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Cool Australian Muscle Cars of the 60s and 70s

Cool Australian Muscle Cars of the 60s and 70s

Take a look at these Australian muscle cars people forgot about

Muscle cars have often been related to the American market owing to the hot rod culture that sprung up during the 1920s. Australia followed suit after automakers like Ford released the GT in the late 60s for the local market. The popularity of the touring car series also encouraged manufacturers to develop muscle cars that specifically targeted the Australian market. The fact the population is geographically isolated and relatively smaller has lent to the uniqueness of muscle car models over the next few decades.

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Cool Cars That are Still Banned from the United States

Cool Cars That are Still Banned from the United States

Strict NHTSA regulations have kept these cool cars from the American public

The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration is the body in charge of determining whether a vehicle is safe enough to be offered on the American market. Over the years, the body has vetted different imports and denied several models from being used in the United States even if they were widely accepted in other regions. To be fair, some of these models did not have crucial features like airbags or stability control, but they were very cool to drive. In other cases, it could be argued the bans were based on bureaucracy and nitpicking. Some regulations allow you to drive a car that the agency bans, though it has to be more than 25 years old and pass various regulatory hurdles. The following are some of the coolest cars that are still banned from American roads.

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The Most Underrated German Engines of All Time

The Most Underrated German Engines of All Time

These are some of the best and maybe even underappreciated German engines to ever hit the market

German engineering has been severally praised for being some of the best in the automotive world. It may have something to do with the fact German automakers do not generally compromise on anything. Germany is also the home of some of the best automotive brands, including Mercedes, Volkswagen, and Audi. It goes without saying that performance is one of the reasons behind this, so German engines are thought of as engineering marvels. The following are some of the best engines German brands have provided the market.

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90s Sports Cars You Totally Forgot Existed

90s Sports Cars You Totally Forgot Existed

These cars were quite good in their time but the market soon moved on in light of better options

Nowadays, every brand has a performance flagship the market is aware of. These cars are heavily marketed, so a large percentage of the population considers them for purchase, but once in a while, automakers release a really good model that checks all of the boxes and does not impose them as much. Once in a while, they can be spotted on the street, and it elicits gasps of envy, but the moment passes, and you return to whatever it is you were doing. The following cars are worthy of such moments.

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The Coolest Concept Cars That Actually Made it to Production

The Coolest Concept Cars That Actually Made it to Production

Not all concept cars die painful deaths, and these are the cars that actually made it into production

Concept cars are how automakers reveal the future direction they are going to take with different models. They seemed pretty outlandish and ambitious in the past decades, but the future has caught up. True, flying cars are still a ways off but what seemed alien in 1995 is far more pragmatic in the 2020s. The current concept cars resemble a lot of the design language of today’s cars, which means they are in tune with what the people want. Unfortunately, the majority of concept cars do not make it to production status. It may be funding or a general change direction. The ones that did pull through, though, have become some of the most influential models in the automotive market.

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The Most Underrated Fast & Furious Movie Cars

The Most Underrated Fast & Furious Movie Cars

12 Fast and Furious Cars that deserved more Screen Time.

Cars are an essential part of Fast and Furious movies, or at least they used to be before the franchise’s gradual transition to the action-packed special op-like theme. Before that happened (around the sixth or seventh movie), it was still mostly about the cars. Some vehicles got more attention than others, mostly due to the character associated with them. With this in mind, here are a couple of Fast and Furious vehicles that, we think, deserved a bit more screen time.

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Here's Why You Don't Need To Wait For An Updated Nissan Z

Here’s Why You Don’t Need To Wait For An Updated Nissan Z

Waiting for a Nissan Z Facelift may be pointless. Here’s why

The Nissan Z finally made its official debut on 18th August 2021 and you will be able to order yours in spring 2022. With this in mind, a question you may be asking is “should I wait for the updated version?” The Nissan Z, like all other cars, will eventually receive a facelift. Although we can only guess how an updated version of the car would look like, it’s common knowledge that facelifted versions fix all (or at least some) imperfections of new models. However, this may not necessarily be the case with the Nissan Z, so is there really a need to wait a few years to get one?

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14 Ways To Improve Your Riding Skills Before The Pandemic Ends

14 Ways To Improve Your Riding Skills Before The Pandemic Ends

Clean up your rusty riding techniques

Are you a beginner rider or have you had a break from riding for a while? There are lots of things you can do to make your riding safer and more enjoyable, from simply practicing riding to taking part in a track day or some off-road training. The important thing is to not think you know it all and be prepared to learn. Hopefully this list will help you.

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1969 - 1986 Ford Capri - The European Pony Car That Came Before the Mustang

1969 - 1986 Ford Capri - The European Pony Car That Came Before the Mustang

The Ford Capri was Europe’s pony car long before the Mustang went global

When you think Ford, you think the GT40 or the Mustang, both of which American models with great heritage. Before the Mustang became global, however, Europe had its own equivalent of the pony car. The Ford Capri was a rear-wheel-drive, 2+2 coupe that could be both a commuter and a weekend warrior. Although the Capri name, as we know it, has been retired, it has a long history and we are about to share with you everything we know about the car, sometimes referred to as “the European Mustang”.

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The Story of the 1956 Mack Trucks Arctic Expedition to Build the DEW Line

The Story of the 1956 Mack Trucks Arctic Expedition to Build the DEW Line

This story goes to show what happens when people roll up their sleeves and try to get something done

11 Mack trucks, each with a 28-liter V12 Cummins diesel engine under the hood, hauling over three million pounds of cement and steel into the freezing Arctic Circle, 1,500 miles away from civilization.

Sounds a bit crazy, doesn’t it? But amid the bleak 1950s, when North America was under the threat of a nuclear showdown with the Soviet Union, the West’s solution was the so-called Distant Early Warning Line, or DEW Line, which consisted of 63 manned radar stations about 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle.

And, well, construction material had to be hauled into the freezing terrain somehow.

So keep reading to find out the story of the amazing 1956 Bulldog Convoy in the Arctic, which involved 11 Mack trucks filled to the brim, a couple of bulldozers, and a team of unbreakable men.

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10 Things the Ferrari Purosangue Needs to Take on the Competition

10 Things the Ferrari Purosangue Needs to Take on the Competition

It Is Not An SUV, But It Is A Ferrari Utility Vehicle

Ferrari will build an SUV. I am not joking, the company made an announcement. It will be called the Ferrari Purosangue. That’s the official name of the Ferrari SUV. Ok, Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri implicitly said that he does not want to hear “that word” in the same sentence with the word Ferrari. “That word” being SUV. Ok, Camilleri, I will not do it. Ever. The new Ferrari... truck… will be the most amazing piece of technology ever attempted with the “that word” layout. Luckily, we do know a thing or two about the new Purosangue.

Digression: Is the word crossover any better? Maybe, but I feel it sounds too soft for the status of a Ferrari. The Honda CR-V is a crossover for crying out loud.

The new Purosangue may take a layout similar to what we have been accustomed to with the onslaught of performance SUVs, yet the Italians promised to make it a proper thoroughbred. Incidentally (not really), Purosangue translated from Italian actually means thoroughbred. Is it just me, or the name Ferrari Thoroughbred (in English) wouldn’t sound bad at all? We have a Superfast and we like it, don’t we? Enough with the strange ideas. Purosangue it is.

Christopher Smith of Motor1 explained how to pronounce it:

“PUR-o-SAN-gue. There are four syllables, with emphasis on PUR and SAN. Phonetically speaking, start with PUR, as in a cat purring. From there just say a soft O as in oh, then SAN with a long A sound like saahn, and finish with GUE, which sounds like way but starting with a g – gway. PURR - oh - SAAHN - gway. See? It’s totally easy.”

OK? OK!

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Everything You Need to Know About The Upcoming Ford Maverick Compact Pickup Truck

Everything You Need to Know About The Upcoming Ford Maverick Compact Pickup Truck

The Ford Maverick debuts on June 8, and here’s all that we know about it so far

Ford is finally adding a brand new pickup truck to its arsenal in the form of the Maverick. The truck had been spotted many times in the past, but the automaker finally confirmed its existence last week. The Maverick will be an affordable, compact truck that will slot below the Ranger in Ford’s lineup. The truck is all set to debut on June 8 on the company’s official social media channels.

Ford has been tight-lipped about the truck so far, but, that doesn’t mean nothing’s known. So, coupled with a few speculations and what’s out in the open so far, here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 Ford Maverick.

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The Story of the Huge U.S. Army Land Trains

The Story of the Huge U.S. Army Land Trains

We’re talking about the largest off-road machines to ever roll across the earth!

With no less than 54 driven wheels, a length of 570 feet, and a total output of almost 5,000 horsepower, these are just some of the highlights that make up the massively impressive Overland Train Mark II, the longest off-road vehicle ever made. Keep reading to find out the story behind this huge US Military machine, including its Cold War, nuclear-showdown roots, and its equally-impressive predecessors.

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Cool Shooting Brakes You Probably Didn't Know About

Cool Shooting Brakes You Probably Didn’t Know About

These rare shooting brakes are more practical versions of iconic sports cars

Nowadays, the shooting brake body style is often associated with performance. Think of it this way – if a station wagon/estate is a more practical version of a sedan, the shooting brake is basically a more practical coupe. The initial purpose of the shooting brake was to transport hunting parties and their equipment, but over time it graduated into what can be described as a sports car/ station wagon hybrid. Many carmakers and coachbuilders started experimenting with the philosophy and these rare shooting brake versions of iconic sports cars attest to that.

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What JDM Really Stands For

What JDM Really Stands For

Explaining the meaning behind JDM

The car community is a vast one and there are plenty of different categories, based on different criteria. Depending on the type of car, you have communities dedicated to American muscle, classic cars, exotic cars, etc. It can vary by nation or brand – German cars, American cars, Alfa Romeo, BMW, Ford, etc. Those are just a few examples. However, there is one category that is quite misunderstood - JDM.

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What You Really Need To Know About the 1997-2004 Porsche 996 911

What You Really Need To Know About the 1997-2004 Porsche 996 911

Is the 996 911 really inferior to all the 911s that came before it?

The Porsche 911 has had a long and illustrious history that dates all the way back to 1963. Basically becoming the posterchild for performance and what a true sports car should be, it has quite the cult following. One could even argue that it’s one of the most loved sports cars in the world. But, despite all of this love, there’s one generation that stands out as inferior, and that my friends is the 996 generation that was built between 1997 and 2004. Well, technically it stayed in production to some extent until 2006, but we’ll talk more about that later. So, was the 996 911 really such a bad car, and should you risk buying one today? It’s not as bad as you might think, although, there are some things you need to know about it.

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10 Highly Anticipated Cars That Were Complete Let-Downs

10 Highly Anticipated Cars That Were Complete Let-Downs

These cars should’ve fared better than they did

There’s a saying in the auto industry that “every new idea is a good idea.” There’s a kernel of truth in that because the best and most popular cars are all born from ideas. But there’s a flip side to that saying, too. Just because every new idea is a good idea, it doesn’t mean that these good ideas end up as good products. Time and again, we’ve seen automakers take a promising concept and lose the plot completely when the production version comes out. Every company has experienced something along these lines, but we’ve singled out ten vehicles that serve as the best examples of highly anticipated cars that turned out to be let-downs. Granted, some of these vehicles had their moments in the sun, but those moments were fleeting. In the end, we all remember them for what they could’ve been. They’re not necessarily lemons, but they still leave a sour taste in our mouths.

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Maserati Bora - A Great Car With Horrible Timing

Maserati Bora - A Great Car With Horrible Timing

Maserati’s first mid-engine car turns 50

Maserati is one of the oldest and most coveted Italian car brands ever. Although they’ve had their ups and downs, the motorsport success of Maserati cars has helped spawn some great road cars, too. Among them was the Bora, which actually has its 50th anniversary this year. The Maserati Bora may not be as celebrated as other models of the brand, but it’s one of the most significant Maserati cars to have been produced. For its 50th birthday, we are giving you some interesting facts about the Bora.

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The List of Predecessors to the Lotus Evija That You Didn't Know Existed

The List of Predecessors to the Lotus Evija That You Didn’t Know Existed

Yeah, Lotus really has a long history of electrification... kind of

Lotus just took a big step into the future by launching the Evija, its first-ever hypercar and first fully electric vehicle. Also likely to become the world most powerful production car, the Evija is a rather unusual car for an automaker known for affordable and lightweight sports cars. But as surprising as the Evija might seem, the truth is Lotus has been working with electrified drivetrains since the late 2000s. That’s a full decade of EVs and hybrids that haven’t received the attention they deserved. Granted, they’re all concept cars that never made it into production, but their existence signalled Lotus’ intentions. Also, several automakers based a handful of electrified vehicles on Lotus platforms. Let’s have a closer look at them.

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A Deep Look Into Aston Martin's Mid-Engined History

A Deep Look Into Aston Martin’s Mid-Engined History

The 2019 Aston Martin Valkyrie might’ve been the spark that ignited a revolution but it wasn’t the first of its kind

Aston Martin is known as a maker of exquisite and refined grand tourers, long-legged cars that offer enough panache to satisfy Ian Fleming’s James Bond on many an occasion. You could say Aston Martin knows every trick there is to know when it comes to building a front-engined GT car and that’s why they’re now looking to build more and more cars with the engine behind the seats. But the Valkyrie, the new Vanquish, and the AM-RB 003 aren’t the first of their kind in Aston Martin’s history.

When you think of any DB model from Aston Martin, you imagine an elegant two-door tourer ready for long journeys with a sumptuous and well-appointed interior and a feisty engine in front of the windshield. The company’s one and only Le Mans winner, the DBR1, was also front-engined as was the futuristic brick-like Lagonda luxury sedan from the ’70s. But, then, in the ’80s, when Aston Martin returned to sports car racing, it did so with a mid-engined car. This effectively heralded a new breed of Aston Martins, one that has stayed away from the public highways up until now but one that’s interesting to look into nonetheless.

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The Rise and Fall of Saab - A Story Of Interesting Intent, Success, And Failure

The Rise and Fall of Saab - A Story Of Interesting Intent, Success, And Failure

Saab is dead for now, but it might come back - can it grow past its troubled history?

Made by trolls in Trollhattan, this is the story of one of the greatest car companies in the world - from birth to success and then to its death and troubled resurrection. Today, we’re going to talk about how SAAB went from a safety and Turbo icon to just another General Motors casualty, like Pontiac, Saturn, and Oldsmobile.

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