Hemmings Musclepalooza XXI

hemmingsXXI The Spring 2015 Musclepalooza XXI presented by Hemmings Muscle Machines is this Sunday, May 24th. It features a 1/4 Mile Drag Racing Event, a Muscle Car Show, All-American Cars, a F.A.S.T. SHOOTOUT, and much more. Located at Lebanon Valley, the gates open at 8:00 am for show participants and drag racers. Racing will be organized into a series of brackets. Time trials begin at 10:00 am and elimination starts at 1:00 pm. Registration for the show closes at noon and judging begins shortly after. There will be awards presented for first and second place in a range of classes that are based upon popular makes of the muscle era. This includes awards for Best Late-Model GM, Ford, and Mopar. Drag racing awards will be presented after the final round of eliminations. The Factory Appearing/Stock Tire (F.A.S.T.) racers will be battling out with muscle cars that conceal enhancements enabling astounding performance. In the event of bad weather, the rain date is set for Monday, May 25th. Come out and celebrate the unofficial start of summer with Hemmings Musclepalooza.

Aston Martin 60th Anniversary Edition Vehicles Now Available

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Aston Martin Works, the official service and restoration division of Aston Martin is celebrating its 60th anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, Aston Martin announced that AM Works, together with the help of “Q” by Aston Martin, will produce six limited-edition 2015 Vanquish models to commemorate the division’s diamond anniversary.

The six Vanquish 60th Anniversary models will be presented in either coupe or convertible models. Each one will be built exclusively from the rest with plenty of unique colors, styling details, and bespoke interior amenities. The most unique detail of each of the six exclusive models are the bespoke interior dials, specifically the bespoke metal rotary control dials that were created from old pistons from some of the most legendary Aston Martin modes in the past six decades. The list of the six Aston classics begins with the DB 2/4 Mk II saloon from the 1950s and followed in subsequent decades by the DB5, the V8 Coupe, the V8 Vantage X-pack, the V8 Vantage Supercharged and, most recently, the Original Vanquish.

Each variant of the Aston Martin Works Vanquish 60th Anniversary Edition also will also receive sill plates that depict the era from where the pistons were taken.

These babies are only $375,000 (plus extras), so get your order in now if you want to be one of the six lucky owners.

Happy Motoring…

What Your Car Says About You

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In the ritzy 90210 ZIP Code of Beverly Hills, Calif., car buyers love their Mercedes-Benz.

The rich, as it turns out, aren’t just “different from you and me,”…they’re also different from each other—especially when it comes to cars.

A recent study was just conducted using data from credit-reporting firm Experian. The study looked at the most popular luxury cars in some of the country’s most exclusive ZIP Codes. Examining luxury-car registrations recorded between March 2014 and February 2015 reveals some distinct regional preferences.

In the ritzy 90210 ZIP Code of Beverly Hills, Calif., car buyers favor the Mercedes-Benz: the E Class. Base price of the latest model is around $63,000—that’s without the bells and whistles, according to cars.com. In 90210, the median home value is $4.4 million, according to Zillow.

Head north to the Bay Area, and car buyers shift gears. The top Mercedes-Benz in the 94027 ZIP Code is the S Class with a starting price north of $100,000. The median home value is $4.8 million in this area..

Car choice correlates with hundreds of personal characteristics, including individual hobbies, political preferences, TV habits and emotional qualities, etc. A recent study of more than 300,000 car buyers in CA shows that buyer personality traits are linked to popular luxury models.

One of New York’s most affluent ZIP Codes has a split personality. In the 10013 ZIP Code—covering Tribeca and Soho—the most popular car is the BMW X5, known for its performance and handling. New York BMW X5 drivers have a predilection for bowling compared with owners of most other models, according to the survey.

A popular vehicle in 10013, the Land Rover Range Rover, is linked to outdoor pursuits, such as horseback riding and skeet shooting—activities not typically associated with the Big Apple. The Range Rover is also among the priciest of the popular luxury cars, starting at $83,500. The median home value in 10013 is also steep at $3.2 million, according to Zillow.

Other popular makes and models across the country include the Lexus RX350, which is associated with high church attendance, according to the study. Audi Q5 owners, on the other hand, are big nightclub goers.

So…what does your car say about you? Night clubber, church lady, soccer mom ?

Happy Motoring