Elkhart Lake, WI. Rooted deeply in its historical presence in motorsport history, this small town about an hour north of Milwaukee becomes a haven of automotive buzz throughout the summer months. In the early 1950’s, Elkhart Lake was home to arguably one of the most famous open road race circuits in the United States. In 1955, Road America opened its gates, and since has hosted a wide variety of events including the Nascar Nationwide Tour, the SCCA Speed World Challenge Series and the AMA Superbike Series. Road America has been dubbed by many, one of the best road race circuits, and has been home to many memorable race weekends, for both fans and drivers alike.
There are few things more iconic to the American aesthetic than the Chevrolet Corvette. Debuted exactly sixty years ago at the GM Motorama auto show, the roadster has held our collective attention for over half a century. Considering the massive amounts of cultural change we’ve seen since the early 50′s, the Corvette serves not only as the poster child for the American automotive obsession, but as a stalwart symbol of consistency. The Corvette has always been a RWD roadster with naturally-aspirated V8 power, and although there have been numerous one-off creations by various tuners that have explored various other configurations, the formula remains the same as the 7th generation model is released onto American roads this year.
There’s just something about seeing a classic rolling down the street that makes everyone stare. It’s like watching a piece of history flash before your eyes. Ryan Mccrery’s ’52 Chevy is no exception, this car is absolutely stunning, not to mention the 600hp motor lurking under the hood! These pictures were graciously submitted by Bryce Neusse of Burnout Media Labs, be sure to go check out his work! Thanks for the pictures guys!
We here at Canibeat hope your week rolled by just as quick as ours did. Before we let you off into the weekend, another submission from photographer Ejay Marte displays a sleek Corvette z06 on carbon fiber Strasse s5 wheels. Oh, did I mention this black beauty has over 700 horsepower under the hood?
As always, we like to mix things up a little bit and provide our loyal followers with something fresh and exciting to look at or read about. In this week’s installment of #PictureMeRollin we bring to you a couple photos from Alex Martinez, a photographer out of Colorado who shot this beautiful 1930 Ford Model A, owned by Andy Crutcher.
We hope you enjoy the pics as much as we do! Enjoy your weekend!
My experience in the automotive community has taught me, if nothing else, that taste is both completely subjective and often deeply rooted in an owner’s psyche. Each of has our own favorite brand, and an idea of what are acceptable modifications within the confines of what we deem appropriate. While there are certainly those that jump ship on occasion, forsaking their last love for new opportunities in power or style, most people know what they love, and love what they know. And in that mindset, Mitchell Donat knew that when he purchased his car, he wanted to go the JDM route, and to build a car for speed. Obviously, things didn’t quite work out that way. Read More
We are happy to announce that pre-registration for First Class Fitment 2012 is now open on the new FirstClassFitment.com! Pre-registration will be open until 9/30/11 and ALL cars that wish to be in the designated show area must pre-register! Whether you plan on showing your car or just coming out to spectate be sure to RSVP on our Facebook event page!
As a kid everything in life is always “bigger is better”. Our toys had flashy colors and lights and at car shows it was more of what caught our eye rather than the quality or rarity of the car itself. As we grow older though our tastes change and we start to notice the small things. Custom fabbed pieces, perfectly lined up trim, and small details that set a car above the rest due to the quality of the build not because it looks like a Fast and Furious prop car.
Those of you who have been in the car scene long enough may remember when Hot Import Nights and Nopi first had a very underground and grassroots feel to it. Many will attest to the fact that those days are gone and many car shows have tried to reproduce events of that sort of caliber, but have failed. Even HIN has tried to make a comeback in the past couple of years, but in my opinion, has not been able to recapture that raw essence of a car show. The essence I’m referring to is very simple actually, a car show (for the most part) just for the cars. Although car shows are not underground anymore, there are still quality shows out there. Nisei Showoff Car Show is one of the better quality car shows that still exists and if I were to say that a fledgling Autocon car show is comparable to a Nisei Showoff Car Show, I would quite frankly be lying. However, I can say that Autocon has been able to capture some of that raw essence that has been lost throughout the years with car shows becoming more mainstream. Read More
Jul 20, 2012
Photography By: Danny Rice, Anthony Sundell
Words By: Danny Rice
Throughout each show season and throughout the years, the car scene will undoubtedly become monotonous or “old”. Not because the content of the scene or the cars themselves are boring but because the scenery stays the same. Sure, cars and fads come and go but with the scenes being so close knit (Euro, JDM, etc), you are bound to see the same people and same cars at the shows you attend each year and for years to come. This is one of the best parts of being a gearhead because it allows you to make those lifelong friends and be part of a larger community from all over the country but it can also be frustrating because the scenery can become mundane.
Every year in late May, however, a very unique event occurs in Louisville, KY that provides a breath of fresh air and transports you to a car meet from the mid-20th century where even your most retro clothes look too modern…