Officiating 101: How to Be a Successful Race Official  [LINK]
*Editor’s Commentary* Some racing fanatics just can’t get enough of the sport.  Some racing fanatics are just gluttons for punishment. Those racing fanatics usually are called officials. Officials are highly criticized (you’re probably not surprised to hear that).  Whether it’s by drivers, crews, car owners, fans, or other officials, someone with responsibility at... [Read More]
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Hemmings Find of the Day – 1990 Chevrolet Silverado 454 SS  [LINK]
Low-mileage 1990 Chevrolet Silverado 454 SS for sale on Hemmings.com. From the seller’s description: Originally purchased in August 1989 from the Chevrolet Dealer in Colorado Springs, then kept in a safe, controlled environment until recently brought out for marketing purposes. Completely original with exception of the new replacement GM Battery. The original window sticker is included. It i... [Read More]
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Monterey Car Week is Now About New and Ald  [LINK]
It was an event straight out of the auto show playbook. Car beneath sheet? Check. Execs talking (and talking) about the state of the automaker and everything we wanted to know (and some things we didn’t) about the car? Check. The only real difference was the location: a concrete mansion on the edge of a golf course filled with fabulous people (and me) shivering through a late summer evening ... [Read More]
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The best of Italy and Germany (and Britain and France and…) at this year’s Trentino and Gardasee Klassik shows  [LINK]
Photos by the author. And now, are you ready for something completely different? Well, almost completely different, that is. And while Monty Python’s most famous tagline may seem a bit far-fetched here, surely what I am about to describe is a distinct yet tantalizing event, or to be precise two of them, coupling the best Italy and Germany could possibly offer to car lovers. In fact, followin... [Read More]
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NHRA Top Fuel Driver Leah Pritchett Considers Her Day Job, the Red Planet Dragway, and Driving for Uber  [LINK]
Leah Pritchett’s game face almost cracked the phone. The driver of the Papa John’s Dragster was riding with a carload of people to Lucas Oil Raceway for the 2017 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, the biggest NHRA weekend of the year. Everybody was deferential and listened to Leah being authoritative and analytical, but she couldn’t help feeling self-conscious. A four-time win... [Read More]
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Mercedes-Benz Teases Redesigned 2019 CLS Before L.A. Debut  [LINK]
Mercedes-Benz has been working on the redesigned 2019 CLS for some time now and we finally see the first glimpse of the four-door coupe in the latest teaser image from the automaker. The stylishly swoopy Mercedes enters its third generation with a new engine and tech. The dark teaser image reveals part of Mercedes’ signature diamond grille pattern flanked by bright inward pointing LED light ... [Read More]
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2018 Jaguar E-Pace First Drive Review: The No-Brainer Jaguar  [LINK]
There was a certain inevitability to the Jaguar E-Pace. With its midsized F-Pace, Jaguar’s first ever SUV, powering an 80-plus percent increase in global sales for the storied British brand over the past year, and demand for the compact Range Rover Evoque blasting past 600,000 units worldwide since 2011, the decision to build a small Jaguar SUV was a no-brainer. Especially as the Evoque and ... [Read More]
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Mercedes-Benz Teases Redesigned 2019 CLS Before LA Debut  [LINK]
Mercedes-Benz has been working on the redesigned 2019 CLS for some time now and we finally see the first glimpse of the four-door coupe in the latest teaser image from the automaker. The stylishly swoopy Mercedes enters its third generation with a new engine and tech. The dark teaser image reveals part of Mercedes’ signature diamond grille pattern flanked by bright inward pointing LED light ... [Read More]
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Hemmings Find of the Day – 1963 Ford Falcon Futura convertible  [LINK]
From the seller’s description: 1963 Ford Falcon Futura 260 v8 4speed convertible. Originally a California car and has no rust or rot, body is extremely solid. Car has remained as close to stock as possible with few upgrades such as; Eddlebrock aluminium intake and Holly 600 cfm carb, Doug Thorley alumacoated headers and dual exhaust system professionally installed, rear end was freshened up ... [Read More]
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Twenty Cool Cars from Frey’s Mazda Classic Car Museum  [LINK]
AUGSBERG, GERMANY — One of the best vintage Mazda collections in the world can be found not in Japan, but in Germany, just an hour’s drive from Munich. Frey’s Mazda Classic Car Museum is owned by the Frey family, which has been selling Mazdas in Ausberg since 1978. Roughly 50 cars from the collection are displayed in a renovated streetcar maintenance shed, and they run the gamut ... [Read More]
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Four-Links – the mad genius of Baja, cops in Checkers, Turbine thoughts, murderer on the racetrack  [LINK]
If you plan to race in Baja’s Class 11, be prepared to meet Eric Solorzano and come away from your encounter with a tale or two, as this Playboy profile of the long-time racer illustrates. * Do you think police officers liked using Checkers as patrol cars? The Internet Checker Taxicab Archive pulled together as many documented examples of cop-car Checkers as they could find and found a pret... [Read More]
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2019 Infiniti QX50 Prototype Quick Drive  [LINK]
Infiniti claims that its new VC-Turbo engine delivers the power of a six-cylinder engine and the fuel economy of a four-cylinder. This is a claim many other manufacturers have made over the years, but no other manufacturer has had such groundbreaking technology to back it up.  Multi Link Variable Compression Ratio system (VCR) is the name of the technology developed by parent company Nissan, ... [Read More]
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Volvo V90: 2018 Motor Trend Car of the Year Contender  [LINK]
We Like: Styling inside and out, Bowers & Wilkins stereo We Don’t Like: Road noise, ignition knob interface We continue to swoon before this lovely wagon and nestle into a cabin Mark Rechtin called a “cocoon of comfort.” “Boasting the same extravagant dash-to-axle ratio, taut surfacing, and crisp character lines as the S90 sedan, the V90 wagon exudes the same confident... [Read More]
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Nissan Leaf: 2018 Motor Trend Car of the Year Contender  [LINK]
We Like: Attractive design, superb semi-autonomous driving option, killer pricing We Don’t Like: Borderline range improvement, CHAdeMO fast-charging plug Although electric vehicle historians will inevitably point to GM’s EV1 as the dawn of the modern electric car, its real origin—at least as far as the mass public is concerned—was the appearance of the original Nissan Leaf ... [Read More]
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Great Watches for Car Guys and Gals  [LINK]
If you don’t already know what you’re looking for, picking out a new watch can be an overwhelming process. Just in time for the 2017 holiday season, here are 12 of our favorites, covering a wide range of brands and prices. Todd Snyder + Timex Blackjack $138 This striking time-only watch is the latest collaboration between NYC menswear designer Todd Snyder and Timex. The two brands wor... [Read More]
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Saving Motorsports: RPM Act Update!  [LINK]
Events like HOT ROD Drag Week would be impossible if the RPM act is unsuccessful.The last thing we’d ever imagine is a time when modifying and building racecars was in danger of becoming illegal. This is precisely what the RPM Act is protecting against. The RPM Act (Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act), ensures that it will remain legal to manufacture, sell, distribute, and install... [Read More]
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All I want for Christmas is a Really Cool Camaro. Barrett Jackson Hits Vegas.  [LINK]
If you’re passion involves muscle cars, street rods, and everything automotive then we’d wager you’re very familiar with the Barrett-Jackson auctions that occur four times a year throughout the United States. Chances are you’ve also tuned in to the world-wide coverage on Discovery and Velocity to watch the excitement. Since we’re car enthusiasts too, we recently took ... [Read More]
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Long Beach Swap Meet: The Ultimate Gearhead Mall!  [LINK]
Speed parts aplenty strewn all over the parking lot. You have to make sure you don’t kick a loose valve spring.Even if there’s no intention to buy anything, going to a mechanically centric swap meet for car enthusiasts is like putting a kid in a candy store. There’s nearly something for everyone and unless you show up with no money, it’s almost impossible to leave empty han... [Read More]
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The Best Chevrolet Engines from the 2017 SEMA Show #TENSEMA17  [LINK]
Forget everything you know about the 1950s. The thing that defined the era debuted on a fall day in 1954, smack dab in the middle of the decade. Everything that happened before or since is merely prologue or reaction. The introduction of the Chevrolet V-8 in late 1954 is the axis around which the world turns. At least it’s that way if you’re into Chevrolet engines. We’re really i... [Read More]
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Burning the midwinter oil  [LINK]
My ’31 Ford speedster often gets neglected during the cold, dark winter months, but this time will be different. Here it is with its hood and radiator removed to make it quicker and easier for me to jump into the projects on my list when I have even the slightest block of time.  I know that for some automotive enthusiasts, summer is for driving their cars and winter is for working on th... [Read More]
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2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 First Look: Big Power, Big Wing, Big Bet  [LINK]
It’s official. After spy shots, speculation, and leaks, the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 formally breaks cover here in Dubai, home of the fast, rich, and fabulous. Yes, this latest iteration shares much of the bones of the Z06 but adds more power, refinement, a giant optional rear wing, and a pledge that this really fast car is for everyone. Even though the new ZR1 has a top speed of more tha... [Read More]
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755-Horsepower 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 is the Fastest, Most Powerful Vette Ever  [LINK]
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – It’s the return of the King Kong Corvette, a supercharged superstar with 755 horsepower. It’s the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1–the fastest, most powerful production Vette to ever scorch the pavement. The C7 generation Corvette is already one of the most impressive super sports cars on the market, especially the 650 horsepower Z06. Given wha... [Read More]
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Hemmings Find of the Day – 1937 Lincoln Custom by Willoughby  [LINK]
Willoughby-bodied 1937 Lincoln Custom for sale on Hemmings.com. From the seller’s description: For the past 20 years I have been the owner of my Grandfather’s 1937 Willoughby Lincoln 7 Passenger Touring car. There were 7 Willougby 7 passenger touring cars made in 1937. Only 3 are surviving. The other two surviving cars were purchased by the State of California and State of New York for... [Read More]
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The allure, the legends, and the history behind Circuit de la Sarthe  [LINK]
The #23 Porsche Konstruktionen Porsche 917 K driven by Richard Atwood and Hans Herrmann drives under the Dunlop Bridge during the International Championship for Makes 24 Hours of Le Mans race on13 June 1970 at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, France. Photo by Rainer W. Schlegelmilch, via Getty Images. All other images by Stefan Bogner. [Editor’s Note: While Siegfried Rauch’s new book... [Read More]
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