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Passionate car enthusiasts come in all shapes, sizes and interests
Passionate car enthusiasts come in all shapes, sizes and interests

Some say that being a car guy or gal is a blessing that makes life worth living. Others say it’s a sickness.

But whether you love the style, the speed, the camaraderie or just the smell of hot exhaust, being car people often defines who we are, and it sets us apart from people who just don’t get it. Or the poseurs who just pretend to get it. Continue reading

Driven: 2015 Nissan Murano SL

2015 Nissan Murano has much more aggressive exterior styling | Larry Edsall photos

It was a dozen years ago that I wrote that the newly introduced Nissan Murano was perhaps the most creative answer to an automotive question since Nissan launched its rugged but compact all-activity vehicle, the Xterra. That original Murano was stylish — remember those huge, wrap up around the rear quarter-panel tail lamps? — practical and spunky, in large part because it shared its underpinnings with Nissan’s sporty sedans, the Altima and Maxima.

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What I would take home from Bonhams Greenwich

A valuable 1973 Porsche 911 RS 2.7 is among the offerings at the Greenwich auction | Bonhams
A valuable 1973 Porsche 911 RS 2.7 is among the offerings at the Greenwich auction | Bonhams photos

I have attended the Bonhams Greenwich Concours d’ Elegance auction in Connecticut for a number of years now, and I have always found that it has a little something for everyone. This year’s sale has quite a few fantastic cars on offer, many that I would love to take home, as well as an impressive amount of automobilia for sale. Continue reading

Vintage Profile: Maserati wins 1939 Indianapolis 500

Wilbur Shaw in the Maserati 8CTF at Indy | Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Wilbur Shaw in the Maserati 8CTF at Indy | Indianapolis Motor Speedway

In 1938, Ernesto Maserati developed the Maserati 8CTF to compete with the likes of Mercedes and Auto Union on the European GP circuit. Although not particularly successful on the Continent, the car gained fame stateside with a historic victory at the Indianapolis 500. Continue reading

Pick of the Week: 1960 MGA roadster

The MGA has one of the sleekest and purest sports-car forms of the 1960s
The MGA has one of the sleekest and purest sports-car forms of the 1960s

Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer, and what better way to enjoy the warmer weather than at the wheel of a vintage British roadster. Wind in the hair driving, along with lusty engine sounds, sharp steering and responsive handling, are the things that make little British sports cars enduring favorites. Continue reading

The completely different import, kit-car show at Carlisle

The North American Spitfire Squadron was out in full force at Carlisle | Andy Reid photos
The North American Spitfire Squadron was out in full force at Carlisle | Andy Reid photos

Once a year, a very special and different kind of car show happens in Carlisle, Pennsylvania – the Carlisle Import and Kit Car nationals.

This is one of my all-time favorite shows because it has more different kinds of cars than any other show I have ever attended. Continue reading

Driven: 2015 Toyota 4Runner Trail Premium

The Toyota 4Runner retains its tough truck-frame construction | Bob Golfen photos
The Toyota 4Runner retains its tough truck-frame construction | Bob Golfen photos

Nearly every SUV these days is a crossover, recognition of the fact that while many people want to ride tall in the saddle and have lots of room for people and stuff, they also want a vehicle that drives like a passenger car. Thus, stylish wagons that look sort of like trucks but are built on the unibody underpinnings of cars. Continue reading