Pushing the Hobby Forward

The photo was taken at the Central Jersey Volkswagen Society’s annual “All Air-Cooled Gathering” on September 21, a show that is of course VW-centric but which welcomes air-cooled vehicle of all stripes, which is why it includes Porsches and Corvairs and other air-cooled cars far less common.

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Big Ol’ Caddy

General Motors has confirmed today that it will build a new top-of-the-line Cadillac, a large, rear-wheel-drive sedan starting in late 2015.

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Why Can’t the Press Get Tesla Right?

The issue stems from the fact that Tesla is not just another electric car. With the design influence of supercars, the company transparency of a Scandinavian government, and a powerhouse CEO whose full time job is running his personal space station, Tesla is unlike anything the world has ever seen.

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A Silent Finish

It may run a fantastic time, it may rip to shreds the quarter-mile of every GTR, Stingray and M3, it may hold the title of fastest car of the year, leave trails of eco-friendly tire behind, but, short of summoning Captain Planet himself, electric car racing will not be exciting to watch.

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Inside the Lines

Ford’s marquee Mustang of the mid-1960s came in Dynasty Green, Skylight Blue, and Wimbleton White. Interior leather and convertible tops offered respite from single tone body hues, and the garages of daily drivers were festooned in colors like Yosemite Yellow and Cote D’Azure Blue.

It was an auto industry where style ruled and color was king.

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Beetle Bomb

Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle (the new Beetle, not the New Beetle) are down this year, down 7,600 units on the year as compared to last year. We probably can’t blame the car – VW sales overall are down almost 33,000 this year, so it’s not only the Beetle that is suffering. No VW model has sold better in 2014 than it did in 2013.

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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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    This week, in 1933, R. Buckminster Fuller, made a name for himself in the automotive world when he applied for a patent for his Dymaxion car. To call the Dymaxion a car would be generous. Though the automotive industry was still in its youth, the Dymaxion was a vehicle unlike anything even the most imaginative automotive minds had ever seen, and though it would see little commercial or critical success, the Dymaxion Car is undoubtedly a symbol that genius and madness both required a boundless imagination.
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    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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    On June 1, 1934, the Japanese based automobile manufacturer Jidosha-Seizo Kabushiki-Kaisha changed its name to Nissan Motor Company.
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