An explosion and massive fire in the 700 block of Waddington in Bloomfield Township, MI — just a mile from my ancestral home in Bloomfield Hills, MI — destroyed a vintage 1974 Lamborghini Espada earlier today. Here's a shot of the burned-out Lamborghini.
Generations of Detroiters used to park themselves under the jaw-dropping ornate plasterwork and opulence of a downtown movie palace called the Michigan Theater. Today, it's where they park their cars. Ironic, considering it was built atop Henry Ford's first workshop.
The White Lake Formula 1 Ring is a slot car track, in a basement, built by someone with a lot of spare time. But check your bias at pit row, because this scale track is better than most real ones.
How the Midwest is going from automakers imploding to a film industry explosion. So, basically — from cars to stars. [Changing Gears]
Is it possible for a $300 Volkswagen Quantum Syncro to survive all weekend in a road-course endurance race? No. How about taking 9th place overall, in front of E30s, RX-7s, Integras, and other allegedly faster cars? Again, and emphatically, no.
A Honda Civic has taken the win on laps at a 24 Hours of LeMons race before, but the Civic's two-seater cousin had never accomplished this feat... until today.
After a long, cold, windy day of Michigan-style endurance racing, we've got a CRX in the lead, a Neon in second... and a Merkur XR4Ti and Ghostbusters Volvo wagon in the top ten.
With only about 57 entries showing up to the first-ever LeMons event at Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, Michigan, the LeMons Supreme Court was able to scrutinize each entry with extra suspicion.
Travis Pastrana won Rally America's season-opening Sno*Drift Rally this weekend. It was single-digit cold, the roads were covered in a thick sheet of ice, and Ken Block's brand-new Ford Fiesta broke. Sound like fun? Of course it does.
I like to go shoot photographs at self-service junkyards, but the trade-off you get from a rapid turnover of inventory tends to be excessive regimentation of the cars. No trees growing through engine compartments, and so on.
Two Democrats in Michigan's State House put together legislation to mandate classroom time on "the importance of carpooling and using public transportation, identifying the attributes of a fuel-efficient vehicle," and "recycling vehicle parts and fluids." Hippies. [Detroit News]
The Second Great Migration sent millions of African-Americans from the South to the Midwest, where good jobs in the automotive industry helped them join the ranks of the middle class. What happens now?
Business owners in economically-depressed Metro Detroit suburbs, eager to do business with wives of Italian Fiat executives, are prettying-up their shops, discounting their $1,595 high-heeled sandals and learning Italian, all in a bid to earn some valuable Lira.
Quartet of battery-makers announce a $1.7B manufacturing investment in Michigan. Green-collar economy not vaporware? [CrainsDetroit]