Renaissance Roadster drives from Detroit with Ridler Award

The Renaissance Roadster wins the Ridler Award at the 65th Detroit Autorama | Margaret Hehr

There’s no denying that the 65th annual Detroit Autorama started with a big bang this year. To launch the show — quite literally — a “General Lee” 1969 Dodge Charger raced along the riverfront street next to the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit and sped up a ramp and flew over the pavement, just like Bo and Luke would do on The Dukes of Hazzard television show.

The car, bearing the “01” on its doors and the Detroit Autorama logo on its rear quarter panels, was driven by Ryamond Kohn of the Northeast Ohio Dukes group. The “landing” was somewhat less graceful than those by the TV stunt team. The car sustained significant front-end damage and was displayed inside the Cobo Center during the self-proclaimed “America’s Greatest Hot Rod Show.”

Tom Wopat, the

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Dashcam video shows I-5 chase that ends with arrest of Gresham murder suspects

GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) –

Newly released dashcam video from a Gresham Police Department patrol car shows a high-speed chase on Interstate 5 that ended with the arrest of three murder suspects at gunpoint.

The chase began while police were investigating a deadly shooting in Gresham. Ravell Deshawn Sterling, 22, was shot and killed at Southeast 174th Avenue and Stark Street the afternoon of Feb. 5.

About 15 minutes after the shooting, a gold-colored Cadillac DeVille with Washington plates that matched the description of a car at the shooting scene was spotted heading north on Interstate 205.

The driver failed to stop for officers and a chase ensued on I-205 into Washington and then onto I-5 with speeds reaching 110 mph, according to court documents.

The dashcam video shows the chase coming to an end in Cowlitz County after spike strips and

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2 injured in Williamson County crash

UPDATE: 5:15 p.m. THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017

WILLIAMSON CO. — Authorities have released new details about the crash that closed a portion of I-57 Thursday morning.

Illinois State Police say it happened at around 11:15 a.m. at mile marker 51. Robert Matheis, 47, of House Springs, Missouri, was driving southbound on I-57 in a 2008 Cadillac Escalade just ahead of Raghubir Singh, 26, of Fresno, California, who was driving a 2013 Volvo semi. Matheis slowed for traffic that was backed up from road construction and was hit from behind by Singh.

Matheis’ car came to rest in the median, while Singh’s semi ended up on the shoulder of the right lane.

Singh was uninjured. Matheis suffered non-life threatening injuries and refused treatment on the scene, choosing to go to the hospital by private vehicle.  

Christina M. Matheis, a passenger in the Cadillac, was flown from the scene by helicopter to a regional hospital for

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How — and why — to rent directly from car companies

Anticipating a future trend where personal car ownership gives way to car-sharing, automakers are testing the waters with their own services. These automaker-owned services offer brand-specific vehicles and rely on modern technology, such as smartphones, for making reservations and accessing the cars.

While services such as ZipCar have been around for a while, automakers bring their own vehicle expertise to the market. Consumers can also benefit from brand familiarity, such as knowing how the dashboard electronics work.

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Automaker car sharing services allow reservations through an app.


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Great news: Denmark is cutting the tax rate on new cars to 100 percent

Maybe you’ve just graduated from college and you’re looking for a Scandinavian adventure. Maybe you’re having a mid-life crisis and you want to shake things up a bit. In either case, you might’ve asked yourself: should I move to Denmark?

If so, and if the answer to that question was a resounding “Ja!”, we have some great news: the Danish government plans to reduce the tax rate on new cars to a mere 100 percent

Car fans might think of Denmark as the place where shoppers can buy cars totally online. Or perhaps they know it as one of many winter-friendly nations that are angling to get gas and diesel vehicles off the road. Or maybe they remember it best as the tiny country that wanted everyone to drive electric cars with swappable batteries before the company that built them went kaput

What folks might not think of when Denmark

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Lebanon boy dies after dump truck hits cars on I-440 in Nashville

A two-year-old boy died Monday after a dump truck crashed into the back of his parents’ SUV on Interstate 440 in Nashville.

Logan Pederson was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center after the accident with critical injuries. He died Monday afternoon, Metro police said in a press release.

Police said the driver of the Kenworth dump truck Shawn Gardner, 40, had been looking down at the time of the crash, searching for items that had fallen onto his floorboard.

Gardner was driving westbound on I-440 when the crash happened at about 9 a.m. near the exit to 21st Avenue South/Hillsboro Pike.

Police said as Gardner looked at his floorboard, he crashed into a 2008 Mercury Mariner driven by Logan’s parents. The Mercury then crashed into 2006 Nissan Frontier, which crashed into a

... read more at: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2017/05/15/lebanon-boy-dies-after-dump-truck-hits-cars-440-nashville/323818001/

Mecum’s inaugural Chicago motorcycle sale does $1.3 million

1970 MV Agusta MV600 roadster sells for $40,000 | Mecum photos

Mecum Auctions’ inaugural MidAmerica Chicago motorcycle auction found new owners for 169 vintage and antique motorcycles last weekend and generated $1,309,043 in total sales.

“We were excited to hold our first auction in the Chicagoland area,” Ron Christenson, president of Mecum’s MidAmerica Motorcycle Division, said in a news release. “The crowds shared in that enthusiasm, which was great to see. There isn’t anything else like this in the area.

“Vintage and antique motorcycles are in themselves a rarity, so finding an auction that offers so many is a true treat for enthusiasts.”

Flying Merkel racer brings top dollar at Chicago auction

The top sale at the auction was a 1912 Flying Merkel board track racing motorcycle that hammered sold for $65,000 (Mecum reports hammer prices that do not include the buyer’s premium).

Among other highlights, a

... read more at: https://journal.classiccars.com/2016/06/18/mecums-inaugural-chicago-motorcycle-sale-1-3-million/

Events: Concours, Cadillacs and motorsports champions

The 1959 Cadillac Cyclone concept car is expected for the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours dElegance | Hilton Head Island Concours

The 1959 Cadillac Cyclone concept car is expected for the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance | Hilton Head Island Concours

The 39th annual Concours d’Elegance of America, which actually comprises a weekend of 15 events, will host about 300 rare collector cars from around the world from July 28 through July 30 at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan.

Featured marques for the main-event concours, which takes place on Sunday, July 30, are Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost and Shelby Cobra, while the featured coachbuilder is Walter M. Murphy Company of Pasadena and the featured body styles are boattail classics, hypercar exotics and Jet Age Juniors.

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Will electric cars take over as quickly as cars displaced horses from 1900 to 1925?

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Model of Cadillac Escalade horse carriage by artist Jeremy Dean for his work, “Back to the Futurama”

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So here’s a question for you: when was the last time you traveled by horse to … well, to anywhere other than the stable you started from?

In 1900, horses were the de facto way for Americans to travel, whether riding them or in horse-drawn carts.

By 1925, that had changed: 15 years of the

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