Virtual Car Show

WHM x AutomotiveMap Virtual Car Show: March 21, 2020

In light of the recent advisories against congregating in large groups, AutomotiveMap has joined forces with WHM to create a weekly online all-digital car show. This week is the first week for the event, which will last from 8 a.m. to noon ET.

Photo courtesy of John Henrickson

It's simple. You're already online. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and feast your eyes on these cars.

The WHM x AutomotiveMap Virtual Car Show brings the best parts of the car show to your phone, tablet, and computer during this trying time. We have shared pictures of a wide variety of vehicles, submitted by car show fans across the country, below and told you the stories of the cars and their owners.

We limited this week's round to 10 entries. Next Saturday morning, we'll have at least 10 more for you.

The only thing missing is the comroaderie. Hop on over to the AutomotiveMap or WHM Facebook page and tell us what cars you loved, tag someone who would enjoy seeing the cars, and tell your friends to submit their own cars.

Click here to register your car for the next Virtual Car Show.

1941 Ford Pickup

Photo courtesy of Charlie Throop

Owner Charlie Throop from Fulshear, Texas, bought this 1941 Ford pickup online in 2017. Though he claims he paid too much for it, he had to have it because of its great looks and ease of ingress/egress. Plus, he says that it fits everything he needs.

Since he's owned it, Throop has added a Ford Boss 302 engine, a four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, bucket seats, air conditioning, and new wiring and carpet. He also had the battery relocated to the truck's bed.

Bumbera's Performance in Sealy, Texas fixed the truck's frame and Trendsetter's Upholstery & Trim in Katy sewed the seats.

1981 DeLorean, DMC-12​

Photo courtesy of Dennis Urech

Dennis Urech purchased his 1981 DeLorean, DMC-12 used online in 2014. He'd long loved the car, even before it was featured in "Back to the Future".

Since he took ownership, Urech has made a number of modifications to the model. He undertook a partial engine rebuild, and gave the car a new water pump, alternator, brakes, and brake lines. The car's belts hoses, exhaust, and electrical system have been upgraded. Threre's new upholstery and and a new steering wheel.

Urech doesn't keep the DeLorean in a garage and pull it out for auto shows. He drives it almost every weekend, though not in the rain. He loves sharing his passion for the car with people and frequently brings props from "Back to the Future" with him to car shows like a flux capacitor, sports almanac, and JVC VHS camera for the public to enjoy when he does display it.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS

Photo courtesy of Ed Washington

Ed Washington purchased his 1969 Camaro SS in 2013 from a stranger. Washington had always wanted a Camaro SS. His father had one when he was a baby. He paid $18,000 for his dream car and then modified it adding a new motor, front end suspension, rear end, dashboard wiring, and interior - basically a restoration job.

2008 Dodge Viper SRT10

Photo courtesy of John Henrickson

John Henrickson from Sugar Land, Texas owns this super car. The fourth-generation model is powered by a 8.4-liter V10 engine and has 600 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. But it isn't just power. This is a custom machine.

The car is 1 of 1 as certified by Prefix, the company that customized it. It features snakeskin stripes, snakeskin seats, upgraded interior trim pieces, and heated seats. Additionally, it has high flow cats and mid-pipe. It rides on satin black Viper six-spoke wheels.

It comes with some unique history. According to Henrickson, the Viper was originally owned by the founder of the Viper Owners Association (VOA). It has been featured in magazines, books, calendars, photo shoots, and even on the VOA mousepad.

Before he had the Viper, Henrickson had spent 20 years behind the wheel of various Corvettes. "It was time," he said. In 2019 he found the car at a dealership in Virginia and used a dealership in Texas to get the car to him for the price of $55,000. "I chose this particular one because of the color and stripes. It was always a dream car of mine and now I have it," said Henrickson.

1969 Pontiac Firebird 400

Photo courtesy of Dallas Bergstrom

This '69 Firebird has been in owner Dallas Bergstrom's family for decades. His dad bought it when he was 17, earning himself the high school nickname of "Firebird". The car stayed in the family with Bergstrom's mom eventually using it as a daily driver.

He has fond memories of driving to the laundromat with his mom and she would rest the laundry basket on the back tires (they stick out pretty far) just so she could get a free had to open the door. His mom was no stranger to running through the gears as well.

The family also road tripped in the Firebird and took it to car shows.

Bergstrom, who lives in Katy, Texas, bought the car when he was 16 and sold it back to his father after having kids with the agreement that it would eventually be owed by his son someday.

According to Bergstrom, "Someday came way sooner than we expected when we lost my dad in a violent car wreck. Now it's in my garage again and the other 1973 'bird that he had completely torn apart is with me. We hope to keep the tradition alive with my two boys."

1979 Subaru Brat

Photo courtesy of Edinson Velasco

This 1979 Subaru Brat is a recent acquisition for owner Edinson Velasco of Houston, Texas, who bought the car from a stranger online last year for just $2,000. Why? "I've always wanted a Brat," he told AutomotiveMap, "They aren't common and others enjoy seeing something out of the ordinary."

In the shot time he's had it, Velasco has replaced the brake assemblies with used OEM parts. The car currently has the original jump seats, camper top, roll bar, and brush guard.

1995 Pontiac Trans Am

Photo courtesy of Tito Berrocal

Pennsylvania resident Tito Berrocal purchased this Pontiac from a friend two years after it rolled off the assembly line in Quebec. He'd always liked the F-body platform and says that the car has, "slightly upscale interiors relative to the Camaro."

Since he's bought the Trans Am, Berrocal has made a number of modifications. It now has a 383 Stroker with forged Mahle pistons, 6-inch c-rods, a 3.75-inch Dragonslayer crankshaft, port and polished heads by Advanced Induction, oversized valves, a custom camshaft, a K&N modified cold air intake, Torqhead 24x multicoil and powertrain control module, PCMForLess programming, Kook LT headers, a custom Kook/Burns/SSWorks exhaust, a McLeod multi-disk clutch, Moser 33-spline 12-bolt axles with Truetrac 3.73, a Dynotech CrMo driveshaft, LS front brakes, braided SS brake lines, a Walbro 255 lph high-pressure in-tank electric fuel pump, and 42 lb/hr Summit fuel injectors.

Berrocal made all the mods inn his garage except the machining. The car's paint is mostly original.

Its engine yields 500 horsepower and gets 18-20 mpg.

2010 Chevrolet Camaro 1LT Syngery Green Special Edition

2010 Chevrolet Camaro 1LT Syngery Green Special Edition

Photo courtesy of Jutta Rivera

Katy, Texas resident Jutta Rivera bought this Camaro because its retro styling reminded her of her school days of riding with her cousin who owned a Camaro.

This model is unique - it that doesn't come with all the bells and whistles that are usually associated with a special edition. When it was new, it was built on the 1LT model and featured a base-level, direct-injected 3.6-liter V6 engine under its hood.

Rivera has give the car several upgrades since she purchased it for $28,000. It now has remote start, a Show n Go retractable license plate, green LED interior lights, custom wheel vents, green Oracle LED lighting on the hood, Knight Rider wheel well lightning, a cold air intake with a green filter, Cyclone exhaust system, custom green and black interior Camaro seat covers, and a custom hood display board with trunk boards.

1972 Dodge Charger SE & 1946 Ford

Photo courtesy of Bryan Bomar

This is a tale of two cars. For one, it was the best of times. For the other, the worst of times.

The story starts with owner Bryan Bomar's 1946 Ford. The orange and white model was low and sleek, a real spitfire. In the spring of 2015, Bomar went out to his garage to start the model after letting it sit all winter. The first time it was a no-go. The second time, it started but suddenly Bomar began to see paint bubbling on the hood.

Slamming the car into drive, Bomar was able to get 15 feet from the house before the car died. He tried to yank the keys out but saw that flames had moved from the engine bay and were already lapping the steering column. Bomar dialed 911 as he leapt out of the car.

A moving truck was parked nearby and just so happened to be staffed by two off-duty firefighters. One grabbed a the hose from Bomer's house and the other utilized the neighbor's hose. They worked in tandem tackling the fire, one from the top and the other from the underside.

The Ford was a total loss.

The day of the Mecum Auctions even in Houston that year, Bomar and his wife received the check from the insurance company for the loss. They deposited the check and headed to the auction.

Bomar describes the events of the day as involving his wife pulling down his hand frequently during bidding until a 1972 Dodge Charger R/T crossed the block. Bidding started at $20,000 and quickly escalated to $27,500. Soon it was going to $30,000. That was too much.

Then, the auctioneer announced that the other bidder had dropped out and asked if Bomer would be willing to big $27,500 again. Three knocks of the gavel and the car became theirs.

Since they bought the car, its owners have given it a long list of equipment including ew steel fuels lines, Holley 650cfm carburetor, spark plugs with fire protection sleeves over each plug, and spark plug wires. It also has gotten fresh tires, a customized Bluetooth sound system, and custom trunk. The car was tuned at Bumbera's Performance in Sealy, Texas.

1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

Photo courtesy of James S Winner

Steve Winner is a big fan of General Motors A-Bodies from 1964 to 1972. During that time, the GM used the body style on the Chevrolet Chevelle, Pontiac Tempest, Oldsmobile Cutlass, and Buick Skylark. He purchased this 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme from a stranger in 2000.

When he got it, the car was garage-kept, all original, with 49,000 miles on the odometer. Perhaps most importantly, it was rust-free. Since the Olds was purchased, Winner has given the car a complete mechanical, body, and interior restoration. Under the hood is a 350 engine, 200-4R transmission, and Chevelle 12 bolt posi 4:10 gears.

The car is an award winner. It took the crown at the 2015 Houston Autorama.

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The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept shows of the possible future of a V8 under the hood of a Jeep.

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept model shows that the production model of a V8-powered Wrangler (and possibly Gladiator) is likely on the way - and that's straight from the people in the know at FCA.

Jeep Wrangler enthusiasts have been asking us for a Wrangler -8 and our new Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept proves that we have the ability to make that happen," said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA North America. "From the recently introduced 29-mpg Wrangler EcoDiesel to our award-winning Jeep Gladiator, and the upcoming Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, Jeep is clearly listening to its customers. We are anxious to gauge their reaction to this new Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept, a vehicle that delivers an incredible and unmatched level of fun-to-drive performance and capability, on- and off-road."

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept The model is pretty standard for a modern Wrangler Rubicon - on the outside.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

It's been a hot minute since there was a V8 under the hood of a Jeep. The last model to wear its power proudly was the 1981 Jeep CJ, which had a 5.0-liter V8 that delivered 125 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque.

The Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept is powered by a 6.4-liter (392-cubic-inch) HEMI V8 that delivers 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. That power gives the concept a zero to 60 mph time of less than five seconds.

Its engine is paired with a more robust version of the traditional eight-speed automatic, something that the HEMI in the Charger Scat Pack gets as well.

The parts roster includes Rubicon rock rails, steel bumpers with a Warn winch, and a steel belly pan. It also comes with Dana 44 axles, Selec-Track full-time two-speed transfer case (3.73 gear ratio), and Tru-Lok electric front- and rear-axle locking differentials. The SUV rides on custom 17-inch deadlock wheels that are wrapped in 37-inch mud-terrain tires.

The suspension of the typical Wrangler JL has been upgraded to include new aluminum, monotube Fox shocks, and two-mode exhaust, which is adjustable at the touch of a button.

The company has installed a factory Jeep Performance Parts two-inch lift kit from Mopar.

All that equipment gives the model some impressive numbers. It has a water fording capability of 34 inches, 13.25 inches of ground clearance, an approach angle of 51.6 degrees, a breaker angle of 29.5 degrees, and a departure angle of 40.1 degrees. It's Trail Rated.

Jeep has given the concept a Granite Crystal paint job, bronze-colored tow hooks, badging, springs, shocks, and wheels. There's a heavy-duty raised hood, custom half doors, and Wrangler's Sky One-touch powertop.

The concepts interior features a Red Rock-colored leather bolstered seats with gold stitching, along with a performance steering wheel.

When will you see the production version of the V8? These things take time, but remember, the auto show circuit looks to pick up in earnest early next year, and we have the Wrangler 4xe to see first.

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The 2021 Lamborghini Sián Roadster is already sold out.

Photo courtesy of Automobili Lamborghini
Lamborghini is taking the top off the Sián Roadster. The 2021 Lamborghini Sián Roadster is a drop-top version of the hybrid super sports car that captivated audiences last year. The cabriolet's run is limited to just 19 models - all of which are already sold out.

The model is outfitted with the same V12 engine and delivers equal hybrid performance. The engine is paired with 48-volt mild-hybrid technology delivering more rapid availability of torque off the line and fuel savings. The 48-volt e-motor, delivering 34 horsepower, sits in the gearbox. The mild-hybrid technology is more powerful than a battery of the same weight and three times lighter than a battery while producing the same power.

Photo courtesy of Automobili Lamborghini


The new Lambo has a top speed of 250 km/h. It can get from zero to 62 mpg in 2.9 seconds. To get back to zero, the car uses its regenerative braking system.

"The Sián Roadster encapsulates the spirit of Lamborghini," says Stefano Domenicali, Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "It is the expression of breathtaking design and extraordinary performance, but most importantly embodies important future technologies. The Sián's innovative hybrid powertrain heralds the direction for Lamborghini super sports cars, and the open-top Sián Roadster affirms a desire for the ultimate lifestyle Lamborghini as we move towards a tomorrow demanding new solutions."

Lamborghini showed off the car with a Blu Uranus paint job. The company says that the color encapsulates, "the blue of the sky and the green of the fields, evoking the freedom and driving elation delivered by the open top Sián." The car rides on Oro Electrum wheels. Their color was chosen to signify the Sián's electrified powertrain. Its interior features Blu Glauco detailing and aluminum elements in Oro Electrum.

Three-dimensional printer technology allow customers to have their initials designed into the car's air vents.

The car features design that envokes the iconic periscopio line inspired by the first Countach. It runs diagonally from the cockpit to the rear. It has a low front and integrated carbon fiber splitter with Y-shaped headlights sitting above.

It has been optimized for aerodynamic efficiency with airflow "directed through the front splitters and through the front bonnet, through the side air intakes and outlets and over the rear spoiler, with no loss of aerodynamic efficiency from the roadster's roofless design". The car has active cooling vanes on its rear that use unique materials-science technology patented by Lamborghini.

At the rear is a strong design featuring six hexagonal taillights inspired by the Countach. The car's rear wing extends out only during the driving to enhance the performance.

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