Cars
Jul 13

Porsche Used By Steve McQueen In ‘Le Mans’ Film Headed To Auction

This 1969 Porsche 917K could top $20 million at the Gooding & Company auction in August. (Photo: Gooding & Company)

This 1969 Porsche 917K could top $20 million at the Gooding & Company auction in August. (Photo: Gooding & Company)

One of the holy grails of the collector car world and possibly one of the world’s most valuable Porsches extant will be offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction in Pebble Beach, Calif., next month (Aug. 17-18).

The 1969 917K is probably the most desirable version of one of Porsche’s mightiest competition cars. The reliable and powerful flat-12 engine, combined with lightweight aerodynamic coupe bodywork, was tailor made for endurance races like The 24 Hours of Le Mans. Picking up where the Ford GT40 left off (and also sponsored by Gulf Oil in the iconic light blue and orange livery), the 917K helped show the door to Ferrari in endurance racing, leaving them to concentrate on Formula One, where they remain today.

Jul 12

Test Drive: 2015 Nissan GT-R Packs Power, Touts Impressive Price Tag

The 2015 Nissan GT-R packs 545 horsepower thanks to a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6. (Photo: Nissan)

The 2015 Nissan GT-R packs 545 horsepower thanks to a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6. (Photo: Nissan)

Godzilla is getting soft.

Not the movie monster — although its latest iteration has been criticized for putting on a little weight — but the Nissan GT-R, which has been likened to the famous daikaiju thanks to its nuclear levels of performance.

The numbers speak for themselves: Zero to 60 mph in under three seconds; a top speed of 196 mph; 545 horsepower courtesy of a hand-built 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 assembled in a clean room so high-tech that those fleeing scientists on the silver screen would kill to have one. If only they’d made it.

Jul 11

Celebrate Mopar History And Culture At 2014 Carlisle Chrysler Nationals

Take in the sights and sounds this weekend at the 2014 Carlisle Chrysler Nationals. (Photo: Carlisle Events)

Take in the sights and sounds this weekend at the 2014 Carlisle Chrysler Nationals. (Photo: Carlisle Events)

The Carlisle Chrysler Nationals has been the premier all Mopar-themed event in the world since its inception in 1991. Fast forward to 2014 and this year’s event promises to once again be the cream of the crop within automotive circles. As the only July event on the Carlisle Events schedule this year, the weekend of July 11-13 hosts special guests, displays, seminars and the cars.

As has been the case for many years, the event unofficially launches on Thursday with a kick-off party and cruise in at Cumberland Valley Motors in nearby Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.  The free kick-off, presented by the Mopar Rebellion Car Club, draws upwards of 400+ cars and provides yet another great outlet for Mopar enthusiasts to congregate, talk shop and catch up on happenings since last year’s show.  With this serving as a popular appetizer, the main course Friday, Saturday and Sunday will ultimately leave enthusiasts wanting more by week’s end.

Jul 9

Test drive: 2014 Corvette Stingray convertible – made for summer fun

(Photo courtesy Chevrolet)

The 2014 Corvette was designed from the start to be turned into a convertible. (Photo courtesy Chevrolet)

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible may look like it’s all about having fun in the sun, but it’s also an expert at crisis management.

No, not the corporate kind that GM is so familiar with these days, and not your mid-life crisis, either. It’s the one where you’re trying to decide whether to buy the convertible sports car you really want or the coupe version you know is going to be a better car.