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Ethanol in Power Sports Vehicles. 2018 Honda CRV Cold Idles Speed is High. NASCAR Dirt Races. 2009 Honda Ridgeline. First Cold Start Has A Noise. Don't Glue Anything To Your Radio Screen. 2002 GMC Yukon No Heat. 2008 Buick Lucern Coolant Leak. 2019 Caravan Sticky Radio Buttons. Press "Play" below to listen to this episode

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New Federal Regulation Kicks Open Door for Classic-Car Replicas

Way back in 2015, Congress passed the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act (LVMVMA). It required the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) to come up with guidelines to allow certain small vehicle manufacturers (those that sell less than 5,000 vehicles globally per year) a path toward producing turn-key replicas, instead of kit cars, in a limited number and with a variety of restrictions. And then nothing happened. Until now. The NHTSA has finally gotten its act together after prodding... [read more]

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Man Wins Chevy Corvette in Lottery, Lottery Cant Find One to Give Him

It's a classic tale, really. Man sees lottery giving away a Chevy Corvette and some cash. Man purchases scratch-off lottery ticket hoping to win said Chevy Corvette and some cash. Man wins the lotterybut the lottery can't source a Corvette for the winner, and now lawyers are involved and you're reading about the whole kerfuffle here. So maybe that isn't a tale as old as time, but it sure is kind of amusing. Really, how could the Georgia lottery not... [read more]

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2021 Porsche Panamera: Pricing For Every ModelAll 21 of Them

There is a Porsche Panamera for almost anyone . If you simply want a Porsche sedan in your garage, there's the base Panamera. But what about one of the most powerful wagons to have ever roamed public roads? In that case you'll need the 2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo and all 690 of its horses. Those two cars bookend a range that is 21 models deep, and Porsche has now released pricing information on all of them... [read more]

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2023 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray: Everything We Know About the Hybrid

The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette . It's a mid-engined masterpiece that is so far pretty great in both base and Z51 flavors. And it will have even more variants in the future. That much is almost certain. What exactly these variants are, however, remains an open question until Chevy makes it official. That said, intel that weve gathered suggests a Z06 is on the horizon. While the C8 Z06 is an extremely exciting proposition, its the so-called E-Ray that truly has... [read more]

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This Old Alfa Romeo Hides a Surprise Where the Seats Used To Be

Alfa Romeo, eight-cylindersthats a rather evocative cluster of letters. If youre any sort of Alfisti like us, the very mention of an eight-cylinder Alfa has you slack-jawed and glaze-eyed with thoughts of Alfas pre-war straight-eight monsters that claimed world championships and terrorized Italian farmroads, and then onto dreams of Alfas high-revving racing V-8s from the 1950s and 1960s that begat the outrageously stylishTipo 33 Stradaleand the later Montreal. Eventually, youll settle on the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione from the late... [read more]

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This Ferrari Showdown Will Get You Stoked For The Weekend

By info@topspeed.com (Ciprian Florea)
If you're a fan of high-revving Ferrari sports cars (yes, I know, who isn't?!), the folks over at Top Gear just released a compilation of Chris Harris driving four of the brand's most exciting models. Featuring the classic 250 GT TDF, the insanely fast FXX-K, and two more modern Ferraris in between, this 12-minute Maranello showdown will get you all hyped up.

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Complete Customization from Clayton Machine Works

Nearly any shift lever and knob can adorn this buttonless, gated automatic transmission shifter. Automatic transmission users, lift your spirits, your custom shift lever and knob prayers have been answered! Clayton Machine Works gated floor shifter for automatic transmissions allows for nearly endless customization with a Tremec-style 7/8-inch bolt spacing mounting scheme. The gated, side detent feature means you wont need a shifter button, either, just a simple flick of the wrist to change drive modes. The shifters come as... [read more]

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Volvo V60 Cross Country - Driven

By info@topspeed.com (Brady Holt)
Its almost ancient history now, but the Volvo station wagon spent years as a staple of upscale families. Luxurious without being ostentatious, known for its safety, and able to carry plenty of cargo, it was a fixture at field hockey practice at least until SUVs took over that mantle. Even in the Volvo lineup, the station wagon is an afterthought next to the XC40, XC60, and XC90 crossovers. But is that because SUVs are better than station wagons? Or are... [read more]

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Tiny Nissan e-NV200 Camper Concept Is One Cozy Little Van

In the near future, could your adventure van be electric? Seems like its going that way. And while its early days yet to get the sort of raw energy density necessary to, say, overland for a month off the grid, a tiny electric camper such as this e-NV200 Winter Camper Concept van might be great for brief excursions in the not-so-remote countryside. Nissan Europe is exploring this idea with this camperized version of its tiny electric van, which is similar... [read more]

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BMW M Wont Be Alone As AMG Pledges To Bask In The Electric Ambiance Too

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
If you were excited to hear about the BMW M electrification, we have some more happy news for you thats clearer and concrete than the formers. Mercedes has confirmed that its electric portfolio, which goes under the EQ moniker, will come with AMG performance versions. AMG has been evolving with the changing times, so it comes as no surprise. Nevertheless, its good to get a confirmation from the decision-makers themselves.

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Ford's Edsel Was a Loser, but Its 410 V-8 Engine Was Awesome

If you look at any Worst Cars Ever LOL lists around the internet (or even in books), you will inevitably find a photo of the Edsels schnoz featured prominently. Many remember Fords failed marque solely as a failure for sundry reasons, but few remember the details of the Edsel lineup itself. That includes the 410 cubic-inch Edsel-475 V-8 in the top-range Corsair and Citation models, which is worth a few words. We wont spend a whole lot of time talking... [read more]

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Toyota 86 Black Limited Edition

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
Toyota hasnt been shy about rolling out special edition models of the 86 sports car, and with the second-generation 86 already on the horizon, another limited-run 86 has been released for the Japanese market. This particular special edition 86 hits close to home for some, in part because its a modern-day homage to the AE86 Black Limited that Toyota unveiled back in 1986. This one is also called the Black Limited, and just like its predecessor, it comes with a... [read more]

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Grand National RoadsterNo

No matter how you spin it, this year has been unlike any other. There have been highs, lows and plenty of stuff in between. Its pretty crazy to... continue reading

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Ford Mustang Mach-E by Motion R Design

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
The deliveries for the Mustang Mach-E have begun and even aftermarket customizations are available. Motion R Design has announced a kit for the Mach-E under its new range of modified vehicles called E Series. The Mach-E will be the first vehicle in this range and will come with a host of exterior and interior customization options.

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The Praga R1 Track-Only Racer Has 365 HP But Is On Par With a McLaren 765LT

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
Praga Cars, Czech Republic's race car specialist, has just unwrapped the new R1 racer in anticipation to the 2021 season. It features a larger fuel tank and essential tweaks to the body and suspension which Praga says will make it an even fiercer corner-carver on the track, where the R1 belongs and thrives.

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Lamborghini Urus by Keyvany

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
This is the Lamborghini Urus, or at least it was until it turned into a Decepticon. All jokes aside, this heavily modified Urus is the proud work of Keyvany, a German tuner who apparently knows a thing or two about the Mansory way of vehicle modifications. One look at it and youll understand that reference. Keyvanys tuning program for the Urus is excess personified. Its loaded with enough carbon fiber parts and pieces to make other tuners blush. The kit... [read more]

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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 44 First Test: Are Vans Better Than Pickups?

I love a good pickup, but vans such as the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 44 have me convinced that what Americans really need is a good full-size van and not one of the hundreds of thousands of pickups our compatriots buy each year. While pickups havefor better or worsebecome quicker, more luxurious, and more technologically advanced, vans such as the third-generation 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 44 have remained laser-focused on one thing: work. Sprinting to Work I probably alienated five out of every... [read more]

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Cupra Formentor by ABT

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
Spanish automaker Seat revealed its performance-oriented brand Cupra a couple of years back. The cars look good, come with a load of niceties, and of course, are strong performers. But, no amount of power or mods are ever enough and that is essentially whats keeping the aftermarket companies running. ABT Sportsline, the company which is known to work on Audi cars, and by extension, Volkswagen products, is here with its own version of the Cupra Formentor a subcompact crossover SUV... [read more]

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Ola Kallenius: Why the EQS Hyperscreen Is Key to Mercedes Revenue Future

Ola Kllenius took over as Daimler AGs chairman of the board of management in 2019. His tenure has been marked by the launch of high tech within vehicles, the need to cut fixed costs, and a pandemic that could have easily thrown everything off course. In his first media roundtable of 2021, Kllenius focused on the premiere of the massive MBUX Hyperscreen that constitutes the dashboard of the new 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS flagship electric vehicle . Mercedes largely designed the... [read more]

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Three Is A Crowd, Says IMSA and the FIA

By info@topspeed.com (Michael Fira)
It's not long before the world's two most important sportscar racing series hit the road once again but all is not well in either the FIA World Endurance Championship or the IMSA-sanctioned Weathertech Sportscar Championship. Only three cars will make up the much-lamented Hypercar class when the FIA WEC will kick-off in March while IMSA's top GT class may soon be axed as only three cars have committed for the entire 2021 season.

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BMW Has Gone Out Of Its Way To Make the i4 Sedan a Drivers Car

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
BMW is dropping more info on the incoming i4 all-electric four-door and in doing so, it pledges allegiance to top-notch performance - something that's been at the core of the brand since day one - beyond the mundane straight-line sprint. What this basically mean is that even when the road gets twisty, the new i4 should handle like a dream.

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The March 2021 Issue of HOT ROD Is on Sale Now

The times are uncertain right now, arent they? Well, take comfort in the pages of your favorite car magazine and ride out the storm. The March 2021 issue is on sale now, and its a pretty good one. People have been messaging and emailing me to say they appreciate seeing some old-school hot rods back in HOT ROD magazine, and those folks will certainly appreciate this issues cover car. I mean, look at that Flathead engine and Stromberg combination. That... [read more]

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Wanna Buy a 710-HP Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat? Hell No, You Can't!

Going, going, gone . If you wanted a 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat and havent already secured your order, youre too late. Set to be built in relatively limited numbers, the Durango SRT Hellcat's order books are full. If this were pretty much any other SUV wed just say well, theres always next year, but unfortunately for prospective buyers who haven't already gotten their hands on one, there wont be a next year. Durang- nooo! Dodge was only ever going... [read more]

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2022 Ford Maverick: What We Know About the Compact Truck

Fords adding to its pickup truck portfolio with the upcoming 2022 Maverick . Positioned below the midsize Ranger in the Blue Ovals truck hierarchy, the Maverick is due to ride on the unibody bones that underpin the Escape and Bronco Sport SUVs . While the Maverick will serve as Fords smallest pickup option , itll still likely sit on a wheelbase that overshadows the 106.7-inch and 105.1-inch wheelbases of the Escape and Bronco Sport, respectively. Similarly, the Mavericks overall length... [read more]

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2022 Buick Enclave Three-Row SUV Breaks Cover With Sleek New Look

Executives at Buick gave the world its first peek at the updated-for-2022 Enclave three-row SUV, a surprise look that was snuck into a briefing focused on the launch of the smaller 2021 Buick Envision. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the refreshed 2022 Buick Enclave seven-passenger SUV appears to adopt many of the cues baked into the newest compact Envision crossover. In other words, the premium brands flagship is about to get better looking. The grille adopts a more jeweled appearance, the stance looks... [read more]

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Florida Ford Dealer Sells, Then Demands Return of, New Bronco Sport

Haven't you heard? Bronco-mania is sweeping the nation. While the larger, Jeep Wrangler-battling Ford Bronco has yet to hit the production lines, the smaller Bronco Sport crossover is roaring off showroom floors. Understandably, dealers and customers alike have had their fair share of mixups, markups, and mistakes in this sales frenzy, though one Tampa, Florida-based Bronco Sport owner had a rougher go at Bronco ownership than most. --> According to a report from ABC Action News, Adam Sidoti purchased a... [read more]

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Tesla Model S Convertible By Ares Design

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
Custom-made electric vehicles are a trend thats slowly picking up. They arent as popular as internal combustion-engined cars for now since there arent a lot of moving parts in EVs that you can play around with. Weve seen some tuners crack the system to unleash more power for a much cheaper price than the company offers. Apart from playing with the mechanicals, some aftermarket companies have worked on the body of EVs as well. From equipping it body kits and... [read more]

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The Toyota Supra and GT86 Could Soon Be Followed By The Celica

By info@topspeed.com (Ciprian Florea)
The iconic Toyota Celica could return after almost two decades to join the Supra and the 86 in the company's sports car lineup. Toyota has recently trademarked the Celica name in the U.S., hinting that the affordable coupe discontinued in 2006 is ready to make a comeback.

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TOM'S Racing Whips Toyota GR Yaris Into an Even Angrier Frenzy

Last year we brought you news of what happened when TOM'S Racing got its hands on the already pretty much perfect, Japanese-market Toyota Century sedan. We werent fans of TOM'S mods, which made the typically understated, dignified totem to Japanese automotive fastidiousness look like a raggedy 2006 Chrysler 300. However, while time heals some wounds, in this case switching Toyotas helps, and TOM'S Racing is back to its best after working on the ultra-hot 2020 GR Yaris hatchback , a... [read more]

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Can The Tesla Model S Really Take Down the Aston Martin DBS In A Drag Race?

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
Tesla has taken down cars from many high-end brands, but there arent too many instances where it has gone up against Aston Martin. Courtesy of AutoTrader, we have a face-off between the two companies. Representing Tesla is the Model S Performance, and from Aston Martins corner, we have the DBS Superleggera Volante. The latter is in the same league as the McLaren 720S and Ferrari 488, so this will make for an interesting battle.

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BMW M Electrification Is Coming, And It Is Happening Sooner Than You Think

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
By the end of the year, we might witness the debut of BMW M's first-ever all-electric car. We're not the ones saying it, it's BMW itself. Even so, there are a lot of unknown puzzle pieces and before more official info comes our way, here's what we know so far about BMW M's plans to electrify, partially of totally, its range.

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Winfields Personal Merc

The mild custom Mercury post I put up last week briefly mentioned Joe Bailon and Gene Winfield's work on Mercs as well. I was just looking through my... continue reading

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By 2028 The Ford Mustang Could Be An All-Electric Coupe

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
When Ford unveiled its first electric SUV, the Mach-E, with Mustang in it, people lost their minds. The pony badge belongs to a rich heritage of loud, roaring muscle cars that has built a legacy of its own over the decades. Many of us kind of accepted it since it was a new model with the Mustang badge and not a replacement. However, this new report has ticked us off again. According to Autoline Daily, the Mustang is going to... [read more]

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Volkswagen Brings Back Classic Color(s) to Raise 2021s Spirits

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
Volkswagen has brought back one of its most famous colorways for a one-off showcase thats sure to delight and somewhat disappoint fans who have lived long enough to remember the famous color scheme. Twenty-five years ago, Volkswagen launched the Polo Harlequin it was called the Harlekin in Germany to tremendous fanfare. The Polo Harlequin ended up being such a big hit that Volkswagen turned it into a limited-run production model. Fast forward to 2021 and Volkswagen Netherlands decided to tap... [read more]

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How Comfortable Is the 2021 Toyota Venza? We Road Tripped for Over 4,000 Miles

I wrapped up 2020 the same way I started it, with a cross-country trip from Los Angeles to Houston. Last year I drove our long-term Volvo S60 to visit my family during the holidays and had such a great time that I decided to repeat it (and who knows, maybe it will become a tradition). This time, my chariot was our 2021 Toyota Venza the hybrid-only SUV that serves as an alternative in Toyotas SUV lineup to the off-road-looking RAV4... [read more]

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2021 Audi SQ5 First Test Review: S Is for Sporty and Suave

With SUVs being so popular now, manufacturers have the challenge of fitting multiple models into a multitude of niches to satisfy all kinds of customers. Take Audi , for example, whose Q5 represents about 25 percent of the marques U.S. sales. Part of that has to do with the model's three very different powertrain variants: the regular Q5 45 TFSI, the gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid Q5 55 TFSI e, and the dynamic SQ5 . In the hottest segment of the game... [read more]

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If You Want to Get One of the First Cadillac CT5-V Blackwings, You Need to Pony Up $1,000

By info@topspeed.com (Ciprian Florea)
Cadillac's highly anticipated Blackwing sedans are almost here, with both the CT4-V and CT5-V models set to debut on February 1, 2021. If you're anxious to get one, you'll be happy to know that preorders for both models will open the same day they debut. However, be prepared to pay a $1,000 deposit to reserve a spot.

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2021 Mazda CX-9 First Test Review: Twice-Baked Goodness

Youre sitting alone in a well-lit dining room. The only thing keeping you company is a cup of coffee and 12 empty table settings, all of which are for you. Behind a set of double doors tucked in the back corner is all the banging, clattering, and chaos of a very busy bakery. All for me? you might be wondering. Oh, yes. Behind those doors Mazda is cooking up the 2021 CX-9 , and it (like the 11 other brands... [read more]

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11 Fast French Cars That Arent Bugatti

By info@topspeed.com (Dim Angelov)
Normally the subject of French performance cars is spent with the mention of Bugatti models, which for decades have been making some of the fastest and most exquisite road-going cars in the world. But what if we have to think about fast road-legal French cars that arent from that brand? Believe it or not, there are more than a few such examples, ranging from mass-produced compact sports cars to quirky exotics with a very limited production run.

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This Self-Driving Toyota Supra Drift Car Aims For a Safer Future

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
We're all familiar with Toyota's TRD (Toyota Racing Development). Other than looking to squeeze the best performance out of its cars for off-road or track use, the Japanese carmaker is also running TRI. TRI stands for Toyota Research Institute, a division founded in 2016 which allows the Japanese brand to channel its efforts on making cars a safer place. Within TRI, Toyota is developing the Guardian, an automated safety system that learns how to spot a dangerous situation and react... [read more]

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Lottery Winner Scores a Chevrolet Corvette C8, But Its Never Than Simple

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
A lucky individual from Georgia named Dennis Kahler scored a huge win when he won a brand-new Chevrolet Corvette C8 from a scratch-off Georgia Lottery ticket. He also pocketed a cool $250,000, which wouldve made anyones day. Turns out, some jackpot prizes take time to bear fruit, especially if theres no plan in place to actually award Kahler with a Corvette C8 the moment he won it. What was supposed to be a joyous moment for the lucky fella has... [read more]

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Former PSA Chairman Says Teslas Valuation Makes No Sense

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
Tesla is a hot company with its own, growing community of fanboys that are relentless in sharing their beliefs. In some respect, its understandable some of the worlds largest automakers could learn a thing or two from Tesla. But can the company continue as it has? As reported by pymnts.com, Teslas market value just hit $820 billion on January 8, 2021, pushing the company into the top 5. This puts the company under Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Alphabet. This means... [read more]

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Official: The Volkswagen Golf Has Been Discontinued in America

We heard rumors back in the spring of 2019 , right around the time the Golf SportWagen and Alltrack wagons were discontinued ,but now weve gotten the official word: The Volkswagen Golf hatchbacks nearly-fifty-year run in the U.S. has come to an end. The Puebla plant cranked out its last North American-bound 2021 Volkswagen Golf last week, and once the supply dries up, thats it. This should come as a surprise to absolutely no one. Sales of the Golf (all... [read more]

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Mopar B-Body Fun: Taming a 65 Dodge Coronet Drag Racer for Daily Use

The 1965 Dodge Coronet 500 might not be your average Mopar B-body enthusiasts first choice, but the Wheeler Dealers , Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead, arent your average Mopar enthusiasts. Indeed, they're clued in to something that some Chrysler-philes dont get: Its not all about Chargers and GTXs! The Coronet was cool, too, and it was one of Dodges annual best sellers year over year and also benefited from Mopars performance magic. Related: Sign up to the MotorTrend App today... [read more]

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Fast and Dangerous: What It's Like to Drive a Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car

I try to stay calm, Jason Rupert says when asked what it is like right before a run in a Nostalgia Funny Car. I put on the fire suit, the boots, and the helmet. Its almost routine getting the stuff on. I try not to worry about the mechanical things; I try to become a driver. A good crew is key; you have to trust those guys. Rupert has won many times in Top Alcohol to Nitro classes. These cars... [read more]

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Mopar B-Body Fun: Taming a 65 Dodge Coronet Drag Racer for Daily Use

The 1965 Dodge Coronet 500 might not be your average Mopar B-body enthusiasts first choice, but the Wheeler Dealers , Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead, arent your average Mopar enthusiasts. Indeed, they're clued in to something that some Chrysler-philes dont get: Its not all about Chargers and GTXs! The Coronet was cool, too, and it was one of Dodges annual best sellers year over year and also benefited from Mopars performance magic. Related: Sign up to the MotorTrend App today... [read more]

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