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Canton Classic Car Museum Offers More Than Just Cars

On: Fri, May 9, 2014 at 5:34PM | By: Gary P Garry

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The History Channel has a lot of great shows that are fun to watch. They are not just centered around academic types telling stories about old battles. The most popular shows bring the past into the present through things that were made many years ago.

GM Puts the Brakes on 8,208 More Vehicles

On: Fri, May 9, 2014 at 3:56PM | By: Karen Cook

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General Motors has announced yet another recall, bringing the total to 19 so far this year and five just within the last two weeks. 5.4 million GM vehicles have been involved in recalls of one kind or another this year.

Two "B"s Bring Two TV "Reals" (and a Fake) To Auction: a Starsky Torino and the BtC Buick and BLS Pegasus

On: Fri, May 9, 2014 at 10:44AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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So, let’s say you read my article on the BTTF DeLorean (Seriously. Say it.) and found that either the going rate for a film-fake—or the car itself—was not for you. But you still want to have something Tinsel-Townie to parade in front of your friends. What can you do?

Well, have I got a deal (or three) for you! Sure, the silver screen they (sort of) appeared on was smaller—and usually less silver—but that doesn’t (necessarily) mean that TV-used cars should be worth any less (even though they are).

Here we have two cars from Branson Auctions’ Spring 2014 sale, April 11-12 in Branson, MO, and one from Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach 2014 sale in—this is too easy—Palm Beach, FL, the same weekend. From these two auction houses come three distinct types of made-for-TV cars: a replica of a car everyone knows, an actual movie prop that might be a little famous, and a similarly real-deal vehicle from a show evenIdidn’t know ever existed.

Sure, they're not the most famous of cars—and the one here that is most famous is a fake—but when you're looking for star-quality cars on a Second Director's Assistant's budget, well, fame has its price. And you can't afford it. So...

Chevrolet Offers Some Z/28 Parts for Non-Z/28 Camaros

On: Thu, May 8, 2014 at 5:40PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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GM has allegedly backed down from their stance on a full blown sales ban on 2014 Camaro Z/28 parts for non-Z/28 Camaro models. This will allow standard models to be outfitted with some of the track-centric upgrades and body pieces the new Camaro Z/28 was built with.


Start Me Up: Keith Richards Dino on the Block

On: Thu, May 8, 2014 at 1:43PM | By: Gary P Garry

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Owning a car that was once driven by a famous rock star would make you feel like, well, a rock star. Of course, there are varying degrees of rock star, and there are varying degrees of car.

Half-Empty or Half-Full?: It Isn't Just An Attitude Anymore

On: Thu, May 8, 2014 at 11:14AM | By: Karen Cook

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When I was young I bought used cars, generally from private individuals, out of necessity due to low funding for the project. It was always a risky business even with help from my father, who knew more about cars than I did. I knew there was bound to be something wrong with the car that the owner “forgot” to tell me. One vehicle had a faulty gas gauge and I ended up on the side of the road on the way home from the purchase. The gauge said I had half a tank.

Ram On the Rise in North America

On: Thu, May 8, 2014 at 11:02AM | By: Karen Cook

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Fiat Chrylser Automobiles has announced that it will delay any major updates to its Ram series by a year, pushing the date back to 2017. The Ram brand entered the North American commercial van segment late last year with the ProMaster, which is based on the Fiat Ducato, the best selling cargo van in Europe. Brand chief Reid Bigland states that the ProMaster accounts for 18% of the cargo van sales in North America and he expects the number to climb. The Ram pickup and Fiat Chrysler vehicles had combined sales which outpaced Ford, GM, and imports since 2013 and have garnered 10 percentage points of the market share since 2009.

It's Always a Good Time to Visit Indianapolis Motor Speedway

On: Tue, May 6, 2014 at 6:56AM | By: Gary P Garry

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The Indianapolis 500 is an almost mythical event that holds a great deal of importance in the American psyche. It is like the Super Bowl of automobile racing, with the event taking place on the hallowed grounds of Indianapolis Motor Speedway in our nation's heartland. If you win a car race, that's good. If you win the Indianapolis 500, you are a made man (or woman) forever.

Why EVs Haven't Sparked Interest in the US

On: Mon, May 5, 2014 at 2:33PM | By: Karen Cook

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Back in 2007 and 2008 it appeared that the electric vehicle revolution was about to begin. With fuel prices rising with no end in sight and awareness of the effect of gas-powered engines also rising, President Obama predicted that there would be one million electric vehicles on the roadways of America by 2015. The US Department of Energy even paid out billions in low interest loans under the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Program. What happened to derail what many automakers saw as a necessary and fated shift in consumer purchasing? Actually, it was a combination of factors that include better technology and buyers’ disinclination to purchase unfamiliar engines.

Ford Super-Duty Recall

On: Mon, May 5, 2014 at 2:03PM | By: Karen Cook

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Notice to all owners of Ford F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 trucks!
The Ford Motor Company is recalling 3,976 2015 Super Duty vehicles with 6.2-liter gas or 6.7-liter diesel engines which have 6R140 transmissions. A transmission control software error was discovered on March 26th at the Kentucky assembly plant.

GM To Build Houses?

On: Mon, May 5, 2014 at 9:33AM | By: Karen Cook

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My youngest son didn’t leave the nest willingly. Unable to meet the requirements for continued parental support, he was left with few options for suitable accommodation. We suggested a cardboard box under the overpass was within his means. Ok, so it wasn’t quite so dire (although we did make this proposal). It’s too bad he didn’t know someone at GM or the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative.