When it comes to maximum potential for minimum coin it's hard to ignore a few vehicles with V8's that can be had for pennies on the dollar. The mustang is sometimes overlooked by many who simply can't comprehend how a solid rear axle can be any good. Those in the know, understand that solid rear axles are only somewhat limiting when you consider rough tarmac on twisty roads. For all of us who are clever enough to only drive fast on roads we know, or on smooth race tracks from time to time a properly set up rear suspension in a stiffened mustang chassis can certainly be sufficient. I'm suggesting that any doubtful readers who have their noses turned up re-consider. It's completely possible that an American live axle car from the 1980's can handle well and with how common these old mustangs are, At the very least, even the most skeptical read should be able to agree it's worth the challenge.
No we're not thinking about toy cars as the pictures might suggest. We're thinking of cars that are primarily toys. If you're anything like us you enjoy a spirited drive through the countryside or along the coast. You might also try your hand at the occasional track day or auto-cross event. Driving is not just a way to get from point A to B and you might be interested in an affordable car that can offer you maximum fun for minimum cash. Most auto enthusiast will eventually open up their minds (and wallets) to the idea of a 2nd car for everything but their daily commute. This car will be for when the sun is shining and you don't really need to be anywhere in particular. What type of car would you drive if it was purely for enjoyment? There are plenty of websites that will tell you how incredible the latest McLaren is and how it compared to the E85 tuned GTR made by ________ tuning company. We're here to go through our 10 best list of fun cars (stock or modified) for under $10,000. No serious gear-head will agree 100% with any list like this but let's see how close we can come to hitting the nail on the head.
Sometimes it's an idea you'll get while chatting with your friends about their cars, or something you've seen online. It could be something you want to build in order to emulate your own take on a particular style, or maybe it's something completely out of left field. Many of us gear heads have envisioned building a project in one form or another. Many of us dream of owning a fleet of uniquely customized cars. How does one go about deciding which particular fantasy to pursue when, if you're like me; you have dozens of ideas in the back of your mind. Here's how HeelToeDriving.com decided on it's first project vehicle. Maybe our thought process might help you piece together your dream car.
Muscle cars are hardly as attainable as they once were. The truly desirable models are not only hard to find but also exceedingly expensive. Is there a solution out there for those of us who want to thunder around town in some monster muscle? Paul Choiniere has used his ingenuity and passion for the hobby to build himself a brutish street machine for a percentage of what any reasonable 1st generation would cost. The money he did need for the car, he made by doing body work for friends and restoring classic motorcycles.
Mazda discontinued their very popular and refined RX7 because of the difficulty they had meeting ever tightening emissions standards with the very peculiar Rotary engine the car was famous for. The RX7 was priced to compete with the Corvette, Porsche 911 and the Honda NSX. The high development costs to refresh a competetive RX7 and the shrinking high end market led to the demise of the RX7 in 2002. Mazda however, did not want to lose their "Zoom Zoom" sporty persona and had another car in development due for release in 2003[Japan]. The car in question, the new RX8, could be considered an improved RX7 on some fronts, but enthusiast have always considered it to be a watered down performance car. A mixed drink in comparison to a shot of Jack Daniels if you would? The new car (scheduled for release in 2004 outside Japan) would be a true sports car without any of the usual drawbacks offering compromises for day to day use.
In the used car market there is always something out there that seems to be a real performance bargain. Most of those bargains have some deep dark secret that ties to a manufacturer defect or poor design, (ex early 996 Porsche 911s (99'-01'). The statement "If it is too good to be true it usually is" is accurate all too often. So why should you look for one of these performance bargains? If you're like most people you can only really own one car at a time. That car should be; reliable, easy/cheap to maintain, convenient, winter drivable and FAST! What safe options are out there? Look for a 2005-2009 Subaru Legacy GT.
Too many pompous millionaires and billionaires buy legendary cars as status symbols only to keep them on display. The tolerably posh occasionally drive their classic memorabilia but we prefer when cars with racing heritage are kept doing what they were intended to do.
So Wednesday's typically aren't good for much. If you're like me, you are stuck at work all day in a mid week grind with no leisure time in sight. If you live in the Moncton area there is refuge from the mundane mid-week blahs. In the spring and fall, the Moncton Motor Sport Club hosts evening Auto-cross events on a regular basis. If you've got $20 and safe and functioning car you can join the friendly atmosphere. Everyone who tries it, seems to develop an addiction to the adrenaline and a thirst for more. Driving experience is very clearly the biggest advantage when competing for the best time of the day, but don't let that discourage or intimidate you. The organizers and participants are far from judgmental of rookies and offer support and advice at every opportunity. The rules are simple. So long as everyone is respectful of others in attendance, their cars and most importantly, respectful of everyone's safety, fun will be had by all.
So AWD, massive turbos, superlight chassis' and sleepers are all very cool but this car manages to be all of the above. Over 40 pounds of boost in a highly tuned AWD car that weighs around 2500lbs is a sure weigh to scare the pants off of any bystander. The stock interior is a nice touch, although it makes us wonder if the seats can even hold the driver in place with the acceleration this thing is capable of. We found ourselves staring at the speedo as it shot past the numbers and into the unknown in a matter of seconds. Enjoy!
Some people really have an extraordinary amount of trust for the people around them. That is certainly necessary for these human pylons, as this drifter works his way closer and closer to their toes. This isn't the sort of "heel & toe" driving that we typically are referring to.