’63 CORVETTE STING RAY: HARLEY EARL ONE-OFF!

Styled by GM Design for Harley Earl, it’s one of the most significant C-2 Corvettes ever to cross the auction block. Known internally at GM as “Shop Order 10323,” this stunning ’63 Sting Ray convertible is truly one-of-a-kind. GM Design customized it for the man often credited for introducing design and color to the American automobile industry. Harley J. Earl joined GM in 1928 and became head of the General Motors Design, retiring in 1958. His designs in the 1950s Motoramas are what broug...
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RODS & CUSTOMS ON THE COAST: MONTECITO!

Some of the finest machines in the area came out to help raise money for a great cause. Our man on the Left Coast, Jim Palam, captures some of the highlights. This year’s Coast Village Classic Car Show attracted more than 150 head-turning show and go specialty cars and thousands of enthusiasts to the tony town of Montecito, CA this  past weekend. They also celebrated the Corvette’s 60th anniversary. Show benefited  Special Olympics of Santa Barbara. It’s Hammer Time! Michael Hamm...
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2014 JAGUAR F-TYPE: A BURNING DESIRE!

Jaguar’s sensational new F-TYPE V8 S delivers a true hardcore sports car thrill, blogs our intrepid Road Test Editor, Howard Walker. “I drive fast, wind in my hair. I push to the limits, ’cause I just don’t care. I’ve got a burning desire, a desire for you baby.” The words are sung hushed, almost whispered in the sexy, seductive, downright steamy way that only sultry American singer-songwriter Lana Del Ray can deliver. I have to admit that every time I hear her haunting rendition of Burnin...
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’34 FORD COUPE: HOT ROD OF THE YEAR!

George Poteet’s ’34 Ford is Goodguys 2013 Tank’s Hot Rod of the Year. It’s been quite a summer for Memphis-based hot rodder and Bonneville racer, George Poteet. For the second time this season, one of his cars has won a signature award from the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association. George’s “Hugger Orange” ‘34 Ford, built by Dave Lane of Fastlane Rod Shop, captured the 2013 Tank’s Hot Rod of the Year award at last weekend’s Speedway Nationals at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Earlier this s...
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FORD MUSTANG MAN: CAPT. STANLEY TUCKER!

Canadian airline pilot Stanley Tucker owned two different milestone Mustangs in the first two years of the car’s production. After Tucker managed to buy a pre-production Mustang convertible with serial number One that was not meant to be sold, Ford traded him that car for a new 1966 convertible – the One-millionth Mustang produced. By the time the ‘65 Ford Mustang officially went on sale on April 17, 1964, it had been rolling off the assembly line at the Rouge factory in Dearborn, MI, for a...
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2014 PORSCHE 911 TURBO S CAB: TRULY HAIR-RAISING!

It’ll run 197 mph with the top down. What’ll that do to your ‘do’, asks Road Test Editor Howard Walker. Ponder this for a sec. Porsche has just announced its brand new 911 Turbo S Cabriolet that has a top speed of 197 mph. My question: What does 197 mph actually do to your follicles?  After, say, two miles do you have any left? In response, maybe there should be a Hair Club  For Men Special Edition model so you can swing by for follicle replenishment after every  190-mph to...
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PORSCHE 914-6 GT: RELIVING THE DREAM!

Sarasota Café Racer Bob Bailey, together with co-drivers Jacques Duval and George Nicholas, won class honors at the 1971 Daytona 24-hour Enduro in the #5 Porsche 914-6 GT. Bob’s back racing a nut & bolt recreation of the original. The original race-winning #5 Porsche 914-6 GT is currently in Paul Pflugfelder’s collection in Boston and has been replicated for Bob Bailey by Ron Zitza, Zotz Racing in Orlando, FL. Bailey’s current racer, in original Sunoco livery, has been updated from orig...
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SHORT TRACK RACING: MIDWEST MAYHEM!

Stephen Cox chats with National Short Track Championship promoter,  Gregg McKarns. For 48 years, race fans have sojourned to Rockford Speedway in northern Illinois to watch the finest short track stock car drivers in the world compete for the national title. Rockford is the ultimate bullring. Built in 1948, the speedway remains the oldest continuously operated sports venue in the region. Rockford's quarter-mile, high-banked oval has graduated as many racing greats as any racetrack on th...
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NISSAN FIGARO: BACK TO THE FUTURE!

Retro City Car started out as a Concept in 1989 and went into limited production in 1991. Today it’s a rare collectible. Shoji Takahashi, after winning a design competition, got the nod from Nissan to design a retro-style convertible City Car based on the Nissan K10 Micra (March) platform. Dubbed Figaro, it debuted at the 1991 Tokyo Motor Show under a sign, "Back To The Future." The Figaro convertible was built by the Nissan Special Projects Group (Pike Factory) in just four colors: Topaz Mi...
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THE GETAWAY: TWO THUMBS DOWN!

‘Run while you can and do not under any circumstances go see the new film, The Getaway,’ blogs racer & TV commentator, Stephen Cox! Car guys, I urge you to fight your instincts. Forget the tantalizing prospect of watching a Shelby GT500 Super Snake being driven full-tilt for two hours. Forget the tempting storyline of a former NASCAR driver screaming like a madman through Bulgaria, leaving cops in the dust and saving his dear wife. 
Save yourself instead! A few weeks before watching T...
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