Reader Rides

Road Testament: Pro-Touring Dodge Charger

Posted in Car Reviews, General, Hoonage, Other, Reader Rides, Videos by MrAngry | June 24th, 2011 | 1 Response |

1969 Dodge Charger

There are those in the muscle car hobby who think that one should leave well enough alone. These people are content with drum brakes, terrible steering and inadequate safety features. For them, it’s all about nostalgia and reliving childhood memories. Others however, myself included, believe that what’s old, can in fact be made new again with the right combination of parts. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to interview Pete Filippatos, the owner of this beautiful 1969 pro-touring Dodge Charger. Pete started with a standard small-block car, stripped the car down to bare metal and then began to create his vision of the perfect old school muscle car. New suspension, wiring, late model HEMI and brakes are just some of the components that Pete used during his build process with the end result being the stunner you see here. Click through and get ready to enjoy one of the nicest pro-touring cars on the road today.
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Reader’s Rides: Taylor’s 2009 Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited

Posted in 4x4, Jeep, Other, Reader Rides, Zombies by Kurt Ernst | March 9th, 2011 | 3 Responses |
2009 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited

Taylor's very tasteful 2009 Rubicon Unlimited.

Remember my piece on “Rides For The Coming Zombie Apocalypse”? Taylor’s 2009 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited definitely fits the requirements, and I have to admit that I’d take this over my own FJ Cruiser as the ultimate end-of-the-world ride. His Rubicon will get you anywhere you need to go; more importantly, it will get you back home again and he’s only at Stage 1 of his build. So what does Stage 1 include? Read on to find out and to see more pics. Read More…

Reader’s Rides: Let’s See ‘Em

Posted in Reader Rides by Kurt Ernst | March 6th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

Sam's '70 Chevy pickup

In the early days of Akatuki4, we ran a feature called “Reader’s Rides”. About once per week, we’d do a short feature story on a car, bike or truck submitted by a reader from around the world. We got everything from beaters through jaw-dropping pro-touring cars submitted, but every single one was built with pride. Want to see your own personal ride on the (virtual) pages of Akatuki4? Hit the jump and I’ll give you all the details on what I need from you. Read More…

Akatuki4 Asks: What’s The Most Disappointing Car You’ve Ever Owned?

Posted in BMW, Car Buying, car modifications, Cars, General, New Cars, Reader Rides, Used Cars, Writer's Rides by Kurt Ernst | November 20th, 2010 | 10 Responses |

We’ve all been there before: as a kid, you get a new toy only to realize that it’s nowhere near as cool as it looked in the commercial, or maybe it doesn’t even survive from Christmas to New Years without breaking. Later in life, maybe you realize that the hot blonde exchange student you’ve been trying to close the deal with has personal hygiene issues, or breath that smells like rotting fish and ass. Maybe you work hard to join a country club, only to realize that every other member is a complete tool, and you’ve got nothing in common with any of them. No matter what the details, one thing is for sure: life will disappoint you.

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2011 Corvette Grand Sport Review: Smoking Tire Style

Posted in Chevrolet, Cool Stuff, Corner Carvers, Corvette, Reader Rides, Videos by MrAngry | September 17th, 2010 | 1 Response |

Now this is an interesting comparison. Matt Farah of is a pretty avid Corvette guy, in fact he is the owner of a beautifully modified 1998 C5 model. What’s interesting is that the modifications that Matt performed on his car were performed with the goal of making not only a great track day weapon, but a great weekend street car as well. Matt then took a look at the new 2011 Corvette Grand Sport as a comparison to his 12 year old modified C5. The Grand Sport comes stock with 436 hp and 428 lb-ft torque, as well as a whopping price tag of just under $70,000 which makes it out of the range of most people. So, the real question is, do you drop $70,000 on a new 2011 Grand Sport, or spend 18-20k on a used C5 with some mods. After watching you’ll know what Matt thinks, but what about you?


The Pro-Touring 1972 Dodge Charger of Bill Howell.

Posted in Car Stunts, Classic, Collector Cars, Cool Stuff, Corner Carvers, Reader Rides, Videos by MrAngry | September 13th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

When the majority of the population thinks of a classic Dodge Charger they think of those that were built between 1968-1970. They’ve been popularized over the years by TV shows like The Dukes of Hazzard and movies like Bullitt and Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry. What about those Chargers though that were built after 1970, you know the third generation body styles that ran from 1971-1974. For the most part these cars were over shadowed by the previous generation Charger because of their media exposure, but let me introduce you to a certain 1972 Dodge Charger that seeks to change that.
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Readers Rides: Car Names, Round 1

Posted in Car Names, Cool Stuff, General, Reader Rides by MrAngry | July 10th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

Last week I posted an article on the relationships we have with our cars and how they sometimes become part of our families. I also threw out the option to you, the readers, to email me some pictures of your rides and why you name them what you do. We’ve only gotten a few submissions thus far but we’re looking for A LOT more. So, get your camera’s out, upload some pics and send them into me at: [email protected].

Just make sure to include the Year, Make, Model and a brief description of your cars personality and we’ll post them up. So, without further adieu, here is the fitst batch of submissions!

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Lamborghini Miura Kit Car: Simply AMAZING!

Posted in General, Lamborghini, Pontiac, Reader Rides, trends, Wheels by MrAngry | May 23rd, 2010 | 3 Responses |

Lamborghini Mirua

Growing up the question amongst our group of friends was always, “If you could have any two cars in the world, what would they be?” My answer was pretty simple, I wanted a 1968 Dodge Charger and a 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV. The Charger was attainable, but the Miura, trading hands in the half-million dollar range, was and still is, a bit out of reach. The car was simply stunning from every angle and has a presence that has yet to be matched. Now we come to the Pontiac Fiero, a car that started production in 1984 and ran until 1988. It was small, mid-engine and rather sporty for the time but like all great sports cars it never got really good until it’s final version in 1988, with the introduction of the Fiero GT.

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Reader’s Rides: Roadrunner’s 1967 Lone Star Limited Mustang

Posted in Car Photography, Ford, General, Mustang, Reader Rides by Kurt Ernst | April 20th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

A reader that goes by the name of Roadrunner sent in pics of her 1967 Mustang Lone Star Limited edition. Painted in Bluebonnet Blue, inspired by the popular and omnipresent Texas wildflower, the cars quickly became known as Bluebonnet Mustangs. All Lone Star Limited editions featured Bluebonnet Blue paint, special fender badging and the Sports Sprint option package. All were coupes, and all featured a blue interior, but customers could choose between the 200 cubic inch inline 6 and the 289 V8. A total of just 175 Lone Star Limited editions were built, and only a handful are still on the road today.

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Reader’s Rides: 2006 Nissan 350z

Posted in Car Photography, General, Nissan, Reader Rides by Kurt Ernst | April 2nd, 2010 | Leave a Reply |
2006 Nissan 350z

The HDR effect adds a nice post-apocalyptic look

Reader ppwsixspd (Pike’s Peak white, six speed) sent in pics of his 2006 Nissan 350z, a daily driver he’s building for time attacks. Working with a limited budget (just like the rest of us), his mods are well thought out to give the best gain for the money. Starting with the motor, this Z breathes through a Nismo R-Tune CAI and an AAM plenum spacer. Downstream, it exhales through an HKS Hi-Power exhaust with test pipes replacing the cats (for off-road use only, of course).

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