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San Francisco Chronicle 59th Annual International Auto Show

The San Francisco Chronicle 59th Annual International Auto Show
More than 800 vehicles spanning the 1.2 million square foot Moscone Center, consumers can shop and get their questions answered by trained product specialists in an informative, non-pressure, no-sales environment

Test drive opportunities from major manufacturers. Plug-in Electric Vehicle Test Drives.

Sports Cars and Hot Cars

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Hurricane Matthew and Cars by Geoff Wheatley

September 30 - October 9, 2016: Hurricane Matthew leaves path of destruction from the Caribbean to the Southeast U.S. Starting out as a Category 5 strength with 160 mph winds. It hit southeastern United States as a Category 1 hurricane with 75 mph winds.

Like many others my knowledge of Hurricanes’ was limited to news reels and T.V. Lots of water, fallen trees. Floating cars etc.... During our evacuation we did get pictures from the area where we live and were comforted by the fact that none of the damaged homes looked like ours.

My advice to anyone who faces a similar experience is “Get To Hell Out’, as soon as you can. I did not... Slowly we are recovering but it’s certainly a long term objective.
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 IndyCar GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma 2016

IndyCar GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma 2016
Verizon IndyCar Series GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma IndyCar Race 2016-09-16 - 2016-09-18 Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California, US

Series finale to the 2016 racing schedule

The Sonoma Raceway is a 2.385-mile, 12-turn natural-terrain road course and a challenge for drivers. This is not a turn left and keep ones foot down driving experience. Sonoma has elevation changes, a tight right-hand Turn 12 leading onto the front stretch, a Carousel turn that requires downshifting -- all packed into a scenic setting played out in a hilly bowl.

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 Pirelli World Challenge Sonoma Raceway 2016

Pirelli World Challenge, Sonoma, CA 2016
Pirelli World Challenge, 2016-09-16 - 2016-09-18 Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California, US

Pirelli World Challenge GT Race #1 on Saturday was a show to remember. The starting pack ran into Turn 2 with the Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS GT3 losing it right away. Hard racing all over the track for the full race period.

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  1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Named Best of Show Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

The 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina won its class before being named Best of Show, it was also named the Gwenn Graham Most Elegant Convertible

Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, 2016
Concours d'Elegance, Car Show, 2016-08-21, Pebble Beach Lodge, Pebble Beach, California, US

The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance one of the most significant automobile shows in the world displaying the most prized collector cars.

The Pebble Beach Concours, one of the top-ranking collector car competition in the world draws competitors and viewers from all over the globe. Each year a significant collection of rare examples of motoring history from all over the world come together on the fairway and lawns around the historic Loge at Pebble Beach.

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Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2016
August 18-21, 2016 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, California, US

The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is among the most fascinating displays of museum quality automobiles on a race track at SPEED.

Approximately 550 race cars are invited to compete in the world’s premier motoring event, and are accepted based on the car’s authenticity, race provenance and period correctness.

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Concorso Italiano, 2016 Car Show, Monterey, California
20th of August
Black Horse Golf Club at Marina in the Monterey Bay Area. California
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"Every Thing Italian".

Concorso Italiano is a day of with everything Italian, from fashion to Ferraris, red wine, sunshine, and the beautiful people. There is an endless lawn of Italian cars, booths of anything one could want for the Italian car culture, exotic car displays, and a fashion clothing show.

This show is hugely supported by the car clubs and the turnout is enormous. The judging and awards brings an endless parade of the best cars on the field to the stands with guests and owners speaking over the show cars.


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Your New Toy .... Buying that Next Car: by Geoff Wheatley

I know that the vast majority of owners are experts of their particular vehicle or even vehicles however, even though I claim to be one of them I have, from time to time, purchased a lemon that looks wonderful the first time I saw the car but once my check had been cashed various problems seemed to appear almost like magic! So in order that you seldom if ever have this same experience here are a few suggestions that could save you both time and money.

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Self Drive Cars

Self Drive Cars. Some Thoughts. by Geoff Wheatley

The fact that nothing is really new can be reviewed in an excellent article, written by Evan Ackerman entitled. ”Self Driving Cars Were Just Around the Corner”. It seems that as early as 1960 RCA engineers expressed the view that by 1975 we would be driving on electronic highways that took control of the vehicle once the system had been activated, by a simple switch on the dashboard.

It may sound attractive but close your eyes and think about such a trip especially if you have family members with you who will express concern every time the car overtakes or slows down. Of course the same can apply to any other passenger in your automatic drive vehicle. If you really want a self drive means of transport my suggestion is take a taxi or the local bus, it could be safer!

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Morris, MG and the Mini

It's impossible to tell the story of why MG almost disappeared in the mid 1930's without including the activities of Morris motors and of course the founder of the Morris empire.

For Billy Morris the great war had been a boom… his share of vehicle contracts was the highest in the country mainly because he made reliable vehicles that were simple to drive and maintain just like his mentor Henry Ford.

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10th Annual Meeting Association of Historians of Motorsports

10th Annual Meeting of the Association of Historians of Motorsports
3 March 2016
Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia
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In front of the museum there are more than 180 vintage vehicles, motorcycles, cars and one truck and a bus. It was the largest regional gathering of this kind ever held. Participants were from Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Croatian, Czech Republic and Serbia.

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NASCAR Sonoma Raceway 2016

NASCAR
Toyota/Save Mart 350 2016
2016-06-24 - 2016-06-26

Sonoma Raceway
Sonoma, California
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NASCAR AT SONOMA RACEWAY. This is the weekend not to be missed.

Hot Fast Cars and cool smooth wine; NASCAR first road course of the season at Wine Country's Sonoma Raceway.

Veteran Carl Edwards easily won the pole for Sunday’s Save Mart/Toyota 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

Two-time Sonoma winner Tony Stewart running in his final season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will go for the win. This is Sonoma.... Anything can happen!


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 Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix 2016

Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix 2016
April 30 - May 1, 2016, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, California, USA
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Jaguar D Type History by Geoff Wheatley
In the 1950's there was one British car that dominated the racing world, the Jaguar D Type. Not only fast but like its brothers out of the Jaguar Stable, simply dramatic in design and style.

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 Ferrari Challenge Sonoma Raceway 2016

Ferrari Challenge Sonoma Raceway 2016
April 8 -10 2016, Sonoma Raceway,Sonoma, California, USA
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 CSRG David Love Memorial Vintage Car Road Races 2016 Sonoma

CSRG David Love Memorial Vintage Car Road Races 2016
Vintage Car Road Races, 2016-04-01 - 2016-04-03, Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California, USA
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Auto Club Speedway

NASCAR California Auto Club 400 2016
March 17-20, 2016
Fontana, California
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NASCAR is the most popular racing in the US today. NASCAR and Auto Club Speedway at Fontana is dedicated to make and keep the fans happy by giving them a full-on exciting weekend.

1- 48 Jimmie Johnson - Started; 19 • 2- 4 Kevin Harvick - Started; 2 • 3- 11 Denny Hamlin - Started; 3 • 4- 22 Joey Logano - Started; 9 • 5- 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr - Started; 18 •

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 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Image Credit: Photo Courtesy of Goodwood Festival of Speed

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016
23rd to 26th June, 2016
Goodwood Estate, Chichester, West Sussex, UK
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A Recent announcement ahead of the new season at Goodwood is that for the first time six World Touring Cars are to be competing for a timed run 'shoot out'.

The theme for this year's Festival is, 'Full Throttle - The Endless Pursuit of Power'

Lord March said, "We are delighted to welcome the FIA World Touring Car Championship to The 2016 Festival of Speed."

The 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 and the 50th anniversary of the inaugural round of the Can-Am series cars will also be celebrated.

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2016 Jaguar XE Sport sedan

Jaguar XE 2016 Test Drive
January 30, 2016
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Starting at the top, the Jaguar XE is listed at: Base MSRP from $34,900: We had a "35t" AWD 3.0 liter V6 340PS Supercharged Gas (Automatic) and All Wheel Drive. It had a Top Speed: 120mph and a 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds. Not bad for a 4 dr sport model. The supercharger really makes these car jump at the slightest prodding of the loud peddle. The XE is designed and market-placed to compete with the more performance sport sedans from the likes of BMW or Mercedes Benz.

I will offer my conclusions of the day up front as well as repeat at the end. The XE is: Hot, Sporty, Gadget laden. A showoff. And at this price point it should be a winner on the showroom floor.

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InterClassics Maastricht 2016

InterClassics Maastricht 2016
January 17, 2016
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Record number of visitors at InterClassics Maastricht MAASTRICHT, 17 January 2016 - With 29.660 visitors, InterClassics Maastricht has broken a new record. This past weekend, MECC Maastricht organised the 23rd edition of this exhibition that has earned a position among the top international classic-car events such as those held in Essen, Paris, Padua and Stuttgart.

Buyers, enthusiasts and day-trippers travelled from all over the Netherlands and abroad just to admire the collection of classic cars.

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San Francisco Chronicle 58th Annual International Auto Show

San Francisco Chronicle 58th Annual International Auto Show
San Francisco, California
November 21-29, 2015
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Visitors to the San Francisco International Auto Show will have the opportunity to step into the future of personal transportation. This years show will feature new alternative fuel, electric and hybrid vehicles plus the latest driver-assist technology from the world's major manufacturers.

This is the best show in San Francisco and is northern California's premier, largest and most spectacular auto exhibition.

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Porsche Works Reunion 2015

Porsche Works Reunion 2015
Rancho Canada Golf Club, Carmel, California
August 22, 2015
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This was the second annual event at the Rancho Canada Golf Club on Carmel Valley Road during the August "Car Week" on California's Monterey Peninsula.

Porsche Works Reunion was created and run by The Porsche Club of America as a one-make car gathering featuring Porsche cars. 2015 saw over 700 cars on the field.

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 Drift Championship, Ada Huja 2015

Adria Drift Series 2015
September 6 2015
Ada Huja, Serbia
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On the former island and the peninsula Ada Huja (Ada in Turkish means island), the karting track, driven the fourth round of the competition drift called Adria Drift Series.

Adria Drift Series is intended to be a regional competition drift which would be held in the beginning of the competition in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro.

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Goodwood Revival 2015

Goodwood Revival 2015
Goodwood Estate
Chichester, West Sussex, UK
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Circulating rapidly in cars constructed from the 40's through to 1966 is the order of the day at the Goodwood Revival. For this year held across 3 days in September and for this year it was 11th to 13th. But it is so much more than racing: Lord March and his team always make for a unique twist on historic racing.
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Rennsport Reunion V
 2015

Rennsport Reunion V
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey Bay Area, California, 2015

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The Rennsport Reunion started as a follow up to the 1998 Monterey Historic's race weekend featuring Porsche and Brian Redman's Porsche featured event at Watkins Glen.

Bob Carlson of PCNA with Redman put together the first Reunion at Lime Rock Park in 2001 with the backing of Porsche Cars North America. This is the 5th running of that event.

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24th Vintage Sports Car Club Goodwood 2015

24th Vintage Sports Car Club Goodwood 2015
Goodwood Estate
Chichester, West Sussex, UK
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The VSCC Sprint and Handicap event is traditionally the finale of the year.

The original objective of the VSCC, when formed in October 1934, was to provide competition and social meeting for those with cars five years old or more. After further discussion and votes cast, the following year, it was ratified that the club would operate for cars post 31st December 1930. Today, there are over 7,200 members.
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24 hours of Elegance 2015

24 hours elegance 2015
Grand Casino, Beograd
September 11, 2015

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By tradition, the event called 24 hours of elegance began with an exhibition of exclusive vintage car within the Royal Palace, the residence of the Karadjordjevic family, on Friday night.

On Saturday the exhibition Kalemeganu, which features less exclusive cars and motorcycles, mainly owned domestic collectors, from Serbia, a few laps on the track around Kalemegdan, the memory of the Grand Prix of Belgrade in 1939. What is just driven on that track, and then in front of the exhibition Yugoslavia.

Concorso Italiano 2015

Concorso Italiano
Black Horse Golf Course, August 15, 2015

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The Concorso at the Black Horse Golf Club at Marina in the Monterey Bay Area, has a very unique layout utilizing the area adjacent to the club house for the staring and the long fairways to assemble endless rows of Italian cars.

Endless Ferraris, a field of Alfa's, a full coloring of Lamborghinis, New cars, extremely rare cars, shopping, great food, sun, and beautiful people.

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Pebble Beach
Concours d'Elegance, 2015

Pebble Beach
Concours d'Elegance, August 16, 2015

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The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is one of the most significant automobile shows in the world when it comes to most prized collector cars.

Each year a collection of these wonderful examples of motoring history gather in numbers around 200, on the fairway and lawns around the historic Loge at Pebble Beach.

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2015

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2015
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Monterey, California
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The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is about race cars that are rarely seen, authentic and historic.

The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion celebrated the 50 year anniversary of the Shelby GT 350 Mustang.

NEW STORIES

Rolls-Royce

Did you know about Rolls-Royce by Geoff Wheatley

As you may know Rolls-Royce is now part of B.M.W. But they did not manage to purchase either the RR symbol or the Lady who graces the front of the car...These two items now belongs to VW. It seems that when the financial vultures were pulling Rolls apart to sell off the company to the highest bidder, they did not do their homework and did not realize that several patents for Rolls-Royce existed, or rather parts of Rolls-Royce, including the name and of course the famous lady.

Its one thing to know that you are wearing a special watch but another not to be able to show it off to your friends

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1927 Ice Buggy by Geoff Wheatley

In 1926 a national Austrian newspaper printed a challenge for any four wheel vehicle with one or two drivers to complete the winter trip from Moscow Russia, to Vorkuta Siberia.

No one had ever tried such a journey and it was doubtful if the so-called roads would be in any condition to drive on or use in the winter. The usual means of travel in such conditions was by train and that took several days depending on the weather . Apart from the train stations on route there was not much choice where to stop or stay.

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Model T Ford. Speedsters

Early Car Racing by Geoff Wheatley

The first attempt at racing cars against each other was in Europe. As early as 1892 road races were being held on country roads in France and Italy. In a few cases the results were deadly.

The winner of the first automobile competitive event held in the US (1895) was Frank Duryea who in company with his brother Charles was the inventor of the Duryea Car, manufactured in Springfield Massachusetts.

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Geoff Wheatley

The Car Radio, Some History by Geoff Wheatley

We take the car radio very much for granted and that includes the ability to play music, however this feature in our cars has a rather short history compared with the 130 years that we have used mechanical transport.

The history of the car radio in the USA goes back to 1929 when two young men decided to take their girl friends down Lovers Land to see the evening sunset.

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The Car Industry & Technology by Geoff Wheatley

I recently purchased a Lexus, yes I know the old man's car, but I guess when you join that age brigade the Porsche two seater becomes something of a challenge when you want to get the weeks groceries both in terms of space and comfort. The most challenging aspect of my new toy is trying to understand all the gadgets that the car has.

I recently read of a Car Dealership in Massachusetts who had the bright idea of employing high school students to explain the workings of the latest automobile to people like myself.

I recall when the Owners handbook consisted of about twenty pages with pictures and each feature was both simple to read and even more simple to do.
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