Nostalgia Highway

New book on California's historic and legendary Highway 101 now available

(May 19, 2020)  — Now the highway has the utilitarian designation of U.S. Route 101, but originally it had a name of romance and mystery — El Camino Real, or the King’s Highway, built on the trail pioneered by the Spanish friars and marked by mission bells on the roadside. Regional historian Stephen H. Provost brings back the romance of this fabled highway in his new book “Highway 101: The History of El Camino Real.”

Honda celebrates International Museum Day with virtual tour

(May 18, 2020 )— TORRANCE, Calif.  In celebration of International Museum Day, Honda is inviting the world to take a virtual tour of the renowned Honda Collection Hall, the most comprehensive collection of historical Honda products anywhere in the world.

A history lesson — ARVW is the most aerodynamic Volkswagen ever built

(May 7, 2020) The ARVW (Aerodynamic Research Volkswagen) concept car was built by Volkswagen in the end of the 1970s, specially as an object of aerodynamic research to trace correlation between a vehicle body shape and fuel consumption at a high speed.  Aerodynamics play a key role in every modern vehicle. The less drag a vehicle generates when moving through the air, the less energy it consumes and the more quietly it moves.

Three big brands that started small with a Volkswagen


Original delivery car for what was to become Domino's Pizza — A 1959 Beetle

(May 7, 2020) Many successful companies trace their heritage to a small business that started as a passion project. Surprisingly, some of these now-famous companies credit a Volkswagen model as a key player in the early days of their business. Three of those companies are Domino's Pizza, Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, and Nike.

Gilmore Car Museum will teach you how to drive a Ford Model T

(May 7, 2020) HICKORY CORNERS, Mich. — The Gilmore Car Museum is offering classes in how to drive a Ford Model T. The "Model T Driving Experience" will be held every week starting on Sunday, June 21, and running through Oct. 10. Interested people are advised to visit the museum's web site at www.gilmorecarmuseum.org from time to time to determine if events remain scheduled because of the COVID-19 crisis.

Petersen Automotive Museum to host virtual car week in August

(May 6, 2020) LOS ANGELES — To maintain the global enthusiasm for Monterey Car Week in spite of concours and event cancellations, the Petersen Automotive Museum will host a virtual car week from Aug. 12-16. The week of virtual events will include live vehicle debuts, online auctions, exclusive interviews, car shows and a celebrity-judged concours.

Take a walk back in time with the first MotorWeek show

(April 29, 2020) Most people who have an even passing interest in automobiles have watched at some point over the past 39 years  MotorWeek — "Television's original automotive magazine" — and host John Davis, who originated the show and remains the host and executive producer.

Cocker Tire now offering Dunlop SP sport tires for vintage sports cars

 (April 29, 2020) CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.  — Coker Tire has brought on a new line of tires to provide an option for vintage European sports cars from the 1960s and 1970s. With a design that draws on Dunlop’s racing expertise, SP Sport Aquajet tires are speed rated and ready for action.

New book published on building a patina Volkswagen

(April 26, 2020) — The explosion of Patina Volkswagens on social media has inspired those car fanatics who realize that you don’t have to restore a car to end up with a good-looking ride. At last, you can stand out from the crowd, even on a tight budget. The look of the cars that result from patina builds is honest, unspoiled, and characterful; it has also inspired the media, movie stars and celebrities.

Fifteen years of the Bugatti Veyron — How it all began

(April 20, 2020) In 1997, on the “Shinkansen” express train between Tokyo and Nagoya, a sketch was created that would change the automotive world. Following a discussion with the then head of Powertrain Development at VW, Karl-Heinz Neumann, he drew on an envelope — he had had the idea for a long time — an engine with 18 cylinders. Powerful, strong and better than anything else. The man was Ferdinand Karl Piëch, a gifted engineer and long-time CEO and Chairman of the Volkswagen Group – and the driving force behind the development of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4.

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