Dan Scanlan @scanlan_dan
Pod Rods this weekend goes Monster Jamming, checks out some new car reveals at the upcoming Amelia Island Concours, and checks out some other new cars coming soon. Plus we've got the ever-growingcar event calendar as spring is almost sprung:
The big event this weekend is Jacksonville's annual Monster Jam at EverBank Field, with 14 monster trucks. One of those, the iconic El Toro Loco, with cartoonish horns and steam snorting from its nostrils, will be piloted by Becky McDonough. I had the chance to check out the truck and interview her before the event, and here's my video at https://youtu.be/O63z353QVgY.
Meanwhile, for those going that way, Monster Jam starts with a 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday Pit Party outside EverBank Field on Gator Bowl Boulevard, with autograph sessions with the drivers and other events. Monster Jam starts inside the stadium at 7 with opening ceremonies. Pit Party passes are $15 day of show, while show tickets range from $15 to $130 each. Tickets and show information at monsterjam.com/en-US/events/jacksonville-fl-0. FYI - this event usually fills the stadium, and traffic in that area backs up early, then gets jammed again as everyone leaves. Police advise you to get there early.
With two weeks to go until the 23rd annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, here's some news about other events at the iconic event:
• The annual Cars and Coffee at the Concours is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10, on the 10th, 18th and 1st fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island. Presented by Heacock Classic Insurance, it will place hundreds of locally owned classics, exotics and sports cars on the show field for a free show, although those displayed must be pre-registered. Then at 10:30 a.m. that Saturday, it's the "Drivers of the IMSA Prototypes" seminar in the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island Talbot Ballroom next door, as TV race commentator Bob Varsha talks with drivers like local multi-time Rolex 24 and 24 Hour of Le mans winner Hurley Haywood, as well as Davy Jones, Tommy Kendall, Brian Redman and Chip Robinson. This event is $30. For more information on these events and the epic 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday concours, go to www.ameliaconcours.org.
• Dozens of new car companies will be displaying their vehicles in and around the Ritz-Carlton and concours site, from Acura, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin and Chevrolet to Glickenhaus, Infiniti, Jaguar-Land Rover, founding sponsor Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.
• Mercedes-Benz will be presenting its new 2019 G-Class and showcasing the AMG G63 following its world premiere at Geneva.
• One of the more interesting vehicles set for display is from US Specialty Vehicles, called the Rhino GX. Built on a Ford Super Duty Chassis, the Rhino GX is a mix of rugged, luxury and security.
• The Amelia Motoring Film Exhibition returns, premiering “Endurance Icon: Hurley Haywood,” a short film that highlights the American racing legend from Northeast Florida and a few of the cars that helped catapult him, Peter Gregg, and Brumos Porsche into endurance racing fame. The feature presentation will be “No Limits – Impossible is Just a Word,” which takes viewers on an emotional journey alongside ex-Formula 1 driver, two-time Indy Car champion and Paralympic gold-medalist Alex Zanardi as he prepares for one of the most famous endurance races in the world: The 24 Hours of Spa. “Barn Find Hunter” author Tom Cotter will also be at the event, set for 6 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at the Amelia River Golf Club at 4477 Buccaneer Trail on Amelia Island). Admission is $20. For tickets, schedule, movie trailers, and more information, visit ameliamotoringfilmexhibition.com.
• Longtime concours sponsor Meguiar’s will be at the show all weekend to show off its latest product line of car care products.
Meanwhile, in other car news:
• Yenko and Specialty Vehicle Engineering have made magic with a pickup — the YENKO/SC Silverado Truck, powered by a custom-built 800-horsepower 416 cubic-inch supercharged LT-1-based V-8. Only 25 will be built, based off the 2018 Standard Cab, Short Box Z71 Silverado model. It gets Brembo's larger front brakes, a lowering package, a 3.42 rear axle ratio and a larger custom front sway bar. For more information, visit www.specialtyvehicleengineering.com.
• Nissan and DeNA Co. begin a field test of Easy Ride, a robo-vehicle mobility service being developed by both companies, on March 5 in Japan. Easy Ride is envisioned as a mobility service for anyone who wants to travel in a robo-vehicle. During the field test, in Japan's Kanagawa Prefecture, participants will be able to travel in vehicles equipped with autonomous driving technology along a set route. The route spans about 4.5 kilometers between Nissan's global headquarters and the Yokohama World Porters shopping center. Using a dedicated mobile app, passengers can input what they want to do via text or voice and choose from a list of recommended destinations. An in-car tablet screen will show selections of nearly 500 recommended places of interest and events in the vicinity. Nissan has a video to show how it would work with the current vehicle - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjPUnAt3PSA.
• Polestar, Volvo's new electric performance brand, will make its European debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show with Polestar 1. The company's first car is an Electric Performance Hybrid GT with 600 hp and 150 km of range in Pure mode, claimed to be the longest electric-only driving range of any hybrid car in the world.
“We are looking forward to exhibiting at the Geneva Motor Show and are excited to hear feedback and see the reactions from the public on our first car and our new brand,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer at Polestar.
• Hyundai Motor held the world premiere of its fourth-generation Santa Fe at its Motorstudio Goyang. With sales of more than 1.5 million units, the Santa Fe represents Hyundai’s strong SUV heritage and continues its success story. Going on sale in the U.S. this summer, the fourth generation 2019 model builds on this success using its family-oriented interior, loaded with practical cutting edge technologies and bold exterior looks. The third and fourth of eight new or re-engineered crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) Hyundai is debuting by 2020, the 2019 Santa Fe and Santa Fe diesel are bold SUVs that build on previous generations with outstanding driving dynamics and features aimed at technology and comfort.
If you want to keep up with the automotive industry and market throughout the week, check out Times-Union Media's new online page at jacksonville.com/section/cars. You'll find coverage from BestRide.com — a new feature provided by GateHouse Media, parent company of the Times-Union. Readers of Drive and The Florida Time-Union can also find digital versions of the top Drive stories at jacksonville.com/money.
Pedro Menendez High School Booster Club Car and Motorcycle Show: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the high school, located at 600 Florida 206 W. in St. Augustine. Free to spectators and $15 per show vehicle.
Callahan Cruisers Hot Rods and High Heels Car and Bike Show: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday ►Feb. 25◄ at Adamec Harley-Davidson at 8909 Baymeadows Road. Free to spectators and $20 for show vehicles.
First Coast Car Council Car Show and Brewery Tour: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Anheuser Busch Brewery at 111 Busch Drive. Free for spectators and $25 per show vehicle. Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Jacksonville. Information - carcouncil.com.
Kruisin' 4 the Kids: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Dinsmore Baptist Church at 10500 Old Kings Road. Free for spectators and $20 per show vehicle.
Florida Azalea Festival's Antique Automobile Club of America annual car show: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Palatka Riverfront Park on U.S. 17 and the St. Johns River in downtown. Free for spectators and $25 per show vehicle day of show. Information - flazaleafest.com.
Third annual Pink Flamingo Chili Cookoff and Car Show: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Flamingo lake RV Resort at 3640 Newcomb Road. Participants must be registered before March 3 - go to flamingolake.com.
Florida International Rally and Motorsport Park Track Attacks: Most Saturdays at the on-road and off-road racing and testing facility located at 7266 Airport Road in Starke. The track days allow car owners to test their setup and improve driving skills. The cost is $214 per driver in advance, or $250 the day of the event. Guests and crew pay $10 each to enter. Online registration ends at 11 p.m. the day prior to each event. For more information on all events at The FIRM, go to gorally.com.
Mandarin now has two weekly Saturday morning informal cruise-ins: The newest is 7 to 9 a.m. at Village Bread Cafe at the Crown Point Plaza, located at 10111 San Jose Blvd. The original has re-formed from 6 to 9 a.m. in the parking lot outside Panera Bread at 11111 San Jose Blvd.
Historic Springfield Main Street Cruise: 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday on North Main Street, centered around 12th Street.
Send information on automotive and motorcycle events to firstname.lastname@example.org or Dan Scanlan, Florida Times-Union, 1 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville FL 32202.
Source : http://www.jacksonville.com/news/20180223/pod-rods-monster-jam-up-close-amelia-concours-stuff-and-some-new-cars