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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.

National Corvette Museum Pulls the Last Corvette from the Sinkhole

Posted April 15, 2014 8:01 AM by dstrohl
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When a sinkhole opened up beneath the National Corvette Museum's Skydome on February 12, the only certain thing was that eight historically significant Corvettes had been lost, potentially forever. Now, less than two months later, all eight have been recovered after the last car to be unearthed, a 2001 Corvette Z06 with a Mallett Hammer conversion, was pulled from the sinkhole Wednesday afternoon.

"It looks like a piece of tin foil, and it had a roll cage in it," said Kevin Helmintoller, who'd donated the Mallett Hammer to the museum with his wife, Linda, and was on site for the car's recovery.

See photos of the rescue operation on Hemmings Daily.

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From the Archives: Allegheny Ludlum’s Stainless-Steel Fords

Posted April 14, 2014 8:00 AM by dstrohl

Here at Hemmings, we have quite a large collection of photos, postcards, advertising materials, and car-related memorabilia that has piled up over the years. Whether they were sent in on a whim by a faithful reader, dropped off by a visitor, were part of a photo shoot, or made a fleeting appearance in an issue of Hemmings Motor News many years ago, we plan to share many of the items that have been relegated to the vault with you.

Today, we found an old postcard featuring three all-stainless steel-bodied cars owned by Allegheny Ludlum Steel, a division of Allegheny Ludlum Industries, Inc. Ford Motor Company built these cars so Allegheny could showcase the functional and decorative uses of stainless steel.

- See more at of this unique collection here.

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Futurama, Rotunda, Autofare, and a Big Tire: the Rest of the 1964 New York World’s Fair

Posted April 10, 2014 8:30 AM by dstrohl

Read all the press releases coming out of Ford lately, and it'd be easy to get the idea that New York City threw a giant party called the World's Fair just for FoMoCo to introduce the Mustang. While Ford did indeed buy all sorts of hype for the introduction of its pony car at the fair, it's worth recounting that it was one of a handful of auto-related companies at the two-year fair, and that their presence at the fair wasn't really all that welcome.

Conceived as an economic stimulus for the city and as a way of reprising the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair for that fair's 25th anniversary, planning for the 1964 fair fell to Robert Moses, the parks commissioner perhaps most responsible for shaping modern New York City and the man who transformed a former ash dump and tidal marsh into Flushing Meadows Park for the earlier world's fair. The fact that the Bureau of International Expositions - the Paris-based organization that schedules, oversees, and regulates world's fairs - denounced Moses's plans didn't matter one bit to him. So what if the United States had already held a world's fair in Seattle just a couple of years prior, and so what if Montreal was scheduled to host another one in 1967, and so what if BIE rules only allowed for fairs to last for one year, Moses argued; this is New York City, the biggest city in the world, and who needs approval from some overseas outfit to hold a world's fair here?

See World's Fair reactions to the iconic Mustang on Hemmings.

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Sale of Alleged Prototype Iso Grifo Halted Amid Questions of its Authenticity

Posted April 09, 2014 12:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: authentic classic auto mystery

At first, it appeared that the 1966 Iso Grifo Lusso that Coys offered at last weekend's Techno Classica auction in Essen, Germany, sold for a respectable $332,000, but after Iso enthusiasts cried foul over the car's chassis number, the sale was canceled and questions now linger over the car's true provenance.

Described by Coys as an original-condition car with its original Chevrolet small-block V-8 engine and four-speed manual transmission, Coys didn't belabor its provenance, noting only that it came from "an important Italian collection of historic vehicles, where it has resided for many years," that it only came available after the death of the owner of the collection, and that it came with German historic registration documents. Designed by Giugiaro with a chassis by Bizzarrini, the Grifo debuted in 1963, powered by the Corvette 327, and over the next decade or so, Iso went on to build more than 400 Grifos, including the dark blue over tan leather interior example that Coys listed.

Read more about this classic auto caper on Hemmings.

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Tech 101: Choosing the Right Tires

Posted April 08, 2014 9:00 AM by dstrohl
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Chances are good that most Hemmings readers own more than a single pair of shoes. Those with a passion for playing tennis understand that stepping onto the court in a pair of wing-tips will likely result in a sub-standard performance, and those who prefer ballroom dancing probably don't do so in a pair of steel-toed boots. Footwear tends to be rather narrowly focused these days, and the proper footwear can make all the difference in an athlete's performance. The same can be said of tires, yet most consumers only think about tires when it's time for a new set. Choosing the proper tire is far more important than choosing the proper pair of shoes, because to quote an oft-used advertising slogan, your life is riding on your tires.

First, it's important to understand that every tire produced today is a compromise. Some favor grip and the ability to withstand extreme forces and heat loads over longevity, while others favor high mileage at the expense of traction. Season-specific winter tires can offer improved performance on snow and ice, at the expense of handing and feel in warm, dry weather. The "all-season radial" has become the darling of the automotive industry, but it's important to understand that just because a tire is certified to perform under a variety of conditions does not mean it will do so optimally.

Get a grip on your wheels here, on Hemmings.

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NYC Police Museum to Put Cop Cars on Display at New York Auto Show

Posted April 07, 2014 9:30 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto cop car police

While the New York City Police Museum hasn't been able to put on its annual car show since Hurricane Sandy flooded the museum's permanent home in Lower Manhattan, museum staff have found not only a temporary home for the museum, but also another way to put its vintage NYPD cars on display later this month - on the floor of the New York International Auto Show.

Check out images of Johnny Law's rides on Hemmings Daily.

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