Dec 222011

If you watch pro football you’ve seen the commercials where the husband (I assume) gives a new Lexus to his wife. Does this really happen? I mean I’m sure somewhere it does just no one I know. How about you? I thought I’d research it a little.

In good times or bad, statistics show that vehicles – fancy and frugal ones – bought as gifts are a tiny portion of new-car sales.

Last year, 1.53 percent of new-car sales, or 17,516 vehicles, were given as gifts, says Oregon-based CNW Marketing Research Inc. In 2000, when the economy was purring along, 29,018 new vehicles were given as gifts, representing 2.34 percent of sales. Still, that is an elite fleet of very happy recipients.

This year, teacher Heather Korenkiewicz is among that group.

Her husband, Michael Korenkiewicz, who works for a sales and marketing company, dramatically revealed Monday what her big Christmas present would be. When the doorbell rang at their Mount Laurel front door, he said, “It’s for you.”

“I opened the door, and there was a little gift bag,” she said. “There was a Lexus key in there.”

On Tuesday, the couple, along with nearly 4-month-old Chase, were at the Cherry Hill Lexus dealer to pick it up. Since a car does not fit in a gift box, the white SUV was parked in a room off the showroom – topped, of course, with a giant red bow.

Heather, holding Chase, walked up to it and excitedly told the baby, “Your daddy has been very good to us this year.”

Very, very good – especially considering they agreed to spend no more than $25 on a gift for each other.

Not everyone is happy to get a car. McCartney recalls one man, about five years ago, who came in with tears in his eyes the day after Christmas. The man described to him his wife’s reaction.

“He’s like, ‘Surprise, Merry Christmas, here’s your new Lexus!’ And she’s like, ‘Are you crazy?’ ”

The man said his wife threatened to divorce him if he did not return the car.

 Posted by at 9:41 am
Dec 142011

You’ve probably never seen this car and probably never will again. It’s a 1961 Ford Thunderbird CONCEPT car. In the days of future ‘concept’, the hover home and 6 slice toaster, the auto industry got in on this. The future. Some of those things happened but I’m still waiting to take a jet pack to work. Funny in the 50′s is was about ‘The Household Of The Future’, just a few years later we got the ‘Pet Rock’. This car is more akin to the Batmobile than anything we have today. I’d still like to own it! Heck I’d liek to even see it. Hope they tour it!

It’s up for auction in a month. There’s still time to bid!



                        – The Thunderflite concept car was based on a 1961 T-Bird- Custom double bubble top- House of Kolors Chrome Effects paint- Chromed-out 302 CI with modified automatic transmission

- Fully independent suspension with computerized Air Ride

- Custom one-off, Features over 1000 custom modifications

- This is a one-of-kind car and truly amazing

- 2008 Best of SEMA and Top 12 Coolest Cars at SEMA

- 2nd Place at the 2009 Grand National Show in Pomona

- Voted 1st in Class at Albuquerque, Super Nationals

- Top 9 in show at Darryl Starbirds car show in Tulsa

- 1st in class at Autorama World of Wheels in Kansas City

- 2nd place a Gene Winfield’s select Six at Syracuse, NY

- This amazing concept car also appeared in SEMA magazine, Street Rodder Magazine, Rod & Kulture magazine, Rod Custom magazine, Car Kulture magazine, Ol’Skool Rodz magazine

To be sold at the Kissimmee, FL Auction auction, Kissimmee, FL, January 24-29, 2012. To consign a car or to register to bid, visit the Mecum web site: or call (262) 275-5050        Auction                                                       

Auction Information:

Mecum Auctions

445 S Main Street
Walworth, WI 53184
PH: 262-275-5050

 Posted by at 6:36 am
Dec 072011

Your tires can give you a good indication on the health of your suspension.  Abnormal wear patterns are often caused by the need for simple tire maintenance, or front end alignment. Tires should be inspected at every opportunity; once a week isn’t too often. Learning to read the early warning signs of trouble can prevent wear that shortens tire life or indicates the need for having other parts of the car serviced. Tires should be inspected 3 ways. First, visually examine all 4 tires; second, feel the tread by hand to detect wear such as feathering and third, check all 4 tires with a pocket type pressure gauge.


Over Inflation
Excessive wear at the center of the tread indicates that the air pressure in the tire is consistently too high.


Under Inflation
This type of wear usually results from consistent under inflation. When a tire is under inflated, there is too much contact with the road by the outer treads, which wear prematurely. A bent or worn steering component or the need for wheel alignment could be indicated. Bent steering or idler arms cause incorrect toe-in and abnormal handling characteristics on turns.


Feathering is a condition when the edge of each tread rib develops a slightly rounded edge on one side and a sharp edge on the other. By running your hand over the tire, you can usually feel the sharper edges before you’ll be able to see them. The most common cause of feathering is incorrect toe-in setting, which can be cured by having It set correctly. This is usually due to deteriorated bushings in the front suspension, causing the wheel alignment to shift as the car moves down the road.


One Side Wear
When an inner or outer rib wears faster than than the rest of the tire, the need for wheel alignment is indicated. There is excessive camber in the front suspension, causing the wheel to lean too much to the inside or outside and putting too much load on one side of the tire. The car may simply need the wheels aligned, but misalignment could be due to sagging springs, worn ball joints, or worn control arm bushings. Because load has a great affect on alignment, be sure the car is loaded the way it’s normally driven when you have the wheels aligned; this is particularly important with independent rear suspension cars.


Cups or scalloped dips appearing around the edge of the tread on one side or the other, almost always indicate worn (sometimes bent) suspension parts. Adjustment of wheel alignment alone will seldom cure the problem. Any worn component that connects the wheel to the car (ball joint, wheel bearing, shock absorber, springs, bushings, etc.) can cause this condition. Worn components should be replaced with new ones. The worn tire should be balanced and possibly moved to a different location on the car. Occasionally, wheels that are out of balance will wear like this, but wheel imbalance usually shows up as bald spots between the outside edges and center of the tread.


Second-rib Wear
Second-rib wear is normally found only in radial tires, and appears where the steel belts end in relation to the tread. Normally, it can be kept to a minimum by paying careful attention to tire pressure and frequently rotating the tires. Some car and tire manufacturers consider a slight amount of wear at the second rib of a radial tire normal, but that excessive amounts of wear indicate that the tires are too wide for the wheels. Be careful when having oversize tires installed on narrow wheels.

 Posted by at 10:23 pm