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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.

Adding Sizzle to Spark Plugs

Posted October 30, 2014 8:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: art innovation spark plugs

Let's face it, spark plugs weren't known for igniting the imagination (too soon for a bad pun?). Despite having "spark" in the name and initiating an explosion in the combustion chambers, back in the 1960s much like today, they went relatively unnoticed until it was time for a tune up, an ignition miss developed or you were a drag racer who wanted to shave a few hundredths off your E.T. with a plug of a different heat range.

Developing an advertising campaign for spark plugs must have ranked right up there with claiming your brand of iceberg lettuce was best…an oversimplification of course, but you get the idea.

See concepts that reinvigorated life in a stale component on Hemmings Daily.

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After a 25-Year Slumber, the VH1/Peter Max Corvettes Resurface

Posted October 29, 2014 8:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto corvette restoration

In 1990, a Long Island carpenter by the name of Dennis Amadeo Amodeo won the prize of a lifetime for a Corvette fan: one of every year Corvette built from 1953 through 1989, courtesy of music television network VH1. Artist Peter Max soon acquired the cars for an ambitious art project that never materialized, and for 25 years the cars sat, largely ignored and only occasionally moved from one New York City storage location to another, until a New York Corvette fan and automotive consultant helped broker a deal to buy the cars. Now, thanks to their new owners, 36 pieces of Corvette history will soon be back on the road, and if all goes as planned, back on the market.

See 25 years of Chevy history restored on Hemmings Daily.

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How I Made and Lost Nearly $500,000 on Old Cars in a Few Months

Posted October 28, 2014 8:30 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: auction buying classic auto selling

[Editor's Note: Tom Hardy uploaded the following story about four Buick Skylarks that he let slip away to the My Hemmings pages and we thought it worth sharing here. If you have an old car story to tell, My Hemmings is the perfect place to do so.]

I was a nine-year-old boy, headed to Miami in the family sedan for the annual summer vacation rite. When we pulled into the motel and started unloading all the trappings of a big 1950s family, this baby-blue car next to us gleamed in the Florida sun. Wire wheels, continental kit, it had it all. That 1953 Buick Skylark became the model on which all my car obsessions were based for the next 50 years.

In my 20s, I always admired cars with similar lines - those Jaguar 120s, Austin-Healy 3000s, anything that resembled the flow and look of that distant childhood image in my head...

See how fortunes are made and lost in classic autos.

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Here Comes the Future: Cars from 1990 Now Eligible for AACA Shows

Posted October 27, 2014 12:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: 1990 car show display

The decade didn't see a carburetor on a new car from the factory. It ushered in new alliances among auto manufacturers and swept other manufacturers away. It brought performance back-in more than just looks-and to unexpected places. And next year, when the classic car show season starts up again, the Nineties will for the first time have the opportunity to appear on an AACA show field.

Thanks to its rolling 25-year acceptance rule, the Antique Automobile Club of America tends to serve as a bellwether of the collector car hobby, accepting cars for display that many in the hobby don't-or, at least, wouldn't otherwise-consider as anything more than simply used cars. Take, for instance, the 2010 Hershey show, which marked the first appearance of a Mopar minivan: John LaBar's 1984 Plymouth Voyager, which technically was eligible to show the year before. It brought about cries of the end of the world approaching, but the last time we checked, the hobby has continued motoring along these last four years, likely with a few new participants.

See what '90s cars can be considered 'classic' on Hemmings.

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Infamous 1971 Dodge Challenger to Take Part in Largest-Ever Display of Indy 500 Pace Cars

Posted October 23, 2014 10:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: Challenger dodge Indy 500 pace car

John Glenn had survived being shot into space, dozens of combat missions during World War II and the Korean War, and a career as a test pilot. But one Saturday in May of 1971 he nearly lost his life to a car dealer driving an out-of-control Dodge Challenger, a car that will go on display next month as part of what promises to be the world's largest gathering of Indianapolis 500 pace cars ever.

To be clear, Eldon Palmer didn't intend to put his own life - along with those of Glenn, Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony Hulman, and ABC correspondent Chris Schenkel - in harm's way. One of four Indianapolis-area dealers who supplied a fleet of Hemi Orange 1971 Dodge Challenger convertibles to be used as pace cars after each of the Big Three declined (or wasn't able) to make a pace car available for that year's race, Palmer had reportedly planned out his approach to the infield at the start of the race beforehand, going so far as to place a marker at the point where he needed to start braking from the triple-digit speeds required to lead the pack of cars.

See what almost became John Glenn's last ride on Hemmings.

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Porsche Sport Driving School Celebrates 40 Years of Correcting Lift-Throttle Oversteer

Posted October 22, 2014 9:00 AM by dstrohl

After a successful career as a driver, one retirement option has long been the opening of a branded driving school. The formula has worked, in varying degrees of success, for Skip Barber, Bob Bondurant, Carroll Shelby, and Bertil Roos, to name but a few school proprietors. Sometimes, however, a driving school is started for altogether different reasons, namely to keep buyers of your range-topping sports car alive; such is the case with Porsche's Sport Driving School, which marks its 40th anniversary in 2014.

But really, how do you drive a Porsche? Learn here.

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