• Auto Tech
    Good News! 2017 Great Race route and dates announced

    Scheduled to begin on June 24, 2017, and with an announced purse of $150,000 – $50,000 of which goes to the overall winner once again – the Great Race will start in Jacksonville, Florida, and then head in a general northwesterly direction through Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan, where it will finish in Traverse […]

  • American Car
    Since too much still isn’t enough – the one-of-one Packard Royal roadster

    The 1940 Packard Royal roadster. Photos by Patrick Ernzen, courtesy Auctions America. Despite the mostly aluminum body, it tips the scales at 13,200 pounds, and its 2,500-cu.in supercharged Packard V-12 produces a reported 1,600 horsepower and 3,000 pound-feet of torque. The 1940 Packard Royal roadster, created by plus-size car builder Rodney Rucker, is perhaps the […]

  • German Car
    1969 Volkswagen Beetle: Hemmings Find of the Day

    Worse, many surviving examples have been customized by past owners, meaning those who wish to drive a stock Bug need to source both starting point and the parts needed to return it to as-delivered form. This 1969 Volkswagen Beetle, for sale on Hemmings.com, appears to be in (mostly) stock form, and benefits from a recent […]

  • Auto Tech
    1960s, The Netherlands

    Above, a look at Grote Markt – now car-less – and Sint Geertruidus Kerk in Bergen Op Zoom, and below, a look at Ridderzaal– also now car-less – in The Hague. While the European street scenes of the last few days offered a good deal of variety, these two probably have the widest selection of […]

  • Auto Tech
    Trying to pitch automotive safety in a time of highway slaughter

    Photo courtesy The Henry Ford. Plenty of people, startled by annual highway death figures in the tens of thousands and growing, concerned themselves with the topic both before and after World War II, but the vast majority of that concern focused on pretty much everything but the automobile itself. Automotive safety didn’t start with Ralph […]

  • Electric Cars
    After plans for further salt flats study, Bonneville racers accuse BLM of dragging its feet

    “We came away from that meeting bitterly disappointed,” said Louise Ann Noeth, spokeswoman for the Utah Alliance, an organization created to represent Bonneville racers. After Bureau of Land Management officials urged patience and recommended another study of the shrinking salt at last week’s Bonneville Salt Flats summit in Salt Lake City, racers in attendance at […]

  • American Car
    1973 Volvo 1800 – ES Hemmings Find of the Day

    Launched in 1972 and built for just two model years, the 1800ES, designed by Jan Wilsgaard, blends the stunning good looks of Pelle Petterson’s coupe with the do-it-all sensibility of a compact wagon. Less than 8,100 examples were built in 1972 and early 1973, meaning that clean examples can be somewhat hard to find. This […]

  • Auto Tech
    1950s & Paris

    A look at the Place de la Concorde today confirms that not much has changed in the decades since – not the monuments, not the traffic, not the bicyclists braving said traffic, and probably not even the pavers in the street. So what do you see here? Though he found it at a site dedicated […]