This drag race pits the Tesla Model 3 Performance up against the mighty Hellcat.
However, the Model 3 has a new trick up its sleeve as it just got a software update that boosts power. The Model 3 still is not quite the track champ that the Model S is, but the Performance variant can definitely rip down the tarmac,
We’ve seen countless Tesla beatdowns at the track now, but every so often a Tesla meets its match. Is the Hellcat a proper challenger for the Tesla Model 3 Performance? Or is the instant torque and all-wheel-drive just too much for the Hellcat to handle?
Today is January 26, 2018. But did you know that on this date in 1925, General Motors Brazil was organized? Or that on this date in 2014, Tata Motors managing director Karl Slym died after falling out of a 22nd story hotel window in Bangkok, Thailand? Or — most significantly except, perhaps, to the late Mr. Slym’s family — that on this date in 1979 The Dukes of Hazzard premiered on CBS.
I know the above because (a) I can read a calendar and (b) I just received a copy of Brian Corey’s delightful new book, This Day in Automotive History.
For each date of the year, Corey shares a featured historical automotive event as well as a couple of “Also on this day” items.
In the featured Dukes section today, we learn that Bo and Luke Duke had a 1969 Dodge Charger called the “General Lee,” in which they frequently fled the
... read more at: https://journal.classiccars.com/2018/01/28/almanac-automotive-history/
In 1970, British automotive author T.R. Nicholson wrote a guidebook to The World’s Motor Museums, of which he identified nearly 180, one-third of them located in the United States.
“Motor museums have now become an integral part, not only of the worldwide Veteran and Vintage movement, but also of the whole history of civilization,” Montagu of Beaulieu wrote in that book’s Foreword.
“Twenty years ago such institutions were the exception rather than the rule,” he continued, noting that in many cases, “the preservation of road transport relics was left to the national technical museums,” which were basically “cultural mausolea” where vehicles were locked away, never to have their engines or wheels turned again.
Citroen was featured vehicle at the Mullin museum in California in 2017
But if you want to attract a crowd,
... read more at: https://journal.classiccars.com/2017/12/28/definitive-guide-car-museums-not-yet-works/
“The Year of the Speedster” is the theme for the 62nd Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival taking place August 25 to September 2 in Auburn, Indiana, the town that gave its name to the Auburn Automobile Company and also became the home of the Cord and Duesenberg brands.
In addition to the community events organized by the festival committee, the Labor Day weekend activities include collector car auctions staged by RM Auctions and by Auburn’s hometown Worldwide Auctioneers.
Activities begin August 25 at 6 p.m. with “Cheers to the Festival — Speedster Soiree” at the Auburn City Steakhouse, where guests are encouraged to dress in blue and white just like the Speedster in the festival’s 2018 poster.
August 25 also marks the start of the 86th annual DeKalb County Free Fall Fair which runs through September 30 with events both in downtown Auburn and at the county fairgrounds.
... read more at: https://journal.classiccars.com/2018/08/15/year-of-speedster-at-acd-festival/
If the future does, in fact, include flying cars as a new sort of transportation method, it’s best to have equipment that can handle both roads and flight. Goodyear is aiming to solve this problem with a new concept tire it debuted at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show this week. It’s called the Aero.
The concept tire serves two purposes. The first is to ensure the flying car can still drive on regular roads, while the second turns the Aero tires into “propellers” when the car is ready for take off. The concept imagines that flying cars will take the shape of vertical take-off and landing machines or VTOLs. This is where the propellers act like helicopter blades to negate the need for a runway. The car can lift off from any
... read more at: https://journal.classiccars.com/2019/03/11/goodyear-concept-tires-double-as-propellers-for-flying-cars/
Technically, it takes 25 years before a car is considered to be a classic. But there’s no such time restriction on “future classics,” a category we enjoy exploring and showcasing here at ClassicCars.com.
Thus I was struck by a recent news release from Daimler noting that July 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Smart car (officially, it’s smart, all lower case, but just as we don’t accept HEMI in all caps, as Fiat Chrysler prefers, neither do we accept smart, in all lower case, albeit while making an exemption for for Audi’s quattro drivetrain but otherwise saving such a construction for the revered poet, e e cummings).
The typical Texas Longhorn outweighs a smart car by more than 200 pounds
The idea for the car traces to the early 1980s and to Nicolas Hayek, maker of the Swatch, the line
... read more at: https://journal.classiccars.com/2018/07/05/smart-car-future-classic-or-dumb-idea/
How does a 76-year-old workhorse of a flatbed truck show only 27,000 miles on its odometer?
In the case of the Pick of the Day, a 1942 GMC 2.5-ton flatbed truck, it’s because the truck labored in a private apple orchard until 1960, when it was put into dry storage until the original family sold it to the private seller advertising the truck for sale on ClassicCars.com.
“This truck was ordered with all factory options,” the seller notes.
“Body is straight and the bed is in good condition. Has heater, wipers and horn.”
The seller promises the truck is in “great shape” and has updated electrics, master cylinder, fuel tank, tires, brakes, clutch, pressure plate, windshield and frame, headliner, seat, battery and a 2-speed rear axle.
Power is provided by an inline 6-cylinder engine linked
... read more at: https://journal.classiccars.com/2018/03/11/second-owner-1942-gmc-truck/
On display are Ferrari F1 cars driven by Schumacher
Road cars Schumacher helped to develop also are showcased
As the Ferrari Museum in Italy recently opened its “Michael 50” exhibition to celebrate the 50th birthday of multiple World Driving Champion Michael Schumacher, the racer’s family issued a statement regarding his health.
Schumacher was critically injured late in 2013 when he fell while skiing in the French Alps. During the fall, Schumacher’s head struck what was described as a rock. He underwent surgery and at one point was placed into an induced coma. His current medical condition is known only to family and a few close friends.
“You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to
... read more at: https://journal.classiccars.com/2019/01/10/ferrari-museum-honors-schumacher/
A replica of the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am from the Burt Reynolds hit film Smokey and the Bandit will be jumped at the upcoming Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
The jump is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. on June 22 at the Carlisle Fairgrounds, the company said in a news release.
“As a tribute to Mr. Reynolds who passed away in September of 2018 as well as a nod to one of the most iconic cars and car movies of all time, a Bandit Trans Am will fly through the air at the Chevrolet National,” the release read.
Carlisle is offering a VIP ticket four-pack to the jump for $69. The pass includes a general parking pass, entry for four people and admission to the VIP jump zone, which will offer the best sight lines of the event.
The stunt will be performed by the Northeast Ohio
... read more at: https://journal.classiccars.com/2019/03/08/smokey-and-the-bandit-trans-am-to-jump-at-carlisle-chevrolet-nationals/