‘13 FIAT 500C ABARTH: DOLCE VITA!

Slick scorpion lets the fun shine in, blogs Dan Scanlan. To fully appreciate the Abarth-edition Fiat 500, you have to drive it. Between its snarling exhaust note, turbo whistle and go-kart acceleration and handling, this pug-nosed compact has magnetic appeal. Its fold-back cloth top and integrated roof spoiler make it even more appealing. At a touch of a button, al fresco motoring can brighten up any day! Fiat’s scorpion gets its sting from a l.4-liter turbocharged and intercooled 16-valve ...
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CLASSIC WOODYS: MUCH MORE THAN A BOOK!

Author, photographer and consummate car guy, David Fetherston, creates a book that’s also collectible art. Before the Internet, self-publishing, publishing-on-demand and China being the epicenter of book printing, coffee table books had special meaning. They were typically large in format, printed on incredibly expensive coated stock, quality bindings, and subjects that usually ranged from art, architecture and antiques to fashion, jewelry and collectible cars. Fast forward and now just abou...
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2013 LEXUS LS 460 F SPORT GETS SOUL!

Lexus finally gets around to adding some sporting sparkle to its flagship LS,   blogs Road Test Editor Howard Walker. Luxury cars don’t come more refined, or whisper-quiet, or silky-smooth than Lexus’ flagship LS. If ever there was an automotive equivalent of maple syrup with a whipped cream topping, this is it. Since its debut way back in 1990, it seems as though Lexus has been quite content to sit back and leave the driving excitement to the boys at BMW, Audi and Mercedes. To me, an ...
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BLOWER BENTLEYS: MILLE MIGLIA CHALLENGERS!

Famous, supercharged Bentleys ready for 1,000-mile Italian epic road trip. Bentley Motors is competing in this year’s Mille Miglia with two unique 4 ½-litre Supercharged “Blowers.” A 1930 Le Mans racecar belonging to perhaps the most famous and daring of the Bentley Boys and a company demonstrator that is still going strong even after nine decades  on the road are up for the challenge. The No. 2 Team Car – raced at Le Mans by Captain Tim Birkin – was bought by Bentley Motors in 2000 a...
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HOT CARS & COOL DAY: IMPA SPRING BRAKE!

The International Motor Press Association (IMPA) hosts its annual Ride & Drive  in New York’s beautiful Bear Mountain State Park. More than 50 years old, IMPA is the oldest, largest and most influential organization of automotive journalists and public relations professionals in the U.S. Founded in New York City,  I have been an active member since Day One, when I started freelancing to hot rod and custom car magazines in the late-1950s. In addition to monthly meetings, IMPA...
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BUICK ‘HELLCAT’ TANK DESTROYER: WW II HOT ROD!

The same GM studio that gave us the iconic and industry-first Concept Car,  Buick Y-Job, also was responsible for the Hellcat Tank Destroyer. This year  Buick celebrates its 110th anniversary. Buick production lines have been rolling for 110 consecutive years but for a short period during World War II, the vehicles produced looked decidedly different. In February 1942, the last civilian car left a Buick facility before full attention was placed on engineering and producing airc...
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LAMBORGHINI EGOISTA: 600-HP EGO-BOOSTER!

Lambo gives a self-indulgent 50th birthday gift to itself, blogs Howard Walker Lamborghinis have always been about screaming, “Look At Me.” Remember those lime-green Muiras? So if you’re Lamborghini, why not celebrate your 50th birthday with the ultimate “Look At Me” car. It’s called the Egoista. You’re gazing, no doubt in awe, at arguably the craziest, wackiest, wildest and most self-indulgent Lamborghini ever. It’s said to be inspired by an Apache attack helicopter, with a front end desi...
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INDY LIGHTS RACING: ENDANGERED SPECIES!

 Stephen Cox blogs about Indy Lights possibly pricing itself out of existence. Imagine you’re in a McDonald’s and you order a Big Mac. The cashier plops your sandwich on the counter and says, “That’ll be $612.00, sir.” “Uh… excuse me. Did you actually say $612.00?” “Yes, sir. Our Big Macs come with special sauce, lettuce and cheese. They’re really very good.” You would probably respond, “They’re not that good!” and walk out of the restaurant.  I was recently offered a spo...
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JAGUAR HERITAGE RACING: MILLE MIGLIA!

Jaguar enters three C-Types and three XK120s in the famous event and previews  its entry with a short film featuring David Gandy, Yasmin Le Bon,  Norman Dewis and Alex Buncombe. Taking the seats of outstanding examples of Jaguar C-Type and XK120 heritage racecars, above, will be six-time Olympic cycling Champion Sir Chris Hoy, supermodel David Gandy, Le Mans 24 Hours race winner Andy Wallace and Chairman & CEO of 20th Century Fox Jim Gianopulos. Other team members include a...
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JIM CLARK TRIBUTE: GOODWOOD REVIVAL!

On the 50th anniversary of the first of his two Formula One World Championship victories, legendary Scottish racer Jim Clark will be honored at this  year’s Goodwood Revival. A daily track parade at the Goodwood Motor Circuit will include a variety of Jim Clark’s most famous cars to honor the life and achievements of this incredible and versatile man.  The track parade will feature a wealth of famous competition cars, spanning a variety of different genres. In the course of h...
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