Today, in 1944, Bertha Benz died.
And anyone who loves cars, knows cars or has ever sat in a car, you should care.read more
On April 28, 1916, Ferruccio Lamborghini, the madman behind what would become one of history’s most iconic brands ever, was born.read more
I could tell you that her driving suit and helmet are at The Smithsonian Institute, or that she became one of the first athletes in The Women’s Hall of Fame. I could list a hundred races, speeches and boundaries forever changed by her influence.
But I won’t do that. I won’t tally her accomplishments like a grocery list, honoring her checkpoint by checkpoint as a celebration of her many years. That’s not what this is about.read more
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.read more
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.read more
George R. Bryant was a somewhat typical Indy Car owner of the 1960s, a successful businessman who, having made his fortune, turned to his passion for racing.read more
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.read more
From the very start, the Hess Truck would come with batteries included, a promise that has lasted for over fifty years, along with the brand’s dedication to families and the holiday spirit.read more
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.read more
One hundred and five years ago, on October 31, 1902, Wilbur Shaw was born in Shelbyville, Indiana. Today, few people know who he was, which is a shame, because he is one of the most important people in American racing and in the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.read more
That’s the extent of the reporting that we have seen thus far surrounding this announcement, overlooking, in our opinion, the fact that the new Blazer will be derivative in every way. It will, to torture a phrase, blaze no new trails.
It says something when a book about the history of the Mustang holds my attention. Mustang, by Donald Farr, part of the Speed Read Collection at Motorbooks, did.
The Race of Gentlemen triumphed for another year as vintage hot rod owners, racers and spectators gathered on the beach to witness a classic car event unlike anything else. The weather was forgiving, the crowd enthusiastic and the general atmosphere one that will not only survive in this new age of the classic car hobby but, ultimately come to dominate it in the next few years.
For most of us, the car show season is just beginning, and I’d like to make a few predictions about what we’re going see at auto events this year.
Look at where the automotive world has come in the years since these cars first hit the road, and try to argue that alternative energy is showing signs of fatigue.
This weekend’s Indianapolis 500, the 102nd running of the iconic race, has already produced its share of stories, and we’re still days away from the green flag.
When Jeremy Clarkson was given the sack by the BBC, it resulted in there being two high-concept car-related television programs where previously there had been one. With the benefit of having now seen two series each from The Grand Tour and from Top Gear, we are prepared to declare which one is best.
The New York City International Auto Show has long been the stage for dramatic releases, automotive innovation and exciting foreshadowing for an industry consistently trying to outdoor itself. This year, however, was more 1968 than 1965, more 1959 than 1953, the in-between years we will look back upon as when things were actually happening, rather than when world automakers were saying they did.
What is new today is tech: A truly remarkable percentage of what we saw in New York may have looked like what we have seen before, but were either production-ready or pre-production gas-electric hybrids or full electrics.
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.