Friday, August 30, 2013

1986 Panel Van Transformation!

Almost Everything's Car of the Day is a 1986 Chevrolet van. Somebody decided to try their hand at a free paint job for the owners of this van, apparently not everybody shares the same taste in automotive finishes as the "artists" that painted this Chevy before us, and its owners had enough. They came to our shop looking to not break their bank, yet leave with great looking paint job. They decided on our "Enamel" paint material in a metallic turquoise picked right out of our color sample book! Before we could apply any paint to the van we removed all of the graffiti, rock chips, peeling paint, and other unsightly surface imperfections. Once the sanding was complete we applied a primer sealer, painted the entire exterior of the van, cleaned up all of the old spray paint from the chrome handles and returned the transformed Chevy back to its pleased owners!

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Bob Marley's Bimmer

Almost Everything's Car of the Day is a 1973 BMW Bavaria. Rumor has it that this very car was driven by Mr. Bob Marley years ago, supposedly he didn't care that this was the most luxurious BMW of its day, he bought it because he thought the BMW name stood for "Bob Marley and the Wailers." Years have since gone by and his car came to our shop with a new owner, and lots of bad paint and old rust holes. We repaired and smoothed all of the imperfections that the car's owner wanted gone, sanded down all of the old chipping paint, sealed the car with a primer and finally we repainted the Bavaria in its original blue color! We are not 100% certain that this was actually Bob Marley's BMW, but we like to believe that the rumor is true!

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Could it be the same car?

Eeeeehhhh, close enough.

Note: the current owner claims that he purchased the car at Marley's old recording studio in San Francisco and local residents told him that it was the car that Marley used while in San Francisco.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Video of Crash at Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières

Lloyd Read in the Almost Everything Star Mazda Championship race
Video below shows Lloyd Read in the Almost Everthing/JDC Motorsport Pro Formula Mazda advancing a couple positions right at the start of the race at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières (GP3R) in Quebec, Canada. Then another driver causes a multi-car pile up. Our car gets damaged and Read is injured but manages to get back to the pits. JDC Motorsports miraculously replaces both front and rear suspensions in just 15 minutes and we're back racing. Be sure to watch the end of the video for the crash view from the rear mounted camera. It shows all the other cars piling up behind us!



Star Mazda Championship is "the Road to Indy"
Read went on to finish the race with a broken thumb. The time for repairs, while amazingly quick, ensure that Read and Almost Everything will not be on the podium this race. But Read gains valuable championship points by managing to finish in spite of the crash and injury.

Read in the Almost Everything car racing at St. Petersburg Grand Prix in 2013
Read was the Champion of the 2011 Goodyear Formula Car Challenge Series for Almost Everything. In 2012 he once again led the championship until crashes (caused by other drivers) put him out of contention. In 2013 Read pilots the #16 Almost Everything-JDC Motorsports formula car in the "Road to Indy" Star Mazda Championship.

Read in the Almost Everything car racing at Indianapolis in 2013
The Star Mazda Championship is part of the "Road to Indy" that trains drivers and showcases talent to F1 and Indianapolis 500 teams. Read joins a very elite alumni that includes NASCAR and Formula One star Scott Speed, Indy drivers Marco Andretti and Graham Rahal and NASCAR/Champ Car/GTP driver Michael McDowell.

Read in the Almost Everything car racing at St. Petersburg Grand Prix in 2013
For more information on Lloyd Read, the Star Mazda Championship and the Road to Indy, visit:

LloydReadRacing.com
Facebook.com/Lloyd-Read-Racing
wikipedia.org/Star_Mazda_Championship
StarMazda.com/

Lloyd Read Formula Car being painted at Almost Everything Autobody

Friday, August 23, 2013

Collision Repairs Done the Right Way!

Almost Everything's Car of the Day is a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado. This truck came to our shop after an unfortunate encounter with a Nissan. Luckily insurance covered all of the needed repairs! With collisions there are usually many damaged areas unseen at first glance. This "fender bender" damaged a couple of vital areas of this truck's appearance such as the radiator support and a couple of frame mounting points. We worked with the insurance company to either repair or replace these damaged areas and we painted the replacement panels to match the factory color. Once everything had been completed we detailed the pickup and returned it to its owner looking great once again!

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Jaguar F-Type In Cinders

This makes it official. The new Jaguar F-Type is a true exotic. Almost Everything's Wreck of the Day is the barely introduced Jaguar F-Type that has already spontaneously combusted, just like the best from Lamborghini and Ferrari.

Jaguar F-Type in flames

Jaguar F-Type burns to ground

Jaguar F-Type burns to ground

Jaguar was kind enough to let the Almost Everything team drive a few F-Types on the runway at Alameda Naval Air Station a few weeks ago. The 'F' in F-Type stands for Fast and Furious. We like!

However these are NOT the photos from Joel's test drive--only the tires were smoldering when he got out. Instead, these come from Belgium via our good friends at WreckedExotics.com. The driver escaped unharmed and reported that the car simply caught fire on an off ramp. F may also stand for Flamable.

Another Ho-Hum Day in Pebble Beach, California

We like to putter around Carmel and Pebble Beach, California (pun intended) in August every year. It is when and where the world's richest car fanatics congregate for the annual Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance. Decades ago it was a one day event. Now it's a week that encompasses the Monterey Historic Races, auto auctions, Concorso Italiano, and auto manufacturers showing off their best stuff. Our favorite part is trolling the streets and parking lots around the event. . .

F430, Cobra, Lamborghini, McLaren, more Ferraris
Carmel traffic jamb. How many exotics can you spot in this picture?
Ferrari 250 GTO Testarossa
$30M Ferrari 250 GTO Testarossa--driving down Ocean Ave. in Carmel
No clue what this is. Please tell us.
Lamborghini Miura
Lamborghini Miura parked on side of street
Ferrari 275
Ferrari 275 driving through Carmel, California
Just more Ferraris and a Bugatti
Just more Ferraris and a Bugatti

Of course, this year we spent the weekend painting the outside of the Almost Everything building instead of participating in automotive nirvana. Thank goodness for our great friends at ExoticSpotter across the Bay who agregate photos of stuff like this.

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