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Nicole James has been involved in the automotive world her entire life. Her dream car is a 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe. She currently drives a 2005 Mustang affectionately known as Marilyn and uses the car to participate in track events, car shows, and explore the world around her. Nicole joined the ClassicCars.com Content and Marketing team in 2014. Nicole is an automotive journalist and the creator of Pretty Driven - an online source for car culture and news for millennials, as well as a contributor for ClassicCars.com. Follow Nicole on Instagram and Facebook - @Nicoleeellan

Vintage racing: Goodwood looks back, but also to the future

The Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrates its 25th year with a theme of “Perks of Performance – Motorsports game-changers” on June 29-July 2 in England. Since it first ran in 1993, the event allows enthusiasts to get up close and personal with motorsports legends, favorite cars, and also catch a glimpse of new cars.

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Museums: Gearing up for Father’s Day activities

Father and Son look at car | ACM photo
Father and Son look at car | ACM photo

Father’s Day at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles includes the opportunity to take a family photo inside a classic Petersen vehicle, to explore engines with ‘Hoods Up’ on select vehicles, and a visit to the Discovery Center where the little ones can create a trophy for Dad. Drago, the museums’ restaurant, will have a Father’s Day lunch on the Petersen’s rooftop penthouse with a special menu as well.

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Japanese car show July 1 at Donington

Japfest attendies look at Nissan GT-R | Japfest photos
Japfest attendies look at Nissan GT-R | Japfest photos

Alongside the Fast Car Festival, a second “Japfest” event is planned for July 1 after the first such show at Silverstone, England drew over 20,000 attendees, making it the largest celebration of Japanese cars and culture in Europe.

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53rd annual LA Roadster show heads to Pomona

Delivery Roadster decked out in flames | La Roadster Club photos
Sedan delivery decked out in flames | La Roadster Club photos

For the 53rd year, the LA Roadsters Car Club holds its annual show at the Pomona Fairplex on June 17-18. The club has grown to be one of Southern California’s most dedicated and historic car clubs and — with over 800 cars showing — attracts the largest gathering of pre-1936 hot rods and roadsters in the world.

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Family’s pet pony turned into pony car collection

Gilbert Speed decided to exchange the family pet for a 1965 Mustang | Ford Photos
Gilbert Speed decided to exchange the family pet for a 1965 Mustang | Ford Photos

Daniel Speed remembers the moment his dad, the late Gilbert Speed, traded the family’s real-life pony for a 1965 Ford Mustang: “One Saturday, Dad said, ‘If you guys won’t ride him, I know what I’ll do with him,’ then he came back with that car.” Continue reading

Museums schedule their Father’s Day festivities

1935 Citroen 7C Traction Avant cabriolet on the floor and on the wall | Larry Edsal photos
1935 Citroen 7C Traction Avant cabriolet on the floor and on the wall | Larry Edsal photos

The Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California, will host a Classic Car Meet-up Saturday, June 17 at 9:30 a.m. All makes and models are welcome and car show entrance is included in museum admission.

Father’s Day at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will be held June 18 and includes the opportunity to take a family photo inside a classic Petersen vehicle, to explore engines with Hoods Up on select vehicles, and to visit the Discovery Center, where the little ones can create a trophy for Dad. Continue reading

Ferrari museum expands, opens new exhibits

Ferrari's in Exhibit at museum | Museum photos
Ferrari’s in Exhibit at museum | Museum photos

The Ferrari Museum of Maranello enjoyed record audience in 2016 and has expanded its halls, in the process opening two new exhibits — “Under the Skin” and “Infinite Red” as part of the celebration of Ferrari’s 70th anniversary.

A new wing at the museum connects to the main building via a continuous glass facade. Additionally, an events room has been created that can host up to 250 people. Also new are a refreshments area and a Ferrari Store. Continue reading

Rewind: Volkswagen Bug

(Editor’s note: Vintage television commercials can be as classic as the cars they promoted back in the day. This is one in an ongoing series of such vintage car commercials we’ve found on YouTube.)

Airing sometime in the ‘60s or perhaps even into the ‘70s, Volkswagen’s debut a commercial for the Bug proclaiming that car was so airtight you couldn’t close the door, but rather had to push it shut.

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