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Mar
28

Jim Jeffords, seen here behind the wheel of the “Purple People Eater” died March 6.

Jim Jeffords, who won national sports car championships in 1958 and 1959 while at the wheel of the famous “Purple People Eater” Chevrolet Corvettes, has died.

Feb
06
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The beefy off-road ready TRD Pro Series package can be had on 2015 editions of the 4Runner, Tacoma, and Tundra.

CHICAGO — Toyota’s new TRD Pro Series  packages combine rugged looks with an impressive array of off-road equipment. The TRD Pro package arrives for 2015 and can be ordered on 4Runner, Tacoma, and Tundra models.

Jan
03
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2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.

Chevrolet today revealed pricing information for the 2014 Camaro Z/28. Presented here is the unedited press release that accompanied that news.

DETROIT – Chevrolet today announced the 2014 Camaro Z/28 will go on sale this spring with a suggested retail price of $75,000, including a $995 destination charge, but excluding tax, title, license and dealer fees.

Dec
31
Andy-Granatelli

Andy Granatelli, who died December 29, was a larger than life figure in the business and racing worlds.

In a colorful life that came to an end on December 29, Andy Granatelli thoroughly blended a passion for cars with the promotional savvy of a master showman. It was a combination that made him one of the most memorable characters in racing—and marketing—in the last 50 years.

Jul
24

The cars and haulers of Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen (red) and Don “The Snake” Prudhomme (yellow).

Some of the graying—or maybe balding—ex-children who once imagined their favorite toys coming to life will soon get a chance to see what that would have been like. The legendary 1970s “Snake” and “Mongoose” Plymouth funny car dragsters—famously rendered in miniature as coveted Hot Wheels toys—will make a short tour in the U.S. in August and September.

Jun
11
24 Hours of LeMons photos

LeMons racers pile into the first turn. Note the variety of cars pictured and also their decidedly low-rent beginnings.

In an age in which the heroes of auto racing are often backed by big money and equally big egos, LeMons racers are backed by pocket change and a flair for the absurd.

Jun
05

Several journalists were offered a taste of the Autobahn Experience at a recent press event. Sadly, my track time was limited to use of the Ferrari California Spyder in the foreground. Oh, woe is me. . . .

It’s often a Father’s Day dilemma: What to get the dad who has everything.

Sure, you could buy him a gift, wrap it up, and hope for the best (and that he doesn’t already have one), or you can get him a day he likely never will forget.

At several areas around the U.S., there’s a new kind of “country club” sprouting up that’s aimed specifically at car guys: privately owned racetracks on which the members get to drive their cars at speed. As with the traditional kind of country club, they usually have steep entrance fees and yearly dues, but making use of them requires a much bigger cash infusion than a set of clubs and a sleeve of balls. Except for ones like the Autobahn County Club, located outside Joliet, Illinois.

Apr
24

The 2014 Mazda 6 Grand-Am GX race car, powered by a production-based SKYACTIV-D clean-diesel engine, poses with its showroom-stock counterpart.

Consumer Guide recently sat down with Robert T. Davis, Mazda’s senior vice president of U.S. Operations, to discuss several topics, including the current state of the company’s grassroots motorsports efforts and the MazdaSpeed brand, the decision to offer the new 2014 Mazda 6 with a diesel engine, the challenges of marketing SKYACTIV fuel-efficient design technologies, and the development of the much-anticipated next-generation Mazda Miata.

Consumer Guide: Mazda has a much stronger grassroots-motorsports image than other manufacturers. Does that motorsports-based following translate to the more-mainstream vehicles?

Apr
24

Dan Gurney poses with the Lotus 29 as he prepares to practice at Indy.

The year 1963 was an exceptionally good one as far as car debuts go. John Biel has already looked at the Porsche 911 and Jeep Wagoneer, and of course there was the Buick Riviera and the original Corvette Sting Ray.

There was also another interesting debut, especially if you’re the type of person who focuses attention to Indianapolis as the calendar turns to May. It’s been 50 years since the Lotus 29—commonly known as the Lotus-Ford—took the “Brickyard” by storm.

American racer Dan Gurney convinced British racecar builder Colin Chapman to build a Lotus racer specifically for Indianapolis, and the pair talked Ford into supplying engines for the effort. The Indy-bound Lotus 29 followed the design concepts of the successful Lotus 25 Formula 1 car, though it was longer, taller, and wider. The Indy Lotus used an offset suspension system that mounted the tub closer to the left wheels than the rights to help the car get around Indy’s banked left-hand turns.

Feb
08

2014 Ford Fiesta ST RallyCross car

Ford Motor Company is showing off its commitment to high-performance compact and subcompact cars by displaying a new Fiesta ST RallyCross race car and the Focus TrackSTer, a one-off custom Focus ST, during the press days of the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

Fiesta ST RallyCross car
Constructed by Swedish rally-car company OlsbergsMSE, the 2014 Fiesta ST RallyCross car is a purpose-built racing machine that puts out well over 500 horsepower. Ford is pumping up its presence in the Global RallyCross Championship series and in X Games competition, and the Fiesta ST will be competing in a full schedule of these events in 2013. Ford is also continuing its relationship with highly marketable drivers Tanner Foust (a two-time GRC champion), Brian Deegan, and Ken Block, all of whom will pilot Fiesta STs for the 2013 GRC season.

Focus TrackSTer
Built to show off the aftermarket performance potential of Ford’s high-performance compact “hot hatch,” the Focus TrackSTer is the product of a collaboration between Ford Racing, Ken Block, and Los Angeles-based automotive tuner fifteen52. It’s a 2013 Ford Focus ST that’s been thoroughly hot-rodded with plenty of Ford Racing performance parts, along with components from Mountune and StopTech.

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