Like stories like this? You’ll see every article as soon as it’s published by reading the print edition of Grassroots Motorsports. Subscribe now. Story by Norman Garrett • Photos as Credited Broken cars whisper to me. I’ve owned some 60-odd cars in my life, and fully half of them did not run when I bought them. Of course, most of them were European sports cars from the ’60s and ’70s, so they had died of self-inflicted wounds due to poor build quality, poor materials, poor design, or the like. These cars would call to me from behind garages and under trees in backyards all over the South, and unless they were hopelessly terminal, I would generally answer their cries for help. The modern era has provided the ultimate enabler in the form of the internet: I have taken to searching eBay and local Craigslists using “projects,” “broken” and “dead” as my search keywords, with great results. Imagine my joy, … [Read more...] about Ran When Wrecked: How to Save a Totaled Car
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Melissa Preddy, Special to The Detroit News Published 12:02 a.m. ET May 17, 2018 Some kids near me whiled away an hour on a recent warm day out in their driveway, with buckets, hoses and soapy sponges. What could be more wholesome than washing mom’s car on a sunny afternoon? Except that I was cringing thinking of the soaps and oils that were being hosed down the driveway and into the storm drain just a few dozen feet away — and from there to Metro Detroit’s creeks, rivers, ponds and streams. Many people — including the man I saw rinsing gas off a lawn tool accessory into the gutter outside his house, cavalierly sending petroleum products out into nature — apparently still don’t realize that those handy openings every block or so do not go through any sort of filtration system before the runoff water is released into natural waterways. The water doesn’t travel the same path as that which you flush down your toilet or emit from your … [Read more...] about Wash your car the eco-friendly way
Hi, I'm an autojournalist. Car companies fly me and my colleagues around the world to drive their fancy new cars. Sometimes on tracks but usually just on amazing b-roads in Spain or Italy or whatever.Forza Horizon 2 is about as close as you'll get to living our dream life, just without the deadlines, consequences, or cholesterol from all the free steak. (Full Disclosure: We've done car packs with Forza in the past and I hope we'll do one for this game but I don't know if we will or not. These are editorial deals and money does not change hands. Because we're the biggest enthusiast car website in the world they also sometimes advertise here, but so does their competition. They gave me a free copy of the game to download and play, which I've done.) The developers have stretched the capabilities of the Xbox One to build a massive world that's almost better than reality in how it looks and feels and reacts to your every action. It's as every bit as impressively detailed and hyperreal as … [Read more...] about Forza Horizon 2 Is As Close To Living Your Car Fantasy As You’ll Get
Hand-woven dashboards. Wide hips and wider tires. Explosive exhaust notes. Rebuilt flat-six engines with power to rival modern supercars. Painted any damn color you want. Unless you’ve been under a rock for years, you know Singer Vehicle Design as the company that performs exceptional work in restoring, tuning, customizing, and modifying customers’ older Porsche 964 donor cars. It’s a machine that cranks out another thing as well: hype. Endless hype follows Singer, with the company’s gorgeously detailed interiors and painstaking engine work and ability to seemingly transform the 911 into something more, something better than it ever was. I have admired Singer and its work for years now, but in the back of my mind I always wondered: can it live up to that hype? I went to California recently, in part for Monterey Car Week, but mainly to answer this question. To see firsthand how a 911 gets reimagined by Singer, to meet their team and learn everything that goes … [Read more...] about The 911 Reimagined By Singer Obliterates Every Other Car I’ve Driven
Volvo is clearly on a roll, producing one of the best large SUVs (XC90) and now clinching the European Car of the Year title with the small XC40. We’re trying the mid-size XC60 to see whether its Swedish style is more than skin deep. Our car: Volvo XC60 D5 PowerPulse AWD R-design List price when new: £43,505 Price as tested: £53,580 Official fuel economy: 54.1mpg (EU Combined) Read more long-term tests June 5th, 2018 Fuel consumption this week: 38.7mpg For those who have been watching The Bridge unravel on BBC2, Sweden appears a rather dangerous place. The Nordic Noir police drama has a high body count and is eerily dark – like Midsummer Murders by moonlight. However, having driven across Scandinavia many times, I know it is remarkably safe. People adhere to the speed limits and nobody uses a mobile phone behind the wheel. There’s probably a campaign to fit wandering elks with high visibility vests. We’ve already … [Read more...] about Volvo XC60 – long-term test: the ultimate middle-class car?