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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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High Gas Prices Got You Down? Here’s How to Enjoy Collector Cars and Not Dread the Pump

Posted June 28, 2022 5:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: honda Lotus volkswagen

Along with the rest of the world, the classic car hobby is staggering from high gas prices. While it was once a no-brainer to hop in your old car and drive it to a cruise or show, it's now become a more calculated procedure, and it becomes all too easy to talk yourself out of getting behind the wheel of your vintage vehicle and enjoying it. (The show is how far away? Gas is how much? I get how many miles a gallon? Screw it, I’ll stay home.) What’s more, high fuel prices discourage people who might otherwise be interested in getting into the old-car hobby.

To combat this, we are re-dedicating ourselves to getting Americans back in their old cars—and doing it maybe a bit more efficiently than we have in the past. Let's call this the Fun & Frugal movement — after all, it's still possible to enjoy old cars without sacrificing their personality or borrowing against your 401K to afford them.

What’s your definition of fun? There are plenty of cars out there that are entertaining performers without relying solely on hard acceleration; we’ve taken pains to show a wide variety of vintage machinery that upholds the Fun & Frugal ethos. For now we’re looking at mileage ratings north of 25 miles per gallon; in a hobby where mileage in the mid-teens is more common, mid-twenties is a leap forward, and should positively impact your wallet during trips to your local fuel depot.

Hemmings editorial staffers have compiled and justified some ideas for Fun & Frugal classics. These include a

  • 1991 Lotus Elan (M100)
  • 1994-’97 Honda Civic Del Sol VTEC
  • 1948 Plymouth Special Deluxe
  • 1974-'76 BMW R90S
  • 1990-’92 Volkswagen Corrado G60
  • 1957 Cushman Road King
  • 1991 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Do you own one of the listed cars? Tell us your experiences. Have we missed your favorite? Tell us about that too.

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