’19 CORVETTE ZR1: IT’S GOOD TO BE KING!

’19 CORVETTE ZR1: IT’S GOOD TO BE KING!
America’s sports car morphs into a contender for international Supercar honors. In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, today, Chevrolet introduced the ‘19 Corvette ZR1, a supercar that boosts Corvette’s performance heritage with the highest power, greatest track performance and most advanced technology in its production history. “I’ve never driven a Corvette like this before, and nobody else has either, because there’s never been one like this before,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Glo...
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OPTION Z28: CHEVY BUILDS A BOY RACER!

OPTION Z28: CHEVY BUILDS A BOY RACER!
This is the first Z28 produced and one of the first 16 Z28 Camaros that Chevrolet built specifically to beat Mustangs in Trans-Am road racing. It was Vince Piggins, Chevrolet Product Promotions Manager and keeper of its revolving “backdoor”, who conceived the Z28 Camaro to battle Mustang on the Trans-Am circuit. Once approved by Pete Estes, Chevrolet General Manager and GM Vice-President, he was given the green light to prototype a true four-place sports coupe. Estes had a rich performance car ...
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ELECTRIC GT CHAMPIONSHIP: PLUG-IN & PLAY!

ELECTRIC GT CHAMPIONSHIP: PLUG-IN & PLAY!
Stephen Cox blogs about the new EGT Championship Series and its ‘Day Of Light’ on November 18th. As racers and motorsports enthusiasts, most of us like to keep our ears to the ground about what's happening in our sport. Who could have predicted the explosion of $500 “crapcan” endurance racing, the declining attendance in NASCAR or the amazing rise of Formula E? What's next in our sport? I must admit that the success of Formula E took me by surprise, especially considering the controversy sur...
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‘18 LEXUS LC500: SILVER DREAM MACHINE!

‘18 LEXUS LC500: SILVER DREAM MACHINE!
Lexus delivers a flagship two-door luxury super coupe that’s guaranteed to stir your soul, blogs Road Test Editor Howard Walker. For the select few of us who still crave the automotive dinosaur that’s the big-engined GT Coupe, the new Lexus LC500 is one glorious nostalgia trip. See it in the metal and it’s simply beyond gorgeous. It has curves on its curves, rear flanks bigger than Sea Biscuit’s and a windshield so swept back it verges on the horizontal. Its hood is so long, the leading edge co...
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THUNDERZONE UK: ‘YANK TANKS’ AT SILVERSTONE!

THUNDERZONE UK: ‘YANK TANKS’ AT SILVERSTONE!
The rumble of V8 thunder is returning to the nostalgia-fueled 2018 Silverstone Classic next July. Sixties Musclecars will once again reverberate around the home of the British Grand Prix. The fearsome Trans-Atlantic Touring Car Trophy grid never fails to deliver both shock and awe as full 50+ car grids bristling with mighty Mustangs, Galaxies and Falcons growl into life. Adding to the incredible spectacle – and as in period – the brawny “Yank Tanks” will share the stage with a sprinkling of mor...
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MUSCLECAR LEGEND: JOE OLDHAM, RIP!

MUSCLECAR LEGEND: JOE OLDHAM, RIP!
Joe Oldham, who turned smoky burnouts into an art form, has passed away. He was known for sometimes acerbic and always tell-it-like-it-is approach to evaluating high-performance cars during the golden era of Musclecars. Joe Oldham testing a 429/370 CJ/R  Mustang at E-Town, Hi-Performance CARS, April 1971 The enthusiast car hobby (and I) lost a great friend last week when Joe Oldham passed away. Even though he had been retired for a number of years, he was still penning a column for Hemmings Mu...
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MARIO’S MONOPOSTO: PROJECT STALKERATI!

MARIO’S MONOPOSTO: PROJECT STALKERATI!
Hard-charging racer Mario “Larry” Parker’s latest street project channels two classic vintage Monoposto racecars and an INDY 7 Swedish design concept. The inspiration for this project came from the ’57 Maserati 250F driven in Grand Prix competition by Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss, early-1960s Watson Indy 500 cars driven by A. J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones and Roger Ward, and the Bo Zolland Design Indy 7 Concept. These timeless designs are very similar and the Stalkerati has adopted many of th...
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B-J AUCTION: STRONGER THAN STRONG AT MANDALAY BAY!

B-J AUCTION: STRONGER THAN STRONG AT MANDALAY BAY!
It was so unthinkable that even the Vegas Mantra couldn't quell the news. Within hours the world knew that something very terrible had taken place in Las Vegas. But within the tragedy were also stories of heroism, compassion, generosity and resolve. This is, after all, America – home of the free and the brave, blogs Jim Palam. That this 10th Annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction would have a record attendance of over 74,000 people, total vehicles sales of $30.68 million, automobilia sales ov...
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BMW I8 SUPERCAR: PLUGGED-IN AND POWERED-UP!

BMW I8 SUPERCAR: PLUGGED-IN AND POWERED-UP
BMW’s gorgeous i8 plug-in hybrid supercar may have been around since 2014, but it still feels like driving the future, blogs Road Test Editor Howard Walker. My automotive tectonic plates have officially shifted; I’ve just driven a BMW i8! Isaac Asimov please consider eating your heart out. For right here before us is what might be the future of driving fun; a car so darned smart and space-agey, so achingly gorgeous, so joyous to drive, I’m tempted to sell all worldly chattels to own one. I k...
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EMPTY STANDS: IS AUTO RACING DOOMED?

EMPTY STANDS: IS AUTO RACING DOOMED?
Stephen Cox blogs about the good old days and bringing fans back to tracks. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2014 The past few years have brought every gimmick imaginable to auto racing. NASCAR holds races that three people can win. The ever-changing playoff system (a gimmick in itself) functions like an automotive version of musical chairs! Indycar's gimmicks are even worse. They tried mandating overpriced “body kits” to make their field of 33 identical Dallara chassis look like some...
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