The idea of a project car can be very alluring: you obtain a blank canvas that can be transformed into the car of your dreams, be it highly modified or bone stock. For some, the glamour is short-lived as funds dry up or attention is lost during the often years-long process of restoration. Others withstand the challenges and complete their project cars exactly as they had envisioned them.
August Uihlein Pabst was born with Hollywood looks and a Blue Ribbon surname. Like many of his generation, he caught the sports car bug early and aspired to go beyond his beer-baron birthright and prove himself on the meritocracy of the racetrack.
A new biography, Augie Pabst: Behind the Wheel ($79, Dalton Watson Fine Books) captures the remarkable career of the 1959 USAC and 1960 SCCA road-racing champion through the eyes of longtime friend and fellow racer Bob Birmingham. The 367-page hardcover is filled with exclusive pictures and newspaper clippings, as well as accounts of fellow drivers from the golden era of road racing. Continue reading
The European celebration of Jeep’s 75th anniversary continues with the selection of nine “pioneering new models” that mark “fundamental stages in the history” of the brand and its role in automotive marketing. Continue reading
D. Napier & Son Limited of Great Britain gained notoriety for automobile manufacturing through racing, specifically their 1902 win in the Gordon Bennett Cup, a cross-country race that ran from Paris to Innsbruck, Austria. The following year, the race would have been brought to England because of the Napier victory, but because England prohibited motor racing on public roads at the time, the race was moved to Ireland. Continue reading
Yesterday, I shared my favorite cars available this weekend at Dana Mecum’s 29th Original Spring Auction taking place at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. But I also noted that I hadn’t gotten out to the tents that housed some of the vehicles. Well, I did that Wednesday morning, and I also discovered two more buildings full of other cars, of which there are some 1,800 on the grounds. Continue reading
In 1935, Ford made the claim that its new car, the Model 48, had “greater beauty, greater comfort and greater safety” than Ford’s previous models. The Model 48 was essentially an update of the Model 40A, but it offered more than 15 different versions with dozens of options, all variations featuring Ford’s dependable V8. Continue reading
Now this is more like it!
There are so many collector cars in buildings and beneath tents at the Indiana State Fairgrounds that I only had time Tuesday to look at those in the permanent structures, which meant the stars of the Mecum Auction sale and those that were crossing the block Tuesday and Wednesday. Continue reading
Kia’s Sportage has grown up nicely.
I remember my first experience driving the then-new Kia crossover. It was in the mid-1990s and the drive was through a horrible lake-effect snowstorm in western Michigan. But the compact Kia’s all-wheel drive proved stunningly sure-footed when other larger vehicles were sliding off and getting stuck.
Now, here we are, a couple of decades later and the Sportage is moving into its fourth generation, now all grown up into more of a mid-size utility vehicle and has matured in style as well, offering all sorts of luxury accoutrements. Continue reading
Despite a difficult automotive market after World War I, the president of Buffalo’s Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company, G. W. Mixer, announced net earnings of $1.7 million for 1920. With a little money in the bank and the economic climate improving, the company decided to introduce a new, more-affordable line of cars. Continue reading