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The completely different import, kit-car show at Carlisle

The completely different import, kit-car show at Carlisle

Once a year, a very special and different kind of car show happens in Carlisle, Pennsylvania – the Carlisle Import and Kit Car nationals. This is one of my all-time favorite shows because it has more different kinds of cars than any other show I have ever attended. It is not a full-blown concours event […]

Driven: 2015 Toyota 4Runner Trail Premium

Driven: 2015 Toyota 4Runner Trail Premium

Nearly every SUV these days is a crossover, recognition of the fact that while many people want to ride tall in the saddle and have lots of room for people and stuff, they also want a vehicle that drives like a passenger car. Thus, stylish wagons that look sort of like trucks but are built […]

By May 21, 2015 Read More →
Driven: 2015 Jeep Renegade Sport

Driven: 2015 Jeep Renegade Sport

More than a dozen times — on the hood, tailgate, steering wheel, on all four wheels, on both exterior mirrors, in the cloth covering the four primary seats, even on the sub-floor beneath the cargo area — FCA reminds you that this vehicle is, indeed, a Jeep. But wait, there’s more: You know the Jeep […]

Pick of the Week: 1958 Chevrolet Impala hardtop

Pick of the Week: 1958 Chevrolet Impala hardtop

The model year 1958 was a strange one for Detroit, with both General Motors and Ford introducing full-size cars that were essentially stylistic dead ends. And 1958 was the year that GM divisions really slathered on the chrome for top models; even Chevrolet Corvette featured a bunch of chrome flare. One car that truly stands […]

Valve-cover racing adds excitement to car-show days

Valve-cover racing adds excitement to car-show days

You can think of valve-cover racing as Pinewood Derby for the car guy. Here’s how it works: You start with a valve cover from any automotive engine, add some sort of chassis and wheels and creative customization and then allow gravity to race it down a track. “There is no exact time frame for when […]

By May 14, 2015 Read More →
Driven: 2015 Lincoln Navigator

Driven: 2015 Lincoln Navigator

When you really think about it, doesn’t it seem strange that some of the most luxurious and prestigious vehicles these days are basically large trucks? Sure, there are some glorious sedans and crossovers, but for the major statement of having arrived, it takes a luxury truck. The Lincoln Navigator is a case in point. This […]

By May 11, 2015 Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1955 Chevrolet 210 custom

Pick of the Week: 1955 Chevrolet 210 custom

“This 1955 Chevrolet 210 demonstrates why it’s always good to have a plan. The cohesive build isn’t flashy but shows a clarity of purpose that few resto-mods can claim.” So begins the lengthy and enjoyable description of the Pick of the Week, a tastefully customized 1955 Chevrolet 210 two-door sedan. With Mecum Auctions next week […]

Driven: 2015 Bentley Continental GT V8 S convertible

Driven: 2015 Bentley Continental GT V8 S convertible

Is the Bentley Continental GT the largest and most luxurious sports car or is it the sportiest of large luxury cars? After a few days and a few hundred miles behind the steering wheel, I’d say it is both. It is the largest and the most luxurious, and it is the sportiest, especially when a […]

By May 4, 2015 Read More →
Driven: 2015 Ford Fiesta ST and 2015 Ford Focus ST

Driven: 2015 Ford Fiesta ST and 2015 Ford Focus ST

Interesting how much you can learn about a car even in a very short drive. Of course, it helps if that short drive involves a very tight autocross circuit that allows you to push the car toward the edges of its limit. Well, OK, at least to the edges of your limits as a driver. […]

By May 3, 2015 Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1940 Oldsmobile Dynamic wagon

Pick of the Week: 1940 Oldsmobile Dynamic wagon

Woodie wagons are back in style, not so much as when The Beach Boys sang about them with surfboards hanging out everywhere but as bona fide collectors’ items respected for their period charm. The Pick of the Week, a 1940 Oldsmobile Dynamic Series 70, is an upscale wood-bodied wagon that you might have seen back […]

By May 1, 2015 Read More →