Is there a more vibrant and diverse segment on the market right now than that labelled ‘hot hatch’? In fact, is it technically a segment at all, but rather a broad net cast wide enough to include a $25K compact-sized Suzuki Swift Sport at one extreme and larger, circa-$80K Audi RS3s and Merc-AMG A45s at the other? And that’s just hatchbacks. When cross-shopping pocket rockets, there are also sedan (Subaru WRX STI), coupe (BMW M2) and wagon (AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake) alternatives to consider as well. The go-fast hatch goalposts are also perpetually moving: today’s ‘warm hatch’ is yesterday’s ‘hot’, the current ‘hot’ is the new ‘hyper’, and traditional hyper-hatch spearheads – gen-II Renault Megane RS, say – look to inevitably become overshadowed by ever-more potent and monstrous machinery. Buyers are just spoilt for choice in variety, size, style, price and even driven wheel type, with the playing … [Read more...] about 2018 Hot Hatch Mega Test
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Backed by dark green trees and the shimmering surface of a lake, the two faces in the snapshot instantly grab your attention.Posing side by side, Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible sport carefree smiles.Their heads touch playfully. Lauria’s is cocked slightly back, meeting her taller friend’s at her temple.It’s the image from the high-profile case of the two missing girls that people are most familiar with. For almost 20 years now, it has circulated widely, staring out from flyers and billboards, and appearing in news stories and TV crime specials.But for those who knew the real people now reduced to crime victims in the headlines, it is both a happy and a haunting reminder.“I think about them every day and where are they? It just breaks my heart,” said Kathy Wood, their former teacher.Wood said the mystery of their disappearance hasn’t only haunted those who knew Bible and Freeman, but the entire area where they lived and died too young.“It hit … [Read more...] about Ashley Freeman loved to fish. Lauria Bible was a country girl who raised pigs. This is the story the family and friends of the missing Welch girls want to tell.
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Sports Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Mark Maske and John Harris by Mark Maske and John Harris Email the author April 26 at 11:41 PM Email the author The Bills traded up to select Josh Allen. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports) The 2018 NFL draft is underway. Keep up with all the latest news, rumors and selections with live pick-by-pick analysis from national NFL writer Mark Maske and draft analyst John Harris. The 2018 NFL Draft • Latest news and rumors: After keeping their selection … [Read more...] about 2018 NFL draft live analysis, updates: Ravens take Lamar Jackson; Bills trade up for Josh Allen; Browns take Baker Mayfield No. 1
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Sports Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Mark Maske and John Harris by Mark Maske and John Harris Email the author April 26 at 6:49 PM Email the author Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was rumored throughout Thursday to be the Browns’ preference for the No. 1 pick. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File) Draft day has arrived. Keep up with all the latest news, rumors and draft projections throughout the day, then check back for live pick-by-pick analysis from national NFL writer Mark Maske … [Read more...] about 2018 NFL draft: Pick-by-pick projections, analysis and latest news
"In the early days, we’d be working on our own cars until Thursday afternoon,” remembers Dick Crosthwaite, carefully closing a Bugatti Type 35’s right-side engine cover with the ease that comes from having done something thousands of times. “Then we’d realize we needed a few quid to buy some cornflakes, so we ought to get busy with some customer jobs.” Advertisement - Continue Reading Below This story originally appeared in the May, 2018 issue of R&T - Ed.Things have changed a bit in the intervening half century. Type 35 Bugattis like the one Crosthwaite bought for £150 are now worth seven figures, and his shop, Crosthwaite & Gardiner, is in such demand that there’s precious little time for toys. Maybe that’s why Crosthwaite’s E-type has been almost finished since 1973. You may not know of C&G, but if you’ve been to Goodwood Revival or the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, you’ve almost certainly … [Read more...] about Inside the Shop Rebuilding Priceless Classics With New Tech and Old Knowledge
Auto shows are undoubtedly the best way to get thousands of car buffs in the same room to talk about, well, cars. While giving car lovers the opportunity to get together and explore everything auto, these shows also provide the perfect platform for leading manufacturers all over the world to showcase their new models and upcoming concepts, so it’s no surprise that a select few have quickly skyrocketed to the top of the ‘must see’ list. Pack up your UKEHIC, your visas and your plane tickets and get ready to jet off, because here, we’re exploring the top 5 auto shows from around the world that car lovers need to visit in their lifetime. Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung/Frankfurt Motor Show Quite possibly the biggest motor show in the world, Germany’s offering in Frankfurt is a yearly event that alternates its focus – what this means is that one year, commercial vehicles are shown, and on the next, passenger vehicles take the focus. Having started … [Read more...] about The Top 5 Auto Shows From Around The World
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Comic Riffs by Michael Cavna by Michael Cavna Email the author April 17 Email the author The Pulitzer-winning “Welcome to the New World,” by freelancers Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan, ran in the New York Times throughout 2017. (New York Times) THE ANNOUNCEMENT Monday afternoon that an “electronic comic book” had received the Pulitzer Prize sent shock waves through some corners of the cartooning community. In nearly a century of Pulitzer jurors honoring editorial cartooning, the award — much as with such sister categories as commentary and criticism — had never been given to … [Read more...] about This year’s cartooning Pulitzer is sharply dividing the comics community. Here’s why.
Unpaid bills. Allegations of abusive treatment. Explosive text messages. Car companies leaving for a competing series. Once, Red Bull Global Rallycross seemed like a bright spot in the racing world: action-packed events popular with young fans where Subarus, Volkswagens and more flew across dirt and asphalt courses. Now GRC’s future seems in doubt, and according to lawsuits obtained by Jalopnik, participants and former employees alike are left with little more than a bad taste in their mouths. On Tuesday, GRC’s 2018 season and perhaps its entire future came grinding to an apparent halt. GRC’s 2018 events website is totally blank, and Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway announced it was informed by GRC management the series had ceased operation. But according to court documents, this possible end of the series has been in the works for months, at least. GRC surprised fans with the discontinuation of its top Supercars class in February, but the lack of cars … [Read more...] about Ugly Lawsuit Documents The Implosion Of Red Bull Global Rallycross
Where have all the weird cars gone? I feel such lament every time I see that Jason drives some odd plastic French thing, my mom talks about her Isetta or I have to explain what my 411 is. But fear not: the rear-engined, rear-wheel-drive Smart ForTwo Cabrio is here to keep wackiness on wheels. [Full disclosure: Mercedes-Benz and Smart wanted me to drive the new ForTwo Cabrio so much that the company flew me to San Diego, put me in a fancy hotel and fed me for the weekend. I was next to the ocean. I had so much fish. All the fish. RIP fish.] When I mentioned that I would be driving this car, I was slightly disappointed by how many people asked, “Why would anyone buy a Smart car?” Come on, people. Have we all bought into Big Beige to the point where we can’t imagine a car existing for fun? Sure, the ForTwo Cabrio barely has room for two humans and a relatively small trunk, so it’s only really practical for basic in-town errands and commutes. Yet a Smart … [Read more...] about The Electric Smart ForTwo Is The Answer To People Who Say Cars Aren’t Weird Anymore
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