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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.

The Simple Argument for Preserving Any Old Car

Posted March 26, 2015 8:30 AM by dstrohl

What makes an old car special? Is it the engine under the hood? Is it the ownership history? Is it the stylistic or mechanical or technological advances that the car embodies? Or is it something else, something far simpler, something much more democratic? We didn't expect to have to confront these topics in our recent story on the stretched Chevrolet station wagon once owned by the Milton Hershey School going to the AACA Museum, but commenter Olddavid questioned exactly what made the wagon - among other vehicles - so special...

What makes a vehicle worth preserving?

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Midweek Matinee: The Inside Story, 1950

Posted March 25, 2015 3:00 PM by dstrohl
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Please excuse those of us still braving Polar Vortex winds, slogging through late-winter snow and suspiciously eyeing killer roofline icicles as we daydream of cruising in a 1950 Chevrolet Styleline DeLuxe 4-Door Sedan during the coming days of spring - in a month or two at most.

Watch this week's flick at Hemmings.

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Stretched Chevrolet Station Wagon from the Milton Hershey School Joins the AACA Museum Collection

Posted March 25, 2015 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Buses were just too industrial for the Milton Hershey School in the early Sixties. Instead, the boarding school's administrators wanted to transport its students to and from student housing in a manner that more resembled typical family life. To do so, they commissioned a fleet of station wagons - extra long five-row 14-passenger station wagons - and now, decades after going out of service, one of the wagons has returned to Hershey, Pennsylvania, and will soon go on display at the AACA Museum.

See the custom vehicles left behind by Milton's endless generosity.

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So Where Are All the Remaining “Back to the Future” De Loreans?

Posted March 19, 2015 9:00 AM by dstrohl

As mentioned in our recent story about the restoration of the Back to the Future A car, film crews used seven different vehicles over the course of all three films. The "hero" car is now ensconced in a clear display case in Universal's theme park, but what happened to all the rest of them?

Fortunately, Joe Walser gave us the rundown. All seven are accounted for - none have gone missing over the last 30 years - though only four remain. Of the three built for the first movie, the aforementioned A car has never left Universal's possession.

Bring back the "BttF" DeLoreans!

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1968 Impala with Idaho Plates Crashed and Abandoned in London…Wait, What?

Posted March 18, 2015 9:30 AM by dstrohl

Impounding a crashed car found in the middle of February, the London Metropolitan Police discovered a bit of a surprise. Not only was the car a highly unusual sight on London's streets - a 1968 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe, but it sported Idaho license plates in lieu of the expected U.K. tags.

The Sutton Metropolitan Police Service tweeted discovery of the classic Chevy on March 7, but initially discovered the car on February 17. They followed that up with another tweet with photos. We'll forgive them for misidentifying it as a '69. After all, we can't imagine it's something they see everyday.

How did this classic American end up in dire straights in London?

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Rebirth of a Legend: 1984 Chevrolet Corvette Brochure

Posted March 17, 2015 10:00 AM by dstrohl

It's hard to overstate the impact that the fourth-generation Corvette made upon its national introduction on April 21, 1983. Replacing a popular car that had grown very familiar through its incredible 1968-1982 lifetime was an incredibly fresh and forward-thinking new model that was completely of the 1980s, but would also prove timeless in the physical appeal of its crisp, unadorned lines; chief engineer David R. McLellan, chief designer Jerry P. Palmer, and the rest of the team did a stellar job.

The brochure for the Corvette image that sticks in our minds.

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