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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

More than 300 surplus movie, TV vehicles set for online auction

Vintage work trucks that have appeared in films will be among the auction vehicles | Tiger Group photos
Vintage work trucks used in films are among those being auctioned |Tiger Group photos

Even if your personal movie-star career hasn’t taken off, there is a way to own a piece of Hollywood and drive it every day. More than 300 cars, trucks, motorcycles and specialty vehicles that have appeared in movies, TV shows and commercials will be auctioned in online bidding April 20-27 as Picture Car Warehouse sells off some of its no-longer-needed inventory. Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Honda CR-V

Launch of 2017 Honda CR-V marks the start of the compact crossover's fifth generation | Larry Edsall photos
Launch of 2017 Honda CR-V marks the start of the compact crossover’s fifth generation | Larry Edsall photos

In the sixth day of my week-long drive of the new and fifth-generation Honda CR-V, I finally opened the hood to see for myself.

The pricing sticker and the Honda press kit both claimed the compact crossover utility vehicle has a turbocharged engine. But after a few hundred miles and nearly six days of driving, I was skeptical. Pleased that there was no discernible turbo lag, but skeptical that there even was a turbo installed, so tortoise-like is this crossover’s power to accelerate. Continue reading

Ship shape: Company crates collector cars for ocean crossings

This vintage Alfa Romeo has been secured by West Coast Shipping for transport to its next owner | West Coast Shipping photos
This vintage Alfa Romeo has been secured by West Coast Shipping for transport to its next owner | West Coast Shipping photos

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then the photograph adjacent to these words likely says a lot about the anxiety many in the collector car world have when it comes to shipping a vehicle across an ocean. Continue reading

Rewind: 1955 Hudson Hornet TV commercial


(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.)

What makes Hudson better than other cars? Donald Duck explains it’s the deeper and wider coil springs because they provided passengers with a smoother ride.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2017: 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429

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1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 | Barrett-jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the final in a 10-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold April 6-8 during Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction.

By the late 1960s, Ford was losing ground in NASCAR to tough competition from Chrysler’s legendary 426 Hemi engine. Its response was to create a hemi-head engine of its own, the 429.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2017: 1983 Ferrari 512 BBI

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1983 Ferrari 512 BBI | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a 10-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold April 6-8 during Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction.

Offered with a reserve during Barrett-Jacksons Palm Beach auction, this 1983 Ferrari 512 BBI is finished in Rosso Corsa over black leather, and has just 65,770 kilometers, or 40,867 miles, on its odometer.

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Howey -In-The-Hills and its hyphenated hoot of a car show

A 1933 Harley-Davidson with package-truck sidecar among the many and various cars at the show | Jim McCraw photos
A 1933 Harley-Davidson with package-truck sidecar among the many and various cars at the show | Jim McCraw photos

The setting was as familiar as Pebble Beach, Meadow Brook, or St. John’s. A car show on a beautiful golf course on a sunny Sunday afternoon. But this wasn’t one of the big ones. Instead, this was a local annual car show held at the beautiful Mission Inn & Resort in the tiny community of Howey-In-The-Hills, Florida, the American town with more hyphens in its name than any other. Continue reading