Cars
Apr 24

VIDEO: Ken Block Takes On Neymar Jr In An Epic Game Of Footkhana

Neymar Jr takes on Ken Block in a game of Footkhana. (Photo: Castrol)

Neymar Jr takes on Ken Block in a game of Footkhana. (Photo: Castrol)

What do you get when you cross the jaw-dropping driving spectacle of Ken Block’s Gymkhana with a group of world-class soccer stars led by Brazilian ace Neymar Jr and two-time FIFA World Cup winner Cafu?

The answer is “Footkhana” and it is epic in every sense of the word.

In one of the most unlikely soccer football matches of the year, Neymar and team are pitted against Block and his 650-horsepower Ford Fiesta rally car in a battle of precision and accuracy.

Apr 20

Five Classic Ford Mustangs You Can Still Afford

You can get a 1964½-66 convertible but you will have to settle for a six-cylinder. (Photo: Hagerty)

You can get a 1964½-66 convertible for less than $25,00 but you will have to settle for a six-cylinder. (Photo: Hagerty)

In the run up to the big 50th anniversary of the Mustang, prices of the classic first version of the Mustang, the 1964½ (technically a 1965 model) through 1966, have been moving up. The best convertibles and fastbacks with the highest horsepower engines can bring well over $65,000 and there has been renewed interest in vintage Mustangs of all years. All isn’t lost however for the Mustang collector on a budget. Here are five of our favorites that you can still afford:

1. 1964½-66 Convertible (six cylinder)

If you simply must have the first version of the Mustang in a convertible and have $25,000 or less to spend on a nice one, well then you’re likely to have to settle for the six-cylinder model instead of the 260 or 289 V-8. And the six of the ’60s was nothing like today’s 300-plus hp base V-6. Nope, the 200-cubic-inch straight-six was good for just 120 hp, so performance was leisurely at best. No matter; the six still looked great.

Apr 16

Cars: Take A Ride In The Infiniti Q60S 6MT Convertible

The Infiniti Q60S 6MT convertible features crisp shifting and close-ratio gearing provided the sensations of a proper little sports car. (Photo: Bob Golfen)

The Infiniti Q60S 6MT convertible features crisp shifting and close-ratio gearing that provide the sensations of a proper little sports car. (Photo: Larry Edsall)

Stickshift should be listed as an endangered species, along with African rhinos and black-footed ferrets. With modern automatic transmissions become so much more sophisticated and fuel efficient, and enhanced with such things as paddle shifters, manual transmissions are rapidly going the way of ignition points.

Call me old school, but I fundamentally prefer cars with three pedals, especially those cars with sporty ambitions. But it’s so rare that a premium car comes to me for testing with anything other than some kind of high-tech automatic.

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

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

One of the star cars of the show was a totally tricked out 2013 Ford Mustang, 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 Mustang 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.