Strong and Fast – NASCAR is Founded

Despite the need for an obvious distance between cars and cups, one of the most important, influential and long-standing elements of the car industry is deeply indebted to the prohibition era and the rum runners who provided America’s degenerates with drink for so long.

This week, on February 21, 1948, NASCAR was founded.

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How the ‘Vette Was Won

This week, on January 17, in the year 1953, General Motors unveiled the Chevrolet Corvette at the Motorama Auto Show in New York City and the world had no idea the impact that one such strange little car was going to have.

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100 Years of Car History

It is important, and uniquely interesting, to look back at where we came from, and to explore just what a century of time means in one of the fastest-growing, most influential industries on earth. Let’s take a look back at the world, the automotive world and the world at large, at the beginning of 1918, one hundred years ago.

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What the Hell is a Riker Torpedo Racer?

Riker didn’t just build electric cars, he built electric racecars, which helped him and the company to hold onto their lead in the electric car producing market and won them glory in both long distance and short track racing from the end of the 19th century into the beginning of the 20th.

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Is This the Biggest “Barn Find” Ever?

A barn in the middle of Pennsylvania has yielded what may be the biggest genuine barn find ever, and collectors from all over the country are taking notice.

To tell the full story, we first have to go back more than 90 years, to the days of the Roaring 20s and the luxurious Rolls Royce automobiles of that time.

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Editorial

  • A Love Letter to the 1957 Corvette
    No matter what you do this Valentine’s Day, though, we can all agree that there’s nothing cooler than a love for the classic car. In honor of the holiday, I want to share the story of the first classic I ever fell in love with.
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  • Ferrari 70 Years, One Hell of an Anniversary Gift
    The history of Ferrari bears resemblance to the history of all things Italian. It is bedecked in drama, shadowed by failure and setback, borne from passion, romance, and impossible dreams. In his new release, Ferrari 70 Years, Dennis Adler understands all that and so much more.
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  • Santa Baby, a ’54 Convertible Too, Light Blue
    From the vintage stylings of classically dressed men and women exiting their glamorous Lincolns and Cadillacs to attend fancy holiday parties, to the kitchy Santas jumping into Corvettes, to the family wagons carrying pre-lit Christmas trees, and even to today’s Happy Honda Days and Toyotathon, Christmas automotive advertising is ubiquitous, recognizable and very, very necessary.
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  • Anarchy of the Early Auto
    I’ve come to a deep and abiding love and respect for early autos, not dissimilar from the love and respect you might feel for a child attempting to learn to walk. It is chaotic and insane and goes against every natural instinct, but miracle upon miracle, they might actually succeed.
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  • NASCAR’s Imperfect Perfection
    With his championship, Truex gave NASCAR a few gifts: A popular young champion with a backstory full of unfailing determination in the face of professional and personal challenges, and a deserving champion who would have been the titleist even under the old, pre-“playoff” points system.
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News

  • Remembering “Pelican Joe”
    Joe Leonard, who died on April 27 at the age of 84, was best known for having made nine consecutive starts at the Indy 500 in the years 1965 - 1973, claiming the 1968 pole position in the STP Turbine, and earning the season-long Indycar championship in both 1971 and 1972.
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  • CarShowSafari is going to the Desert!
    Our mission at CarShowSafari.com is “Every Car Event – Everywhere!” And whenever possible, we’re taking you along with us. This week, we’re headed to Phoenix, Arizona, and Phoenix Raceway for a great motorhead doubleheader.
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  • Driving in a New York State of Mind
    On the middle level of the Jacob Javits Convention Center we found the display assembled by the Saratoga Automobile Museum from Saratoga Springs, New York, and it was a display entirely appropriate for the venue: Vehicles with direct connections to automobile manufacturing and automobile racing in the State of New York.
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  • Buick-Opel Lives On, Starting in New York
    CarShowSafari is headed to the 2017 New York International Auto Show, beginning with the Media Days on April 12 and 13, and one of the vehicles we’ll see there is Buick’s new Regal. Buick news is rarely exciting for driving enthusiasts, but there are two significant stories attached to the new model.
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  • At Daytona, 60 + 60 + 80 equals 500
    The 59th running of the Daytona 500 gets the green flag this Sunday, but it will be nothing like the 58 races that preceded it.
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