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Show n Shine Hot Rods from 2021 March Meet

Vintage drag racing isnt the only draw at the historic March Meet event. Check out our gallery of street cars and trucks in Bakersfield. The March Meet, held every March (typically) at Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, is the West Coasts most popular vintage drag race (rivaled only by the NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion held at this historic drag strip every fall). March Meet participants and fans have been lucky; while many motorsports events have been cancelled due to the... [read more]

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Watch Doug DeMuro Take You On a Tour of the Weird Alfa Romeo RZ

By info@topspeed.com (Dim Angelov)
Although the U.S. car market is one of the biggest and most significant ones out there, it doesnt always get all the cool and bizarre stuff. Luckily, once a car is 25 years old it can be imported into the U.S., and nowadays, American car enthusiasts can enjoy just about any car. Doug DeMuro has shown us a few such cars and this Alfa Romeo RZ is no exception. To say the car has a distinctive styling is an understatement... [read more]

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Antique Mall Model A

One of my favorite parts about going home is visiting the antique mall where my dad works. Located in Northville, Michigan, the store is jam-packed with vintage treasure... continue reading

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Ford Capri - The European Pony Car That Came Before the Mustang

By info@topspeed.com (Dim Angelov)
When you think Ford, you think the GT40 or the Mustang, both of which American models with great heritage. Before the Mustang became global, however, Europe had its own equivalent of the pony car. The Ford Capri was a rear-wheel-drive, 2+2 coupe that could be both a commuter and a weekend warrior. Although the Capri name, as we know it, has been retired, it has a long history and we are about to share with you everything we know about... [read more]

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The Ford Capri - The European Pony Car That Came Before the Mustang

By info@topspeed.com (Dim Angelov)
When you think Ford, you think the GT40 or the Mustang, both of which American models with great heritage. Before the Mustang became global, however, Europe had its own equivalent of the pony car. The Ford Capri was a rear-wheel-drive, 2+2 coupe that could be both a commuter and a weekend warrior. Although the Capri name, as we know it, has been retired, it has a long history and we are about to share with you everything we know about... [read more]

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Next-Gen Audi RS3 Keeps Its 400-HP-Plus Five-Cylinder Engine

Theres good news and then theres even better news. The first bit is that Audi, like many automotive manufacturers, has committed to a sustainable future. The expansion electrification of their lineup, with the all-electric E-Tron GT and Q4 E-Tron leading the way. The other piece of good news, the one we're more excited about? Audi feels internal combustion engines aren't going anywhere in the near future.To that end, Audi appeared to confirm a great engine for a fun car: A... [read more]

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The Worlds Fastest Chevy C8 Corvette Strikes Again and Breaks Its Own Record

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
Do you remember the worlds quickest Chevy C8 Corvette that was booted from the LS Fest last month for being too fast? Well, that car is now in its natural habitat and doing what it does best. This C8 Corvette had set a record earlier this year for being the quickest to quarter-mile, taking just 9.41 seconds. The owner of the car, Emelia Hartford, and her team were working on it to make it even quicker, and within three months... [read more]

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Kaido House Has Mastered the Art of Custom Diecast Models

Diecast car collecting has been around for over five decades, but in recent years has seen a pretty significant upswingand with it a wave ofcustomizers that pride themselves in dissecting and personalizing these 1/64-scale specimens. Meet Jun Imai, an artist, diecast customizing wizard, dedicated car enthusiast with an admitted obsession with Japanese cars of yesteryear, and probably one of the reasons that cool Hot Wheels you snatched off the shelf at your local Target while whispering yesss! to yourself even... [read more]

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Vivid Racings Carbon Fiber Aero Kit for the Porsche Taycan Is A Match Made in Heaven

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
As a Porshce, the Taycan is naturally a sporty looking vehicle, but the aftermarket world would argue that a car can always look better. Thats why weve seen cars like the Porsche Taycan by Techart or the Porsche Taycan Turbo S by Prior Design. In fact, there are quite a few tuners out there beefing up the Taycans chops and even working to extract more power from its electric powertrain, but what if you want just a little extra aerodynamic... [read more]

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Mazda's Dealership Experience Is as Nice as Our 2020 CX-30

Our long-term 2020 Mazda CX-30 has been with us for 11 months now, and it has finally called for its first service. Thats less of a commentary on Mazdas service intervals and more of a reflection of how close to home weve stayed in the lost year of 2020. Nevertheless, with our Mazda asking for its first trip to the dealer, we obliged and took care of a couple of recalls while we were at it. Are Mazda Dealerships Nice... [read more]

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2022 Kia Carnival vs. Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna: Minivan Luxury Liners

From the 1980s through the late 90s, families and minivans went together like ketchup and French fries. That was certainly the case among my friends' families, all of whom drove around Mexico City in white Ford Windstars. Our own green Windstar was easier to spot in our schools pickup/drop-off line, but its sliding door, spacious interior, and carlike ride were no less perfect for our usual carpool of six. Prior to that van, we had a red Windstar and a... [read more]

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The 2021 F-150 Raptor Doesnt Give You The Same Bang For Your Buck Anyway

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
Ford unveiled the 2021 F-150 back in June 2020. The 2021 F-150 Raptor should've made its debut then, but the company pushed it for a later date. Eight months later, the automaker finally took the wraps off it, but again withheld information regarding its power specs. Fast forward to the present day, the power outputs quietly go live on the site. As it turns out, the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor will continue to make 450 horses and 510 pound-feet of... [read more]

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Tesla Model S Plaid Breaks Cover With 1,000 Horses and a $130,000 Price-Tag

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
Tesla took the performance capabilities of the Model S to the next level when it announced the specs for the Plaid and the Plaid+ models. The latter was scrapped a few days back, so for now, the only new trim coming to the fore is the Plaid. Tesla officially showcased and launched the car at an event that also saw 25 Tesla Model S Plaid being delivered to customers. The Tesla Model S comes with some really impressive specs. Some... [read more]

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Production-Limited 2022 Chevy Corvette Special Edition Celebrates IMSA Racing Success

Lets just say the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R race cars did pretty well in the 2020 IMSA series, taking home the Manufacturers, Drivers, and Team titles. To commemorate this, Chevy whipped up a special edition package for the 2022 Corvette Stingray: the 2022 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Edition, which debuted at Belle Isle in Detroit. Its not quite the so-called Stingray R we thought the pace car at Road Atlanta hinted at, but it has a similar vibe and may... [read more]

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2021 Volkswagen Arteon Big Sur Concept: With Some Vinyl and New Rims, You Can Recreate It

In a league of its own, the Volkswagen Arteon offers midsize sedan comfort, a premium vibe, and the sporty look of a coupe. The graceful VW four-door coupe is one of the few vehicles on the market delivering the best of the sedan and style worlds. Volkswagen decided its most premium car needed something morelike an aesthetic makeover, and has unveiled the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon Big Sur concept to inspire owners' creativity with their own Arteons. This green vinyl-wrapped Arteon... [read more]

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Toyota Highlander Hybrid Bronze Edition

By info@topspeed.com (Alina Moore)

Loki Basecamps Cybertruck and R1T Campers Are Insane (and Insanely Expensive)

Loki Basecamp is launching its EV Series of slide-in bed campers for the Rivian R1T , Tesla Cybertruck, and Ford F-150 Lightning . Kinda cool, right? Theres no doubt the Loki Basecamp camper looks futuristic, sleek, and modern although its no CyberLandr , thats for sure. You can place your pre-order for the unit on the companys website with the expectation that itll come to fruition sometime in the second quarter of 2022. Heres the kicker: the price of the... [read more]

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Lucid Air: What You Need to Know About the EV's Four Trims

The complete Lucid Air picture is starting to come into sharper focus. It had better, we might add, as two Air trimsboth the Grand Touring and Dream Editionare supposed to be on sale in the second quarter of 2021, which, according to this laptop, is right now . Four Air models have been announced in total. Before we dig into the details, how about a little refresher on what the Lucid Air is. The Air is an all-new electric sedan... [read more]

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Toyota Is Expanding its GR Sub-Brand in the Best Way

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
Gazoo Racing, Toyota performance sub-brand responsible for cars like the Toyota GR Supra, GR Yaris, and the new GR 86 will be laying its hands on more cars in the future. And, by cars, I mean actual cars not SUVs or crossovers in a move that will position Toyota outside of the norm of performance-oriented SUVs that have become just as common as normal SUVs.

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2022 Nissan Z Set to Debut on August 17

Almost a year after Nissan pulled the wraps off of the Z Proto concept , the Japanese automaker is set to reveal the production 2022 Z on August 17, 2021. Possibly bearing the name 400Z , in reference to its likely 400-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6, the next-gen Z is due to largely mirror the Z Proto concept from 2020. As such, expect the model to wear 240Z-inspired styling and carry over the outgoing 370Z's chassis , as well as a... [read more]

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Walter Rohrl Makes the Porsche 904 Dance Around The Race Track

By info@topspeed.com (Dim Angelov)
They say a car is only as good as the driver. This is especially true for older cars, which do not have electronic aids. The Porsche 904 is one of those uncompromising sports cars of old days that require a skill far beyond that of the average driver to reveal its true potential. Luckily, such people exist. Rormer racing driver Walter Rohrl is one of them and he recently got reunited with an old Porsche 924 Carrera GTS that he... [read more]

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Is the New Toyota Land Cruiser's Twin-Turbo V-6 Headed for the Next Tundra?

A Toyota executive recently let slip that the upcoming 2022 Tundra pickup truck will be getting at least two new powertrains , and that the step-up powertrain option will blow us away. Bob Carter, executive vice president of sales for Toyota, didn't elaborate on that enticing proposition, but he did outline that the new Tundra s base engine will be more powerful than the current model's lone engine, a 5.7-liter V-8. Of course, our curiosity was piquedwhat could the new... [read more]

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This Rare 550 Barchetta Is The Last Front-Engined V-12 Ferrari!

By info@topspeed.com (Dim Angelov)
It goes without saying that we are spoiled for choice when it comes to future classic cars. This is especially true nowadays when the main priorities in the automotive industry are cutting costs and producing more eco-friendly vehicles. Because of this, most modern cars will not appreciate nor become desirable collectors items. Because of this cars like this rare Ferrari 550 Barchetta are bound to appreciate even more. Luckily, you can still pick them up relatively affordable (for a rare... [read more]

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Running Cycle Fenders

As the 1950s progressed, more vehicle codes were passed to clamp down on hot rods. Mufflers, minimum headlamp heights, and even door mirrors were mandated for safety or... continue reading

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It Took More Than 400,000 Legos To Build This Life-Size Lamborghini Sian FKP 37

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
Legos have been used to build a lot of cool things, like this full-scale X-wing or the largest scale model ever built from Legos, this London Bridge scale replica. The same treatment has been applied to cars, and the latest one is this life-sized Lamborghini Sian FKP 37!

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Can a 2010 Mercedes-AMG E63 Beat The 2021 AMG E63 S On A Drag Strip?

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
The Mercedes E-Class is an executive sedan and is offered in many different trims. The automakers performance arm, AMG, took it under its wings many years back and has been tuning it to make it one hell of a rocket on the tarmac. While the latest fifth-gen AMG E63 S comes with a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8, the 2010 model lived by the principle no replacement for displacement. It featured a naturally aspirated V-8 that displaces at 6.2 liters. Purists prefer... [read more]

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Volkswagen Arteon Big Sur Concept

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
Every now and then, Volkswagen releases a random concept that showcases aftermarket mods and the potential of said model in the hands of someone willing to make some mods. Cars like the Volkswagen Golf GTE HyRacer showed us what was possible with the Golf while the Jetta GLI concept most likely gave birth to a few stunning blue Jettas on the road. There was also the Tiguan SE R-Line Black Rino Concept that somehow blended functionality with a low-rider stance... [read more]

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Mercedes-Benz CLR: The story of how Mercedes accidentally made an airplane instead of a racecar

By info@topspeed.com (Dim Angelov)
Mercedes is certainly no stranger to motorsports. The German brand has been at it for the better part of the last 100 years. The company was involved in Grand Prix as early as 1923, with their teardrop-shaped Benz Tropfenwagen and then there was LeMans incident from 1955 where a 300 SLR crash-landed into the stands. Mercedes dominated the FIA GT1 class in the 1990s, but that was followed by some interesting developments with their Mercedes CLR, which apparently acted more... [read more]

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Land Rover Defender 110 Is The Support Vehicle At The 2021 Red Bull X-Alps Adventure Race

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
Land Rover Defender is one of the toughest SUVs that money can buy you. The automaker reminded people of the same when it decided to send a fleet of Defenders to the Alps as support vehicles for the Red Bulls X-Alps adventure race. The Defender will be used to ferry people and supplies around, and will also act as recovery vehicles for the athletes.

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2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review: Still on the Podium?

Debuting for 2019, Volkswagens current A7-generation Jetta represented a meaningful step forward for a nameplate that had lost some of its luster over its previous few iterations. It impressed us enough, in fact, to earn a third-place ranking among compact sedans in our MotorTrend Ultimate Car Rankings . Hows it holding up against the ever-increasing competition? To find out we spent a week in a range-topping GLI model in Pure Gray and fitted with the Autobahn Black package, which left... [read more]

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This Fan-Made Trailer Will Have You Dreaming of Forza Horizon 5

By info@topspeed.com (Dim Angelov)
When it comes to racing games, the Forza franchise is one of the biggest and most anticipated titles out there. Currently, Forza Horizon 4 is the latest of the series, but fans are already looking forward to the next iteration of the open-world racing game. Some enthusiasts go even further than that, by making their own trailers of the next game, way before any form of an official announcement. This YouTube trailer, uploaded by Cybergear is a perfect example.

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Ford Unleashes 2021 F-150 Raptor Horsepower, Torque Numbers

Interestingly, the 2021 Ford Raptor isnt the truck thats been breaking the internet for Dearborn lately. Thats been the job of the new F-150 Lightning and the new Maverick compact pickup truck. Its still a beloved member of Fords truck lineup, and it (along with the rest of the F-150 range ) received some major updates for 2021. More aggressive bodywork, 37-inch tires, and a new five-link rear end were among the improvements, but it turns out that extra power... [read more]

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2022 Honda Civic Hatchback Teased Shadily, Reveals Sleeker Form

Ahead of its global premiere, the all-new 2022 Honda Civic hatchback is being dangled in front of us. Honda released a teaser image of the five-door version of the 11th-generation Civic sedan, and the latest iteration of the popular compact hatchback will officially debut during a virtual concert event later this month. Based on the partially concealed side profile photo, in which the new Honda Civic hatchback is backlit by a sunset or sunrise, we can make out its more... [read more]

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Science Goes Out for a Spin on Motor MythBusters!

Ever wonder if that crazy car jump in the latest blockbuster action movie is really possible? Or if a regular human being could propel the Flintstones mobile with nothing but their Chevro-legs? The Motor MythBusters teamTory Belleci, Faye Hadley , and Bisi Ezeriohahas the same curiosity about all things car and are setting out to debunk (or maybe confirm) all of the urban legends, viral videos, and pop-culture stunts we loveusing real science. Sound familiar? It should! Related: While you... [read more]

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Science Goes Out for a Spin on Motor MythBusters!

Ever wonder if that crazy car jump in the latest blockbuster action movie is really possible? Or if a regular human being could propel the Flintstones mobile with nothing but their Chevro-legs? The Motor MythBusters teamTory Belleci, Faye Hadley , and Bisi Ezeriohahas the same curiosity about all things car and are setting out to debunk (or maybe confirm) all of the urban legends, viral videos, and pop-culture stunts we loveusing real science. Sound familiar? It should! Related: While you... [read more]

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2022 Ford Maverick vs. Hyundai Santa Cruz Specs Comparison: Your Needs Determine the Winner

Compact pickup trucks are back, thanks to a pair of new models from pickup truck first-timer Hyundai and pickup sales king Ford . The 2022 Ford Maverick and 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz will launch at the same time and will compete head to head in the marketplace, but their real-world battle is still a few months away. For now, though, we can get a pretty good idea of how theyll stack up by comparing their vital statistics and specifications. How... [read more]

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2022 Toyota Land Cruiser First Look: Forbidden 44 Fruit

One of the best-known vehicles in the world is getting a long-awaited replacement with the debut of the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser. Unfortunately for Americans, we wont be getting it. The new model, known internally and to Land Cruiser enthusiasts as the 300 Series, is a melding of the tried-and-true 200 Series thats been around since 2007 and the GA-F derivative of Toyotas newer TNGA platform. Although it's still a body-on-frame truck-based vehicle, the Land Cruiser's frame has been redesigned... [read more]

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This Custom 1956 Pontiac Starchief Makes 900 Horses and Costs $1 Million!

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
Restomods are fun and can be called the cars second innings. While some are resurrecting it in its same avatar, some cars go through a tremendous transformation. This 1956 Pontiac Star Chief belongs to the elite club. Autotopia LA covered this insane restomod by Fusion Motor Company of a 56 Star Chief that comes with gorgeous looks, a plush interior, and a 900-horsepower engine under the hood. Such builds dont come cheap and neither is this one. It costs almost... [read more]

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2022 Toyota GR 86 Gets a Taste of Boost Courtesy of Aftermarket Tuner

Welp, that didnt take long. With the announcement of Toyota's and Subarus second-generation GR 86 and BRZ, it was all but guaranteed the little sports cars would get a number of aftermarket go-fast goods and aesthetic upgrades. And HKS Japan isnt wasting any time leaving its mark on the model. Last weekend, during the annual Fuji 86 Style with BRZ event at Japans Fuji Speedway, the high-performance aftermarket tuning company debuted its GR 86 concept. HKS (named after its founders... [read more]

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BMW M3 Competition MH3 600 by Manhart

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
Just like ABT Sportsline is to Audi, Manhart is to BMW. The German aftermarket company is known to customize Bimmers quite tastefully. They look quite different from the stock models, but nothing too extravagant. Their latest build is a testimony to that. Manhart has come up with its own version of the 2021 BMW M3 Competition called the MH3 600. The car comes with a black-and-gold combination on the outside that looks swell. But, its not just this. It also... [read more]

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2022 Jaguar I-Pace First Look: Setting Jag's EV Pace

Jaguar has plans to ditch the internal combustion engine, but right now its only electric vehicle is the I-Pace . And to keep its lone EV competitive, the British brand gives the I-Pace a mild refresh for 2022. --> It might not look like much has changed from the outside, and that's because, well, little has. In fact, the only real revision to the I-Pace's exterior comes courtesy of a grille surround that's gone from chrome to a color Jaguar... [read more]

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2022 Nissan Pathfinder's Price Cuts Richer Path Through Rival SUVs

What's slightly more expensive to start than a Kia Telluride, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Explorer? That'd be Nissan's all-new 2022 Pathfinder . As you'd expect in a segment as competitive as this, the margins separating these contenders are razor-thin. The new Pathfinder starts at $34,560sliding in just above those other three segment stalwarts by about a grand. For those curious about how that compares to the old Pathfinder's MSRP, the 2022 model is just under $1,500 more expensive... [read more]

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2022 Nissan Pathfinder First Drive: Back on the Right Track

To be honest, the 20132020 Nissan Pathfinder lost us. Its jarringly abrupt transition from a burly, square-jawed, broad-shouldered, rear-drive-truck-based bushwhacker to a kinder, gentler, lozenge-shaped, FWD-car-based soft-roader prompted us to dub it the Mallfinder . That pejorative has dogged the model ever since. Towing capacity dropped by one ton, and the Pathfinders off-road clearance dimensions went all carlike. On the upside, the space-efficient sideways powertrain freed up abundant passenger and cargo space. Curb weight plunged by about 400 pounds, and... [read more]

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The Story of the 1956 Mack Trucks Arctic Expedition to Build the DEW Line

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
11 Mack trucks, each with a 28-liter V12 Cummins diesel engine under the hood, hauling over three million pounds of cement and steel into the freezing Arctic Circle, 1,500 miles away from civilization. Sounds a bit crazy, doesnt it? But amid the bleak 1950s, when North America was under the threat of a nuclear showdown with the Soviet Union, the Wests solution was the so-called Distant Early Warning Line, or DEW Line, which consisted of 63 manned radar stations about... [read more]

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Whats the Best 2021 Toyota Highlander Trim? Heres Our Guide

With over 200,000 examples sold every year, the Toyota Highlander is one of the most popular three-row SUVs sold today. All-new just last year, it features ample cargo space, a strong safety suite, and four distinct powertrain combinations. With a half-dozen trim levels, buyers face a wide array of possibilities. To help narrow it down, weve compiled the following trim review as an easy way to navigate these choices. 2021 Toyota Highlander L Trim Pros and Cons New entrants in... [read more]

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The Keller

Kind of a crap post today, but life isn't all hot rods and customs am I right? Anyway, I met a man today He's the grandson of... continue reading

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