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Courtney took her big Bronco to the Bronco Super Celebration in Townsend, Tennessee, and did a thorough job of covering the show too

May 25th, 2018 by admin

see all the rest and or read her article about getting there at

If you have to ask "what the hell is that" then I’m happy to say, it’s a Argentinian Torino, and ain’t it cool that we still have cars to appreciate that we’ve never seen or heard of before? Not just another Chevy!

December 13th, 2017 by admin

The Torino is an Argentinian car that was born in 1966, as a licensed redesign of the AMC Rambler by Pininfarina, produced originally by IKA ( Argentinian Kaiser industries), a partner with the Renault company that would eventually buy them out.

Mario Suárez and his son Francisco are responsible for restoring the original #1 and #2 Torinos from the three built to challenge the Europeans on their home turf in one of the most grueling races in the world. 84 hours of the 1969 Nurburgring endurance racing Marathon de la Route.

the #3 Torino resides in the Fangio museum

Fangio oversaw the IKA-Renault Torino effort at the Nürburgring and his son was among the team of of Argentinian drivers assigned to the three cars.

Fangio traveled with the team to the ‘Ring to guide the cars around both the Nord and Südschleife, and though the team would complete the most laps with their #3 car (the other two, #1 and #2, retired early), an assortment of time penalties would see the Torino finish in fourth place officially.

At the end of 84 hours, only one of the three Torinos finished, and though it completed the most distance, it was penalized because of the high decibels of the exhaust, and so a Lancia Fulvia HF finished as the winner officially.

That race represented a remarkable milestone in the Argentinian motoring history, and it proved the country could build cars that could compete with the likes of Porsche, Lancia, Ford, etc.

the #2 car, with the yellow nose, has an astonishing rebuild story:

Mario or his son decided to search in old magazines in order to find information about what really happened. In one from 1971 a driver called Juan Carlos Palma was said to have bought a Torino to compete in the TC series, and that the vehicle was the #2 car ran at the Nürburgring.

When searching for Palma they figured they could find his phone number by his mechanic that was also mentioned in the article. So, the number was got from him and then they called Palma.

With the license plate number that Palma had they went to the Registry to look for the report and

aero dynamics in the Ferrari 488

February 6th, 2017 by admin

the article about it all is at

they sent a Shelby GT 500 to prison… at the end of the calendar year, to avoid taxes. It ended up in a junkyard, then saved and restored, but they had to figure out what it was to restore it correctly

December 16th, 2016 by admin

Formally called the Michigan Training Unit, M.T.U. was one of five state prisons located in the Ionia, MI. area. M.T.U. had a vocational training center for inmates where drafting, welding, auto body and auto mechanics were taught to prisoners as a part of their rehabilitation process.

Shelby Automotive vehicles (the production end of Shelby American had been reorganized under that name when it relocated to Michigan at the end of 1967) were donated to various institutions, including Montcalm Community College, Western Michigan University and M.T.U.

New Year’s Eve, 1968. The Ionia, Michigan paper, The Ionia Sentinel-Standard, carried an article with the headline “Shelby Cars Are Donated to MTU.” The story went on to say that two cars, a “Ford Cobra” and a “Shelby Mustang” (to use the somewhat-confusing nomenclature of the article) had recently been donated to M.T.U.

The Shelby American issue #49, Dec 1984 had and article where there was an interview of three former Ionia Shelby employees about the Shelby operations in Ionia

Jim Frank, an engineering department technician for Shelby Automotive took a job as an instructor at the prison, after Shelby Ionia closed its operations, coincidentally.

In Jan ‘87 SAAC members met Frank at M.T.U. and got a tour inside the prison, the training unit vehicles that proved to be the most interesting were a 1968 Shelby Cobra, a 1967 Gurney Cougar prototype, a completely fiberglass-bodied 1969 sportsroof Mustang and a 1971 Torino.

When the three SAAC guys left the prison there was little hope any of the cars they had seen would ever make it to the outside world, because when a manufacturer donated a vehicle to a school or prison, the title was cancelled with the stipulation that the car never be registered or driven on public roads. This protects the manufacturer from liability.

A second sipulation to the donation of vehicles prohibits the school or jail from transferring ownership to a private party. When donated vehicles’ lives have come to an end they are usually cut up or crushed after having been disassembled and reassembled multiple times by student mechanics, from eventually hitting the road where the chances of an improperly-reinstalled nut and bolt might cause a crash (and subsequent lawsuit).

In March of 2000. a Mustang enthusiast learned of a Mustang fastback rumored to have been a “shop class instruction car” somewhere and had a few Shelby fiberglass parts on it turning up in a junkyard, T-bird taillights, spoilered fiberglass body end caps, Shelby side scoops, Cobra rear seat belt button inserts, front disc brakes, a nine-inch rear end, dual exhaust, a fiberglass nose panel (laying in the trunk) and a very strange looking high back bucket seat.

You might not buy issues of Fuel magazine, but you can still see the great coverage Luke Ray does online

February 5th, 2016 by admin

and you can read the article and see the rest of the gallery at

BMW design boss Adrian van Hooydonk took Automobile Magazine on a tour of BMW’s design history from the art archives

July 19th, 2015 by admin

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legal stuff

May 17th, 2015 by admin

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the smart devils at Petrolicious, they did the perfect St Patricks Day post… of why Alfas had 4 leaf clovers on the hoods

March 19th, 2015 by admin

You have to admire the precise thinking over at Petrolicious, no one else thought to post about this!

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What keeps Americans from being tested realistically for a drivers license?

August 15th, 2014 by admin

I was reading the article in Autoweek magazine August 4th, 2014 issue, Piston Slap by Mark Vaughn, and its written with a lot of humor… and he concludes that to get a drivers license in the USA, you have to A) parallel park without killing 14 people and B) causing 72 million dollars in damages.

It’s obvious that other countries with higher speed limits like Germany, and other European countries take driving licenses far more seriously, and the USA will give one to any 16 year old that can pass a 50 question test they can look up online, that has little to do with driving safely, and a operations test that doesn’t judge them in the dark, or foggy, rainy, snowy, or icy roads… and auto renews a license without a physical check to verify the drivers health and eyesight.

Mark points out that there are 35,000 deaths from traffic accidents each year, but nothing done to make getting a license more focused on testing for safer driving skills.

He wrote a funny article, and I’ve been a shill for Autoweek so long they ought to send me a free subscription… but anyway, he got me thinking about the ridiculous idea that a drivers license in the USA is given with little safety testing, and no driving in normal conditions other than whatever the weather happens to deliver for the 20 minutes or so a kid gets behind the wheel with an instructor that focuses on parallel parking and rail road crossings… actually questions 2 and 3 below on the written test as well as my sarcastic example of driving instructors. This is pathetic.

from the California state DMV

Vince Lupo took some great photos at a Checker Convention!

August 5th, 2014 by admin

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