Motorcyclists are strange creatures. While many purport to be individualists, “creating their own path,” as it were, it is common to spot trends amongst the brethren, with a certain similarity in choice of machine. A case in point is the “sports-touring” segment, where travelling around on two wheels comes with its own intrinsic attraction. However, there has been, over the past decade or so, a definite schism in the motorcycle world, when it comes to sports-tourers. When you say “touring” in a motorcycle context, these days, most will tend to think of an adventure machine with aluminium hard cases, long travel suspension and oversized fuel tank capable of crossing the Western Sahara. Never mind that 95% of these adventure bikes never see a surface rougher than the road shoulder when the rider stops for a smoke, or the scratches on the bash plate came from a mechanics spanner. If you’re one of the 5%, congratulations, and happy trails, but for … [Read more...] about REVIEW: 2017 Ducati SuperSport S
911 / Features / Porsche By Andrew Nabors April 18, 2018 Shares 0 Facebook LinkedIn Tweet Google+ Pin StumbleUpon Reddit Email Porsche 993 911 IntroductionEvolution is supposed to be a gradual process, but Porsche packed 50 years of innovation into their 993 series 911 models. The limited run lasted only 1995 to 1998, and it brought the 911 into the modern age. That is why many Porsche purists run the 993 series as the basis for their collection. If you are considering Porsche 993 for sale, follow along with us for a synopsis of these four model years in order to make an informed decision.Related Cars For SaleAll Porsches For Sale911 GT2911 GT3911 GT3 RS911 R911 Turbo S918 SpyderCarrera GTCayman GT4PanameraAllow us to take you on a quick tour of what the Porsche 993 911 has to offer. It exists as the last air-cooled Porsche model. Innovations like All Wheel Drive and ABS were released to the masses.Porsche 993 911 … [Read more...] about Porsche 993 Specs, Photos, Prices & Review
By Cary Darling Published 11:34 am, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 The original “Lost in Space” science-fiction TV series, which ran from 1965 to 1968, is such a time capsule of its era that it feels more like a history book than a peek into the future. An update of “Swiss Family Robinson” for the space age, it was the story of a nuclear family adrift in the galaxy with a dad who looked like JFK (his first name was John, too), his loyal pilot Don West, mom Maureen and two daughters, Judy and Penny, who generally let the menfolk run things, young Will, his protective robot, and, of course, cowardly and effeminate Dr. Smith, the exact opposite of jut-jawed and heroic John Robinson. To add technical insult to sociological injury, the special effects were not special and barely qualified as effects. The new “Lost in Space,” a 10-part series dropping Friday on Netflix, maintains the basic plot and characters but updates them in intriguing ways and has … [Read more...] about Review: Netflix’s ‘Lost in Space’ is worth getting lost in
Ostensibly a study of director George Stevens’s classic American western “Giant,” Don Graham’s new book is also a chronicle of the 1950s. The film’s stars, locations and production shenanigans reflect the ducktail, fender-fin decade, which means opening the pages of this book is like breaking into a time capsule. (St. Martin's) Graham begins in May 1955, when Warner Bros. launched its film adaptation of Edna Ferber’s bestseller with a press event at its commissary, renamed that day as the Chuck Wagon. His account then moves to location shooting outside Charlottesville for the picture’s opening scenes: Texas cattle baron Bick Benedict (Rock Hudson) arrives to buy a horse and ends up meeting his wife-to-be (Elizabeth Taylor). From bucolic Virginia farmlands, the film crew journeyed to Marfa, Tex., for a grueling shoot on a desolate prairie cauldron that supporting actor Mercedes McCambridge described as “the ugliest landscape on the face … [Read more...] about Even James Dean’s crude antics and untimely death couldn’t stop ‘Giant’
The adage, “It’s only original once” has become increasingly attractive for people who own muscle cars, and for good reason. After all, the cars themselves are mainly objects of metal and molded materials; they are very restorable today, and most factory processes can be duplicated. Hard use over their existence was sometimes quite extreme, leaving one wondering on occasion exactly how much of what’s presented as a restored car was actually on the chassis or subframe when it left the assembly line.Of course, cars that did survive to the present intact tend to have a story associated with that preservation: a long-term original owner with treasured use, or extended storage due to a failed part that allowed the remainder to go untouched for decades. The guys who judge the select cars found in the Vintage Certification category at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals eat and breathe this stuff.“My job is management of this area, but I am not the expert on … [Read more...] about Amazing Stories Behind the Original, Unrestored Muscle Cars at the 2017 Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals
“If it’s not the ultimate off-road vehicle, it’s not the Gelandewagen.”That was from Ian James, head of marketing for the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. And while the big story for the new 2019 model -- still affectionately known as the G-Wagen -- at the Detroit auto show surrounds its interior upgrades, Mercedes didn’t skimp on the off-road goodies either.For one, there’s more space inside. Now that may sound like an on-road benefit, but Mercedes wants you to know the improvement in legroom, shoulder room and elbow room is equally good for bouncing around off-road. The company was also keen to keep the giant grab handle in front of the front passenger for when things get really tipsy.The new G was tested, like the G-Class has been for 39 years, at Mount Schockl near Graz in Austria where the vehicle is produced -- it’s like a Nurburgring for SUVs. Same line, same people, new tooling, by the way. It only shares three parts overall with the … [Read more...] about Do the new Mercedes G-Wagen’s on-road improvements ruin its off-road credibility?