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He is a Post Graduate in Computer Science and currently works as a Front End Developer at a startup!
On November 6, I got a chance to visit two CAR garages here in Mumbai with my dad. Both belonged to his old-time friends who have been in this work for close to 45 years. The experience was a whole lot overwhelming and exciting than I could have ever thought.
The first garage is ‘Ashok Auto’ located in Lower Parel, Mumbai. When I entered I had a silver Honda Accord (8th Gen) in front of me and on the left of it lie a Toyota Crown. I could see some one hiding in one corner in Red…and White. It was a Ford Mustang II in red with white rally stripes. I was so awed by its beauty, I spent atleast another half-an-hour going in circles around it, inspecting closely every inch of the beauty. All the original badges were intact, on the whole the car was in a pretty good condition (except it had a list of 20-odd things to be worked on). I got my hands a bit dirty around the Mustang II and even got its hood opened so that I could have a look inside the heart of the CAR. All original inside, except for the battery though, still ready to breathe again. I couldn’t get it fired up though, because it was being worked upon. But then, there were some other cars that would require my attention.
On the right of the silver Accord lay three cars: a Mercedes Benz 2000, a Mercedes E320 and a Lincoln. Yes, a Lincoln. It wasn’t just another Lincoln, it was the TOWNCAR. I am not sure whether it original comes in the form of a Limo, but then this one was. Moving forward was a Peugeot 309, whose body was being worked upon; re-fabrication and paint-job. Yes, there were other regular cars such as a Hyundai Accent, Honda Accord (7th Gen) and even a BMW 5-series.
More interesting were the rares ones that were present there. Two of them, to be precise. A Toyota Celica 2.0 GTi, which wasn’t in a good condition though, but well I did keep looking at it again and again… and a Jaguar XJ6.. in a dark green shade with two gold strips going around the perimeter of the car, which was not in a pretty good condition. It was completely different from what a Jaguar sedan looks like nowadays. I could sense the difference, I could understand how far the design of cars have evolved. Didn’t get much time with the others (as I spent most of the time with the Mustang II), and really sorry for not being able to get any photos for them.
I have asked dad to plan another visit again soon. Lets hope it’s here soon! Till then here are some photos that could resemble the ones I got to see…
On the other garage ‘Ashoka Car Care’ also located in Lower Parel, here they carryout work on mostly accident cars with accidental insurance. Still, there was one car to get my attention, a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle. It wasn’t in a good condition, but the garage owner had still bought it, so that he could get a chance in restoring one of his favourite cars. (I know how car lovers can be, obviously! 😉 )
1969 Volkswagen Beetle
Please share here in the comments with everyone, if there is something interesting you know about these cars. Really want to get to know them… 🙂
I got a mail from Andrew [Alex] who is a member of ‘Teens 4 Safety’ where he with the other members try to spread resources that they think are informative. By doing this, they hope to make connections with other people who can share their years of car knowledge with us.
While Transformers 4 is set to hit the theatres across the world on June 27, 2014, The Best CAR Blog Ever! has got for you eyes some interesting images of the CARS and the truck you might get to see in the movie…
Transformers (2007) was a box office sensation, opening at #1 and made more than $700 million worldwide. The second installment, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) grossed more than $830 million worldwide. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) was the biggest hit of them all and grossed more than a billion dollars and became the 5th highest grosing film of all time. Collectively, the franchise has made a whopping $2.6 billion worldwide.
The really interesting CAR, though here is the 6th generation ChevyCamaro Concept or the Chevy Camaro 2015.. Yes that’s right the Concept is going to be unveiled in the movie first!
As can be seen clearly from the photos that follow, most of the work has been carried out on the Front and the Back of this Camaro, alot many fans have said that “they would rather open a body shop when this Camaro gets into production, so that they can make the front and rear of it to look like any of the better-looking previous generation models”. Criticism shall follow and everyone might have their own opinion. But one thing for sure, the Camaro has definitely caught my eyes in terms of the design changes they made.
Without much delay now, here are the pics…
If seen closer, the above photo has been grey-scaled and the lights have been photoshopped to look in colour… Thus hiding the fact which character is it going to be. It is speculated to be either Nemesis Prime, Ultra Magnus or the Motor Master. We’ll have to wait until the movie releases to find out.
More of the CARS and trucks can be checked out at Michael Bay’s website! Bay has been a part of the series since the first instalment.
Also you can check this thread at the Camaro5.com for more snaps of the Transformers CARS and other vehicles!
A concept vehicle symbolizes the designer’s vision of styling dynamics and technology that after years shall come to wide acceptance. The prototypes are developed mainly for observing the reactions of viewers over the world. All the collected responses in turn give information about the predictive feasibility of car’s production and marketing in coming times. The best venue for the purpose has always been auto expos. Almost all the motor shows around the world tend to display concept cars along with new and upcoming official releases.
Many Automobile makers indulge their engineers into bringing up concept cars, so that the firm can show to its enthusiasts, what it is capable of offering in future. The concept of presenting concept cars is in-turn a display of a maker’s technical soundness and advanced capabilities. So if not by the current products you can make out the difference between one and other car maker, you can certainly do that by observing the concept car displays by the car makers you want to distinguish between. The feedback so gained also lets the respective company whether it will be able to bring the car out in time or not. These cars look very distinctive in the entire show, funky, chic, and extra-stylish. But no matter how shiny these cars pose, the fact that they are still not on sales list is because they are still taking opinions at the designing stage. Though it may come to one’s obvious wonder, why a big company would put its costly resources into an exercise that may not conclude so fruitful. But a closer sneak peek into the cars does satisfy many questions regarding the future of the company.
What started as Harley Earl’s tool for better marketing and designing went onto become a lot bigger regime. Today this concept is not optional for car makers, to show one’s engineering tools better than others, the display of concept cars have become an essential element. Concept cars somehow reveal the future state of a company, an automaker’s step ahead in future get catch it’s inkling in present. The idea also allows the company to evaluate its own-self on grounds of technological advancement. At times some concepts are just too costly to be brought at reception of the world and some are technically not possible to be produced on mass scale. So one can put in a layman language that designers and engineers pursue their own interests and fantasies for making their unique dream cars, devoid of funding and feasibility of it being produced locally in future.
Companies also utilize concept cars to give clue of cars that they are to produce for wide acceptability. Even the cars that are put to display besides these concept cars go under a lot of changes before being produced. Concept cars let the firms assess how are they being received by people and what changes could be made to bring these cars or modified versions for global acceptance with considerable returns.
Such cars are always made a lot more non-traditional with costly material depicting the exotic nature of design thoughts of the carver. These cars feature unique designs and elements that makes all clearly feel that their wagon has been brought back from future. Yet these cars never actually taste local roads since as many of them are useful to certain extent. It would come to surprise that after a concept car has lived at its show it is either destroyed or put in firm’s museums of remarkable history. Concept cars often sport unique elements that are not seen regular cars. An intriguing example of same is Ford’s Lincoln Futura. Developed in 1954 the concept car enjoyed leisure in a customizer’s shop in LA before it was reanimated to be used as Batmobile in Batman TV series, in 1996.
Let’s take a look at the most admired concept cars, or the American dreams as they call it.
Produced by Buick divisions of GM, this very car actually started the concept car saga. Designed by GM’s chief Harley J. Earl back in 1938, the car sported power-operated secret highlights, electrically powered windows, gunsight hood and wrap-around bumpers. It even sported flush door handles and vertical waterfall grille. The car was brought up only to assess ideas and even before its making, it wasn’t intended to be produced on bigger scale. Harley Earl though drove the two-seater for some years and later it was housed in a warehouse. Ultimately, it found a better home at the Henry Ford Museum till 1993 when it came back to its ancestor company to be part of heritage collection of GM. Then came the year 2001 when Y-Job was reanimated by Buick as BlackHawk, which was largely inspired by Y-Job.
In 1951 GM’s Le Sabre was second concept car from hands of the legend Harley Earl. The car came out lot better and was advanced than the 1938 Buick Y-Job. The new car showcased design elements motivated by aircrafts like windshield that had wrap-around dynamics and tailfins. It also sported a higher grille that hid the headlamps. It gave a typical look of jet-fighter turned four-wheeler. The 1951 Le Sabre body was made up of lightweight magnesium and aluminium. It also featured 12 volt electrics, automatic transmission about the torque converter technology, oil cooler with fuel injection, built-in hydraulic jacks, chrome-molybdenum frame, rain-activated and jet-like air intake. After replacing Buick Y-Job with Le Sabre in 1951, Earl clocked 45000 miles with the latter.
So coming onto the last concept work of Harley Earl, Cadillac Cyclone was rather a bold presentation. It was built by the Cadillac Division of General Motors in 1959. American obsession with jets and aerodynamics was realized again with Cadillac Cyclone. The two fenders matched the design of rockets, making this Cadillac look more like an aircraft than a car. It was brought up on a 104 inches chassis and was backed by 325BHP V8 mill mated to a low-profile carburettor, back mounted auto-transaxle and all-wheel independent suspension. The car’s rather iconoclastic design was further commented by sliding doors and radar-sensing crash prevention. The bubble-top canopy closed itself when rain started. Like other concepts, Cadillac Cyclone didn’t get opportunity to be produced on a bigger scale.
In 1963, the car was not only in the news but was one of the main highlights of New York Auto Show and also of the history of General Motors. The coupe was designed by Tony Lapine and Larry Shinoda under the supervision of Bill Mitchel, the then design chief at GM in 1962. The prototype was based on previous models of Chevrolet Corvair series. Monza GT coupe added 16 inches wide wheelbase as compared to a regular Corvair. The engine too was placed ahead of transaxle and rotated by 180 degrees and so forming it a mid-engine auto. Monza GT also sported magnesium-alloy wheels, disc brakes to four wheels and seats with pedals that could be adjusted. This model never got on the assembly line but did give way to Chevrolet Corvette C3.
The idea caught Bill Mitchell, as least what legend says, after he caught a shark while have the deep-sea fishing experience. The truth behind the legend could be seen with credibility since the Mako Shark’s design dynamism matched with that of shark body. Even the color scheme, blue/gray on top and silver white on bottom and rocking panels could clearly depict the inspiration taken from shark animal’s body. The pointed snout, streamlining body and other slim and sleek design details came out of the hands of Larry Shinoda. Other elements contained two additional tail lamps and four-into-two side pipes. Corvette Mako Shark gave way to 1963 Sting-Ray and together, these two cars affected the body design of second generation corvettes.
Even to this day concept cars by GM seem as stunning as back in those times (as can be clearly seen in the case of the Chevrolet Camaro.)