NASCAR’s Imperfect Perfection

With his championship, Truex gave NASCAR a few gifts: A popular young champion with a backstory full of unfailing determination in the face of professional and personal challenges, and a deserving champion who would have been the titleist even under the old, pre-“playoff” points system.

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My Top Five Shows of the Season

For all intents and purposes, the car show season is dwindling down on the east coast. Of course, it’s still warm enough to be summer here, but since most car shows are planned months in advance, there are few still coming up. Still, it has been a fantastic season, filled with cool classic cars, modern cars and custom cars, and it’s been my pleasure to report on the events.

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Bridgehampton is a Success Story

You’ve got to give these guys credit. Despite a first year event drenched by a late October deluge, the combined efforts of Dan’s Papers and the Bridgehampton Museum came up to bat again, with this year’s Bridgehampton Road Rally and Tour D’Hamptons.

Of course, it was a fantastic event.

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Serving Time in the Car Business

I spent the last four years in the car business as a sales consultant in two different dealerships; an economy brand, and a luxury brand. I wasn’t particularly good at it, but it was a valuable experience and I learned a lot.

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Trusting Tom Cotter With Detroit’s Lost Cars, in Motor City Barn Finds

Of course, we should know by now that we can trust Tom Cotter’s expertise, easy-going personality and choice of photographer to properly capture a universe we may never get to explore first hand. Alongside photographer Michael Alan Ross, Cotter delves deep into the barn find and automotive scene of Detroit. And, like the automotive archaeologist he calls himself, they strike gold.

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Test Track Tease

Too much time was spent on the aerodynamic lines and tire choices and engine configuration, and at the end of our 120 seconds, we had an orange Dune Buggy meets Subaru meets 1920s Bugatti looking monstrosity in bright orange.

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Car Magic

Author Zidrou and illustrator Sebastien Chebret come together to create a fantastical and yet not-so-fantastical look into the mind of a car-loving child with a big imagination, in Bobby’s Got a Brand New Car.

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Should the Manuals be Saved?

It’s a campaign begun years ago, as automatic transmissions began to become standard equipment on new cars, replacing, um, standard transmissions. “Save the Manuals” is the rallying cry.

But I don’t buy into it.

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Motorama

  • What the Hell is a Riker Torpedo Racer?
    Riker didn’t just build electric cars, he built electric racecars, which helped him and the company to hold onto their lead in the electric car producing market and won them glory in both long distance and short track racing from the end of the 19th century into the beginning of the 20th.
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  • This Week in Motorhead History: Happy Birthday to the Man Who Saved Indy
    One hundred and five years ago, on October 31, 1902, Wilbur Shaw was born in Shelbyville, Indiana. Today, few people know who he was, which is a shame, because he is one of the most important people in American racing and in the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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  • Who the Heck is Bertha Benz?
    Today, in 1944, Bertha Benz died. And anyone who loves cars, knows cars or has ever sat in a car, you should care.
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  • The Little Egyptian Cars That Couldn’t Quite
    By 1957, troops had pulled back, but Egypt hardly remained a safe or peaceful place for British ex-patriots like Raymond and Neville Flower, who had been working to develop a racing scene halfway across the world from home.
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  • Is This the Biggest “Barn Find” Ever?
    A barn in the middle of Pennsylvania has yielded what may be the biggest genuine barn find ever, and collectors from all over the country are taking notice. To tell the full story, we first have to go back more than 90 years, to the days of the Roaring 20s and the luxurious Rolls Royce automobiles of that time.
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News

  • Remembering “Pelican Joe”
    Joe Leonard, who died on April 27 at the age of 84, was best known for having made nine consecutive starts at the Indy 500 in the years 1965 - 1973, claiming the 1968 pole position in the STP Turbine, and earning the season-long Indycar championship in both 1971 and 1972.
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  • CarShowSafari is going to the Desert!
    Our mission at CarShowSafari.com is “Every Car Event – Everywhere!” And whenever possible, we’re taking you along with us. This week, we’re headed to Phoenix, Arizona, and Phoenix Raceway for a great motorhead doubleheader.
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  • Driving in a New York State of Mind
    On the middle level of the Jacob Javits Convention Center we found the display assembled by the Saratoga Automobile Museum from Saratoga Springs, New York, and it was a display entirely appropriate for the venue: Vehicles with direct connections to automobile manufacturing and automobile racing in the State of New York.
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  • Buick-Opel Lives On, Starting in New York
    CarShowSafari is headed to the 2017 New York International Auto Show, beginning with the Media Days on April 12 and 13, and one of the vehicles we’ll see there is Buick’s new Regal. Buick news is rarely exciting for driving enthusiasts, but there are two significant stories attached to the new model.
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  • At Daytona, 60 + 60 + 80 equals 500
    The 59th running of the Daytona 500 gets the green flag this Sunday, but it will be nothing like the 58 races that preceded it.
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