Monday, 15 May 2017

MugenViper NSX

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

I spotted this rather aggressive NSX when I was dropping my Civic off at TDI at the weekend. I didn't get a chance to enquire about it, but a little online digging reveals that it's running a turbocharged V6. It's brimming with purposeful details, from the quick-release Perspex rear window and vast carbon-fibre wing to the exposed, uprated cooling and the static headlamps in place of the pop-ups. The brakes look pretty meaty too. Interestingly, though, the passenger-side exhaust appears to be a dummy... nevertheless, a formidable and astounding machine, perfect for getting your Winston Wolfe on.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Loco Banditos Galaxie

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

Unquestionably my favourite car from this year's Wheels Day, this bona fide California custom has such astoundingly detailed candy paint, you get a sugar rush just standing near it.
Its owner, Steve Neimantas, spotted the car at the Bakersfield Hot Rod Reunion in California, a 'for sale' sign perched in the window, and it was love at first sight. He just had to have it. The Galaxie had been treated to AccuAir air-ride, disc brakes all round, a retrimmed Thunderbird interior, and it still features its original 352 Y-block motor with column-shift. But the main lure, of course, is the paint - the amount of time and effort it must have taken is mind-boggling, it makes you want to dive into the mile-deep lacquer and swim around in the trippy, LSD-inspired colours, shapes and patterns. I can't stop staring at it. I want everything in life to be this colourful.

More Wheels Day 2017 pics here.