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Truck Thursday: The First Diesel-Powered Dodge Ram

Bryce Womeldurf October 31, 2013 Nostalgia

Original Ram diesel prototype 

Earlier, I showed you guys the upcoming 2014 Ram 1500 and 2500 pickups, and you may have noticed an old Dodge Ram pickup truck in the backgrounds of some of the photos. Well, that is the original prototype diesel-powered Ram! Check out more close ups of that original oil burner after the jump. … Continue Reading

First Drive: 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and Ram 2500 Cummins Turbo-DieselNew tech meets old

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

As part of my trip to the Chrysler press drive event, where I got to test-drive the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee, I was also able to sample some of the new Ram offerings. Two of these were the new 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, the first light duty full size pickup to offer a diesel engine, and a very capable heavy duty 2014 Ram 2500. This 2500, equipped with a manual transmission, is the last full size pickup to offer a row-your-own option in the United States.

Hit the jump to enter the Wonderful World of Diesel. … Continue Reading

First Drive: 2014 Jeep Cherokee

2014 Jeep Cherokee

At first glance, the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee seems like it won’t likely win any beauty prizes. The new design is as polarizing as it is purposeful. Not in the traditional boxy, no frills sense of purposeful, but as far as efficiency, it is a very slick body shape. I’ll be honest… the first time I saw a photo of it, I did not like it at all. It has since then slowly started to grow on me, and in person, it’s far more appealing.

I had a chance to sample the all-new machine. I didn’t drive one of them though, I drove three of them. … Continue Reading

V.I.S.I.T. – Typical English Sports Car Edition

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On my way to lunch on Tuesday, I spotted a bright turquoise-colored rear fender peeking out from a parking space. Could it be a Morgan 4/4, here on the streets of Florida? I got a little closer and found myself face to face with what looked like a baby Lotus 7 from the front and a Morgan from the back, but what about that windshield? That looked very familiar somehow. The back end said “Arkley SS” with SS lettering that looked like it may have been taken from a late model SS trim Chevrolet. … Continue Reading

Festivals of Speed: From Roadsters To Racecars

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A few times a year, there is a Concours d’Elegance held in Florida called the Festivals of Speed. These photos are from the event in St Petersburg back in April. I was hoping to show them sooner, but was sidetracked for a while with a broken coolant temperature sensor connector in my Miata. But that’s a story for another time. Here, at last, are the photos from that hot sunny day. … Continue Reading

Speed Record Car is a Time Capsule of Mystery

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Among the vast collection of glossy vehicles showcased at last April’s Festival of Speed in St. Petersburg, Florida, one of these cars was not like the others and really pulled some attention away from the more polished rides. A recently unearthed land speed record car stood out in all its beautiful decay. While the current owner believes it was a land speed record car based on an early 1930’s Pierce Arrow, very little documentation can be found to back that claim up. Regardless of its possible racing heritage, this car was loaded with some fascinating vintage, homebrewed technology and it is a testament to the rich, grass-roots American racing history.  … Continue Reading

Big Meet For A Small Car: Miatapalooza 2013

Bryce Womeldurf April 30, 2013 Car Shows

Big Meet For A Small Car: Miatapalooza 2013

In the past, I’d been to what I thought of as large car meets. Forty or fifty Subarus? Sure! That’s enormous! But I recently learned that it really isn’t. I’ve heard that the Miata community was large, but little did I know how big it really is until I recently attended this year’s Miatapalooza in Lakeland, Florida. This is a parking lot celebration of every generation of the diminutive roadster from Mazda. … Continue Reading

2013 Honda GP takes over the streets of St. Petersburg

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It is always exciting this time of year when the Honda Grand Prix takes over the streets of St Pete, but this year was especially thrilling, because I got to shoot the event as part of the photographer pool. This was closer than I’ve ever gotten to see the track, the drivers, the pit lane, and well… everything!

If you don’t know, Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg is an annual IndyCar race that’s driven on a street course, built every year on the streets of St Petersburg, Florida. There are typically Indy cars running throughout the weekend as well as Historics, Pirelli World Challenge (production based race cars), and USF2000 and Pro Mazda, which are smaller Mazda MZR and rotary powered open wheel cars. These are stepping-stones towards driving in the IndyCar series and eventually, for the very best, Formula 1. It’s a loud, raucous, exhaustingly good time.

Thankfully, this year the heat and humidity stayed away for an additional week more than it normally would. I was out there all day Friday through Sunday and, aside from some very sparse sprinkling rain and heavy wind on Sunday, it was mostly just cool and overcast. The perfect weather for shooting racecars!  (…and also grid girls.)

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