Category archives: Features

Driven: 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack

The Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack muscled its way through Monterey Classic Car Week | Bob Golfen photos
The Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack muscled its way through Monterey Classic Car Week | Bob Golfen photos

When you’re on the street during Monterey Classic Car Week – where exotic Ferraris and Lamborghinis are around every turn – you want to be driving something cool as well, something with a little dash and flash. I had the great fortune this year of scoring just such a car from the regional press fleet, a 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack in neon blue and powered by a 392 Hemi V8.

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Classic Profile: 1932 Stutz Super Bearcat

The Stutz Super Bearcat was powered by a twin-overhead-cam straight-eight engine | Courtesy of the author
The Stutz Super Bearcat was powered by a twin-overhead-cam straight-eight engine | Courtesy of the author

Wearing a set of Goodrich Silvertown whitewall tires – distinguished by the double diamonds on the sidewall – the shortened chassis of the 1932 Stutz Super Bearcat is clearly apparent. At only 116 inches, the wheelbase was a full foot and a half shorter than the standard offering. In comparison, today’s Ferrari FF rides on a 117.7 inch wheelbase. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1979 Toyota Celica Supra

 The Toyota Celica Supra is described as being in all-around good original condition
The Toyota Celica Supra is described as being in all-around good original condition

For too many years, conventional car-guy wisdom determined that Japanese cars would never rise to the level of collectability, and that the late 1970s and ’80s were wastelands of forgettable vehicles.

The Pick of the Day is yet another Japanese car from the era that challenges that mindset: a 1979 Toyota Celica Supra liftback that is a rare survivor of the disco days. And it could have a future as a bona fide classic car. Continue reading

Edsel Ford’s fret comes true… 100 years later

The HVA Model T makes its way up Pikes Peak | HVA photo by Casey Maxon
The HVA Model T makes its way up Pikes Peak | HVA photos by Casey Maxon

Back in 1915, Edsel Ford and some of his buddies drove from Michigan to San Francisco to attend the world’s fair, the Panama Pacific International Exposition. Ford fretted at one point that he feared the possibility of being robbed in Arizona, which even three years after becoming an official state remained very much a Wild West wilderness.

Ford and his party passed through Arizona unharmed, though awed by the state’s Grand Canyon. However, his fears came true for the Historical Vehicle Association team that retracing Ford’s route 100 years later. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1980 BMW M1

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1980 BMW M1

Hand-built between 1978 and 1981 as a homologation special for sports-car racing is the iconic, mid-engine BMW M1, considered to be the one and only exotic supercar ever built by the Bavarian automaker. The E26 M1 is among the rarest BMW models built with a total of 453 produced. Of those, 399 were designed for street use and the rest were built for the sole purpose of racing.

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Classic profile: 1930 duPont Series G Special Sport Sedan

The 1930 duPont Series G by Merrimac was shown in this period photograph | Courtesy of the writer
The 1930 duPont Series G Special Sport Sedan by Merrimac was shown in this period photograph | Courtesy of the author

As you’ve probably guessed, I enjoy searching for old photos of early cars. During Monterey Classic Car Week, this means a stop at Automobilia Monterey, and it was there that I found this image of a uniquely bodied duPont Series G Special Sport Sedan.

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Pick of the Day: 1929 Ford Model A roadster

The 1929 Ford Modal A roadster is a classic representation of an early dry-lakes speed racer
The 1929 Ford Modal A roadster is a classic representation of an early dry-lakes speed racer

“Dry lake” means something different in Southern California than it does in the rest of the world. Speed-obsessed hot rodders since the late 1940s have viewed the flat, dusty expanses of prehistoric lake beds as perfect places to go fast, fast enough to break records, and to do so in an automotive style that created an entire subculture.

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Driven: 2015 Nissan Rogue SV

The 2015 Nissan Rogue SV parked across from the Carmel Mission | Larry Edsall photos
The 2015 Nissan Rogue SV parked across from the Carmel Mission | Larry Edsall photos

I do not understand why Nissan calls its compact crossover the Rogue, but after spending two weeks driving one — including a trip from Phoenix to Monterey and back — I certainly understand why this is the company’s second best-selling vehicle in the United States.

According to Merriam-Webster, my favorite source for such things, a rogue is a “vagrant or tramp, a dishonest or worthless person (scoundrel), a mischievous person, a horse inclined to shirk or misbehave, an individual exhibiting a chance and usually inferior biological variation.”

Yikes! Who would want to drive a vehicle that meets any of those definitions? Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1950 Chevrolet Fleetline

1950 Chevrolet Fleetline DeLuxe
1950 Chevrolet Fleetline DeLuxe

It took Chevrolet until the 1949 model year to introduce new post-war styling. According to the Standard Encyclopedia of American Cars, the new design integrated the front bumpers and lowered the fenders, hood and roof.

The roof itself presented the buyer with an option: the Styleline with a notch-back design or the Fleetline fastback. Opt for the DeLuxe version and you got your Fleetline with fender skirts that accentuated the car’s bustle-back tail treatment. Continue reading