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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

To the readers of SCORPIO'S GARAGE

Due to some major computer issues, SCORPIO'S GARAGE is taking necessary pause in blogging. I hope to have this computer back in use in about 2-3 weeks. thank you for understanding.
Bob Yeager

Monday, June 13, 2016

Barricade Returns to ‘Transformers 5′ as a New Ford Mustang



When the original Transformers live-action film hit theaters in 2007, fans gravitated to a few popular Autobot and Decepticon characters, including the famous Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Megatron. But one sinister character truly stole the show—the “bad cop” Decepticon police car, Barricade—and now it’s making a return to the fifth movie in the series. 

Meet the all-new Barricade, a 2016 Ford Mustang police car with even more aggressive styling than before.

The character’s new design was revealed on Twitter by actor Josh Duhamel, who returns to play Lt. Colonel William Lenox in Transformers: The Last Knight, writing “I thought we’d already put this bad cop away.”


Appearing in 2007’s Transformers, Barricade was originally portrayed by a Saleen S281 Extreme Ford Mustang, which featured a faux police livery with tongue-in-cheek parodies of police slogans; for instance, “To punish and enslave.” The Decepticon Mustang plays arch-rival to Bumblebee, an Autobot Chevrolet Camaro.

It’s unclear as of yet if the latest iteration of Barricade also sports Saleen Mustang styling, however the new character does not disappoint with over-the-top visual flair, featuring large hood scoops, an aggressive bull bar, and a rakish rear wing. Just last week, director Michael Bay revealed the all-new Bumblebee Camaro for the new film.

Can’t wait to see the Autobots and Decepticons face-off again on screen? Transformers: The Last Knight hits theaters in 2017.

All-New Elemental RP1 is Ready to Show Off at Goodwood

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Elemental RP1 Front
Two years ago, we got our first look at the Elemental RP1, a new track toy from some of the best racing engineers on the planet. Now, there’s finally a production version of the British sports car, and it’s set to make its debut at this year’s GoodWood Festival of Speed.
It took the company four years to develop the RP1 at its facility in Hambledon Hampshire in the UK. Now that it’s ready, what better way to show off the company’s hard work than with a debut at Goodwood’s hill climb event.

Elemental RP1
Elemental Technical Director and Founder John Begley said, “The RP1 has been designed and developed to deliver a thrilling driving experience no matter if it’s on road or track. The collective sum of the adjustments we’ve made to make the production car amounts to a fundamental leap in terms of quality, driving dynamics, performance and safety over its forebear.”
Power comes from one of two turbocharged Ecoboost engines. There’s a 180-horsepower, 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder that does 0-60 in 3.2 seconds or a 320-horsepower, and a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder with a 2.8 second 0-60 time. Either way, you’re looking at one fast car that should bring some excitement to this year’s Goodwood.

Steve Saleen’s Personal S7 Supercar is For Sale


2003 Saleen S7
If you’re in the market for something affordable, efficient, and capable…then this definitely isn’t the car for you. If, however, you are looking to get a rarely-seen supercar with some American roots and gobs of power, then you might want to take a look at this 2003 Saleen S7 that’s currently up for auction on eBay with a ‘Buy It Now’ price of $599,995.

This S7 is 24 of only 78 examples that were ever built. Not only is it an extremely limited edition, it was owned by the man who built it, Steve Saleen, who made sure to sign the door so everyone knows it was his baby, at one point or another.

2003 Saleen S7 Front

It seems like he had other things to do, though, rather than ride around in his fancy supercar. There are only 1,748 miles on the odometer. The car looks to be in superb condition, and will be quite the catch for the right buyer. The highlights include a 7.0-liter V8 with a black leather interior, matching black wheels, and a manual gearbox.

You’ll find Steve Saleen’s signature on the bottom of the driver’s side door where it’s clearly visible when you flip it open to get inside, perfect for showing off at cars and coffee. Though pretty and powerful, this unique piece of American automotive history won’t come cheap.


Sunday, June 12, 2016

This ’69 Ford Mustang is a Lesson in Tasteful Modification

 BOLD RIDE      



In 1969, Ford rolled out its famed “Mach 1” performance package for the redesigned Ford Mustang. It was a move that essentially killed-off the original “GT” trim, but brought road racy appeal with its super aggressive styling cues and plethora of available engines. In fact, over 70,000 were sold in its first year… and this was allegedly one of them. 

Except, it isn’t exactly what you’d call a “stock” Mach 1 any longer. Beginning in 2008, this ’69 Mach 1 Mustang underwent a serious pro-touring restoration, subtly updating and honing the rakish looks that made these Mach 1s such street fighters. In total, it cost a claimed $175,000 from start to finish.
Now, it’s up for sale on eBay and asking significantly less. And oh yeah… there’s a 786 horsepower V8 under the hood.


Then again, if you’re going to pull-off the pro-touring look, you might as well be able to back it up with big power under-the-hood power.

The Mach 1’s blacked-out (and scooped) hood lifts up to reveal a punchy 363ci Ford Racing V8, recessed a few inches further into the engine bay for better weight balance and gear shifter positioning. And it’s far from stock. The V8 now comes equipped with a massive 80mm Borg Warner turbocharger and an equally large intercooler. The resultant 786 ponies flow through a T-56 six-speed manual gearbox (à la Dodge Viper fame) and head to a Torsen limited-slip differential.

Putting that power to the ground is a custom front suspension nicked from the SN-95 generation of Ford Mustangs (’94 to ’04) and a specially tuned Total Control leaf spring rear end.
On the outside, the owner notes the car was built with some inspiration from George Follmer’s famous Ford Mustang Trans Am race car, with a few custom liberties taken, of course. The body mods include a custom grille, bigger trunk spoiler, front splitter, and eye-catching Shelby wheels, among other changes.


Inside, the Mustang keeps its racing attitude at a minimum. The interior looks generally of the period, apart from the Momo steering wheel, modern instruments in their original gauge cluster, roll cage, and racing harnesses.

While intended to function both as a street and track car, there’s been extensive customization to create a better driving position, including modified floor pans and a new steering column, not to mention the recessed drivetrain. All in all, rifling through those gears ought to be quite the pleasure.

Like it? The Mach 1 turned pro-touring restomod asks $99,000.

You Want To Live in This Van Down by the River

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When filmmaker Zach Both bought this 2003 Chevy Express in the summer of 2014, he didn’t have much experience with carpentry, let alone converting a cargo van into a live/work space. But that didn’t stop him from undertaking the project, and after a year of working on it whenever possible, he ended up with one impressive setup.
Previously owned by an electrician in Vermont, the van itself is nothing fancy, and Both picked it up off Craigslist for just $4,000. New tires and some needed repairs required roughly another $3,000 going into it, and then around $5,000 on top of that for the tools, and materials required for the conversion. That brought the total to around $12,000, not factoring in fridge and solar power unit that Both bartered for, which would bump the total up to $15,000.

That’s nothing to sniff at for most folks, and Both admits that it was more than he planned on spending. But he feels that it was well worth it since the project was more than just building out a camper van, it was a design exercise and a learning experience.

Once you see inside the van, it immediately becomes apparent that all his hard work paid off. The custom built cabinets and kitchenette are among the best I’ve been in a van, and using the same reclaimed wood on the ceiling was a great touch to tie the space together. The window panels have been modified to open outward, which is helpful in eliminating that funky smell most camper vans seem to acquire after a few trips, and they’ve also been fitted with chalkboard on the inside for note taking, storyboarding, or just doodling.

Having the oversize futon right at the rear of the van is a great move, I’m sure few things are better than being able to pop the rear doors open and roll right out of bed to start the day. Another smart touch is having all the spice jars screwed to the underside of the stove cover, just goes to show how much thought was put into the design.

Although it wasn’t a super cheap build, going this route was definitely more affordable than many of the alternatives, like a Sportsmobile or VW Eurovan. Besides, as Both points out on his website The Vanual, there are a number of ways to cut costs if you have a smaller budget to work with. Having an adventuremobile like this in the garage has always been appealing, but with all the amenities included in this build, maybe there’s no need for the garage at all.


This 1988 Mercedes G Wagon Has Survived 172 Countries, Over 500,000 Miles

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1988 Mercedes-Benz

The idea of traveling the world and witnessing all the wonders it has to offer is a dream for some. For others, it’s a reality—a reality that’s rarely accomplished using just one vehicle. Gunther Holtorf lived out of the back of his 1988 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon for 23 years, and had one incredible world adventure.
Holtorf has taken his indestructible G-Wagon, Otto, across 172 sovereign countries, 17 dependent territories, six special territories, five de-facto states, and over 511,000 miles (823,000 kilometers). Notable locales include Tibet, Mt. Everest, and North Korea, making him the first westerner to drive into the communist state.

1988 Mercedes-Benz 3

You may be wondering why you’ve never seen his adventures. It’s probably because he’s not sharing them the way you might expect. He has no mobile phone, no blog, no Facebook, and no Twitter. He’s not sponsored by anyone—for fear of putting stickers on his beloved Otto—and lives out of his car, so he doesn’t even have to make stops in hotels.
As for the Benz, he said it has been a champ. There’s never been a breakdown and it’s even still running with the same transmission. By the end of the journey, Mercedes-Benz will give it a good home at its museum in Stuttgart.
1988 MNercedes-Benz 2

“The car was built in July 1988,” he tells Outside Online. “It cost 30,000 Euros. I’m still driving it. It’s not only the same car; it’s the same car with the same components. It has the original gearbox—never touched, never opened. The original transfer case—never touched, never opened. And also the original axles and differentials. It now has exactly 823,000 kilometers.”
Holtorf’s car has seen more of the world than most human beings. Pretty amazing.