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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.

Transportation Art Saved From Razed Massachusetts Ford Dealership

Posted May 26, 2015 11:10 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: art dealership display showroom

A Ford dealership has stood at 1 Main Street in Greenfield, Massachusetts, for over 100 years. The property has evolved quite a bit over the years, but to meet the needs of today's customers (and the expectations of Ford's corporate offices) the existing showroom, which dates to 1930, has been torn down to make room for a modern facility. If that's the bad news, here's the good: eight bas relief panels, depicting the evolution of transportation in Western Massachusetts, have been saved from demolition.

See the art saved from the dozer's blade.

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There’s Only One Original Mad Max Interceptor and it’s Not in Australia

Posted May 21, 2015 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto film cars Mad Max

Editor's note: With Mad Max: Fury Road opening at theaters everywhere this weekend, we thought it appropriate to run a piece on the real star of the first two movies. This article comes to us from Myles Kornblatt, curator, Miami Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection. Myles contributes to multiple publications as well as AutoMinded.com.

"She the last of the V-8s. She sucks nitro."

That statement, uttered by an Aussie mechanic in a low-budget film, would ignite a passion in just about everyone, from the leather-clad main character to teenagers in their theater seats. The only original Pursuit Special is an icon, inspired folklore, and just like Mad Max, refuses to die - both on screen and in real life.

Prepare for war on the road with this Hollywood classic auto.

2 comments; last comment on 05/21/2015
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What Makes a Car Collectible?

Posted May 20, 2015 9:00 AM by dstrohl

As pastimes go, it would be difficult to find one with as much diversity as the collector car hobby. Excuse the cliché, but when it comes to cars, one man's junk really is another man's treasure; as evidence, consider the rise in popularity (and price) of cars from the 1980s, along with the Volkswagen Type 2 Transporter, generally known here as the Microbus.

Every car is developed through a similar process that involves designers, engineers, line workers, test drivers and an army of others looking to produce the best product possible for the price point. From the lowest-priced Tata Nano to the most expensive and hand-crafted Pagani, it's impossible to design and build a car without a certain element of passion and pride.

So, into the garage or into the crusher?

6 comments; last comment on 05/23/2015
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The California Auto Museum Asks, “Mustang vs. Camaro: What side are you on?”

Posted May 19, 2015 10:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: camaro museum mustang rivalry

This competition has been a driving force for both Ford and Chevrolet throughout history. Last year, on the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang, General Motors sent the best of birthday wishes to its cross-town counterpart. In a well-marketed advertisement, GM executives celebrated 50 years of production and squabble with a candlelit, aluminum gray Z/28 carrying the message "Happy Birthday Mustang, Here's to another 50 years of rivalry. Your friend, Camaro." If car crazies can agree on one thing, it is certain that the horse race between the Camaro and the Mustang has helped the industry and kept the automotive spirits high throughout history.

Pick sides and prepare for arguments on Hemmings Daily.

7 comments; last comment on 05/21/2015
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The $5,000 Challenge, Variety-is-the-Spice-of-Life Edition

Posted May 18, 2015 11:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto classifieds

The great thing about the collector car hobby is this: There's a ride out there for everyone, and what's junk food to some is gourmet fare to others. Think of this edition of the $5,000 Challenge as a Vegas all-you-can-eat buffet, with plenty of variety for a low admission price. Some dishes may be too spicy for delicate palates, while others may require a bit more seasoning than a shake of salt and dash of pepper. No matter what you're hungry for, one of these entrees is likely to fill your belly.

So what's up for grabs for just $5,000?

6 comments; last comment on 05/21/2015
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Should I Do a Color Change on My Vintage Car?

Posted May 14, 2015 9:00 AM by dstrohl

I recently wrote a blog on a Pink Mist 1968 chrome-bumper GTO (The Rarest GTO you may have never wanted ) that asked whether its rarity, color and chrome bumper would persuade or dissuade you from buying it. Some responders said that they liked the pink and would retain the color. Others said they didn't and would just repaint it in another hue. A few more opined that they would never repaint it another color even if they didn't like it because it's the main reason the GTO is so rare. That discussion prompted a similar subject for this blog that's probably more relevant to you and me.

Unless we ordered our vintage ride brand new, we have little choice over the color and options come purchase time decades later. I'm sure many of us have crossed paths with cars that we really wanted and were great deals. Though we may not have been overly enamored with their colors, we bought them anyway. Then we had to decide whether or not to change the color.

Truth be told, the "correct" answer for you depends on numerous variables. Here are a few considerations and opinions.

When it's time to repaint a classic car...

8 comments; last comment on 05/15/2015
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