May. 14, 2012 at 10:34amCarroll Shelby, 1923-2012... A Personal Short Story

ShelbyYes, he was a snake oil salesman... and a flim-flam man and, from time to time from what I've read and been told, an olympic class truth stretcher. But he was also an "American Original"... an irrepressible individualist... an unapologetic iconoclast... a man with no use for focus groups and market research. Carroll Shelby probably would never have made it in today's mamby-pamby, hyper-sensitive and over-regulated market place... but if anybody could, my chips would be on him.

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Nov. 4, 2011 at 5:15pmACM Volunteers Make Things Happen!

SIAS_1Without the skilled and tireless efforts of our dedicated team of volunteers, we would not have been able to transfer operations from the temporary headquarters in Fife to the new Museum campus nearly as quickly or smoothly. Working in two teams of four to six people each, our volunteers helped with the office move and both days dedicated to moving vehicles. Judging from the smiles on the faces of the volunteers in these photos, it's safe to say the effort, though hard, was also a lot of fun.

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Aug. 25, 2011 at 2:31pmA “Slice of History” on Auction at LeMay– AMERICA’S CAR MUSEUM Hard Hat & High Heels Gala

Hard Hat & High Heels attendees will have the unique opportunity to bid on a painting of the gala’s “Guest of Honor,” a 1927 LaSalle. Tacoma artist Carolyn Burt’s painting of the Museum’s Mille Miglia conquering car will be one of many items and experiences on auction at the September 24th event.

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Jul. 8, 2011 at 3:03pmTwo can’t-be-missed” events are on tap at America’s Car Museum…

Two can’t-be-missed” events are on tap at America’s Car Museum…

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May. 10, 2011 at 1:37pm1962 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia: Think of it as a Timex movement inside a Rolex case

This post comes from our own Autobiography article of OpenRoad; our quarterly publication for members. If you would like to receive this award winning publication, sign up to become a member today! Otherwise, you can download the full article from OpenRoad, here.

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Feb. 11, 2011 at 4:04pmWhat's with the flames?

In answer to the first question, I can say without the slightest hesitation or equivocation, I have absolutely no idea and neither does anyone else. As for their meaning, the answer is both obvious"they look cool"and a bit more complex, involving how we, as human beings, are  visually and emotionally hard-wired.

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Feb. 8, 2011 at 4:42pmHow’s this for a birthday gift: Two Chrisman dragsters donated to NHRA on its 60th

This post comes from Hemmings Blog:

What do you get for the 60th anniversary of the organization that’s done the most to legitimize and foster the growth of the sport of drag racing? How about a couple of dragsters?


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Feb. 3, 2011 at 11:11amShow Season Spotlight: Amelia Island

This blog post comes from Hemmings blog:

With the new year well under way, chances are a number of you are already putting together a list of potential must-attend 2011 events. Here’s one you can add to that list: the 16th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. One aspect of this year’s event is a display celebrating the 100th anniversary of Chevrolet, which will include an appearance by the famed 1955 Chevy Biscayne concept car, courtesy of noted collector Joe Bortz; he was also responsible for its painstaking restoration. The functional fiberglass-bodied car was part of the GM Motorama show circuit, and it also doubled as a platform for the debut of the 215hp, 265-cu.in. V-8 engine.


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Jan. 21, 2011 at 10:25amGNRS to feature 75 of the most significant customs

This post comes from Hemmings Blog

The Customs Then and Now exhibit at the Grand National Roadster Show will include Larry Watson’s Thunderbird. It’s a good bet the girl posing with it won’t be there, though.

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Jan. 17, 2011 at 4:56pmThe Mustang Motorcycle is back!

This comes from Motorcycle Classics blog:

California Scooter Company's new "Classic" was directly inspired by the Mustang, which was built from 1947-1965.


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Jan. 14, 2011 at 5:03pmReno Air Races 2010 – Results and Photo Gallery

This post comes from Sports Car Digest:

The Reno Air Races 2010, also known as the National Championship Air Races, were held September 15-19 at the Reno-Stead Airfield in Nevada.

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Jan. 13, 2011 at 8:44amRetrieving Cars from Impossible Locations: That's what we do here at LeMay!

Bleacher 2For the last 25 years there have been about a dozen 1923 to 1931 cars perched on the bleachers in the old gym at Marymount. Seven of them were cars donated by the LeMay family to the museum. Following a meeting with Doug LeMay, the Museum was given a green light to access the cars provided a ramp could be used rather than a forklift in order to protect the new carpeting in the gym.

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Jan. 12, 2011 at 5:52pmThe 40-MPG diesel-powered Auburns of Clessie Cummins

This blog post comes from Hemmings Blog:

If nobody else, Clessie Cummins had proved to Americans the viability of the diesel engine. Familiar with the Indianapolis 500 since crewing for Ray Harroun in the first such race in 1911, he returned in 1931 with a Duesenberg-built, diesel-powered race car that finished 13th, but managed to not only run the entire race without pitting (averaging 16 MPG), but also be driven to the track and back.


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Jan. 10, 2011 at 3:56pmMicrocars at Mecum, and Other Assorted Imports

January is a busy month with regards to auctions, especially in Scottsdale, Arizona. But just after the clean-up crews have called it a day out west, things start to jump to life in the Orlando region of Florida: Mecum Auctions rolls in to Kissimmee  for their annual event, which runs from January 26-30. We’ve already mentioned the plethora of vintage domestic race cars that’s sprinkled throughout their catalog, but we also took note of a few interesting imports – including a couple of microcars – that deserve equal time.


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Jan. 5, 2011 at 12:16pmThe world’s fastest Healey

This post comes from Hemmings Blog:

From England comes news that the Austin-Healey endurance car  that averaged 148.13 miles per hour over 1,000 kilometers last year is officially in the record books. After 12 months’ deliberation, the Federation Internationale l’Automobile (FIA) and Britain’s Motor Sports Association (MSA) have certified that the car set 17 records, 11 national and 6 international.


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Dec. 10, 2010 at 1:43pmEl Mirage Conditions Uncooperative but Scooter Land Speed Records Established Anyway

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Because of the closure of the El Mirage Dry Lakes by the Bureau of Land Management, the inaugural US Motor Scooter Land Speed Trials had to be relocated to Route 66 in Devore, California, at the 11th hour. The weather was not cooperative there either; that, and the late change in venue probably kept at least half of the potential spectators from attending the event. Not to be defeated, however, the Motor-Scooter International Land-Speed Federation held their land speed trials anyway, and new speed records were established in 16 different classes, with the top speed of 90 MPH turned in by Patrick Owen on a Yamaha TMAX 500cc scooter.


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Dec. 8, 2010 at 2:59pmPearl Harbor and the last 1942 Packard

This article comes from Hemmings Blog:

Today, as I’m sure you’re all aware, marks the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the event that ultimately led the United States into World War II. Coincidentally, while recently browsing the Making of Modern Michigan online photo database, I came across this picture of the last 1942 Packard built before the company switched over its factories to the production of war materiel. The MMM caption for the photo reads


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Dec. 2, 2010 at 2:33pmBruce Larson’s Dragonsnake on the Market

This posting comes from Hemmings blog:

Bruce Larson’s Dragonsnake Cobra – CSX 2093 – will be available for purchase once again. When last we saw it, Mecum Auctions  had it at their annual Kissimmee, Florida, event held in late January. This was back in 2007, and it sold for a whopping $1,417,500 (which included a 5 percent buyer’s premium) – it was the top sale of the auction. Just landing on our desk was news of its impending sale at auction: Mecum at their annual Kissimmee event in January 2011.


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Nov. 29, 2010 at 2:37pm2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Classes Announced

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If you’re already looking at the 2011 collector-car calendar, trying to decide which events to attend, organizers of the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance  recently announced their 2011 class structure and special features. Topping the list will be a 125th anniversary celebration of the automobile, or more specifically, three classes devoted the

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Nov. 22, 2010 at 11:18amCoronado Speed Festival 2010 – Results and Photo Gallery

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The Coronado Speed Festival 2010 took place September 25-26 at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, California.


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Nov. 19, 2010 at 11:12amLA Show 2010: Porsche's Lighter and More Hardcore Cayman R

This was posted on CarScoop:

Porsche has chosen the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show to unveil its finest version yet of the Cayman sports coupe. The new Cayman R is a stripped-out, lighter and more powerful variant of the mid-engined 'S' model. Porsche says that in its special alphabet, the letter 'R' is for "responsive and refined – but most especially for racy."


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Nov. 18, 2010 at 10:35amNew Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstacy Showroom Statues Now Available

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One of the most recognizable and beloved automotive mascots of all time is Rolls-Royces famed Spirit of Ecstacy. Sculpted in 1911 by Mr. Charles Sykes and reportedly modeled after Ms. Eleanor Thornton, this symbol came to signify Rolls-Royce as much as the automakers neoclassic Pantheon-inspired grille and double-R emblem, all of which are still seen on todays Rolls-Royce automobiles.


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Nov. 15, 2010 at 2:04pmAuction Pulse: Russo Relocates

This blog post comes from Hemmings blog:

Last winter is a touchy subject with Russo and Steele  but it’s clearly the reason they’re shifting this January’s operation a mile to the east along Loop 101, to the intersection with Hayden Road. According to the Arizona Republic, the 20-acre public site, also the home of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, will feature a paved asphalt pad and, crucially, permanent building “similar to what Gooding and Co. uses.”

Russo and Steele has signed a five-year lease on the site; litigation from the tent collapse is ongoing.

Nov. 11, 2010 at 1:39pmIt’s better in the Bahamas

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This had to happen at some point. The compass needle of vintage racing was simply bound to swing back toward the Bahamas. That was where the greats of international motorsport held their winter busman’s holiday between 1954 and 1966. To be sure, they raced in exotic rolling stock, but it was just as much a winter party caressed by warm Atlantic breezes.


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Nov. 8, 2010 at 9:25amMotor Racing Legends Historic Support Race at Le Mans 2011

This article comes from ClassicRallies.com

Motor Racing Legends is delighted to announce the return of the Le Mans Legend historic  support race to next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours weekend. For 2011, the race will be for cars that were eligible for Le Mans from 1949 to 1965 – which covers everything from Aston Martin DB2, Austin-Healeys, C-type and D-type Jaguars, right through to the familiar archetypes of the 1960s: front- and mid-engined Ferraris, Morgans and MGBs, plus a vast array of other icons from this evocative era. (To keep the racing close and competitive, however, the grid will not include Ford GT40s.)


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Nov. 5, 2010 at 4:03pmHemmings Find of the Day – 1963 Oldsmobile Starfire

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Where do you pin down a car like this 1963 Oldsmobile Starfire? The jet age connotations were all the rage of the prior decade, and against the muscle cars of the later decade, this Starfire comes off as a little more adult. Instead, it has a style and presence all its own, enhanced by the excellent restoration of this example. From the sellers description:


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Nov. 3, 2010 at 4:03pmGREEN: First Drive: Aptera 2E

The rest of this article can be viewed on the Automobile blog:

Every now and then something weird and wonderful comes our way. The Aptera 2E scores over the top in weirdness and, assuming a number of ifs can be fulfilled, it has the potential to be a wonderful alternative to humdrum automobiles.


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Nov. 2, 2010 at 12:24pm1958 Porsche 356 “Speedster”

Originally posted on ShineySide.net:

No amount of words on paper (or screen) can do this car justice. More than 60 years later, the Porsche 356 design holds it’s own against almost every car built before and since. It’s beautiful in it’s simplicity and incredibly daring in it’s curves. Erwin Komenda should be a household name for those in the auto industry and the 356 should be the reason why.


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Oct. 27, 2010 at 2:05pmForgotten Racing Heroes: Sir Jack Brabham

The name Sir Jack Brabham is very well known among Formula 1 fans, but lately Sir Jack has been fading into the background and we thought we would refresh everyones memories with his mind-boggling accomplishments.

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Oct. 25, 2010 at 9:34amLand-speed scootin at El Mirage

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So, you think you’re one pretty bad dude riding that Vespa, Kymco or Honda scooter around town, eh? How about putting your bike where your braggadocio is? The first annual Motor-Scooter Land-Speed Trials are taking place on El Mirage Dry Lake on November 21. You have until October 22 to submit your application to enter the event. Bikes ranging from 50-500cc are already entered. Some with sidecars, even some electric scooters will be vying for the title “World’s Fastest Scooter.”


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Oct. 22, 2010 at 10:15amA Fuelish Desire for Straight Gas

This blog post comes from Hemmings Blog:

I never thought very much about ethanol in gasoline until I started messing with old dirt bikes again.

Two of my bikes run poorly on E10 (10 percent ethanol), and I blame the alcohol for making the rubber seals in the tank petcocks so hard theyll barely turn. My lawn mower, my generator, my truck and a small 100cc bike I also own all seem to run okay on E10, but Im still not nuts about burning it. I cant help but think that my two bikes are like the proverbial canaries in the coal mine, foretelling the problems that ethanol can cause in old vehicles.


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Oct. 18, 2010 at 1:46pmPHOTOGRAPHY OF BOB MAGILL | EPIC IMAGES OF AMERICAN MOTORCYCLING

This Web Watch item comes from The Selvedge Yard:

THESE GUYS (EH-HEM, AND GAL) ARE COOL BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT TRYIN’ TO BE– THEY’RE SIMPLY DOIN’ WHAT THEY LOVE TO DO.  RIDIN’.  THESE EPIC SHOTS TAKEN BACK IN THE 1940s – 50s PERFECTLY SHOW THE NATURAL, RAW BEAUTY OF MOTORCYCLING IN ITS PURIST FORM.  THE GEAR IS NO NONSENSE AND RUGGED SPORTSWEAR, AND THE EXPRESSIONS OF GRIT AND JOY ON THEIR FACES ARE PRICELESS– CAPTURED BY THE LEGENDARY MOTORCYCLING PHOTOGRAPHER BOB MAGILL (1917-2005).  RIDIN’ NEVER LOOKED BETTER. ROLLED, WORN DENIM.  ENGINEER BOOTS.  LEATHERS AND GOGGLES AND CAPS– OH, MY.

Oct. 15, 2010 at 2:33pmFantastic rides from the Atlantic side

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Dead stock, blissfully restored or daringly modified, great cars have never exclusively belonged to the West Coast or its legion of writers and shooters. There was, and is, a devoted rod and custom community in the eastern United States. The Saratoga Automobile Museum is giving East Coast rodding history a prime showcase, beginning October 23.


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Oct. 11, 2010 at 11:39amFour-Links – turbine car brochure, BowlMor Cadillac, H-Mod reunion, 1949 Ford intro

Oct. 4, 2010 at 2:05pmJapanese Concept Cars

Japanese Concept Car















* From Pink Tentacle,
a gallery of Japanese concept cars and show cars, most of which you've probably never seen before.

Sep. 28, 2010 at 10:45amGordon v. Gorgoni – postwar streamlined diamonds an ocean apart

This blog post comes from Hemmings Blog:

The years following World War II provided perhaps the greatest experimentation with the automobile since the first couple decades of the Twentieth Century. In those years the microcar became a European staple, the sports car spread to the United States and drivetrains started to move away from the traditional front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layouts. Also in those years, two men" one in California, the other in Italy " introduced streamlined vehicles with diamond-pattern wheel layouts.


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Sep. 27, 2010 at 3:39pm75 Years of Cool Cats

Think of England and several things come to mind. The Queen. Big Ben. Stiff upper lips. And, of course, Jaguar.


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Sep. 24, 2010 at 3:27pmHemmings Find of the Day – 1930 Stutz

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Looking far more modern than any Stutz I’ve seen "save for perhaps the revival Stutzes of the 1970s" this 1930 Stutz Model M  (the rear of it, at least) appears to come tantalizingly close to the shapes and forms used on the Chrysler Thunderbolt and the myriad other long, low, partially streamlined cars of the late 1930s. From the seller’s description:

   

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Sep. 23, 2010 at 5:08pmDavid Brown's rusty old Aston sells for £200k at auction

This article comes from autoblog.com

How much would you pay for a rusty old car? A couple grand, if it had real potential? More? How about $319,000? That's how much one rusty old Aston Martin recently sold for at auction, and needless to say, it far exceeded pre-auction estimates.

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Sep. 8, 2010 at 10:32amHershey’s Matchbox Toy Show

On Sunday, September 26, the AACA Museum  in Hershey, Pennsylvania, will host an all-Matchbox toy show. The show will be run by the Diecast Exchange, and will focus on the entire history of Matchbox model cars, from the early 1950s up through the present day products. Most of the top Matchbox dealers and collectors from throughout the country will be there displaying and selling some of the rarest Matchbox models ever created.


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Sep. 7, 2010 at 5:13pmLost and Found overflow – Darrin’s Illian and GM proposals

  In the Lost and Found section in the issue of Hemmings Classic Car that should be landing in subscribers’ hands shortly (#74), I included a photo from Guy Cassaday of the full-size prototype of the car that Dutch Darrin designed for Israel-based Illian, a company that previously assembled Kaiser-Frazers there. I also noted that the photo may have been flipped, so I thought I’d also show it the other way ’round, as it was sent to me by former SIA scribe Leon Dixon. Benni Haspel, who lives in Israel, confirmed for me that Israelis have always driven on the right side of the road, which should make this version of the photo the correct one. By the way, does anybody know whatever became of this prototype?

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Sep. 3, 2010 at 12:44pmMagnatude finishes street rod sweep

As far as street rods go, 2010 will be remembered as the year of the Magnatude sweep, now that Jerry Magnuson’s custom-built roadster took all three of the major street rod awards handed out by Goodguys this year, becoming the first street rod ever to accomplish that feat.

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Sep. 3, 2010 at 11:45amFirst Look: 2012 Morgan EvaGT

By Brandon Turkus
August 16, 2010

The Pebble Beach Concours dElegance is one of the most prestigious automotive events of the year, and is drawing the attention of more and more high-end manufacturers. Count Morgan among them, as the company has just debuted the stunning EvaGT 2+2.

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Sep. 2, 2010 at 2:01pm14 Cars Break Million-dollar Mark at RM Monterey Sale

An exquisite 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C Lago Speciale Teardrop Coupe with coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi, and an exceptional 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta, the fifth of only seven examples built, each sold for $4,620,000 at RM’s Sports & Classics of Monterey Saturday night, leading an impressive group of 14 individual million-dollar-plus sales.

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Aug. 30, 2010 at 12:28pmRare 1948 Streamliner Woodie Station Wagon for Sale

This blog post comes from Classic Rallies.com

Bonhams is delighted to present an extremely rare 1948 Streamliner “Woodie” station wagon, estimated at 55,000 – 75,000, at the sale of Fine Motor Cars and Automobilia at the 'Weekend de l'Excellence Automobile' held on the former site of the French Grand Prix circuit of Reims-Gueux on Saturday 11th September 2010.

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Aug. 26, 2010 at 5:20pmDo you have a Porsche passion?

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Porsche is pulling out all the stops to celebrate its 60 years in the U.S. Last week, the automaker announced its search for the oldest Porsches in the nation. Now, the company is looking for stories from current and past owners of the cars of Zuffenhausen.

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Aug. 25, 2010 at 3:07pmRare motorcycles roar onto the lawn at Pebble Beach

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The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance  isn’t just about some of the most beautiful cars ever built or restored; it also celebrates some of the best preserved and rarest motorcycles on the planet. The Concours presented bikes in two different classes this year, Prewar American Road Motorcycles and Prewar American Racing Motorcycles, and our friend and curator of the Wheels Through Time Museum  in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, Dale Walksler, was invited to bring two of his finest examples of early board track racing bikes... 

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Aug. 12, 2010 at 11:02amJay Leno: American Cars Are Poised For A Comeback - Article

This post article was posted on Jay Leno's Garage

After decades of dormancy, American automotive engineering, design and technology are back on the bleeding edge. Jay Leno thinks it's finally time for the resurgence of the Great American Car, not in the form of boring hybrids, but with groundbreaking electrics.

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Aug. 10, 2010 at 3:55pmMurderdrome

This article came from Hemmings Blog:

Albert Shrimp Burns
If you want an outstanding history of early motorcycle  racing in America, you can spend the next few days with Pioneers  of  American  Motorcycle  Racing: Exclusive internet publication about the men who built and rode the first American racing motorcycles between 1900 1933, by Daniel K. Statnekov (including a chapter on Shrimp Burns).

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Aug. 4, 2010 at 2:47pmModel T tank, version 2.0?

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Aug. 3, 2010 at 9:44amAnother record for Speedweek?

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With 500 pre-entries and more racers expected to show up on the salt, officials from the SCTA-BNI may see a record number of entrants for this year’s 62nd annual Speedweek at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

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Aug. 2, 2010 at 9:43amThe most honest metalworking book in the world

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Perhaps the greatest legacy of the nostalgia rod movement is the torrent of creativity it unleashed upon hot rodding as well as the urge among hot rodders to learn how to cut, shape and weld metal to push the envelope of hot rod styling.


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Jul. 8, 2010 at 1:33pmHealey Rendezvous 2010

Late June, early July saw the bucolic hamlet of Eugene, Oregon experience a British invasion… of the four-wheeled variety… and ACM (in the form of yours truly and wife Denise) was there to record it. Over two hundred Austin-Healey enthusiasts descended on the town as part of “Healey Rendezvous 2010.” Cars ranged from lovable little “Bugeye” Sprites to every iteration of the so-called “big Healey.” A large contingent of rare Nash Healeys also made the trip to Eugene.

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