Best of Oppositelock: May 14, 2013

Gathered here are the Oppositelock posts that people have put a good deal of effort into writing from the last 24 hours. Today it includes a visit to the first annual Carrol Shelby tribute and car show, one of the bigger automotive events in Puerto Rico, an enthusiast's review of the 2013 Toyota Beige and more.

The First Annual Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show; Gardena, CA - TheDailyTurismo

Anyone remotely familiar with automobiles will know the name, man & legend that is Carroll Shelby without any fancy introductions. The world mourned his passing in May of 2012 and the First Annual Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show was put on by the LASAAC and the Carroll Shelby Foundation on May 11th, 2013. Read more…

Sun, Exotic Cars, And Cuajitos - MayoKetchup

How many of you knew where Puerto Rico was located before the 2013 World Baseball Classic elimination game between the U.S. and Puerto Rico? Not many of you, right? Now, I don’t want to generalize the lack of geographical knowledge some of you (and I, for that matter) might have, but it doesn’t help when people I know had asked me if it’s located in the Pacific Ocean or if it’s a Mexican town, when in fact, is a U.S. territory situated on the Caribbean Sea. That’s ok, given the fact that is a 100x35 (or 114x47.5 or 111.5x39.83, nobody is still sure) island with less than 4 million people living on it, so everything that happens locally, will not make the headlines in cable or some news site, except sporting events, the Olympics, and the Puerto Rican parade in New York. Unfortunately, the automotive event I went to is included on the “I didn’t know they did that” list, so I’m here to inform you about it. Read more…

From thousands of Hot Wheels to Just One - Dan Mosqueda

Wes lays tile for a living. Apparently a lot of it. He has amassed a collection of 10,000 Hot Wheels cars over the last few decades, though none of them were from his youth. The cars he had in his youth were all destroyed in a fire. Not to worry, he's making up for it now. He's not actually giving up his Hot Wheels, rather he's putting his focus into his latest Hot Wheels acquisition. Read more…

Well done Mazda. Well done. - MountainCommand

Long story short- Hurricane sandy totalled my pt cruiser, that car was going to be given to my sister since i had a second car, search for new car ensued... A purchase of an 04 Mazda 3 hatch was made. Every day that Mazda keeps impressing me. From its honda like reliability, to its surprisingly well balanced and zippy characteristics. Its a fwd 5dr that was worth every penny. Read more…

Money Pit? Reviving an E46 - Dan Mosqueda

My sister bought a 2000 BMW 323i for my son’s graduation present. It turns out a friend of hers had the car since it was new, but it was having transmission problems and the cost to repair the E46 was going to be about $4,000.00. My sister and her husband own a business with a substantial fleet of vehicles, everything from heavy duty trucks, vans, Prius (Prii?), SUVs, and an M3. With that fleet, they have their own staff mechanic. So she bought the car and had the transmission replaced for about $2,000. A substantial savings and an effort that brought this car back to life. Sort of…

2013 Toyota Camry: The Enthusiasts Review - vdiddy210

Consider the good, new job, new city, new beginning. Sounds good doesn't it? Consider the bad, Los Angeles, Toyota Camry rental car (until my cars could arrive). Ugh. Think that one over, a Toyota freaking Camry. The car enthusiast in me wanted to cry! This is the one car that I actively despise, I asked for ANYTHING other than the damn Camry for the weekend. Surely ONE of those 55 other midsize cars (mainly Chrysler 300s) in the LAX lot would be available to me: "Sorry sir, but the other 55 mid size autos on the lot have all been spoken for by a Sheikh from Dubai. Apparently he has a fetish for Chrysler 300s and doesn't want anyone else to have one.."* Well Damn. Read more…

Fall of the Fairlady Z - Has Nissan lost its mojo? - Juan Barnett

My first car was a 2004 350Z and it was modified to no end. Vortech supercharger, carbon fiber hood, body kit, Racing Hart wheels – it was the quintessential definition of import tuner culture. Visually the car had an appeal that was hard to deny. It had, in the voice of Jeremy Clarkson, ‘a long proper bonnet’, a sloped rear that lead into an aggressive set of wide hips that hugged wheel wells made for wheels-with-lips. It was and still is a beautiful sports car. Being pretty may get you to the bedroom, but performance lands you the long term commitment. Read more…

Sorta NPOCP Battle of the M5s edition!

So I've been shopping around for a midsize performance sedan, and while I love the vast majority of the offerings in this class (Seriously, is there a more competitive class? Damn) as a childhood BMW fan the M5 has always held a very special spot in my heart. The hundred million dollar question is: If I were to go M5, is there literally any reason to spend the money and go F10 over an E39 or E60? Read more…

Second Cup - Party-VI

Morning all! It's time for Second Cup, where I haphazardly pull cool car pics from across the internet for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy! Read more...

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Honourable Mentions

These posts have already been shared with Jalopnik directly but deserve to be mentioned again because they were first posted in oppositelock: