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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

Pick of the Day: 2015 Lamborghini Huracan

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2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP 620-2 2 Super Trofeo factory race car

Since I began writing predominantly about classic cars, I’ve lost some of my interest in newer models. Each year, the advancements in technology are cool, but I’ve become more interested in the stories behind each vintage car that add to its provenance.

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Rewind: 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner

(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.)

The Plymouth Roadrunner was adorned with logos and badges featuring the Roadrunner cartoon character, and in 1969 Plymouth aired a commercial depicting the iconic character and Wiley Coyote endless efforts to catch the bird.

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The Mitty celebrates 40 years of vintage racing

Vintage racers race around Road Atlanta in the 40th Mitty Challenge | Patrick Tremblay photos
Vintage racers hurry around Road Atlanta in the 40th Mitty | Patrick Tremblay photos

The final day of the 40th running of the Classic Motorsports Mitty, sanctioned by HSR, was met with inclement weather, but the spirit of those racing at Road Atlanta was not dampened. The three-day racing event last month featured many races won by mere tenths of a second and by drivers showed mutual respect and clean racing with green flags throughout most sessions. Continue reading

Laguna Seca poster features first winning car

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Poster recalls the first race at Laguna Seca track | Image courtesy Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca continues to celebrate its 60th anniversary by honoring the track’s inaugural race victory. The track’s first race was held  November 10, 1957, and was won by Pete Lovely in his Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa. That event will be featured in the 2017 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion poster, by art by Bill Patterson.

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GM unveils Durant-Dort Factory One archive, museum

Main entrance of the restored Durant-Dort Factory One, in Flint, Michigan, which includes more than 17,000 color-matched replacement bricks | Photo by Jason Robinson
Main entrance of the restored Durant-Dort Factory One, it includes more than 17,000 color-matched replacement bricks | Photo by Jason Robinson

General Motors has opened the restored Durant-Dort Factory One as an event space and a place to view archives and learn about the innovators and risk takers who reinvented personal transportation.

The facility was once home to the Flint Road Cart Co., started in 1886 by William Crapo “Billy” Durant and his business partner, Josiah Dallas Dort. Durant later founded General Motors. He acquired the Buick Motor Company in 1908, added Oldsmobile, Cadillac and Oakland, what would become the GMC truck division and in 1911 launched Chevrolet. Continue reading

Shaken, not stirred: James Bond’s 2000GT leads Toyota parade

Car leading Last years' parade | Toyota photos
Car leading Last years’ parade | Toyota photos

The Toyota 2000GT made famous in a classic James Bond movie, You Only Live Twice, will lead over 150 classic cars in the Toyota Automobile Museum’s 28th Classic Car Festival, to be held May 28 at the Aichi Expo Memorial Park in Japan’s Nagakute City, Aichi Prefecture.

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Pick of the Day: 3000 Star Wars X-34 Landspeeder

3000 Star Wars X-34 Landspeeder
3000 Star Wars X-34 Landspeeder

Say “May the 4th be with you” out loud and you’ll hear the pun that Star Wars fans have turned into an annual occasion to say “may the force be with you” and celebrate the film saga. Widely accepted as “Star Wars Day,” the idea did not start with the original film producer, Lucasfilm, but it has been fully embraced by everyone at the production company, as well as at Disney.

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Rewind: 1978 Toyota Corolla


(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.)

In an effort to give people their “money’s worth,” Toyota launched a series of commercials promoting the 1978 Toyota Corolla. The ad encourages consumers to “buy it” if they find a better built, lower cost car than a Toyota.

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Gilmore museum bids farewell to its sports cars exhibit

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The Golden Age of Sports Cars 1946 – 1966 | Gilmore Car Museum photos

The Gilmore Car Museum says “Farewell to Sports Cars” this Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. as the museum’s exhibit, the Golden Age of Sports Cars, ends. The exhibit featured two-dozen rare and sought-after cars like Janis Joplin’s 1964 Porsche 356, Nicholas Cage’s 1967 Ferrari 275/GTB 4, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz “gullwing” 300SL and a 1967 Shelby Cobra 427. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1950 Chrysler Town & Country

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1950 Chrysler Town & Country

Built during a time when styling drove the industry, the Pick of the Day, a 1950 Chrysler Town & Country, comes adorned with decorative wood paneling. Despite the elegance reflected with the styling and its ties to an affluent community in Road Island, I can’t help but think of surf, sun and sand.

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