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Car Lusts of the '00s: The List

  CXT vs GTI R32With the introduction outta the way, let’s begin listing the (probably) lust-worthy vehicles of the 00’s. A quick reminder: This list doesn’t list said vehicles from model year 2000 to 2010 one by one but categorizes vehicles that fit into the Car Lust way of thinking, so that means that obvious choices aren’t included unless given an explanation. Yes, there’s gonna be exceptions. Yes, there will be disagreements, but just give ‘em time to grow on you, like a decade. Or three. Now, onto the wall of text list.

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The Cars of “The Looney Tunes Show” (2011)

The Looney Tunes Show bannerHow many of you are aware that there was a new Looney Tunes series? Well, you do now. The half-hour series focuses mostly on Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, as well as those around them. It’s made in a sitcom-y sort of way but it’s rife with little details that eagle-eyed fans of the franchise can appreciate. Taking place in contemporary times, we see that the show’s animators went the extra mile to make it feel as familiar as one can without infringing copyright laws or unashamed product-placement. That includes cars. While many do look generic, there are many more that, as a car person, grabs your attention. The kicker here is how well some of the vehicles are paired with their owners.

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Birth Year Fantasy Garage Challenge: Tigerstrypes (1989)

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Birth Year Fantasy Garage--Cookie the Dog's Owner (1961)
Birth Year Fantasy Garage--Tigerstrypes (1989)
Birth Year Fantasy Garage--Anthony Cagle (1962)
Birth Year Fantasy Garage--Chris Hafner (1976)

Let me give you further evidence to why 1989 was A Very Good Year.

IROC-Z 1LE 1989 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 IROC-Z 1LE – IROC-Zs have always been a long-time favorites of mine. While any IROC-Z would do, I couldn’t pass up on picking up the best one of all: the 1LE. It included unique goodies intended for SCCA Showroom Stock racing.

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Carspotters’ Challenge #130: No Porsche’s Land

Fellow readers, you have no idea how happy I was when I found and watched this video. While not the greatest car chase of all time, for what it was, this chase was excellent.

 

It was so good that while this is still a Carspotters’ Challenge, I couldn’t help myself and break it down, at least the highlights of it… and give away some of the answers:

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Carspotters’ Challenge #126: TJ Hooker in Hot Pursuit

I love being an ‘80s retro nut. I get a thrill of finding stuff related to the decade. It’s the reason why I found out about the track whose music video was used for a successful Carspotters’ Challenge. The beauty of it all is that while making that post, a recommended video listed on the website’s sidebar had a certain Chevrolet pony-car as its icon. I’ve always had a soft spot for those cars, so of course I clicked. Thank goodness that I did, because it was good. Good enough to do another Carspotters’ Challenge video in the same vein as the one featuring the final chase scene of The Driver.

 

The clips are from the TV show TJ Hooker, a show that I’ve never seen re-runs of. The track is called Thrasher, from Dance With The Dead, from the Out Of Body album.

As we join in hot pursuit, what vehicles are we narrowly missing?

I must also ask: was the TV series good? What other TV series would you compare it to?

 

--Tigerstrypes

4th Annual Home Depot Cruise-In, Medina, Ohio 9/14/14

Last Sunday was a perfect day for a cruise-in, so the Frazer Manhattan and I went to the one sponsored by our local Home Depot.

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There were probably close to fifty vehicles that were in attendance at one point or another over the span of five hours, and it was a pretty eclectic mix.

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Here's some of what we saw.

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Happy Birthday, Mustang!

It was 50 years ago this month that one of the most iconic cars in American history went on sale. April 17, 1964 to be exact. It debuted on April 16 at the World's Fair and went on sale the next day, going on to become one of the best selling cars in Ford's history and giving its name to a new class of automobile: the Pony Car. And we here at Car Lust are going to spend the next week or two looking back at some of TwoMustangsthe models we've profiled over the years. 

The Mustang went through a lot of changes over the past half century. What started out as, essentially, a dressed-up Ford Falcon soon became a monster muscle car, an accomplished Trans-Am racer, and the automotive star of numerous films. Through the dark performance days of the 1970s, it shifted back to its roots as a small sporty car, the Mustang II, probably by doing so saved itself from the fate of several other of its pony car stable mates. After a thorough redesign in 1979 it matured through the 1980s and 1990s to become a favorite of the tuner crowd, especially the 1989-1993 model years (which they very nearly screwed up). After a questionable redesign in 1994, Ford reached back into the nostalgia bin in 2005 and made the Mustang a classic once again. And now they've evolved it even further for its Golden Anniversary year into. . .well, we'll have to wait an see a bit longer how it all comes together. 

How to explain its success? 

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Notes from the 2014 Cleveland Auto Show - Part One

The 2014 Cleveland Auto Show runs through Sunday, March 9. I was there on Saturday the 1st, and here's some of what I saw.

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Oct 21 Weekly Open Thread: A Special 'Our Cars' Invitation

"Hi, my name is 'Sheriff' Joe Biden and I'm President of these United States. As many of you may know, when the weather turns nice in the state of Washington, you can often find me in the driveway of the White House giving my ol' 1981 Trans Am a good scrub-down and kickin' back a few beers before I go inside and clean my shotgun. Matter of fact, I've had this baby since Jack Kennedy was in the White BidenTAHouse. . .bought it right after watching the moon landing on CNN. Man, those were the days. . . .

"Now, I've been a Car LustTM fan since, oh, way back in the 1990s when it was started by my good friend Hugh Hafner. Me and good ol' "Haf" as I like to call him, we used to sit on the front porch sipping some Dr. Papers and checking out all the neat cars going by. 'There goes a Gremlin AMX!' he'd say. And I'd say "There goes a RUCKUS!!" -- I think that's where he got the inspiration for that post, you know -- and we'd have a great old time.

"Well, turns out the good folks at Car LustTM will actually let readers submit posts talking about their very own cars. I'm probably sure ol' Haf got that idea from me, too, but I'll let it go at that. Anyway, they wanted me to tell you that they're gonna let y'all unchain yourselves from your daily Drudge-ry (did you like how I slipped in that little bit of political humor? ha haa. .oh wait, I meant "LOL"!) and submit an article on your favorite ride. Or your mom's favorite ride. Or your dad's. Or your sister's. Well, you get the idea.

"Send it to the email listed on the right there =======> and maybe with a few pictures (or they'll supply them), and they'll get it all set up to run in a few weeks. Maybe you'll look as buff as I do in that picture up there. No WAY as tan though. Tell 'em why you love the car, why it's important to you, and make sure to put in any good stories you have about it. Kinda like how I'm all 'hot for teacher' in my Trans Am (LOL!)"

"And also use the comments here to talk about anything car related."

-- Joe Biden

Photo credit: America's Finest News Source.

2013 Studebaker Drivers Club Ohio Chapter Meet, Tallmadge, Ohio

Late August means it's time once again for the SDC's Ohio Chapter meet, the largest one-day Studebaker show in the world.

Avanti Row -- two Youngstown-built "Avanti Carlos" and a '64 in stunning pastel turquoise.

An exaltation of Larks.Here's a little of what I saw at this year's show last Saturday:

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