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Throwback Monday: Famous Factories

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Welcome to Throwback Monday where we take a look at how things once were, or at least how certain famous cars were once built. This week we are looking at the sad history of Crvena Zastava, which many in the U.S. know as Yugo, or, the worst car ever sold here.  … Continue Reading

Throwback Monday: Famous Factories

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Welcome to Throwback Monday where we take a look at how things once were, or at least how certain famous cars were once built. This week we’re looking at how a Lotus Se7en clone was—and is—built. … Continue Reading

Magazine Time Machine: Road & Track December, 1955

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I was looking through the archives and realized I’ve only done one of these so far this year. They seem to go over well with the readers, so let’s pile another one on. I have hundreds more issues where this one came from, so if you want to keep seeing them, you’re in luck. Lincoln isn’t quite what it used to be these days. Just look at that Conti on the cover and tell me anything they make now is as beautifully crafted. They don’t make magazines like they used to either. As usual with these more-than-double-my-age vintage magazines, the cover art is awesome, there’s a couple neat road-tests, the advertisements are great, and oh those classifieds ads, they’re just so perfect. Click the jump to see more.

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Throwback Monday: Famous Factories

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Welcome to Throwback Monday where we take a look at how things once were, or at least how certain famous cars were once built. This week we’re tagging along with England’s Princess Margret and her Husband, Lord Snowden as they visit the Rolls Royce factory in Crewe. … Continue Reading

Throwback Monday: Famous Factories

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Welcome to Throwback Monday where we take a look at how things once were, or at least how certain famous cars were once built. This week we’re visiting classic Coventry.

There is perhaps no more iconic British automobile marque than Jaguar. The company’s origins can be traced back to the founding of the Swallow Sidecar Company in 1922, which post war took on the name Jaguar. Since then it has seen its ups and downs and many, many custodians. One thing that has remained constant however, is Coventry, the brand’s longtime home. Today we’re looking at how the Coventry factory at one time let the cats out of the bag. … Continue Reading

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance: The Living Car Museum of Your Dreams

Despite being threatened by rain this year, the 21st annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance went off without a hitch. Fog and overcast conditions had been recurrent throughout the weekend, so the awards had to be given out earlier than planned. The Amelia is quite a large event with auctions, a Cars & Coffee (we’ll soon have photos from this to show), the Concours d’Elegance, and a host of dinners and seminars. Possibly because the event takes place on an island, classic and exotic cars were around every corner on the green and also on the streets outside the events.

From the new McLaren 675LT and 570 to your left to a tiny Audi relic you’ve never seen or heard of to your right, it was all there including more Pegaso sports cars than you’re likely to see anywhere else in the world, not to mention a Phantom Corsair. Past the jump is a fresh collection of photographs from this past Sunday at the Concours.  … Continue Reading

Throwback Monday: Famous Factories

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Welcome to Throwback Monday where we take a look at how things once were, or at least how certain famous cars were once built. This week we’ll explore how Desoto once discovered quality in construction.

By the late 1950s, Chrysler’s stable included five brands: Plymouth, Dodge, Desoto, Chrysler, and Imperial. The company’s products also suffered significant quality issues—some stemming from design flaws, and some from the build process—which drove down sales and forced Chrysler to take drastic steps to regain the public’s trust. Let’s have a look at how they positioned the quality improvements for one of those brands, the late, lamented DeSoto. … Continue Reading

Throwback Monday: Famous Factories

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Welcome to Throwback Monday where we take a look at how things once were, or at least how certain famous cars bikes were once built. This week we’ll visit family fun day at the Birmingham Small Arms Company.

At one time BSA was the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world. Today we’re looking back on all that, and some of the people that put all those bikes together. … Continue Reading

Throwback Monday: Famous Factories

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Welcome to Throwback Monday where we take a look at how things once were, or at least how certain famous cars were once built. This week we’re looking at post-war Britain’s biggest deal of a small car.

Everything mini is good right? Whether it’s skirts, or series, or golf, anything mini is usually fun. You can add to that cars, as the Alec Issigonis- designed Austin/Morris Mini proved not just fun but one of Great Britain’s most iconic automobiles. Let’s watch it all come together. … Continue Reading

Haywood & Gregg Documentary Kickstarter Deserves To Be Made

Bradley Brownell February 23, 2016 Vintage Racing

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I don’t normally believe in Kickstarter, and until this project I had never actually backed anything ever. This project changed my mind, though, as it might be the coolest thing to ever hit a crowd fund. We’ve recently seen a few good racing documentaries that deserved to be made, but none deserve to be made as much as the story of Hurley Haywood and Peter Gregg. Hurley and Peter were the unstoppable force against the immovable object of North American sports car and endurance racing. They won everything, everywhere, always, and they racked up an impressive cabinet of trophies for the Brumos brand as well as the Porsche brand (though they did pair to run BMWs for a while, and Hurley found his way into an Audi or two…). Their story is definitely one that deserves to be told, and you can help make that happen. Click the jump for more information on the project, and how you can help support (only 2 days left!).

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