Exotic exhaust sounds

Published: Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 7:48 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 7:48 p.m.

Exotic exhaust sounds

This is a radically wild, crazy and totally off-the-wall concept . . . and we absolutely love it. A company called iXoost that's based in Modena, Italy, (home of Ferrari, by the way) creates these amazing Apple iPod-docking sound systems, custom made from the exhaust manifolds that were once used on vintage V8 Formula One racing engines, plus a 2002 Ford Cosworth V10 and Maserati V12. Each audio setup can be custom-designed by the purchaser as to which anodized color combinations are to be used for the various components, including the speaker outlets, docking-station hardware and control button. Prices start at 5,000 (the equivalent of about $6,500) if a V8 manifold is selected, but that can rapidly climb for sound systems using V10 or V12 manifolds. Check out the choices available at www.ixoost.it.

Model-car art

If you were (or possibly still are) one of those kids that used to be totally and completely hooked on assembling model cars, then Jellio has just the item for you. The company's "Drive In" wall art draws inspiration from the Revell-brand model kits from the 1950s and ‘60s. The sculpture resembles the various chrome-coated plastic parts that were attached to what's called a sprue. You'll get a major kick out of identifying the various attachments, including wheel covers, bumpers, grille, fan blade, steering wheel and various engine parts. The Drive In wall art is 44- x 44-inches, is made from Polyurethane resin and is painted in metallic silver. You can order one of these limited-edition eye-catchers for $2,500 from www.jellio.com/furniture/drive-in.

Zero to 60 in an hour

Here's a clever way to display your gear-headedness on your wrist. The Max Speed Speedometer Car Watch will show you the time of day on a group of miniature dashboard gauges, with a tachometer showing the hour of the day and a speedometer displaying the minutes. Two other smaller gauges indicate a.m. or p.m. plus the day of the week. The hands on the tach and speedo dials are just for show, with the lighted numbers displaying the actual time. The watch comes with a chrome bezel, while a rubber strap conveys a rugged look. Purchase from a variety of online resellers, including www.gadgetsandgear.com.

Mug shot

Most of us keep at least one travel mug handy for that much-needed shot of java on the way to work or while on a longer trip. The Hot Rod Heated Travel Mug features a modern-day barista-style espresso handle, but in addition comes with a classic-car gauge that shows the temperature of your beverage. The eight-ounce-capacity mug features a non-slid rubber base and plugs into your vehicle's 12-volt outlet with the supplied plug. It also comes with a power indicator so you know when it's working. Choose from candy apple red, or midnight glossy black. Purchase the Hot Rod Heated Travel Mug for $25 from www.thinkgeek.com, www.summitracing.com, or other auto-related websites.

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