The Cadillac Elmiraj Concept ($TBA) is making its first public appearance at Monterey this week. Possibly an early look at the next generation of Cadillacs, the Elmiraj is just slightly bigger than a current CTS. But definitely isn't your dads CTS. The Elmiraj features a 500hp 4.5L Twin Turbo V8 and aggressive 22-inch wheels. The engine will get your 500 lb-ft of torque. Check out the promotional [video_lightbox_youtube video_id=khMY6sPBRe8 width=640 height=480 anchor=video].
The 2015 BMW i8 ($136,000) was recently put on display at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The plug-in hybrid is BMW's latest release in the high-performance category. The i8 is built from carbon-fiber reinforced plastic and has an aluminum platform. It has two engines, the gas motor is 3 cylinders and puts out 236 foot pounds of torque. The electric motor is 131 horses (96 kilowatts) and puts out 184 foot pounds of torque. Maximum output is an impressive 362 hp and 420 lb-ft. The really cool thing is that when tested the i8 got 94 miles per gallon. Expect the i8 to be released some time next spring.(more…)
The Olivier Jonquet Elie Watch ($2600) is based on the timepieces of the 1920s and 30s. The watch is impeccably made including such features as a cushion-shaped case made from 319L steel, a sapphire crystal, a beautiful enameled white dial and blue steel hands. The entire watch is made in France including the mechanical movement, the Ebauche FE 233/69, and the case. The Elie will be available in either a satin or polished finished. Olivier Jonquet are taking pre-orders now and if sufficient orders are received delivery is expected some time in October 2014. Only 50 pieces of the watch will be made.
The Summer of Beer and Whiskey ($20) is about Chris von der Ahe who knew so little about baseball it could be written on a postage stamp, yet his risked his life savings in order to found a franchise that would grow into the St Louis Cardinals. Despite this, the German born proprietor of a beer garden became one of the funniest and most important figures in the history of the game. Von der Ahe bought the team for one reason only; in order to sell more beer. He then played a part in gathering together a bunch of ragtag professional clubs in order to create a new, maverick league to mount a challenge to the haughty National League, this reinventing big league baseball that would appeal to and attract all classes of Americans. Then he helped gather a group of ragtag professional clubs together to create a maverick new league that would fight the haughty National League, reinventing big-league baseball to attract Americans of all classes. Sneered at as "The Beer and Whiskey Circuit" because it was backed by brewers, distillers, and saloon owners, their American Association brought Americans back to enjoying baseball by offering Sunday games, beer at the ballpark, and a dirt-cheap ticket price of 25 cents.
The SOG Snarl Knife ($31) is a great little blade. It was designed in conjunction with Jason Brous, a custom knife maker and machinist. The Snarl has a sheepsfoot shape, is 4.3" long, uses a 2.3" 9CR18M0V stainless steel blade and includes a molded nylon sheath which allows you to carry it on your belt. This little guy is perfect as an everyday carry knife.
Sword & Plough bags ($195-$269) take military surplus fabric that was destined for the dumpster and turns it into awesome, durable bags with a purpose. Sword & Plough is a "quadruple bottom line (people, purpose, planet, profit) bag company". In their Kickstarter, Sword & Plough will be offering three bags; a tote ($195), a messenger bag ($249-pictured), and their urban ruck ($269). This is a great way to help veterans, help the planet, and help two ladies get a great company off the ground.