Category archives: Features

Best British car ever? Experts pick the Mini

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‘There surely can’t be anyone in Britain whose life hasn’t been touched by a Mini’ | Auto Express photos

Britain’s largest weekly automotive magazine, Auto Express, and a panel of automotive experts have selected the Mini as the Best of British, the all-time best car produced on the island nation. Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster/GT C Roadster

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster comes highly recommended | Mercedes-AMG photos
2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster comes highly recommended | Mercedes-AMG photos

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster is fast, expensive, and sexy. I could stop right there, because that summarizes this brand-new Mercedes-Benz better than anything else.

The hood stretches a veritable mile in front of the cockpit. The rump is nicely rounded. The twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V- delivers a whopping 469-horsepower, or 550 hp in the range-topping GT C Roadster model. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

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1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

With Spring upon us I can’t help but daydream of road trips – those perfect moments when you don’t have a care in the world, the windows are down, and your favorite song is on the radio. The Pick of the Day, a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air, looks as though it’s been patiently waiting for a drive and is sure to break some necks with its eye-catching two-tone red and white paint along with matching red wheels.

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Rewind: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro

(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.)

Seen dramatically erupting from a volcano, Chevrolet introduced its “fiery, new creation,” the 1967 Camaro SS, “the new car that’s something else, something never before seen in a driving machine.”

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Driven: 2017 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T SEL

2017 Volkswagen Passat propelled by a 170 hp turbocharged four-banger | Larry Edsall photos
2017 Volkswagen Passat propelled by a 170 hp turbocharged four-banger | Larry Edsall photos

Turns out Carroll Shelby was right.

Ol’ Shel’ once told me that all you really needed in any car was 170 horsepower. That was plenty to get going and to keep up with traffic at — and even beyond — whatever speeds might be posted on the fastest of American freeways.

Of course, in his next breath, Shelby told me about a 1,000-horsepower engine he and his team were building for their latest Ford Mustang project. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1965 Ford Mustang

1965 Ford Mustang used to prepair actors for Eleanor in Gone in 60 Secounds

April is always a fun month for Mustang enthusiasts because of its celebrated debut in 1964 on April 17. The car became increasingly popular due to its significant impacts on popular culture, one being “Eleanor” from the 2000 version of Gone In 60 Seconds.

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Rewind: The unexpected 1964 Ford Mustang, coming April 17


(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 1964, Ford debuted the Mustang, a car for those who “want stick-shift action and room for four,” that was “designed to be designed by you.”

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Hey, baby, have you slept in a Ford, lately?

Baby sleeps in bed that mimics sounds and movement and even lights of a late-night car ride | Ford of Spain photo
Baby sleeps in bed that mimics sounds and movement and even lights of a late-night car ride | Ford of Spain photo

You may have had friends like Laurie’s parents. To get her to go to sleep when she was an infant, they’d have to put her into her baby safety seat and drive around the block a few times before she’d doze off for the night. Sad to say, you may have had such an experience with your own children.

That situation is so commonplace and apparently so universal that Ford of Spain and its advertising agency have created the Max Motor Dreams, a prototype infant bed that simulates the sounds, lights and even the “comforting movement” of a ride in the car. Continue reading

Exhibit tells stories of Range Rover and its Velar, then and now

Engineering chassis mockup for 1967 Range Rover Velar prototype | Land Rover photos
Engineering chassis mockup for 1967 Range Rover Velar prototype | Land Rover photos

Range Rover is promoting its new mid-size Velar sport utility vehicle as “the only vehicle you’ll ever need,” and touts it as a celebration of “British design and engineer integrity.”

The newest Range Rover takes its name from a secret prototype vehicle the company developed in 1967. The story of that prototype, indeed the story of Land Rover itself, is being shared in a new visitor attraction at the company’s historic Solihull assembly plant in England. Continue reading

Copperstate rally serves as shakedown test for Mexican road race

Spectators check out the Copperstate vintage sports car rally cars inside Tempe Diablo Stadium | Larry Edsall photos
Spectators check out the Copperstate vintage sports car rally entries inside Tempe Diablo Stadium | Larry Edsall photos

As if the thousand-mile Copperstate vintage sports car rally isn’t enough exercise for car, driver and passenger/navigator, for Rick Rome and his 1955 Kurtis 500 Swallow coupe, the 27th annual tour d’Arizona is just a warmup for an even bigger challenge this fall, in Mexico. Continue reading