2016 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW: THE STARS!

Start spreading the news, there’s a car show in town. You’ll want to be a part of it, New York, New York. Road Test Editor Howard Walker blogs on what’s new at this year’s New York Auto Show. For automotive aficionados, springtime in the Big Apple means only one thing, the New York International Auto Show at the cavernous Jacob K. Javits Center in Hell’s Kitchen. My vagabond shoes took a stroll through the aisles last week, and here are a few of the hits, and misses, from the city that never ...
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SHOP TOUR & PIG ROAST: THE DIGITAL DRIVE!

Even if we didn’t love cars, the spit-roasted pig was well worth the drive from Manhattan to the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. The Porsche show of force really made the day. An example of Akira Nakai's Porsche 911 magic, top. Above, THE DRIVE's Mike Guy with Schorr, senior and junior,  bookends. Mike Guy, Editor-in-Chief of Time-Life’s new way-cool automotive website, THE DRIVE, hosted legendary Porsche tuner/coachbuilder, Akira Nakai and the conversion of a 911 into a wide-body RW...
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ETV SPACE CAR: EXTRA TERRESTRIAL VEHICLE!

You never know what you might see when you go to the New York International Auto Show, the country’s oldest show. It opened today!  When I first saw the ETV it instantly reminded me of Woody Allen’s hilarious 1973 futuristic Sci-Fi comedy, Sleeper. It looked like it would have been right at home parked outside one of the Orgasmatron (sex-replacement) booths! But the ETV, the brainchild of Mike Vetter, is actually a fully functional vehicle that can be registered and driven on the road. ...
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’16 SHELBY-HERTZ GT350-H: RENT-A-RACER!

Fifty years after the ’66 Shelby GT350-H and ten years after the ’06 Mustang GT-H were introduced, Ford, Shelby American and Hertz have once again brought back the iconic performance car that you can rent. A special run of Shelby performance-modified ‘16 Ford Mustang GT-Hs will be available for rent beginning Memorial Day weekend. As a throwback to the famed Shelby GT350-H "Rent-A-Racer" program of the 1960s, a total of 140 ‘16 Ford Shelby GT-H's will be available exclusively through the Hert...
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‘16 AUDI TTS: GOLF R IN A BESPOKE SUIT!

It’s all there, hidden under a sleeker skin with big wheels at each corner. Bottom line – Teutonic exotic bliss in a sleek if slightly derivative shape, with power and great grip, blogs Dan Scanlan. This is the Audi TTS, its arcing body a Nano Gray metallic suit over the good stuff from the VW Golf R. Now the question is whether losing real back seats and storage room is a sacrifice, or is the TTS the way for two to go? The Volkswagen Golf R’s good stuff – turbocharged 2-liter inline fou...
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2016 AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS: THE BEST GETS BETTER!

Our intrepid photo-journalists at large - Maureen and Mike Matune – bring us highlights from one of the country’s premier shows. The Amelia Island Concours has grown to include events over several days. Friday brought the Reliable Carriers Eight Flag Road Tour where Concours participants exercised their mounts over local roads, ending up in downtown Fernandina Beach. Here is Mark Moshayedi’s ‘65 Shelby-DeTomaso P70 racer, above. Originally conceived by Carroll Shelby to contest the USRRC ch...
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NY AUTO SHOW DEBUT: SPYKER C8 PRELIATOR!

Spyker’s exclusive third-gen, hand-built C8 Preliator debuts to the Press on March 24 at the 2016 New York International Auto Show.  Spyker will join a very exclusive club of very limited production Hypercars at the NYIAS, including the Koenigsegg One:1 and Regera. Just 50 will be built! "We are delighted to be back at the New York International Automobile Show to unveil the new Spyker C8 Preliator in one of our most important markets," said Victor R. Muller, Spyker's Founder and Ch...
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STEPHEN COX: TRAPPED IN A BURNING RACE CAR, PART II!

The fire that ended my race at COTA last month and sent me to the intensive care unit of the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, also destroyed our on-board cameras. We were convinced that no video of the event existed, but last week's article drew over 50,000 readers and three videos surfaced. All three videos are very short and are presented uncut. The first video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nmXIueTx1g&feature=youtu.be comes from the on-board camera of a fellow comp...
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STEPHEN COX: TRAPPED IN A BURNING RACE CAR, PART I!

It was the same sound you hear when you pour too much lighter fluid on the charcoal as you're preparing a Fourth of July barbecue. A giant “whoosh” followed by a flash of flame. Except it was a thousand times louder. And it wasn't charcoal that was on fire. It was me, blogs Stephen Cox.  On February 13, 2016, I was driving an eight-hour sports car endurance race at the Circuit of the Americas near Austin, TX. I started inside row eight and quickly realized that our car was very fast. Wit...
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’17 FORD GT: AMERICA’S LATEST ROAD & TRACK STAR!

Alex Pepe talks with Jim Owens, Ford Performance Marketing Manager, about the  new GT and racing. Top, Ford GT. Above, L to R: Jim Owens, Matt Sylvester, Focus RS, Assistant Marketing Manager, Alex Pepe and Tyler Weiland, TimePiece PR & Marketing, the person who made this interview possible. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with the marketing manager for Ford’s Performance vehicles. Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale was our rendezvous point largely due to the focus of Ford’s ...
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