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Gordon McDonald Contributor

Gordon's background stems from the print media world. He has extensive knowledge of the entire motorsports industry.


Starting with a new Corvette, local builder Jack Coolidge and his sons would transform the car with additional fiberglass and filler, into the mammothly restyled work you see here. Allen’s appreciation of earlier styling themes is evident in the lines of the Pursuit.

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One of the top guy-sites on the web is AskMen.com – usually more noted for its Top 99 Women of 20xx articles and surveys than automotive savvy. However, at the moment they seem to be having a car guy attack and, in the interest of making you a better man, they are taking the issue of which ‘Vette is better head on

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Celebrities may come and go, but their cars? Well, we’ve seen a couple pass by these pages in recent months, but this one is a little more interesting, and in more than one way. First, it is listed on eBay for an “I gotta have it” price of $1.2 million. That’s interesting, at least until you look at the photos…

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For the past 18 years, Eagle One has recognized car clubs – through their Golden Rule Awards program – for outstanding and compassionate contribution to the needy in communities. In conjunction with Valvoline Oil, Regional and National awards are provided to automotive enthusiast groups for their service.

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At last November’s SEMA Show, General Motors Performance Parts announced a solid number of new products that had us drooling. One of the more forward-looking announcements concerned the introduction of their SuperMatic 4L70-E electronic transmission and controller kit. Check out the testing video here…

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To say that motor car racing has become popular in the Middle East these days would be a bit of an understatement. Recently, TAM Auto Engineering fielded a pair of C6 Corvettes in the UAE GT Championship and brought both home on the podium. We found some spectacular HD video from the event.

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Detroit area enthusiasts who could care less about what OEMs are building new this year don’t have long to wait between the end of the Detroit Auto Show and the Detroit Autorama. One of a series of professional indoor shows, the Motown event brings in hundreds of the best hot rods and custom cars on the continent

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The year 2010 was a new chapter in Corvette Racing and, in all honesty, not the kind of year that the team is used to. With just one win and five podiums in the American LeMans Series (ALMS), their performance was uncharacteristic of what was routine in previous years.

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As one of the largest and most fun-filled Corvette events in the world, Corvettes at Carlisle features more than 5,000 Corvettes on display. Online registration has opened for the 2011 show and given the popularity of the perennial Ohio gathering, it never hurts to plan ahead.

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It’s a funny thing sometimes, but when you take a little time to look behind the scenes, it’s the details that become really interesting. Shop equipment is one of those things that can fade into the background, but there’s nothing like a reliable car lift or even just a set of jack stands that you can count on.

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Who needs 1000 virtual cars when you can drive your own car in a virtual world? Tag Systems is an Australian company that has been developing the Real Car Simulator since 2003. Using three massive display screens, they create a virtual world that you drive into and explore in your own vehicle.

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A 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace car, originally bought by KISS guitarist Ace Frehley is being auctioned on eBay. The star guitarist’s sister-in-law explained, “Ace gave me the car as a gift for my high school graduation. So this car is not only gorgeous, it has a really cool history for any Ace fan or collector.”

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When you’re serious about saving weight, virtually everything is on the table, so long as it doesn’t compromise safety or performance. Some things will come from your own innovation, but others need a reliable and quality-driven manufacturer that delivers new ideas.

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Sterling Heights, Michigan, is home to the GM Heritage Center which houses the GM Heritage Collection. At any given time, the 81,000 square foot facility has around two hundred vehicles on display. That represents only about one third of all vehicles in the Collection.

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The National Corvette Museum is selling raffle tickets for a 2011 Black Camaro SS/RS Coupe, including tuition for a 3-day Bondurant High Performance Driving School. The draw takes place this Thursday (Feb. 17) at 2:00 p.m., so act now to get your tickets.

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GM and Road America are joining forces for the 100th Anniversary of Chevrolet. In a multi-faceted agreement, Chevrolet has become the Official Vehicle of Road America and the renowned Corvette Bridge will return to the historic track this year.

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