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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.

After All These Cars, Am I Still a Car Guy?

Posted August 27, 2015 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Lately I have been wondering if I can still call myself a car enthusiast. I certainly grew up a car guy (kid) in the late 1960s. I was the one in the family who could identify all the neighbors by make and model of car. I had an extensive collection of die-cast toy cars and several slot car sets (I skipped school to play with one birthday present). I distinctly recall my first ride in a sports car (light blue MGB). I remember getting a high speed run around Lime Rock with a family friend in his '69 Corvette. At age 14, I was trusted to move the family cars in and out of the garage by myself (mom never saw the time I almost put her Maverick through the roll-up door). I got my license the day I turned 16, and immediately started saving for a car of my own. I read Road & Track cover to cover for specs on current cars, and skimmed Automobile Quarterly for stories about machines of the past. I learned to drive a stick shift by trading use of dad's moped (a legacy of the 1973 oil embargo) for access to a three-speed Chevy Vega, which a schoolmate had.

A Hemmings author wonders: what constitutes a "car guy," and am I still one?

2 comments; last comment on 08/28/2015
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Lubrication Charts--Chassis Maintenance Sure Isn’t What it Used To Be

Posted August 26, 2015 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Grease guns must have been real popular years ago. Without them, the roads would have been strewn with automobiles and trucks that had come to a grinding halt due to poor lubrication maintenance. During those prewar years, grease was the life blood of an automobile.

As shown in this lubrication chart for a 1936 Cadillac, there were a dozen-plus points on a car's chassis that had to be lubricated regularly. These were the days before sealed-for-life bearings, universal joints, trunnions and bushings. So a quick pump of grease into the many zerk fittings was all that was needed to keep a car's driveline and suspension running smoothly.

How important was lubrication in vintage autos compared to today?

2 comments; last comment on 08/28/2015
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Stereotype Shatterer: Toyota’s First U.S.-Market 2000GT

Posted August 25, 2015 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic car GT2000 import Toyota

Often described as the first supercar from Japan, the Toyota 2000GT represented conservative Toyota's first attempt at building a sports car, and the halo model went a long way towards changing the perception of Japanese automakers on the global stage. At last week's RM Auction in Monterey, the first left-hand-drive Toyota 2000GT built for the U.S. market, in largely unrestored condition, went home with a new owner for a fee-inclusive price of $825,000.

This vintage import gets renewed interest.

1 comments; last comment on 08/26/2015
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Bonneville Speed Week Cancellation Spurs Proposals for Salt Flats Replenishment

Posted August 24, 2015 10:30 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: Bonneville raceway racing salt flats

With the annual Bonneville Speed Week cancelled for the second year in a row-and with other racing events at the Bonneville Salt Flats already nixed or in jeopardy of not taking place this year-thanks in part to diminishing salt levels, racers and land-speed racing enthusiasts have started looking for ways to replenish the salt flats. And for somebody to blame.

"We want to try to do something beyond another study," said Stuart Gosswein, senior director for federal government affairs for SEMA and one of the leaders for the Save the Salt Coalition. For that reason, Gosswein said that Save the Salt has begun talks with "all interested parties," including the racing community, the Intrepid Potash mining company and the Bureau of Land Management.

What's in the future of this famous speedway?

1 comments; last comment on 08/25/2015
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In Praise of the 6 mm Wrench, or “Say Hello to my Little Friend!”

Posted August 13, 2015 8:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto tool wrench

In the past year or so, I have been trying to assemble a complete set of hand tools, filling in the gaps and adding some tools I didn't even know I needed. You can never have too many tools, right? Right?!?!

Wrenches are a simple thing, but in recent years, ratcheting wrenches, "cross force" designs and flex-head models have changed what you might find on store shelves and in toolboxes. Some of these innovations can come in quite handy. While I don't need them all, the tool companies have made me feel like I do. Who am I to argue with their marketing?

Respect the wrench, on Hemmings.

35 comments; last comment on 08/20/2015
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Who Would You Gift an Old Car To, and What Would It Be?

Posted August 12, 2015 8:00 AM by dstrohl

The other day, frequent commenter John C. Kovalo shone a bright ray of light onto our frequently contentious comments section. After Howard Arbiture expressed his desire to drive an International KB-1 woodie wagon at sub-highway speeds, John said that if he had the dough he'd buy that wagon for Howard just to let him do that. Selflessness and altruism? He might be on to something there.

And it got us to thinking, he probably isn't the only one who'd buy an old car for somebody else just to see that other person enjoy it immensely. So let's toss this scenario out to everybody else: You've just struck black gold in your backyard while digging out an old stump. Because you're such a good guy, you've decided to gift somebody (or somebodies) the car(s) of their dream(s). Just one car per recipient, though - you're not really that nice, after all.

So who would it be, and what would you give them?

7 comments; last comment on 08/14/2015
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