Posts from ‘Motorsports’


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.


Michael Andretti, Tanner Foust, Scott Speed, and VW marketing executive Vinay Shahani present the 2014 GRC Beetle race cars.

CHICAGO — At the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, Volkswagen announced its plans to run in the Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) racing series for the 2014 racing season. The company is partnering with Michael Andretti’s Andretti Autosport and will field two cars, one piloted by multitalented stunt driver/U.S. Top Gear host/2012 and 2013 GRC Champion Tanner Foust, and the other driven by ex-Formula 1 and NASCAR star Scott Speed.


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.


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.

Andy-Granatelli, Andy Granatelli obituary

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.

Hot Wheels, Tom McEwan

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.

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.


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.

Interview With Robert T. Davis

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.

Dan Gurney and the Lotus 29.

Dan Gurney and the Lotus 29.

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.