Weekly Giveaway Winners

I thought since we are doing the Weekly Giveaways all year long it might be interesting and fun to keep track of who the winners are and where they are from.

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March 16: Leo Silva from Fairfield won a $100 Gift Certificate to Sacramento Vintage Ford.

March 9: Jim Aruta from Roseville was the winner of a premium wine package from Di Stasio Vineyards in Plymouth, CA.

Di Stasio WineMarch 2: Sandy McCullar was the winner of a $100 Visa Gift Card courtesy of Route 40 Classics.

February 23: Robert Strate from Orangevale was the winner of a Custom Metal Sign from Reedyville Goods.

February 16: Gary Schultz from Rancho Cordova won a $100 Gift Certificate to Sacramento Vintage Ford.

February 9: Eddie Hinman from Vallejo won a premium wine package from Di Stasio Vineyards in Plymouth, CA.

February 2: Lonnie Patterson from Rancho Cordova was the winner of the $100 Visa Gift Card courtesy of Route 40 Classics.

Lonnie spent his $100 Gift Card at our Hot Rod Bookstore!

January 26: Bob Burrows from Fairfield won another 4-pack of VIP tickets to the Grand National Roadster Show. Kevin Myers from Roseville won a $100 Gift Certificate to Sacramento Vintage Ford.

Kevin Myers
Kevin Myers Beautiful Cobra!

January 19: Dale James from Tracy and Robert Milner from Manteca each won a 4-pack of VIP tickets to the Grand National Roadster Show.

Robert MilnerJanuary 12: Lyle Duncan from San Mateo won a package of wine from Di Stasio Vineyards.

January 5: Ron Barbosa from Tracy won a Visa Gift Card from Route 40 Classics.

Ron BarbosaDecember 29: Mike Hodson from Carmichael won 2 Metal Signs from Reedyville Goods.

December 22: Ralph Halford from Vallejo won a 4 pack of tickets from the National Automobile Museum in Reno.

December 15: Bill Mann from Palm Desert won a package from the Hot Rod Bookstore.

Bill MannDecember 8: Steve Douglas from Gilroy won a wine package from Di Stasio Vineyards.

Steve DouglasDecember 1: Kristel Ingemansson from Hidden Valley Lake won a Visa Gift Card from Route 40 Classics.

If you would like to be entered in our Weekly Giveaways you just have to subscribe to our weekly email newsletters. It’s only $25 a year and you can pay online here, mail a check to NorCal Car Culture at 7975 Auburn Blvd, Citrus Heights, CA 95610 or stop by our store in person.

 

The Five Fastest Street Legal Cars 0 to 60 in 2011

by Michael Harley from Vehix.com.

Enthusiasts consider 0 to 60 mph acceleration a standard litmus test for sports car performance. Unlike top speed or quarter-mile times, nearly every vehicle on the road is capable of firing off a quick burst to highway speeds without attracting too much attention from the law.

1986 Porsche 911 Turbo

Thanks to an all-out horsepower war, the “quickest accelerating car” number is a moving target. Just twenty-five years ago, the Porsche 911 Turbo was the fastest accelerating production car on the planet with a 0-60 mph time of just 4.9 seconds. While that number was considered rocket-fast in the mid-1980s, there are dozens of vehicles that would leave that old benchmark coupe in their dust today. In fact, the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon (view photos) beats that old Porsche (read all Porsche articles) by more than a second. Remember, we’re talking about a family wagon here.

We’ve done our homework to come up with a list of the five fastest 0 to 60 cars in the world in 2011. Instead of writing about low-volume vehicles like the Mosler MT900 and Koenigsegg CCR, which are as rare as a pack of albino zebras in downtown Manhattan, our team has chosen a handful of vehicles that, if you’re lucky, you might even spot on public roads.

A quick glance at our fastest cars list reveals a common theme. Each of the supercars make at least 500 horsepower and all are fitted with automatic (single- or dual-clutch) gearboxes — truth is, humans simply cannot shift as quickly as computers. The fastest four are also engineered with permanent all-wheel drive, as wheelspin is a significant obstacle when gobs of torque are sent through just two wheels. Keep that point in mind when you wonder why the 638 horsepower Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 isn’t on our list — the coupe only comes with a manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. All vehicles are listed from slowest to fastest.

To see the list: Click Here

2011’s 10 Most Disappointing Cars

CNNMoney Reports:

What were they thinking?

By Alex Taylor III, senior-editor-at-large

BMW’S top U.S. sales executive says he is disappointed in the 5-series GT, Automotive News reports. “The disappointment I have is that I thought a lot of our 5-series station wagon customers would go with the GT,” Jim O’Donnell says. “In point of fact, that is not happening. We have lost those customers to the competition — mainly to Mercedes-Benz.

With its ungainly lift back and high load floor, the 5-series GT produced a lot of comments along the lines of “What were they thinking?” when it was introduced two years ago, but now it is official: Even BMW makes mistakes.

Designing and engineering new models is part art, part science: a billion-dollar bet on what the car buying public will want for years into the future. The deepest pitfalls come in trying to head off in a new direction, like a convertible minivan or an SUV with a coupe body. Despite all the market research, focus groups, and educated guesses, car companies can get it wrong. The design fails to catch hold, the market doesn’t develop, competition proves stronger than expected. Bottom line: They blew it.

Herewith, ten of the biggest mistakes currently on the market — plus two lulus from years past. Read More