The joy of having Photoshop or an equivalent picture editing program as well as digital images of cars, means you can modify your car to see how things would look, without even spending a penny (other than the obvious costs of the software/hardware).  Over the years I’ve done a myriad of little bits and pieces for people in order to aid them in their decisions, some taking a hell of a lot longer than others.   Whilst trying to find amongst the millions of photographs of cars that I have of my various HDD a particular image, I stumbled across one or two photochops (slang, like those pesky kids use) that I thought were not too shabby and I figured hell… I’ll share them with you fine people.

Some are done as pure amusement, some seriously and others out of sheer boredom.  This first one I seem to remember being in a Retro Rides thread, the date on the file would indicate June of 2007.  It started out it’s life as this petit 1958 Ford Anglia/Prefect;

1958 Anglia, Small and somewhat Ugly

1958 Anglia, Small and somewhat Ugly

After a little of messing about with various tools and whilst not being overly dramatic, it ended up like so… (more…)

Drive a Volvo

May 28, 2009

If any of you (like me) enjoying turning your hand to driving cars on the computer every now and then, then you may well enjoy this title.  Volvo has paired up with SimBin, the makers of the GT series of driving games for the PC.  They bring you a small racing game, it’s not 100% refined or pretty but it is FREE and a neat way to pass the time.  The download is just shy of 600MB big, so it was never going to be a ground-breaking game.  However, if you’ve wanted to fang about in an over 300hp  RWD Volvo 240 then it is a game you’ll want to try!

I’ve only had two quick little races at it, obviously you put the settings onto Pro level so there’s no ABS or Traction Control or any of that malarky and you can biff the 240 about like nothing else.  Oh, there’s other Volvo’s in the game to including the legendary Volvo 860 Touring Wagon as used in the BTCC.

Here’s the few brief screen-captures that I took so far.  You can tell that at the moment I’m not really that fussed on the racing and time setting side of it.  Though there is an International competition that you can enter with some pretty decent prizes. (more…)

Retro’s in Games

May 13, 2009

Now, if you’re the kind of person who loves seeing older cars in games, it’s quite likely that you’re a fan of the Gran Turismo series on the PlayStation.  As far as a driving simulation goes, it’s always been pretty good.  On the PC, there’s been nothing like it in terms of retro automotive content.  If you’re more into the arcade type of gameplay then.. well… who cares?! chances are you’re an idiot.  I read recently on Speedhunters that EA were including the KPGC10 in their latest NFS title, named Need for Speed SHIFT, or some lark.  Not too important I thought, especially given EA’s tendency to SHIFT towards arcade nonsense in their games with little thought given to reality.  Feeding the dogs of the F&F pound, no doubt.

However!  A more recent entry on Speedhunters in regards to this “SHIFT” title made the following statement; “We’ve collaborated with the development team responsible for the PC simulations GTR, GT Legends and GTR2, so you know the pedigree of this driving experience will be second to none.” if that statement is to be believed and they have taken on-board the skills of said team, then there’s quite the opportunity for this game to rock serious quarry, seriously.  Not that that makes any sense at all but the jist is that it should be good!  I still don’t hold my hopes too high, the swagger of NFS games post the Porsche one have been severely disappointing.

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Still, there is hope.  Cross your fingers.  You can read/see a little about GT Legends in one of my previous entries;  this one



May 11, 2009

the pichurs, they is tellings a thousands words. Well… three actually: “MOAR DISH PLOX”

in other news, the delusionally priced S21 Skyline on Trademe which kyteler and I have been secretly pointing and laughing at has now dropped in price.

To $9500.


Burt Munro’s a bit of a favourite New Zealander of mine. Not really recognised too heavily as one of our great achievers, as most motorsport types rarely are (you’re meant to play a barbaric form of grab-ass to be ‘cool’ here, thus, rugby union ‘stars’ are, sadly, our children’s heros). (more…)