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Think twice before buying the next chrome part for your car, the plant that made it could be poisoning people. That was the case for the folks in Highland Park, Mich.,whose long-standing protest is finally gaining the attention of state officials.
“Everyone is entitled to a good quality of life,” said Shareef El-Mubarak, president of the Masjid Al-Nur Mosque and Community Center, which is blocks from the closed Chrome Craft plant. “I want to know if something is there, what kind of effect it could have on residents, and any long-term impacts to the children who have played here for years.”
Chrome Craft closed its doors in late 2009, but racked up 39 violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act during its operation. According to one former employee, toxic chemical spills at the plant were routine, both inside and outside the building. Area residents suspect that those spills compromised water and soil safety and are demanding an inspection.
Until now, the cause saw little progress, but the activist group gained recognition from the Michigan Department of Environment Quality after delivering testimony.
Moving into the future, it seems residents will finally have answers about spilled chromium, a known carcinogen and how it has affected their lives.
The company that owned and operated the plant, parts supplier Flex-N-Gate, is in turn owned by billionaire business success story Shahid Khan, who recently acquired the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“We won’t let the 1 percent make the 99 percent clean up their dangerous mess,” a local pastor said.
Photos hit the media last week, along with the equipment list for the Stinger, which plays up the black and yellow paint scheme you might expect given the name. Black stripes run along the sides, and a black-and-yellow checker pattern covers the roof.
Other than the exterior styling changes, the other-other 500 (don’t forget the Abarth) comes with black chrome accents and 17-inch black aluminum wheels borrowed from, well, the Abarth. The interior also gets new color touches that match the Stinger-styled outside.
Performance-wise there isn’t much different here: just a new set of brakes, cold air intake and a cat-back exhaust to help the car’s 1.4-liter engine breathe easier.
Have a look at our pictures from the show, shown below.
GALLERY: Fiat 500 Stinger
From 2005-2006, Ford created its halo car in the form inspired by the legendary GT40. Penned by the brilliantly talented Camilo Pardo, the beautiful American supercar remains as beautiful to behold as ever.
The boys from the specialist aftermarket firm, GT Guy LLC, couldn’t agree more and have asked Pardo to create a one-of-a-kind chrome GT. Called the Merkury 4, the team worked with a donor red Ford GT and applied it with a Mirrachrome paint job plus a black-bordered fluorescent orange stripe. The Merkury 4 also features painted valve covers, smoothed clam-shell intakes behind the doors, ceramic-coated exhaust, and wide Michelins wrapping around a set of HRE wheels.
But rather than leaving the special GT to mere aesthetic upgrades, GT Guy also turned the supercharger dial to eleven, brining 725 horsepower to the rear wheels.
Check out the finished Merkury 4 in the gallery below.
GALLERY: Ford GT “Merkury 4″ Designed By Camilo Pardo
The wrap company out of Czech Republic, Tintek, has been producing chrome vehicles for the Internet to enjoy for quite some time now. New to their collection is a Chevrolet Corvette, and if that wasn’t enough, this Corvette sports a set of vertical doors.
A quick peek at their website reveals that Tintek doesn’t look to be slowing down on the chrome wrap movement either. They’re showing off a new violet chrome variant and even recently did a Bentley GTC in gold chrome. Oh what the hell, who cares about being subtle anyways.
GALLERY: Tintek Chrome Chevrolet Corvette
[Source: GT Spirit]