Tag: 2022

5 Camaros stolen from GM plant; 9 men face charges

5 Camaros stolen from GM plant; 9 men face charges

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Nine men are behind bars for allegedly stealing five brand new Chevrolet Camaros from General Motors’ Lansing Grand River Assembly plant.

BRIGHTON, Mich. (FOX 2) – A wild police chase early Monday morning ended with several people arrested after suspects broke into a Lansing-based auto plant and stole multiple sports cars. 

Five stolen Chevrolet Camaros were recovered and nine people were arrested, police said. They’re now face multiple charges including fleeing police and concealing a stolen vehicle. 

State police put out a BOL notice around 1 a.m. Monday for agencies in and around Metro Detroit and Lansing after vehicle thefts were reported on I-96. 

Michigan State Police eventually located five of the stolen vehicles, observing them traveling at a high rate of speed. 

After police attempted a traffic stop, the vehicles failed to stop, prompting the chase. 

According to a Twitter post from police, the stolen vehicles eventually separated into two groups, consisting of two to four cars each. Multiple agencies pursued both groups while they traveled eastbound on I-96 through Ingham, Livingston and Oakland Counties. 

At one point during the chase, police utilized stop sticks to disable the vehicles.

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LS Fest West Celebrates the Chevy LS Small-block V-8 – Mike Austin @Hemmings

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Has there ever been more universal engine solution than the Chevrolet LS V-8? It’s compact, it makes a lot of power even in stock tune, it’s reliable, and General Motors made a number of different variations in vast quantities. LS-based power has become such a default engine swap choice that it almost seems like cheating. There is a reason for its popularity, though, or even many reasons. Primarily: the Chevy Small block can fit in almost any engine bay. From junkyard finds to brand-new, emissions-certified plug-and-play crate engines from the GM Performance Parts engines, there’s one for every budget. And there are plenty of tune-up parts.

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2022 Easter Classic Gathering @BrooklandsMuseum

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From the Brooklands Website

“Following the postponement of our annual New Year’s Day event in January, we are back with a new date for Easter. With over 1,000 Classic vehicles displayed on site, live music and a barbeque and other additional food outlets, there will be something for everybody amongst the vast and diverse displays of classics all descending on Brooklands.”

Not only is this the replacement for the 2022 New Years Day event it also replaces the 2021 New Years Day event. so it’s been a long time coming!

A huge turn out of cars at what will probably be the largest gathering of classic cars in the UK this year, meant a good number of American vehicles formed part of the show amongst the planes and other exhibits at the excellent roomy Brooklands site.

America’s Most Beautiful Roadster and Al Slonaker Memorial Award Winners at the 2022 Grand National Roadster Show – Mike Austin @Hemmings

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Back in full force after the cancellation of the 2021 event, the Grand National Roadster Show returned to the Pomona Fairplex with more than 1,000 cars on display this weekend. Only one of those cars would take home the show’s biggest prize, and one of the most coveted awards in the custom world, America’s Most Beautiful Roadster. This year’s winner is a 1934 Chevrolet Roadster owned by Jeff Breault and built by Devlin Rod & Customs. A two-year build, the car features an LS engine under the hood–dressed up in vintage style to hide its modern machinery–and an interior by Downey’s Auto Upohlstery.

The Al Slonaker Memorial Award went to this 1932 Ford Coupe built by Hollywood Hot Rods for Paul Gauntt. Photo courtesy of Grand National Roadster Show.

Equally important in terms of prestige (and the same $12,500 in prize money from ARP Bolts), is the Al Slonaker Memorial Award, named after the show’s founder. That prize went to a 1932 Ford Coupe owned by Paul Gauntt and built by Hollywood Hot Rods. Under the hood of the Ford is not a flathead, nor a small-block, but a custom 331 Cadillac engine.

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What Lies Ahead in 2022? Hemmings Editors Offer Their Predictions – Daniel Strohl @Hemmings

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[Editor’s Note: If we’ve learned anything over the last couple of years, it’s that life has become less and less predictable. That said, we threw caution to the wind and asked the Hemmings editorial staff to make their best predictions about what directions the collector car hobby will take over the next year. What cars will become more popular? What trends will we see pop up? What economic factors will impact our hobby? Read on, and offer your own predictions in the comments below.]

From Editor-in-Chief Terry McGean:

This isn’t exactly clairvoyant, since a trend appears well underway, but if the past year is any indication, interest in cars and trucks of the ’80s and ’90s will really gain momentum in the coming year. Viewed from one perspective, this is a natural progression—as generations move through time, nostalgia for the things of youth builds, and examples of those things are then sought. Today, Gen Xers are looking back fondly at their younger days, but their Mustangs were of the Fox 5.0 variety, their Camaros were IROCs, and their Trans Ams were more Knight Rider than Smokey and the Bandit.

But really, those classic nameplates are just scratching the surface of the wave of car collecting building momentum right now. A more original facet of this involves the Japanese cars of the ’80s and ’90s that are currently rising in value. At first this appeared to be limited to the handful of high-end performance cars from that period, like the Acura NSX and Toyota Supra Turbo, but other, less exotic models are catching on now. Given how popular so many Japanese cars became in this era, it stands to reason that a new generation of car collectors will be interested in revisiting those models again.

Then, of course, there are trucks. Vintage pickups have long been adored by American car enthusiasts, and the specific years and models being treated as classics are continuing to expand forward. Chevy trucks of the 1967-’72 generation have been hot for many years, and while it took some time for the 1973-’87 squarebody trucks to take off, they’ve now rocketed skyward in interest and value. More recently, it appears the 1988-’97 Chevy “OBS” (old body style) trucks are coming on with enthusiasts, and it makes sense. Not only are they affordable, but they maintain the trim proportions of some earlier models and the styling has held up well. Plus, these trucks left the factory with many of the features gearheads like to add to older trucks: Front disc brakes, overdrive transmissions, electronic fuel injection, and so on.

There are OBS Fords as well, here referring to the 1980-’97 F-series trucks, which are also rapidly gaining popularity and value with enthusiasts. Expect this to continue, and for similar reasons. Good examples of even the latest versions of this era are already fetching a premium.

So, while these aren’t stunning revelations, the useful takeaway is probably the message that interesting cars and trucks of the ’80s and ’90s are coming on strong, so if there’s something in that period you find appealing, now may be the time to snag one.

From Associate Editor David Conwill:

My hobby-car prediction for 2022: The beginnings of a brass-car revival, with Gen Xers and Millennials at the forefront.

I know at least a half-dozen young people (say, born between 1975 and 1995), who would dearly love to own a brass-era car. That’s those cars built between 1904 and 1915, characterized by a near-universal adoption of the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive form, with a hood and a steering wheel–and use of polished brass as a decorative element. Earlier cars, more buggy-inspired (i.e. “horseless carriages”), tended to have their engines under the seat and use horse-drawn vehicle style elements like color and pinstriping, rather than metal, for stylistic detail. The engineering of the car hadn’t yet completely standardized, however, and devices like gearshifts, braking systems, and even steering-wheel position still varied greatly between manufacturers

Because of their early obsolescence, extreme age, and the fact that they were rare to begin with (being largely experiments or playthings of the wealthy), brass cars were valuable early on in the hobby, but interest has steadily slackened over the past 20 or so years, thanks in great part to the reduced visibility of brass cars following the end of the grand transcontinental tours. As the prices of those vehicles come down, however, they often find their way into the hands of younger, more energetic owners like Dan Findlay, who spearheaded the first great tour of brass cars since the 1990s (a 3,200-mile, south-to-north event) just this spring. Look for more younger folks with a taste for adventure to join him soon, repairing and piloting Edwardian antiques on challenging scenic tours.