Purpose-built for racing, the Pick of the Day is a 1977 Kinser Sprint Car that has seen its share of competition over the years and would be perfect for when you just want to drive down the road in a no-frills, questionably legal “retired” race car.
The Fiat 500 coupe is a quirky little city car that’s fun to drive and fun to be seen in. But for real-world driving, Fiat now offers the 500X, a bigger, four-door mini-SUV that stays true to the brand’s styling cues on a more-substantial crossover. Continue reading
If a jack-o-lantern swallowed a race car, the byproduct would be this 1972 Dodge Demon. Essentially a standard Dart sedan with a sporty two-door resemblance to the Plymouth Duster, the Dodge Demon had some bite to it. Back in the day, these cars weren’t necessarily fast muscle machines, or on the same playing field as Mustangs, Camaros, and Challengers, but they were regarded as economy performance cars.
Mazda MX-5 Miata returns for 2016 with a brand-new look and, as always, the spirit of open-air adventure. The new Miata is also a runner with a stronger 2.0-liter engine, a short-throw shifter for its 6-speed close-ratio transmission, and handling on par with exotic cars costing many thousands more. Continue reading
With millennials entering the classic car market, new trends are beginning to emerge and some of those trends were noted at the Las Vegas Barrett-Jackson collector car auction last weekend at the Mandalay Bay Event Center. While Jeeps and JDM didn’t steal the show, their presence was heavy and they performed well on the block alongside exotics, muscle cars, and others.
(JDM is shorthand for Japanese Domestic Market vehicles.) Continue reading
This was my first time among those attending the Japanese Classic Car Show that takes place each year in Long Beach, California. Like all first things, no matter how many people you ask or how much research you do, you are never quite prepared or know what to expect for your first time at a show. Here are five things I learned:
I love getting lost in the beautiful paint, the glimmering chrome and the exotic cars that come to Barrett-Jackson at each auction location, and have learned each site seems to bring out a different style of cars. Maybe it’s because I am in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, but the cars being offered for Barrett-Jacksons’ eighth year in Vegas are to die for. The cars, bikes, trucks and even boats are all show-stoppers in their own right, making it difficult to select just which ones I’d want to take home.
While Barrett-Jackson is primarily known for auctioning classic and collector vehicles, a fun attraction offered away from the bidding block is a ride and drive experience hosted by various automotive manufacturers. Friday in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, I had the opportunity to do test drives in the 2015 Ford Ecoboost Mustang and V6-powered Chevrolet Camaro and go for rides in a 2015 Ford Mustang V8, 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, 2015 Dodge Viper and a 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat.