Queen City Cars & Coffee is back! The past two years hosting this show have been absolute blast, and I’m stoked to be putting it on again this year. Last year, over 90 cars attended, about 30 more than the first year. For QC3 (just made that name up right now and I dig it) the goal is set at 125 cars. Let’s rally together and make it happen! Invite your friends, invite their friends, invite people that aren’t your friends, invite your grandma, your neighbor, the guy who cleans your septic tank, it doesn’t matter. Just invite them. I genuinely think we have the chance to create something epic and put the Manchester car scene on the map. This year’s show is on Saturday, September 13 from 8am to 12pm at the Arms Parking Lot in Manchester, NH. Be sure to follow @_DoranD_ and @TopDeadCenter on Twitter for updates. I’m beyond fired up for this, and I can’t wait to see everyone there!
The Audi R8 first appeared on the scene back in 2007 and promptly blew everyone’s collective mind. Audi is known for fast cars, but the R8 was their first foray into the savagely competitive supercar market, and its sublime chassis, all-wheel drive grip, sonorous 4.2-liter V8 engine, and striking looks made it an instant classic. To quench the demand for an R8 with even more power, Audi gifted the R8 with a Lamborghini-sourced 5.2-liter V10 to create the stunning R8 V10.
I have nothing but enormously fond memories of the Audi R8 V10. Last summer, I was fortunate/blessed/insanely lucky to spend an entire week with one on an epic road trip from Massachusetts to Tennessee on the Yuppie Rally. (You can check out the chronicles from that ridiculous adventure here.) My dreams are still haunted by the gritty, ripping baritone exhaust note, holding white knuckled onto the steering wheel as I’m hurled towards the 8200 rpm redline. Take that experience, add a fistful more horsepower and a generous helping of carbon fiber and track readiness, and you have the car pictured above – the R8 V10 GT.
Only 333 of these cars were ever produced, and a mere 95 of them made their way to the States. That makes this Teutonic titan rarer than a Ferrari Enzo, at least ten times more scarce than a Lamborghini Murcielago, and nearly as uncommon as the Bugatti Veyron. Its 560 horsepower mid-mounted V10 propels the R8 GT to 60 miles per hour in 3.6 seconds and keeps churning until 199 mph. The normal R8 V10 is by no means a slouch, but the GT brings things to entirely new heights. Along with the bump in power, the GT also benefits from a hefty weight savings and enhanced aerodynamics in the form of winglets on the front bumper and a carbon fiber rear wing. But enough of that: want to hear how it sounds? Thought so.
This particular car was scooped in Manchester, NH. I must find this car. You’ll be the first to know when I do.
If last year’s Queen City Cars & Coffee was great, the show this August was incredible. Over 80 cars turned out on a glorious Saturday morning against the backdrop of the Merrimack River and downtown ManchVegas. Hosting a car show has been a tremendous learning experience and seeing a tangible improvement over last year’s show was absolutely fantastic. The shots here were taken by my dad (way to go, daddio!) and you can also check out more photos courtesy of Raced in Anger and Dagger Slade Media. Stay tuned for the date for the 2014 Queen City Cars & Coffee, that will be one show you do not want to miss!
Read an interesting fact about the Mercedes-Benz CL recently – Mercedes-Benz will sell as many of these coupes in a year as Ford will sell of the F150 in a single day. In a single day. Not only is that difference so enormously vast it’s actually hard to comprehend, it also speaks volumes about the exclusivity of the CL, and the ubiquity of the F150. Out of all the cars offered in MB’s diverse portfolio, every model except for the G-Class SUV and the SLS AMG supercar sell fewer models than the CL, giving it a rarity that few other cars enjoy.
This particular model, the CL550 4Matic, isn’t barnstormingly fast, it doesn’t hold the fastest lap time at the Nurburgring, and it can’t outgun rivals like the Ferrari 612 in pure power. It’s 5.5-liter V-8 makes 382 horsepower which is enough to motivate the big coupe to 60 miles per hour in about 5.5 seconds, so world dominating power is not its game. What the CL550 does have, however, is class. And it has it in spades. The flared wheels arches, acres of creased hood, and the tight belt line that streaks from front to back, all give the CL550 a distinct and powerful presence on the road. And while there certainly aren’t any ugly cars in the MB’s stable, the CL’s design definitely makes it one of the most attractive. Inside, its standard MB stuff—vast stretches of leather blended together with wood and other high quality materials to create a cosseting and comfortable place from which to command the road.
“That’s all well and good,” you might say, “but a car of this caliber (and pricetag) needs to light my hair on fire and mash my face like Play-Doh when I step on the gas.” Fear not, because you can have your CL with heaping, prodigious piles of righteous horsepower courtesy of MB’s tuning division, AMG. Step up to the CL 63 AMG, and the comparatively piddling 5.5-liter V-8 is replaced with a 6.2-liter V-8 which makes a properly massive 518 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. And if that still isn’t enough, you can dig deep into your wallet and have the CL 65 AMG which dumps the V-8 engine all together, and instead uses a 6.0-liter twin turbo V-12 to bludgeon poorer motorists into submission. The 65’s volcano of an engine churns out 604 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque. Yeah, that’s a lot.
The price for this handsome coupe—which is based on the venerable S-Class luxury sedan—is about $80,000 in CL550 trim, and over $130,000 for the CL 65 AMG. That’s also a lot. There will soon be a newer version of the CL-Class hitting the streets when MB launches its refreshed S-Class sometime later this year. Let’s hope the power and class of the current generation continues into the new model. With an emphasis on power. Yeah, lots of power.
One thing I’ve learned through the process of putting this site together is that, A.) Networking is the best possible way to get things done, and B.) Giving back and supporting causes you believe in comes hand in hand with creating success. With this in mind, TDC is working with New England Blast (check out their website HERE) to put together a properly badass event to support the fantastic folks at Guardian Angel Motorports (their website HERE). What’s the event you say? Oh nothin’, just a LUXURY CAR SHOW GALA! *cue fireworks, party streamers, and a leaping killer whale*
That’s right. We’re working on putting together the most epic car show the city of Manchester has ever seen. And the best part is, it’s going to be a charity event for Guardian Angel Motorsports! The idea is in it’s infant stages and there is much work to be done, but we wanted to make people aware this was in the works. We also wanted to get reactions to this and see what everyone thought. So, uhh, whaddaya think? The tentative date for the show is the Friday before Memorial day (May 25th) and will have a wide range of cars, featuring everything from exotics, to muscle cars, to luxo-barges, and maybe a few racecars. We’re also trying to pull in as many cool local vendors and companies as possible to add more excitement to the event. Would this be something you’d attend? Do you have suggestions for companies/organizations that might be interested in participating? Is there anything in particular you’d like to see represented at the show? Feedback, comments and suggestions are welcome and appreciated so hit us up!
The goal is to give back to the community, raise money for Guardian Angel and the children they support, and have a freakin’ BLAST doing it. Let us know what you think!
It’s not every day that you see a Chevrolet Corvair chillin’ in the parking lot of a Hannafords. Or anywhere for that matter. When the Corvair hit the showroom in 1960, it was the only rear-engined, air cooled American car on the market, and it was awarded Motor Trend magazine’s Car of the Year award. Throughout it’s lifetime, the Corvair spawned a multitude of different variants including the convertible pictured here, a coupe, a panel van, a hotted up and turbocharged “Monza” version, among others. Performance, especially handling, was not the Corvair’s forte. In fact, GM faced lawsuits because of suspected unsafe handling due to it’s swing axle rear suspension setup. The car has an interesting history that’s definitely worth reading about. In the meantime, check out the photo below!