,830
Combined (city and highway) MPG: 19

"The GT-R ranks among the top 10 most expensive thanks largely to two additional costs on top of its depreciation. First is the car’s maintenance costs, which average $10,043 over five years — the highest amount among all models. The GT-R also has the second-highest insurance costs, at $22,334 for the five years." Now I'm thinking back to all of those GT-Rs I saw at SEMA.

9. Land Rover Range Rover
Style: HSE 4dr SUV 4WD (5.0L 8cyl 6A)
True cost of ownership: $118,158
Purchase price: $88,862
Combined (city and highway) MPG: 14

"Compared to other models, Range Rover’s biggest expense is repairs, which cost an average $4,214 altogether for five years. This amount is the third-highest. Also expensive for Range Rover owners are fuels costs. Over five years, owners will pay nearly $22,000 to fuel the car, which gets a mere 12 MPG in the city." Most of Los Angeles and Atlanta are in trouble...

8. BMW 750i
Style: 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A)
True cost of ownership: $122,076
Purchase price: $101,545
Combined (city and highway) MPG: 20

"The true cost of the car is much more than the $101,000 price tag. After five years, outside costs, including taxes and fees, insurance and financing interest, ownership of the vehicle averages more than $122,000. Sales also have been low, with only 118 registrations in the U.S. in 2011." The 750 as well as the 745 is the car people buy in Atlanta as soon as they get a little money.

7. Mercedes-Benz G550
Style: 4dr SUV 4WD (5.5L 8cyl 7A)
True cost of ownership: $126,714
Purchase price: $108,900
Combined (city and highway) MPG: 13

"The car has the third-most expensive fuel costs among all models examined, at approximately $23,500 for five years. The car gets a combined MPG of just 13, and just 11 MPG in the city. The G550 also has among the highest finance interest rates. Five years of ownership result in an average $12,000 in interest. Customers apparently do not mind paying these high costs, as the G-Class has been in production since 1979."

6. Lexus LS 600h L
Style: 4dr Sedan AWD (5.0L 8cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
True cost of ownership: $129,542
Purchase price: $119,019
Combined (city and highway) MPG: 20

"According to Edmunds, the full-size luxury sedan is the most expensive model that Lexus produces in large numbers. The car’s base price of $119,019 is the fifth-highest among all companies."

5. Mercedes-Benz SL500
Style: 2dr Convertible (5.5L 8cyl 7A)
True cost of ownership: $129,588
Purchase price: $106,718
Combined (city and highway) MPG: 17

"Although it is the seventh-most expensive when ranked by purchasing price alone, it ranks the fifth-most expensive model for overall cost of ownership because of its particularly costly financing interest and insurance. Total registrations of the car have dropped dramatically from more than 5,600 in 2007 to less than 1,500 in 2011." I never saw the big deal behind this body style. I think it's the ugliest one out of the house of Mercedes Benz.

4. Mercedes-Benz CL550
Style: 4MATIC 2dr Coupe AWD (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
True cost of ownership: $142,558
Purchase price: $121,671
Combined (city and highway) MPG: 18

"The CL550 has the fourth-highest purchase price and finance interest. It also has the third-highest cost of maintenance. Sales of the car have steadily decreased over the years. There were more than 3,200 total registrations in 2007. In 2011, there were 980." Of course, this is the best body style out of the house of Mercedes Benz.

Style: SWB 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 6A)
True cost of ownership: $153,150
Purchase price: $133,445
Combined (city and highway) MPG: 17

"The car’s purchase price alone exceeds $133,000. It also has among the most costly interest on financing and insurance."

2. Audi R8
Style: 5.2 quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (5.2L 10cyl 6M)
True cost of ownership: $193,429
Purchase price: $170,175
Combined (city and highway) MPG: 15

"The two-door sports car also has the second-most expensive maintenance costs, reaching $7,370 over five years. It also has particularly high fuel costs, thanks to its 13 MPG fuel efficiency in the city. The R8 does relatively poorly by JD Powers’ standards, scoring a three out of five for both overall quality and design. Despite this, there were 1,173 registrations for the car in 2011 — the most of any year." I'm a little biased about this vehicle, since someone close to me bought one.

1. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
Style: 2dr Coupe (6.2L 8cyl 7AM)
True cost of ownership: $245,469
Purchase price: $210,875
Combined (city and highway) MPG: 16

"After depreciation, finance interest, insurance, fuel costs and maintenance over five years, the car’s true cost of ownership during those years is nearly a quarter million dollars. This cost has not prevented the SLS AMG from being popular; total registrations of the automobile increased from 470 in 2010 to 707 in 2011." I'm sure that owning this vehicle isn't hurting Kanye West.

So the one thing we learned is that Mercedes Benz are the biggest car hustlers of all. If you don't believe me, look at this list again...

Butler Tire Shows off a BMW 650i

May 25, 2012

BMW 650i Convertible with 22in Asanti DA174 Wheels

Butler Tire released photos of a BMW 650i Convertible wearing 22in Asanti DA174 Wheels. Check this out...

BMW 650i Convertible with 22in Asanti DA174 Wheels

BMW 650i Convertible with 22in Asanti DA174 Wheels

BMW 650i Convertible with 22in Asanti DA174 Wheels

Hipnotic Wheels and Unique Customs shows off a Blacked out Chevy Camaro

May 24, 2012

Hipnotic Wheels released photos of a Chevy Camaro that was fully blacked out by Unique Customs, located outside of Chicago. And by now, everyone should know that the one thing I love almost as much as I love the second baseman on the New York Yankees (Robinson Cano), is a totally blacked out vehicle.

What's the difference between a blacked out vehicle and a totally blacked out vehicle? Well, I'm glad you asked. A totally blacked out vehicle has (whips out my pointer) black paint, black aftermarket wheels, black interior, as well as black grille, black emblems, black door handles, and blacked out head lights, tail lights, and fog lights.

And this, my friends, is the perfect example of a totally blacked out vehicle.

Butler Tire Shows off my favorite aftermarket wheels... on a Hummer.

Hummer H2 with 30in Asanti AF143 Wheels

The guys at Butler Tire released photos of a Hummer H2 wearing my favorite, favorite aftermarket wheels: The Asanti AF 143 Wheels. The same wheels that look like a flower and I often refer to them as girly wheels.

Hummer H2 with 30in Asanti AF143 Wheels

Hummer H2 with 30in Asanti AF143 Wheels

To be honest, I was so busy looking at the wheels, I forgot to look at the vehicle.

Meguiar’s® Releases Gold Class™ Carnauba Plus Quik Wax

May 18, 2012

Meguiar’s®, the worldwide leader in car care, is making it easier to get the same traditional look in half the time by releasing Gold Class™ Carnauba+Plus Quik Wax® as part of its new 2012 product line.

Perfect for all colors, and exceptional on black vehicles, this new edition to the Meguiar’s Gold Class™ family is the answer to achieving quick, dark, wet-looking shine. With a simple mist-on, wipe-off, Carnauba+Plus Quik Wax® delivers the rich, warm protection that only carnauba can deliver. The “+Plus” in this formula means it won’t leave white residue on plastic or trim.

Unlike most waxes, Carnauba+Plus Quik Wax® can be applied to a warm surface in direct sun. Available in a 16 oz. trigger spray, this new 2012 Meguiar’s product is available at major retailers and auto enthusiast/specialty retailers nationwide.
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