It is difficult to properly qualify Lucra. One the one hand, they produce an insanely fast bare-bones supercar, the LC470. They call it “STREET LEGAL…but just barely.” On the other hand, they provide custom parts and carbon fiber shells on a bespoke, for-hire basis. They also have begun work providing stunt cars for a certain car-related movie franchise. In short, Lucra does a lot, and they are changing the way that we look at the custom car industry.
Category Archives: Brilliant Mind Behind
If you’ve never actually heard of Icona, fear not, that’s what we’re here for. The upstart design firm has only been around since 2010, and have only shown-off two concepts since then; the Fuselage and the Icona Vulcano- one of which we just saw in Shanghai. But how does this Italian-born, Shanghai-bred firm come into light with the likes of Pininfarina or Italdesign- some of the larger names in the industry?
Well, we recently sat down with lead designer Gwen Pennarun to talk turkey about the new Vulcano and Icona as a whole.
If you enjoy European cars in the United States, you have Max Hoffman to thank for it. His Hoffman Motor Car Company on Park Avenue and 59th Street on the upper East Side was the epicenter of European car delivery. What Luigi Chinetti wasn’t importing through his dealership in Greenwich, Connecticut, Hoffman was in Manhattan, eventually in one of the most iconic showrooms in the world.
What exactly is a Gentleman Racer? Arguably, it could be described as one who is an active automotive enthusiast, but merely as one pillar of an entire lifestyle. The enjoyment of motoring, rivaled by the many other wonderful trappings that life offers. We may think of classics like the Bentley Boys or Paul Newman, but so has everyone else who wishes to conjure notions of a time gone by. What would a contemporary Gentleman Racer look like? We played 10 Questions with the man behind “The Gentleman’s Guide to Racing,” Michael ‘Skiny’ Power, to find out what that term means today.
Just a few years ago, entertainment for automotive enthusiasts was pretty limited. After Top Gear, there was a very precipitous drop-off. Outside of the ill-fated Car Show, and a lukewarm start to Top Gear America, there are plenty of terrible reality TV shows that feigned cultivation of car culture, but were nothing more than Orange County Choppers with cars. More of these shows appear every year.
We’ve been pretty happy to hear that Alfa Romeo is finally making its return back to the states. Why shouldn’t we be? Alfa’s been gone from the U.S. since 1995 and with that we haven’t been able to get behind the wheel of any sweet sexy Italian design anytime soon. Now though, as the 4C is already spearheading the brands return to the colonies, another ideal could fuse Italian design and American muscle; the Alfa Romeo 6C Concept.
What makes a true enthusiast? Doing your own maintenance and mods are good places to start, but when you want to take your passion to the next level, you have to build your own project from the ground up. Right now, the hottest producer of DIY project/kit cars is Factory Five Racing. The Massachusetts-based company has a solid portfolio of products with classic looks, and fully modern performance. Cars like the ‘33 Hot Rod and Mk4 Roadster could blow away a C6 Corvette on the track, and still look at home next to a Split-Window Coupe at a ride night. But if you wanted something more contemporary in the aesthetic department, Factory Five has you covered too. It is called the 818 and it’s going to stir up the sportscar world.
In a shop just outside Boston, MA, Safi Barqawi toils over a workbench, soldering with a steely focus. He is installing a radar detection system in a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder–one of two currently in his shop. It is just one of the services provided by Audio Video Integration (or AVI), and Safi has a rarefied clientele. They come to him for a service that he calls “OEM-Plus.” It means to modify a car with features that were not available from the dealer, but made to look like they were.
We’ve already shown you what Polish designer Jacek Koldziejcyk is capable of, with his epic Evo X Wagon. That bit of five-door goodness would make picking the kids up from soccer fun. With that in mind, this is the Iacoski Design car for the individual without a family, or who just doesn’t want to be around them. This 1932 Lincoln Phaeton Hot-Rod Concept is the kind of thing you drew when you were 10, but extrapolated to unprecedented levels.
We love us some performance wagons. Seating for the whole family and fun to drive? We’re all about that. So when we saw this creation from Polish designer Jacek Kolodziekjczk, we were smitten. The Evo X Wagon concept takes inspiration from an actual vehicle, the Evo IX Wagon. Though we never saw it stateside, it still conjured up notions of hooning through snowy wooded trails, with skis and boards strapped atop. This ratchets that up even more.
- Auto Shows
- Bold Rant
- Bold Ride of the Week
- Bold School
- Brilliant Mind Behind
- eBay Car Of The Week
- Event Highlights
- Future Ride
- Jaw Dropper
- Most Popular
- Race Ride
- Sold Ride
- Spied Ride
- Tech Ride
- The List
- Weekly News Recap
- Weird Ride
- Wheels Wallpaper
- Who am I?
- Your Ride
4x4 Aston Martin Audi Bentley BMW Bold School Bugatti Camaro Chevrolet Classic Car Concept Car Corvette Coupe Dodge eBay Car of the Week Ferrari Ford Future Ride Jaguar Jaw Dropper Lamborghini McLaren Mercedes-Benz Muscle Car Mustang Nissan Pagani Popular this Week Porsche Racing Reviews Shelby Sports Car Supercar SUV The List Toyota Tuner Unveiled Video Volkswagen Wallpaper Weekly News Recap Who am I? Your Ride