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The Subaru Impreza 22B Was An Insane Monster That Could Never Happen Today

If you’re in the U.S. and you’re a fan of fast Subarus, you should consider yourself lucky. Very lucky. If you want a brand-new WRX STI, you can just strut into your local Subaru dealership and buy one—provided you have the money. (Or at least a pulse and a marginally decent credit score. I see […]

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Toyota’s First Twin Turbo Straight Six Is Stranger Than You’d Think

Toyota called it its “finest engine,” ambitious, technologically advanced and, from a modern perspective, impossibly strange. And yet few Americans ever knew it existed: the 1G, a 2.0-liter straight six that’s more interesting than you might imagine.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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The Former Cabaret Dancer Who Became ‘The Bugatti Queen’ And The Fastest Woman Alive

With hands burned and blistered by a red-hot steering wheel and a head still reeling from a long night of sex and champagne, former cabaret dancer Hellé Nice won the first all-female Grand Prix at Montlhéry, France in 1929. Thus began a short but victory-filled career wrought with tragedy and controversy in between…Read more… Continue […]

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The Auto Industry Will Never Be Insane Enough To Make The Mitsubishi Minica Lettuce Again

I’m currently working on a project about the “Bubble Era” of the Japanese auto industry the period from the mid-1980s into the early ’90s when the Japanese economy boomed, and Japanese carmakers rode the explosion like an ’80s action hero. It’s hard to generally describe how nuts the whole time was, so I’ll highlight…Read more… […]

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This Is What A Smoking 1970s Scientist Thinks What You Drive Says About You

This is an odd little period video clip: it’s from Southern Methodist University’s collection of historical local news footage, and features a very, very 1970s researcher of some sort speculating about what sorts of people drive specific kinds of cars. Then it’s mostly quiet, with a lot of great 1976-era car footage.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Why The Humble Tercel Is One Of The Most Brilliantly Unusual Toyotas Ever Made

In December 2006, Colorado was buried by two consecutive blizzards, which came to be known as the “Holiday Blizzards of 2006.” I was unaware of the coming historic snowstorms, even as I motored my way up and over Raton Pass behind the wheel of my canary yellow, 1982 Toyota Corolla-Tercel two-door sedan. As the snow…Read […]

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The 1990s BMW Touring Car Team That Got Busted Smuggling Cocaine

Vic Lee Motorsport was the most infamous teams in the British Touring Car Championship in the early 1990s. But Vic Lee himself had a little problem: sharing room with the race cars in his team’s haulers was a whole lot of cocaine. What’s poetic is what tipped off the authorities: the team’s oddly international testing…Read […]

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Your Crappy, Weird ’70s Electric Car Of The Day: The Electraction Rickshaw

I think one of the most under-appreciated eras of automotive manufacture has to be the electric car market from the 1960s to the 1980s. I love this era because it was one of rampant ingenuity and creativity, dominated by small, independent manufacturers, and all they had in common was that every single car they made…Read […]

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How A Box Of Magic Crystals Brought Down Australia’s Most Famous Race Car Driver

Being unfamiliar with Peter Brock is pretty much unthinkable to Australian auto racing fans, but for much of the rest of the world, that’s the sorry state we live in. This is a shame, not just because Peter Brock was a truly gifted driver and ran a great factory-approved tuning companies, but because the story […]

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Your Stupid Argument About What Is A GT Car Has Been Going On For Half A Century

There’s little more that the automotive internet loves arguing about than pointless definitions, but what I didn’t realize is that enthusiasts have been debating what a ‘GT car’ is for the past 55 years. No, not the race cars, or the trim badges that get stuck on cars that sometimes don’t deserve them, but a […]

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A Mercedes Founder And Car Industry Godfather Once Got Into A Police Chase In A Powerboat

It’s easy to think of the earliest figures in the automotive industry as nothing more but characterless stern faces from black and white photographs. But that doesn’t square with Wilhelm Maybach taunting cops and getting into a police chase with one of the very first vehicles powered by a modern gas engine.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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