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My Classic Car: Tommy’s 1956 Chevrolet convertible

My Classic Car: Tommy’s 1956 Chevrolet convertible

I owned this car before going into the service in 1966. I loved this car more than most girls at the time. I would come home on leave and blow the dust out and find a second love to share a ride and maybe a park with us. Anyway, I had phoned my dad that […]

By March 3, 2015 Read More →
My Classic Car: Steve’s 1966 Dodge Dart

My Classic Car: Steve’s 1966 Dodge Dart

I was attending a monthly meeting of the POC (Plymouth Owners Club) and one of our members brought to my attention that in a national magazine (Hemming’s News) someone was selling a Dodge Dart convertible with a SC area code. When I got home and researched the number I found out it was only 25 […]

By February 24, 2015 Read More →
My Classic Car: The Largers’ 1942 Chrysler Windsor Town & Country wagon

My Classic Car: The Largers’ 1942 Chrysler Windsor Town & Country wagon

Our 1942 Chrysler Town & Country is one of the very last civilian vehicles produced in late January, 1942. It came off the assembly line one month after Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, and just before Chrysler-built Sherman tanks began rolling off the assembly lines. Not only is this vehicle one of the rarest of […]

By February 22, 2015 Read More →

Eye Candy

Eye Candy: Arizona Automobile Hobbyist Council car show

Eye Candy: Arizona Automobile Hobbyist Council car show

Photos by Larry Edsall Who has your back? In 1973, the federal Environmental Protection Agency was pushing for regulations that would require emission-restricting equipment on all vehicles, new or old. Here in Arizona, seven car clubs got together, united their efforts and convinced the state legislature to exempt cars produced before 1967 from having to […]

By February 28, 2015 Read More →
Eye Candy: Engines Exposed at The Henry Ford

Eye Candy: Engines Exposed at The Henry Ford

Photos by Kevin A. Wilson We see a lot of engines at car shows. More than we might like, really — the practice of parking the car and popping the hood is widespread but can ruin attendees’ view of a vehicle’s design and disrupt photo opportunities. A line of show cars yawning is not often […]

By February 24, 2015 1 Comment Read More →
Eye Candy: Shelby GT350 50th anniversary and reunion

Eye Candy: Shelby GT350 50th anniversary and reunion

Photos by Howard Koby Willow Springs Raceway was built in 1953 as one of the first purpose-built road courses in the United States. Back in the day, people wondered why someone would build a racetrack on a barren so-called wasteland out in the desert well beyond Los Angeles. The track was designed and built by […]

By February 21, 2015 Read More →

Features

World of Speed Museum opens April 24 in Oregon

World of Speed Museum opens April 24 in Oregon

Addicted to speed? Just want to learn more about the history of motorsports? Or perhaps you want to expose your children to career opportunities in racing. All of that can be accomplished April 24 when the new World of Speed Museum opens in Wilsonville Oregon, located just outside of Portland. According to Ron Huegli, the […]

By March 3, 2015 Read More →
Driven: 2015 Infiniti QX70

Driven: 2015 Infiniti QX70

With its dramatically swelling contours and unique profile, the flamboyant Infiniti QX70 is one of the most distinctive SUVs on the road. Formerly the FX (before Infiniti went Q crazy with its model names), the big crossover SUV continues to meld utility with style and performance. QX70 is also one of the best driving SUVs […]

By March 2, 2015 Read More →
Pick of the Week: Mazda RX-7

Pick of the Week: Mazda RX-7

Some Japanese sports cars are gaining leverage with car collectors, but others, not so much. Production models such as Datsun 240Z and Toyota Supra are rising in value and appreciation, and the limited-production Toyota 2000GT regularly hits a million dollars at auction. Mazda also has an entry in that game, the rare Cosmo that’s currently […]

By February 27, 2015 1 Comment Read More →

Commentary

Upgrade envy or retrograde envy, which is your motivation for buying yet another car?

Upgrade envy or retrograde envy, which is your motivation for buying yet another car?

Automotive News, the newspaper that covers the global new-car industry, republished a story last week from Bloomberg under the title of “Upgrade envy has drivers trading in cars as often as iPhones.” Not being familiar with the term “upgrade envy,” I read far enough into the text to learn that people are trading in their […]

Rising Sun, indeed: Japanese cars being sought by collectors, concours and museums

Rising Sun, indeed: Japanese cars being sought by collectors, concours and museums

Recently, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum announced the first Japanese sports car to join its permanent collection. No the car is not a BRE 240Z or a Bob Sharp Racing 280ZX raced by Paul Newman. Instead, it is a 1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo. The car was a gift to the museum from John J. […]

By February 27, 2015 11 Comments Read More →
‘Unsafe at Any Speed’ hits 50 years; targeted Corvair dangers, sparked consumerism and cost me a ride

‘Unsafe at Any Speed’ hits 50 years; targeted Corvair dangers, sparked consumerism and cost me a ride

As the book Unsafe at Any Speed, Ralph Nader’s seminal assault on the Chevrolet Corvair and a complacent U.S. auto industry, marks its 50th anniversary this year, I can’t help but recall how it not only had a profound effect on the future of automobiles but also on my own automotive aspirations. Like most teenage […]

By February 23, 2015 23 Comments Read More →

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Poll Results: Which of these Japanese classics would you buy to drive and enjoy now, confident that it will be worth considerably more when you’re ready to sell it?

The Question of the Week for the week of February 23rd, 2015 asked you which of these Japanese classics would you buy to drive and enjoy now, confident that it will be worth considerably more when you’re ready to sell it?? You voted and these are the results! Other Japanese classics suggested include:  Mazda Miata 280ZX […]

By March 2, 2015 Read More →
JC Whitney shares a century of auto parts oddities

JC Whitney shares a century of auto parts oddities

As part of its centennial celebration, JC Whitney, the gigantic auto parts and accessories company, has searched the archives of its catalogs to find the 10 oddest auto accessories it ever has offered. “As we celebrate our centennial anniversary, it’s only natural to look back at some of the classics found in our catalog,” company […]

By February 26, 2015 16 Comments Read More →
Lane Motor Museum re-creates visionary Dymaxion Car

Lane Motor Museum re-creates visionary Dymaxion Car

When Buckminster Fuller, one of the most creative and visionary minds of the 20th Century, directed his vast intellect toward the design of an automobile, the result was an utterly unique expression of mobility the likes of which the world had not seen before, or since. The futuristic Dymaxion Car that appeared in 1933 defied […]

By February 25, 2015 4 Comments Read More →
Future classic: Honda S2000

Future classic: Honda S2000

The Honda S2000, or S2K, is one of the most likely future classics out there. The car first showed up in 1995 as a Sports Study Concept that was put into production as a 2000 model in 1999, named S2000 in relation with Honda’s S500, S600 and S800 sports cars from the 1960s, as well […]

By February 25, 2015 Read More →
Think pink! Beaulieu museum plans Simply Pink rally

Think pink! Beaulieu museum plans Simply Pink rally

England’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu will stage a rally May 31 open to any vehicle, as long as that car or truck or van is pink, or even rose, lilac or lavender in color. The Simply Pink rally is being done to support the Breast Cancer Campaign. “Pink has long had a cult following […]

By February 25, 2015 Read More →