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Top Three Car Stories of 2014

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On: Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 1:05PM | By: Gary P Garry

Top Three Car Stories of 2014

We have reached the end of another year, and that in itself is a victory. Every day that I wake up is a good one, and when I string together another 365 of them, I have to be grateful.

It was an interesting year in the automotive world, and we shared some very cool stories on this blog.

As a traditionalist, I like to keep tried-and-true customs alive. In this spirit, we will do that "Best of 2014" thing involving three of the most intriguing car stories of the year.

Corvette Museum Sinkhole
The National Corvette Museum is a true American automotive treasure. The Corvette is arguably the most iconic American car ever built, and this museum was founded in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in 1994. Bowling Green is the location of the museum because the cars are manufactured there.

In February, a sinkhole under the museum floor swallowed up eight very rare classic Corvettes with a total value exceeding $1 million. At this point all eight of the cars have been dug out, but some are in better shape than others.

The good news is that the first restored "sinkhole" Corvette was unveiled at the SEMA show in November.

Jay Leno Gives Veteran Car
One of the best moments of the year came recently, when the celebrity poster child of car guys, Jay Leno, gave a wounded Afghanistan war veteran a car, and it was not just any car.

Leno does a lot of work entertaining troops, and he met Cpl. Ethan Laberge along the way. He decided to give something back, and after taking the veteran for a ride in the vehicle, he handed Laberge the keys to a brand-new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

Booming Classic Car Sales
There are a lot of people who are into the preservation of classic motor vehicles these days, and some of them have deep pockets. We've seen a steady series of auctions that put some absolutely incredible cars on display, and collectors have been going at it hot and heavy over the last couple of years.

The year that we are putting behind us was a very good year for classic car sales. Clearly, this is an estimate, but according to reports. the classic car sales figure for 2014 in North America reached $1.3 billion. This gaudy figure eclipsed the 2013 number of $1.2 billion.

This is a good sign for the overall economy, and we hope to see more upward trending during the new year.



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