Lahore Shopping Festival. And Classic CARS!

Rolls Royce 1965

Expect the Rolls Royce 1965 at the Car Rally

One of the better things coming out of the Lahore Chambers of Commerce is the decision to organize the Lahore Shopping Festival.

It has a lot of things covered it seems. And there is something for car lovers as well.

The Lahore Shopping Festival will start from the 4rd of April 2011, and will go on for about one week, ending on the 10th of April 2011.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • A Polo Tournament at the 125-year-old Lahore Polo Club
  • A Qirat competition on April 5th. The winner of the competition will be awarded PKR 100,000 and an Umra ticket (cool, no?)
  • A Classic Car Rally on April 6th, starting from Siddique Trade Center to Liberty Chowk. Around 50 cars dating from 1920 to 1965 will take part.
  • Young Entrepreneurs’ Business Plan competition will be held at 90 The Mall on the same day i.e. April 6th. (Wonder what the first prize for this competition would be!?!)
  • A Musical Evening at Raiwand Road
  • A Peace Walk on April 7th, from Lahore Chambers of Commerce to Alhamra Hall (Mall Road), at 10:30 AM.
  • A Photography Competition would be held at the Tollinton Market Hall.
  • Lahore Wrestling Competition will be held at the Punjab Wrestling Stadium on April 8th.
  • On the same day (April 8th), a two-day Punjab Expo would start at the remarkably built Lahore Expo Center, where trader and manufacturers would showcase their products at discounted rates.
  • Also on the same day (April 8th), a rally of heavy bikes would be organized, from Lahore Chambers of Commerce and Industry offices to the Lahore Expo Center.
  • A Fashion Show will be help on April 8th at 8:00 PM at The Royal Palm.
  • A Conference on Investment Opportunities will be held at the Lahore Expo Auditorium on April 9th.  A must-attend for would-be entrepreneurs and businessmen.
  • A Cycle Race from the LCCI offices to the Lahore Expo Center would be help on April 10th.

OK, so I don’t know about you, but a lot of things are happening here; Cars, bikes, cycles, business opportunities and even wrestling and fashion shows! Don’t know about you, but it sure presents ample opportunity for many of us to be entertained, get educated and stay interested!

Saudis in Audis

I have been trying to get some pics of Audis in Pakistan.

But I guess Remy beat me to it as he has found a lot of Saudis in Audis.

Just watch.

Lyrics to Saudis in Audis

Saudis in Audis…

Hey there hotty, hey there cutie
want a ride in my Audi?
I drive fast, in high speed moody
passing like I am Doug Flutie

It has everything you need
imitation leather seat
heater so it don’t get colder
even has a mustache holder

Headlight so I see at night
cup holder for my sprite
it is flex fuel, don’t you know
runs on gas and on cologne

you think that my judgment’s cloudy
you say that it’s pronounced “Audi”
hit mute button, quit your fussin
it’s car, it’s not belly button

Saudis in Audis…

I have mustache, I have shades
I have shiny new A8
My Audi is so sick
even is my profile pic

Crank the AC cuz it’s hot
driving crazy through Riyadh
GPS so we go places
to AX and the oasis

Drive to Emirates tonight
shopping for some stuff Dubai
drive Audi out in Amman
even we go to Cinnabon

Up to Jeddah, down to Mecca
bet I never drive a Jetta
gas on empty, don’t use a frown
Saudis just put hose in the ground

Saudis in Audis…

They call me oil, I’ll tell you why
it’s because I’m crude and unrefined
Like cooking burgers for a meal
you need four circles on the grill

Seated heats yes I’m all on ya
see this piece staight from Allmagne
gonna go and take us a real long drive
longer than it takes us to do the whites

So how can you tell if Audi
is driven by a Saudi?
here’s a couple things you’ll notice
if you think the car belongs

blue eye hanging, never tangle
license plate long and rectangle
Need more proof? Just pop the hood
Saudis use 10 W KHHH

Saudis in Audis…
Saudis in Audis..

Which is the fastest road car in the world?

Face it boys will always be boys & the badder the boy the faster will be his ride. However here we are interested in super cars that are street legal & go faster than all others.

800px-bugatti_veyron_in_tokyoAlthough Bugatti Veyron made by is the fastest production car currently with a price tag of US$.1.7million and a top speed of 253mph achieved by its 1001hp Narrow Angle W16 Engine and ended McLaren F1′s (Top Speed: 240mph) 11-year reign as the fastest production car in 2005. Today several cars are in various stages of development that have proven faster in trials.

ccx3One such car is the swedish-made Koenigsegg CCX whose manufacturer also claims that it is capable of exceeding 250mph putting it at par with the Veyron. Infact CCX ended the reign of McLaren F1 but its own reign was short-lived as Bugatti immediately updated its Veyron. Koenigsegg has announced that they will update CCX very soon.

ssc-ultimate-aeroYet another challenger is SSC Ultimate Aero which on Sep. 13th, 2007 using a closed section of Washington State Highway clocked a top speed of 256.18mph using a V8 engine half-the-size of Veyron’s. It generates 1183bhp &  of torque (Veyron: 479lbs). The car’s website page(www.sportscarcup.com/ssc-ultimate-aero/) lists the top speed as 273mph. Price: US$0.6Million.

barabustkrAnother equivalent of this amazing challenger is the fast yet modified supercar built by Barabus called Barabus TKR having 6L V8 Chevy bi-turbo engine capable of generating an amazing 1095bhp & acgheivingtop speed of  270mph. The body & chasis of the car are both made of carbon-fibre. It is rumoured to reach 0-60mph in 1.67sec which is amazing since even 4 sec qualifies for supercar.

hennesseysrt-10vipervenom1000An obscure modifier using modified versions of Dodge Viper under name of Hennessey SRT-10 Viper Venom 1000 Twin Turbo Coupe claims to challenge Bugatti Veyron (even SSC Ultimate Aero) using a 500bhp Viper engine reworked to give 1000bhp at 15psi instead of the usual 10psi creating a 255mph marvel priced at a ‘reasonable’ US$0.225million.

colanilemansColani Racing of Switzerland has designed a roadster which is yet to see the light of any road other than the 24-hour LeMans Circuit. With a 900hp engine The Colani LeMans is rumoured to have a top speed of approx. 255mph. However there is no news regarding any plans for commercial production and Colani are uptil now only producers of cars for racing purpose.

callawaysledgehammercorvette Callaway Corvette Sledgehammer reached a top speed of 254.76mph on  Oct 19, 1989 driven by John Lingenfelter. Only 1 of these cars exists, although, at the time Callway Motor Company claimed that they could reproduce it for 0.400million. It seems no one wants one at that price & it has ended up being a concept car rather than a commercial production model.

Other concept cars that failed to become production cars included Oldsmobile Aerotech Short Tail (Top Speed: 257mph); Lotec C1000 (Top Speed 268mph); F-Bomb 1973 Camaro (Top Speed 270mph); Bristol Fighter SCR (270mph – electronically limited to 225mph); Audi R-Zero (Top Speed 253mph); Melling Hellcat (Top Speed 276mph) & the 2000hp Walley Larson LE1 Groundfighter (Top Speed 305mph).

Anything I missed please do let me know.

Head On: Camry vs Accord

img_gallery011camry11Eversince Honda introduced Accord & Toyota launched Camry as their up-market luxury sedan models there has been tough head-on competition between the two.

Although the sales figures suggest that Accord has been outselling Camry looking at their specs the reason isn’t clear. Both have identical 70-litre fuel tanks, near-identical engine displacements (Accord:2354cc & Camry:2362cc) and similar Torque Ratios: 226Nm/4300rpm for Accord while for Camry it is 224Nm/6000rpm.

Top speed of Camry is listed on Toyota Indus Motors (www.indus-motors.com.pk) as 211kph for Manual Transmission version and 204kph for Automatic Transmission. Honda Pakistan (www.honda.com.pk) being more concerned with Safety & Environment hasn’t listed a top speed instead it focuses on the safety / environment-friendly features of the car.

Finally as always it all boils down to the physical ‘looks’ of the car & price of both cars. In that department Accord having a more sleek/elegant & less ‘bulky’ design that Camry (see photos for evidence) wins’ hearts & minds’ of the customer hands-down.

The other factor helping customers decide in favour of Accord is the price tag Rs.4.699M (for A/T) while Camry retails for Rs.5.999M (M/T) to Rs.6.199M (A/T).

Can’t believe this super car is an EV!

mercedes-benz-sls-amg-gullwing-prototype_3mercedes-benz-sls-amg-gullwing-prototype_11A zero-emission supercar, tentatively named LS AMG eDrive, features 4 electric motors with a combined output of 392 kW (526 hp) and 880 Nm (649 lb-ft) of torque enabling it to rocket from 0-100 km/h in around 4 seconds.

This compares favourably as a matter of fact on par with the petrol-driven 6.3-liter (6208cc) V8 powered (571 hp and 650 Nm) SLS that accomplishes the same task in 3.8 seconds. The stats maybe okay for the petrol version but the electric version is as good as its gets (for now anyway).

In a statement, Mercedes-AMG GmbH’s CEO Volker Mornhinweg said, “With the SLS AMG with electric drive, we wanted to redefine the super sports car. For us, it is not just about responsibility. We attach just as much importance to excitement and classic AMG performance.”

I surely believe thay have. Its expected that the car may well be in production by 2011. When it does start commercial  production it will offer fierce competition to Tesla Roadster eV & Lightning GT Electric Sportscar (both already in production phase).

PS: Photos may not  depict the final production version as it has been shielded by the manufacturer & pix are only ‘spy photos’ of the prototype.

The 10 Greatest Cars on Television — Ever??

James Tate of MSN Autos recently declared the following as the “10 Greatest Cars on Television – Ever” but I think our worthy readers can comment on the list and might even suggest some changes. I personally was a little offended to not find ‘Chico’s Van’ from Chico & the Man TV Series & Dodge Viper from the hit series Viper. Are they missing any other greatest cars?

10. 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am from “Knight Rider”
9. 1986 Ferrari Testarossa from “Miami Vice”
8. 1951 Ford F1 from “Sanford and Son”
7. 1975 Ford Gran Torino from “Starsky and Hutch”
6. 1983 GMC G15 Van from “The A-Team”
5. 1983 Ferrari 308 GTS from “Magnum P.I.”
4. 1969 Dodge Charger from “The Dukes of Hazzard”
3. 1969 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser from “That 70’s Show”
2. 1975 Pontiac Firebird Esprit from “The Rockford Files”
1. 1966 Batmobile (aka 1955 Lincoln Futura Concept) from “Batman”

Spice up your desk

Yes. Say goodbye to those old-fashioned office desk designs which seem awfully boring as compared to these cool fun ones. These ingenious designs helping improve the look and feel of your office, definitely deserve a round of applause. Seriously,your office is an expression and reflection of your personality, and a  neat, clean desk with a funky twist to it speaks volume. So let it do the talking.

Pictures below just might offer help and inspiration to brighten up your dull office look. A little something to get you into the creative zone which is equally enjoyable and productive.

Mini cooper desk

Think different

Dream big!

Be different!

Add a little zing to your surroundings.
Think different, dream big and be different!

Chocolate car, anyone?

With Valentine’s day quickly approaching, have you prepared a gift or some sort of surprise or something, anything at all? If no, well you’ve still got 6 days to plan. But please there is no sense in running around at the last minute, please. So, this year be prepared for it! Think of something new and exciting. Lets see what we can have:

  1. Chocolate cake
  2. Chocolate box
  3. Chocolate bars
  4. Chocolate candies
  5. Chocolate Car, hold it there! a chocolate car? Ahaan. A Chinese car dealer covered a car in chocolate for Valentine’s Day.

car coated in chocolate

“About 200kgs of melted chocolate was spread over the VW Beetle after it was first wrapped in cling film.

Seven people worked overnight to make sure the chocolate car was ready to go on display on the morning of Valentine’s Day.

According to China News Network, the car attracted many viewers and lovers to the dealer in Qingdao city.”

If you’re not up for the chocolate car, Craftbits is a cool fun site with many DIY gift ideas, a little something to spark your creativity and hopefully help the light bulb to come on. :)
Remember it’s the thought that counts :)

Car Lover’s Gift Guide

Holiday season is upon us. I mean, just see how cold it is getting, must be holiday season!

Anyways, for any one who loves cars, the following gifts will surely get their motors running. Buy from following the links below and get great savings. It is not too late. Each product comes with full reviews from previous buyers and the highly-trusted Amazon rating system!

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Buying an audio system for your car

One of my friends is in the market for a decent sound system for his Honda City. (He owns the regular one, not the new Honda City – not yet :) ).

He did what any Internet savvy person would do, he searched online. Not surprisingly, he found Pakwheels.com, one of the largest online forum about Pakistani cars.

Knowing that a lot of people search for information regarding car audio system, I thought that here at Car Adivce, there should be a basic criteria for purchasing a car audio system. The following is to help you decide the type of system you want, based on very important factors apart from just the price (Price is a constraint, never to be mistaken for a feature). So I present to you the progressive guide to buying a car audio system:

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