January may be the longest month of the year for gear-heads but it's only days before life begins again with the Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona. So let's fire this thing up and see what we find around the auto blogs this week, shall we?
The Auto Prophet is always our first stop, even on weeks like this one when he's talking about another of his passions, which is guns. Seems relevant in view of the national debate now on gun control, right? He wonders if a steel or brass ammo works best for your AR-15.
January also means it's time for Dana Mecum's Kissimmee Auction. Marty Schorr at Car Guys Chronicles says 300 classic Vettes are expected, "including solid axle FI and race-prepped specials and later C2 split-window coupes and C3 big-block cars including an ultra-rare ’71 ZR2 convertible."
Kicking Tires says Cars.com's Joe Bruzek reviewing the M5 Bimmer was the most popular video on its site this past week. I constantly tell my wife that if I can't get a Vette or a Shelby, I will gladly settle for an M5. You can imagine the look I get for that comment!
Speaking of Carroll Shelby's creations, Mike Musto at Autoholics may have found a future American Formula One world champion. Mr. Angry says "the driver of this Power Wheels Shelby GT500 drop-top can’t be more than 3 years old, yet he’s rotating this little bugger through the cones with ease."
Bimmers may be big at KT, but Jalopnik said its most popular video this past week was the California Hyundai dealership's clever spoof of Gangnum Style. Please, Lord, how much longer must we endure this viral plague?
James Nelson of Examiner.com reports that 2012 was a VERY good year for Jeep, thanks in great part to record sales of the Wrangler. Sales were strong in China and elsewhere around the world. Who wudda thunk it, right?
The North American International Auto Show officially starts Monday, but the C7 Corvette reveal is actually tomorrow, Sunday. You can watch the reveal live online, courtesy of GM Fastlane.
You can also follow the show on its Facebook page here.
If you are reading Carnival of Cars, odds are good you suffer from OCD - Obsessive Carpulsive Disorder. But you gotta be beyond treatment if you know about the Artega GT, at least according to Car Throttle.
And then there is the Lucra LC470. Never heard of it? Autoblog has a superb video that is absolutely fascinating. Anything that weighs 2,000 lbs, has a 600 horsepower V8 under its hood and looks like a classic 1950s sports car - think Lister Masterati or Scarab Chevy - is bound to make your heart go pit-a-pat ... at about 7,000 rpm!
At the total opposite of the spectrum, there is the 555TES Minute-S spotted at the Toyota Auto Salon. What the heck is that, you ask? The Truth About Cars' Bertil Schmitt says it's a three-wheel compact commuter powered by a 250 cc Yamaha powerplant.
Okaaaaay, moving right along ....
There is now a GT version of the Dodge Dart. Autosavant's Carl Malek has the details. Malek, by the by, is the blog's "resident German car fanatic and follower of all things General Motors."
And finally ...
This from Cookie the Dog's Owner at Car Lust just might be the most original lead for a new car review I've ever seen:
"Can a handsome young man with a fondness for light, agile cars and manual transmissions find happiness, or at least contentment, behind the wheel of a luxury battlecruiser with a slushbox? Or is the very proposition madness?"
That's it for this week's edition of Carnival of Cars. Be back here next week, same time, same place,