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China to Work US on Emissions Regulation

On: Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 12:11PM | By: Karen Cook


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I suppose traffic jams are a problem in any civilized country, but more so in heavily populated areas, of course. All those people with some place to be causes the environment to gasp. The United States and Europe have long been attempting to lessen the damage caused by vehicle emissions. Recently China has begun to do its part to soften our global footprint and preserve what remains of our atmosphere for future generations.


Honda Rewards: Buy My Car; Help Me Get a Reward

On: Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 9:26AM | By: Karen Cook


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Honda doesn’t do big rebates. Maybe they don’t feel they are necessary for such a major brand. Plenty of people buy Honda’s vehicles without an incentive. This year they’ve changed the game plan, but that may not affect car buyers. The money is there, but it is up to dealerships to decide what to do with it.


Germans Extinguish Recent Model S Fires

On: Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 10:39AM | By: Karen Cook


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The Tesla Model S has had its share of news coverage. The recent engine fires have been everywhere from television to You Tube. It has made for some pretty bad press for Tesla. Model S owners aren’t too happy either. Shareholders have shown their disgust. However, the news isn’t all bad. The Model S is available in Germany and the government there has done its own investigation.


Unlocking Computer Technology In Our Vehicles

On: Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 4:41PM | By: Karen Cook


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With all the new computer technology in our vehicles driving has never been safer, right? I mean, our cars can see other cars on the road and help us avoid accidents we didn’t even see coming. They can brake for us, keep us in our lane, and keep us from backing over anything or anyone. Soon there will be those automotive wonders that drive all by themselves. So it’s all tidy, safe, and secure. Maybe not.


 

24 Volt Ultimate Drifting Machine! [VIDEO]

On: Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 3:10PM | By: Karen Cook


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If you want to make your kids happy this Christmas, what needs to be under the tree? According to the 2013 Hot Toys List there must be an Xbox One, an Elmo doll, and a car. Not just any car though. This one is bright red, about as weighty as a lawnmower, is one wheelbarrow-wheel drive, and can drift “as seen on TV”.


A Blast from the Past

On: Tue, Dec 3, 2013 at 7:03AM | By: Karen Cook


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It looks like something out of an old movie. You can picture the driver in goggles and a scarf fluttering in the wind. And some of those cool driving gloves. If you drive one, you will see the need for these fancy duds.


Mecum's Anaheim Sale Shows You Can Be a Big-time, Old-school Baller on an Itty-bitty Modern Minicar Budget

On: Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 5:19PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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You, I am afraid, are more than likely a dork.

What do you drive? Some middling import toss-away? An American econobox you think’s cool ‘cause it has a tea tray bolted to its decklid? Look: I’ll bet you my salary for this article if you could pick your car out of a lot filled with a thousand random machines.

I could. In a heartbeat. She’s a 19-foot-long wood-sided station wagon, low and wide, and with just enough chrome to make a Chris Craft boat builder wish they could take credit for her design. Sure, I and the gentlemen at the local Shell station are on a first-name basis, but so many people stop me just to express their admiration for her still existing while memories are all that’s left of her assembly-line sisters that $80 fill-ups are always worth it.

Now station wagons may not be your thing, but that doesn’t exclude you from the Sub-$4k Cool Old Car Club I just started. All you need is a sub-$4k vehicle in great shape inside and out—including relatively as-new performance—a budget of about ten times that (often every month) to refuel and “fiddle” with it (and an AAA card when “fiddling” doesn’t suffice, which it NEVER does). But, hey, nobody ever said supreme coolness came cheap…


You Have The Right to Remain Terrified by Mecum's Fully-kitted Ex-California Highway Patrol 2002 Camaro B4C

On: Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 5:03PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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No. It can’t be. NO! But it’s a… a Camaro! Then the unmistakable round red “takedown” light pops on and I know the California Highway Patrol has me dead to rights. And forget about fleeing. Not that I ever would, but the test Nissan Maxima I was bombing down I-5 in would be meat on the table for a car like what I found to be the first “B4C” (police) package ’02 Camaro in that neck of the woods.

First thing out of the officer’s mouth—hand to God—was, “Dang. I thought you were going to run. They say these Camaros’ll do almost 150, but without a suspect to chase we can’t exceed 100.” Then I, professional wordsmith that I am, offered an equally shocking, “Sorry to disappoint you.”

He laughed, I tried to laugh back, and he let me go. And as I watched his shark-like black-and-white police-package Z28 slide off into the night, I swore one day I’d have one just like it, lights, labels, and all. And if I was in Anaheim, CA during Mecum’s Nov. 21-23 auction, I really could’ve. But [insert excuse why here] someone beat me to it. And for a price I STILL can’t believe…


Toll Be or Not Toll Be

On: Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 11:29AM | By: Karen Cook


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I’m not good with directions. I will be the first to admit it. Google maps has made my life easier although sometimes that doesn’t get me where I want to go either. I make a lot of u-turns. I ended up on a toll road a while back which is not where I wanted to be. I had no cash and I also didn’t have one of those boxes on my car to get through a toll booth. I did have a very sympathetic toll booth operator though and she let me go on through and turn around.


I'm Goin' to Disneyland! Mecum Sold Some Rare Real-deal Shelbys for as Little as $1,300 in Anaheim

On: Fri, Nov 29, 2013 at 11:29AM | By: Andrew W Davis


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What does the serious Shelby collector do once he’s scratched all the usual itches? Cobras? You’ve got at least one each of the 260s, 289s, 427s, and 428s. Mustangs? You’ve got a garage full of G.T. 350s of every stripe (including at least one real-deal “R”) and a field full of G.T. 500s, open and shut, “KR” and not. Heck, you’ve even got the Holy Grail of Shelbys in your stable, a one-of-nearly-none Cobra Daytona Coupe.

Well, my friend, as Mecum’s recent auction in Anaheim shows, there’s a whole ‘nother volume in the Encyclopedia of Shelby, and—if you act right now—you can build yet another collection of that wily Texan’s wares for a relative song.

Well, that, and a MUCH bigger building…


GM - General Motors Recognizes Gay Marriage

On: Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 7:54AM | By: Karen Cook


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This may seem like an odd topic to find on an auto blog, but there is more to auto news than the latest car. Being such a huge entity in the United States, the auto industry has the ability to affect the world outside its dealerships and manufacturing plants.

Recently GM announced that it will offer benefits to same sex couples whether they work in a state that recognizes their marriage or not. If you work in Detroit, which does not recognize the marriage, you can still add your partner to your insurance with a marriage license from any of the other states that do. They are the second automaker to do so. The first was Chrysler.