If you know me, you know I'm a sucker for Hot Wheels. Today I was lucky and hit the supermarket pegs at the right time...
A pair (because it is always better to have a pair :-) of the 55 Gasser - an all time favorite of mine - in the latest 2017 blue "flames" print , the 56 Ford Truck with the new "steely" wheels, 2 FuguZ's, a Toyota Pick up + another 55 Gasser in red, a "Back toThe Future" Time machine in hover mode (the only non-2017 package of today) and 2 vehicles which owners are known (and loved) for their stupidity and heavily disturbed self reflection:
Homer Simpson and Richard Rawlings
The major part of the California trip was about exploring nature and cities, but at least there was 1 car show I wanted to visit. The 5th annual Burbank Car Classic - A Salute To SoCal Automotive Culture.
It was only a Saturday afternoon show in the heart of Burbank, but the visit was worth it. From a Toyota Corolla with 1UZ FE (Lexus V8) engine swap to classic aircooled Vee Dubs to some precious vehicles from the Peterson Automotive Museum - like a De Tomaso Pantera from Elvis Presley - to high class hot rods and even the Chip Foose modified Lotus Europa! All sorts of cool stuff, here is a small extract:
(I am almost sure this one was another Overhaulin' project)
some air cooled classics
some hot rods with loads of fabrication were on display, too:
an old school classic:
this one was beyond believe:
and the Lotus Europa, heavily modified by Chip Foose in an episode of Overhaulin'
here is a fun fact, the episodes make you believe it only takes a few days, but this one took over a year to complete. Lucky Costa, of Hot Rod Garage fame, did a lot of work to finalize this build.
The 1 UZ FE Lexus V8 4,0 liter swap looks absolute factory!
The Elvis Presley DeTomaso - with bullet holes in the steering wheel and driver's foot well:
Batman was there, too:
a clean BMW E30 M3 is also appreciated in the US!
Not only the big american muscle cars were present:
This crazy V8 offroad monster 4 seater was equipped with big stereo and it was street legal!
and Meyer's tow'd - which uses a type 3 rear sub frame - that was new to me!
Unfortunately, the light was everything but perfect, as it was too late in the afternoon on a narrow street, but to see all these cars in one place was a pleasure. I was kind of expecting to meet Jay Leno there, but he wasn't there...