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2018 Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE Long-Term Update 4: Playing With Eco Mode

With the latest climate-change disaster consensus coming from 13 U.S. government agencies, I must admit to a bit of shame when I embark on my solo commute in the Range Rover Velar. I mean, its a beautiful, graceful vehicle, with an impressive 5.7-second 060 time for imposingly darting through traffic, and an elegantly posh interior that gets me to the office (or home) feeling none the worse for wear. And its 18/24 EPA mpg (and our EQUA MPG testing outperforming... [read more]

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2019 Toyota C-HR XLE First Test: Style Priorities

Although Toyota originally intended to sell the C-HR as a Scion, the youth-oriented brand folded before the crossovers North American debut. The polarizing C-HR lives on as a Toyota, however, and for 2019 gains new trim levels from the base LE to the range-topping Limited variants. With a wider variety of models and new multimedia tech, lets take another look at this cute-ute to see if it can lure new buyers into the Toyota brand. Pictured is the 2018 Toyota... [read more]

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McLaren Honors its Racing Heritage With Six Special Edition Beauties

McLaren 's in-house customization center, McLaren Special Operations (MSO), seems to roll out bespoke versions of the British automakers cars at a bimonthly paceor at least that's how often it issues press releases about them. But this latest batch commissioned by McLaren Beverly Hills is actually deserving of an announcement. Numbering six cars in total, the special edition collection features three separate racing-inspired themes each applied to a 570S Coupe and Spider. The three themes are called Muriwai, Papaya Spark... [read more]

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All Dates and Locations for the 2019 ARP/STREET RODDER Road Tour

Announcing the 2019 ARP/ STREET RODDER Road Tour schedule. For the 24th year, we will be visiting the best rod runs and events as we travel around the United States. During our travels we will drop by rod shops, manufacturers, auto museums, and private collections that have become such a big part of the Road Tour series. Here are the dates and the areas we will be visiting. In the coming months we will fill in the details of each... [read more]

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Chevy and Ford Direct Ignition Systems by MSD

Modernize any old school Ford (including the Cleveland) or Chevy V8 engine with a direct ignition system (DIS) from MSD. This kit takes the guesswork out of saying goodbye to conventional distributor-type ignition system. Aside from no longer needing to drive a rotor within a cap, a DIS will reduce spark energy loss caused by long plug wires and creates opportunities for improved tuning. Using a Micro-USB port, you can program the DIS as well as receive individual cylinder timing... [read more]

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Mustang Cobra Jet Racer John Calvert Receives Ford Performance Parts Inaugural Bob Glidden 85/10 Award

In February 2018, Ford Performance Parts announced the creation of the Bob Glidden 85/10 Award to celebrate and honor the legendary and iconic Indiana-based drag racer. The 85/10 signifies Gliddens 85 NHRA victories and 10 world championships, and the award is intended for recipients who share the same grit and determination that the Bob Glidden embodied. The inaugural Bob Glidden 85/10 award was presented to championship-winning Ford drag racer John Calvert during the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show last week... [read more]

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Vilner BMW E30 M3 Evo is the Perfect Stocking Stuffer

All we want for Christmas is this beautifullyand tastefullycustomized 1990 BMW M3 Evo built by Bulgarian tuning shop Vilner Garage. It may be almost three decades old, but if youve ever driven an E30 Bimmer , youll know why this one inspires such desire. And its always a relief when the result of a custom job is as clean-looking as this one, to say nothing of the most-excellent gray and maroon Tartan interior. The master craftspeople in the Sofia-based custom... [read more]

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Goodguys Announces 2019 Event Schedule

At last Novembers SEMA show the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association released its 2019 schedule of events, which includes some classic dates and a few new ones. There will be 19 Goodguys events in all for 2019, including an all-new event titled the Goodguys Great American Nationals, scheduled for August 16-18 at the York Expo Center in York, Pennsylvania. This new event marks the first time Goodguys will be at the historic York Expo Center. Additional changes to the 2019... [read more]

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SEE YOU AT THE PRINCESS: Barrett-Jacksons AAA Five Diamond Host Hotel

One of six idyllic pools at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess , Barrett-Jackson's AAA Five Diamond host hotel.   The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is adjacent to two 18-hole championship golf courses. If youre coming to Arizona to attend the world-class automotive lifestyle event that is Barrett-Jackson, why not stay just down the road from the auction at the world-class Fairmont Scottsdale Princess ? Not only will you be staying in the lap of luxury, youll be able to relax and swap... [read more]

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Volkswagen Restores a 350,000-Mile 1967 Beetle

Its nobig news that Volkswagen s brand wouldnt exist as it does today without the Beetle. For decades, the Beetle was the brand. Yet VW recently announced the end of the line for the model after its third-generation run. The Beetles place of prominence is Fahrvergnugen from over, however, and it is now free tofully focus on its role as the brands heritage icon. For one lucky 1967 Beetle owner, that iconic status should now last another 50-plus years: The... [read more]

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The 41st Annual F-100 Supernationals

Blue Oval F-100 drivers never miss this October classic, with drivers from more than 23 states making the trip to Tennessees favorite mountain town, Pigeon Forge. With car talk for the guys at the show, as well as shopping and attractions for the wives and kids in town, the event always has something for everyone. Show promoter Charlie Cobble brings his years of experience and automotive connections to attract an amazing gathering of cool, classic trucks. Bobby Jenkins has owned... [read more]

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Jaguar Introduces New Range of Pet Products

My dog Bonnie is a bitch that loves riding shotgun, and on days when her paws are muddy and there isnt a towel handy, floor mats placed over leather seats can be a real godsend. Such improvising on the fly may be a thing of the past for Jaguar owners, though, as the British automaker has announced a range of all-new pet products for finicky Fidos. The accessories were designed specifically for the E-, F-, and I-Pace crossovers and the... [read more]

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The Concept Art Thread

Last week, I mentioned a new documentary about Detroit Design from the 1940's through the 1960's. While researching that feature, I ran across an old folder I had... continue reading

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2019 Infiniti QX50 Long-Term Update 2: Commute King

As I wrote in my previous update, the 2019 Infiniti QX50 s cutting-edge powertrain needs a little more refinement (and probably a different transmission). But with a 40-minute morning commute that stretches to an hour or more when I head home, I tend to value a low-stress drive more than anything else. Thanks to ProPilot Assist, thats one area where the QX50 really shines. When I say ProPilot Assist, though, its important to point out that Im really referring to... [read more]

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Marvel at the Aston Martin Valkyrie's 6.5-Liter V-12

The Aston Martin Valkyrie is inching closer to production, and that means concrete details are beginning to trickle out. Today, the British sports car builder has released detailed specs for the Valkyries primary motivator, its naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 engine that produces 1,000 hp. Aston says it wanted a naturally aspirated engine from the outset of the project, which was originally code-named AM-RB 001. Working with renowned engine tuner Cosworth Engineering, Aston Martin developed a 65-degree 6.5-liter V-12 that revs... [read more]

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2019 BMW 330i M Sport First Drive: Bavaria is Back

Can BMW deliver on the promise of the Ultimate Driving Machine once again? Over the past four decades, Bavarias sporting marque has endured tremendous pressure to constantly improve on what is seen as the segment benchmark. It is a cruel task. Improving one area often comes with a trade-off in another. BMW owners are as demanding as they are proud. Take it from someone who owned the 3 Series that really started it allthe 1988 E30 325ias well as the... [read more]

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Mark Your Calendars: HOT ROD Power Tour '19 Registration Opens January 8th!

Ready to join us for the 25th anniversary of the world's biggest road trip? What started in 1995 with just eight staff editors and eight intrepid readers has grown to a massive celebration of the open road and the people you meet along the way, with over 3,000 Long Haulers making the full-pull with us and more than 5,000 cars joiningthe seven day, seven city trek. To bring 2019's trip full-circle, we're ending the tour where it all began: Norwalk... [read more]

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1956 Ferrari 290 MM Sells for $22 Million on the Block

Another classic car auction, another multi-million dollar Ferrari sale. Ferraris have long been king when it comes to high-value post-war auction results, and this past Saturday, a 1956 Ferrari 290 MM sold to a new owner for a huge $22,000,005. The venue was RM Sothebys first Petersen Automotive Museum auction in Los Angeles, California and the car was a true gem from the early years of the storied Italian automaker. The 1956 290 MM, chassis number 0628, was originally a... [read more]

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Albert Biermann Poised to Head Hyundai Motor Group RD

A new report has revealed that Hyundai Motor Group will once again go through an executive shuffle, this time in its R&D division. Sources close to the matter told Reute rs that two R&D vice chairmen have offered to resign from their positions. If those resignations are accepted, Albert Biermann , who was hired from his previous post as head of BMW M, would be named the next head of R&D for the entire Hyundai Motor Group. This comes after... [read more]

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Toyota Supra Super GT Racing Concept to Debut in Tokyo

The 2020 Toyota Supra is among the most anticipated debuts in recent memory, as weve been expecting a new Supra to drop ever since the Toyota FT-1 concept was revealed way back in 2014 . That day will finally come next month at the 2019 Detroit auto show, but before then Toyota will debut yet another Supra racing concept. The automaker teased the GR Supra Super GT concept today, which will be unveiled at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon taking... [read more]

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HAULING THROUGH HISTORY: These Chevy C10 pickups have cool custom twists

Written by independent automotive journalist Roger C. Johnson   This 1967 Chevrolet C10 Custom Pickup ( Lot #1317 ) is just one fine example of collectible cool that will be rolling across the 2019 Scottsdale auction block.   Just like our favorite cars, pickup trucks have been customized, sensationalized, glamorized and practically immortalized for decades. As a result, American pickup trucks are still prime hot-rod material for creative builders everywhere. Here are two fantastic examples of how old factory-built trucks... [read more]

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Barrett-Jackson is Hauling in Loads of Collector Trucks, SUVs and Off-Road Vehicles for 48th Annual Scottsdale Auction

1959 Chevrolet 3100 Apache Pickup ( Lot #757.2 ) Offered from the Bryan Frank Collection SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Dec 11, 2018 Some of the worlds most desirable collectible trucks, SUVs and off-road vehicles will muscle their way across the block during Barrett-Jackson s 48th Annual Scottsdale Auction on January 12-20, 2019, at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Joining the procession of truck-based collector vehicles headed to Scottsdale are makes from the 1930s to the latest models rolling off the production lines. A restored... [read more]

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Spied! Next Audi RS 7 Tests in Icy Conditions

Our spy photographers have caught the upcoming Audi RS 7 testing in the snow and flaunting its shapely silhouette. The high-performance variant of Audi 's swoopy fastback sedan is scheduled to debut sometime next year and will eventually do battle with the Mercedes -AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, Porsche Panamera , and BMW M5 . Some of the dead giveaways that this is the RS 7 are the large oval exhaust tips, which distinguish Audi's RS models from lesser variants. Behind... [read more]

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1,900-HP Pininfarina Battista Teased Ahead of Geneva Debut

Famed Italian design house Pininfarina announced earlier this year that it would relaunch as an electric car brand , and now we know the name of the fledgling automakers first model. At the Geneva motor show next March, Pininfarina will debut the Battista, an electric hypercar named after the marques founder, Battista Pinin Farina. The new automaker is coming out swinging with its first production EV, claiming it will be both the most powerful and fastest Italian car when it... [read more]

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What is your cars signature?

We build our hot rods and customs with some sort of vision in mind, that inspiration can come from other cars we've seen in the past and loved,... continue reading

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Ferrari Just Sold 5,000 Calendars Because They Smell Like Ferraris

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby)
Are you still coming to grips with Subarus Japanese curry? Well, dont spend too much time on it because theres a new product making the rounds that makes the thought of Subie selling you packets of curry seem like a sound idea. This, dear friends, is a limited edition calendar from Ferrari. Its limited because there are only 5,000 copies made. But its biggest selling point isnt the fact that its limited, but because its scent-enhanced to reflect the smell... [read more]

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Heres Your First Teaser of the 2020 Volkswagen Golf MK8 - WIll it Be More of the Same?

By info@topspeed.com (Safet Satara)
At the recent Volkswagen Brand Annual Session 2018, an event held for the employees and inventors of the company, Volkswagen released a sketch of the brand-new 2020 Golf Mk8. This is a big deal for the company who, more or less, built its riches on the success of the Golfs seven previous generations. Volkswagen, is nowadays hatching ever so appealing hatches. Recently, the company released the Skoda Scala - a hatchback - that is set to take some Golf buyers... [read more]

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You Can Get a Fully Licensed, Brand New 1966-1977 Ford Bronco if Youre Willing to Pay for it

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby)
The new Ford Bronco will arrive in 2020, but those who cant wait that long now have the opportunity to have their fill with the original Bronco courtesy of a company called Gateway Bronco. The Illinois-based outfit has been restoring the first-generation Bronco since it started operations in 2016. But thanks to a partnership with Ford, Gateway Bronco has announced plans to go beyond restoring original Broncos and will build brand new, old Broncos under license from Ford. Mind you... [read more]

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This Twin-Engine, AWD Acura RSX is as Ridiculous as it is Awesome

By info@topspeed.com (Michael Fira)
The Acura RSX was the U.S. version of the Honda Integra DC5. It's a car revered to this day by car fans who look for cheap thrills. However, there are some who want to see those thrills multiplied by a thousand. One such guy is Ryan Standke who made a mission out of installing two LS4 V-8s in an RSX for an output of over 1,500 horsepower. Yes, before you rush to the calendars to see if you've somehow traveled... [read more]

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2019 Subaru Ascent Long-Term Arrival: New Ground for Subaru

I was the first journalist to drive the Subaru Ascent midsize SUV prior to the unveiling at the 2017 Los Angeles auto show. Subaru had a heavily camouflaged Ascent in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and engineers flew in from Japan for the day to talk about the largest and most expensive Subaru to date and get impressions after taking it out on the road. For that first prototype drive, the exterior was covered in camo and the interior draped in cloth... [read more]

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All Hail The Pininfarina Battista!

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby)
The Pininfarina PF0 is no more. Long live the Pininfarina Battista! Thats the official name Pininfarinas first-ever production car is taking, and its named after the man who started Carrozzeria Pininfarina in the first place, Battista Farina. The Italian automaker announced the cars official name to go with the promise that the Battista will be the fastest and most powerful car ever to come out of Italy. Pininfarina plans to build 150 units of the Battista, allocated evenly 50 units... [read more]

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How Much is the Audi E-Tron GT Concept Going to Change as it Shifts Into Production?

By info@topspeed.com (Michael Fira)
We were all stunned by the looks of Audi's E-Tron GT Concept that the German Automaker unexpectedly unveiled at the L.A. Autoshow. The electric four-door coupe is slated to become the benchmark performance model in the E-Tron range and is co-developed with Audi's competition arm, Audi Sport. What is more, the outlandish design is set to remain vastly unchanged when the car enters production in 2020, if we are to believe Audi's design boss, Marc Lichte. I'm a fan of... [read more]

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Pininfarinas Upcoming Electric SUV Will Just Be a Coachbuilt Rivian SUV

By info@topspeed.com (Michael Fira)
Pininfarina, the company that once acted as Ferrari's favorite coachbuilder, will soon be in the business of making cars of its own. A supercar is planned, named PF0, as well as three SUVs. The fastest of the lot, known as PF1, will use the same platform as the Rivian R1S SUV and will target Lamborghini's Urus in terms of performance. It's been almost 90 years since Battista Farina funded the Pinin Farina coachbuilding company and over half a century since... [read more]

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2019 Ford Ranger EPA-Rated up to 21/26/23 MPG

Official EPA numbers for the 2019 Ford Ranger were released today. The midsize truck is rated 21/26/23 mpg city/highway/combined when paired with rear-wheel drive. That rating makes the Ranger the most fuel-efficient gas-powered midsize pickup in the U.S. In comparison, the 2019 Toyota Tacoma tops out at 20/23/21 mpg with the four-cylinder or 19/24/21 with the V-6. The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado maxes out at 20/26/22 with the four-cylinder gas engine. The diesel Colorado is naturally better on the highway than... [read more]

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Watch This Compilation of Subarus Getting Stuff Unstuck From Snow: Video

By info@topspeed.com (Jonathan Lopez)
Like some kind of weird reverse hibernation, Subaru drivers wake up the moment a single snowflake falls from the sky. Winter time is the right time for the Six-Star badge to come out and shine because when the traction drops, the fun can begin. So hit play and watch as these Scoobys get to play hero.

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The Bloodhound SSC Loses Funding

The Bloodhound is a supersonic land speed car built to smash the world speed record that was set in 1997 by Andy Green, who piloted the Thrust SSC to 736mph. He came on to the Bloodhound project to try to reset the record to 1,000mph. However, the 25M British pounds ($31.8M) needed to carry on with the project was not secured, leaving this magnificent exercise of modern science and technology now out of gas. The Bloodhound SSC exists at the... [read more]

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Lynk & Co 01 Coupe

By info@topspeed.com (Andrei Nedelea)
Get ready for yet another coupe-like SUV, this time from a fledgling manufacturer that has yet to establish itself: Lynk & Co. This time the vehicle in question currently doesnt yet have a name, but we do know it is the more rakish and slightly less practical version of the high-riding 01 model. The vehicle was recently spotted by our spies under thick camouflage, but we are able to make out its BMW X6- inspired rear end design, as well... [read more]

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New BMW 3 Series Wagon Not Coming to the U.S.

If you were considering buying a brand new BMW 3Series Sports Wagon based on the recently introduced G20 generation , youre sadly out of luck. Well, if you live in America, anyway, as a G20 wagon will still be offered in Europe and other markets. A report published today by CarBuzz suggeststhat there are no plans for the marque to bring such a long-roof version here, and a BMW North America spokesman confirmed the models fate to our colleagues at... [read more]

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Carlos Ghosn, Nissan Indicted in Japan for Underreporting Compensation

The auto industry reeled in shock last month when former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested on suspicion of financial misconduct. Now, the executive credited with saving Nissan in the early 2000s has been indicted by prosecutors in Tokyo, Japan, for misstating his compensation over the course of several years. Former board member Greg Kelly and Nissan itself have also been indicted. According to a statement released yesterday in Japan, Nissan says the two executives were indicted for violating the... [read more]

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2019 Porsche Macan S First Drive: The Quiet Achiever

Think Porsche , and you think 911. Or Cayman/Boxster. Maybe Cayenne. Perhaps Panamera. What you almost certainly dont think is Macan. But Porsches compact SUV is quite the quiet achiever. More than 385,000 have been sold worldwide since the Macan made its debut in 2014. (It took Porsche more than 30 years to sell that many 911s.) Two in five new Porsches sold in the U.S. are Macans, making it easily the companys most popular model. In short, its a... [read more]

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Volkswagen wants the electric lap record at the Nurburgring

By info@topspeed.com (Michael Fira)
Records are meant to be broken, right? Well, the outright lap record at the Nurburgring stood for over three decades before Porsche came back to better it this summer. Now, it seems that the record might fall again, sooner than anyone expected, and in the hands of Volkswagen no less. The German manufacturer plans to obliterate the existing record for electric cars with the already impressive I.D.R., but there might be enough juice in the electric prototype to top the... [read more]

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2019 McLaren 720S Spider Revealed With 202-MPH Top Speed

How do you improve on the McLaren 720S experience? A tall task to be sure, but wed say offering a drop-top version is a good place to start. Enter the 2019 McL aren 72 0 S Spider, the second of a staggering 18 models the marque plans to roll out by 2025 as part of its Track 25 plan. Creating a convertible model of a car typically has meant a huge weight penalty over its fixed-roof counterpart. But McLaren says... [read more]

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Spied! Face-Lifted Audi A4 Caught Testing in the Snow

You had to know it was coming. The Audi A4 's been on sale in Europe for about three years now, so it's time for a refresh. Plus, while the A6, A7, and A8 all have the new corporate fascia, the A4 and A5 still don't. Clearly, that's a problem that must be corrected. Of course, it's not like the current A4 has major flaws that need correcting. Even though it lacks the Alfa Romeo Giulia 's personality, the A4... [read more]

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FINAL STATEMENT: When Carroll Shelby dreamed big one last time, the Shelby 1000 was the result

Written by independent automotive journalist Steve Statham   Carroll Shelby's final vision: this low-mileage 2012 Ford Shelby 1000 ( Lot #1312 ) is heading to the 2019 Scottsdale Auction.   When youre Carroll Shelby, its hard to top yourself. The Shelby brand was built by winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a driver, and winning the International Manufacturers Championship for Grand Touring Cars as a team owner. The small-block Cobras and early GT350 Mustangs won races left and... [read more]

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Mooneyes Yokohama Hot Rod Car Show

Not only is it among the largest hot rod shows held outside the United States, the Mooneyes Hot Rod and Custom Show in Yokohama, Japan, is easily one of the most anticipated. Thousands of Japanese line up before the doors open for the one-day event, and then pour in to see a couple hundred vehicles, 600 or so motorcycles, and dozens of vendors who have crafted their wares just for this show. In years past, many of the cars on... [read more]

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The Jalopy Journal Beanie

I hate doing this I've spent the last three weeks sort of neglecting The Jalopy Journal so that I could focus on getting the new merch out in... continue reading

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