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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

Save Some Gas: High MPG Cars

Gas prices have eased a bit lately, but they’re still way too high. Many shoppers are still looking at gas mileage as a major factor when buying a car. Fortunately, manufacturers have responded to the demand the last few years, and there are a several excellent options.

Tesla Model STesla Model S, 90 MPGe

Want to drive the future? You can with the Model S. Tesla Motors’ second car, after the sporty Roadster, instantly changed the world of electric vehicles upon release in 2012. First, this car is gorgeous, taking lines from Aston Martin and Maserati. Then there is an available 416 horsepower equivalent motor, with 443 lb/ft of torque, propelling it from zero to sixty in a Corvette-like 4.2 seconds. Oh … Read the rest

9 Ways Your Car Can Beat the Heat this Summer

Summer has brought the heat, but it’s still possible for your ride to be cool. A cooler ride is more enjoyable to drive and ride in, plus it can be better for you vehicle. You can run the A/C less often, and will prevent sun damage to the interior. Here’s some tips on how to beat the heat this summer.

  1. Park in the shade. Hey, it’s free! Find a tree or tall building and park there. Just as you notice the decrease in heat, your car will feel that much cooler when you return. If you are in a parking lot with no shade available, it is possible to bring your own.
  1. Get a 10’ by 10’ sun portable
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New Brakes for Restored Fire Truck

Not every restoration is to original specs. Sometimes you want to upgrade various systems/parts in order to improve the performance of a vehicle.

In the video below, a 1941 American LaFrance Fire Truck gets a new brake system. In this case, presented by Jay Leno’s Garage, an innovative induction brake system requires some major re-arrangement of the vehicle’s innards to install this system. These brakes have a lifespan of 4-5 years, versus the much shorter life span of traditional brakes in commercial vehicles like fire engines.