By Christopher A. Sawyer
In Spring 2016, Land Rover will introduce the production version of the pedal car it showed this month at Frankfurt. That car is a tribute to the historic full-size Defender model.
The show car has all of the highlights of the first production Land Rover, which was nicknamed “Huey” after its “HUE 166” license plate. That means cylindrical running bars, off-road tires, mud flaps and protective checker plate atop the front fenders and elsewhere. Finished in Loire Blue paint, the pedal car features a rolled-edge aluminum frame, working horn, authentic instrument panel, and rear cargo area with cover. Each production version will have an individual chassis number and personalized license plate.
By Christopher A. Sawyer
There are some interesting barn finds in Britain, but this one literally is something special. Behold the Sotheby Special, one of only three such cars, the first two of which were commissioned by the W.D. & H.O. Wills tobacco company to promote Sotheby’s Special Reserve cigarettes. (The name came from a short-lived licensing agreement with the famous auction house.) Both cars were painted the dark blue color you see here, highlighted with gold pin striping, and finished off with a vibrant green Moquette upholstery.
Project LM claims to be bringing something new to the LED lighting market: high quality and low prices. The Hayward, CA company is backed by a vein of venture capital money, which has allowed it to install the latest LED light making processes. This, it says, is the reason it can lower its prices to a claimed 50%-75% less than big name aftermarket lighting brands.
“LED light manufacturing technology is advancing at an incredible pace — so fast that brands which still utilize old processes are at a huge cost disadvantage,” explains Dennis Lam of Project LM. “When you look at the cost of the raw materials in each light, there's really no good reason for a 50-in. LED light bar to cost thousands of dollars.” (Project LM’s 50-in. light bars retail for $499-$549.)
Justin Maeers never expected to buy a race car when he attended Silverstone Auctions’ recent sale. He was just looking to enjoy a drink with friends, and watch as others bid on classic and race cars. Little did he know that he would soon become the owner of a 1959 Cooper Monaco, or that he would race the car two days later during the Silverstone Classic. It turned out to be the most expensive beer in his life.
According to Hyundai, its Motorstudio Seoul “reflects Hyundai Motors philosophy in striving to enhance the quality of life for all. The space is designed to allow communication and collaboration with our customers in shaping the future of automotive culture.” In short, it’s a “branding experience” combined with an art installation and located in an octagonal building in downtown Seoul.
One of the more intriguing displays is called “Ensemble” and was created by Everywhere, a South Korean group of artists. They disassembled a Hyundai Genesis Coupe, and arranged the pieces along intricate steel pipes as if the car was caught mid explosion. In addition, a network of miniature roads was placed in and around the sculpture, and tiny cars with high-definition cameras run along the roads taking video of the sculpture from various angles. These images are transmitted directly to a video wall to give the audience a chance to experience the Genesis Coupe from a unique perspective. It is on display until September 30.
In addition to the Ensemble display, Motorstudio is revising its Car Rotator installation that places nine Sonatas at unique angles on different floors. The all-Sonata installation will be replaced by one that features the Genesis, Sonata and i40 on the third, fourth and fifth floors respectively. — CAS