31st Oct2010

Happy Halloween from CAMAutoMag

by Trent

Happy Halloween from CAMAutoMagHappy Halloween everyone! Big thanks to our friend Travis for carving this awesome pumpkin!

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31st Oct2010

SEMA Show 2010 Contest!

by Trent

We are down in Las Vegas for the SEMA Show, and we want to hear about our coverage of the show. Comment on any of our posts from now until November 5, 2010 and we’ll pick a random commenter to win a Swag Bag from SEMA. Lanyards, magazines, stickers, keychains, pens, energy drinks, etc. are all given away at the show, and we’ll pass it on to you. We’ll give a couple runner up prizes as well with a couple items. So comment away, tell us how we’re doing, and win SEMA Swag! Remember, comment on our website, Facebook and/or Twitter comments do not count.

Contest not open to CAM Auto Magazine employees or family members. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter this contest. Contest is void where prohibited. No purchase is necessary to enter this contest. Specialty Equipment Marketing Association and SEMA are registered trademarks of their respective owners. SEMA and the companies who’s product will be given away do not endorse this contest and winning prize will be provided by CAM Auto Magazine. Open to legal residents of the United States. Comments must be received by 11:59 PM MST November 5, 2010 to be considered for contest. The winner will be announced November 10, 2010. Contest may be ended without notice by CAM Auto Magazine or it’s owners at any time for any reason.

25th Oct2010

Letter from the Photo Director: October

by Trent

I like wagons. I like them a lot. Haven’t always liked them, but various wagon project vehicles have been occupied my mind for the last few years. Is it because I own a wagon? Yes, but not entirely. One of those wagon projects is a 2002-2003 WRX wagon, and I’ve been thinking about it since I was 19 or 20. Enough about what’s going on in my head, let me tell you why you should like them too.

#1 They’re utilitarian. I can fit a ton of stuff in the back of my ’98 Subaru Legacy Outback and that’s with the rear seats up. Fold them down and I can fit my six feet tall self back there and sleep if need be. My wagon was a crucial instrument in moving my family to our new house. We crammed TV’s, lamps, chairs, priceless heirlooms and random odds and ends in there. Was it sketchy? At times, but it wasn’t as sketchy as my brother’s Altima or father’s Grand Prix when they were packed to the gills.

#2 They’re low key. How many times have you seen a wagon pulled over and surrounded by cops or involved in a high speed chase? Exactly, almost never.

#3 They can be fast. We’ve all seen the Corvette powered Volvo. Paul Newman had a Volvo 850 wagon powered by a supercharged Ford crate motor. Any Subaru wagon with an EJ motor can get a different EJ motor, such as a WRX or WRX STI motor. You don’t even have to be a crack pot garage mechanic, like Trent says “Anything is possible with money.” Love the V10 howl of the M5, but wish you had a place to sleep? There’s a wagon version in Europe. Can’t take the E63 AMG to get the stuff you need from Home Depot? BAM! The European market E63 AMG Wagon is available for the right price. Cadillac is even giving us a CTS V wagon, and until recently the WRX STI was still a wagon only option.

# 4 They have the ultimate trump card. We’ve all been there: you show up to a meet/the store/club/hang out spot all proud of your sedan. You may have just put a new exhaust on, different wheels, or just cleaned it and you are beaming. Then someone pulls up and parks next to you in the same car…except better. His exhaust is rarer, lighter, sounds better and makes more power. His wheels are the ones you would’ve bought if only you had the money, and his detailing makes you wash job look like you drove it through the mud. You are slayed, you’ve got nothing to one up Mr. One Upper. What to do? Buy the wagon and do the exact same mods you did to your first car. Then when Mr. One Upper pulls up and starts rifling off reasons why his whatever renders your vehicle utterly useless you break out this gem I stole from a Ron White but: “Yeah, well I got a place to f*ck your sister.” And then walk away. Back seats are nice, but having the ability to do work on something the size of a bed (instead of on something the size of a small couch) is better.

Take these words and reasons with you next time you’re looking to purchase a vehicle. Don’t over look the wagon, fear the wagon and respect it.

-Michael Chandler

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22nd Oct2010

CAM is on Facebook and Twitter

by Trent

You can now find, follow, and like CAM Online Auto Magazine on Twitter and Facebook. Both will offer their own exclusive content and giveaways.

CAM on Facebook Facebook.com/camautomag

CAM on TwitterTwitter.com/camautomag

Check it out today!

21st Oct2010

CAM Photo Post

by Trent

What’s the great thing about magazines? Pictures of course. These are all never before seen(on this site) as well.

SRT8 WheelMustang CobraFD Mazda RX-7Honda Civic EmblemCamaro SS

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20th Oct2010

Top Gear USA on November 21st

by Trent

So it may not be as good as the original as hard as they try, but who’s excited for Top Gear USA? Me! And Mike! Click ‘Continue Reading’ to see a trailer for the new show debuting November 21st on History Channel. (more…)

19th Oct2010

SEMA Show 2010 Coverage

by Trent

SEMA Show 2010 CAM
That’s right, Cars And Modifications will be down in Las Vegas November 2-5 covering the 2010 SEMA Show for you. Not only will we be providing constant updates on our site starting November 1, we will also be coming out with a special SEMA Show Magazine like we used to have. A download-able, high-res magazine covering the SEMA Show. Look for the magazine, the week following SEMA.

Bookmark these links for coverage of the show!

SEMA Show 2010 Pre-Show
SEMA Show 2010 Day 1
SEMA Show 2010 Day 2
SEMA Show 2010 Day 3
SEMA Show 2010 Day 4

19th Oct2010

Letter from the Editor: October

by Trent

Way back in the day, you were quite the baller if you had 15-inch wheels on your car. The standard was 13-inch and 14-inch wheels. Soon, the standard came to be 17-inches, soon after, 18-inches is a pretty standard aftermarket wheel size. As cars get bigger, the wheels get larger as well. It looks better, sure, but how big is too big? And what about racing your car? You need some sidewall on those tires. Plus bigger wheels mean more weight. (more…)

18th Oct2010

Lexus IS350: Worth Waiting For

by Michael Chandler

All good things come to those who wait.  We’ve all heard it, and some of us have gone along with it.  Sometimes the wait isn’t long, like killing the last 3 hours at work on a Friday so you can go home and enjoy the weekend.  Other times it is long, like scratching the seemingly endless days between Halloween and Christmas.  And in extreme cases it is excruciating, like being told you’ll get something in a month and receiving it six months later.  Dat, IS350 owner and parking enthusiast, went through the latter with his car. (more…)

13th Oct2010

Genuflection: Porsche 911(993)

by Trent

Porsche 911 Carrera 2
/ˌdʒɛnyʊˈflɛkʃən/ [jen-yoo-flek-shuhn]
an act of bending the knee or touching it to the ground in reverence or worship.

It was 1994, Electronic Arts released the greatest racing game of all time(at that time). The Need for Speed hit the shelves and our lives were never the same. Our time came to drive the fastest cars we’ve ever driven…virtually. One stuck out of the crowd though, it was a Porsche 911 Carrera. It had a unique look that Porsche’s today still try to emulate. It was fast, handled great until snap oversteer kicked in, and it was unlike the other cars on that game.

Seeing these Porsche’s drive around wasn’t a regular occurrence, but it was an event when you did see one. It solidified a place in my heart for Porsche that grows fonder today. Being the last air-cooled 911 though makes their desirability shoot skyward and their prices often surpass the 996 model 911’s. It didn’t matter if it was a Carrera 2 or 4, Turbo or Turbo S, I wanted it! This car was raw, and yet refined at the same time. Those features made it truly amazing.

-Trent Bray

[Photograph by: The Car Spy]
[Source: Genuflection: genuflection. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved August 23, 2010, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/genuflection]

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