NISSAN GT-R50: GODZILLA ITALIAN-STYLE!

NISSAN GT-R50: GODZILLA ITALIAN-STYLE!
Nissan has confirmed the production design of the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign – the ultimate expression of the GT-R – and has opened the order books for the 50-vehicle limited run. The GT-R50’s exterior is virtually unchanged from the prototype first shown in July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. Pricing of the NISMO-tuned 720PS GT-R by Italdesign will start at approximately $1.2 million before taxes and options. Nissan collaborated with Turin, Italy-based Italdesign to create t...
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‘19 MERCEDES-AMG GT C ROADSTER: CRUISING ON ISLAND TIME!

‘19 MERCEDES-AMG GT C ROADSTER: CRUISING ON ISLAND TIME!
This $157,000 rocketship is the perfect drop-top to drive to the slice of Florida paradise that's Boca Grande, blogs Road Test Editor Howard Walker. When you have a stupendous sportscar for the weekend, like the 550-horsepower Mercedes AMG GTC Roadster I'm driving, you need a great destination to cruise to. Sebring or Palm Beach Raceway come to mind. But if you prefer not to wear a helmet or burn rubber for your weekend drive, there's this tiny sliver of paradise, seven miles long, maybe half a...
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MIKE COOK: LOSS OF A LEGEND!

MIKE COOK: LOSS OF A LEGEND!
Mike Cook had spent a lifetime immersed in the British automotive industry as a PR and advertising executive, in the hobby as a racer, and later in his retirement as an archivist for Jaguar Land Rover. He passed away this week. When I was a magazine editor in the 1960s and 1970s, I often interfaced with Mike Cook and regularly saw him at International Motor Press Association (IMPA) lunches and events. While my passion was Corvettes and high-performance American cars with big V8 engines, Mike ha...
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F-TYPE: RALLY ‘ROUND THE JAG!

F-TYPE: RALLY ‘ROUND THE JAG!
The one-off F-TYPE rally cars also pay homage to the legendary Jaguar XK 120 ‘NUB 120’ that, in the early-1950s driven by Ian Appleyard, completed three consecutive Alpine Rallies without incurring a single penalty point. And, won the RAC and Tulip. Both rally-spec F-TYPE convertibles are powered by Jaguar’s 300PS 2.0-litre Ingenium four-cylinder engine. With modifications overseen by Jaguar Design and Engineering, both cars were built to FIA specification, with uprated brakes and suspension fi...
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SPECIAL EDITIONS: CORVETTES THAT MATTER!

SPECIAL EDITIONS: CORVETTES THAT MATTER!
Recommended reading from Keith Cornett, CorvetteBlogger and founder of VetteFinders. Not only a ‘pretty face’, CORVETTE SPECIAL EDITIONS is an invaluable resource for information about iconic and collectible performance models. At first glance, Keith Cornett’s new book is a little misleading. The title does not reveal the wealth of photography and information that goes well beyond Special Editions. To many, Special Editions often refers to Indy Pace Car replicas, commemorative models celebratin...
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’19 COPO CAMARO: SPECIAL EDITION GOLD!

’19 COPO CAMARO: SPECIAL EDITION GOLD!
Chevrolet celebrates the golden anniversary – 50 years strong – of the legendary COPO Camaro at the SEMA Show. An anniversary-themed ‘19 COPO Camaro racecar introduced today at the SEMA Show celebrates the 50-year milestone of the special order, ultimate performance models and launches the 2019 COPO Camaro program. “Chevrolet is proud to celebrate 50 years of the COPO Camaro legacy,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “It’s one of the most endu...
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’19 FORD GT CARBON: LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT!

’19 FORD GT CARBON: LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT!
New ‘19 Ford GT Carbon Series is the lightest in the GT lineup, saving 39 pounds thanks to carbon fiber wheels and a poly-carbonate engine cover. Ford’s new Carbon Series GT is the lightest of the road-going Ford supercars. Unlike its sibling racer, however, this one can be driven home from the racetrack. The new limited-edition model drops 39 pounds thanks to new carbon fiber wheels, a titanium exhaust, titanium wheel nuts and a lightweight poly carbonate rear hatch with additional venting. ...
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ZIPPY BRITS: CALIFORNIA HEALEY WEEK!

ZIPPY BRITS: CALIFORNIA HEALEY WEEK!
Zippy Brits beautify Solvang during California Healey Week 2018. British car and bike enthusiast Jim Palam was on the scene. It was just a green dot when I first spotted it moving rapidly towards me, flickering in and out of the Cedar shadows along Highway 246 in Solvang. As the throaty British roadster whooshed by me the driver shot me a big smile and I in-turn shot him a thumb’s-up. “Nice!” I thought, “…an early Healey 100, maybe ’57 or ’58. Man, I wish I had bought one of these beauties w...
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‘19 VOLVO S60: ONE SWEET SWEDE!

‘19 VOLVO S60: ONE SWEET SWEDE!
There's really only one criticism you can level at Volvo's latest, built-in-America S60 sedan: It's not an SUV, blogs Road Test Editor Howard Walker. As you've probably heard, sales of once much-loved four-door sedans are going the way of CD players, fax machines, Sears department stores and Charlie Sheen. Who would have thought that the Ford Motor Company, mass-producer of once mega-sellers as the Taurus, Fusion, Focus and Fiesta would announce the termination of all its sedan models in the U....
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SHORT TRACK RACING: HOMAGE TO A FORGOTTEN SERIES!

SHORT TRACK RACING: HOMAGE TO A FORGOTTEN SERIES!
Hard to believe it's been nearly 20 years since the Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) ran exciting, wheel to wheel stock car races on short tracks around Indiana. This series was distinct from and should not be confused with today's southeastern CARS series that descended from the old Hooters ProCup series, blogs Stephen Cox. The original CARS series was Indiana-based, founded by former ARCA driver Morris Coffman. The concept was built around a spec stock car chassis powered by 305 cubic i...
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