All Hail Henry
Recently, we ran a little poll to find everyone’s favourite Street Machine feature car from 2017. Around half the respondents voted across a broad spread of cars, which was nice to see; however, the odds were very short indeed on one particular car, and we weren’t disappointed – with not far off half of the votes, the runaway winner was Henry Hirise, the high-riding Ford Consul. Aside from being one of the most iconic British customs of all time, he must also be the only car in the world who can claim to have been on the front cover of issue #1 of the same magazine twice!
For all those who miss Aaron Kaufman, the mechanical whizz from Fast’n’Loud with a beard like half a badger, fear not! He’ll be appearing on your screens again very soon in his own series, with his own team, set in his own fab shop, Arclight Fabrications. Check out the UK premiere of Shifting Gears on March 19th, 10pm, on Discovery Channel.
The New Kids
It’s motor show season Stateside, which means plenty of new model announcements, and it’s the pick-ups stealing the limelight…
Ram Trucks recently announced an all-new Ram 1500 pick-up for 2019, 225lb (103kg) lighter than the outgoing model (which increases payload to 2,300lbs), and with an eTorque “mild hybrid” system that can add up to 90ft.lb. of torque to the V6 engine and 130ft.lb. to the 5.7 Hemi.
Exactly 100 years after debuting their first truck on January 4th, 1918, Chevrolet officially introduced their all-new 2019 Silverado range. They have longer wheelbases, yet also manage to be up to 450lbs (204kg) lighter than the old model, thanks to aluminium doors, bonnets etc, but the best feature has to be the tailgate that can be lowered by a button on the key fob…
Ford brought out the all-new 2019 mid-size Ranger models on the same day. These will be powered by the 2.3 EcoBoost turbo four-pot, and the FX4 off-road package gives the Ranger a lot of the same tech and tackle as the F-150 Raptor.
Chevrolet opened their order books for the 2018 Camaro Hot Wheels edition on February 1st. The $4,995 options package is available on 2LT and 2SS coupe and convertible models, includes exclusive Crush paint, and twin satin graphite stripes designed to replicate the famous Hot Wheels tracks!
Jeep picked the Detroit show to debut their 2019 Cherokee, which boasts a “new, authentic and premium design,” plus an all-new 2.0 direct-injection turbo petrol engine hoofing out 270hp. There’ll be a Trailhawk model, too.
Last month we mentioned the 2019 Bullitt Mustang edition. Well, that car from the debut – VIN#001 – went off to Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction where it raised $300,000 for Boys Republic. Around the same time, Ford released a teaser about the new-for-2019 Shelby GT500 Mustang coupe, which they’ve promised will have “700+hp.” In the meantime, you could always pick yourself up a 1968 Mustang fastback in 183 pieces, courtesy of Lego’s Speed Champions series.
Want a free day honing your drag racing technique with the Bondurant Drag Racing School at Wild Horse Pass, Arizona? Just buy yourself a new Dodge SRT Demon, and off you go…
Back To The Old School
Land Rover are celebrating their 70th anniversary by restoring the original launch Land Rover from the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show, recently discovered not far from home in Solihull. They’re also releasing a new Defender, a Works V8, limited to 150 units and powered by a 400bhp V8 that’ll shoot the Defender to 60mph in 5.6 seconds, and on up to 106mph. They’re being quite tight-lipped about whose V8 they’re using, and the price is likely to be a whopping £150,000…
Clive Sutton luxury specialist cars now have Ford’s F-150 Raptor and Lincoln’s all-new 2018 Navigator available, converted to right-hand drive. See www.clivesutton.co.uk for details.