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Still on The Run: It’s Smokey and the Bandits — a bunch of them

Still on The Run: It’s Smokey and the Bandits — a bunch of them

Imagine a day at the beach, followed by a night on the town. You’re tired and ready for a peaceful night’s sleep. You pull into the parking lot of your hotel only to find that most parking spaces have been taken by black 1977-78 Pontiac Trans Ams. Another handful are consumed by Snowman’s tractor-trailer. Have […]

In The Great Race, its ‘Race, Repair and Repeat’ on a daily (and sometimes nightly) basis

In The Great Race, its ‘Race, Repair and Repeat’ on a daily (and sometimes nightly) basis

I caught up with the officially named “2014 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty” at the end of its third-day at the overnight stop in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. On a 2,300-mile journey from the coast of Maine to central Florida, 104 vehicles are competing in this time speed endurance rally for vintage cars. […]

By June 26, 2014 Read More →
Pick of the Week: Studebaker Commander convertible

Pick of the Week: Studebaker Commander convertible

Many of the world’s most forward-looking designs are controversial. Case in point: Studebaker’s futuristic 1950-51 models with their rocketship front ends and, in the coupe models, wraparound rear glass. Love them or hate them, those Studebakers today are popular collector’s items, as well as enduring subjects for exotic street rods. Listed on ClassicCars.com is one […]

By June 20, 2014 Read More →
Future Classic: Volkswagen Rabbit/Golf GTI

Future Classic: Volkswagen Rabbit/Golf GTI

In 1983, the U.S. was just emerging from the automotive weariness of the 1970s. The Arab oil embargo had made everybody leery of gas supplies and rising prices and, to make matters worse, automobiles strangled by inefficient emissions controls had made performance pretty much a thing of the past. In that dour atmosphere, the Volkswagen […]

By June 16, 2014 Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1963 Mini Penny Car

Pick of the Week: 1963 Mini Penny Car

“Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes.” And on my car, apparently, in this awesome tribute to The Beatles’ classic hit of 1967. The 1963 Morris Mini Minor has had approximately 4,000 British pennies glued and grouted onto its surface in gleaming homage to “Penny Lane” by a woman in England whose […]

By June 13, 2014 Read More →
Classic Profile: The 1936 Vanderbilt Cup race revival

Classic Profile: The 1936 Vanderbilt Cup race revival

In 1936, George W. Vanderbilt III banded together with Boston Braves owner George Marshall, and Eddie Rickenbacker, owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to revive a major event from the early days of motorsports, the Vanderbilt Cup. The Vanderbilt Cup was founded by William K. Vanderbilt (George W. Vanderbilt’s uncle) in 1904. America’s first international […]

By June 11, 2014 Read More →
Residency requirement: Drew Alcazar thinks he’s found the secret to success in Orange County

Residency requirement: Drew Alcazar thinks he’s found the secret to success in Orange County

Orange County may be the sweet spot within Southern California’s classic and exotic car culture, but it has been a very tough nut — well, actually, a tough-skinned fruit — for classic car auction houses to crack. “It’s arguably the car Mecca of the planet,” said Drew Alcazar, founder of Russo and Steele Collector Automobile […]

By June 2, 2014 Read More →
Five of the oddest cars from Ford Motor Company

Five of the oddest cars from Ford Motor Company

Multi-national Ford Motor Company has — regardless of market — charted a fairly conservative path through the years. Unlike dedicated eccentrics SAAB, Citroën and even American Motors, it has produced few cars that could be fairly characterized as weird, but here are five from Ford (and its Lincoln and Mercury divisions) that still have us […]

By June 1, 2014 Read More →
Five of the coolest nearly extinct cars from the ’70s and ’80s

Five of the coolest nearly extinct cars from the ’70s and ’80s

The attrition rate of cars from the mid-disco to late Reagan-era is huge. And while we’d love to see someone somewhere driving any one of the cars on this list, in truth, we can’t remember the last time we saw any of them.  Here are five of our favorite nearly extinct cars:

Forgotten 90s greats

Forgotten 90s greats

The 1990s had a fair amount going for it, in terms of both pop culture and automobiles. And while you can argue the merits of Nirvana and Green Day over Duran Duran and White Snake all day, nearly every car on this list is a vast improvement over its 1980s counterpart. Here are five of […]

By May 27, 2014 1 Comment Read More →