Toy Car Tuesday – Nash Metropolitan

Toy Car Tuesday - 1961 Nash Metropolitan Under Glass

Toy Car Tuesday – 1961 Nash Metropolitan Under Glass

A Toy-Sized 1961 Nash Metropolitan With A Nash Metropolitan Toy

One could argue that a Nash Metropolitan is already a toy car, and maybe that’s why we love them here at BrakingforCars.com. And while we can easily tell they won’t fit on our Hot Wheels track, when we one we still want to pull it back and release it to see Continue reading

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Braking for Cars Goes Classic

We’re Fine Tuning Our Car Content to Bring You More of What You Love Best: Classic Cars

More Classics from yesterday, and the classics of tomorrow coning to Braking for Cars.

More Classic Cars from yesterday, and the classics of tomorrow coning to Braking for Cars.

We’re shaking things up a little here at Braking for Cars. We’ll be focusing more on the classic cars of yesterday as well as the future classics of tomorrow, with some exotics thrown here and there just for fun. The first part and last part are easy, it’s that “classics of tomorrow” part that’s gonna be tricky. Sure, it’s easy to predict cars like the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro or Dodge Challenger will make the cut, but we’re going to go out on a limb on occasion as well. Take the Chrysler Crossfire for example. Sure, you could still nab a brand new 2008 as late as 2011 on some dealer’s lots, but that overweight, under powered “sports” car has a distinctive shape that will Continue reading

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King of Cadillacs Car Show at the 2017 Elvis Festival

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Just A Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Fun! On Sunday, August 27th,, Historic Main Street in Garden Grove was ready to “Shake, Rattle and Roll” with sideburns, pompadours  and jumpsuits as the date marked the 18th Annual Elvis Festival and King of … Continue reading

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Braking for Cars – January 27th: Nick Mason

Nick Mason of Pink Floyd and Ten Tenths

Nick Mason of Pink Floyd and Ten Tenths. (Photo copyright: Ten Tenths)

Happy Birthday Nick Mason

Born on this day in 1944 is car enthusiast and drummer for Pink Floyd, Nick Mason. In addition to being a member of one of the most famous arena bands of all time, Nick Mason is an avid car lover and racecar driver.

Nick has competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans five times, with a best finish of 18th in 1979 as part of a team driving a Lola T297. Since then, Mason has returned to the Le Mans Classic in his Ferrari 250 GTO, and is a frequent presence at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Mason is also an owner in the company Ten Tenths, a company founded on Nick’s own private collection that has expanded to include a network of classic auto enthusiasts and their cars as well. The primary purpose of the company is to provide vintage automobiles to the television and movie industry.

If you’re a fan of both Nick’s musical work and automobiles, you’ll want to try and track down the out of print 1992 documentary (on VHS) recounting Mason’s and fellow band mate David Gilmour’s participation in the historic La Carrera Pan Americana. Pink Floyd’s La Carrera Panamericana is currently uploaded to YouTube in its entirety as well as in various clips.

Happy Birthday, Nick!

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Comet Viewing in the Sky and on the Ground

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Taking a Look at a 1966 Mercury Comet and Comet Lovejoy Comet Lovejoy is currently streaking across the heavens in the night sky over the northern hemisphere. (Tips for viewing Comet Lovejoy). Under dark sky conditions, astronomers claim it can … Continue reading

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Murrieta Father’s Day Car Show: 1937 Ford Roadster

2014 Murrieta Father's Day Car Show: 1937 Ford Roadster. Beautiful burnt orange paint with flames running down the sides and ghost flames on the fenders and hood.

2014 Murrieta Father’s Day Car Show: 1937 Ford Roadster. Beautiful burnt orange paint with flames running down the sides and ghost flames on the fenders and hood.

This 1937 Ford Roadster was spotted at the 2014 Murrieta Father’s Day Car Show and belongs to Shelly Petralia of Murrieta, CA. The burnt orange paint job was probably the best paint job of the show. It’s highlighted with flames running down the sides of the car, and more subtle flames on the hoods and fenders that can only be seen when the light hits them just right.

The flame motif carries on under the hood, too and the same ghost flames can be seen on the fender wells and on the chrome air cleaner sitting atop the 350 CID Ford motor.

While the flames didn’t seem to find their way into the burnt orange paint in the interior, or into the tan upholstery, the chrome “flame-spoked” steering wheel reminds us of just how hot this car is.

2014 Murrieta Father's Day Car Show: 1937 Ford Roadster interior.

2014 Murrieta Father’s Day Car Show: 1937 Ford Roadster interior.

The pictures really don’t do the paint job justice. The ghost flames on the fenders actually reflect into the high gloss paint on the sides of the body. It really is a work of art, and if you get a chance to see it, is worth taking the time to thoroughly inspect just how fantastic the paint scheme is on this beautiful car.

Your best chance of seeing this 1937 Ford Roadster is probably at the 2015 Murrieta Father’s Day Car Show. Nothing has been added to the City of Murrieta’s website regarding next year’s show, but we’re sure it will take place as usual since this year marked the 44th annual occurence of this event. Check pack and visit our events calendar for the latest info on this and all events.

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2014 LA Auto Show: MINI Superlegerra Vision Concept

MINI Superleggera Vision Concept at a Glance

  • U.S. Debut – 2014 LA Auto Show, November 20,2014
  • World Debut – Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2014, May 23, 2014
  • The MINI Superleggera Vision Concept is an electric powered design concept
  • Currently being studied for the possibility of production
  • Could signal future design cues for the entire MINI lineup

MINI Superleggera Vision Concept: What Dream are Made of

Front fender and hod of the MINI Superlegerra Vision Concept at the 2014 LA Auto Show

Front fender and hod of the MINI Superlegerra Vision Concept at the 2014 LA Auto Show

The MINI Superleggera Vision Concept is the stuff dreams are made of. When I was a kid, we’d go camping and I’d leave the Hot Wheels at home and bring a bucket of those cheap metal cars instead. You know the ones, stamped in zinc, hollow underneath, the whole thing sprayed in one color—interior and all. They had those crappy metal wheels that never rolled too well. My cousins and I would always fight Continue reading

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Throw it Back Thursday 11/20/14 #TiBT

#TiBT 11/20/14 - Throw it Back Thursday.

#TiBT 11/20/14 – Throw it Back Thursday.

Throw it Back Thursday 11/20/14 #TiBT. We spotted this beauty at the Route 66 Rendezvous in 2010. Despite the rooster at the helm of this abomination, we doubt you’d pick up many chicks cruising in this car, or get much co… I mean rooster either. I can’t say it even makes me want to buy the chicken. And with that boat bow protruding from the hood, cruising is what was intended, but I’m still not sure what a boat has to do with a chicken restaurant. Maybe it’s really a tuna restaurant in disguise. Chicken of the sea anyone? No, we don’t think you’ll get much tuna cruising in this either.

What say you? Is this rolling (floating?) marketing ploy making your mouth water or turning your stomach? Vote early, vote often, and no, we don’t promise to put a chicken in every pot… or car… uh… boat… uh… thing either.

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THIRTEENTH ANNUAL WINGS, WHEELS, ROTORS & EXPO 2014

THIRTEENTH ANNUAL WINGS WHEELS ROTORS & EXPO 2014

THIRTEENTH ANNUAL WINGS WHEELS ROTORS & EXPO 2014

Are you like us and often find yourself torn between attending an air show and a car show when the flyboys come to town? The Thirteenth Annual Wings, Wheels, Rotors & Expo 2014 has the cure for what ails you. If you like horsepower in the air as much as you do on oand, then you can get your fix of planes, helicopters AND cars all be in one location Sunday, October 26th from 9am to 4pm in Los Alamitos, CA.

This open house takes place on an actual military base, Los Alamitos Army Arifield, where civilian and military aircraft will be displayed, but the largest display will be of the automotive variety. Since the event does take place on a working military base, a valid ID is required to enter the Expo.

Oh, and did we mention that not only can you check out some cool aircraft, but you can actually purchase tickets to get airborn in one? You can order tickets in advance for either a helicopter ride or a seat on board “D-Day Doll,” a C-53D, the paratrooper version of the iconic Douglas Gooney Bird. Book your flight today!

A full list of upcoming car shows and cruises can be found on the events page.

B4C

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Throw It Back Thursday: Toyota Paseo Edition

Toyota Paseo - Throw It Back Thursday (front view)

Toyota Paseo – Throw It Back Thursday (front view)

Ghost – Throw It Back Thursday?

Sometimes you see a car, and you have to ask, “WTF?” We’re not sure what was going through the mind of the owner of this Toyota Paseo, but, “WTF?”

The back of the Paseo has the word “Ghost” painted across it, which one can only assume is the name of this… vehicle. The name is fitting, because the vehicle is scary looking. Much more prominent but even more ambiguous are the bloodshot Continue reading

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