Category archives: Features

Eye Candy: Gilmore Car Museum celebrates 50 years

Cars owned by museum founder Donald Gilmore fill the main gallery for 50th anniversary | Larry Edsall photos
Cars owned by museum founder Donald Gilmore fill the main gallery for 50th anniversary | Larry Edsall photos

Genevieve Gilmore knew her husband, Donald, would need something to occupy his time after his retirement, so she bought him a 1920 Pierce-Arrow that needed restoration.

It was a strange gift for a man who had never been a car enthusiast. But perhaps he’d just been too busy running the family department store and then a major pharmaceutical company that also was part of the family’s enterprises. Continue reading

Benjafield club carries on in the spirit of the Bentley Boys

Some of the cars that took part in the Yorkshire Buccaneer event | Benjafield’s Racing Club photos
Some of the cars that took part in the Yorkshire Buccaneer event | Benjafield’s Racing Club photos

The Benjafield’s Racing Club annually gathers for a one-off event, themed based on the home local of the club member who is that year’s host. This year the event was held at Jonathan Turner’s home at Bowcliffe Hall in West Sussex, England, where the theme was Yorkshire Buccaneer, complete with Yorkshire tea and Yorkshire Pudding.

Participants brought 41 pre-war cars — 25 of them Bentleys — and worth an estimated $45 million for a climb up Harewood Hill, a drive through Bramham Park, runs on the runways of an RAF base, and even laps around a go-kart track. Much of the rally was held on gravel roads. Continue reading

Before they were classics, we drove them all winter long

McLaren offers a winter driving school using 570S coupes | Pure McLaren photo
McLaren offers a winter driving school using 570S coupes | Pure McLaren photo

Hopefully you not only noticed but cast your vote in our weekly poll last week. Our question was: What are the best classic cars for winter driving? We offered 10 possibilities.

Even before we posted the question, it caused some interesting discussion within the staff.

A couple of us more elderly curmudgeons pointed out that back when today’s classics were just cars, we drove them year around and regardless of the weather. Sure, we may have bolted on a pair of “snow” tires, stuck a piece of cardboard in the radiator, checked the anti-freeze and changed the viscosity of engine oil (some might even have used an electrically heated dipstick). Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1927 Ford Model T

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1927 Ford Model T

In 1927, the Ford Model T, credited with putting the world on wheels, became the single most-produced car with more than 15 million built, a record it held until 1972. With an abundance of Model Ts easily accessible and relatively inexpensive in the decades that followed its 19-year production run, the car transformed from an economy ride for everyman into a popular platform to be chopped, dropped and modified in the pursuit of a custom hot rod to use on the drag strip or for weekend cruising.

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Inside the place where our automotive history is being preserved

Cars undergoing scrutiny include a 1922 Oldsmobile and, yes, an original Dodge minivan | Nick Kurczewski photos
Cars undergoing scrutiny include a 1922 Oldsmobile and, yes, an original Dodge minivan | Nick Kurczewski photos

What does a demolished train station in Manhattan have to do with a 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, or a 1918 Cadillac with battle scars dating back to World War I?

As the tragic loss of New York’s former Penn Station helped cement support for architectural preservation in the U.S., it also serves as stark reminder that, even in the automotive world, time marches on. History, whether it balances upon a foundation or four wheels, needs to be preserved and chronicled before running the risk of being lost forever. Continue reading

Grand Prix of Scottsdale: Meet the teams (part 4)

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Racer in the Grand Prix of Scottsdale | Photos courtesy of Grand Prix of Scottsdale

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a five-day series featuring teams fielding Vintage Kart Mini Racers in the second annual Scottsdale Grand Prix, to be held November 4-6 on the streets of Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona.

The streets of downtown Scottsdale will be transformed November 4-6 into a modern Great Gatsby-inspired version of the roaring ‘20s as Vintage Mini Races hit the streets in the second annual Grand Prix of Scottsdale. Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Genesis G80

2017 Genesis G80 is one of two models that are part of Hyundai's new stand-alone luxury lineup | Larry Edsall photos
2017 Genesis G80 is one of two models that are part of Hyundai’s new stand-alone luxury lineup | Larry Edsall photos

Once simply the most luxurious of Hyundai cars, Genesis has become its own brand. For the 2017 model year, the “luxurious Genesis G90 flagship” and the “mid-luxury Genesis G80” come with the “Genesis Experience,” which Hyundai says includes an industry-best warranty with three years of 36,000 miles of:

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Grand Prix of Scottsdale: Meet the teams (part 3)

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Racers on the streets of Scottsdale | Photos courtesy of Grand Prix of Scottsdale

Editor’s note: This is the third in a five-day series featuring teams fielding Vintage Kart Mini Racers in the second annual Scottsdale Grand Prix, to be held November 4-6 on the streets of Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona.

The streets of downtown Scottsdale will be transformed November 4-6 into a modern Great Gatsby-inspired version of the roaring ‘20s as Vintage Mini Races hit the streets in the second annual Grand Prix of Scottsdale. Continue reading

Driven: 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT

The Outlander Sport was redesigned for 2016 | Mitsubishi photos
The Outlander Sport was redesigned for 2016 | Mitsubishi photos

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a good little SUV. Not a great one, mind you, but for someone who wants a stylish compact wagon that’s a bit different from the run of the mill, the Outlander Sport is not a bad way to go.

Outlander Sport is the smaller SUV of two Outlander models. It competes with utes such as the Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4. Recently restyled, the Outlander Sport has a sharply modern look that sets it apart in this hot portion of the new-car market. Continue reading

Grand Prix of Scottsdale: Meet the teams (part 2)

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Mini Racer in Grand Prix of Scottsdale | Photos courtesy of Grand Prix of Scottsdale

Editor’s note: This is the second in a five-day series featuring teams fielding Vintage Kart Mini Racers in the second annual Scottsdale Grand Prix, to be held November 4-6 on the streets of Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona.

The streets of downtown Scottsdale will be transformed November 4-6 into a modern Great Gatsby-inspired version of the roaring ‘20s as Vintage Mini Races hit the streets in the second annual Grand Prix of Scottsdale. Continue reading