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2015 Detroit Auto Show: Ford Flexes Muscle With 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350R, F-150 Raptor, GT Supercar

The Detroit Auto Show is an adrenaline high for many and this year seems to be one of the best in years.  These cars may not need The BenchtopPRO parts washer yet but some of them may be future collectible classic cars. Here are some of the highlights as seen in a recent International Business Times article written by Angelo Young.

FOrd GT supercar
The Ford GT supercar will be unleashed to the public late next year, Ford says. Ford Motor

Automakers haven’t had this kind of swagger in years. With a U.S. auto market in full postrecession recovery, carmakers have moved beyond lauding rational, fuel-sipping driving options to flex some muscle.

On Monday, Ford Motor Co. did just that by announcing a trio of vehicles in its performance plays, including the GT supercar that the company will roll out late next year.

“This is a return to more passion projects instead of doing more pragmatic vehicles like compacts,” said Jessica Caldwell, senior auto analyst at Kelley Blue Book. “Showing off a halo sports car in 2009 would not have been well received.”

Ford President and CEO Mark Fields described the GT as “the ultimate Ford performance vehicle” during his presentation at the packed Joe Louis Arena in downtown Detroit during the 2015 North American International Auto Show. The car underscores the power potential of Ford’s more efficient EcoBoost engines and is aimed at allaying concerns that EcoBoost engines are weaker. In the GT, they certainly are not: The GT’s V6 EcoBoost power plant puts out more than 600 horsepower.

Ford’s return to exotic sports cars is expected in 2016 on the 50th anniversary of the company’s historic victory at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans when three GT40 Mk. IIs finished first, second and third in the race. Ford has said it will participate at next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race with a variant of this street-legal GT supercar.


ShelbyGT350R_02_HRThe 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350R.  Ford.
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Ford also presented the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350R – the closest thing to a professional racing version of the Mustang that can legally be driven on public roads.



Investment Worthy? 5 Older Cars That Are Almost Extinct

Sam Becker names 5 older cars on the Auto Cheat Sheet that are almost extinct. Car collectors are always looking for that car that will appreciate in value. My roommate in college owned #2 and I was a frequent passenger. We weren’t that impressed with it back in the day, so I can’t imagine it got better with age. My spouse and I have owned a few classic cars through the years such as 1971MG Midget, an 1967 Austin Healey 3000, a 1979 Mazda RX7 with the rotary engine that used to make loud backfiring noises at stop lights (I would look around, pretending to be searching for the source of that loud noise), 1978 and 1979 280z, a  1990 red Porsche Carrera 911 C-4 Cabriolet and a few others. The Porsche was definitely my favorite.  We’ve never considered buying any of the 5 listed here but maybe these cars are like a hot stock tip, read on and you decide.

1. Chrysler Laser  

One watch of the commercial above and you’ll agree that they just don’t make them like they used to. One model that was pretty damn cool in its heyday but has seemingly been forgotten by all but a few is the Chrysler Laser, which also saw life under a different name as the Plymouth Laser and Dodge Daytona. These cars were the quintessential 1980s models, equipped with an option of a 2.2 or 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Billed as Chrysler’s first sports car, the Laser was reborn as the Plymouth Laser at one point, and then the Dodge Daytona. The Laser was in production from 1984-1986, and the Daytona from 1984 until 1993.

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Gear Diary: The BenchtopPRO Parts Washer Is a Safe, Green Alternative

David Goodspeed and Gear Diary conducted a comprehensive review of The BenchtopPRO over the last few weeks.  The bottom line is “We all agreed we really liked the portability and safe, green nature of The BenchtopPRO system, and a couple said they would truly consider replacing their solvent-based home units with it in the future.”
Here are a few more excerpts and pictures of The BenchtopPRO in action from the review.  To read the full article go to Gear Diary.
GIVEAWAYSGRINDING GEARSREVIEWS          by        December 18, 2012
Machines fascinate a great deal of us and many love to “get your hands dirty” by tinkering and performing our own repair and maintenance work. For decades this meant utilizing some form of hazardous fluid for cleaning and parts washing.

gear diary Reviews Contests & Giveaways Automotive Gear  BenchtopPRO Parts Washer Is a Safe, Green Alternative, and We Are Giving One Away!

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I received a test unit and proceeded to march across the street with it to my neighbor, who is in the process of rebuilding the smallblock Chevy V-8 engine in his modified 1930 Ford Coupe.

“Hey Larry, I’ve got this new parts washing system I want to check out. It contains no solvents, so your buddies that smoke won’t even have to put out their cigs when working around it.”