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Podcast: Episode 56 – Freedom Top from the 2014 NY Auto Show

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The 2014 New York Auto Show was last week, and we took that opportunity to bring the podcast show on the road. Don’t worry, we bought new equipment so the audio should be solid. Additionally, we lined up a handful of guests to talk all things automotive. Patrick George from Jalopnik.com, George Kennedy from BoldRide.com, and our own Kamil Kaluski were all on hand to prattle on about nonsense in between discussions about the latest automocars.

Last year at the NY Auto Show, we recorded from a boat. Our podcast palace this time around? We went upscale with a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter that had been transformed by Becker Auto Design. It’s called the JetVan, and you can see why if you click that link I posted within this very sentence.

Enough day dreaming about a mobile command center though, it’s time to click down past the break and get to the aural goods.

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Remember The Alamo: Three Texans Return To Pikes Peak

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It’s that time of year again. The mad-crazy dash to rebuild the wicked race car that’s been sitting in the corner of the shop for about a year or two. At least, it is for Pikes Peak veterans Dave Carapetyan and Brianne Corn; and driving new-comer Yuri Kouznetsov.

For those who need need a refresher, two years ago I crewed for Brianne at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) race for the first time. It was a soul-altering experience in every way, and gave me mesmerizing, but also brutally sobering experience of motorsports when co-driver Yuri and driver Jeremy Foley went off-course and tumbled down ~300 feet of rocks and mountain right before my eyes.

I crewed, again, for Dave Carapetyan in 2012. We ran ourselves hard for a week only to have the turbo piping fail under pressure, losing just about all boost through out the run. Racing is a struggle of man, machine, and nature; and rarely do you get to see such a condensed experience of those three outside of PPIHC. 

So lets get down to the party, and meet the crew of Texans we’ll be following this year. 
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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Cure for Gingervitis,’ Sunday

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Disclaimer: Eric Rood will be getting paid to sit on the 24 Hours of LeMons Supreme Court for this race, punishing drivers for their misdeeds and generally doing his best to maintain order on the racetrack.

The first day of the 24 Hours of LeMons race at Gingerman Raceway provided plenty of intense action with a deep-if-not-immense field of racers on Easter weekend. If you missed any of the action, you can catch up by reading yesterday’s live blog. Today finds a late start on behalf of the local church that doesn’t appreciate the racetrack noise on Sunday mornings.

Want to know who’s around? Read the race preview here or see the entry list with classes here. Go to Specialty Timing’s website to find live timing here or you can get it from the Race Monitor app for your smartphone or device. Want to participate or request some coverage? Leave a comment and I’ll oblige as I’m able. Today’s race session will be a long slog, beginning at noon EST and ending at 5:00 p.m. EST. Time stamps are all EST and new updates will appear at the bottom of the story.

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24 Hours of Lemons: ‘Cure for Gingervitis’ Liveblog, Saturday

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Disclaimer: Eric Rood will be getting paid to sit on the 24 Hours of LeMons Supreme Court for this race, punishing drivers for their misdeeds and generally doing his best to maintain order on the racetrack.

Good day from the 24 Hours of LeMons race at Gingerman Raceway in pleasantly mild Southwest Michigan. I’ll be keeping you updated on the race as it unfolds over 14-1/2 hours and the next two day. I’ll also be working in the Penalty Box, doling out penalties to miscreant drivers and doing my best to shepherd wayward LeMoneers.

Want to know who’s around? Read the race preview here or see the entry list with classes here. Go to Specialty Timing’s website to find live timing here or you can get it from the Race Monitor app for your smartphone or device. Want to participate or request some coverage? Leave a comment and I’ll oblige as I’m able. Today’s race session will be a long slog, beginning at 10 a.m. EST and ending at 7:30 p.m. EST. Time stamps are all EST and new updates will appear at the bottom of the story.

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Enthusiast’s Guide: The FIA World Endurance Championship

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This weekend, the FIA will be launching their 2014 season of the World Endurance Championship in Jolly Old at the historic and heralded Silverstone circuit. The 2014 season has a lot of changes in store for the series, including new engine regs, the retirement of a legend in the form of Allan McNish, the return of Porsche to top-tier of international motor racing, and a bit of shuffling in the lower ranks. As the season opener is coming up in just a few day’s time, we will continue our series of articles covering the various road racing series and important races all over the world. Previously we have covered The TUDOR United Sports Car Championship, the 12 hours of Sebring, the Bathurst 12 hourFormula 1, the Pirelli World Challenge, and IndyCar. This time, we’re here to discuss my personal favorite form of international racing, the FIA WEC!

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Review: Morgan 3 Wheeler
A love of driving… Distilled

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Four wheels can be fun, and two wheels seem adventurous. Somewhere in the middle lies the Morgan 3 Wheeler. It’s essentially a bathtub connected to an X-Wedge S&S motor and a triumvirate of wheels. Inside the cockpit is a pair of quilted leather seats, a wooden steering wheel, a gear shift lever, and a few gauges set alongside a starter button.

It’s a simple recipe… Yet when it’s all stirred together it created one of the most entertaining vehicles on the entire planet.

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The Drift Chronicles: The Other Side… Rivalries

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It’s a new season of Formula Drift, which means it’s a new season of… The Drift Chronicles! This time we’ve teamed up more closely with our friend The Drift Idiot (AKA Sam) to bring you a look at the other side of drifting. Last season ended with Michael Essa taking the overall win… with some controversy, and it’s setup the new season to see some rivalry drama unfold.

In this episode of The Drift Chronicles, we examine rivalries between Chris Forsberg and Michael Essa, Justin Pawlak and Vaughn Gittin Jr., and also the rivalry between the drivers… and the walls.

Click on down past the jump to take in an all-new season of The Drift Chronicles.

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Podcast: Episode 55 – We’re Talking About Racing with Justin Wilson

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IndyCar and Dale Coyne Racing driver Justin Wilson joins Jeff Glucker and Blake Z. Rong in the podcast palace. The chatter dives right into the world of motorsports, of which Justin is a prominent figure. He’s won at nearly every level in which he’s competed, and he’s now gunning for a strong showing in the 2014 Indy season.

Eventually we talk about some non racing bits, including the NSX, which Jeff can’t stop talking about. 

If you’re a fan of motorsports, this will be our greatest podcast episode ever. If you’re not, it’s still pretty damn awesome.

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Review: 2014 Chevrolet SS
A last dash for Aussie gold

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We look upon the Australian automotive offerings with jealous delight. There are coupes, wagons, and sedans that we’d love to put in our own garages. Don’t even get me started on Utes…

It’s not often that a bit of Oz awesomeness makes it Stateside though, and that’s because the idea of a rear-wheel-drive V8-powered bruiser only appeals to a limited bit of the market. We love that bit of the market, and that means we should love the 2014 Chevrolet SS. It’s a rebadged Holden Commodore VF, which means it has a 6.2-liter LS3 motor up front and the driven wheels planted out back.

Sounds like a recipe for Hooniversal success… but is it? Hop on down to find out.

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Review: 2015 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E
Supercharged and Turbocharged

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2014 Volvo S60 drive-e engineRemember the 1995 Volvo 850 T-5R? Of course, how could anyone not. The boxy performance sedan had just enough appearance cues to be ignored by the masses and adored by its fans. With 243hp it ran 0-60mph sprint in mid-five second range and it pulled almost 0.90g on the skidpad, its performance surpassed those looks. This made the T-5R one of the most special Volvos for a very special group of people, and you know who you are.

This 2015 S60 T6 has 302hp and 295lb-ft of torque. By conservative factory estimates it does 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds, but it feels faster than that. Despite the T6 nomenclature, this 2015 S60 is powered by the supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. The old fives and sixes are dead (almost), long live the new fours. I won’t beat around the bush, this new engine is amazing!

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