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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.

Fire Destroys Cars at America’s Packard Museum Secondary Facility

Posted November 25, 2015 9:00 AM by HUSH
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We awoke this morning to the news that a facility in Harrison Township, Ohio, near Dayton, belonging to America's Packard Museum was lost to fire overnight along with an unknown number of classic cars contained inside.

"We never could count. We just knew there's a ton of cars in that building," Harrison Twp. Fire Battalion Chief Darrin Wiseman told reporters from WHIO.

America's Packard Museum is not to be confused with the National Packard Museum, which is located in Warren, Ohio, the birthplace of Packard Motor Car Company.

America's Packard Museum operates from a restored Packard dealership in the city of Dayton. It appears that the Harrison Township facility, approximately five miles north of the museum itself, may have been used for restoration of display vehicles. The museum website also indicates that it has "one of the largest collections [of Packard parts] anywhere" which it offers for sale.

The single downfall the storing so many beautiful cars together...

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Open Diff: What Are Your Favorite Garage Hacks?

Posted November 24, 2015 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: DIY garage hacks repair

Dan Beaudry's recent article on a hose reel, built from a Mobil oil can and handed down through generations, got us thinking about tips and tricks we've learned in the garage over the years. When it comes to garage wisdom, there's probably no source richer than the Hemmings Nation, since our readers probably have more collective wrenching experience, on the broadest variety of vehicles, than any other site on the Internet.

We'll tee things up with a few tips we've learned over the years, but feel free to chime in with your own (which we'll heartily embrace to make our lives easier).

  • There's no such thing as "too organized" when disassembling something. Egg cartons, for example, make great temporary storage for nuts, washers and small bolts, and can be readily marked for easy reference. Which leads us to tip #2…

What else made our list of best garage hacks?

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British Heritage Motor Centre Revamps, Adds Jaguar Collection to Become British Motor Museum

Posted November 23, 2015 10:00 AM by dstrohl
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The world's largest collection of historic British cars will close at the end of the month, though not for good. Instead, it'll do so to complete a two-and-a-half-month revamp that will accommodate the entirety of the Jaguar Heritage Museum's collection and a rebranding as the British Motor Museum.

The decision to do so, according to a press release from the British Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, came after last year's recognition as a Designated museum from Arts Council England and after a £1.1 million investment from the trust that runs the museum.

Why all car fans need to make time for this museum.

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A Life-Size (and then some) Murray General Pedal Car

Posted November 19, 2015 8:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto custom pedal car toys

In retirement, some take up golf, or woodworking, or even the restoration of classic cars. Pennsylvania's Dan Hryhorcoff wanted a different kind of project to occupy his leisure time, so the semi-retired engineer and machine shop owner opted to replicate a vintage Murray General pedal car, in larger-than-life fiberglass form, with the help of friend and "car guy" Jim Gibbs.

Dan had previous experience working with fiberglass (he built a working submarine, with a fiberglass nose and tail, circa 2000), so he opted to return to this medium for his latest project, his first attempt at building an automobile. He quickly realized that he lacked the creative skill necessary to design a unique car body on his own, saying, "Instead of taking a chance at creating a visual monster, I decided to copy something." Copying an existing full-size automobile would hardly be breaking new ground, so Dan instead opted to replicate a popular child's pedal car, in a more adult size.

But the most important question: does it work?

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Little-Known James Bond Car Facts

Posted November 18, 2015 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Editor's note: With the opening weekend success of Spectre, we thought it appropriate to run a piece on the vehicles of Bond, James Bond. This article comes to us from Myles Kornblatt, curator, Miami Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection. Myles contributes to multiple publications as well as

James Bond lives in a secret (and admittedly fictitious) world so alluring that Spectre, the latest Bond franchise film, easily captured the #1 box office spot on its opening weekend, and it is poised to do it again. Though 007 takes us along for the ride in every film, that doesn't mean he shares all his classified secrets; here's a momentary peek into the "Eyes Only" file for a glimpse at three little-known facts about James Bond cars.

What BMW made is world premiere in the hands of 007?

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Pair of Display Chevrolet V-8s Include a Little Bit of New York World’s Fair History

Posted November 17, 2015 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: big block chevrolet display V8

After the end of the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair, many of the displays that captured the attention of hordes of visitors either were destroyed or left behind to burn or weather away under the elements. A handful still exist, most notably the giant U.S. Royal tire-shaped ferris wheel, as well as perhaps one of the most significant GM displays from the fair, a cutaway Mark IV big-block V-8 that will head to auction next month in the city in which it debuted.

When the fair opened in April 1964, the 409 still reigned as the top V-8 in Chevrolet's lineup, but rumblings of a newer, more powerful big-block engine had already begun a year earlier with the Mystery Motor that powered the Chevrolets entered in the 1963 Daytona 500. Indeed, the production version of the Mark IV bowed in the Corvette shortly before the second year of the fair opened, complete with a very space-agey World's Fair-appropriate name of Turbo-Jet.

New York crowds gawked at this space-age big block.

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