The Race of Gentlemen goes Bi-Coastal

The Race of Gentlemen, affectionately known as TROG, first run in 2012 not far from the CarShowSafari.com headquarters in New Jersey, has from the start proven immensely popular – so much so that a second event, on the California coast, is being planned for this year.

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McLaren’s Tyler Alexander

The passing this week of Tyler Alexander, at age 75, is significant on many levels.

First, he had been an influential figure in worldwide racing for half a century.

Second, he was one of the founders of the McLaren racing organization.

And third, he was an American in Formula One, a sport where American participation is rare.

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Remembering Bob Carini

Robert Carini, co-founder of the Model A Restorers Club and father of CarShowSafari.com’s good friend Wayne Carini, died this week at the age of 93.

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Your First Car Should Be a Beater

I know transmission problems. I know transmission problems, and brake problems, and shifting problems and heating problems, and water pump problems.

And, while I may not be the expert at actually fixing the source of concern, there is no doubt in my mind that, having experienced shifting problems, heating problems, smoking problems, and braking problems, I am a better driver than someone who has not.

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Heating Up Winter with the Chili Bowl

43 cars start the Daytona 500 each year. Typically, no more than 50 show up to try to earn a starting spot.

33 cars in 11 rows of three is a tradition at the Indy 500. In recent years, 33 has also been the number of cars trying to qualify.

But at the 30th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire, just 24 cars will line up for the Saturday night finale on January 16, yet more than 335 entries will be competing for one of those two dozen spots.

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Turkey Derby Racing at Wall Stadium: Two Views

It’s the day after Thanksgiving and the weather was unseasonably warm and sunny. Perfect weather for racing. My oldest friend and I headed down the Garden State Parkway to Wall, NJ, to watch auto racing at Wall Stadium. And Wall Stadium did not disappoint.

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Don’t Call it the Off – Season

For all of us north easterners November signals the tail end of the last hurrah of the most optimistic car show efforts. The season is over. It is well past over. Even stalwart and true car enthusiasts have been forced to put their convertible tops up on the drive home.

So, what do we car enthusiasts, who have the grand misfortune to live where there are seasons, do when the summer is over? Here are a few ideas to help get you through the bleak, show-less winter months.

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George Barris Was More Than the Batmobile

When George Barris died at age 89 on November 5, most of the published obituaries referred to him as the designer of the Batmobile for the 1960s television series. But among dyed-in-the-wool car guys from the 1950s and 60s, Barris was much, much more than that.

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