A 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS comes home

A 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS comes home

The now-restored 1969 Camaro RS/SS, back in the Kern family. In 1969, as my dad, Mike Kern, was finishing up his tour in Vietnam, he ordered a 1969 RS/SS Camaro from the local dealership in his hometown of Olney, Illinois. He ordered the car the way he wanted it, with the 300-hp 350 V-8, a four-speed manual transmission, no power steering, no spoilers, a color...

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Useless, Redundant and Dangerous Car Tech

Useless, Redundant and Dangerous Car Tech

BMW’s iPhone MOG app *UPDATE: On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Transportation released voluntary anti-distraction guidelines for carmakers. These call for disabling all electronic devices that access the Web and social media or send text messages—any in-car technology that causes drivers to take their hands off the wheel or eyes off the road for more...

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No, Your ‘Rare’ Car Isn’t Going To Shoot Up In Value

No, Your ‘Rare’ Car Isn’t Going To Shoot Up In Value

I wish I had $100 for every time someone told me their rare car was going to shoot up in value. If I did, I would invest it in the stock market, which is something that actually might shoot up in value. Their rare car, of course, will stay behind, largely due to the old adage that just because something’s rare doesn’t mean it’s valuable. I remember the first...

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Silverado Owners Stay Closely Connected to Truck

Silverado Owners Stay Closely Connected to Truck

Silverado Owners Stay Closely Connected to Truck DETROIT – Chevrolet Silverado owners are some of the most connected drivers on the road, making up the largest population of OnStar RemoteLink mobile app users. And they’re using the app more often than most drivers to check tire pressures, oil levels and remotely start their trucks. In the near future, Silverado...

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The 6 Best Ways to Beat Range Anxiety

The 6 Best Ways to Beat Range Anxiety

Range anxiety is treatable. While I’m not sold on the serious need for electric vehicles, I acknowledge that we’re likely to see more gas-less motor cars swishing through our cities in the coming years. I see three big problems with EVs: They have an extremely limited range (which varies according to many factors, including temperature, traffic conditions and...

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Four Insane Videos for the Week

Four Insane Videos for the Week

The Wisconsin State Patrol in Sparta was having a quiet Thursday when a crazy guy from Canadatore through town in a semi, speeding, weaving, clipping a dump truck, crossing the median, scaring the bejeezus out of drivers. The cops deployed tire spikes to stop the truck after a 20-plus-mile chase. The Madison bomb squad was brought in, but the truck turned out...

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12 Future Investment Classics and Why You Should Avoid Them

12 Future Investment Classics and Why You Should Avoid Them

Investing in classic cars has never been more appealing or popular than it is today. Investment gurus across the nation are spinning stories of amazing returns and massive gains that can be had simply by purchasing a used car. What they forget to mention, is that investing in classic cars can be a hell from which you never return. Jaguar XJS – Undervalued for...

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Cool Thoughts on Electric Fan Conversions

Cool Thoughts on Electric Fan Conversions

Robin writes: Hi Sajeev, Back with a topic that might be real to many Texans and others of warmer climes. I’m close to 220,000 miles on my 94 Nissan D21. She’s still motoring along and I’m doing my to keep her maintained. We’ve just come through the dog days. Back when it was hitting 112° in Dallas, I was finding myself stuck in afternoon rush hour traffic on...

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Our Fuel Economy Standards and Tradeoffs

Our Fuel Economy Standards and Tradeoffs

Honda CRX: the next economy car? As fuel economy becomes a top concern of car buyers, confusion predominates over how it’s measured and how best to achieve it. I don’t know a way through this morass (who does?), but a return to some basic principles of physics in auto design might help. The EPA over time has developed a complex set of rules and testing...

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Chrysler’s “Customer Driveaway” Tag

Chrysler’s “Customer Driveaway” Tag

Eccentricities regarding our vintage cars make them all the more interesting to discuss. Once you have thoroughly gone over the color combination, trim, drivetrain equipment, options, documentation and overall condition, little things like unique tags and markings keep the adventure alive. This came to mind when I photographed and wrote a drive report on a 1954...

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GM Offers Remedy to Chevrolet Volt Post-Crash Fire Threat

GM Offers Remedy to Chevrolet Volt Post-Crash Fire Threat

As one of the most important auto shows of the year takes place in Detroit, the need for brands to create a meaningful impression on the forward-thinking automotive market is paramount. For at least one company, their work in acquainting customers to once advanced producted started a week earlier. Prior to showcasing this year’s automotive innovations, General...

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Massachusetts Miracle

Massachusetts Miracle

“And this is good old Boston, the home of the bean and the cod, where the Lowells talk only to Cabots, and the Cabots talk only to God. – John Collins Bossidy Many of my readers will know I live in the United States, but less will know that I am from Massachusetts. My state is a smaller, but important one on the East Coast, affectionately called “The Hub of the...

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LEDs: Lights of the Future or Just Another Driving Distraction?

LEDs: Lights of the Future or Just Another Driving Distraction?

The image that started the LED revolution Audi changed the automotive world. It didn’t do it with a revolutionary new engine or by using a new lighter-than-steel chassis. It did it with light. A glaring, menacing light that etched its way into our psyches after emerging from a darkened room on an Audi R8. From the instant those LED strips lit up, the...

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