Description eng Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:34:27 EST Driver’s Side by Jimmy Dinsmore : Big horn, big time: 2014 Ram 2500 Big Horn is a big, capable weekend warrior You don’t want a heavy-duty pickup truck to be wimpy. And within this segment there’s plenty of workhorse trucks that are up for the task of hauling, towing and weekend warrioring. My tester for the week is not so much a workhorse as a work Ram. The 2014 Ram 2500 Big Horn is near the top of the heavy-duty truck world – and for good reason. My tester was the stout and rugged Big Horn Crew Cab. And it might’ve been better named Gigantic Horn Crew Cab because it was a mammoth truck. And calling it a Crew Cab doesn’t do it justice either, unless you’re talking about the Crew to Game of Thrones. Indeed the Ram 2500 is a massive truck with massive interior space. Even the engine is (what’s the word I’m looking for here) . . . massive. In fact, my tester had the 6.4-liter V8 Mid-Duty Hemi engine, which is one of the new additions to the Ram truck line this year. When most think heavy-duty trucks, they think diesel. And there is a diesel option in the Ram 2500 in the form of a Cummins turbo-diesel engine. If you could describe what you want a big truck to look like, you’d likely end up describing most of the features of the Ram 2500. Stout, sturdy, rugged, masculine – those are just a few of the adjectives to describe the appearance. A shiny, chrome grille with that big Ram icon centered in the middle is far from subtle. The rest of the fit and finish lacks many frills or over styling. Rather, it’s pretty stereotypically a truck - big front end, simple side paneling, and a truck bed with more Ram badging and chrome on it. My tester was a short bed, but there’s a full-size bed option as well. As mentioned, Ram introduced a third engine option to the line this model year. A 5.7-liter V8 engine is the standard engine for the Ram heavy duty, but now there’s the 6.5-liter V8 engine to go along with the diesel option. This 6.5-liter engine is big and full of horsepower and torque. It makes 410 horsepower and 429 lb./ft. of torque. And the Ram 2500 is capable of towing more than five tons. It’s chock full of powerful ability. It’s mated with a six-speed automatic transmission that is quite capable. Controlling this much engine can be daunting. And despite it’s mammoth girth, the Ram actually handles itself quite spryly. For such a big vehicle it’s rather refined. The road noise is limited and passengers won’t even hear much from that big Hemi engine. That all goes hand-in-hand with the refined interior of this truck. Soft touch points are found throughout. It’s as luxurious and high-end as even its rival the GMC Sierra. The second row is beyond cavernous as you could practically fit a third row of seats in the space between the front and back seats. Enjoy the legroom, headroom and comfortable leather seats. The side mirrors are gargantuan, and protrude out so far it almost feels like wings. This makes parking difficult as they don’t slide in, and only fold completely down. And you’ll need to fold them down in order to fit in many spots. While it’s good for towing heavy loads behind the truck, for non-towing driving, it is overkill. Fuel economy ratings by the federal government have not been provided yet for the Ram 2500. But, needless to say, it will fall into the guzzler category. A vehicle this big simply won’t spare you from trips to the gas station. In a week’s worth of driving, mostly on the highway, I averaged around 15 MPG. Obviously, this truck is not meant to be a daily commuter, even though it is up to that task from a comfort standpoint. The base trim Ram 2500 starts at just around $30,000, which is quite reasonable for such a stout, durable worker. But my tester had a starting MSRP of $40,815. With plenty of added options and creature comforts, my tester had a final price tag of $49,965. The diesel version of the Ram can exceed $50,000. But again, consider the purpose of this truck is to haul and tow a recreational vehicle or a boat, and do so with style and comfort. Ram, a division of Chrysler, does an excellent job of marketing itself independently as a rugged, masculine brand. Nothing epitomizes that more than the 2014 Ram 2500. Strong, capable and big, this truck is ready to contend in the heavy-duty truck category. Jimmy Dinsmore is a freelance automotive journalist. Email him at Follow him on Twitter @driversside Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:34:42 EST Industrial or Warehouse Real Estate (Auto Use OK) : PRIVATE! Immense, historic, perfect garage/warehouse Please see our website! A rare opportunity to own a unique, historic property that served as a pivotal link in the architectural history of the East Coast. It was the factory and offices for a famous cast-stone company in the early 1900's, and supplied exterior decorative stonework for important buildings from Philadelphia to New York. It has a total of 10,500 square feet of warehouse, offices, and apartment on 1.55 acres, with an acre of paved parking/storage. It is zoned Industrial 3, in a well-kept blue-collar, factory neighborhood, and has very easy access to Routes 78 and 22 for all trucks, up to 85-foot. It has its own railroad siding and could be used for an owner home/shop, self-storage, manufacturing, warehousing, or truck fleet servicing. It is also very private, making it perfect for a collector's discreet hideaway. It is extremely solid, expensively restored to superb condition, and meticulously maintained. It is ready for business. Sun, 6 Apr 2014 18:26:03 EST Big Garage Car Collector Homes for sale : Buy a Lifestyle! Davie, Fl - Southeast Florida If You Are Looking For A Home For Your Collection AND a Fabulous Florida Life Style, This Place Is For You! Store And Work On Your Cars In One Of The Two Big Garages. Attached 3.5 Car Bays With Mechanic's Pit And Tool Storage. Detached 3 Car Bays With Work Shop. Keep Your Collection Safe and Protected With The Gated Entry And Large Portico. Grand Circular Drive To Park And To Display Your Treasures. Entertainer's Dream Home. Flowing Open Floor Plan With Soaring Ceilings, Marble Floors, Fireplaces, Custom Built-ins & Solid Oak Bar. Gorgeous Atrium With Bench Seating & Panoramic Pyramid Skylight. Outdoor Oasis Includes Screened, Covered Patio, Expansive Decks. Sparkling Pool/Lit Fountain Wall. Cabana Has Bath & Hot Tub. Welcome Guests With The Private Gate, Fabulous 4 Tier Fountain. Paradise Found! Thu, 3 Apr 2014 13:53:55 EST Driver’s Side by Jimmy Dinsmore : 2014 Lexus RX450h is incomparable luxury, power, fuel economy One of the most unfair and inaccurate things I heard someone say about the Lexus RX450h is: “That’s nothing more than a larger Prius with leather.” That statement is absurd. I drove the RX450h for a week, and have driven several Prius (or is it Prii) before and there’s a night and day difference between the two. Yes, this smallish hybrid crossover has similar hybrid technology as its Toyota cousin, but the other than the slight bloodline, the similarities end there. As is the case with most cousins, the RX450h establishes itself with a distinct, very different personality, with looks nothing like a Prius (and that is a good thing). On looks alone, the RX450h is way more Lexus than Toyota (again that’s a good thing). This Lexus has a sculpted, athletic appearance with a squatty roofline. It screams luxury, but looks more aggressive than it really is. In actuality, the RX450h has non-hybrid looks, which is probably intentional. The typical Lexus grille neither dominates nor declines from the aesthetic appeal of this crossover. But unlike some Lexuses (or is Lexii??), the RX450h is not boring. It still has an overall, conservative design, but doesn’t teeter too far to the playing-it-safe side, rather it showcases an updated, modern, sleek design without being too garish. The engine is a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated with a series of batteries to help ease the burden of the engine. And with this engine too, the RX450h is nothing like the underpowered Prius. I found the RX450h to be plenty powerful with enough giddy up off the line to merge safely into traffic. It may lack an impressive 0-60 time, but it’s no sloth either. And with battery assistance, it creates an efficient driving performance. Additionally, it’s whisper quiet inside, which is something I expect from all luxury brands, hybrid or not. Battery packs help to power engine propulsion, starting and also takes responsibility for the RX450’s all-wheel drive system. Without having to handle those responsibilities, the gasoline engine can focus on everything else and makes 295 horsepower. That’s an impressive amount of power for a vehicle that sips fuel and falls in the category of hybrid. You won’t see that kind of power ever from a Prius. Anyone who’s read my reviews regularly know my disdain for continuously variable transmissions. This Lexus has a CVT and of course, I don’t really care for it. The shifts are reserved and held back. From a powertrain standpoint, this is the only flaw within an otherwise fine machine. Inside, everything you’d expect from a Lexus is present inside this crossover. Upscale, high-end touch points are found throughout this vehicle. Real wood trim accentuates the elegance as does soft, comfortable leather, which is found on the steering wheel and all seating surfaces. Rear legroom is vast and despite the design of the roofline, headroom is not bad at all. There is no third-row seat offering, but that’s the reason for the vast amount of second-row space. Often, third-row SUVs cram too much seating into the interior space, costing all passengers comfort. Thankfully, that’s not the case here. A nice infotainment system did not go unnoticed. In the past, I found some Lexus vehicles to be a little behind on their technology offerings, but that’s certainly not the case with this RX450h. The Lexus Remote Touch system feels better this generation than it did a few years ago. It’s less cumbersome to manipulate and is more ergonomically designed for driver’s hand. However, the on-screen menus are still not as intuitive as some of its European counterparts and while it utilizes a lot of technology, more planning and tweaking still needs to be done, in order for me to endorse the full technology offered here. With all the technology that exists, there’s no reason the driver’s eye should ever have to be taken off the road, and that’s not the case here, unfortunately. Fuel economy is segment leading. With an EPA rating of 28 highway and 30 city, the RX450h proves its value in a very green way. Sipping fuel as it propels you in luxury, the RX450 averaged 30 MPG in a week’s worth of driving for me. And that was with the AWD version. This vehicle also comes in a front-wheel drive offering which gets even better fuel economy. The RX450h has one trim only and really only has a handful of options, one of which is the aforementioned AWD. So Lexus keeps things simple in its offerings. Starting price for the Lexus RX450h is $47,810. With a few upgrades to the audio and navigation system as well as the upgrade leather package, my tester had a final price of $55,550. The price is steep for a vehicle lacking room for seven passengers, but in this case, you definitely get what you pay for. And with the fuel savings you get with the RX450h, you can justify the pricepoint a little more. The Lexus RX450h emerges as a leader in its segment. Combining luxury, power and hybrid technology is tough to do. You usually can find two of those qualities, not all three. Yet, the Lexus RX450h is a well-powered, well-appointed crossover hybrid. Jimmy Dinsmore is a freelance automotive journalist. Email him at Follow him on Twitter @driversside Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:29:39 EST Used Cars (1989 and up) : 98 dodge ram 1500 pick up, 6 cyl must sell best offer runs and looks great, must sell, no reasonable offer refused! cyl so good on gas, ice cold a/c, nice paint job, 3 diamond brite tool boxes, mag wheels with good tires, newer clutch and brakes.. ready to use.. selling because I inherited new or would keep this gem Sat, 29 Mar 2014 13:50:21 EST Big Garage Car Collector Homes for sale : Calling all car enthusiasts! Broomfield 1.92 acres + 8 car garage: $675,000 Welcome Home! Wide open spaces, majestic views and room to spare welcome you to this lovely Broomfield home. With almost 2 acres of land, stunning panoramic vistas, and over 3600 finished square feet, this is the best Colorado has to offer! Lovingly updated and maintained, it’s ready for your personal touches. And let’s not forget the amazing garage space: with room for 8 cars (and an entry that can accommodate an RV) you have plenty of room for storing, collecting or restoring your favorite form of transportation! This location is top notch—tranquility at home but minutes away from the conveniences of town (The Orchards Town Center) or a quick trip to Denver, Boulder or points north for dining, theater, sports or recreation. And award-winning Adams 12 Schools are great for kids or for resale. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:21:43 EST Big Garage Car Collector Homes for sale : Antique Victorian & 12 Car heated Garage Space! Hudson Valley, NY Magnificent 4-bedroom, 19th-century Victorian on 3 acres, with recently attached office space currently being used as dentist office, also eat in kitchen, exercise room, formal dining room, and mountain views. A separate, two-bedroom guest house, heated garage space (with lift) for up to 12 cars, and a location convenient to Route 22 and the railroad station complete this unique package. Offered by Houlihan Lawrence, Licensed Real Estate Broker, Brewster, New York. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:50:16 EST Used Cars (1989 and up) : 2009 Chevrolet Aveo 5 - Price Reduction on this 30K mileage car Low mileage car with approx. 30,000 miles on it. Asking $8,995 or best offer. The reason I'm selling this car is that I own other vehicles; and due to a ticket I got, my insurance premiums have increased 65%; so I need to sell to get my insurance costs down. Gets an average of 30MPG with 34MPG on Freeway and 27MPG in city driving. Description and Features: - A/C ice cold - All scheduled maintenance - Custom wheels - Excellent condition - Mostly highway miles - Must see - New tires - Perfect first car - Title in hand - Very clean interior - Well maintained • 1.6 liter inline 4 cylinder DOHC engine • 108 hp • Stainless Steel Exhaust • McPherson Strut independent front suspension with stabilizer bar • Front-wheel drive • Premium Custom Redline/Black/Alloy Wheels and Yokohama high mileage tires (cost $1,000 and only have about 5,000 miles on them) *** original wheels and hubcaps are included • AM/FM Stereo CD Player with AUXILARY INPUT MP3 Jack and 180 Watt Premium 6 Speaker Sound System • Air Conditioning • Clock - In-dash • Cruise Control • Power Steering and Brakes • Tachometer • Tilt steering wheel • Daytime running lights • Passenger Airbag • Side Airbags • On-Star available • Tire Pressure Monitoring System • Interior air filtration • 4 Passenger Doors and Hatchback • Front seat type - Bucket • Rear bench seats • Rear wiper • 5 speed manual transmission • Non-Smokers car If you need to finance there are many auto finance companies that you can apply to either online or offline. I can point you in the right direction if you need help finding auto finance companies. Comparable low mileage examples (mostly at dealerships) will have asking prices of approx. $1,500 to $2,000 more than my asking price. Recent work done to replace the alternator with a brand new one and a new water pump replaced under the Chevrolet drivetrain warranty which will pass on to the new owner of the vehicle. Call my cell: 650-468-3558 or email me Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:25:35 EST Driver’s Side by Jimmy Dinsmore : How to make an Audi even more special: Audi SQ5 takes luxury SUV to a sporty, sleek level Audi is a brand that loves adding letters to already established vehicles to make them better. Take the Audi Q5 for example. This was already a highly rated darling in the luxury small crossover segment. There was nothing wrong with it. But, Audi made an improvement to it this model year by adding one letter. I tested the Audi SQ5 this week and was left surprised by how good the S is. It made me ponder what the S could possibly stand for. Perhaps it’s S for sporty, thanks to the supercharged V6 engine found in this offering. Or perhaps the S represents sleek as in the sleek exterior style of the SQ5. While the SQ5 has the typical Audi look, with European influences and exuding luxury, the SQ5 adds a modern flare to this SUV’s overall aesthetic appeal. Maybe S stands for subtle, because there’s only a few subtle differences between the SQ5 and the Q5. Both are wrought with luxury and amenities, as only Audi can do. But the subtle differences like the Audi Singleframe grille in Platinum Grey or the aluminum optic exterior mirror housing and the roof spoiler and quad exhaust pipes distinguish the SQ5 with a subtle elegance. The 3.0-liter engine makes 354 horsepower which makes the SQ5 well powered. It’s both fast off the line, but refined in the way it holds the torque so it doesn’t pull. The eight-speed Tiptronic transmission keeps the 346 lb./ft. of torque under control with smooth, proper shifting. The SQ5 has one of the best transmissions I’ve experienced. And of course it has Audi’s Quattro, all-wheel drive performance for superb handling. Inside, there is no shortness of luxury. The SQ5 goes beyond even some standard Audi interiors with suede linings on the door panels and the roof. It’s soft and luxurious everywhere. The interior allows all passengers to be ensconced with soft, comfortable materials. The flat-bottomed steering wheel has a racing feel, but also feels firm and wonderful in your hands. Special SQ5 badging on the seats, the gear shift knob and the door sills let you see what makes the SQ5 special. Audi’s infotainment system integrates with a Multi-Media Interface (MMI). It’s this MMI feature, powered by a dash-mounted joystick controller that can be cumbersome. Once you master it, it becomes more intuitive, but until then it can befuddle the driver and makes for a frustrating experience. Not to be overlooked by all this are the tech-heavy features of the Audi SQ5 including the Google Earth-based navigation system, Audi Connect system and driver assist package. All of these are top-of-the-line, cutting-edge technology features that can’t be found in other competitors. Fuel economy for the SQ5 is middle of the road. It has an EPA rating of 16 city and 23 highway. In a week’s worth of mixed driving, I averaged about 19 MPG. The five-passenger SUV has two trim packages including Premium Plus and Prestige. My tester was the more elite Prestige package which in addition to a slew of standard features also includes adaptive headlights, a blind-spot monitoring system, heated/cooled cupholders and back passenger sunshades. While the regular Q5 has an affordable price tag of $37,000, the SQ5 starts over $50,000. My tester had a final MSRP of $60,845. That’s almost double the price of the Q5. So you’re paying a lot for that one letter. You do get a lot more engine, a lot more luxury and a lot more special from this SUV than you would the more basic QB5. Indeed the Audi SQ5 is special. And that’s probably what the S stands for. This special SUV is yet another homerun for Audi, who is establishing itself as a main competitor in the luxury market. This SUV can compete with any luxury offering from Europe or Asia. Jimmy Dinsmore is a syndicated freelance automotive journalist. Email him at Follow him on Twitter @driversside Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:09:32 EST Big Garage Car Collector Homes for sale : 16 car garage, 5.823 acres, septic and home site approvals Just one hour drive from New York City, in Lebanon, NJ. Metal pole barn, former horse barn (stalls still in place) needing easy conversion to 8 2-car stalls with 8 garage doors in front, or as you like. 40 feet deep, 80' long building, currently with 3 large sliding car doors. Property is already sub-divided with home building site and septic approvals in place. Very private lot in magnificent horse farm area. $199,000. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:43:36 EST Driver’s Side by Jimmy Dinsmore : Patriotism on the move: Special edition Jeep Wrangler pays tribute to military history of iconic vehicle This country loves and supports its military. Case in point, one of the most iconic and popular vehicles in the history of the automobile industry is the “Jeep”, a brand with military roots. No vehicle is more patriotic in its military roots than my tester for the week, the 2014 Jeep Wrangler. My tester was even more patriotic as it was the Freedom Edition. And before you can say Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, what does that mean? Well, simply put, the Freedom Edition pays special homage to the Jeep’s military roots. This Wrangler was so eye-catching that it oozed with military history. A huge white star emblazoned the hood of the Wrangler which complimented its beautiful ‘Merica blue paint coat. I joked I felt like Captain America driving around or at least some kind super hero. It was certainly suited for a major motion picture. Of the hundreds of vehicles I’ve tested and driven through the years, this one was as eye appealing as any and stood out the most. Just below the removeable driver’s door was Oscar Mike Badging. That same badging existed on the interior of the Wrangler, along with the military star. Admittedly I didn’t know what Oscar Mike meant, and had to turn to Google to find out it’s military jargon for On the Move (just as Whiskey Tango Foxtrot stands for, oh never mind). There was absolutely nothing covert about this tester’s military intentions and it was certainly ready to be Oscar Mike in a minute’s notice – on or off the road. Little has been modified in this model year for the iconic Wrangler. The Wrangler is still offered in four-door or two-door varieties (my tester was the latter) and still comes in removeable soft top or hard tops (again my tester was the latter). The Wrangler is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine. The five-speed transmission offering seems in need of an update, in today’s world of six, seven and eight speed trannys. Shifts are brisk, but that’s par for the course as far as engine performance for the Wrangler. This super-ute is rugged in its performance. There’s nothing quiet, or smooth, or refined about the Wrangler. When you’re Oscar Mike-ing in the Wrangler, the ride is rough, even on suburban streets and highways. But, the Wrangler is most at home off road. Peel off the top, remove the doors, and go mudding. Then it’s just fun. Heck, even if you’re just cruising town, pretending to be a super hero (don’t judge me), the Wrangler is fun. There’s a reason it’s an icon. And there’s a reason the Wrangler has its fan base and its detractors. It’s not for everyone. Inside, the Freedom Edition leather seats were a welcome perk. The seats are comfortable and legroom is ample. Accessing the rear seats can be a challenge in the two-door version, but once back there it’s comfortable enough. The premium Alpine sound system integrated with Chrysler’s UConnect system to offer ample entertainment. The system is easy to use and provides enough sound quality to overcome the road noise. The Wrangler is rated at an EPA estimate of 17 city and 21 highway. In a week’s worth of driving, some on snow, I averaged nearly 19 MPG. While Wranglers come in various trims and options and thus, different starting prices, my tester had a steeper price tag. But, consider it is a special edition and you’re showing your support of the military and maybe you can justify it. My tester had a total price of $33,165. Other less optioned Wranglers can be head for more than $10,000 less than that. Riding in a Jeep Wrangler is fun. Driving one is even more fun. Taking one off roading is a bucket list item for many driving enthusiasts. And whether any of this sounds appealing to you or not, you can’t deny the iconic prowess of the Jeep Wrangler. In this model year, the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition might be as patriotic vehicle as ever been made. Jimmy Dinsmore is a syndicated freelance automotive journalist. Email him at Follow him on Twitter @driversside Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:06:44 EST Big Garage Car Collector Homes for sale : Elegant Estate in Clifton One of the most beautiful settings in Clifton. This elegant estate, sited on 7.5 acres & backing to 5,000 acres of parkland, is resort living just 30 minutes to downtown DC. The finest finishes throughout, the home boasts 4 sun-drenched levels, amazing outdoor living areas including pavilion with indoor lap pool, family room, full bath, and more. Simply the Finest. 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Formal LR, DR, solarium and great room bright, neutral hues, Dine-in gourmet kitchen, family sunroom, 5 BRs up! 2nd kitch, prof office, main lvl BR suite. LL enjoyment: Cinema, recreation, dine-in pub area, guest entry from drive. Elevator! Listing courtesy of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:13:38 EST Big Garage Car Collector Homes for sale : Custom Home on Two Acres! *13,500 SQUARE FEET NEW VERSAILLES CUSTOM HOME ON BUILDER TWO ACRE LOT ON BELLVIEW*OUTSTANDING CRAFTSMANSHIP FROM BRICK/LIMESTONE EXTERIOR TO TOP OF THE LINE AMENITIES*6 BD, 7 FB, 2 HB, 3 FINISHED LVLS w/GRAND FOYER, PLASTER MOULDINGS, ELEVATOR, PANELED LIBRARY, EXTRAORDINARY KITCHEN, 2ND MASTER ON ML, UL w/OPULENT OWNERS SUITE w/WLK INS, 3 ADD'L EN SUITE BRs; LL MEDIA RM, BAR, 4 CAR GAR & MORE! Listing courtesy of CASEY MARGENAU FINE HOMES AND ESTATES INC Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:04:54 EST Big Garage Car Collector Homes for sale : Luxury on Two Wooded Acres! 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Listing courtesy of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 08:58:14 EST Big Garage Car Collector Homes for sale : Exceptional Home on 5+ Acres Truly exceptional residence sited on 5+ private acres has been meticulously maintained to exacting standards. No detail or amenity has been forgotten. Soaring 2-story family rm , 2-story foyer with gold/gilt ceiling, spacious gourmet kitchen, paneled office, & master suites on both the main & second levels. Grande lower level. Stunning hardscape with pool, 5-car garage w/apt above & much more. Listing courtesy of Washington Fine Properties, LLC Wed, 12 Mar 2014 08:46:00 EST Big Garage Car Collector Homes for sale : Refined Luxury to be built REFINED LUXURY: This 18,900 sq ft residence TO BE BUILT by ALM Builders marries classic style with the marvel of modern technology with a solar/electric/battery renewable energy system. 4 lvls of quality craftsmanship, top appliances, imported materials. Set in prestigious Ballantrae Farm minutes from D.C., its grand spaces and architectural features will surprise and delight. (PHOTOS SIMILAR) Listing courtesy of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 08:33:16 EST Big Garage Car Collector Homes for sale : New Riverfront Construction NEW CONSTRUCTION. SPLENDID RIVERFRONT LIVING ON 5 ACRES! DESIGNED BY HARRISON DESIGN ASSOCIATES, TO BE BUILT BY AWARD-WINNING NOBLE BUILDING AND DESIGN. THIS TUSCAN VILLA OF BEAUTY AND ELEGANCE WILL CREATE A LUXURIOUS RETREAT WITH SPECTACULAR POTOMAC RIVER VISTAS. Listing courtesy of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 08:25:45 EST Big Garage Car Collector Homes for sale : Luxurious Grandeur TO BE BUILT LUXURIOUS GRANDEUR TO BE BUILT by ALM Builders on 2.5 private acres in prime McLean location. 25,000 sq ft includes indoor pool, steam/sauna, sports court and fitness room, Library/office, 2 elevators~1 for private access to exquisite Master Suite, gourmet kitchen, top appliances, sumptuous entertaining spaces. Limestone exterior, portico, garages for up to 8 vehicles. Listing courtesy of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 08:18:42 EST Big Garage Car Collector Homes for sale : Private Estate Private Estate: For friends and family or just the two of you. Here is your opportunity to own your own 65 acre escape, made up of stunning vistas and nature! Located in the enchanted mountains of Western New York State. Away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but minutes away from some of the best skiing on the east coast! Just 7 miles outside of Ellicottville. The views will take your breath away and calm your soul. The highly detailed grounds include a custom built main house with east and west wings; totaling five beds and four baths. Property has served as a Bed& Breakfast, so there is plenty of room for all. The two-car garage is connected to the house by one of two large decks. A stroll down your half-mile, tree lined, and private drive will take you past one of your two, fully stocked ponds with docks. The property has two streams; one comes complete with its own covered bridge. So you can fish or hunt to your heart’s desire. There are two newer-built old-fashion style barns: the main barn is large enough for horses and a smaller barn for grounds maintenance equipment. All yard and ground equipment is included. And the cherry on top is a very new 4,700 sq ft custom built (heated/insulated) toy shop. It comes complete with separate office, clean room and main work area. The main shop area can hold 30+ cars, or whatever toys you like. Asking price is $825,000. We ask that only persons with the means to own such a truly one-of-a-kind treasure respond to this offer. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 13:03:13 EST Collector Trucks being Auctioned : Tank Auction Information from Auctions America and The Littlefield military vehicle collection to cross the block in Portola Valley, CA in the heart of Silicon Valley. This massive armored vehicle auction features more than 200 military vehicles from one collection. Did we get your attention there? Did the possibility of an armored vehicle for sale -- an armored vehicle with a giant gun on top -- pique your interest? We hope you're already indulging the notion of bidding on the Churchhill Toad or Conquerer MK II of your dreams, no holds barred, auction fees included, just so you can show your middle school gym teacher that you're no longer the scrawny bastard who couldn't eke out a single pushup. Who needs to be able to do pushups when you have a Scud missile launcher? Who's going to deny you a raise when you roll your six-wheeled Alvis Saracen into your boss's parking space and glare at him from behind 16 mm rolled homogeneous armor? You can thank a Mr. Jacques Littlefield for this battlefield bonanza. Littlefield had a dream, a simple dream: to amass an arsenal of tanks, self-propelled howitzers, armored personnel carriers and other military hardware that reflected technological advancements in the field of war. And maybe he wanted a bargaining chip in the event of disputes with the councilmen of Portola Valley, Calif., where his Military Vehicle Technology Foundation is located. Littlefield was 26 when he acquired his first military vehicle, an M3 White Scout Car. By the time he passed away in 2009, the collection had grown to more than 200 vehicles. From World War I to the Gulf War, no conflict was left unnoticed. Littlefield emphasized technical prowess over historical significance, according to an article by SFGate. And he always painstakingly restored every single vehicle he acquired: "People say, 'You'll never get that thing running again,'" he said. "Well, it was built once, and we can do it again." Jacques Mequet Littlefield: a Real Man of Genius! Littlefield's collection is indeed impressive. The best part? It's all for sale. Come on down to Portola Valley and place a bid on a DUKW, the hero of Normandy and a prime business opportunity for your seaside city or metropolitan area. Bid on a Leopard 1A1A4 main battle tank and defend yourself against the godless East Germans! Buy a pair of Shermans, one of them Israeli, both built with pride by the Chrysler Defense Arsenal in Warren, Mich. Imported from Detroit! A sporty South African number, the Eland, is the cutest lil armored vehicle ever to come with a 90mm GT2 rifled cannon. A Humber Mk IV costs the same as a Jaguar F-Type, but only one of those defended Britannia from the cursed Jerries. A Soviet radar truck will be perfect for thwarting those pesky black helicopters currently triangulating your position. Perhaps the cream of the crop is the Scud A missile launcher, favored by certain persons named Saddam and Nikita. Nobody dares cut you off in traffic when you have a 35-foot R-11M short-range ballistic missile dangling precariously off your bumper. On the weekend of July 11, the action goes down at the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation, 499 Old Spanish Trail, Portola Valley, Calif., just 40 minutes south of San Francisco. (If only those Silicon Valley billionaires knew there was such an arsenal in their backyard.) There's no reserve on any of these babies -- come on down and score yourself a deal! Bring your kids, bring your significant others, bring a car seat. You can probably stroll on home in the HOV lane. Mon, 3 Mar 2014 15:07:55 EST Garage Wants & Requests : Ex President wants his 70 car garage house back!! The 70-vehicle stash in Viktor Yanukovych's lavish villa surprised citizens and journalists of the Ukraine. Ukrainian protesters captured the President's 70-Car Garage and mansion, including all of the cars, motorcycles and tanks in the collection. Some of these vehicles are high priced collector vehicles. Yanukovych’s abandoned palace contained a massive car collection grabbed by protesters. Entering the mansion, protesters discovered the president's expensive taste, including a helicopter, private jet, a massive ship and a car collection with over 70 cars and motorcycles. Ousted Yanukovych's garage included a number of Mercedes', a Bentley, Knight XV and International armored trucks and an array of classics. Mon, 3 Mar 2014 14:34:55 EST Driver’s Side by Jimmy Dinsmore : S Stands for Special: Audi S6 is special in looks, engine and technology There’s special and then there’s special! That’s the case of my tester for the week – the 2014 Audi S6. Perhaps the S in S6 stands for special. The luxury sports sedan market is chock full of cars that are have a long list of superlatives, like special. So differentiating yourself can be a challenge. Now in its second year of production, the Audi S6 makes its case with sexy looks, tech-filled interior and a powerful twin turbocharged engine. So, in a way, the S6 has the total package of brains (technology), beauty (aesthetics) and brawn (horsepower). The S6 shows off an exterior that is both luxurious and aggressive. The best feature is new this year with a black optic grille that boldly displays Audi’s logo. The grille is complimented with LED lighting that has become synonymous with Audi. Some feel Audi designed the S6 with the BMW in mind, and that’s a fair comparison. While both have their own distinction, both sport sedans offer a luxurious looking car that is not over-the-top in styling because it doesn’t need to be. Instead, the S6 has all the distinction and finish needed to compete in its segment. Just as impressive, if not more so, is the S6’s powerful V8 engine. It’s equipped with a twin-turbo 4.0 TFSI eight-cylinder engine that makes 420 horsepower and 406 lb./ft. of torque. Its power and torque are constantly ready to be unleashed and takes a gentle foot. Off the line, the S6 has posted a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds. That’s special! Mated with a seven-speed transmission that seamlessly shifts in a marvelous, efficient way, the S6’s tranny is the best I’ve ever experienced. Add in Audi’s legendary Quattro, all-wheel drive system, and you have a driving machine that is refined, smooth and aggressive. The interior of the S6 is more like an executive car than a sports car. Sure it has racing-inspired seats, but other than that, the interior is chock full of luxury and amenities. Attention to detail on materials used does not go unnoticed. Soft touch points permeate the interior design. Heated seats are now standard for this model year (and should’ve always been standard considering the price tag). A sliding glass sunroof adds to the appeal. Rear passengers will be quite comfortable finding ample legroom and just enough headroom in the back. According to information provided by Audi, the S6 is technologically advanced that its on-board computers are making 2,000 decisions per second to assist the driver. If you are someone with an appreciation for technology, then the S6 will marvel and amaze. The navigation system and parking assist are driven by Google Earth. Offering renderings of your whereabouts with satellite-driven technology never gets old. Other features that are ahead of the competition are power-folding heated side mirrors, night vision assisted driving and pre-sense plus, which is an adaptive collision reduction system. The S6 is covered in sensors which help the driver better perform. While the S6 is full of amazing technology, the audio and infotainment system is over engineered. Too many steps, with eyes off the road are involved for the simplest of tasks, like changing radio stations, all thanks to an awkward joystick controller which is not intuitive. Additionally, there was no USB connection available for Iphone 5 users, which is a pretty standard feature for most vehicles. Other than that, there can be nothing to complain about when it comes to the interior of the Audi S6. For a V8 engine (with twin-turbo), the fuel economy is fantastic on the S6. It has an EPA rating of 17 city and 27 highway. In a weeks’ worth of lead-footed driving I averaged nearly 21 MPG. The S6 has only one trim, but can be customized with several different options and packages. The base price of my tester was $73,400. However, it also had several custom packages including the Driver Assistance Package, so my S6 had a final MSRP of $81,470. So, clearly, the S6 recognizes the price tag is high, higher than most of its competition in fact. And it’s priced out of reach of the average consumer. But the Audi S6 is targeted at a specific buyer. One who has an appreciation of the finer things in life and wants a car that is special – special in looks, driving performance and technology. And there’s no argument that the Audi S6 delivers a great deal of special qualities wrapped up in this luxury sports sedan package. Jimmy Dinsmore is a freelance syndicated automotive journalist. Email him at Follow him on Twitter @driversside Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:03:28 EST