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​

1981 DeLorean, DMC-12\u200b

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

1969 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Hemi Orange package brings unqiue style to the Durango.

Dodge

The Dodge Durango isnt the newest or most refined SUV on the market, but it offers great comfort, good tech, and a handful of raucous powertrian options. The long-running family hauler is due for an update, but in the meantime, Dodge has given it a new Hemi Orange package with unique styling touches.

Dodge already offers the Hemi Orange package fo the Challenger and Charger, and now it's available for the three-row Durango. The package is available for the R/T trim, which comes with a 5.7-liter V8.

Dodge Durango Hemi OrangeDodge offers four exterior colors with the package. Dodge

Much of the Orange package's content comes on the outside, where Dodge adds orange and gunmetal hod stripes, black taillights, and grey/orange badging. The SUV rides on black 20-inch wheels, and Dodge offers different black "Lights Out" 20-inch wheels. Four exterior colors are available: Destroyer Grey, Diamond Black, Octane Red, and White Knuckle. Inside, the Durango gets orange sticthing and unique patterns in the upholstery. Dodge says the stitching extends throughout the interior, including to the gauge cluster, armrests, console lid, and steering wheel.

Two upgrades are available for the Hemi Orange Durango. The first is the Orange Plus Package, which adds a power sunroof, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and a load of driver aids. The Tow N Go package is available for four-wheel drive models, and brings the 20-inch Lights Out wheels, orange brake calipers, and a Bilstein high-performance suspension system.

The Durango R/T Hemi Orange is available now. It carries a price tag of $1,995. The Orange Plus package costs $4,500 and the Tow N Go package costs $5,095.

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The ZR2 is a beefy off-road pickup.

Chevrolet

Chevrolet has added a beefed-up version of its half-ton pickup to the 2022 Silverado lineup that has more capability and comfort for towing and hauling loads, traveling to hard jobs over a variety of road surfaces and a better 4WD game for backcountry travel. I recently joined the Bow-Tie brand for a 200-mile-long evaluation of the first-ever Chevy ZR2. Our day-long test drive took us from the popular desert playground of Palm Springs, located in a verdant valley surrounded by 5,000 to 10,000-foot mountains, to swaths of nearby desert. There, we traveled along a collection of dirt trails in Joshua Tree National Forest and on a 4WD mining trail to abandoned gold mines, with rugged topography that allowed us to try out the truck’s updated hardware that has been engineered to bring an ease of operation and safety for motoring over tough and technical terrain.

2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2The ZR2 gets several exclusive touches that set it apart from a standard Silverado.Chevrolet

Chevy has made some significant changes to the 2022 Silverado lineup from outside to in and has added Super Cruise, a hands-free drive mode that we were able to try out on local highways in the Palm Springs environs, as we also checked out different trim levels and new technologies. Updates of note are new interior styling, freshened materials and premium trims; a new dashboard and digital displays with a 12.3-inch fully digital gauge cluster and a 13.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system (with Google’s Maps, Assistant and Play Store as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay); and an electronic shifter mounted to the center console. However, our primary task was to focus on the all-new ZR2 that has been set up with a 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8 engine, rides on 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory tires, boasts a new suspension with Multimatic spool-valve dampers, and has electronic-locking front and rear differentials. Elements of the ZR2 and this moniker have been used previously on a special edition of Chevy’s compact truck.

In addition to its functional features, the new Silverado ZR2 stands apart from its stablemates by a collection of unique design cues, including a distinctive front end with a new black hood insert; a large-sized grille with a hollowed-out ‘flow-tie’ emblem for increased air flow and integrated lighting; wheel moldings, ZR2 badges, unique 18-inch wheels and an exclusive Jet Black/Graystone leather-trimmed interior matched with an appealing dark trim. Overall, the truck looks slightly aggressive and fit. The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 competes with other full-sized desert-running and off-road trucks from Ford and Ram. It’s only offered with a crew-cab body style and either the short- or standard-length cargo boxes with an optional Multi-Flex Tailgate. On sale now, it starts at $67,600 (plus $1,695 destination and delivery)

Chevy’s flagship off-road pickup can tow 8,900 pounds with a conventional trailer hitch and haul up to 1,440 pounds of payload, with more comfortable ride as a result of the spool-valved dampers and specially-tuned springs that bring increased wheel travel when compared to the Trail Boss trim, for instance. This also translates to improved control and greater safety on the road, which we found impressive during our highway driving. The truck has a number of new standard safety features, as well.

2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2The off-road can tow up to 8,900 pounds and haul up to 1,440 pounds.Chevrolet

Added to Chevy’s in-house testing of the truck in everyday driving and extremes, we learned that the new pickup has been put to the test over the past three years by Chad Hall, who is a highly-respected off-roader and noted desert racer. The production truck and Hall’s prototype race truck share most of the major chassis and drivetrain components, including the robust ladder-type frame; the 420-horsepower V-8 and 10-speed automatic transmission; transfer case; front and rear differentials; plus the front and transfer case skid plates, says Chevy. (See below for more info on Hall’s racing success in this truck.)

We sampled a number of the truck’s technologies during our day-long drive, checking the boxes for both high-speed desert-running and slow-speed rock crawling. Overall, there was good power on tap with plenty of torque to move the half-ton’s 5,800-pound mass, smooth shifts from the 10-speed transmission, good brakes to slow our momentum when needed, and a comfortable ride- even over rugged roads and washboard.

I was excited to experience the ZR2’s talents on some isolated backcountry roads including the Old Dale and Black Eagle Mine Roads 4WD trail, where posted signage warned “Proceed at your own risk: Deep sand and rocks-- stranded drivers have died from heat exposure on park roads.” Truth is, this is just the kind of picturesque and formidable place that 4WD enthusiasts love to explore with a truck that can take you there—and bring you back safely.

2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2Chev updated the Silverado's interior with better tech and upscale luxury features.Chevrolet

What makes the ZR2 with its rear leaf-spring set-up abona-fide off-roader? In front are tow hooks and a skid plate underneath the high-mounted steel front bumper, with a 31.8-degree approach angle. Other numbers of note are the: 23.4 breakover angle; 23.3 departure angle; 11.2 inches of ground clearance; with 9.84 inches of suspension travel in front and 10.62 inches in the rear. Its width is 81.2 inches, which helps compared to some of its competitors, as it is more “parkable” in many garages and we found it maneuvered well when navigating through narrow sections of rock. Engineers have also repositioned the dual exhaust for added protection.

One of the truck’s top cool new features is the selectable Terrain Mode that allows for one-pedal driving; this cruise-control-like technology is particularly useful for motoring over rocks and up and down steep slopes. To engage, we locked the ZR2 into 4WD Low, set first gear and let the engineering do the driving, using the throttle to increase speed and the brake to decrease speed, when needed. A forward-facing camera provides visibility to the front and sides, as well as to the back which is another great feature for navigating technical terrain.

*Fuel economy estimates sit at 14 mpg in the city, 17 on the highway and 15 combined. the 24-gallon ZR2’s 360-mile range.

**FAST FACT: Chad Hall Racing also helped test the Chevy Colorado ZR2 off-road technologies in competition — and is still going strong with them. The Colorado ZR2 has been racing since 2017 in the Best in The Desert series and is the only truck in its class to have finished every race entered. It has accumulated more than 22,500 miles of racing experience.

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