The success of the ND has been fantastic for Mazda, but it's not the only MX-5 to be experiencing high demand at the moment. Values of the original pop-up headlight car have long been creeping up, and now prices of the softer-looking Mk2 are reflecting the desire for back-to-basics drop-tops of the MX-5 variety, too. With the Mk3 modern enough to provide practical usability in an affordable package, you've got a whole lineage of models now facing the effects of the same trend. A bit like a cut-price 911. The same cannot really be said of the Fiat Barchetta. The 124 Spider is, admittedly, not linked to the Barchetta because it's linked to the old 124 Spider, obviously. But you might have expected the arrival of a new soft-top Fiat to trigger some impulse purchases of the marque's last one. Thing is, we all know what made the Barchetta such an unattractive proposition to sun-seeking sports car drivers. Front-wheel drive being one reason. Left-hand drive being the other. Sales of the … [Read more...] about Fiat Barchetta: Spotted
It's easy to make jokes about the Corvette. So let's do that first. This is the all-American hero that uses cart springs and pushrods, which smells like the inside of a chemical factory and has the sort of panel gaps that get elephants horny. This is a sports car whose ownership demographic is older than that of pretty much any other. It travels outside its homeland about as well as twangly country music, non-ironic rhinestone boots and that flavourless plastic that Americans call Cheddar cheese. How was that? Now that's out of the way, let's pass straight to the case for the defence. That infamous leaf spring is made from carbon fibre and fitted transversely at the back, effectively allowing for a more compact suspension design. The pushrod V8 is about as highly developed as any engine can be, using its lack of cams in the heads to give both lightness and the compact dimensions that allow for such a low bonnet line. Then there's the unanswerable one: the Corvette is the world's … [Read more...] about PH Carbituary: C7 Chevrolet Corvette
HICKORY, N.C. – Luck was on Derek Ramstrom’s side Saturday evening during the Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway. Ramstrom avoided not one, but two incidents involving race leaders and held off a furious challenge from Mike Hopkins to collect his first victory in the annual running of the Pro All Stars Series-sanctioned event. Running in the top-five throughout the evening, Ramstrom spent much of the night chasing the duo of Preston Peltier and Bubba Pollard, who were engaged in a war for the race lead. Things took a hectic turn when Pollard forced Peltier into the outside wall down the backstretch on lap 134. Peltier returned the favor in turns three and four, sending Pollard spinning to bring out the caution flag (read more about this incident here). Officials penalized Peltier for rough driving and sent him to the tail of the field along with Pollard, which moved Tate Fogleman to the race lead over Mike Hopkins and Ramstrom. When racing resumed Fogleman and … [Read more...] about Ramstrom Avoids Mayhem For Easter Bunny Score
Steve Oberbey Associated Press Published 12:15 AM EDT Apr 21, 2019 St. Louis — Jaden Schwartz knew there would be a silver lining during his struggles in the regular season. The St. Louis forward found it the last two games of the first round of the playoffs. Schwartz scored three times and Jordan Binnington stopped 18 shots to help the Blues beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 in Game 6 of their series Saturday night to advance to the second round. Schwartz scored just 11 times during the regular season and went through a frustrating 22-game scoreless drought from Dec. 20 to Feb. 12. “Sometimes when pucks aren’t going in, the net doesn’t seem as big,” Schwartz said. “When you get a bounce, or a break, it seems like you can carry that over. Everyone will tell you that confidence in this, and any sport, is big.” Schwartz has four goals in the playoffs – the Blues’ last four, starting the tiebreaking tally with 15 seconds left in … [Read more...] about Schwartz leads Blues past Jets to win series
Shawn Windsor Detroit Free Press Published 12:41 AM EDT Apr 21, 2019 It didn't look good. There's no arguing that. Not when you break a cardinal rule in basketball by closing out on shooter with your hands down. Which is what Andre Drummond did Saturday night in the second quarter of Game 3, trying to chase Milwaukee's Brook Lopez. Though Drummond didn't just close out with his hands down. He closed at half speed. Giving the crowd a reason to boo, which Drummond later said he didn't hear, then dismissed the reporter who asked the question by suggesting it was a "bad question." Well, no, it's not. It's a fair question. Because it can't be easy to get dissed by the home crowd 30 minutes after it was roaring in anticipation of the team's first playoff game in three years. But then Drummond has heard booing before. Even if he doesn't like to admit it. The 25-year-old center struggled Saturday night as the Bucks beat the Pistons, 119-103, giving Milwaukee a 3-0 lead … [Read more...] about Pistons’ Andre Drummond was bad in loss. How will he respond?