Archive for December, 2010

Jordan Playboy For a Car Lover

“Somewhere West of Laramie” is the well-known tagline promoting the Jordan Playboy.

James Lackey, 74, of Wayne County was inspired by an April 1966 article from “Antique Automobile” about Jordan and his automobile company. And so he decided to build his own.

It's called a Jordan Playboy and James Lackey of Wayne County spent a lot of time and money restoring the car made by the Jordan Motor Co. starting in 1916. The 74-year-old is such an expert he has written both magazine articles and a book on Jordan automobiles.


He found a Playboy that costs $2,000 which needs repair. Lackey began ordering all the parts he need before he started restoring the car. When the parts arrived, Lackey began removing every bolt of the car. After more than 14 years of work on the car, Lackey had a completely restored Playboy.

The Jordan Motor Company was established in 1916 in Cleveland. Using parts and components from other manufacturers, the Jordan Motors assemble cars. The company’s head was Ned Jordan which was a former advertising executive who said, “Cars are too dull and drab.” They became known not just because of their cars but because of their advertisements.


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A Car Lover Truly Knows a Locomobile

A Model 48 Locomobile, believed to be from 1920, shown at the Bonham’s sale of Collector Motorcars and Memorabilia in Sydney, Australia in November.

Last November 13, Bonhams conducted its first sale of collectors’ motorcars in Sydney. Bonhams is an international auction house which is famous for holding some of the industry’s grandest automotive galas. As part of the vehicles that are for sale, bidders can’t help but be amazed by the Locomobile Model 48 Speedster circa 1920.

If you are a car lover then you would be very familiar with the Locomobile. It was produced by one of the earliest luxury car makers in America who manufactures inexpensive cars from 1899 to 1929. Considering that the car is classic, having its car parts is a surprise.  It has the complete original wood spoke wheel. Also, its bucket seats, brass Winton brand headlamps and the classic monocle-type windscreen, engine and radiator were included.

Though, 3 out of its 4 wheels’ metal rims were missing and several key components as well, one bidder was very willing to pay $42,000 for the relic. However, the owner doesn’t want to sell for that price.

A Little History of the Locomobile Company of America

The company took producing cars seriously. Thus, they have adopted the internal combustion technology on the last year of the 19th century. And after building steam cars over a short period of time, they turned their inspiration t new combustion-driven automobile technology.

Over time, they have exceeded in two competitive races which are Gordon Benneth races in France in 1905 and the Vanderbilt Cup on Long Island in 1906. In 1908, George Robertson drove his Locomobile at Vanderbilt Cup and the company had their first victory on an International Automotive Competition.

A Locomobile wins the Vanderbilt Cup race on Long Island in 1908.

By 1911, Locomobile started producing consumer vehicles. The expensive and exquisite Model 48 was then created which was advanced by that time. It has a 429-cubic-inch, six-cylinder engine which was eventually replaced by more gigantic 8.5 liter iteration.

Later on, Walter P. Chrysler which is from an American car making fame learned the basic of automobile mechanics through the early model of Locomobile. According to the Encyclopaedia of Automobiles, a young Chrysler went to considerable lengths to acquire a Locomobile that had caught his attention at an auto show. He then broke the car down to pieces and rebuilt it again — a process he repeated numerous times, eventually developing rare expertise.

The rare sighting of a Locomobile at auction served as a reminder of Connecticut’s storied automotive past. Companies like Corbin from New Britain; Pope-Hartford, Columbia and Kelsey-Motorette from Hartford; Frisbe and Compound from Middletown; Cameron from New London, Stamford and Trumbull — and, of course, Locomobile from Bridgeport — all helped to establish American dominance in the global car market, according to Mark Johnson of the Klingberg Vintage Motorcar Festival.

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Ultimate Package for Car Lovers

Mandarin Oriental, Munich is offering a 3- day package for car enthusiasts. It includes two nights at the Munich hotel and one night at the Brenner’s Park-Hotel in Baden-Baden. It also offers a 3 day use of either a Mercedes M Cass or a Mercedes SL Convertible depending on the season when you avail for it.

Also, included in the package is the tour to the BMW Welt facility which is the home of the first concept car, the BMW museum at Munich, Audi’s Museum and Audi’s largest plant in Ingolstadt, the Posche Museum in Stuttgart, Mercedes Benz Museum and Mercedes Factory in Stuttgart.

This is going to be one of the best gifts that you can give to any car lover. It costs $1,937 per room and the package is available until May 31. Plus, for an extra charge you can also request for private tours and driving lessons.

**Source: Fran Golden

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The Smallest Car Revealed By BMW

The Bavarian Motor Works which is more known as BMW is a German automobile, motorcycle and engine manufacturing company founded in 1916. It also owns and manufactures the Mini brand, and is the parent company of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. The BMW is very famous because of its performance and luxury vehicles, and it is a global leader in premium car sales.

Recently they revealed its smallest ‘M’ car, the 1 Series M Coupe. It is a light weight car with a 335bhp 3.0-litre twin-turbo in-line six-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. This is coupled with the racing inspired chassis technology and a power-to-weight ratio reduced to 4.4 kilograms per bhp, which makes it deliver a speed of 0-100km/h in just 4.9 seconds, and it reaches the 200 km/h mark after 17.3 seconds. This is supported by air curtains which allow superior power aerodynamics.

The BMW 1 Series M Coupe is also fuel friendly; boasting 9.6 liters per 100 km consumption, meaning drivers won’t suffer at the petrol pumps.

This is most compact sedan which is also sold in four-door and hatchback versions internationally.

You can check out the video below:

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“Wheel in to Win” Awards the Vintage 1967 Mustang to its Lucky Customer

Mr. Lube Canada is the leading quick Lube Provider for automotive maintenance category across Canada.  The company was founded in 1976 and is currently serving over 34 million customers already.

It has been practiced by the company to have an annual Scratch n’ Win promo and this year they are giving away a Vintage 1967 Mustang. In order to qualify for the grand prize, the customer needs to visit the custom contest micro-site. They can also send an email or invitation to their friends and families to go to Mr. Lube play.

On December 16, 2010 at 2pm, the car giveaway will be awarded to Keith Mulligan which is a regular Mr. Lube customer who resides just outside of Barrhaven, Ontario. The awarding will took place at 3767 Strandherd Drive, Barrhaven Town Centre where local media is invited to attend.

Vintage 1967 Mustang


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Montreal International Auto Show

Aside from getting the chance to meet the car lover Lisa Dion who is the new spokesperson of the Montreal Charity, you’ll be able to see the latest auto models in the industry. Plus, your money will go a long long way because all proceeds of the show will go to five major hospital foundations in the Greater Montreal Area.

Prizes will also be given away to lucky attendees of the show. Prizes include a painting by André Desjardins, Rêver de toi that costs $7,900; a package for two to attend the Formula 1 Grand Premio Santander D’talia in Milan that costs $6,500; a package for six people to attend BMW Winter Driving Training for $5,000; an all-inclusive trip to Mexico for two for $5,000; and a 180-bottle Transtherm Ermitage wine cellar with 23 bottles of wine for $5,000. Aside from this, the show also features its silent auctions.

What else can you ask for from an auto show?

This Montreal International Auto Show will be held at Palais des congrès de Montreal on January 13, 2010 at 6:30 pm. Tickets are already available for $175. For purchase, you can call 514-331-6571, extension 222.

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Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show – The Finale

Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show will have its finale show this Sunday at Putra World Trade centre. It will feature more than 150 vehicles which include concept cars, hybrids, exotic motorcycles as well as newly launched models. Proton, Lotus, Perodua, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Isuzu, Naza, Maserati, Chevrolet, Daihatsu, Chery, Mitsubishi, Kia, Hyundai and Peugeot will also be part of the show.

The 16-ft, ‘life’-size replica of the Autobot Bumblebee from the Transformers movie and Batman with his Batmobile will also be featured at the show together with the cars that will be appearing for the first time. Lucky visitors will get a chance to win 3 cars upon visiting this one of a kind event.

Italian dream: A model posing with a Vespa scooter, which is making a comeback.

The official English newspaper for the show is Star Motoring. It will be organizing its own Snap For Cash contest where participants have to snap a picture with any of the Star Motoring, Red FM or Daily Chili models and upload their pictures on

Participants will then have to ask their friends to vote for them starting Dec 3 to 26. The one who gets the most number of votes will win RM5,000. The second prize winner gets RM3,000 and the third prize winner gets RM2,000. Aside from that, 10 consolation prizes of RM200 will be given away.

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