The folks at Petrolicious have been posting a new video each week since 2012. Each one is an intimate story, that reminds us why we are car enthusiasts. The way that they share each owners tale is art. Be warned, it is very easy to lose hours watching, enjoy!
My Family Car News
I found this beauty while spending WAY too much time on Hemmings.com. I had never heard of the Castilian Wagon before. It was a third party conversion back in the 1970s, similar in theory to how they make hearses. While the price is too steep for me, I love the thought of packing up the family and using this rig to tug a same year Airstream up and down Route 66! Links to the ad and a video are posted below, enjoy!
"This 1976 Cadillac Fleetwood 60 Castilian Estate Wagon is for sale in our Louisville KY showroom. Traditional Coachworks of Chatsworth, California, produced a limited series of wagons between 1975 and 1976 using the Fleetwood Brougham platform. The vehicle was called the Fleetwood 60 Castilian Estate Wagon and it featured a reworked Fisher body that had a forward-raked C-pillar that traveled up and over the roof. In the back there was a sharply angled rear lift-gate with an integrated wind deflector. They were equipped with the Brougham d'Elegance trim package, carpeted footrests, pillowed seats, AM-FM radio, outside temperature gauge and a multitude of power-operated options. It is estimated that approximately 50 of these ultra elegant station wagons were produced. Much of this was due to the Castilian option costing nearly 3 times as much as a regular Fleetwood. This particular Thorn Red ’76 Castilian Estate wagon has only 9710 miles showing on the odometer. You will be hard pressed to find another one with this low mileage. The paint is in very good shape with only showing a few minor flaws. The inside of this beautiful wagon still looks new. The plush lamb’s wool carpet is soft to the touch. The car still rides like a dream and the only reason it is being sold is that the owner does not want to ruin it by putting several miles on it per year. So if you are looking a low mileage heavily optioned Cadillac from the mid ‘70’s to collect, then look no further and give us a call! Options on this 1976 Cadillac Castilian Estate Wagon include; AC, AM/FM radio, Plush Leather Interior, Power Steering, and Steel Wheels with Wire Hub Caps wrapped in Radial Tires."
Whenever I see a Mazda6 in person, I am struck by what an attractive sedan it is. I have a feeling that the CX-9 may give me a similar feeling. I posted some live photos from the floor of the NAIAS last week, but here are some of Mazda's official photos and video:
Despite predictions of an early Spring by both Punxsutawney Phil, and Staten Island Chuck, Fiat is predicting 6 weeks more winter. Fine by me, there hasn't been nearly enough good days to sled this year. Either way, enjoy Fiat's tribute to winter below:
Happy Birthday JS!
- 700-lb. lighter, more efficient crossover aimed at heart of midsize segment
- Expanded range of available active safety features, including Front Pedestrian Braking and Surround Vision Camera
- New powertrains include a 2.5L I-4, offering a GM-est. 28 mpg hwy, and an available est. 310-hp 3.6L V-6
- Acadia Denali with new, exclusive Continuously Variable Ride Control
- New Acadia All Terrain with an advanced AWD system with Active Twin Clutch
- On sale this spring
"The strategic re-scoping of the 2017 Acadia offers customers a midsize crossover positioned between the compact Terrain and full-size Yukon. Depending on the model, it is available with five-, six- or seven-passenger seating, while offering greater maneuverability than the first-generation model.
“The new Acadia captures a greater feeling of refinement, in everything from the responsive feeling behind the wheel to the way passengers interact with its intuitive features,” said Rick Spina, executive chief engineer for compact and crossover SUVs at General Motors. “It’s a vehicle that offers the functionality Acadia is known for, while delivering big advantages and balance to customers’ everyday lives.”
The new Acadia is 700 pounds lighter than the current model, which pays dividends at the gas pump. A new, 2.5L engine is standard, offering an estimated 28 mpg on the highway for FWD models (EPA estimate not yet available; estimate is based on GM testing). City fuel economy offered is GM-estimated at 22 mpg (FWD) and is bolstered by GMC’s first application of Stop/Start technology, which enhances efficiency in stop-and-go driving.
A new, available 3.6L V-6 engine is more powerful and efficient than the current model, while offering 4,000 pounds estimated trailering capability (with the available towing package). It is GM-estimated at 310 horsepower (231 kW) and 25 mpg highway (FWD models – EPA estimate not available).
Both of the Acadia’s new engines feature direct injection and variable valve timing, and both are mated to six-speed automatic transmissions and an electronically controlled drive mode selector."
2017 GMC ACADIA PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS
GMC Acadia / Acadia Denali / Acadia All Terrain
Body style / driveline:
crossover SUV / front-engine; front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive
EPA vehicle class:
sport utility vehicle
Spring Hill, Tenn.
Ecotec 2.5L DOHC I-4 (LCV)
194hp @ 6300 rpm (SAE certified)
190lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm (SAE certified)
22mpg city / 28mpg highway (FWD)
Hydra-Matic 6T50 six-speed automatic transmission
3.6L V-6 VVT DI (LGX)
310hp @ 6600 rpm (est.)
271lb.-ft. @ 5000 rpm (est.)
17mpg city / 25mpg highway (FWD)
Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic transmission
Wheelbase (in / mm):
112.5 / 2857
Overall length (in / mm):
193.6 / 4917
Overall width (in / mm):
75.4 / 1916
Overall height (in / mm):
68.7 / 1745 (w/o mast, w/ roof rack)
Track (in / mm):
64.5 / 1638 (front)
64.5 / 1638 (rear)
Curb weight (lb / kg):
3956 / 1794
five, six or seven passengers (depending on model/configuration)
Headroom (in / mm):
front: 40 / 1016 (without sunroof)
2nd row: 39.6 / 1006 (without sunroof)
3rd row: 37.2 / 945
Legroom (in / mm):
front: 41 / 1042
2nd row: 39.7 / 1008
3rd row: 31.1 / 789
Shoulder room (in / mm):
front: 59.4 / 1508
2nd row: 58.7 / 1490
3rd row: 54.3 / 1378
Hip room (in / mm):
front: 55.7 / 1414
2nd row: 53.3 / 1355
3rd row: 42.9 / 1090
Cargo volume (cu. ft. / L):
12.8 / 362 (behind third row)
41.7 /1181 (behind second row, third row folded)
79 / 2237 (second and third rows folded)
Note: Information shown is current at time of publication.
The Insane Inflatable 5K will be at the Gilmore Car Museum this July! Find the details HERE
"The Insane Inflatable 5K is coming to your neck of the woods! Get ready to experience the most fun, wild and insane obstacle run in the world. Get “pumped up” for a course filled with the world’s largest and most extreme inflatable obstacles ever created. Here’s your chance to be a kid at heart, and insane by choice!"
I don't remember where I happened upon this recipe, but it is a favorite of ours, I believe we found it on the side of a box of spaghetti noodles...
Dino Nugget Parmesan
Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 15 Minutes
1 Jar (24oz) Red Pasta Sauce of your choice
1/2 Pkg Spaghetti Noodles
20-24 Frozen Dino Nuggets
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1. Preheat Oven to 400 F. Spread 1/2 jar of sauce on bottom of 13x9 baking dish. Arrange dinos in single layer on sauce. Cover with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.
2. Bake Approximately 15 minutes.
3. While dinos are baking, cook pasta according to directions on package, and heat remaining sauce.
4. Serve paste with sauce, and cover with baked dinos.
Sides: I tend to serve it with original Bosco Sticks and steamed broccoli tossed with parmesan cheese.
The kids love it, and its a nice change of pace from the norm for the adults.
Here are some pictures that I took at the North American International Auto Show this past Saturday.
2017 GMC Acadia
2017 Mazda CX-9
Dodge Charger Hellcat with matching Simpson Child Seats
2017 Ford Fusion Platinum
2017 Infiniti Q60
Toyota Tacoma Back to the Future
Toyota Kikai Concept
Victory Empulse TT
HotWheels and Ford collaborated on a Focus ST style custom Transit Connect wagon for the 2014 SEMA show. In commemoration of that, you can buy a 1:64 scale model.