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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
Tom Cotter does it again. With his crack team of photographer Michael Alan Ross and copilot Brian Barr, Cotter leaves Chicago to take on the American car enthusiast’s dream drive, but with a twist.read more
This third installment begins an exploration of Ford Motor Company’s involvement in also building airplanes during WWII by focusing on the story of its facility in Willow Run, MI.read more
At the 1949 Geneva Auto Show a revised Porsche 356, with a rear-mounted engine, made its public debut on March 17, 68 years ago this week. It is this car that is widely recognized as the first series-production Porsche, and it is the car that put Porsche on the map of the world automakers.read more
Henry Ford was able to indulge a long-standing interest in mass-producing airplanes when in 1941 the Ford Motor Company garnered a contract to produce complete B-24 bombers at a specially-built plant in Willow Run, MI.read more
In the early 1970s a woman racer was still very much an anomaly, but Stevi Cedarstrom rose above the novelty factor by doing something very basic: Winning.read more
It may not be well-known but there is more history of automobile manufacturers who have also produced aircraft, of which Honda is only the most recent example.read more
While a cold front may have descended upon most of the United States, it’s not too early to start planning out the most important elements of your upcoming car show, cruise night, cars and coffee or concours. Today, we’re here to help you find the perfect location.
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?
Imagine a world in which Henry Ford had gone from madman tinkering in his garage to a household name with more than 25 assembly lines producing household vehicles for the American people with such ease that a company which had originally produced just a few cars a day did not even notice the one millionth mile marker.
Nashville is not the first small city to turn down such transit initiatives, meaning it will not be the only small city to regret such a decision in the next decade, when booming development and the related ubiquity of traffic and ride-sharing apps create an impossible to untangle web of downtown congestion without reprieve.
Cotter did not coin the term “barn find,” but he has popularized it and in effect made a career of it, chasing down leads to acquire neglected cars of significance and sharing the stories of those cars and their discovery in several well-received books.
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.