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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.

What Pre-Winter Projects are in Your Garage?

Posted October 08, 2015 9:30 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: garage project car repair winter

In Southwestern Vermont, summer has, rather abruptly, given way to early autumn. Some may lament the loss of warm temps and long hours of daylight, but not your humble author. Fall is my favorite time of year, and it also means that garage season is upon us. Finally, it's cool enough that wrenching on cars, trucks, motorcycles and power equipment does not involve being bathed in sweat, or attacked by the region's plentiful deer flies, a trade-off I'll gladly accept for shorter days.

Projects on the BMW R1100R have been stacking up over the summer, but I did finally get around to replacing the rear brake pads and changing the potentially decade-old brake fluid a few weeks back. That nasty task out of the way, I still need to change the front brake pads, which requires dropping the front wheel, since there isn't enough clearance to wrestle the caliper off the rotor with the wheel in place. That requires an assistant, since the rear needs to be compressed to create enough room for the front wheel to slide free, and with cooler temps I can probably con (er, I mean convince) my wife into helping.

What's taking up space in your garage?

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Adam-12 Goes Drag Racing, 1972

Posted October 07, 2015 9:30 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto famous cars tv

The title of episode 22 of season 4 of Adam-12 is "Who Won?" The short answer is, "We did!" as this episode is a must-see for muscle car fans. Officers Pete Malloy (Martin Milner) and Jim Reed (Kent McCord) try to help local car clubs with corny names-the Street Runners, Cam Busters and Valley Lifters-get drag racing off the streets and onto a track by, "putting together an association of car clubs and lining up a dragstrip," according to Malloy.

With a charter and proof of insurance coverage in hand, they approach the owner of Benson's Drag Strip, J. Benson (played by none other than Dick Clark), who first retorts, during a heated exchange with Spider Watson of the Valley Lifters car club, "I've got a business to run here, and I'm not going to jeopardize it so a bunch of wildcat hot rodders can drag once a week!" When calmer heads prevail, Benson reluctantly agrees to let the car clubs race at his track with the stipulation that no street racing continues in the surrounding area.

When classic TV and cars collide (with link to full episode).

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Checker Revival Announced, but Not as a Taxi

Posted October 06, 2015 9:30 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: 2015 checker classic car taxi

Nearly 35 years after the Checker automotive assembly lines in Kalamazoo fell silent-and almost 20 years after the last of the famous New York City Checker cabs retired-the Checker automobile is poised for a comeback, with plans set for two new niche models and a complete mechanical update.

Missing from those plans, however, are designs on re-entering the taxi market. Or even producing a four-door vehicle at all.

"A lot of auto manufacturers already offer four-door taxis, so no, we're not trying to bring back the taxi," said Steve Contarino, owner of Checker Motor Cars, a company based in Haverhill, Massachusetts, focused on restoring vintage Checkers. "Instead, we want to bring back nostalgia in a usable form."

Checker returns...with a coupe?

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Not For Sale: 10 of the Most Significant Cars That Have Never Hit the Open Market

Posted October 05, 2015 11:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic cars classified top ten

These days it seems like most old cars gain some degree of notoriety for trading hands for huge sums of money. However, the recent announcement of the upcoming auction of Janis Joplin's Porsche - which never left Joplin's family after her death - got us thinking: What other famous and significant cars out there have never gone to auction, never appeared in a classified ad, or never been available for the general public to make an offer on them?

As it turns out, there's a good number of such vehicles, so we've whittled the list down to 10 - this is the Internet, after all, which seems to run on all-caps troll rants and top 10 lists - with several honorable mentions thrown in for good measure.

A top 10 of priceless classic cars.

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The Race of Gentle(men)?

Posted October 01, 2015 9:00 AM by dstrohl

As the annual Race of Gentlemen approaches its fourth year on the sand of Wildwood, New Jersey, it has enjoyed an increasing number of spectators and driver entries. But, the event may have outgrown its name this year, as several female entrants will be joining the list of beach race cars and tank-shift motorcycles. Here are just a few who have thrown their leather helmet into the ring...

The Race of Gentleman gets a much-needed boost of estrogen.

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5-0, in 2.7-Liter Form: A Netherlands National Police Porsche 911

Posted September 30, 2015 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto police porsche

As police cars go, the Porsche 911 is expensive, cramped, and for early examples, tricky to drive at the limit, especially in bad weather. That didn't stop the Netherlands Rijkspolitie (National Police Corps) from ordering Porsche 911 Targas for its Algemene Verkeers Dienst (AVD), or General Traffic Department, a branch that specialized in road safety. In 1974, the AVD reportedly took delivery of five Porsche 911 Targas, including call sign Alex 12.85; now restored, this 1974 Porsche 911 heads to auction as part of Bonham's upcoming Zoute, Netherlands Belgium sale.

Another exotic police cruiser hits the auction. More on Hemmings Daily.

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