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The Ferrari 458 Spider – Beauty and Power Together at Last

Where Art and Technology Meet

You have to imagine that when the designers of today’s top sports cars set out to create their vehicles they aim for that sweet spot where art and technology meet in perfect harmony. They want their creation to be the fastest, most beautiful car on four wheels. Not an easy task. The thing is, many can dream a dream but only a few can bring it to fruition. The Ferrari 458 Spider is the synthesis of imagination and engineering rolled into one perfect driving experience.

Take a Closer Look

We’re giving you a closer look at one of these incredible cars at Elite Autos in Jonesboro, AR. This beautiful vehicle and many other exotic cars can found on their website, www.eliteautosllc.com.

 

Beauty and Power; Ferrari 458 Spider; Car Collector's Dream
(Photo courtesy of www.eliteautosllc.com)
 

Let There be Light

The Ferrari 458 Spider is a mid-engine convertible with a retractable hardtop that is an amazing feat of engineering. In just 14 seconds, the aluminum roof seamlessly slides back into place in front of the engine bay. Ferrari says that even speeding down the highway with the top down, you can still converse easily with the person sitting beside you.



Beauty and Power; Ferrari 458 Spider; Car Collector's Dream
(Photo courtesy of www.eliteautosllc.com)
 

Sound and Fury

The 458 benefits from the advances Ferrari made on the Formula One racetracks of the world. From advanced alloys used in the chassis to improved air flow over the engine, Ferrari pulls out all the stops. With a V8 Ferrari/ Maserati F136 engine, this car can reach a top speed of 202 mph. The sound and the fury of the 458 Spider is unmatched. This car does not promise speed with its throaty roar, it delivers.

 

Beauty and Power; Ferrari 458 Spider; Car Collector's Dream
(Photo courtesy of www.eliteautosllc.com)

 

Beauty and Power; Ferrari 458 Spider; Car Collector's Dream
(Photo courtesy of www.eliteautosllc.com)
 

Test Your Driving Skill

It’s not all about speed with the Ferrari 458 Spider. Not only will the 458 leave you in the dust when accelerating, it can corner on a rail. No need to strong arm this sports car to keep it on the road. The body creates 308 pounds of down force at 125 mph to keep it firmly on the road. Before you think that the “sport” has been taken out of this sports car, think again. While the 458 offers quicker response time than most cars in its class, it is still a car that will challenge you to test your driving skill.

 

Beauty and Power; Ferrari 458 Spider; Car Collector's Dream
(Photo courtesy of www.eliteautosllc.com)
 

Everything within Reach

The interior is a mixture of sparse and sublime. The seats, a carbon fiber back wrapped in buttery leather, make for a very comfortable ride even at high speeds. Just like a Formula One race car, all the instruments are within reach. The ignition button, wipers, horn and turn signals are all located on the steering wheel. Instead of the usual large computer screen in the dash, the 458 has two screens that flank the centralized tachometer, which displays vehicle stats, media and navigation. Everything is positioned to keep the driver’s eyes on the road.

 

Beauty and Power; Ferrari 458 Spider; Car Collector's Dream
(Photos courtesy of www.eliteautosllc.com)
 

Add Artwork to Your Bucket List

There are fast cars and there are beautiful cars and in the Ferrari 458 Spider you find both. If you want a car that will test your skill as a driver and still turn heads on the street then this is the car for you. The folks at Ferrari will certainly create other models in the future that rival the 458 Spider but face it; they came pretty close to perfection on this one. Put driving one of these sports cars on your bucket list right next to viewing the Mona Lisa at le Louvre … because simply put, the Ferrari 458 Spider is a work of art. DaVinci would agree.

 

Beauty and Power; Ferrari 458 Spider; Car Collector's Dream
(Photo courtesy of www.eliteautosllc.com)
 

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Posted: 5/28/2015 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments


The Indy 500 – The Tradition Lives On

All Roads Lead to Indy

Every Memorial Day thousands flock to Indianapolis to witness the greatest spectacle in automotive racing – the Indy 500. Race fever takes over the city two weeks prior to the big race as race teams and spectators return for their yearly pilgrimage. From the playing of “Back Home Again in Indiana” and the salute to the troops to the checkered flag and the presentation of the trophy, you can feel history come to life at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).

 

Memorial Day means it’s time for the historic Indy 500!
(Photo courtesy of www.img.timeinc.net)


Welcome to Indianapolis

We could reveal who our favorite is for this year’s big race or talk about some of the past legends we admire. In the end, who has the best car in the field would be an endless debate among car enthusiasts. Instead, we will give you a few interesting facts about the Indy 500 race and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway so you can entertain guests at your viewing party.


Why is It Called the Brickyard?

In 1909 Carl G. Fisher dreamed of building a test track just outside of the city but soon found it made a better race track. Fisher and company soon came up with a single race around their oval track for 500 grueling miles. He also made the unheard of decision to pave the track with 3.2 million bricks to provide a safer course on which to race. Thus, “The Brickyard” was born. Today three feet of original bricks remain at the start/finish line.



Memorial Day means it’s time for the historic Indy 500!
(Photo courtesy of www.ibj.com)


The Triple Crown of Motorsports

Coming to the Indy 500 is something that appears on almost every car lover’s wish list. Touted as one of the largest single day sporting events in the world, the Indy 500 is part of the triple crown of motorsports alongside the 24 hours of LeMans and the Grande Prix of Monaco. It has one of the richest purses in racing that brings out all the best drivers in the world. The 2014 winner earned a total of $2.49 million.
 


Memorial Day means it’s time for the historic Indy 500!
(Photo courtesy of www.blog.kevineikenberry.com)


Where Did We Park?

Whether fans come for the thrill of the race itself or to soak in the racing atmosphere with other car enthusiasts, the Indy 500 has something for everyone. The IMS is a huge 559-acre complex with an 18-hole golf course, museum and numerous hospitality areas. The oval track is so big that not only could you fit Indiana University’s Memorial Stadium inside, but all the football stadiums of 14 schools in the Big 10 Conference (and still have room to spare). So don’t pull a Seinfeld! Remember where you parked because this is NO place to get lost.
 


Memorial Day means it’s time for the historic Indy 500!
(Photo courtesy of www.sportsthenandnow.com)


“Glamping” is All the Rage in the Infield

For those who want to experience the Indy 500 up close (or as up close as you can get without going onto pit row) then the infield area is where the action is. Before you think you’ll be roughing it for days to get a good spot, the folks at IMS have even taken camping to a whole new level. Welcome to "glamping" where those who hate roughing it can rent a tent with a queen-sized bed and other amenities. Goodbye musty sleeping bags or rainy puddles in the pup tent.



Memorial Day means it’s time for the historic Indy 500!
(Photo courtesy of www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com)


Indianapolis Motor Speedway – A National Historic Landmark

For over a century Indianapolis has been home to racing’s elite every May. From the first winner in 1911 (Ray Haroun in a Marmon Wasp racer) to the 2014 Champion (Ryan Hunter-Reay), many of the sport’s top drivers have tested their skill at Indy. Names like A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Sr., Bobby Rahal, Rick Mears and Mario Andretti have all made their marks here. Automotive history has been made here, which is why the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was named a National Historic Landmark. It is the only such landmark associated with automotive racing in the country. Put it at the top of your bucket list!


Memorial Day means it’s time for the historic Indy 500!
(Logo courtesy of www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com)


Got a Win? Got Milk.

Say you’ve just driven 500 grueling miles, fender to fender with some of your toughest competitors. What would you be given to drink at the end of the race? Milk, if you are at the Indy 500! Back around 1936, a dairy executive saw a picture of an Indy 500 winner (Louis Meyer) drinking what he thought was milk (it was actually buttermilk) and he had an idea. In great “Mad Men” fashion, it was decided that the winners would from then on get their choice of whole, 2% or skim milk in a chilled specially etched bottle. All the winners since have celebrated with a milk cocktail. Meanwhile, the French just shake their heads at the crazy Americans and drink Champagne.

 

Memorial Day means it’s time for the historic Indy 500!
(Photo courtesy of www.espncdn.com)

So if you are one of the lucky 300,000 who get to be present at this year’s race or one of the millions of us at home cheering from our recliners, the Indianapolis 500 continues to be a shining star in racing. Not to mention, a Memorial Day Weekend tradition. So raise your glass of milk and salute the Indy 500 for over a century of racing history. Here’s to another 100 years.


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Posted: 5/19/2015 11:06:23 AM with 0 comments


What Does Your Classic Car Color Say About You? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Ever wonder why you decided to paint your vintage Corvette black and not blue? Or why you searched for years for the perfect red ’65 Chevy truck? Sure, you were just going with what you like, but were you really? Maybe you were inclined to paint your classic car the color you did because of your personality type.

Laugh all you want! Researchers have actually determined what personality type chooses which color. We’ve put together a handy chart with some of the most popular colors for automobiles and the personality traits that are associated with them. Share it with your fellow enthusiasts and see if their color choices match their personalities.
 

Find Out What Your Classic Car Color Says About Your Personality

Drive the Rainbow

Americans love to express their lifestyle, status – even their personal preference through their possessions, yet as a nation we tend to buy fairly conservatively when it comes to the color of our automobiles. The most popular color choices are white, black and silver. Whether we aren’t willing to step outside our comfort zone and buy a brightly colored car or we just don’t want to spend precious funds on a car in a color we may grow tired of, the choice remains free –or so it seems? Regardless, to the daring group of car enthusiasts out there willing to shake it up and paint their vehicles “Plum Crazy” or “Fly Yellow,” we say, “Be loud, and proud!”

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Posted: 5/15/2015 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments


The Search for Old Friends – Owners Look for the Cars that Got Away

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Saying farewell to a vehicle that you wanted to restore but didn’t is tough. Whatever the reason - not enough time, money or motivation – you still hate to part with a car that you may have come to love. Admit it; you still look for your old car or former “muffler mate” when you go to car shows. Frantic questions fill your head. Was it stripped down for parts? Was it stuck in a barn and is rusting away? Is Lindsey Lohan driving it into a tree? You have to know! But where do you begin?


How To Find My Old Car? Steps For A Classic Car Vin Check & More!
 

We’ve Got Your Number

How to find your old car? Start with your former VIN number (Vehicle Identification Number). VIN numbers were standardized in 1981 to be a series of 17 characters (numbers and letters) and most databases use it as a search parameter. If you have this number, you have a good shot at finding your former car. You can use it to search vehicle history websites like the Lost Car Registry or Check My Ride. These are free services that help reunite owners with their former four wheeled loves. Just keep in mind that some VIN numbers prior to 1981 may not have 17 characters and therefore may not come up in your searches.


How To Find My Old Car? Steps For A Classic Car Vin Check & More!
 

Dig Deeper for that VIN

If you do not have the VIN number from your old car, first go back and check your old files. VIN numbers are often listed on insurance policies, accident reports and repair invoices. Because going to the DMV to find a missing VIN number is tougher than you think. Since 1994, the DMV is prohibited from releasing a driver’s personal information to unauthorized individuals by the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA). This is in response to several well known stalker cases where the criminals obtained the home addresses of their victims through DMV records. Other than hiring a private investigator (who can still legally request VIN numbers), you are nearly out of luck at the DMV. So keep digging through those old files!


How To Find My Old Car? Steps For A Classic Car Vin Check & More!
 

Search Engines are our Friends

Get in the habit of entering your former VIN number into as many search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo as you can. The new owner may be in the process of listing the car for sale or the car may be part of an auction. Checking the archives of some of the larger auction houses might bear fruit, too. Cars being auctioned will have all of the vehicle history available for potential buyers.
 

How To Find My Old Car? Steps For A Classic Car Vin Check & More!
 

Big Shout Out … Find My Car!

Social media will likely play a big role in getting your message out there. It seems most everyone on Facebook or Twitter loves a good love story, so get ready to plead your case to the masses. Creating a short-and-sweet ad posting will allow you to get all of the information out there. It will also make it easier for your friends and family to share the information with others around the world. Here are a few things to keep in mind when creating the ad:
  • Grab their attention - Have a catchy headline or title to draw readers to the ad.
  • Just the facts - Include the make/ model/ year of the car you are looking for as well as the VIN. Skip the lengthy description of how it shines in the moonlight.
  • Give a description - List the color of the car inside and out. Avoid using factory paint color names, which can be misleading. For example, Carousel Red is an orange red. To the untrained eye, it is an orange car.
  • What’s under the hood - List the type of engine, drivetrain, transmission and rear end.
  • What makes it special? - Talk about the options on the car that might help a person recall seeing the car, like factory racing stripes or a vinyl top.
  • State your story - Include the years you owned the car and the area where you lived at that time. Briefly explain why you want to find the car.
  • Test your memory - Include any information you might remember about the person who bought the car. For example, was the buyer from out of state or did they mention what they did for a living?
  • Contact me please! - Don’t forget to include the contact information you want provide for someone to reach out and reunite you with your beloved car. Just to be safe, avoid using your street address; consider creating a special email address just for this purpose.


How To Find My Old Car? Steps For A Classic Car Vin Check & More!


Car Lovers Help Car Lovers

Above all, keep the faith. It may take time to find some leads so don’t give up. There are a lot of car lovers out there who know what you are going through and are willing to help you out. Remember, with a little persistence and a lot of patience, you will one day see your long lost friend again. Just like in “Lassie Comes Home”! Tissue please!

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Posted: 5/14/2015 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments


Volo Museum and the Back to the Future Car – A Winning Combination

Take Me Back in Time … 30 Years Ago

As incredible as it may seem, 30 years have passed since the first “Back to the Future” movie hit the big screen. For some, what still blows us away is the fabulous “time machine” - the DeLorean DMC-12. Admit it, you wish you could have a DeLorean like that one – complete with a flux capacitor and a Mr. Fusion fuel “thingie”. Well, now you can … get a look-see, anyway.


Win The DeLorean DMC-12 From Back To The Future
(Photo courtesy of www.nonstophits.co.uk)

Come See Doc Brown’s Time Machine

Recently on a visit to Illinois’s Volo Auto Museum, we get an up-close look at one of the DeLoreans used in the “Back to the Future” movies. Volo’s own Brian Grams gives us the lowdown on this fan favorite. Despite what you may think, it is a fully drivable car with many of the movie props still functioning. Brian even points out Marty McFly’s hover board that’s on display with it. Take a look yourself:
 
 

 

(If) The Cubs Win! (If) The Cubs Win! (You Could Win a DeLorean) 

Here’s a little trivia quiz for you. What MLB team wins the World Series in “Back to the Future Part II?” The Chicago Cubs defeat the Florida Marlins – pure fiction, you say?! Well the folks at Volo Auto Museum are willing to back the Cubbies all the way. If the Cubs win the World Series in 2015, one lucky winner will drive away with their DeLorean time machine. Check out Volo’s video outlining the contest and what you have to do to win.

Let the Celebrations Commence

Premiering in the summer of 1985, “Back to the Future” breaks box office records and makes Michael J. Fox a household name. Two sequels follow and still the world has not lost its fascination with Marty McFly, Dr. Emmett Brown or the time machine itself. This year, “Back to the Future” 30th anniversary celebrations commence worldwide; some screenings will include a live orchestra performing Alan Silvestri’s Academy Award-nominated soundtrack. The first performance is set for this month in Lucerne, Switzerland.

“Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Roads”

Back in 1985 it is doubtful that anyone thought we’d still be talking about a little Spielberg/ Zemeckis movie called “Back to the Future” or that we’d even remember the car featured in it. As Marty McFly discovers, even the smallest thing can change the future, like how a sports car from a legendary manufacturer goes on to become a Hollywood icon. As the saying goes, there are no small parts in the movies.

DeLorean DMC-12

For more about the 35th anniversary of the DeLorean DMC-12 sports car or details about the manufacturer’s recent reunion, read our blog, DeLorean Reunion Set for May 3-5 in Northern Ireland.

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Posted: 5/8/2015 10:46:45 AM with 0 comments


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