2013 SUBARU WRX STI: STILL A POCKET ROCKET!



‘The squirrel survived to chase another nut thanks to the Subaru WRX STI’,  blogs Dan Scanlan. Darting in front as I accelerated down a narrow road, then zigzagging as he freaked at the sight of my turbocharged wide-body sedan coming at him, I nudged the steering to swerve as I tapped the Brembo brakes. Result: No gray fur in its wide lower air intake as the all-wheel-drive sedan responded quickly to driver input and swerved easily! That’s just some of the fun I had with the WRX STI Lim...
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OLDWICK (NJ) CAFÉ RACERS: ROAD TRIP!

‘The Car Guys Who Lunch’ in Oldwick, NJ kicks off the spring season  with a cookout at Autohaus. Even the lunch group’s Corvette, Chevelle, Camaro and hot rod guys couldn’t pass up an opportunity to break bread with host and Porsche fanatic, Gene Kirscher at Autohaus in Peapack, NJ. Since 1983, Kirscher has been running one of the most respected Porsche 356 & 911 specialist shops in the state. It’s also known for competition prep. For more information about Autohaus, please ...
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C7 CORVETTE STINGRAY: 460 HORSEPOWER!

With available HP exhaust system, new LT1 small-block is Corvette’s most  powerful standard engine ever. The new Stingray is SAE-Certified at 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque with its standard exhaust system. They are the highest standard power ratings ever for the Corvette, delivered with efficiency that is expected to exceed 26 mpg on the highway. Fitted with the available performance exhaust system, the all-new LT1 6.2L V-8 engine is SAE-Certified at 460 horsepower at 6...
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INDY 500: SUCCESS BUILT ON THIN ICE?

Stephen Cox blogs about the Indy 500 and yearns for the good old days. The 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 was widely lauded as a tremendously entertaining event. The grandstands were nearly full, every fourth lap or so produced a new leader, and Tony Kanaan, above & below, became the most popular winner in years. So I'm sitting high in Turn 3 with my two sons, enjoying the cool refreshment of an adult beverage that had just been dumped down my back by the profusely apologizing br...
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HYBRID BIZZARINNI SUPERCAR: AMX/3!

American Motors joined forces with Giotto Bizzarinni in 1970 to produce an affordable mid-engine GT. Unfortunately only a handful were produced. Unquestionably the finest design to ever come out of American Motors (AMC), the AMX/2 Concept and AMX/3 sports GT could’ve been a contender. Even though AMC’s 390-inch V8 was a very competent engine, it did not have the cache and performance potential enjoyed by big and small blocks from Chevrolet and Ford. But the project did not die because of en...
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2013 HOT ROD POWER TOUR: CHEVROLET EDITION!

HOT ROD magazine’s David Freiburger talks about the ultimate car guy cruise  and why you should be there! Arguably the finest enthusiast automotive tour in the world, this year’s HOT ROD Power Tour - presented by Chevrolet Performance and driven by Continental Tire - embodies everything that HOT ROD Magazine has represented throughout its 65-year history. The seven-day, seven-city tour will wind its way from Arlington, TX at the Kick-Off on June 1 and will end in North Concord, NC on...
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SUPERCARS AT SUMMIT: JEFFERSON 500!

Our man ‘Mike’ was trackside when the Vintage Race Group brought the 20th running of the Jefferson 500 to Summit Point Motorsport Park. The VRG brought a swarm of racecars to the West Virginia circuit, running the gamut from small production-based racers through sports racers and open-wheel cars to big hulking American iron (Trans-Am & Can-Am Supercars). The racers were greeted by weather that ran from bright sunshine to rainy, cloudy skies.  But that seemed to only add to the enthu...
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CLASSICS, CUSTOMS & HOT RODS: WHEELS & WAVES!

Since 1999, hundreds of head-turning cars & trucks have been displayed at the Wheels & Waves Car Show in Santa Barbara, CA. Our Jim Palam was on site. This year was the 14th annual Santa Barbara show and more than 350 exceptional enthusiast vehicles were on display on State Street, between Micheltorena and Guiterrez in downtown Santa Barbara. As in the past, Wheels & Waves was free for spectators, attracting locals, tourists and visitors from abroad. Chopped & channeled ...
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MERCEDES-BENZ SLS AMG GT3: BLACK FALCON FLYS!

Mercedes-Benz & AMG clean house at the 24-Hours of Nurburgring, claim first  overall wins at classic enduro. Mercedes-Benz and AMG today secured the first overall win in the 24-Hours of Nürburgring. The GT3 #9 Black Falcon SLS AMG with Bernd Schneider (Germany), Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands), Sean Edwards (GB) and Nicki Thiim (Denmark) went from sixth position on the grid to finish the legendary endurance race 2:39 minutes ahead of the second-place car after 88 laps. Record-brea...
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ASTON MARTIN CC100: STUNNING SPEEDSTER!

Aston Martin’s latest Concept is powered by a naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 with automated sequential manual gearbox. Created to celebrate Aston Martin’s 100 years of sports car excellence, the one-off CC100 looks both to the past and the DBR1 – Aston Martin’s greatest sporting triumph on the track – and to the future with glimpses of potential future design cues. The 6.0-litre V12-powered Concept debuted by completing a lap of the famous Nordschleife at Germany’s ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of...
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