That’s the extent of the reporting that we have seen thus far surrounding this announcement, overlooking, in our opinion, the fact that the new Blazer will be derivative in every way. It will, to torture a phrase, blaze no new trails.read more
It says something when a book about the history of the Mustang holds my attention. Mustang, by Donald Farr, part of the Speed Read Collection at Motorbooks, did.read more
The Race of Gentlemen triumphed for another year as vintage hot rod owners, racers and spectators gathered on the beach to witness a classic car event unlike anything else. The weather was forgiving, the crowd enthusiastic and the general atmosphere one that will not only survive in this new age of the classic car hobby but, ultimately come to dominate it in the next few years.read more
For most of us, the car show season is just beginning, and I’d like to make a few predictions about what we’re going see at auto events this year.read more
Look at where the automotive world has come in the years since these cars first hit the road, and try to argue that alternative energy is showing signs of fatigue.read more
As a fiction writer, working to develop fully rounded characters with quirks and personality traits that may never actually make it to the page, I find the question of what their favorite car might be, just as important as their favorite movie, book or sport. Perhaps more.read more
On April 17, 1964, Ford unveiled a car that would fundamentally shift the auto industry into the new age, and with it, change buying practices, target new demographics and ultimately shake the foundation upon which capitalism was built.read more
This is the book I’ve been waiting for. For an automotive enthusiast early to the classic car hobby, but late to the motorsport scene, Speed Read F1 by Stuart Codling answers the easy questions I should have learned a long time ago.read more
When Jeremy Clarkson was given the sack by the BBC, it resulted in there being two high-concept car-related television programs where previously there had been one. With the benefit of having now seen two series each from The Grand Tour and from Top Gear, we are prepared to declare which one is best.read more
We are in a new renaissance of the automotive industry, and this one is louder, faster and more lasting than any that have come before.
In fact, it might actually be too lasting.
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.
This St. Patrick’s Day, celebrate both Irish pride and the arrival of Spring by taking a drive in your 1959 Shamrock.
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.
Despite the need for an obvious distance between cars and cups, one of the most important, influential and long-standing elements of the car industry is deeply indebted to the prohibition era and the rum runners who provided America’s degenerates with drink for so long. This week, on February 21, 1948, NASCAR was founded.
We may not be able to define crossovers now, but that’s hardly new territory. Car types have had unique and interesting origins since well before the automobile hit the road. Let’s take a look at what a few of them are.
The hyperactive, workaholic genius with little thought to self-preservation beyond the latest hedonistic indulgence, will eventually be brought to heel by his own hubris. Naturally, it’s a tale we’ve all heard before. And not for the first time within the automotive sphere.
This weekend’s Indianapolis 500, the 102nd running of the iconic race, has already produced its share of stories, and we’re still days away from the green flag.
When Jeremy Clarkson was given the sack by the BBC, it resulted in there being two high-concept car-related television programs where previously there had been one. With the benefit of having now seen two series each from The Grand Tour and from Top Gear, we are prepared to declare which one is best.
The New York City International Auto Show has long been the stage for dramatic releases, automotive innovation and exciting foreshadowing for an industry consistently trying to outdoor itself. This year, however, was more 1968 than 1965, more 1959 than 1953, the in-between years we will look back upon as when things were actually happening, rather than when world automakers were saying they did.
What is new today is tech: A truly remarkable percentage of what we saw in New York may have looked like what we have seen before, but were either production-ready or pre-production gas-electric hybrids or full electrics.