About Mike Ross

I love anything you can drive. But I love it even more if it has a small block Chevy or Ford motor, a turbo, four wheel drive, is a hatchback, or was made in the 80s. My ideal car would be a combination of all of these things, and I'm working on building a time machine so I can go back to the 80's and convince Chevy and Ford to collaborate on a twin-engine, single turbo 4x4 XR4Ti/Fox Mustang/Third Gen F-body and hide one in a mineshaft for me to recover in brand new condition. Look for a blog post about it just as soon as it happens. Or maybe it already did, and I've already posted about it in the future and the internet just needs to catch up with it. Okay, my head hurts, never mind.

SEMA 2018 – My Favorite Supra

This year, Toyota brought the whole Supra collection to the SEMA show, all in white which made it super easy to compare them all and choose a favorite, not that I needed that in order to pick one. I overhead a group people discussing which generation was their favorite and they all seemed pretty undecided.

For me, it’s hands down the Second Gen. The A60 was only produced from 1981 to 1985 but I still think of it as the main Supra. Let’s face it, the First Gen was pretty clumsy looking, the Third Gen resembles a poor man’s F-body or an FD RX-7 and the Fourth Gen is for just kids and the Hogan family.

I really can’t get enough of the exaggerated, low-poly shape of the Second Gen Supra. Since a picture is still worth at least a couple of hundred words these days, I took Toyota’s SEMA 2018 showing as an opportunity to try and get some angles of the car that really do it for me.

Toyota also had some other interesting stuff going on. I don’t think I’ve heard anything about hydrogen fuel cells since high school, but Toyota had a Tundra there that apparently runs on hydrogen and can make pizzas or something. I didn’t really stick around long enough to see it do anything though. I was too busy playing the free Ivan Stewart Super Off Road arcade machine and getting frustrated beyond belief. I’ve got to say- it was an excellent move on Toyota’s part to bring the game with them to the show but I think it should have been more prominently displayed. It was basically tucked into a corner, not even close to where the actual Ivan Stewart truck was. Either way, it was a cool idea, and I definitely spent longer at the Toyota booth than any of the other major manufacturers’ areas.It’s funny, I realized afterwards that I never really even took a close look at the new Supra. I spent all of my time on an outdated, underpowered car and an outdated, graphically underwhelming video game. I’m not sure what that says about me, but oh well. I’m going to go look at Celicas on Craigslist now.

Drag Racing a Rental Escalade

This one speaks for itself. We rented a 2018 Escalade and put it through its paces. As you can see in the video, it cleaned up pretty well at the track, although it’s sort of an unfair advantage when you don’t mind letting your brand new vehicle scream down the track in 4 wheel low…

It’s also surprisingly good off road for having no ground clearance to speak of. Basically what we learned is that total carelessness can make up for quite a few vehicular shortcomings.

SEMA 2015: 1955 Chevrolet Nomad ‘Sunmad’

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When it comes to the Tri-Five Chevys of 1955, 56, and 57, most owners fall into one of two groups. You have the cars which are restored to their full original condition, and you have the cars which have been set up for drag racing with a big block, roll cage, rear wheel tubs, and drag slicks. So it was quite unusual to see Ron ad Debbie Pfisterer’s 1955 Nomad at SEMA 2015, because it wasn’t like either of those.

In fact, the car seems to be set up more as a cruiser / pro-touring vehicle, which I’ve not seen done to one of these cars before. The first thing that caught my eye was not the bright orange color, but the directional wheels from a C4 Corvette. Continue reading