Virtual Car Show

WHM x AutomotiveMap Virtual Car Show: March 28, 2020

This 1956 Ford F100 is just one of the vehicles being shown this week during the WHM x AutomotiveMap Virtual Car Show.

Photo courtesy of Christopher Koehn

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. Click here to see last week's show.

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 next week's Virtual Car Show.

2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8

Photo courtesy of Joseph Pritchett

Joseph Pritchett isn't the first owner of this Dodge Challenger SRT8, but the Rosenberg, Texas resident is happy to have bought it from a lot and joined the "brotherhood of muscle". He paid $31,000 for the model in 2016 and has made thousands of dollars in upgrades.

Pritchett has specially modified the model, with all work done in his own driveway. Exterior enhancements include:

  • X-lume Mopar and SRT illuminated logos on the front grille
  • Oracle halo lights in the headlights and fog lights
  • Oracle wheel ring lights
  • Carbon Creations Viper hood with a floating hood kit
  • MagnaFlow exhaust with exhaust electric cutouts
  • Custom painted red spoiler with MFR wicker bill and red exhaust tips
  • GT Styling taillight covers
  • Mopar hood pins
  • KNG front splitter
  • KNG rear diffuser
  • Staggered 22" Elegante luxury wheels, custom painted red with silver face
  • Staggered tires 265 in the front 295s in the rear
  • White Spiked lug nuts and spiked valve stem
But that's not all, Prichett also added custom white leather seats with red dual diamond stitching, Tanaka racing seat belts, 3gcutsomz door props, and a custom painted dashboard to the interior.

The trunk got an an airforce suspension aluminum air tank, two Viair air compressors, custom aluminum hard lines, a hard wood floor with clear glass cutouts, two 12" DS18 subwoofers and amp, a custom white leather molded trunk box, and red and white lights.

In the engine bay, there's a Drake strut tower brace bar, billet aluminum caps and catch can, custom painted motor accessories, a 3gcustomz ABS cover, custom painted firewall cover, a K&N Black Hawk Performance cold air intake, Dead Bird Customs clear and lighted fuse box, painted valve covers, and a Killerglass radiator hose.

1965 Ford Mustang Fastback

Photo courtesy of Rashann Fontenot

"Mustangs are an American icon and this one is uniquely recreated and has tons of personality," saiid the owner of this 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback Rashann Fontenot. She and her husband purchased the car in 2017.

The car's aggressiveness has been taken up a notch thanks to some modifications including a Mustang E2 body kit, staggered wheels and tires, TMI interior, Crites teardrop hood, gloss black paint, and a molded Monzo gas cap.

1956 Ford Thunderbird

Photo courtesy of Steve Winner

Steve Winner purchased his 1956 Ford Thunderbird in 2004 from a friend. He's always admiried 1955-1957 T-birds so he figured he couldn't go wrong by adding the '56 to his stable.

He worked with a friend to restore the car. His friend had previously restored 18 other Thunderbirds and this one would end up being his last. Together they modified the car's brakes, suspension, dashboard wiring, and cooling system. They gave the Thunderbird radial tires as well.

1956 Ford F100

Photo courtesy of Christopher Koehn

Collector Christopher Koehn purchased this Ford F100 from Arizona in 2018. He, and it, now reside in Rosenberg, Texas. He says it has been a lifelong dream to own a F100 - he's loved it since he was in high school.

When he purchased it, he had been looking for one for several years. After laying eyes on this one, he knew that it had to be his.

Despite being modified, the model is still 100 percent Ford truck. It has a 351 Windsor engine with Edelbrock power package bored and stroked to a 414, Heidts Superide IFS Mustang II front end with four-link rear suspension, front and rear fully adjustable coil overs, Wilwood disc brakes, a four-speed TCI StreetFighter C4 transmission, fresh wood in the bed, air conditioning, power steering, and 20-inch Ridler wheels in Blue Flame Metallic.

2016 Dodge Viper ACR-E

Photo courtesy of Andrew Threatt

Andrew Thereatt has loved the Dodge Viper since it debuted. His first experience with a Viper was when he was 16 and his dad rented one for the weekend. He bought his first once used in 2013 and fulfilled a lifelong dream. He upgraded to the red model he has today because it's more aggressive and a higher-performing on the track.

For Thereatt, it isn't just how the Viper drives that he loves. It's also sharing the car with his kids and car fanatics. He says, "I feel incredibly luck[y] to live out this dream and I know many others would love to just experience it even for a minute. Any chance I get to give rides or even just let others sit in the car is one of the best experiences I can have as an owner of this amazing machine."

Since he's had the car, he's only done minor upgrades like add an oil catch can, underdrive pulley, and heat shields.

1989 Chevrolet S-10 Tahoe

Photo courtesy of Ed White

In 1997, Ed White paid $700 for this 1989 Chevrolet S-10 Tahoe. His only other car was a '67 GTO and he needed something that he could easily gets parts for and haul stuff with.

The truck was hot rodded in '97, which included lowering the model by two inches, converting it to a five-speed, and opening up the intake and exhaust.

He started restoring the model in 2012 but it was rear-ended in 2015 then involved in a front-end collision in 2017. That was when White decided to improvise. He wanted to convert the S-10 into a Woody Roadster-like pickup.

So far, White has cut the top to be removable, added modified (shaved the step, grafted in the original Chevy wheel openings) Ford Ranger Splash pontoon fenders in place of the original bed sides, and added a '67 Camaro rear bumper. He's currently working on under-floor storage in the bed, and hooking the bed to the cab. Once that's done, the woodwork begins. His plan is to paint it Mazda's Soul red when it's all said and done.

The model is just one piece of White's woody vehicle puzzle. He already has a cruiser bicycle with wood options and a woody utility trailer. After he gets done with the S-10, he's going to work on giving a 1950s speedboat the treatment.

2016 Ford Mustang GT California Special

Photo courtesy of Jason Scaturro

If his car can't go, Jason Scaturro doesn't go. He bought the car in 2016 after always wanting a 5.0-liter Mustang and it's been his daily driver ever since. He's taken it from Florida to California.

The car is equipped with a Ford Performance street pack complete suspension, Ford Performance by Borla Touring Exhaust with X pipe, slotted and dimpled rotors, a Speed Dawg shift knob, a GT350R steering wheel, a hood decal by Cruzin Graphix, JTL oil separator, and Airaid Cold Air Intake.

RPI Design gave the car a custom painted fuse box, plenum coil covers, and brake reservoir. Anything Painted did the custom painted strut tower brace, "MUSTANG GT/CS" sign, and strut tower covers.

1977 Chevrolet Scottsdale

Photo courtesy of Joey Dupree

Joey Dupree bought this truck new in 1976 for just $6,100. He had truck fever in high school and two friends that bought trucks before jealousy finally kicked in strong enough for him to purchase one from himself.

Dupree's dad always told him, "Son, you take care of your vehicle, your vehicle will take care of you." Tt's been 43 years and the truck is still going strong.

Over time, Dupree has installed a 540-ci Shafiroff engine, 4L80e overdrive transmission, a custom interior with a moved shifter and center console, cowl hood, narrowed rear end, and 31 x 18 1/2 Hoosier tires. A fuel cell has been installed in the bed by the tailgate.

1954 Chevrolet Bel Air

Photo courtesy of Patrick Lindquist

This 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air spent its entire life in Bell County, Texas until new owner Patrick Lindquist purchased it in 2003 for $7,500 and drove it to Sugar Land. Now the car enjoys frequent outings to car shows all over the Houston area.

Lindquist has long held a passion for Chevys. His first car was a '53 Chevrolet. Since his purchase, the car has had its interior redone, truck detailed, and had a split manifold and dual exhaust added.

The Bel Air just turned over to 42,000 miles and it's only had four sets of tires its entire life!

2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Photo submitted by Michael Cole

This car is so "loud and rowdy" said owner Michale Cole, it's been given a fitting nickname - Tinnitus. Tinnitus is a 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 that is the company car for High Tech Corvette in Texas.

Cole acquired the car through a trade in 2012. She's had a few modifications since then:

  • 443 big bore LSX engine
  • Brodix BR7 cylinder heads
  • Holley Hi-Ram intake
  • Yella Terra rockers
  • Manley valves
  • Custom Wiseco gas ported pistons
  • Compstar rods
  • Callies Dragonslayer crank
  • Mezierre electric water pump
  • ATI balancer,
  • Nick Williams throttle body
  • Tuned by Matt Sorian
  • Machine work done by SPS Cylinder Heads, LME, SamTech and Greg Good

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The Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne is an all-electric hypercar

Photo courtesy of Hispano Suiza

The Hispano Suiza brand has been around for more than a century. Now primarily known as an aerospace company, the automotive side of the business is attempting a revival, first with the Carmen's introduction and now with the Carmen Boulogne, a sportier take on the Carmen.

The Carmen Boulogne is a fully electric and exclusive hypercar that was designed, developed, and manufactured in Barcelona, Spain. The company will create just five examples for sale.

Its name origin stretches back to 1921 when Hispano Suiza made a racing version of its high-performance H6 Coupé and entered it in the George Boillot Cup, an endurance race lasting more than 3.5 hours around the French city of Boulogne. Hispano Suiza took the win at the race in 1921, 1922, and 1923.

Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne Photo courtesy of Hispano Suiza

The Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne delivers 1,098 horsepower and has an electronically limited maximum speed of 180 mph. The car can get form zero to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds and weighs 3,593 pounds. Its weight is 60 pounds less than the traditional Carmen, a number that was achieved by changing out traditional structural elements for a carbon fiber subframe, among other parts. Additionally, the entire body of the car is carbon fiber.

The car's 80 kilowatt hour battery gives it a driving range of up to 248 miles. That's similar to the range of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. Its battery is designed and produced in-house, and has fast-charging capability of more than 80 kilowatts, taking just 30 minutes to charge from 30 to 80 percent via a CCS2 fast charger. It also has CHAdeMO and GB/T charging options.

Each rear wheel of the car has two permanent-magnet synchronous motors. The torque deliver of each motor is controlled through a vectoring system honed by experience in Formula E racing. Off the line through 6,500 rpm, the car is capable of reaching 1,180 pound-feet of torque.

The face of the car has the same semi-circular headlights and scowl as the Carmen, with the difference of a copper-colored grille. Buyers can customize their model to include either suede or black Alcantara on the dashboard and door panels.

Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne

Photo courtesy of Hispano Suiza

The price of the Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne starts at $2 million USD, and its manufacturing process requires approximately twelve month of lead time.

The five units of the Carmen Boulogne hypercar join the 14 units of the Carmen to reach a total of 19 units in production, with the first unit ready to be delivered in 2022.

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The 2021 Kia Sorento is towing the numerals for the 2020 Times Square New Year's Eve ball drop ceremony across the country.

Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The journey is underway. As many Americans are eager to close out 2020, Kia is working to make the end of the year happen in style. A 2021 Kia Sorento is hauling the iconic numerals for the One Times Square ball drop ceremony across the country with planned stops in Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.

"New Year's Eve is typically seen as a fresh start and a new beginning, and that holds true this year more than ever. With its rugged capability, the Kia Sorento will bring a little piece of the energy and fun of New Year's Eve in Times Square to people nationwide. This will also be a reminder that we're all in this together and that the New Year brings new opportunities and excitement," said Russell Wager, director, marketing operations, Kia Motors America.

2007 New Year's Eve Ball Drop Numerals Workers unload the giant '7' completing the "2-0-0-7" sign for the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square December 13, 2006 in New York City.Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images

The fourth-generation Sorento started its journey at Kia's North American headquarters in Irvine, California. Its journey will end in Times Square, the New Year's Eve heart of New York City, where the SUV and its cargo will be on display for three days along with other vehicles, before being installed on the top of One Times Square awaiting the iconic ball drop ceremony.

Kia lists the vehicle as being able to tow up to 3,500 pounds in the SX Prestige X-Line trim when equipped with the available factory-installed tow hitch, a $475 add-on.

At select points along the way, National Geographic will document the Sorento's journey, bringing stories from its stops to life through photography and video.

The publicity stunt culminates in the launch of a new creative campaign for the 2021 Sorento, which will debut during "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021" on ABC. During the broadcast, you may see some Kia employees in the Times Square. They are there courtesy of the company, who will be hosting them at the event.

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