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Hemmings Motor News has been around since 1954. We're proud of our heritage, but we're also more than the Hemmings full of classifieds that your father subscribed to. Aside from new editorial content every month in Hemmings, we have three monthly magazines: Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car and Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car.

While our editors traverse the country to find the best content for those magazines, we find other oddities related to the old-car hobby that we really had no place for - until now. With this blog, we're giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what we see and what we do during the course of putting out some of the finest automotive magazines you'll ever read.

This or That – Season 2: 1971 AMC Hornet SST or 1973 Mercury Comet

Posted November 22, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Featured in this edition of This or That are a couple of once-commonplace compacts: a 1971 AMC Hornet SST and a 1973 Mercury Comet sedan. Although these cars were assembled roughly 24 months apart, both were ushered from their respective assembly lines at an opportune time. Economy was just beginning to trump performance for a multitude of reasons, while unbeknownst to many the first oil crisis was looming on the horizon. Here are a few details pertaining to the Hornet and Comet; however, if you want to read the original stories, both were former subject material in our Hemmings Classic Car magazine — just click on the provided links above.

What's your choice readers? Is it the coupe or the full-size for these classic competitors?

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The Saabs of Sturgis: Establishing America’s Saab Heritage Car Museum USA

Posted November 21, 2017 10:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto memories saab

There have always been fine private collections of Saabs in the USA, but as far as we know–unlike in this automaker’s home country–there’s never before been a large-scale American museum, open to the public, whose core mission involves the preservation and display of Saab cars. Noted Saab collector and racer Tom Donney is in the process of changing that, with important help from key players in the Saab USA world.

Tom and his wife Patti, who are proprietors of Iowa’s Fort Dodge Transmission, have been collecting these Swedish cars for decades, and came to own a large number of Saabs that cover the entire production range, from the 92 to the New-Generation 9-5. They now have the majority of the beautifully restored cars that were once part of General Motors’ Saab USA Heritage Collection, along with their own Saabs, and the Donneys have established the 501(c)(3) non-profit Saab Heritage Car Museum USA.

There is no future for Saab, but its past is well-recognized.

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Chevrolet’s Corvette ZR1 Returns for 2019 with 755 Horsepower

Posted November 20, 2017 10:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: corvette performance racing ZR1

Based upon Chevrolet’s C6 Corvette, the last ZR1 model thundered off into the sunset in 2013. Since then, boost-loving Corvette fans have gotten by with the C7 Corvette Z06, which uses a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8, rated at 650 horsepower, to convert rear tires to white smoke. Next spring, Chevy dealers will begin taking orders for an all-new 2019 ZR1 Corvette with 755 horsepower on tap, making it the most powerful Chevrolet model ever produced.

Throughout Corvette history, the ZR1 moniker has always been reserved for special high-performance models. From 1970 to ’72, the ZR1 package was targeted to road racers, and included the LT1 V-8, aluminum radiator, transistor ignition, an M22 four-speed transmission, power brakes, and a heavy-duty suspension. Not available with the ZR1 package were luxuries like power windows, power steering, air conditioning, or a radio, and over three production years just 53 examples were produced.

The ZR1 is back! This machine looks to steal back some of the 'Vettes performance thunder.

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AACA Museum’s Latest Exhibit Celebrates “Getting the Job Done: Vehicles that Earned Their Keep”

Posted November 16, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Without commercial vehicles, modern life would grind to a halt rather abruptly. Despite their importance, these workhorses are rarely embraced by collectors, and the likelihood of a 1913 Ford Model T C-cab or 1938 Autocar tanker truck taking Best of Show at Pebble Beach lies directly between “slim” and “none.” The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, however, is paying tribute to a broad array of commercial vehicles with a new exhibit, entitled Getting the Job Done: Vehicles that Earned Their Keep.

Scheduled to run from November 18, 2017, through April 23, 2018, the exhibit will include everything from delivery trucks through professional cars and even business coupes, once the transportation of choice for traveling salesmen. Police cars and fire engines will be represented, with the display including a 1966 Plymouth Fury II police cruiser finished in a Harrison, New Jersey livery; a 1970 Mercury Monterey sedan carrying the California Highway Patrol star; a 1992 Ford Mustang pursuit vehicle from the Florida Highway Patrol; and a pair of fire engines – the 1922 Brockway LaFrance and the 1938 Mack – from the museum’s permanent collection.

See more images of the workhorse vehicles from eras gone-by, on Hemmings.

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SEMA Feature Cars, 2017: The Show Within a Show

Posted November 15, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto display gallery SEMA

Though it’s been held annually since 1967, the SEMA Convention was not always a haven for specially designed and built show cars. Even after coming to Las Vegas in 1977, custom display cars were sparse. But the last decade or so has seen an explosion of show cars, particularly since the areas outside the convention center were opened up for displays. Also during that time, the SEMA show has gained a much higher profile, thanks in no small part to the ever-evolving state of the digital world we live in. That means people from all over the world can now see in real time what was once reserved for industry insiders, and that’s made this event a hot spot for unveilings and debuts.

This year’s event, held last week, is said to have hosted something like 2,400 exhibiting companies and 170,000 people, and we can say, from being on the ground there for the entire week, that the crowds were as large as they’d ever been. Between the number of people attending and the vast array of new products on display, the automotive aftermarket and the enthusiast groups it serves would seem to be thriving.

Check out some of the coolest and most unique 'whips' from SEMA '17.

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