Monday, May 31, 2010

Cars and Caffeine, May Car Show

Fine weather and the holiday weekend made far a strong showing at Auto Zone Hobbies weekly Cars and Caffeine meet. Sure metro-Detroit hosts dozens of car shows every weekend, but how many of them include a Vector W-8? Pictures after the jump.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Marketplace Feature: Beat Worthy - Mercury Capri

They say that if you are going to buy a car, buy the nicest one that you can afford. This goes against the fundamental pillars of Beaterblog but nonetheless, this Capri would be the right car for someone who must have one of these Australian imports.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Motorcycle Safety Tip #423

Either due to the corded rear tire or the fact that her feet can't touch the ground, if this lady crashes then odds are that natural selection still exists.

Did you know?: When faced with a completely bald or corded tire, the best thing to do is to spend the cash on extending the swingarm to get it as far away from you as possible.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Before They Were Beaters - 1982 Renault LeCar

If you should find out that your new product does not fit to the tastes of your overseas markets:

1. Make potential buyers second guess their domestic inclinations by bragging about the vehicle's motherland and how much more advanced it is than ____________.

2. Take credit for said advancements because you too are part of aforementioned nation and with that comes partial responsibility.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Beaterblog Featured Product - "Selling Well Friction Power Car"

Introducing the all new "Selling Well Friction Power Car". This new product, or "All new enter", from the "21 Century" will be sure "To insure a like new appearance in definitely", whatever that could possibly mean. What is clear, however, is that the Chinese toy manufacturers do not have a firm grasp on the line between pickup and semi truck.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Beater How To: Homemade Brake Light Switch

I don't know why my rear brakes aren't building enough pressure to trip the brake light switch but what I do know for damn sure is that I'm not pulling the currently leak-free system apart to find out why. Therefore, I made a brake light switch to both warn drivers behind me that I will be slowing down intentionally and increase driver involvement.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Ten Reasons To Move To Canada

Beaterblog isn't getting political - this is just a listing of ten cars that you can get in Canada that you can't get in the US. And every one is for sale right now, just click on the title! Maybe these vehicles aren't enough reason to move to Canada alone but if you're already fond of hockey, Tim Horton's, and poutine, maybe one of these slightly oddball automobiles will tip the balance.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Before They Were Beaters: 1982 Dodge Rampage/Charger

This ad does nothing to curb my burning desire for a Rampage. Who needs a BMW when you could have America's Driving Machines?

Furthermore, racing matching FWD Mopars in matching firesuits to a remote location in the desert sounds like a very interesting date.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Hoon On, Old Man

Australia continues to conjure up a different license plate for nearly every human condition; whether it be P and L-Plates for new drivers, H-plates for convicted hoons, or the new S-plate for elderly drivers.

Marketplace Feature: Rastrojero, Spanish for "That's how it's supposed to look!"

Ok, it actually means 'cropper' but it probably had to look that way. Reason being that these trucks were government-built from a warehouse full of 2,500 defective Argentinian tractors that pulled hard to the right and were hence never sold. Demand was steady so they kept making them until the late 70's when Proceso de Reorganización Nacional put the brakes on the whole operation. To top off the obscurity, they used a Borgward Diesel with a whopping 40 horsepower that eventually went in to a more refined (and stainless steel!) truck version and a sedan called the Conosur.

This one is selling for about $1,500, although most of the nicer ones are in the $2,500 range. Epic road trip anyone?

Go here for the ad.