Jul 8

Test drive: How a sports car should evolve – the 2014 Porsche 911

(Photo courtesy Porsche)

Seven generations later and the 2014 911 still retains its same iconic look that it had in the 1960s. (Photo courtesy )

For a full half century now, the Porsche 911 has defined what a pure, no compromises sports car can, and more importantly, should be.

And during the last 50 years, the 911 has stayed laser-focused and true to Porsche’s vision of a sports car through countless automotive trends, market changes and fads.

If you bought a 911 new in 1964 and a 2014 model today, you would instantly understand the connection, how what the German automaker created way back when has evolved into what it is today. The new 911, now in its seventh generation, is every bit as targeted today as it was in ’64. And that’s a very good thing indeed.

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Jun 20

Ron Pratte To Auction Off Car Collection At Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

Ron Pratte bought this 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2007. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

bought this 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake at Scottsdale in 2007. (Photo: )

Whenever a noted collector puts some of his on the block, it’s big news in the vintage-car community.

At the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in March, a number of high-end cars were sold out of the collection of the late Malcolm Pray, who died last summer. Tops on the list was a stunning Figoni et Falaschi-bodied 1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Torpedo Roadster known as “Malcolm’s French Mistress,” which sold for a jaw-dropping $6.6 million, fully 10 percent above the high estimate.

But now comes news that makes the Pray collection look like a mere drop in the bucket.

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Jun 4

Test drive: 2014 Chevy SS like a spacious four-door Camaro

Airplane not included. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

The new 2014 SS is fun to drive, powerful, roomy, and costs around $45,000. Airplane not included. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

The most surprising thing about the all-new 2014 Chevrolet SS isn’t any particular facet or feature of the car itself. Rather, it’s that General Motors built the car at all.

The Australian-built SS is the production version of the car that Chevrolet races in NASCAR. It’s also the first rear-wheel-drive performance sedan Chevrolet has sold in the United States since 1996.

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May 1

Remembering the day; remembering the legend

Ayrton Senna leading during the 1994 San Marino GP. (Photo: Jean-Loup Gautreau/Getty Images)

leading during the 1994 . (Photo: Jean-Loup Gautreau/Getty Images)

May 1, 1994. It’s a day I’ll never forget, no matter how much I wish I could.

My wife and I awoke that morning in a high-rise hotel in Waikiki, having moved to Hawaii just the night before. When my wife turned on the early sports report on TV, the first thing we saw was a somber anchorman on the set who said something to the effect of, “We begin today in , Italy…”

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Apr 14

Ford wins big at Barrett-Jackson celebrating 50th anniversary of Mustang

This 2015 Ford Mustang used in the 'Need For Speed' movie sold for $500K at last weekend's Barrett-Jackson auction. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

This 2013 used in the new “Need For Speed” movie sold for $300K at last weekend’s auction. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

Last weekend’s 12th annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction was a huge home run on several fronts for Motor Co., which had a strong presence at the South Florida event.

One of the star of the show was a totally tricked out 2013 Ford , which was used in the actual making of the “Need For Speed” movie and is just like the one used in the video game of the same name. The high-performance custom sold for $300,000 to Dave Flynn of the Flynn Automotive Group in Youngstown, Ohio. All of the proceeds went to benefit the Henry Ford Health System.

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