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Best US Fall Auto Shows

2011 Miami International Auto ShowThe last three months of the year don’t get a lot of love from the automotive community. The weather isn’t great in most of the country, and a lot of people are focusing on school or the holidays. Still, fall and early winter shows are out there, so if you’re looking to escape the drudgery this fall, head to one of these shows.

New Hampshire Auto Show, Oct 24 – 26

No one really thinks of Bedford, NH as a hotbed of automotive activity. For the most part, they’re right, but once a year it seems all of New England gets together under the giant roof of the New Hampshire Sportsplex. Sure, the goal is for dealers to get you … Read the rest

Moscow International Automobile Salon 2014

The Moscow International Automobile Salon (MIAS) featured the debut of dozens of new vehicles including 9 world premieres. One of the largest auto shows in the world, MIAS was held August 29th – September 7th.

The Russian market is of increasing importance to the international auto industry, as the country will soon become the largest market in Europe, set to overtake Germany in less than five years.  This ranks MIAS as one of the top ten shows to watch.

A major part of this year’s show was the debut of 15 new concept cars. Check out the videos below to get a peek at two of them.

Vesta WTCC Concept

Сhevrolet Niva Concept (skip ahead to 5:01 for the unveiling)… Read the rest

A Brief History of Tire Making

Tires have not always been those long lasting, comfy riding, high grip units we are used to. Not so long ago, vehicle tires were an entirely different looking, and performing, piece of technology.

While the wheel is positively ancient, at around 5,000 years old, the tire is much newer, at about 150 years old. Horse-drawn carriages of the time used hand-crafted wooden wheels with a steel band as the tire. This band was called a “tie”, and may have led to the word “tire.” The tire was heated in a forge, put on the soaked wheel, and quenched in cold water, contracting the steel tire to the wheel. Steel was used for several reasons. First, it was durable enough for … Read the rest

Ferrari Sets Record – Most Expensive Car Sold at Auction

There’s a new title holder for “most expensive car sold at auction” and it’s a 1962 Ferrari.

The record-setting sale took place on August 14th at Bohnman’s Pebble Beach (California).  The Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta was always the show piece of the week-long auction and some speculated that the car might go for as much as $50 -$60 million (USD).  The final price came in at $38.1 million (including fees). The winning bid was $34 million.

The previous record was set in 2013 when Bonhams sold a 1954 Mercedes Benz W196 for $30 million.

Watch the auction below:

Restoring an Antique Race Car

Antique race cars can be the most exciting automotive finds, and the most valuable at auction. Follow along, as we consider your first steps in restoring a drivable piece of history.

Find Your Car

1938 Lincoln ZephyrThe last 20 years have made searching for obscure old cars a lot easier than it used to be. Google is a huge help, but there are a few sites in particular that you will probably trawl. eBay is great, of course, as some families throw together an un-researched auction, just to get rid of grandpa’s “junk.” That can mean a huge savings. Or a bidding war. Either way, also keep your eyes on Hemming’s and Auto Trader Classics. And look around in the real world … Read the rest

Best Summer Car Movies

Car movies and summer go hand in hand. Both offer escape from the daily grind, travel, fun or excitement, and sometimes nostalgia. There is lots of possibility in those long summer days and nights. Here are a few of the best car movies of this century that capture the feeling of summer.

gone in 60 secondsGone in 60 Seconds (1974), (2000)

It doesn’t matter which one you go with, you can’t lose. The original movie has a questionable plot, terrible dialog, but an amazing chase scene. The remake in 2000 pretty much sticks to that plan. The star of these movies is Eleanor; a sweet silver/black modified 1967 Mustang fastback. Really, just skip ahead to the chase scenes, and turn up the sound … Read the rest