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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.

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Daily-Driver Hero?

Posted September 30, 2021 4:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: daily driver

If you've been following the Hemmings Muscle Machines Weekly for awhile, you know that one of our favorite topics is the idea of daily driving a car that was never meant to be driven daily. A race car, of course. Why? Well, because we're suckers for making the wholly impractical, practical. Does it have a roll cage? Well, go on a midnight diaper run in it and be a hero. Is it running a set of fender well headers? Drive it to church on a Sunday morning. No power steering and a heater-delete plate on the dash? Drive it to work for a month straight in February. Non-synchromesh gearbox and a Detroit Locker? Drive-thru burger and shake on the way home from work, once a week.

Now, do we actually do any of this? We'd like to believe we would, if we actually owned a race car with plates, working headlights and a reliable starter. But then, one glorious afternoon last week in heavy traffic, we pulled up alongside this ruler: roll cage, sidepipes, no plates and what looks like a fairly fresh pit-side paint job (or at least paint cut to look like it). And the fact that it was crawling along with the rest of us at parade-route speed, with no coolant trail under it, and a fairly smooth roll through first and second gear? Color us impressed.

Anyone know this guy? We'd like to buy him a beer and thank him for his service...

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10/01/2021 7:23 PM

All that horsepower, and you can't go any faster than the car in front of you!

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10/19/2021 1:40 AM

If we talk about beauty, then this machine will not leave anyone indifferent. Someone categorically dislikes her appearance, but I consider her the pinnacle of style.

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