Studebaker Did It First

Into the void left by the disappearance of the Chevrolet Astro and GMC Safari small vans have come the Ford Transit Connect and Nissan NV200 van. Now Toyota wants a piece of that market, gauging interest with a distinctive concept van that, with its retractable roof section, reminds us of the Studebaker Wagonaire of 50 years ago.

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Au Revoir, Chevrolet

At the end of 2015, the Chevrolet brand will no longer be available. But before you lump Chevrolet in with Pontiac and Oldsmobile and Mercury and Plymouth, understand that this piece of news applies only to Europe.

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You Gotta Hand it to ‘Em

Somewhere along the way, and far more recently than one would imagine, traffic regulations became commonplace. Stop at traffic lights and stop signs, do not exceed speed limits, keep to one side of the road. It all made sense, except for one tiny question – which side?

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The Future of Green Technology

Across the country, schools are advocating for charging station infrastructure, and designing and producing alternative energy racing technology. They are reaching out to the best young minds, inviting them to help create the new wave of green car energy, with the rise of gas prices and the decline of the environment’s resilience.

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How Mini Lost Its Way

When BMW’s version of the MINI Cooper landed in the states more than a decade ago, it was a minor revolution. Sure, the automotive industry has always had a knack for churning out retro flavor-of-the-week cars that sell almost entirely on nostalgia and design. But if you can think that far back in the American Mini’s past, you’ll remember it was so much more than that.

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#LongLivetheRoadster, and Apparently its Reveal

Believe me when I say I wanted to write a lovely little news bite about the 25th anniversary of the Mazda Miata, and the reveal of the fourth generation Miata MX5. But I can’t do it- mainly because there isn’t much to say. Perhaps unfairly this article has very little to do with the car – unfortunately, just like its reveal.

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How the Other Half Lives

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is the Holy Grail of car shows. Anyone can attend, however; at least, anyone with sufficient funds and free time to purchase a ticket and travel to the event. In other words, not me — until this year.

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Dust is the New Black

Of the thousands of vintage automobiles popping up, varnished in dust and spider webs, as many are found in barns as in garages, under tarps, in tents and off in somewhere in the backyard, left to rot. The barn find refers to cars that have been neglected for a long time, and show up in all a matter of strange places and various degrees of decomposition.

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Swindell Hangs it Up… Sort of

The report out of Germantown, Tennessee, today is that Sammy Swindell, a  of Fame sprint car driver who has raced for 43 years, has decided to retire from racing, with one exception:  He still plans to race in the Chili Bowl Nationals each January, where he has a...

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  • Picking the Perfect Date
    If you want to find the really perfect time to put your automotive event on, there are a few things you’ll want to consider in more depth. Based on my experiences at car shows around the country and at all times of the years, here are some elements to keep in mind when looking at next year’s show calendar.
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  • Finding the Perfect Vendors
    In this latest installment of So You Want to Have a Car Show, we discuss some of the most important vendor options to consider and the best ways to entice attendees and encourage them to stick around.
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  • Social Media and Your Car Show
    So, with Christmas barreling down upon us in jolly good cheer, why would we think about car shows now? Car show season in the near past and distant future. What can November, December, January mean for our cozy classics tucked in the barn?
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  • The Rise & Fall of Automobile Racing at Dorney Park
    In the early 1980s, one of those cutting their teeth in auto racing at Dorney Park was John Andretti, nephew of Mario, who would go on to a winning career in both CART Indy cars and NASCAR Cup cars. Also in the early 1980s, Ray Evernham, who went on to become a Daytona 500-winning crew chief and an inductee into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, broke his sternum in a Dorney Park TQ Midget crash.
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  • Nissan Is Named
    On June 1, 1934, the Japanese based automobile manufacturer Jidosha-Seizo Kabushiki-Kaisha changed its name to Nissan Motor Company.
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  • Bonnie and Clyde, Thelma and Louise, Daimler and Maybach
    On March 17, 1834, Gottlieb Daimler was born in Germany. Had he been born 100 years later, he would have seen an automotive industry the likes of which early automakers could hardly dare dream, and yet, had he been born 100 years later, that very auto industry might never have come to pass.
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  • The Drivin’ ‘O the Green
    This St. Patrick’s Day, celebrate both Irish pride and the arrival of Spring by taking a drive in your 1959 Shamrock.
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  • Il Mondo Secondo Gianni Agnelli
    On March 12, 1921, Gianni Agnelli was born in Turin, Italy. He was named for his grandfather who, in 1899, founded Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino, the company we know today as FIAT.
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