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Twenty-Five of the Best from Monterey

Twenty-Five of the Best from Monterey

By Yoav Gilad / 27 Aug 2014 / 6 Comments Read More

If you don't know that two weeks ago was Monterey Car Week, then you just haven't been paying attention. We've shared a few stories covered from different angles and frankly, the week is just a cavalcade of events showcasing amazing cars that, as my esteemed colleague Mr. Jonathan WC Mills explained, make you say, "Look at that!" But the one thing that we haven't really discussed is the sheer amount of people that show up...

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A First-Timer's Pilgrimage to Laguna Seca

A First-Timer's Pilgrimage to Laguna Seca

By Jonathan WC Mills / 25 Aug 2014 / 3 Comments Read More

Full caveat, I've never been to Monterey Car Week. Nor, before this last week, to Laguna Seca. I realize this is a blot against my credentials as a lover of all things automotive, but I'm quite pleased to have scratched the event off my bucket list. I'm also happy to report that the week more than lived up to my expectations, in particular the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion...

Pebble Beach's Best in Show Winner Represents a Monumental Shift

Pebble Beach's Best in Show Winner Represents a Monumental Shift

By Yoav Gilad / 22 Aug 2014 / 7 Comments Read More

In many ways, this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was just like every year prior. The blue-blazer-wearing, straw-hatted crowd strolled in as classical music gently wafted over the audience and manicured lawn. The OEMs occupied the lower-level suites in the lodge that allowed their guests to sit in style and avoid sullying their Tod’s. The coffee was warm and unburned, landscape foggy grey, and cars buffed to perfection...

The Sun Sets on a Classic Motoring Event

The Sun Sets on a Classic Motoring Event

By Máté Boér / 20 Aug 2014 / 15 Comments Read More

The sun has now truly set on the Velodrom Millenáris, if the rumors are true. Some say the track will be demolished soon to make way for a modern sport arena and this would imply the end of this event. But we simply can’t afford to lose our small scale Goodwood Revival, as there is no other event in our country where anyone can get a taste of rare historical machines in an appropiate background.

Show Cars Aren't Limited to Monterey's Greens

Show Cars Aren't Limited to Monterey's Greens

By Yoav Gilad / 18 Aug 2014 / 5 Comments Read More

Last year, as I walked back to my car following the Pebble Beach Concours, having lost count of all the amazing cars I'd passed in the mulch-covered parking lots alone, it occurred to me that someone could easily spend the entirety of Monterey Car Week without attending a single event and still get their fill of an incredible range of cars.

Citroën Head of Design Robert Opron was Defiant, Perseverant

Citroën Head of Design Robert Opron was Defiant, Perseverant

By Johni Parker / 18 Aug 2014 / 4 Comments Read More

When Mr. Flaminio Bertoni asked to see his work, Robert opened his portfolio with drawings of Simca designs. Bertoni then threw them on the ground, spread them with his cane and said they were "worthless." Robert collected his drawings, indicated that he found Flaminio's behaviour unacceptable, at which point Flaminio replied, “you interest me.”

Citroën CX was Inspired By, Named For, and Shaped by Aerodynamics

Citroën CX was Inspired By, Named For, and Shaped by Aerodynamics

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 14 Aug 2014 / 8 Comments Read More

Where the CX really stood out however, and made a true leap forward, was in the area of packaging and aerodynamic styling. The CX would ultimately have a Coefficient of Drag of 0.29 (lower is better) when the typical American cars of the time would be in the range of 0.45-0.50. Indeed, its moniker “CX” is the French acronym for coefficient of air resistance.

Maximum Italian Style from Vespa Micro Car

Maximum Italian Style from Vespa Micro Car

By Máté Boér / 13 Aug 2014 / 2 Comments Read More

One day, coincidentally, you're flipping through a classic car magazine and see a picture of a rare microcar designed in Italy and built in France. Five years later a perfectly restored example sits in your garage and you are producing and selling parts for these cars all over Europe, helping other enthusiasts to turn their dream into reality. Such is the story of this sole Hungarian Vespa 400's owner.

The BMW 325iX Is The Coolest E30 Of Them All

The BMW 325iX Is The Coolest E30 Of Them All

By Doug DeMuro / 12 Aug 2014 / 21 Comments Read More

That’s right, folks: long before the “xi” models of the E46 3-Series generation, or the “xDrive” E90 cars, or the current models, which are called something like “xDrive28isDrive,” BMW made an all-wheel drive E30 3-Series. They didn’t make many of them, and they all went to up-and-coming yuppies in Colorado.