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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.

Utah Off-highway Vehicle Bill Aims to Expand State’s Trail Infrastructure

Posted March 22, 2018 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: legislation off-road Utah

It may sound like a tedious bit of administrative red tape and paper shuffling at first, but a bill pending in the state of Utah, should it pass, promises to redirect millions of dollars toward trail building and maintenance in some of the country’s premier off-roading destinations.

Introduced in January, House Bill 143 proposes modifying the state’s fee structure for all-terrain vehicles, increasing the cost to register ATVs, off-road bikes, and snowmobiles while at the same time decreasing the property tax assessment for those vehicles.

Advocates of the bill noted that the current setup with higher property tax assessments appeared to send that money to more urban areas with few to zero off-road trails.

Utah is set to become the leading destination for off-road auto enthusiasts.

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Golden by Design and by Dilapidation: Golden Sahara Breaks Cover After Decades in Hiding

Posted March 21, 2018 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: auction Capri classic auto

For several years it toured the country claiming a Guinness world record for “world’s most expensive automobile,” and it very well may have been, given the extensive modifications and futuristic technology that went into building it. But then its owner inexplicably hid it away 50 years ago, leading to an exile that will only be broken this spring when the Golden Sahara heads to auction.

Considered one of George Barris’ most iconic customs, the Golden Sahara actually went through three major iterations, two of which Barris directly had a hand in. Originally a 1953 Lincoln Capri two-door hardtop, the car underwent a mild nosing and decking when new and served as Barris’ daily driver until a foggy rendezvous with a hay truck left Barris bloodied but otherwise uninjured and rendered the Capri a total wreck.

A Golden Capri comes back to life to go up for sale.

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The Load-Down on this Mercedes-Benz Transporter: Porsche Commissioned It

Posted March 20, 2018 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Of all the ways to load a car onto a truck for transportation, German utility truck builder Ruthmann may have come up with one of the oddest and yet most practical method for its so-called Gewichtsbilanz Schraeghubwagen, a truck that Porsche commissioned and that will cross the auction block this weekend.

Ruthmann, founded in 1901 and based out of Gescher-Hochmoor in North Rhein-Westphalia, for the most part builds hydraulic cranes for flatbed trucks, but in late 1982, the Porsche factory in Stuttgart approached the truck builder with a request to build a car hauler, presumably in search of a means of loading the sports car company’s low-slung vehicles that wouldn’t use ramps or other sharp breakover angles.

One of the original cargo loaders, on Hemmings Daily.

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City of Detroit to Take a Stab at Redeveloping Former AMC Headquarters

Posted March 19, 2018 12:01 PM by dstrohl

Plenty of moving parts have gone into the negotiations behind a massive land swap deal between Wayne County and the City of Detroit, but if everything works out, the city will soon take possession of the former American Motors headquarters on Plymouth Road with an eye toward redeveloping it.

While some county officials once considered of razing the facility, a plan that developer Dan Gilbert floated last year would potentially save the property, give the region a new jail, and clean up an abandoned downtown construction project.

Detroit gets a shot to refurbish some prized automotive architecture.

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Could 3D Printed Parts Ensure the Longevity of the Collector Car Hobby?

Posted March 15, 2018 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Own old cars, trucks or motorcycles long enough, and sooner or later a common problem arises: A needed part is no longer available. Porsche Classic has recently announced an innovative solution (for a select grouping of components, anyway), which raises the question: Can 3D printed parts eventually be the answer to owners’ and restorers’ prayers?

Three-dimensional printing, now part of a process commonly referred to as additive manufacturing, can trace its roots to the 1980s, but it would take until the early 21st century for the technology to jump from lab to industry. By 2010 or so, printers had become affordable and powerful enough to gain favor among low-volume manufacturers, where they were typically used for rapid prototyping of parts.

3D printing has gone mainstream and back again -- but can it breathe life in hard-to-finish restorations?

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