Yesterday, I went to the Lia Car Show in Schenectady. I was pleasantly surprised at the number of cars that were on display there. Not only were there some amazing classics, but there were also a couple high-end sports cars. Here are some of the pictures I took at the show.
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Yesterday, I got the July issue of Motor Trend in the mail. As I look at the cover, a topic pops into my head…
Did they run out of ideas for new muscle cars and have to re-make the muscle cars of years past? Is it a nostalgia thing, or are they just not coming up with new styles that the gearheads will like? It seems like every couple issues, they test the same models.
Chevy made a new version of the late 60s Camaro. I like that it looks quite a bit like (what I consider their best body style) the ’68 Camaro. What I don’t like is that it looks a little ‘small’. It doesn’t seem as beefy as the old Camaros. I did not care for the Camaro after the late ’60s. The new ones are the first I kind of like since then.
Ford did the same thing with the Mustang. After the movie Gone in 60 Seconds, the love affair with the old ’67 Shelby GT500 was re-ignited. Ford jumped on it and tried to make a modern day version of a breathtakingly beautiful car. In my opinion, they failed horribly. I was never a Mustang fan before I saw the movie, and I still am not. I do, however, really like the ’67 Shelby GT500. There are a lot of kit cars running around now replicating “Eleanor“. The new Mustangs just don’t have a good look like the old ones did.
Another car that has been reincarnated is the Dodge Challenger. I like the look of this car quite a bit. I think Dodge did a great job at replicating the car and keeping it proportionate to it’s predecessor. I wish they had done the same thing with the Charger. I am a huge “Dukes of Hazzard” fan and love that orange car with the 01 on the side of it. What did they come out with? Some big, ugly, four door tank. Fail.
Everyone has a favorite muscle car, like the Chevelle, Charger or the GTO. Does that mean that we can expect to see these cars again in the future? Are they going to bring back the Gremlin, or the Pacer? Why can’t they come up with new cars that appeal to the gearheads? Or is the Prowler a sign of what happens when they try that? What car would you like to see redone?
Growing up, we had some pretty cool video game systems. I can remember the Atari pretty well, among a few others. Sure, I may be dating myself with this statement, but my favorite game console, then and now is the Nintendo. Yes, I said now. I have loved playing Super Mario Bros since it came out back in 1985. It is still as much fun today as it was back then. I even was asked to bring it to a friend’s house Superbowl Sunday. We played it before and after the game. Personally, I would have been happier playing the Nintendo than watching the Superbowl.
Over the last twenty plus years, I have played on many of the different consoles. I am not a huge gamer, but I do enjoy racing games. I can remember when Gran Turismo came out for the Playstation. A bunch of us got together and played day and night. It was so addicting. Then Gran Turismo 2 came out and it started all over again.
A few years later, I got an Xbox. They don’t have Gran Turismo for that platform, but they do have Project Gotham Racing. I have played all three PGRs and loved everyone. There also was Need For Speed. I don’t know how many of those came out, but there’s been a ton, and I have played a bunch of them. My most recent was Need For Speed: Shift.
Now, I have the Nintendo (of course) and an Xbox 360. I really like the Xbox 360 for it’s graphics and Xbox Live capabilities. I can play games on it, and watch Netflix Streaming with it. It’s a great system. I have both Guitar Hero and Rock Band for it and really enjoy playing them as well.
The reason I am writing this tonight is to ask everyone’s opinion on gaming. Here’s a few questions for you…
- Do you play video games? If yes, how often?
- What type of games do you like?
- What console do you like to play on?
- Do you think the Guitar Hero/Rock Band type games are encouraging kids to learn to play instruments, or just video games?
If nothing else, they make for some great pictures…
Playin' around with the camera
I was never a big Mustang fan until the movie Gone in 60 Seconds came out. I instantly fell in love with “Eleanor“, the ’67 Mustang GT500. Wow, how had I never realized this beautiful machine? I am sure that movie added quite a few fans to the Mustang tribe.
Last August, Metro Ford had a Shelby Show at their dealership in Schenectady. I wasn’t doing anything that day, so I grabbed the camera and went down. I love a good car show, and this one was definitely a good one. There were Mustangs from many, many years there. Along with the Mustangs, there were a bunch of other classic cars and even some trucks. I would venture to guess that their were a few hundred cars there that day!
I had a blast that day. It was ridiculously hot, but there was still a great turnout. As I walked through the rows and rows of cars I saw some amazing machines of years past. I also saw some great newer models, including a Ford GT. I got down on the ground and took this shot…
That was my favorite shot from the show. I also found a beautiful ’56 Chevy BelAir..
A gorgeous Shelby Cobra…
A meticulous T-Bird…
And of course some Mustangs…
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