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Archive for May, 2013

  • We Want Your Best Hack Mechanic Story

    May 31, 13 • Contest, Publishing3 Comments
    We Want Your Best Hack Mechanic Story

    The nice folks at Bentley Publishing in Cambridge, Massachusetts sent along two copies of Roundel magazine contributor Rob Siegel’s new book Memoirs of a Hack Mechanic: How Fixing Broken BMWs Helped Make Me Whole. We’re going to give them both away. Here’s how...

  • Making a Muscle Car Work: Suspension

    May 30, 13 • Featured, TechComments Off
    Making a Muscle Car Work: Suspension

    When last Tony wrote and you read, he’d decided to completely transform his Oldsmobile 442. This week, let’s talk about the suspension and what he did to make it turn. Editor’s Note: Just so this doesn’t appear like one of the kiss-ass, free parts stories you find in the glossy car magazines, Tony paid for ...

  • How the Automotive Aftermarket Crushes Criticism

    May 29, 13 • Publishing29 Comments
    How the Automotive Aftermarket Crushes Criticism

    If you remember from last week, I wrote a piece for BoldRide.com regarding the general lameness of Concours-style events. After that article went around, the following was written to me on another blog: “Comment by Bethany Sullivan on 26 May 2013: Mr. Fitzgerald: I represent the marketing interests of a number of aftermarket companies whose ...

  • Two-Wheel Tuesday: Armstrong MT500/350

    May 28, 13 • Motorcycles, Vintage MotorcyclesComments Off
    Two-Wheel Tuesday: Armstrong MT500/350

    Yesterday marked Memorial Day, when we pause to reflect on those who have lost their lives in the service of country. (Believe it or not, Memorial Day isn’t just another excuse for beer, burgers, and a boat ride.) With that in mind, I thought an interesting military motorcycle would be an appropriate choice for this ...

  • Clunker Nation Photo Contest Winner!!

    May 27, 13 • Contest, Vintage Cars2 Comments
    Clunker Nation Photo Contest Winner!!

    And the winner is…Brie Showcase Dorsey! Her 1955 Buick Special is the PERFECT representation of what we’re all about. Thanks for sharing, Brie! Drop me your address in a message and I’ll get your MAJOR AWARD out to you this week. And here’s a bonus: If you sent me a photo for the contest, you’re ...

  • Clunker Nation Photo Contest Ends Tomorrow

    May 24, 13 • Vintage CarsComments Off
    Clunker Nation Photo Contest Ends Tomorrow

    Just a quick reminder that if you want to score yourself a sweet Clunker Nation bumper sticker, you have to enter the contest by noon tomorrow by emailing a photo to submissions@clunkernation.com...

  • Photo Essay: 1973 Plymouth Satellite Sebring

    May 23, 13 • Featured, Vintage Cars4 Comments
    Photo Essay: 1973 Plymouth Satellite Sebring

    You’re not likely to find a whole lot of people getting excited about a 1973 Plymouth Satellite Sebring with a 318 two-barrel with a single exhaust, unless you’re me and you drove around in your mom’s for seven years until she traded it on a — Jesus help us — Chevy Citation. But I’ve always ...

  • Making a Muscle Car Work – Part 1

    May 22, 13 • Vintage CarsComments Off
    Making a Muscle Car Work – Part 1

    (Ed. Note: Tony Cerulle has been a loyal supporter of mine since I was the editor at Hemmings Muscle Machines. He’s always encouraged me when he thought things were good, and busted my balls when I sucked. He’s ten times the car guy I am, and I’m happy to have him put some stuff together ...

  • Concours Snobs Get Snobby

    May 21, 13 • Featured, News, Publishing13 Comments
    Concours Snobs Get Snobby

    So I wrote a piece for Bold Ride the other day about why I thought concours events blow. I assumed I was going to lure in a few folks to tell me I how I was wrong and that was going to be the end of it. Turns out it was a bigger deal than ...

  • Super Single: 1986 Yamaha SRX-6

    May 20, 13 • Motorcycles3 Comments
    Super Single: 1986 Yamaha SRX-6

    In 1985, those clever Japanese folks at Yamaha had the bright idea to release a standard naked motorcycle with a single 608cc cylinder. In 1986, it was imported to the U.S. …and no one bought it. It did not return to U.S. shores in 1987. Elsewhere in the world, however, the SRX 600 had a ...