On the track, it racked up wins. Off the track, it racked up rumor. Its speed was a dream come true. Its handling could be a nightmare. And when the race car vanished, it became the stuff of legend and lore. Many race cars of the 1950s and ’60s were simply wrecked and scrapped. But when this one disappeared, its demise became the subject of much speculation. “There’s even stories that it went to the Pacific Ocean or a lake or something,” says the car’s body designer, Chuck Pelly. Dave Helms, owner of Scuderia Rampante, a Ferrari restoration, repair, and aftermarket development shop in Erie, Colorado laughs about how little is known about the car, or what happened to it. “Nobody really knows where it is… For the most part, everybody believes it’s gone forever. Not that it’s going to be located, but that it’s just destroyed and gone.” The race car is called the Harrison Special. It’s not an artificial reef in the … [Read more...] about You’ve Found A Mysterious Race Car Lost To History. Now What?
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Editor’s Note: This article is written by contributor Jeff Taylor. Due to technical difficulties, it is under the TTAC Staff byline. Once those difficulties are fixed, Jeff’s name will be properly attached. Jaguar’s new I-Pace EV is the first vehicle in the automaker’s plan to fully electrify — or electrically assist — all of its vehicles beginning in 2020. The I-Pace raises the question: can Jaguar’s EV powertrain live up to everyday driving demands and deliver the premium experience luxury buyers demand without a huge power-suck mileage penalty? Additionally, mainstream and luxury manufacturers have announced aggressive electrification plans of their own, which puts more heat on Jaguar to get it right or risk its plug being pulled. To gauge Jaguar’s level of success, I spent some time in Lisbon, Portugal for the I-Pace Media Drive. During the launch program, I put the I-Pace through some tough driving situations and made some … [Read more...] about 2019 Jaguar I-Pace First Drive – Electric Avenue Now Has More Traffic
Sandy Piper's family has been merchants in Hampden for more than 40 years, but when she retires someday, she's not sure there will be any business left.Expenses have increased, customers aren't spending more and online shopping has cut into sales at Sandy's Bargain Center on West 36th Street. Now, with the announcement that Amazon will launch one- and two-hour delivery in Baltimore, she's worried that even last-minute purchases won't lure people into the shop."I can't tell you what the future is going to look like," said Piper, 51. "Hopefully I'm not out of business in 10 years, but if I am … it's probably because of the Internet."Traditional retailers have long grappled with how to best adapt and compete in the online shopping age, and Amazon's Prime Now is seen as yet another hurdle for Baltimore's small merchants."Volume is everything in the retail business," said Patrick Donoho, president of the Maryland Retailers Association. "Every time somebody clicks for Amazon, that's a … [Read more...] about Small merchants brace for competition from Amazon’s Prime Now
Amazon.com will launch its one-hour delivery service, Prime Now, in the coming weeks in some parts of Baltimore, taking advantage of the pending opening of its massive new distribution center near Canton.The service will be available in select zip codes to Amazon Prime subscribers, who pay $99 a year for unlimited free two-day delivery on more than 20 million items. The one-hour service, available through the Prime Now mobile app, costs $7.99, while two-hour delivery will be free.The Seattle-based online retailer's announcement Thursday makes Baltimore and Miami the second and third cities to get the rapid delivery service — it launched one-hour delivery in New York City's Manhattan in December and expanded to Brooklyn last month. And it came the same day that the Federal Aviation Administration opened the door to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' dream of unmanned drone deliveries by issuing an "experimental airworthiness certificate" to allow limited testing of the plan.Both … [Read more...] about Amazon launches one-hour delivery service in Baltimore
THE OLD BLACK FIREBIRD was blocking our exit from the gas station. As the passenger door opened, I saw the look on the face of the immense, camouflage-clad good ol' boy who sprang out like he'd just spotted a new form of game on his personal hunting grounds. Throwing the Cadillac ATS-V coupe into neutral, I jumped out to greet the man before he reached our group. I spotted a sun-worn but freshly polished badge on the Pontiac's front fender. No way. Could it be? Advertisement - Continue Reading Below "Eighty-eight GTA, am I right?"The driver, also wearing full hunting camo but half the size of his friend, laughed behind his wraparound sunglasses."Yeah! Been working on her for a while. Lot of specific parts to this model, you know? Everything from steering wheel to spoiler. Hard to get. What you boys doing down here? Some kind of test? That's the new Ferrari, right?""488 GTB," the hulking passenger clarified. "Which makes this," and I paused for effect, "GTA meets GTB." In the space of … [Read more...] about The 2016 Road & Track Performance Car of the Year