My Personal Car History

My Personal Car History

I recently bought a new scanner and decided to scan pictures of every car I’ve owned and write a self- indulgent fluff piece about my personal car history. The next 30 or so pages will list every car I have owned and the reasons you should rush out to your local salvage yard and buy one. Enjoy. 1953 M381A Military Jeep I learned to drive on one of these babies...

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New Porsches for the Meltdown

New Porsches for the Meltdown

Back in the Stone Age of foreign car imports to this country, we called it a “Porsh,” partly to Americanize a funny name. Today, the word “Porsche,” pronounced correctly by nearly everybody, typically ignites lust and longing in the heart of all lovers of Sportwagens. For good reason: Over the years Porsche cars have been about 90% great. Even the 914 I once...

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Rats! Chevrolet’s Mark IV big-block V-8 turns 50

Rats! Chevrolet’s Mark IV big-block V-8 turns 50

Larger automobile engines have been built. Smaller engines have made more horsepower. A variety of other engines have won more races. Yet few V-8s have offered massive displacement to performance-hungry hordes and taken on such legendary status like the Chevrolet Mark IV big-block V-8 has. Fifty years after its introduction, the big-block remains as well...

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BMW celebrates 25 years of Technik

BMW celebrates 25 years of Technik

Technik may not mean a lot to you because today the subsidiary company of BMW founded in 1985 with one purpose in mind: the development and the construction of BMW concept cars. The company has changed its name since then to BMW Forschung und Technik, or Research and Technology but the people that are behind this division have rarely changed and are responsible...

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Volvo Can’t Decide What It Wants to Be—Safe or Naughty

Volvo Can’t Decide What It Wants to Be—Safe or Naughty

Since 2008, Volvo has undertaken a noble effort called Vision 2020 that declares: “By 2020, nobody shall be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo.” The company’s objective is to integrate “preventative and protective safety systems in the car,” while studying driver behavior and developing ways to protect pedestrians. Computer World reported the story as...

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Tuning a Daily Driver

Tuning a Daily Driver

Making your car an extension of your personality and a reflection of your style is the point of car tuning. Many different ways exist to tune your car. However, what if you are tuning a daily driver? Can you have a well-tuned vehicle that looks great and still use it for your daily commute? The short answer is “yes.” However, you will have to go about the...

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