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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.

Driver’s Education in the United States is Broken, But How Would You Fix It?

Posted December 22, 2014 10:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: driver's ed education instruction

Last week's news piece about a ban on commercial vehicles longer than 30 feet on U.S. 129 in Blount County, Tennessee, really struck a nerve with readers, and it wasn't long before the conversation turned to driver education. As someone with a passion for driving, a bit of racing experience, a few driver's schools and countless laps at a variety of road courses under his belt, it's a topic I feel rather strongly about, since driving is perhaps the most under-rated and over-estimated of modern skills.

Blame it on modern cars, which have gotten so forgiving that skills like threshold braking and skid recovery have become lost arts.

How do we educate young drivers in 2015?

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Corvette LT1, Hellcat supercharged Hemi make 2015 Wards 10 Best Engines list

Posted December 18, 2014 8:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: award corvette engine Hemi

When it comes to exceptional performance in American cars, the good old pushrod V-8 is still at the top of the heap. The editors of WardsAuto have picked two of the most powerful new domestic V-8s for their annual listing of the world's top 10 automotive engines.

The Wards editors thickly lavished praise on the 2015 Corvette LT1 V-8, the most potent among Chevrolet's new family of small-block engines. In the new-generation Corvette, the 6.2-liter LT1 engine produces 460hp while coupled to your choice of a seven-speed manual gearbox or an optional (for an extra $1,725) eight-speed automatic. The editors raved about the crispness of the new engine's throttle response.

What makes these modern muscle engines instant classics?

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Jimmy Shine’s Trendsetting Bare Metal 1934 Ford Pickup Heads to Auction

Posted December 17, 2014 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: auction classic auto restoration

Long before he became known for his appearances on hot rod-related television shows, long before he started traveling the globe as a hot rodding celebrity, Jimmy Shine set the hot rodding world on its ear with his chopped and channeled 1934 Ford pickup, a hot rod so aggressive and radical that it would take years for other hot rod builders to catch up to its aesthetic. Now that they have, Shine has decided to let the pickup go at auction next month.

The son of a Southern California hot rodder, Shine (which he prefers over Falschlehner, his surname) began building hot rods when he was 14, but it wasn't until 1997, more than a decade later, that he would begin the build of his pickup. Starting with a 1934 Ford cab and frame that he bought for $500 out of a friend's backyard (and that had previously weathered for some time in a dry riverbed), Shine said he built it to work out an idea he had for what a pickup of that era should look like.

What will this ride fetch at auction?

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Truck Ban to Make 'The Tail of the Dragon' (a Little Bit) Safer

Posted December 16, 2014 9:30 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: highway racing tourism Track

Known as The Tail of the Dragon, U.S. 129 is a challenging road to drive under ideal circumstances. With 318 turns in 11 miles of two-lane, the dangers include blind corners, over-enthusiastic drivers, wildlife - and tractor-trailers. Now, thanks to an operational and safety review by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the odds of encountering a tractor-trailer sprawled across two lanes in a blind corner have been diminished, as commercial vehicles longer than 30-feet have been banned from the road.

Until its overexposure in the media, U.S. 129 through Blount County in Tennessee and into North Carolina was one of the finest driving roads in the United States. Attracting sports car and sport bike owners from around the world, U.S. 129 is as technical as any race track, and the ever-increasing number of visitors has brought with it an alarming accident rate.

Scope of out this twisted Tennessee trail on Hemmings.

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La Grange Ultime Trouvee: Artcurial Unearths a Treasure Trove of Collector Cars

Posted December 15, 2014 10:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: auction classic auto collection

In the 1970s, truck manufacturer Roger Baillon fell upon hard times, and was forced to sell an automobile collection that was over two decades in the making. As Artcurial's Matthieu Lamoure and Pierre Novikoff recently discovered, only a portion of his holdings crossed the block, while the remainder were passed down through children and grandchildren. Now, the collection's time in the spotlight has come again, and next February the French auction firm Artcurial will be offering the remaining cars from the Baillon collection at its Retromobile sale in Paris.

See what's for sale from this classic collection.

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"Most Expensive Car Crash" Ferrari 250 GTO Restored by Ferrari Classiche

Posted December 10, 2014 8:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto Ferrari restoration

This much is known: In 2012, while competing in a vintage road rally near Blois, France, American Christopher Cox and his wife, Ann, were injured when their 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO collided with a passenger car. The crash was severe enough to leave Ann Cox with broken bones, and while images of the accident are essentially nonexistent, damage to the car's front and right side was said to be considerable.

When it comes to the repair of such a valuable Ferrari, the best source may well be Ferrari itself; now, over two years later, Ferrari Classiche has announced the completion of repairs to Cox's GTO

See Ferrari restore one of its classics.

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