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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 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 Follow Nicole on Instagram and Facebook - @Nicoleeellan

Goodguys tour rod and custom shops, museums on eve of Spring Nationals

Goodguys on their tour of Phoenix area custom shops and car museums | Nicole James photos
Goodguys on their tour of Phoenix area custom shops and car museums | Nicole James photos

The day was a bit gloomy (at least for Phoenix) and the wind was strong, but some cars took part in the shop tour on the eve of the sixth Goodguys Rod & Custom Association Spring Nationals that run Friday through Sunday at WestWorld in Scottsdale.
As usual, the shop tour included rod and custom shops, but also two museums and a special storage facility. Continue reading

Rare Duesenberg is car of the month in ACD series

1927 Duesenberg Model X Boat Roadster | Photo from ACD Museum

Only 13 Model X Duesenbergs were produced, and only four are known to still exist. The unique Model X housed at the Auburn Cord Duisenberg Automobile Museum will be the subject of the monthly “If These Cars Could Talk” lecture series Saturday at the museum in Auburn, Indiana. Continue reading

Future Classic: Mazda MX-5 Miata

First generation Mazda Miata | Photos by Hans Marquez

It seemed as though a void needed to be filled after MG sold its last MGB in 1980, Triumph was put to rest in 1981, and the Fiat 124 Spider was quick to follow in 1985. The only four-cylinder, front-engine, two-seater sports car that remained was the Alfa Romeo Spider, which wasn’t exactly the most popular car on the road. Mazda took advantage of this void. Continue reading

Al Unser Jr. set for Goodguys Autocross for Kids program

Unser Jr will be behind the wheel of Speedway’s G-Comp ’65 Nova at select 2015 Goodguys events | Photo from Goodguys

Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. will participate in the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association’s Autocross for Kids program in 2015,  Speedway Motors, the official speed shop of Goodguys, has announced. Continue reading

Cassini’s Minerva best in show at Boca Raton concours

9th Annual Boca Raton Concours on the Green
1930 Minerva AL owned by Margie and Joseph Cassini III of West Orange, New Jersey won best in show honors at the event | Photo provided by Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance/ Robert Stolpe

Cadillac and the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang were the features of the ninth annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance in Florida, but it was a 1930 Minerva AL owned by Margie and Joseph Cassini III of West Orange, New Jersey that drove off with best in show honors at the event. Continue reading

National Corvette Museum offers ‘in Motion’ tours

Corvettes at the Biltmore from last years’ Tail of the Dragon | Photo from National Corvette Museum

Have you ever wanted to travel the United States and stop at places that were significant to automotive history but weren’t quite sure where how to go about it? The National Corvette Museum is offering several trips as part of its Museum in Motion tours. Continue reading

The unselfish side of classic car and hot rod shows

Arizona Rod and Classic Car Club show at Steele Indian School Park | Photos by Nicole James

Sometimes as a car enthusiast, the hobby can feel a bit selfish if not totally self-centered. Think about it, you spend all this time getting and maintaining or even restoring your car so you can be the best in show or fastest on the track. Your car is a reflection of you and your interests. It’s a representation of all your hard work, blood, sweat and tears—and checkbook. Continue reading

Future Classic: Nissan Skyline R32

1989 Nissan Skyline R32 | Photos by Hans Marquez

The forbidden fruit of the future classics realm is now beckoning to be taken. Produced from 1989 to 1994 with almost 300,000 units sold, the earliest of the Nissan R32 Skyline has turned 25 years old. Continue reading

World of Speed Museum opens April 24 in Oregon

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One of the cars on display at the museum | Photos courtesy of the World of Speed Museum

Addicted to speed? Just want to learn more about the history of motorsports? Or perhaps you want to expose your children to career opportunities in racing. All of that can be accomplished April 24 when the new World of Speed Museum opens in Wilsonville Oregon, located just outside of Portland. Continue reading

Future classic: Honda S2000

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Hard top S2000 | Photos by Matthew Fink

The Honda S2000, or S2K, is one of the most likely future classics out there. The car first showed up in 1995 as a Sports Study Concept that was put into production as a 2000 model in 1999, named S2000 in relation with Honda’s S500, S600 and S800 sports cars from the 1960s, as well as designating its 2.0-liter engine.

The S2K had a respectable 240 horsepower motor and 153 pound-feet of torque. The motor had the highest specific output of any normally aspirated production engine in the world with 120 horsepower per liter.

The S2000 was capable of zero to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds for drivers willing to beat up on the 2,750 pound car. Revving is what the S2K did best; the car could rocket all the way up to an unbelievable 9,000 rpm. Of course, all that power comes on at a lofty rpm.

unnamed (6)The S2000 was built to hoon. With the car’s high rev limit and agile handling, the S2K is thought of as what Formula One engineers might build into a sports car. There are no luxuries. Inside this rocket you got a trick digital gauge, a steering wheel and a six-speed manual. The S2K didn’t even have a clock in its earliest years. One of the best features of this minimalist car: the top goes down.

The S2000 was largely unchanged throughout its production run. The biggest tweak came in 2003 when the second-gen AP2 model was introduced with a slightly larger 2.2-liter motor for the American market. Production stopped in 2009.

What makes the S2K an irreplaceable future classic is that nothing ever took its place. What other roadster gave you the hard-edged handling, no-frills interior and insanely revvy engine package you got from the S2K? The Miata comes to mind as being the most similar, but it’s just not as hardcore as the S2000.

The car was made for a decade and is relatively easy to find if you are looking to buy one. Early ones have even dropped below $10,000 in price for now, which is a fantastic bargain. However, years from now, when people are looking for fun used sports cars, the S2000 will no doubt be a very popular choice due to it being the only one of its kind.

As the millennials are getting older, and their interest in cars continues to grow, Japanese cars should continue to skyrocket in price and collectability.