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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.

Waste Not, Want Not

Posted August 31, 2016 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto racing restoration

“Waste not, want not” sounds like it probably came from Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanack, but it could very well have been the motto of working-class Americans who lived in the shadow of the Great Depression—car folk in particular. That ethos is still going strong with some who grew up in times of abundance. Take Lafayette, New Jersey hot rodder John Knas, for example, whose ’27 Ford roadster started out with a drivetrain many would have passed over.

John and his girlfriend Candace Connell are regulars at The Race of Gentlemen in the gray Model T, which features a 1951 or ’52 Chevrolet six-cylinder that John picked up for free when a friend elected to re-power with a Small Block Chevrolet V-8. The 92-horsepower, Babbitt-bearing straight six dressed up nicely with vintage speed parts and Wayne dress-up goodies. Its 1937-vintage design looked right at home among the Ford flathead V-8’s and four bangers on the beach at TROG.

This classic hot rod beach racer was rebuilt from the tires up.

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Year, Make and Model – 1977 AMC Pacer

Posted August 30, 2016 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: amc classic auto owner Pacer

Spend time thumbing through our domestic automotive history and you will note that small cars have always peppered the industry. American Bantam and Crosley are some of the earliest notables, along with King Midget. Rambler, Falcon and the Chevy II were the next wave of economy cars, long before oil embargoes made front-page headlines. By the mid-Sixties, market demand meant they were here to stay. Among those produced during the late Seventies, the AMC Pacer was an economical giant, in a manner of speaking.

Gracing this page is a 1977 edition, assembled with a standard-issue straight-six, the Pacer’s base engine since its 1975 introduction. Featuring a 3.75 x 3.50-inch bore and stroke, 8.0:1 compression ratio and a single-barrel carburetor, it was rated for a fuel-sipping 88hp. The downside to this engine was that it was essentially overtaxed, in part due to the Pacer’s 3,000-plus pounds, without options. By all accounts, however, the optional 258, which offered a better combination of power and economy, was the popular choice among customers. This engine had a longer 3.90-inch stroke that, along with a single-barrel carburetor, was rated for 98hp. By 1977, AMC had made available the two-barrel version that resulted in a horsepower rating of 114.

Party on Wayne? Party on Garth! (Ok, so that was a '72.)

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The Howie Cannon – One Company’s Attempt to Re-Purpose War Time Manufacturing in a Postwar World

Posted August 29, 2016 10:05 AM by dstrohl

A majority of Americans and American Manufacturers could see the handwriting on the wall in 1945. The war would soon be over, but nobody knew exactly when. War-time scrap metal and newspaper drives were still an everyday occurrence. Gas was still being rationed and everyone was still doing their part to contribute to the success of our military men and women, realizing that Japan would fight on as long as they could. August 1945 changed all of that. The atomic bomb brought a quick end to the hostilities and America struggled to shift back into commercial manufacturing while trying to re-purpose some of the war production surplus. Such is the case with the Curran Artware Manufacturing Company of Downers Grove, Illinois, which received a government contract during wartime to produce hand grenades.

Illinois was a hotbed of military ordinance during the 1940s with two explosives facilities just a few miles down the road from Curran Artware Manufacturing. The Joliet Arsenal’s Elwood Ordinance Ordnance Plant loaded explosives into artillery shells and other munitions, while the Kankakee Ordinance Ordnance Works, run by DuPont and later, US Rubber Company, produced the TNT that was loaded into the ordinance ordnance in Elwood.

How a hand grenade manufacturer turned thousands of surplus parts into kids toys.

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Hemmings Sunday Cinema – Watkins Glen Found Footage And More

Posted August 25, 2016 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: Hemmings watkins glen

Found footage of old race events is pretty awesome, but some of the videos put together with that footage rather lacks. Not so with the one The Chicane recently spotlighted, which shows the action at the 1953 1951 Watkins Glen Grand Prix. Some music to accompany it, and more importantly some race results to put the action in context makes for a much more interesting video.

Check out this video and the full story at Hemmings Daily.

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Hemmings Find of the Day – 1952 Packard 250 Convertible

Posted August 24, 2016 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: Hemmings packard

1952 Packard 250 convertible for sale. Find the seller’s description and more detail on Hemmings Daily.

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