NEWPORT CAR MUSEUM: THE ART OF THE CAR!

A private collection of some 50 automobiles focuses on six decades of modern industrial automotive design and celebrates cars as works of art. The Newport Car Museum, Portsmouth, RI, officially opens its doors for the first time on June 1 and will surely become a “destination” for tourists as well as serious car enthusiasts when visiting New England. “We believe that the wonderfully talented industrial designers who flourished after World War II were not unlike the sculptors and artists of t...
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VERN TARDEL’S SPOTTER’S GUIDE: VINTAGE FORDS!

If you’re hot-rodding or restoring a 1927-’59 Ford, you need a copy of this handy guide. Vern Tardel, America’s premier traditional hot rod builder, has just released the first of a new series of Vintage Parts Directories for traditional Ford enthusiasts. This comprehensive 40-page booklet – Common 1927-’59 Ford Electrical Service Parts - is published with the goal of helping readers correctly identify parts they have, or ones that they need. Since the once common illustrated parts books h...
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‘17 LINCOLN MKZ: WHAT A DIFFERENCE 400-HP MAKES!

A feisty new twin-turbo V6 adds some spark to Lincoln’s mid-size luxe sedan, blogs Road Test Editor Howard Walker. Not since Abe was in the White House has there been a Lincoln with this much power. For 2017, those artisans at the Lincoln Motor Company have endowed their stylish MKZ mid-size sedan with a honking 400-horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. That’s the equivalent of strapping an Exocet rocket to the back of a kid’s Radio Flyer wagon. Pedal-to-the-metal this new MKZ 3.0T AWD can ...
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STEPHEN COX: CHASING THE NATIONAL SUPER CUP TITLE!

Our racer-in-residence returns to Rohrbaugh Racing for the 2017 Super Cup Series. Rohrbaugh Racing will compete for the Super Cup Stock Car Series national championship this year with driver Stephen Cox. He returns to the seat following a successful 2016 campaign. A versatile veteran, Cox has three wins, four poles and nine top “fives” in his last eleven starts on both ovals and road courses. Driving for ARCA's Codie Rohrbaugh, Cox is expected to be among the favorites for the Super Cup Nort...
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TECHRULES REN: THE ELECTRIC SUPERCAR!

Aerospace-inspired form by renowned designers Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro and featuring an innovative turbine range extender system, the first production Ren will break cover at one of the world’s most prestigious Concours. Techrules, the China-based automotive research and development company, will display its first production electric supercar, Ren, at the 2017 Concorso d’Eleganza at the Villa d’Este. Featuring a dramatic aerospace-inspired design, Ren delivers power and performance like ...
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’17 FORD FOCUS RS: A HOT HATCH THAT HAULS!

It’s a very usable family hatch that hauls in a straight line, around curves, and to the store, blogs Dan Scanlan. A 2.3-liter EcoBoost Four delivering a whopping 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, also popular in the latest Mustang, powers Ford’s 3,460-pound econobox. It’s mated to a short-throw six-speed manual transmission with a delightfully responsive clutch that engages immediately but smoothly. There’s a center console button that controls the drivetrain. For daily use, just...
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QUAIL MOTORCYCLE GATHERING: BEST OF THE BEST!

Cool temperatures fail to lower motorcycle fever at the Quail and keep Jim Palam from delivering this photo report. Low temperatures, brisk winds and overcast skies did nothing to dampen the spirits of over 3,000 visitors to the 2017 Quail Motorcycle Gathering on May 6 at the beautiful Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, CA. Gordon McCall, motorsports director for the Quail Lodge, was once again the perfect ringleader for this 9th Annual gathering. It featured over 300 rare and historic b...
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REVOLOGY CARS: MODERN VINTAGE MUSTANGS!

Licensed by Ford and Shelby, ‘new’ old Mustangs with potent powertrains bring back the golden era of Motown Muscle. Dan Scanlan checks them out for CGC. It’s a Ponycar-lover’s dream team - a 450-horsepower ‘66 Shelby Mustang GT350 in proper white with blue stripes and, and a 430-horsepower ‘66 Mustang GT convertible in that right shade of blue. But while this pair looks period, they are “brand new” ’66 Mustangs produced by Revology Cars, a three-year-old Orlando, FL company started by Tom S...
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2017 NY AUTO SHOW: MUSCLE IN MANHATTAN!

Not all the “horsepower” was on the main floor of the recent NY Auto Show. Hiding in plain sight were some examples of modern influence on standard bearers from the golden era of kick-ass performance. There was plenty of Musclecar and Supercar activity on the main floor of the New York International Auto Show at Javits Center, but I sent roving reporter Joel Wasserman on a mission to find some good old fashioned vintage Chevys and Corvettes. Mission accomplished! Quentin Carbone's Benchmark ...
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’17 BMW X4 M40i: HEAD-TURNING TOURER!

Love it or hate it, this coupe-bodied SUV is big on style and speed, blogs Road Test Editor Howard Walker. Sport-utes are supposed to be squarish and boxy, right? All the better for cramming squarish boxes in to. But to a certain sliver of the car buying population, square and boxy has about as much sex appeal as a U-Haul moving truck. These folks want their SUVs to look more like sports coupes, because coupes are sexy, right? To heck with practicality! The good damen und herren at BMW heard...
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