Kevin won a bet with his wife, and while the details of the wager are a mystery, the important part is that he is now going to spend some $200,000 to $300,000 on a seriously fast car. But he’s not sure which direction to go. What car should he buy? (Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy? Where we give real people real advice about buying cars. Do you want us to help you find a car? Submit your story on our form.) Here is the scenario: I find myself in a wonderful conundrum. Having won a friendly wager with my wife, I am now allowed to buy, and I quote, “Any car I want.” The possibilities are endless. I’m stuck in a loop of analysis paralysis. I stay up some nights just watching car videos and driving myself crazy. My budget is $200,000-300,000 and I’m looking for something totally impractical and special. My current summer car is a Jaguar F-Type V8 convertible. It is a special car. I want more of that special feel from the next car. I’m keeping … [Read more...] about I Have a Small Fortune to Get Whatever I Want! What Car Should I Buy?
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CLEVELAND - The computer in the spotter car shouted "Hide!" and repo agent Derek Lewis knew that meant to keep driving like nothing happened. He'd just found another wanted vehicle. He was about to ruin someone's day. Best not to draw attention.It helped that he wasn't in a tow truck, the stereotypical image of a repo man. Lewis drove a beat-up Ford Crown Victoria sedan. It had four small cameras mounted on the trunk and a laptop bolted to the dash. The high-speed cameras captured every passing license plate. The computer contained a growing list of hundreds of thousands of vehicles with seriously late loans. The system could spot a repossession in an instant. Even better, it could keep tabs on a car long before the loan went bad.Now, Lewis had a live hit in a parking lot. He glanced at his laptop. The plate matched a blue 2006 BMW 325xi. He twisted in his seat. "It's right there," he said.Technology has made the repo man ruthlessly efficient, allowing this familiar angel of financial … [Read more...] about Riding with the repo man: as auto loan defaults rise, car repossessions skyrocket
Near the end of 1966, a significant change took place at Shelby American. In a decided shift away from the antisocial G.T. 350, a road-racing rogue of a car, Shelby smoothed out the rough edges to provide a performance car more acceptable to a wider market—the G.T. 500. It was like he had traded in his bib overalls for slacks and a sport coat. After all, his audience was maturing and demanding more civility, and the G.T. 500 was a grown-up sports car for smooth touring—at least by comparison with its predecessor.Around this same time, Tom Perry-Smith was just a young tyke, enjoying summer break in the High Sierra of California. Little did he know how this escape would affect him for years to come. “I was bitten by the Shelby snake when my parents bought a vacation home at the south end of Lake Tahoe in 1967,” he recalls. “Just down the road was Carroll Shelby’s South Lake Tahoe dealership. I used to ride my bike down to the dealership and just sit in … [Read more...] about His Childhood Dream Car Was This 1967 Shelby G.T. 500
Welcome to true-blue petrolhead territory. This is where incredible outright grip and pace, vivid driver engagement and thrill, supreme handling poise and trackday-ready specification and purpose all abide. This is the home of our hardcore sports car top ten. You’ll like it here.The cars we’re saluting are genuine immortals of speed and excitement. Some of them are so exciting, in fact, they don’t really belong on the road at all – though all are road-legal, with numberplates. But all are cars you’d be in the market for if you wanted a money-no-object trackday tool to enjoy through the year’s summer months – and something you could drive home in afterwards.Here we recognise and rank both current production machines and those who’ve gone off sale but have yet to be replaced, making them an enduringly valid dynamic benchmark for the class even though they’re not still in production. That’s because sports cars as special as … [Read more...] about Top 10 best hardcore sports cars 2018
Rising Funny Car star Bob Tasca III took a wicked gut punch near the end of the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season with Ford’s announcement it was yanking its sponsorship from John Force and leaving NHRA’s professional ranks.After all, Tasca was born a Blue Oval baby, into a lineage of legendary Northeast Ford dealers. His grandfather is credited with the “Win On Sunday, Buy On Monday” catchphrase. When Henry Ford II, son of Edsel Ford and grandson of his automaker-founder namesake, died in 1987, then-12-year-old Tasca laid out his suit and tie and told his parents he needed to go to Detroit to pay his respects at the funeral. Tasca III is not just a Ford disciple. He's a Ford evangelist in the unholy car wars and a third-generation member of Ford’s Dealer Product Advisory Committee.So Tasca’s swift criticism of Ford’s move was bold: “I truly believe they have underestimated the passion and loyalty of the NHRA fans.” … [Read more...] about 2018 NHRA preview: Bob Tasca III, Ford back to contend in Funny Car
Pat Minick was the kind of guy with whom you might disagree but whose sincerity you could never doubt. A dedicated dad and husband, a fierce competitor on the dragstrip, a plain-talking straight-shooter who never minced words, and a devoted friend to many, he stood defiantly apart from the herd of drag racing heroes. I was fortunate enough to know him for some 40 years, from a distance at first — because I found him intimidating until I came to know him well —but much closer in later years. He was a bountiful source of rich stories about the early days of Super Stock and Funny Car racing and unblinkingly provided an insider’s perspective on the history of the sport and the men he worked with. I wrote a Minick bio 15 years ago, and had planned to do it again soon with a fresh perspective and input from a variety of players. I had hoped to sit with him once again at the kitchen table in his suburban Chicago home and dig into the past, thumbing through photos and … [Read more...] about When the Smoke Clears: Remembering Funny Car Driver Pat Minick
In the background, the hammer falls Wayne Schemekle’s unrestored 1970 Boss 302 Cougar Eliminator sold for $121,000Cars of every shape and size show up at collector auctions, and there were more than 3,000 of them at Mecum Kissimmee, which has become the season opener for the winter auction circuit. Starting in Florida makes this a somewhat different audience than some of the more westerly auction venues, as the Orlando area as a popular destination for snow-weary northerners, as well as international travellers, have an opportunity to bid on some stellar cars. Indeed, with the event book-ended through a couple of weekends, you could find ample things to do with the family and still get your fill of car action.Even if you are not looking to find that car of your dreams, there is a lot to see. After all, the cars themselves are on display where you can see them up close, and the field isn’t limited to pristine restorations. There are street rods and hot rods, drag cars and … [Read more...] about Car Craft’s List of the 27 Coolest Things at the 2018 Mecum Auction in Kissimmee
This is the Detroit auto show, right? So where are the concept cars -- the crazy, cool, or maybe clunky and clumsy experimental vehicles we used to have so much fun either faulting or falling in love with?Isn't Detroit supposed to positively detonate with ideas? If Tokyo's concepts were wacky and Geneva's gaudy, Detroit's were always brawny and brazen; head-turners like the Cadillac Sixteen.Where are the Cadillac and Chevy concepts of days gone by? Or maybe something fun and fashionable from Ford. Yes, Jeep does its Moab concepts each year, but why not some kind of conversation starter in Detroit, like the Gladiator of 2005?Nissan and Infiniti gave us two real concepts -- the Nissan Xmotion and the Infiniti Q Inspiration -- so a tip of the hat to the group's new design chief, Alfonso Albaisa.Lexus gave us the LS-1 Limitless, and Chinese maker GAC trotted out the Enverge crossover concept as it prepares to cross over the Pacific to our shores.Of course, all-out concept vehicles have … [Read more...] about Where are the cool concept cars in Detroit?
Montreal man Simon Laprise is clearly someone who thinks snow men are just a bit mainstream. Why? Because he decided to instead use the Canadian city’s abundance of snow to create a 1:1 scale sculpture that we’re guessing is supposed to be a Mk3 Toyota Supra. The machinist - who dabbles in creative projects in his free time - happened to find an old windscreen wiper lying on the ground nearby, which he added to the snow Supra as a final touch. It’s perhaps this little detail that tricked local police into pulling over to ticket what they thought was an illegally parked car. The cops did end up leaving a citation, although it merely read (when translated) “You made our night! Hahahaha!” The force shared the photos of the car on social media, which quickly went viral. Unsurprisingly, Laprise has been bombarded with messages of appreciation and photos of the car from members of the public. And the fate of the snow Supra? It’s long gone, I’m … [Read more...] about Canadian Police Thought This Supra Snow Sculpture Was Real
FINAL REPORT - scroll down for earlier reports“Do you know what?” my partner asked me as we homed back in on Calais after 1500 miles in a week in the BMW 320d xDrive, adding those to the 15,000 miles racked up in the previous 11 months. “I’m really going to miss this car.” Why did she think that? “I don’t know why...”Ah. But as strange as it sounds, I’m with her on that. Well, I do know why, but I understand what she meant: the 3 Series is one of those cars that gets pretty much every little thing right, in such an unassuming way, that it makes life with it so easy, enjoyable and rewarding almost without you ever really noticing it.Whatever the 3 Series’ status and reputation as a stellar car to drive and a fine all-rounder, though, it still arrived in our possession last summer with a lot to prove. Back then, it had just undergone a facelift and its position as the star pupil of the class it had ruled for so long was under … [Read more...] about BMW 320d long-term test review: all the car you’d ever need?