My Favorite Old Car

My Favorite Old Car

In my life I have had the pleasure of owning 25 cars, which is a lot considering I am not that old. The list includes cars that I purchased new and cars that were hand me downs from family members looking to pawn off damaged goods. It is a strange selection, from a tiny MGB Roadster to three massive Lincoln Stretch Limousines. I’ve owned classics like a 65...

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Luxury Car Companies Should Build Minivans

Luxury Car Companies Should Build Minivans

So I’m driving along the other day, and I get up behind this Toyota Sienna that looks like it has a body kit. And not just a body kit, but powder coated wheels, too. This thing looked like your standard airport rental Sienna had been turned over to the people in charge of making Hyundais appealing in their last model year before a redesign. It turns out that...

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Toyota and NASCAR – Oh What a Feeling!

Toyota and NASCAR – Oh What a Feeling!

When the green flag dropped this weekend on The Great American Race in Daytona, NASCAR’s Nextel Cup Series had what, at first blush, must have seemed like a distinctly foreign new flavor. The 2007 Daytona 500 served as the Nextel Cup Series debut of Toyota as some of NASCAR’s established stars such as Michael Waltrip, Dale Jarett, Jeremy Mayfield, and Brian...

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Peter Brock and the ‘Original Venice Crew’ rethink the 1965 Mustang G.T. 350R for its 50th aniversary

Peter Brock and the ‘Original Venice Crew’ rethink the 1965 Mustang G.T. 350R for its 50th aniversary

The donor K-Code Mustangs during disassembly. Photos by Randy Richardson, LA SAAC. Shelby American’s original racing Mustang, the G.T. 350R, captured the SCCA’s B-Production championship from 1965-’67, but its designers still believed the car could have been better. Next month, on the 50th anniversary of the G.T. 350R’s first win, Peter Brock (keynote speaker...

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Stealing Cars for Fun and Profit: Cadillac Escalade Tops Most-Stolen List

Stealing Cars for Fun and Profit: Cadillac Escalade Tops Most-Stolen List

In Malaysia, they like to steal Protons. In the U.S., it’s the Cadillac Escalade, which has made the top of the theft-loss list (prepared by the Highway Loss Data Institute), for the last six of seven years. In 2005 there were an estimated 1.2 million U.S. vehicle thefts; in 2008, totals were declining, below 1 million. After the Escalade, the next-most-stolen...

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Body Kits – Ramping Up Your Style

Body Kits – Ramping Up Your Style

Automakers are restrained from creating enormously aerodynamic vehicles with sport-tuned suspensions and powerhouse motors because they must cater to the average consumer. As a result, the tuning industry has grown up, providing consumers (tuners) with products that enhance their vehicles appearance and performance. Body kits are one of the most popular ways to...

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Shock absorbers could save you 6% in fuel

Shock absorbers could save you 6% in fuel

they work is simple – they turn the kinetic energy of a car hitting a bump or pothole into heat which is then dissipated. Zack Anderson and Shakeel Avadhany A new invention spawned from the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) while some of the students there went for a joyride on a lovely summer day. You know the kind, the day when you wake up...

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Used-Car Shopping: How To Satisfy Man and Woman

Used-Car Shopping: How To Satisfy Man and Woman

Men and women look for very different things when they shop for cars. I know, that’s not exactly shocking news, which is why I was surprised to read about a study by the brilliant minds at CNW Market Research. The firm conducted a study leading to the “discovery” that personal tastes in a vehicle vary greatly depending on gender and age. Groundbreaking stuff,...

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