That EPA Race Car Rule

With all the information flowing back and forth on the supposed EPA race car rules, I thought I should stand up and give my view. The actual rules were enacted many years ago, and have never been enforced on real race cars. This fact that has been almost universally ignored in the enthusiast press. Let’s take a look at the smog rules themselves, and the market they drove.

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The Adirondack Nationals

I highly recommend visiting Lake George, New York during the annual Adirondack Nationals car show. It’s a utopia for anyone who likes classics, muscle cars, and hot rods.

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Look, But Don’t Buy

One of the ways I keep myself entertained this time of year is through classic car and sports car dealerships. It’s a great way to tempt yourself towards highly irresponsible decision-making, and see some really great cars for free.

Chances are there are some undiscovered showroom gems waiting for a new owner to track them down within an hour or two of wherever you happen to be.

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The Tampa Bay Auto Museum – A Tribute to Creativity and Imagination

During a visit to St. Petersburg we made an all-too-brief side trip to the Tampa Bay Auto Museum in the northern suburb of Pinellas Park.

This amazing facility was opened in 2005 by Mr. Alain Cerf, the founder of privately-owned PolyPack, a manufacturer of highly-engineered automated packaging equipment for consumer products that was started in 1962 and whose headquarters is located directly next door.

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The First Car

This is about my first car, and your first car. Everyone’s first car is special. Everyone remembers their first car.

When someone asks, “what was your first car?” you’ll be able to answer right away, year, make, and model. Your first car marks a significant shift in your life. It marks the acquiring of a new freedom.

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Collector Car Showcase on Display

Even those who never lived the years of free standing gas pumps and artistically designed hanging neon signs, can experience them fully in the beautiful front room of Collector Car Showcase.

Before even registering the utterly breathtaking collection of Porsches, all of which are owned by David Jacobson and makes up the current exhibit, 60 Years of Porsche, patrons are met by the sight of thousands of individual pieces of petroliana, everything from neon signs, to Coney Island boardwalk games, to antique motor oil cans. Each piece has a story, and each story is a slice of history.

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The Cars That Made Chris Barner a Car Guy

I’ll check out pretty much any car-related event I can make it to, from the smallest local cruise-ins to the big international auto shows and concours events.

Here’s just a small sample of some of my personal favorite cars I’ve seen over the years:

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