Category archives: Features

Pick of the Day: 1994 Toyota Recreational Vehicle

Front of the Toyota race truck

When you combine a need for speed with a desire to take on any terrain, you get the Pick of the Day, which is listed as a 1994 Toyota Recreational Vehicle, although it’s really an all-out race truck. The Toyota is a performance vehicle at its core with rugged and aggressive styling, but what makes this one unique is that it was driven by Ivan “Ironman” Stewart, and its racing history includes winning the 1998 Baja 1000 along with four Baja 500’s.

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Driven: A vintage adventure in a 1934 Buick

The classic 1934 Buick convertible sedan is big, blue and beautiful | Bob Golfen
The classic 1934 Buick convertible sedan is big, blue and beautiful | Bob Golfen

‘Big as a Buick” was an expression that came to mind as I looked over the handsome blue 1934 Buick 96 convertible sedan parked near the marina at San Fernandina Beach, Florida. Fresh from restoration and owned by famed jeweler Nicola Bulgari, the grand classic car looked every bit like a precious gem glinting in the sunlight.

The following day, the magnificent dowager would take her place among the rest of the automotive finery at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. But on this day, I was expected to get behind the broad steering wheel and pilot her down the coastline. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1960 Buick Electra

1960 Buick Electra
1960 Buick Electra

Though not quite a long as its big brother, the Buick Electra stretched out 221.2 inches for the 1960 model year. Only the Electra 225 — which took its name from its length in inches — was longer, and 1960 was the last year these cars would span such distances. In 1961, Buicks were trimmed down, with both versions of the Electra a mere 219 inches in length.

Our Pick of the Day is a 1960 Buick Electra, a four-door hardtop equipped with Buick’s 445 big-block Wildcat V8, according to the seller. Continue reading

Driven: 2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Honda Pilot with The Strip of Las Vegas in the background | Larry Edsall photos
2016 Honda Pilot with The Strip of Las Vegas in the background | Larry Edsall photos

Honda says it’s new and third-generation 2016 Honda Pilot can provide seating accommodations for as many as eight people. Or as I demonstrated during my week-long test drive, enough room for a driver; a full-size double bed (pillow top) mattress; a card table; an office chair; a wet/dry shop vac; a couple of oversized air mattresses; assorted pillows, blankets and sheets; a garage broom; a coffee maker; clothes; and a computer bag and some snacks.

That’s what I was able (with help from a neighbor) to pack into the new Pilot for a drive from Phoenix to Henderson, Nevada, to help my daughter’s family move into its new home before the moving van arrived with their furniture. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1988 Chevrolet Corvette

1988 Chevrolet Corvette

The Genius Garage, a non-profit organization, was developed to give the best and brightest students the opportunity to show potential employers and partners what they are capable of doing while giving them the best transition from the academic world to their professional careers via building and racing cars.

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Skoda celebrates 50th anniversary of breakthrough coupe

Skoda's 1000 MBX was introduced at Geneva show 50 years ago | Skoda photos
Skoda’s 1000 MBX was introduced at Geneva show 50 years ago | Skoda photos

Tatra may be the most famous of Czechoslovakian automakers, but it is Skoda that celebrated the cult-car status and 50th anniversary of its 1000 MBX coupe at the recent Geneva Motor Show.

The 1000 MBX DeLuxe was introduced in March 1966 at the Geneva show. The car was a roomy five-seater with its 1.0-liter engine mounted behind those passengers. Continue reading

Andy’s picks at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction

RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island sale is always a great mix of cars of different types and eras and very much is a reflection of the cars that will be on display come Sunday at the concours d’elegance. This year is no different with RM offering a amazingly diverse and interesting collection of cars.

Of the 100 cars on offer, I picked these I would most like to park in my garage:

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Pick of the Day: 1962 Lincoln Continental Presidential limousine

1962 Lincoln Continental

A lot of enthusiasts collect cars that have helped shape their personal history, whether a significant moment in life, something they admired as a child, or the car a mom, dad, or grandparent drove. Cars have always had an impact on society and history, but it’s not every day a collector will find a car that played host to a U.S. president and thus had a role in the nation’s history.

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Great Race teaching great lessons to high school students

Dysart High School students next to their 1967 Mercury Cougar | Photos by Nicole James

For over 30 years, pre-1972 antique, vintage and collector cars have competed in the Great Race, a competitive but speed-controlled endurance road rally that takes place each year on over 2,000 miles of public highways across the United States. For some participants the $150,000 in prize money is motivation to compete while others do it for the driving experience and to witness so much of the American landscape first hand.

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Driven: 2016 Kia Optima SX Turbo

2016 Kia Optima SX Turbo
2016 Kia Optima SX Turbo

The turbocharged version of Kia’s Optima isn’t for everyone, but those with certain needs will appreciate what this car offers.

Say you’re a driving enthusiast, but on a budget, and with a family, and with a horrible daily commute.

The 2016 Kia Optima SX Turbo might just be the car you need, and want. Continue reading