Internet showoffs make it seem like you need a dedicated track car to have fun on open lapping days. They’re dead wrong—as this high schooler showed us by bringing his family’s Chrysler 200 to a track day at Mid-Ohio. And he had an absolute blast.
Road & Track’s Performance Car of the Year test sounds like every gearhead’s dream. But nobody dreams of being stranded on the side of an abandoned country road with a tire pushed off its rim in a car that carries no spare and no tools.
Back in the March, 1998 issue of Road & Track, the ever-influential Peter Egan presented a quiz called “Does Your Car Have Character?” A lot has changed since 1998, so Jack Baruth updated the quiz for modern motorheads. Here’s the definitive answer, for 2015, as to whether your daily driver has street cred.
Patrick Bedard, golden-age automotive journalist, perhaps put it best: Those left-lane hogs puttering along in the left lane, well below the speed limit, backing up traffic for miles behind them? They’re members of “The Anti-Destination League.” And they have an uncanny love for cute-ute crossovers.
It was just one year ago that I teamed up with Travis Okulski to win American Endurance Racing’s debut event at New Jersey Motorsports Park. But in that short year, quite a bit has changed. Back then, we were like Rocky in the first Rocky movie: scrappy underdogs fighting through pain and poverty, running up a long…
At some point, the stuff of your dreams (and if you're here, those dreams might just have side strakes and NACA ducts) gets old. One day, the all-conquering hero of yesterday's car rag crosses the depreciation threshold of your average income, no matter how many posters filled bedroom walls or pre-driver's license…
With the news that Corvettes have finally entered LeMons, the floodgates are likely to open for other semi-exotic hardware. The 'Vette was probably legit, but cheaters have almost certainly won LeMons before. What would you try?
History tells us that Henry Leland founded both of America's major luxury brands, and there were times in the Seventies when the deVille and Continental were fundamentally identical. CTS and MKZ? Not so much. Who's got the better mousetrap?
Some cars are born wagons, some achieve wagonhood, and some have bad-ass wagonhood thrust upon them. The Jalop in the street knows that wagons beat sedans nearly every time, but which wagon improved the most over its donor car?
To mis-paraphrase Henry Ford: The original Corvette came in any performance variant you wanted, as long as it was slow. No longer. There are at least three different "performance" Vettes, none of which really sell worth a damn. Why?
"On any given weekend, there's more Mazdas on the road-race tracks of America than any other brand of vehicle." So Mr. Dempsey tells us in the oft-repeated Mazda commercial. It sounds good and may be true. But is it relevant?
Remember the Chevette Scooter? The Tercel EZ? The Horizon America? A couple of decades back, Americans had a pretty broad selection of affordable basic transportation with zero frivolous gingerbread. Not these days.
A dose of reality for would-be racers: "Racing an old VW Golf or Honda Civic once a month costs as much as buying a Nissan GT-R or Porsche Cayman S on a five-year loan." [Speed:Sport:Life]
We're not saying we don't like the Mazda Rotary, but it's hard to say anything bad about an RX-7 that can spin the tires in fourth gear. Jack Baruth, aka ViergangFuchs, ran across this 543-horse beast when he stopped by Matt “Tinman” Johnston's shop to pick up his new NASA Neon ACR (the previous one having been…
Jack Baruth over at the many-coloned Speed:Sport:Life, which brought us the F430 v. GT500 v. Elise v. Caliber challenge, is at it again with a tirade against those who eschew FWD and brightly-colored cars from the land of Bruce. Baruth is the proud owner of both a vintage Porsche Lime Green Audi S5, which is as bright…
Since today's PCH has us in a Mustang/Camaro frame of mind, it's time to see a few that actually, you know, run. Turn up your speakers, because you're going to want to share this with everyone in the office. No, really. Crank 'em up all the way! What we have here is 24 Hours of LeMons Flat Rock winner ViergangFuchs,…