CLASSIC FERRARI 2,000-K RUN: PARIS TO LA ROCHELLE!

Some of the most beautiful exotics in the world competed in the  Tour Auto Optic 2000. From Paris to La Rochelle, at the wheel of the most beautiful classic cars in the world, they traveled round the Hexagon, passing through places and race tracks that have played as much of a part in the history of France as in the history of motor racing. That was the experience enjoyed by those taking part in last week's 22nd run of the Tour Auto Optic 2000. The most fortunate? Definitely the 32...
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2013 RANGE ROVER: ALL NEW & TREADING LIGHTER!

Adding luxury and shedding weight - 700 pounds of it - helps create the finest 4x4 by far, blogs Road Test Editor Howard Walker. No longer can the abbreviation ‘SUV’ ever again be associated with that icon of British style and elegance, the Range Rover. Sport utility vehicle? You obviously haven’t laid eyes on the all-new version. There’s nothing even remotely utilitarian about this latest, fourth-generation Range Rover. Which is the reason why I’m officially changing its moniker from ‘SU...
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McLAREN CAN-AM RACERS: THEN & NOW!

Legendary Can-Am racecars from the 1960s-1970s will join the latest model 12C  to climb the Goodwood Hill this summer. As part of 50th anniversary celebrations, McLaren will showcase a selection of iconic models from the company’s heritage collection at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Alongside some of the most famous vintage racecars and championship-winning models will be the latest McLaren 12C GT Can-Am Edition. The McLaren name is synonymous with Can-Am racing throughout ...
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FORD MODEL-A SPEEDSTER: FUN RACER!

Competing in Pre-War Speedster Racing Group road racing events offers great wheel-to-wheel excitement and low operating costs. Built using a ’31 Ford chassis and engine, #28 Speedster is actually titled as a Model A and plated for street use in Florida. The grille shell is from a ’28 Ford and the chassis has been pinched front and rear to allow the hood line and boat tail rear to be covered. Front axle has been dropped four inches and the rear spring cut two inches. Hiding much of the ste...
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RODS & CUSTOMS IN ROANOKE: MDC CAR SHOW!

 M. M. “Mike” Matune, Jr. checks out the biggest small car show in Roanoke, VA. Do you remember car shows before they became Concours and lifestyle events? That’s when Car Guys (and Gals) gathered together to show off their passion, before poseurs, jet setters and cubic dollars took over. Back in the day, shows were in military armories, civic centers and exhibition halls and gray hot dogs and watered down Coke were sold. That’s before they became destinations, hosted on manicured fai...
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2013 INFINITI G37S: SIX-SPEED SPORT!

Dan Scanlan test drives Infiniti’s G37 Sport, a GT coupe for those who need a  road rocket with a back seat. For a six-year-old human, the whole world is just opening up for them – an interesting yet daunting place to explore, but you are sure you are ready for it at that age. If you are a six-year-old dog, half your now middle-aged life is over, but there’s still some life left in Fido. But if you are a six-year-old car design, well, that’s almost ancient these days. So then  wh...
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MERCEDES-BENZ AMG SILVER ARROW: NURBURGRING!

Michael Schumacher to drive 2011 Formula 1 Silver Arrow on  Nürburgring Nordschleife.   Formula 1 record-breaking world champion Michael Schumacher will take to the track in  the run-up to the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring next month. It will be the first  outing for a modern Formula 1 Silver Arrow at the Nürburgring Nordschleife since  Juan Manuel Fangio’s victory in 1954! On Sunday, May 19th, before the start of the 24-hour race, seven-time Formula 1 world...
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ZAGATO DESIGN: PRIVATE TOUR!

Some of the most beautiful as well as functional automotive designs have come from this Milanese design studio. Established in 1919, Zagato is a legendary automotive and lifestyle products design company most famous for producing iconic, limited-edition Zagato-branded sports and GT cars. Founded by Ugo Zagato, it is now headed by his grandson, Andrea Zagato and his wife, Marella Rivolta-Zagato. Marella is the daughter of Piero Rivolta, best know for Iso sports-GT cars from the 1960s. T...
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CARS & COFFEE AT KATIE’S: CAPITAL AREA CAR GUYS!

Our M. M. “Mike” Matune, Jr. joins the local enthusiasts for Saturday morning coffee in Great Falls, VA. Cars & Coffee events are popping up all around the country as car guys seek a place to meet other enthusiasts in an informal setting. They are bound by a common passion for the automobile in all its forms. Here in the Washington, DC Area, we are blessed with a number of such events, including Cars & Coffee at Katie’s Coffee in Great Falls, VA. Held each Saturday morning from 6...
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