By now, we’ve probably all seen “The World’s Fastest Indian,” the story of New Zealander Burt Munro’s quest to set a land-speed record at Bonneville, but to get an idea of how closely that film hewed to reality, check out “Offerings to the God of Speed,” a short documentary in which the tale is told […]
Photo courtesy Academy of Art University. While an art school in downtown San Francisco might not seem the likeliest of places to conduct an automotive restoration program, officials at the Academy of Art University believe it’s a natural extension of the university’s existing offerings and have put together what they describe as a more up-to-date […]
The sound doesn’t quite match up with the image, but the drag-racing home movie compilation that Rudi Markl sent in to The Chicane this past week almost tops the road racing home movie compilation that the same site ran last week. See how many of the drag racers you can name, particularly during the latter […]
Photo courtesy GM Media. Though an icon of American performance, the Chevrolet Corvette hasn’t always had a secure place in the General’s lineup. Most Corvette historians and enthusiasts already know that it faced cancellation multiple times early in existence, but the story of another potential death knell is just now becoming public more than 20 […]
Assembling a collection of nearly 60 cars is impressive, sure, but what sets apart the collection of mostly Fifties cars that Lenny Shiller assembled is where he decided to house it: in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, packing the cars about as tight as sardines. Peter Crosby put together a short film on Lenny’s garage […]
Hydrogen is one of the most abundant elements in the universe, and that means there are potentially dozens, if not hundreds, of different ways to capture it. But a controversial plan from Japanese company Kawasaki Heavy Industries in conjunction with Toyota Motor Corporation could see brown coal dug up from Australian soil in order to produce […]
The Mazda RX-Vision concept indicates that in the near future, a rotary engine powered sports car may once again haunt the likes of the Porsche 911, Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Huraacan, and others. The RX-Vision is a two door, two seat, front engine, and rear wheel drive sports car which showcases the future direction of […]
Still from “Wayne’s World.” Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of the release of prog rock’s apex, a song so impossible that it naturally became one of the most recognizable tunes of its time, and we can think of no better excuse means to commemorate the occasion than by highlighting the confluence of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” […]
The “Beast of Turin” Fiat S76. Still image from video by Stefan Marjoram, below. It is, by all accounts, massive and violent, standing nearly as tall as the men who built it. Its fire-spewing 28.5-liter (1,729-cu.in.) inline four-cylinder engine proved powerful enough to propel the Fiat S76 Grand Prix car to a top speed of […]
The Global Rallycross television broadcast of the Barbados double-header appears to have missed this little moment, but Tanner Foust laid down a big set of smoky, beautiful donuts after his win. You know, those things that the rumors of Andretti Autosport Volkswagen cheating claim Foust can’t do. Read more...
When most people who’ve been blessed enough to drive Formula One cars get out of their first ride, the immediate thing they note is the massive power of the carbon brakes. In the middle of a race, F1 drivers can expect to experience up to 5G under braking. This is how Brembo tests those brakes. Read more...
The Tesla Model S will soon take a major update to its control and infotainment software, with the global move to ‘version 7? adding important new safety and convenience features. Key new features in the software update include automated parallel parking, side collision warning, automatic emergency steering, Autosteer, and automatic lane changing. Show More Summary
Backflips, I get. You launch in the air, you tilt backwards, and you flip. Front flips are a whole other story. You launch in the air, you tilt forward (which is downward but you’re still going up), and then you flip? Crazy talk. And this triple front flip from Ryan Williams? Definitely more than three times the crazy. Show More Summary
Images courtesy Volvo Cars Heritage, unless otherwise noted Swedish cars may not be as common in South Carolina as those hailing from America, but the marque with the iron mark will be out in force at the 2015 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, the weekend of October 31-November 1. The Volvo Club of America […]
There’s good reason why cheap fix enthusiast Red Green wasn’t appointed as a Formula One safety expert on the multi-year run of The Red Green Show. Cheap fixes aren’t always the safest, which is why repairing a barrier hit by Romain Grosjean with duct tape is the worst idea I’ve seen during a grand prix yet. Read more...
A quarter of a century can yield an amazing level of improvements to a modern day car — but this isn’t always the case. Take for example a 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air and compare it with the 1983 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera. Even back in 1983,...Show More Summary
While working on a story about some very old cars, I stumbled upon something relevant to the latest big story in the automotive world. I ran into a Model T collector who’s also a powertrain engineer for Ford. Seizing the opportunity,...Show More Summary
Twenty-two vehicles on the front line and not a single one of them a Volkswagen. This wouldn’t be surprising if this were a used car lot or a new car store that sold a different brand, but this is Jim Ellis VW — the most successful Volkswagen dealership in the entire metro-Atlanta area. Show More Summary
How do you feel about Hitler’s cars? No, I’m not talking about the KdF Wagen, aka VW Beetle, or its wartime variants like the Kübelwagen and Schwimmwagen. I’m talking about the cars more personally associated with the dictator and mass murderer, like his parade and armored cars that find their way into collections and museums. Show More Summary
When I write these little features, I always follow a set of self-imposed rules: Rule No. 1: The car is always the main character; Rule No. 2: Avoid using the same personality profile as in a previous story; Rule No. 3: Inject truth....Show More Summary