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Fall is Coming and You Need a Convertible

The days are getting shorter. The air will be a little crisper soon, if you live in a place in which this happens. There are hearty souls who will fetch the groceries in a blizzard in their Fiat 124s, but most of us start pickling our toys when the leaves turn. That’s not the way it has to be, says Peter Egan. Grab a… » 8/28/15 2:45pm Friday 2:45pm

Peter Egan on the Overwhelming First Step of a Major Car Restoration

“Yours truly, the car medic who can detect a pulse when all others see only bleached bones with arrows through an empty rib cage out on the lonely prairie.” That’s how Peter Egan describes himself in this Side Glances column, “Girding Oneself for Battle With the Restorable Car.” » 8/21/15 2:00pm 8/21/15 2:00pm

How Do Top-Tier Race Cars Compare On-Track?

This isn’t as easy to answer as you might think. Paper comparisons are one thing: laps turned in anger, with a stopwatch, are another thing entirely. It takes a motorsports expert and a lot of happy coincidences to draw any sort of conclusions worth hanging your helmet on. Luckily, we know a guy. » 8/16/15 11:31am 8/16/15 11:31am

Why Left-Lane Hogs Always Choose Crossovers

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. » 8/06/15 12:13pm 8/06/15 12:13pm

Eight things you learn as a rookie racer at Le Mans

Marc Miller is nearly ready for his first appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The American racer has been hard at work preparing to co-drive the No. 53 Dodge Viper GT3-R at this weekend’s 83rd running of the legendary endurance race. Along the way, Miller has learned some important, and unusual, tricks to success… » 6/09/15 12:16pm 6/09/15 12:16pm

How this 1956 Le Mans film secretly references racing's deadliest day

At first glance, this 1956 video is just a great find for racing fans: Mike Hawthorn, narrating a lap around Le Mans, a camera on his Jaguar D-Type giving us driver’s-eye view. It’s fantastic to watch—but it holds subtle references to the deadliest day in motorsports history, which unfolded 60 years ago this month. » 6/01/15 1:50pm 6/01/15 1:50pm

Why Mad Men was secretly the best car show on TV

My favorite moment of the Mad Men finale, and probably of the show in its entirety, was over within the first minute of last night’s episode. It was the perfect farewell to the Don Draper that went unnoticed by most, but that you and I knew as a member of our family: Don Draper, the secret gearhead.
» 5/19/15 12:04am 5/19/15 12:04am

Why BMW's twin-turbo V8 needs a new battery with every oil change

The BMW N63 is a juggernaut of an engine. The hot-inside-vee twin-turbo V8 powers such notables as the 750i and, in M-tuned form, the M5 and M6. It’s a technological marvel, going to crazy lengths in the pursuit of both horsepower and efficiency. And it absolutely destroys batteries.
» 5/11/15 3:07pm 5/11/15 3:07pm

First Drive: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

BARCELONA, SPAIN — Five lugs good, four lugs better! The first two generations of Mazda MX-5 (nee Miata) made do with four wheel lugs in classic small-car fashion, but the bulkier third-generation car and its seventeen-inch rolling stock required the addition of a fifth. When early photos of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata… » 1/30/15 11:49am 1/30/15 11:49am

Fox-body enforcer: Driving the very first police-spec Mustang

If you lived through the '80s and '90s, you know there was no escaping the legend of the SSP Mustang. Maybe your uncle had his doors blown off by a Florida State Trooper in a five-liter, or your dad got popped in his Porsche by the California Highway Patrol in a four-eye. Spotting one lurking in the in the tall weeds… » 1/28/15 2:17pm 1/28/15 2:17pm

Why there are no more stick-shift Acuras

If you were at all car-aware in the 1990s and 2000s, Acura was squarely on your radar. From the brand's first Legends, to the iconic Integra, to the follow-up RSX and the halo-status NSX, Acura's lineup always included something for the gearheads among us, complete with honest-to-goodness manual transmissions. » 1/23/15 1:37pm 1/23/15 1:37pm