Read about The Renegades Who Built the Cars, Won the Races, and Lived the Legend in Preston Lerner’s SHELBY AMERICAN, THE BOOK! Carroll Shelby is an American hero and he’s been my personal hero since first meeting him in mid-1963. When he launched Shelby American and produced Ford V8-engined variants of the original British AC Ace, I was the editor of two hot rod and custom car magazines – CUSTOM RODDER and CAR, Speed & Style - and worked on the company’s flagship magazine, CARS, in...Read More
CHEVY: LS427/570 BIG-BLOCK
Latest CHEVY: LS427/570 BIG-BLOCK LS7 crate motor boasts more of everything, including ease of installation in a variety of vehicles. Chevrolet Performance today announced the all-new LS427/570 crate engine - an enhanced version of the production-based LS7 7.0L engine that offers more horsepower, more torque and, thanks to a simpler wet-sump oiling system, easier installation. A new, high-lift camshaft developed specifically for this engine helps produce a GM-estimated 570 horsepower and 540...Read More
E.J. POTTER: MICHIGAN MADMAN V-8 MOTORCYCLES
When it came to exhibition drag racing, the biggest crowd-pleaser was E.J. POTTER: MICHIGAN MADMAN V-8 MOTORCYCLES. Nobody and no motorcycle did it better than the maximum motorhead from Ithaca, MI! Growing up, young E.J. Potter proved to be an inventive and daring motor-head. The teenage Potter was stuck with a crazy idea, one that was unheard of - drop a V-8 engine in a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He was already tinkering with tractor engines on the farm, building motorcycles and racing at th...Read More
PETERSEN MUSEUM: JESSI COMBS, RIP!
On September 22, 2019, the Petersen Automotive Museum will open a temporary exhibit, honoring the life and accomplishments of Jessi Combs, ‘The Fastest Woman on Four Wheels.’ Jessi Combs tragically passed away on August 27, while attempting to set a land speed record. Admission to the temporary exhibition is by suggested donation with proceeds benefiting The Jessi Combs Foundation. The Jessi Combs: Life at Full Speed exhibition will feature objects from Combs’ workshop and studio in Long Beach, ...Read More
’20 VETTE: MID-ENGINED DISRUPTER!
It’s been a long time coming and well worth the wait. The ‘20 Corvette Stingray, top, delivers world-class performance and head-turning styling at a fraction of the cost of its imported competition. It represents the culmination of 60 years of mid-engine experimentation. While the eighth generation ’20 VETTE: MID-ENGINED DISRUPTER! Corvette marks a radical leap forward in terms of capability from the seventh generation, it also incorporates lessons learned from past engineering exercises such a...Read More
PORSCHE 911 SPOTTER’S GUIDE!
A new Porsche 911 spotter’s guide features many of the interesting design shifts made to the iconic sports car over the generations. The graphic gives insight into how to identify which model you’re looking at. “We all know that Porsche 911s have been updated over the generations,” says Adam Dangleman, CEO at RimBlades USA. “But the updates were sometimes subtle. We wanted to point out two or three changing features anyone could spot with a little attention. To all the enthusiasts out there, we...Read More
FORD SAVES THE DAY: KEN BLOCK’S HOONITRUCK!
Thanks to 3D printing and a global Ford effort, the Hoonitruck’s twin-turboEcoBoost V6 gets a trick aluminum intake manifold. Size matters. Gymkhana TEN star Ken Block’s love affair with Ford pickups runs deep. He learned to drive in one, did his first burnout in one and made a ‘77 Ford F-150 the star of his latest video. The “Hoonitruck” has the same twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost engine as the Ford GT, tuned to deliver more than 900 horsepower! It showcases the largest 3D metal-printed part...Read More
MONTEREY CAR WEEK 2018, PT. I: THE HAMMER!
I came. I saw. I need a drink, blogs photojournalist Jim Palam, after spending five days of auto immersion on the Monterey Peninsula. There’s no doubt that if you’re a Car Guy you must experience this high-octane week of automotive achievement, competition, celebration and extravagance. But be forewarned: bring comfortable shoes, lots of money, plenty of energy and a lot of patience. If you’re lucky, you’ll make it through Day One with enthusiasm intact for Day Two. Welcome to MONTEREY CAR WEEK...Read More
TALL TAILS, LOW RIDES & KOOL KATS!
Map your course for a Concours d’Elegance then head 180° in the opposite direction. That’s how you get to a car show like 35th Annual West Coast Kustoms’ Cruisin' Nationals, blogs Jim Palam. It’s the multifariousness of Car Culture that makes it so appealing to so many people. And it’s the people as much as the cars that make the 2018 Cruisin Nationals such a fun three-day event. There’s the Santa Maria City Cruise on Friday night, the Show-n-Shine on Saturday and Sunday – plus a swap meet, ven...Read More
’87 GNX REDUX: DRIVING BUICK GNX #002!
Scott Oldham recalls his GNX driving experience and being the first to be involved in a GNX fender bender. That’s something he’ll never forget. Neither will I. In 1987 I handled media relations for Buick on the east coast, wrote the BUICK GNX book that went with each of the 547 GNXs and had #002 in my New York City press fleet. The first media loan went to Joe Oldham at Popular Mechanics magazine, and son Scott, later to become a respected member of the automotive media community, borrowed it t...Read More