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Stillborn Supercar: 1934 Auto Union Type 52

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

In love and cars, it’s bittersweet to wonder what might have been. Add nearly 80 years to an element of mystery, and you’ll get something like the Auto Union Type 52. If ever the words “ancestral supercar” belonged together, this is it. Recent feature…

NASCAR doesn’t want to see repeats of 2011’s tandem running on the two restrictor plate racetracks it uses–Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, both long tracks built for high speeds. Those generated high speeds have forced NAS…

Matt Hagan, the 28-year-old cattle farmer from Christiansburg, VA is the second youngest NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Funny Car champion in the series’ 60-year history. After losing a heartbreaking title fight to 15-time champion John Force i…

Concept cars are generally not built as daily drivers. Like supermodels, their purpose is to outshine all others in the spotlight for a brief period of time, not to shuttle kids back and forth to soccer practice before hauling groceries home from the …

Zippy and Smoke are together again. From 1999 through 2008, Greg Zipadelli was Tony Stewart’s crew chief at Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). Together the duo won two Sprint Cup championships in 2002 and 2005, amassing 33 victories and 10 poles. When Stewart le…

In what has become an all too common scenario, yet another eBay sports car buyer has met with a dealer’s refusal to sell a car bought in a no-reserve auction. The matter is more complex than it might seem–or than some might make it out to be–and we …

At last year’s Scottsdale auction, Barrett-Jackson offered a 1963 Pontiac Bonneville ambulance that the seller claimed had transported the president’s remains from Andrews Air Force base to Bethesda Naval Medical Center for autopsy. Except…

The Sahara Force India Formula 1 team waited until after the 2011 season to anoint its driver lineup for the coming year. The team confirmed it’s keeping Paul Di Resta, who had an excellent rookie season driving the team’s Mercedes-powered car. Di Res…

Volvo Teases An All-New V40 Five-Door

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Volvo killed off its last-generation V40 station wagon in 2004, replacing it with the recently terminated (in the U.S., at least) V50. That leaves the Swedish automaker with a hole in its product line, a gap that competitors will gladly fill. To solve…

We last saw the Chevrolet Performance COPO Camaro concept in the parking lot of the 2011 SEMA show. Aside from the fact that it was built for NHRA Stock Eliminator competition and appeared to be (loosely) based on the upcoming ZL1 Camaro, we couldn&rs…

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