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Event Coverage: Shinefest Pride & Perfection Car Show

Tue, Sep 5, 2017 | Posted by:

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Our aptly named Shinefest car show series has made the most of these warm and glorious summer months. The August event, the fourth of the five shows slated for 2017, was a case in point. All the cars in attendance were primped and preened to get as many votes as possible. Here are the results […]

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Mercedes-Benz To Produce Pickup Truck, Meet The X-Class

Thu, Jul 20, 2017 | Posted by:

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In a better-late-than-never move Mercedes is jumping into the pickup truck game, becoming the only German automaker currently producing a pick-em-up. Before you get your engines revving too much, it is unclear if this rig will be bound for American shores or a Euro-only proposition. The X-Class certainly has the look.

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Ken Block’s Coyote-Swapped Classic Bronco

Wed, Jul 19, 2017 | Posted by:

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We’ve all heard stories of husbands buying their wife a power drill for her birthday or wives getting their hubby a foot bath for his birthday. We are wondering if such a scenario is playing out in the Ken Block household as the head hoonigan has gifted his wife a Coyote-swapped classic Bronco.

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Auto Display Car Feature: 1978 Porsche 930

Fri, Jun 30, 2017 | Posted by:

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The 930 is one of the most blatant examples of the trickle-down theory where race car technology is adapted for street cars intended for public consumption. During the late ’60s Stuttgart integrated turbo performance into its racing program and when they needed a homologation car, the dominoes that led to the 930 began to fall.

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Swap Madness: Old School Opel Kadett Gets A Turbo Honda J-Series V6

Wed, Jun 28, 2017 | Posted by:

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Here’s a Kadett worthy of a salute. It’s a 1979 Opel Kadett coming at us from Hokksund, Norway. The car and its innovative swap were executed by OakHeart Racing. The diminutive coupe had been motivated by a turbocharged Volvo inline-four but has recently taken a side trip to the land of the Rising Sun.

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ETS/English Racing 6-Second, 2,719-WHP Nissan GT-R Drag Car w/ Video

Wed, Jun 14, 2017 | Posted by:

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No matter how you look at it, this highly-tuned weapon of speed has the numbers to impress. It pegged a 2,500 horsepower chassis dyno, blasted 244 mph in the ½ mile, 6.98 seconds in the quarter mile, and it’s still “street legal.” We caught up with it at the recent Import FaceOff event at Woodburn […]

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Event Coverage: Shinefest Pride & Perfection Car Show

Wed, Jun 7, 2017 | Posted by:

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Two down, three to go. Our Shinefest car show series kept the gleam alive last Sunday as the parking lot was full of cool cars and the sun was in full effect. It was the second of the five shows we have planned for this season and there was an intoxicating mix of vehicles in […]

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50 Years Ago Today, Mazda Introduces Rotary Power

Tue, May 30, 2017 | Posted by:

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Mazda, known as Toyo Kogyo Corporation at the time, needed to create a unique technology that would differentiate it among a rapidly globalizing Japanese automotive industry in order to stay independent. In 1961, Mazda licensed NSU Motorenwerke AG and Wankel GmbH’s rotary engine technology and the rest is history.

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Dodge Challenger Demon SRT: When 707 HP Isn’t Enough

Tue, May 23, 2017 | Posted by:

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“We’ll see your 707 horsepower and raise you 133.” There seems to be dueling engineering groups at Dodge, each plotting a plan to outdo the other in the hyper muscle car market. Currently, the Hellcat has been replaced by the 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger Demon SRT. At a base price of $84,995, that’s about $100 per […]

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Caffeine & Gasoline® Car Feature: Robert Shick’s 1964 Ford Cortina GT Mk 1

Thu, May 18, 2017 | Posted by:

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We’d seen the Cortina prowling previous Caffeine & Gasoline shows but the cosmic tumblers never aligned. That all changed May 3rd. We spotted the owner, Robert Shick of Dupont, WA, when he was showing someone the engine. The more we saw, the more we were enamored with the British Blue Oval. This car’s feel-good story […]

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Lamborghinis In The Spotlight At Caffeine & Gasoline

Wed, May 17, 2017 | Posted by:

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The long-awaited springtime sun finally made its presence felt as our May Caffeine & Gasoline was the warmest and brightest of the year. The place was packed. The great thing about these open house car show events is you never know what’s going to roll up the driveway. Check out our coverage and see for […]

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AC Schnitzer: Famed BMW Tuner Is Celebrating 30 Years Of Leading-Edge Performance

Fri, May 12, 2017 | Posted by:

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Raising an eyebrow among the BMW crowd can be a tough ask… AC Schnitzer has been raising the adrenalin output of BMW enthusiasts for three decades… that’s saying something. The renowned tuning house is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017 so we’re taking a peek back at how it got started and what they’re doing […]

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Event Coverage: Griot’s Garage Shinefest Pride & Perfection Car Show

Tue, May 9, 2017 | Posted by:

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We’re off and running with the Griot’s Garage Shinefest Pride & Perfection Car Show Series. One of the warmest and sunniest days of the year greeted the throngs in attendance at our Tacoma store. We have four more shows planned throughout the summer on June 4, July 2, August 27, and September 3. Here are […]

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Rensselaer Motorsport Shines Bright

Fri, Apr 14, 2017 | Posted by:

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Rensselaer Motorsport is a team of volunteer students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York that spends nine months each year designing, manufacturing, and testing a small open-wheeled race car. We are proud to be part of the team.

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Caffeine & Gasoline® Car Feature: Danny Gogue’s 1960 Volkswagen Type 2 Double Cab

Mon, Mar 20, 2017 | Posted by:

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When you see Danny Gogue next to his 1960 Volkswagen Type 2 Double Cab all is right with the world. They belong to each other. You could see them on opposite sides of the parking lot and easily connect the dots between car and owner. We did. When we saw his Double Cab at our […]

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