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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Ford has listened and will be making its Bronco available with a manual transmission and the Sasquatch Package.

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It's safe to say that enthusiasm for the 2021 Ford Bronco is high. The voices of the enthusiasts are loud too. So loud, that the powers that be at Ford Motor Company headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan heard them when they shouted all over social media that they wanted the Bronco to be available with a manual transmission and the Sasquatch Package - a combination not announced at the product's debut.

"The Bronco community spoke and we heard them," said Mark Grueber, Ford Bronco consumer marketing manager. "Our team moved quickly to add Sasquatch with a manual transmission – another example of our focus on giving customers the best possible off-road vehicles and accessories that we can."

2021 Ford Bronco four-door Many orders have already been placed for the 2021 Bronco.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Previously, the Sasquatch Package was only available on select trim levels of the two- and four-door Bronco with the available 10-speed automatic transmission.

The Sasquatch Package gives the model 35-inch Goodyear mud-terrain tires that are mounted to 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels, Dana front and rear electronic locking axles with 4.7:1 final drive ratio, and a high-clearance suspension with a nearly two-inch wider track, position-sensitive Bilstein shocks, and wider fender flares.

The change makes the Bronco the only 4x4 with a seven-speed manual and 35-inch off-road tires in its class, giving it one more boasting point in the Bronco vs. Wrangler throwdown for off-road supremacy.

The Sasquatch Package will now be available across the Ford Bronco lineup including the Base, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outerbanks, and Badlands grades. It is standard on the Bronco Wildtrak and First Edition models. Exterior paint job options vary by trim level.

"Capability is always a priority, and pairing Sasquatch with a manual transmission and available advanced 4x4 system gives it a maximum crawl ratio of 94.75:1, providing even more off-road capability across the line-up," said Dave Pericak, Ford icons global director.

The manual transmission with Sasquatch package is targeted to be available in late 2021. But, you may have to wait 15 months to get yours.

Earlier this year, AutomotiveMap rode in a Bronco with a manual transmission as well as the Bronco Sport.

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The first all-electric Karma Automotive model is set to debut next year.

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Karma Automotive is promising to debut its first all-electric car in 2021. To understand how we got here, it's important to look back a decade.

Fisker Automotive was founded by heralded car designer Henrik Fisker in 2007. For a brief moment in history, it produced the Fisker Karma, one of the world's first production luxury plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). The first Karma was delivered in 2011 but by 2014, the company was staring down liquidation.

That year, Fisker Automotive's Karma vehicle design, tooling, and manufacturing facility were purchased by Wanxiang Group, the largest China-based automotive components company by revenue. Henrik Fisker retried the Fisker trademarks and rights to the Fisker brand. He went on to launch Fisker Inc., a separate company that has big plans for all-electric vehicles, in 2016. Wanxiang Group renamed its vehicle company Karma Automotive.

And now here we are.

Karma Automotive has released an image of the GS as a teaser.

Karma Automotive says that the 2021 debut will be the first public step in a full line, which includes electrification options and leans on technological advancements to set itself apart. The GS Series model will be Karma's first-ever battery electric luxury sedan.

The new models will retain much of the same design as the Revero.

"We are pleased to announce that Karma will now offer our first all-electric vehicle next year as part of the GS series," said Dr. Lance Zhou, Karma's CEO. "Cost reductions in the BOM, streamlining our supply chain and standardized production methods also allowed for a new, more attainable pricing structure for the GS lineup allowing for higher market penetration, opening up the market to a larger group of entry level luxury buyers."

Though its looks, range, pricing, and options aren't yet public knowledge, customers can currently reserve their model at http://www.karmaautomotive.com/reserve. All reservations require a fully-refundable $100 deposit.

For years Chinese brands have been looking to break into the U.S. market without much success. Though there are a growing number of Karma dealerships in the U.S., sales of the vehicles are few and far between.

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