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Categories: Classics

Nine Days of The Great Race 2013 Begin This Weekend

On: Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 4:26PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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2013’s Great Race kicks off today, June 21st, for the 30th time since 1983. The Great Race course in 2013 begins in St. Paul, Minnesota and ends in Mobile, Alabama. This path takes drivers through Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Around 100 cars are expected to start this race—how many will finish is yet to be determined.

Five Great Father's Day Cars

On: Fri, Jun 14, 2013 at 11:15AM | By: Chris Weiss

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A car might seem like an extravagant Father's Day gift, but your dad did teach you how to drive and maybe bought you your first car. Plus, he had to wait up anxiously on those nights when you gallavanted off in your car way past curfew. So maybe a car isn't such an extravagant gift after all; maybe it's just the perfect way of saying "thank you," which is what Father's Day is all about.

To help you out, U.K. car rental firm Great Escape Classic Car Hire has outlined the "five ultimate dad cars for Father's Day." Even if you have no plans to buy or rent your dad a car, the list is a fun read of classic cars that any car-loving father would surely appreciate. It also brings about a great idea: Even if you can't afford to give a car as a gift, you could always rent that cherry red sports car your dad always wanted but never treated himself to.

Crimes Against Car-manity #1: '84 Aspt Custom GTO

On: Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 9:37AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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For shame.

Welcome to my latest web series on “Things That Should Earn You Serious and Prolonged Beatings.” Here you will read about the worst things people have done to otherwise perfectly-good cars—and yes, that includes crushing them—in the pursuit of fame, glory, money or the aforementioned threat of physical harm.

This installment covers the “1984 Aspt Custom GTO”, a vehicle that stained the rolls at Mecum Auction’s Kissimmee, FL, sale Jan. 18-27, and the many, MANY questions such a monstrosity presents. [Mass hysteria? Head injury? Anything?]

A Late-Fifties Five-Door Cowboy Pulls Nearly $90k At Mecum Verde Sale

On: Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 2:39PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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In between the eras of real wood paneling and wood-look stickers there is a station wagon sweet-spot: the Nifty Fifties. Sure, that era was pretty sweet in general, but it’s special for another reason: Stylists actually styled these babies, rather than just tacked a cargo box on the aft end of a sedan.

As with anything, the results were mixed. But there are a few designs—like the 1957 Buick Caballero wagon Mecum sold at their Verde Collection event Feb. 22-23—that are high-water marks not just in station wagon styling, but styling, period.

[And with a sale price of $89,000, I wasn’t the only one that thought so…]


History Lesson: Who Built The First American Car?

On: Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 1:44PM | By: Teddy Field

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Nope, not Henry Ford. He invented the assembly line.

If you’re into classic cars, you might be tempted to say that it was the Duryea brothers, but that’s wrong too. The first working car to be designed and constructed in America was built by a man named John Lambert, all the way back in 1891.

Festivals Of Speed Returns To St. Petersburg For Tenth Year

On: Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 12:35PM | By: David Walter

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Only a few days after announcing their first event of 2013, the Festivals of Speed announced their second event of the new year. This is good news for those of us outside of the Jacksonville area.

April 5th, the Festivals of Speed returns to St. Petersburg for the tenth year. The weekend’s events begin that Friday with the Luxury Lifestyle Jet Port Reception in an actual hangar at the Tampa International Airport. There you’ll find the world’s most exotic vehicles, delicious foods and drinks, live jazz music and both a live and silent auction all in one place!

Sunday, the 7th, the main event will take place in downtown St. Petersburg at the Renaissance Vinoy Marina. Expect to see hundreds of exotics vehicles; fine wine, spirits, food, and cigars; and luxurious jewelry and timepiece displays.

For more information about the event, read the press release below.

History Of The Corvette LT1

On: Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 3:53PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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As is no big surprise by now, the next Corvette is on its way and the world is a better place for it. The C7 aims to be a better than the current Corvette in just about any way it can, and from the looks of things, it just might accomplish that goal. One of the biggest contributors to any vehicle's success or failure is, of course, its engine. And when it comes to sports cars, the engine factor is exponentially more important than in say, your average entry-level subcompact.

Designated as the LT1, the heart of the C7 certainly looks like a success on paper -- an all-aluminum 6.2-liter pushrod V8 (thank the heavens), variable valve timing, an amazing 11.5:1 compression ratio, direct-injection (which is a first for a pushrod engine), and of course the matching 450/450 horsepower/torque rating which is nothing short of glorious. All of these figures, you are bound to see over and over in the coming months, and the LT1 will be heralded as the crown jewel of the Corvette kingdom. What you may not know however, is exactly where this LT1 sits in the GM small-block lineage, and just how far back the General harked for its newest engine's name.

Festivals Of Speed Announces First Event Of 2013 - Ameilia Island, FL

On: Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 3:59PM | By: David Walter

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The Festivals of Speed has announced their first event of 2013. Saturday, March 9th, some of the world's finest vintage and contemporary automobiles, motorcyles, aircraft and watercraft will gather at the Amelia Island Plantation Resort (just outside of Jacksonville, Florida).

The event kicks off with the Luxury Lifestyle Cocktail Reception where enthusiasts can enjoy handcrafted cocktails, fine wine and spirits, delicious foods, smooth jazz, and fashion displays. The main event features more than 250 examples of the most exotic transportation on the planet.

Read on for more details.

Haunted Highways: A Series Exploring The Ghosts of Cars Gone By (Quickly)

On: Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 3:16PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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In 1997, BMW debuted a concept car called the Z07. It was an instant success on the show circuit, and not being a company to rest on its laurels, BMW quickly got the Z07 onto the production line only two short years later and dubbed it the Z8 -- and the world was instantly better for it. The Z8 was built from 1999 through 2002 and was given the model code E52. It seemed that Bimmer had an idea that its newest flagship was going to be a success, as it guaranteed potential owners that it would continue to build replacement parts for it for the next 50 years.  Presumptuous? Perhaps, but not as much as some may think.

End Of An Icon: VW Camper Soon To Be No More

On: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 3:21PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Many Americans probably think that the Volkswagen Transporter T2 - the VW Microbus, if you will - ended production sometime in the haze-filled days of the 1970s. Truth is, Volkswagen has been offering the T2 in South America for decades; it just traded it in for a more modernized (and less stylish) series of Transporters in markets like the United States and Europe. Unfortunately, Brazilian regulations are about to get too tough, and Volkswagen is planning the official global end of the Microbus after 63 years.

Orlando Festivals Of Speed November 30 - December 2

On: Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 2:28PM | By: David Walter

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Last June, I told you to mark your calendars, and now, the time has almost arrived. The Festivals of Speed will be returning to Orlando, Florida November 30 - December 2.

If (like me) you're not a big fan of cold weather, then Orlando is the place to be come early December. And (again, like me) you enjoy delicious food, wine, cigars and stunning exotic cars, planes and boats, then Orlando is the only place to be! So even if you forgot to mark your calendars back in June, it's not too late to make it out to the Festivals of Speed.

There you’ll find the sights, sounds, smells and tastes you’d expect from the Festivals of Speed:

Friday (November 30), it all kicks off with the Luxury Lifestyle Jet Port Reception featuring delicious foods and drinks, a silent auction and poker tournament benefitting the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, a high-energy jazz orchestra and – of course – a collection of exotic cars at the Orlando International Airport.

Saturday (December 1st), the Festivals host an exclusive Wine Connoisseurs’ Dinner and Louis XIII de Rémy Martin tasting experience. 

And Sunday (December 2nd), the Festivals conclude with the Motorsports Collection Display of more than 300 exotic cars, motorcycles, boats and aircraft at the beautiful Grande Lakes property.

Read on for more information ... and see you there!