We’ve barely scratched the surface of the Eric Rickman photo files. For this issue, the editor looked at several hundred images Rick shot during calendar year 1958 and selected more than 100 to give you some small idea what this tireless, inventive, always-eager Petersen Publishing Co. (PPC) employee was doing during those 365 days. We don’t think he ever took an actual day off; a vacation for Rick was going on assignment to Florida, or Mexico, or New England to cover a racing event or car show. Flipping through the covers and pages of 1958-1959 issues, we see what we would call the full spectrum of hot rodding: roadsters and coupes, mild-to-wild custom cars, dragsters, modified engines (from Hemis to Offies), the annual Indy-car preview and, yes, a few of Detroit’s latest offerings in stock form. Whereas other years profiled thus far have veered into heavy coverage of multiple offshoots such as drag boats, go-karts, and fiberglass kit cars (with many others to come … [Read more...] about A Year In The Life of Eric Rickman
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Fifty years ago this month, two legends were born in Daytona Beach, Florida. One was an incredibly talented 26-year-old driver from North Carolina, who would go on to become the “King” of NASCAR. The second was a virtually indestructible “Elephant” of a motor that would redefine American performance engines and create the architecture used by Top Fuel drag racers to this very day. The legend of this “King” and “Elephant” is famous around the globe. Some of you know these two by their numbers (43 and 426), their colors (Petty Blue and Hemi Orange), or the black crinkle-finish covers they wear on their heads. All of you know their names, Petty and Hemi. Both the man and the engine are intrinsically tied together because of events that aligned on February 23, 1964–the results of which put Richard Petty in the winner’s circle of the Daytona 500 in a car powered by a new Chrysler 426 Hemi engine that was nothing more than an idea … [Read more...] about The King’s First Elephant
Mazda’s MX-5 was 20 years old in 2009, but the company was so busy launching the facelifted version of the Mk3 roadster that it didn’t really get a chance to celebrate the anniversary. So instead Mazda Europe is throwing its own birthday bash in 2010, to mark 20 years of the MX-5 being on sale in Europe. And just how do you celebrate in style? By selecting 140 journalists from across Europe to compete in an endurance race. CAR’s staff writer Ben Pulman (BP) and CAR contributor Ben Whitworth (BW) are both taking part and you can read their live race reports in the blog below. NB We'll post updates at the top in our Live Blog format. Start at the bottom and work your way up. Thursday 11 February 2010 7.00pm: Goodies for youBP Just been handed a bag by Mazda European PR director Petra – there's a jacket and a few other MX-5 goodies inside, that we'll give away to you lot next week. Dinner's about to be served and it's all over. Roger and out from Adria and Mazda's … [Read more...] about Mazda MX-5 Open Race 2010: the CAR Live Blog
The phone rings. It’s BMW. “The M division is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and it has booked the Nürburgring exclusively for a couple of days and is bringing some of its old road cars for you to drive. There'll be a Batmobile, an M1…” Yes. Yes, yes, yes. Yes, I’ll be there. The lady from BMW didn’t get any farther down her list of iconic machinery. (Check them out in the massive photo gallery.) I didn’t stop to check the diary or ask the wife. I’m no M-car fanboy, but under what circumstances do you decline the opportunity to drive some of the most influential road cars ever made, and at their spiritual home? Batmobiles and M1s aren’t exactly thick on the ground, and the M division’s own examples will be the best you’ll ever drive. And—here I’m attempting to add some thin veneer of professional justification to this trip—M has seen some radical changes of late. … [Read more...] about BMW M at 40: Driving History at the Nürburgring
TTAC commentator Celebrity 208 writes:Sajeev,I have been sitting on this draft message for a couple weeks now and I just saw your call for questions so here you go. I just bought a ’05 (Chevrolet) Express 3500 12 Passenger Van with 185kmi. It was owned by a Catholic Mission College where they maintained it as part of their van fleet and the maint. history is pretty clean. It was a good deal even if I have to do something dramatic like replace the transmission.I’m going to use it for towing a boat (w/ trailer it’s 6500+lbs and the runs are ~15mi round trip), delivering kegs to Pamela Elsinore’s birthday party (“at the bottom of the big hill”), hauling visiting family and friends around when visiting (I live in DC which is a vacation destination for some weird reason), and likely Christmas road trips back to Cleveland because my mother goes hog wild with large Little Tikes stuff.I have seen some of the B&B suggest that renting would be the best … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: The Express’ New Mission?