06th Feb2014

Genuflection: C4 Corvette

by admin

C4 Corvette

Genuflection:
gen·u·flec·tion
/ˌdʒɛnyʊˈflɛkʃən/ [jen-yoo-flek-shuhn]
–noun
an act of bending the knee or touching it to the ground in reverence or worship.

I may catch some flack for this one, but it’s another car I truly did love growing up. It’s a car our late friend Johnny even had for a period of time.

I’ll set the tone. I was young and impressionable, easily distracted by loud, shiny things. Well, a red, loud, shiny thing just happened to be on my walk home from elementary school each day. From as young as I can remember walking home from school in the early 90′s, there was a house that beheld a Red C4 Corvette in the garage. Many times the garage would be open as I walked past. Occasionally, I’d get to hear it burble to life and drive off down the winding residential road. This late-model C4 was more refined to my eye than the early-model cars and more desirable.

It struck a chord in my young mind that this car was cool. Never mind the owner who was graying, it still made the right noises and looked the part. This was before critically thinking about soft-touch interior panels and high gas prices. It was a car and a motor. Before everyone cared about what brand of wheels they rocked and air vs. static. It was pure, innocent fun without hatred or bias. Simple, but the short list of things I wanted in a car at that age were all there.

I was fortunate enough to visit the Corvette Museum a couple years ago and rekindle my Corvette flame. And despite the rear end that still bothers me a little, a C7 Corvette is something I wouldn’t turn down. Chances are, I will never own a C4 Corvette, not because I don’t respect them anymore, but because I am often fighting for space in my garage and driveway as-is. However, in the early 90′s, my heart wanted a red Ferrari, a red Lamborghini, and a red Corvette. For now, a red Viper will suffice. More on that another time.

-Trent Bray

[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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31st Aug2011

Genuflection: Hot Wheels

by MChandler

Genuflection:
gen·u·flec·tion
/ˌdʒɛnyʊˈflɛkʃən/ [jen-yoo-flek-shuhn]
–noun
an act of bending the knee or touching it to the ground in reverence or worship. (more…)

23rd Aug2011

Genuflection: Acura NSX

by admin

Modified Acura NSX
Genuflection:
gen·u·flec·tion
/ˌdʒɛnyʊˈflɛkʃən/ [jen-yoo-flek-shuhn]
–noun
an act of bending the knee or touching it to the ground in reverence or worship.

I was looking back on cars that I adored growing up, and some stuck out more than others. I thought of the Twin Turbo Triplets(300ZX,Supra,3000GT VR4), and although one of them influenced me more than the others(more on that another time), a Naturally Aspirated car stuck out in my mind as a car I lusted after more than those. Despite this car’s shortcomings, I still lust after it today, the one and only Acura NSX.

The NSX at the time set the world on fire and gave credence to Acura having some credibility in the sports car market, and in my opinion, set the stage for the 94-01 Acura Integra to become a sporty FWD icon. It had 270HP which at the time was a big deal from an N/A motor and an aspirational 8,000RPM redline!

Thoughts of a red one of these parked in my driveway were racing through my mind. Unfortunately Honda let the NSX languish and didn’t give it the proper updates it deserved, much like the fate of the S2000. And even with rumors of a new NSX surfacing every few months, none will capture the glory quite like the original NSX. One day I will own one of these cars.

-Trent Bray

[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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05th Apr2011

Genuflection: The Renaissance

by Johnny

 

1983 Toyota Celica Supra. Farragut, TN 11-13-2010 17:32hrs
Genuflection:
gen·u·flec·tion
/ˌdʒɛnyʊˈflɛkʃən/ [jen-yoo-flek-shuhn]
–noun
an act of bending the knee or touching it to the ground in reverence or worship.

 

For me, “Genuflection” means more than just looking back and reflecting on something great from the past, but looking back and reflecting on something great from the past that still has the mystique it did so many years ago. These are cars that have stood the test of time. For most of these cars, I will drift back into what I like to call, “My Renaissance”. (more…)

06th Dec2010

Genuflection: Ferrari Testarossa

by admin

Ferrari Testarossa

Genuflection:
gen·u·flec·tion
/ˌdʒɛnyʊˈflɛkʃən/ [jen-yoo-flek-shuhn]
–noun
an act of bending the knee or touching it to the ground in reverence or worship.

Nothing is quite so striking as a Ferrari. Especially when the world is used to Camry’s and Minivans. I was reminded of this as I ran into(not literally) a childhood dream car over the weekend. It was a Red on Red Ferrari Testarossa. It has the updated 512TR wheels, but it was classic Testarossa. And I was lusting after it in spite of it’s many flaws. (more…)

13th Oct2010

Genuflection: Porsche 911(993)

by admin

Porsche 911 Carrera 2
Genuflection:
gen·u·flec·tion
/ˌdʒɛnyʊˈflɛkʃən/ [jen-yoo-flek-shuhn]
–noun
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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31st Aug2010

Genuflection: Lamborghini Countach

by admin

Lamborghini Countach

Genuflection:
gen·u·flec·tion
/ˌdʒɛnyʊˈflɛkʃən/ [jen-yoo-flek-shuhn]
–noun
an act of bending the knee or touching it to the ground in reverence or worship.


Admit it, you had a poster of this car on your wall when you grew up. The one, the only, Lamborghini Countach. This is in my opinion the greatest looking Lamborghini ever…next to the Muira. I didn’t grow up with the Muira so it doesn’t quite hold that special place in my heart. Originally it was a 4.0L, then a 5.0L, then a 5.2L, but they all had one glorious thing in common…12 cylinders. Just go to youtube, find a clip of a Lamborghini Countach with an aftermarket exhaust and you’ll see what I mean.

This car with it’s giant rear spoiler option and aggressive Bertone styling helped fuel the dreams of future car modifications. This car, in my opinion, helped Subaru and Mitsubishi realize they could throw a large spoiler on their cars and people would still buy it. The Countach is still desirable to this day despite having little to no rearward visibility and it’s many other quirks. I can only hope to one day own one of these fantastic automobiles.

-Trent Bray


[Source: Wikipedia.org]
[Photograph by: exfordy]
[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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23rd Aug2010

Genuflection: Lancia Stratos HF

by admin

Lancia Stratos

Genuflection:
gen·u·flec·tion
   /ˌdʒɛnyʊˈflɛkʃən/ [jen-yoo-flek-shuhn]
–noun
an act of bending the knee or touching it to the ground in reverence or worship.

Here at Cars And Modifications, we want to pay tribute to some of the cars that inspired us to love and appreciate cars. One such car is the famed Lancia Stratos. This car has come into the spotlight again recently due to a modern version being conjured up by one wealthy individual based off the Ferrari F430. The original Lancia Stratos HF received it’s power also from a Ferrari, but it was a V6 from the Dino Ferrari. Even with a 190HP V6, it produced incredible 0-60 times that are still nothing to scoff at to this day. It dominated many rally races thanks in part to a Turbocharger slapped onto it’s motor in Group 5 Competition.
Why did it inspire us? It’s unique body lines and no compromises attitude with rally heritage says it all. This is a vehicle I will continue to lust after for a long time. Who wouldn’t want to modify one of these into an SCCA RallyCross car?

-Trent Bray


[Source: Wikipedia.org]
[Source: Photograph by .Robert.]
[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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