Can you believe it? It has been a year since Mark Tapscott put the Carnival of Cars on hold and I decided to start the Carnival of Wheels. That is 52 consecutive Sunday’s of reading some great content from the auto bloggers and mashing it all together for our readers. We’ve met some interesting new bloggers that we wouldn’t have come across otherwise and I’m sure some of their readers have found their way back over to The Garage to share in our automotive ramblings. Ok, enough sappy stuff from me. Let’s strap in and get ready for the last hot lap around the blogosphere for 2008.
First up, as we often do, let’s take a visit to RaceDriven, where Brian presents some possible reasons behind the recent drop in NASCAR’s television ratings. I have a hard time with people or organizations that don’t have the stones to accept responsibility for their own problems, so I find Brian France’s comments unbelievably lame and Brian’s suggestions are far more plausible.
As I’ve mentioned, we met a lot of new friends in 2007. Gary Faules appeared on the scene in the spring and has not only become an integral part of what makes The Garage unique, but has also become a great friend. As a regular contributor to The Garage, this is Gary’s first time visiting the CoW with Lucky’s ongoing build & competition blog. This week in the renamed After the La Carrera Panamericana, Gary talks about The Call of the Wild. That racing addiction that keeps pulling us back in to one of the greatest sports of all time. There is also some debate over carburation. My 2 cents? Lucky is pumping out a healthy, dead reliable 503 ponies breathing through a well built 2 barrel. Forgetting the fuel economy issues, what would adding another 100 horsepower or more do to this dead reliable, proven package?
There seems to be more than a few European manufacturers who are getting wound up to build 4 door coupes. Wait a minute, just what is a 4 door coupe? Chris at Automoblog is asking just that question.
Ah, the Hemi Cuda Convertible. One of those magical cars that conjures up dreams of cruising Woodward Avenue on a warm summer’s eve. Over at the Hemmings blog, Daniel Strohl tells the tale of the Lemon Twist 71 Hemi Cuda Convertible that started the crazy price wars for these cars way back in 1987 after being dug out of a snowbank just a year before. What a great car, with a great story behind it.
In keeping with the restorative thoughts, Jeff Fisher from DrivingEnthusiast is reviewing the build site for Project Vixen. Imagine buying a completely disassembled Delorean and beginning a resto/reassembly and adding a pair of turbos to boot. Quite possibly a crazy man to tackle such a project, but the guy has put together an incredibly detailed build diary for anyone who is into the stainless machine.
To finish things up this week, our friend from Down Under, Craig from AutoFix says Happy New Year by revisiting the Portugese barn full of cars. Urban myth or not, it is still a pretty cool gathering of vehicles.
That’s it for this week’s Carnival of Wheels, the final edition of 2007. Be sure to come back next Sunday for another lap around the auto blogs. Bloggers, be sure to get your submissions in by Saturday at midnight as always to be included in the first CoW of 2008!