Time for Some Fun before the Big Game

Here I sit on Superbowl Sunday and all I can think about is racing!  I guess its because after a winter of practicing on iRacing, I finally got a chance to watch a real race yesterday, the Continental Challenge race from Daytona (yeah, I know they ran last weekend, but its been a bit busy around here these days).  If you haven’t seen the race itself, I am not going to spoil it here, but suffice to say that BMW, Chevrolet, Ford and Porsche all had a car in the Top 5 in GS and BMW, Honda and Mazda had a car in the top 5 of ST.  The cars look like street cars and they still manage to be fairly evenly matched – something NASCAR might want to check into.  And although I am more of a tin-top kind of guy, the Formula 1 season starts in about 32 days, courtesy of the countdown on the official webpage. Speaking of Formula 1, this week I’d like to show you some work from another designer, Brad Palmer.  Yes, that’s a model!

Lotus-Honda 99T Model

If you haven’t figured it out by now, the car culture runs deep in this household.  My home is decorated with automotive art and my office has Hot Wheels and Matchbox on display. In fact, it probably would not surprise anyone that I got my 18-year-old son a day at the SRT Driving Experience for his High School Graduation.  Since I promised last week, here’s a picture of my latest Matchbox addition, a 1971 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser with woodgrain paneling.  And if that’s not enough there are even 2 dogs in the back sticking their heads out of the open tailgate.  It joins my old and new Mini, Maverick, 914 and P1800 behind the Paul’s Model Art Opel GT on one of my bookshelves.  By the way, the Opel GT tops my list of cars I used to own and wish I had back, beating out even my 1968 Pontiac Firebird with Rally II wheels.  It would be an interesting informal poll to hear from the readers about the one car they sold they wish they had back. Post your list in the comments section below.

There has been plenty of other fun stuff rattling around my head since the beginning of the year.  One thing I haven’t done before on the blog is discuss furniture, so how about giving an award for the coolest chair at the recent Detroit Auto Show.  And before you read on to find out where we (The “Stud” and I) stumbled upon the chairs, take a look at the picture and guess.

Yep, this chair was found in the booth of none other than Toyota.  Kind of goes against type, doesn’t it, but its an awesome chair none-the-less.

Speaking of going against the type, the car companies will be back at the Super Bowl tonight in full force.  Jalopnik has your complete guide to the Super Bowl commercials here and I am going to have to agree with them, the one everybody will be talking about tomorrow is the VW Darth Vader one.  On the other end, perhaps more people will be talking about why Audi did this! WTH?

Stay tuned as later this week we will bring a report from the Chicago Auto Show.  While there aren’t many new vehicle introductions there, it will give us a chance to review some interiors and get a few shots we missed in Detroit.  All the better to bring you some new photo galleries.

About Frank Schwartz

Frank Schwartz is the founder of CarFriend.me and Advanced Automotive Consulting Services, partner in The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment and serial entrepeneur. A long time automotive enthusiast, Frank started reading car magazines at the age of 8 and has spent 30+ years working inside the automotive industry. In his spare time Frank races with the Sports Car Club of America, spends time working on his numerous project cars and supports many local charities.
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