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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.

Postwar-Styled Deuce Roadster Named America’s Most Beautiful Roadster

Posted February 11, 2016 9:00 AM by dstrohl

If there was any doubt that the vintage look has arrived in the modified-car world, one needs to look no further than the last few winners of the America's Most Beautiful Roadster award, which have all featured a period appearance combined with the extraordinary fit and finish that it takes to compete at such a high level. This year's winner is no exception.

When well-known California custom-paint-and-body man Darryl Hollenbeck decided to build a retro-style roadster for his wife, Teri, with the help of Michigan hot rodder Cory Taulbert, those following along could soon tell that the result was going to be worthy of any indoor show. The car you see here is the product of that collaboration and received the ultra-prestigious AMBR trophy this past weekend at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California.

The build story is only on Hemmings Daily.

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Hemmings Find of the Day – 1982 Chevrolet Corvette Caballista

Posted February 10, 2016 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Some cars really speak for themselves, and some cars have a lot to say when it comes to speaking for themselves. Then there's this 1982 Chevrolet Corvette Caballista for sale on Hemmings.com, a Les Dunham creation that sports less than 20,000 miles on its Cross-Fire V-8 and appears pretty much as it did almost 35 years ago, which would probably never shut up.

Read the sellers description, and see if this classic aftermarket 'Vette is in your price range.

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Pontiac Trans Am 10th Anniversary Edition Sells for Record-Setting $187,000 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction

Posted February 09, 2016 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: auction collectible pontiac trans am

In 2011, a 1979 Pontiac Trans Am 10th Anniversary Edition with less than seven miles on the odometer raised eyebrows when it sold at auction for $85,000, or roughly $35,000 over then-published high-book value. Even this sale paled in comparison to one recorded by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona, last week, where a second 1979 Pontiac Trans Am 10th Anniversary Edition, with a single-owner history and 7.9 miles on the odometer, auctioned for a record-setting (for an Anniversary Edition Trans Am) $187,000, including buyer's fees, roughly $126,000 above current high-book value for the specific model.

The 10th Anniversary Trans Am sold in Scottsdale last week was purchased new by the consignor in March of 1979. Desirable for several reasons, including its limited-edition status and the last-production-year Pontiac 400 V-8 beneath the hood, the Trans Am carried a window sticker price of $10,822.55, but commanded a selling price of $15,000 with dealer markup factored in. Trailered home, the car was reportedly stored in a shop building and started monthly, yet never driven.

As close to mint as possible, this Trans Am sat for 36 years.

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Quick Question: Is Filming Yourself Hooning on Public Roads Okay?

Posted February 08, 2016 10:30 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: filming Movies traffic laws

So the last week or so, the autoblogosphere - not to mention the citizens of San Diego - have worked themselves into an uproar over the video from which the still above was taken. It features some bro tearing around San Diego sans permits in his jacked-up off-road buggy in an attempt to get his sponsors some attention.

Coincidentally, we had just run the famous/infamous chase scene from The French Connection in our Hemmings Sunday Cinema the weekend before the above-mentioned video started to gain traction. Both featured permit-less driving on public streets, property damage, and a high chance of putting unsuspecting people just walking down the road in danger. Yet one's been hailed as a gutsy move by an up-and-coming director (and played a part in an Oscar win), while the other's been almost universally condemned.

Why have the reactions been so different?

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New York Model A Club Proves That Some Kids are Still Interested in Old Cars

Posted February 04, 2016 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: Ford model A restoration youth

Those who insist that today's youth don't care about cars (and care even less about old cars) could learn something from the Adirondack A's Model A Ford Club. Since 2012, the Clifton Park, New York, group has completed three Model A Ford builds with the help of 13- to 16-year-olds from local high schools. It's now in the midst of its fourth youth program, the ground-up restoration of a 1931 Ford Model A Roadster that began in December 2015.

Founded in 1984, Adirondack A's is "Dedicated to the restoration, preservation and general enjoyment of the 1928 through 1931 Model A Ford." And now paired with local, interested teens, the club churns out roughly one restored Model A a year.

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36 Years of Hindsight: 1980 Ford Full-Line Brochure

Posted February 03, 2016 9:00 AM by dstrohl

It's fascinating to look at Ford's lineup for the 1980 model year and to realize that only two of the eight nameplates are still in use today. But when it comes to the Mustang, the more things change, the more they stay the same: Ford was then touting its new-tech, 150-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine option (think EcoBoost!), which debuted with the Fox platform in 1979, and actually made 31 hp more than the Mustang's available 255-cu.in., two-barrel-carbureted V-8. One of this model's flashier variants was the Cobra, which got a new look for 1980 (and, judging from the brochure illustration, balloon tires!).

Brochures are an interesting way to reminisce about classic autos.

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