My 87-year-old Mom has owned her 1982 280ZX Datsun 2+2 hatchback for 31 years with only 105,000 original miles and kept it in almost perfect condition. When she decided to sell it recently, she was hardly driving it anymore because my parents mostly drive a Toyota Avalon. Parting with the one and only car she bought on her own that symbolized her independence was a tough decision! She said it was like parting with an old friend.
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By Erin Evernham
The slogan on my souvenir shirt reads, “To some it’s a
driveway, to others it’s a race course, but to Rod Millen, it is a dream.” Rod
Millen is one of the most accomplished hill climb and rally racers ever. After
Rod and his wife Shelly attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England a
few years back, they decided to create their own version of the event in Rod’s
home country of New Zealand. And they have done just that with the Leadfoot
Festival (as they named it): they have built from scratch a first-class event that
brings together classic cars, vintage motorcycles, old race cars, and
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By Sue Mead
Knibbe Ranch, Spring
Branch, Texas: This celebrated cattle ranch in the Hill Country of Texas was
the perfect place for ‘The General’ to get back in the saddle! Now launching
its next-generation pickup trucks, General Motors is truly back in the truck wars and hosted the
first drive of its all-new 2014 Chevy Silverado at this working ranch that has been used for a
handful of years as the proving grounds to evaluate the country’s top trucks
each fall, in an annual shoot-out sponsored by the Texas Auto Writers
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The 6th Annual Worldwide Go
Topless Day for Jeep Owners is this weekend, on Saturday May
18th, 2013, and everybody is invited! No, ladies, we’re not suggesting you
drive without a shirt! Jeep Go Topless Day is the day Jeep owners take the top
off their Jeeps to show the world their love for their Jeep, their Jeep spirit,
and the sense of fun and adventure that comes with owning a Jeep.
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U.S. Pro Surfer and Pro Rally Star Team Up As Female First-Timers And
By Sue Mead
Casablanca to Essaouira, Morocco: It was no surprise that
pro navigator and rally driver Chrissie Beavis, 32, of San Diego, was
successful at the arduous and difficult navigation required of competitors in
the Gazelle Rally that brought
her team to an eighth-place finish out of 150 teams from 20 nations. After all,
the multi-talented Beavis has guided many celebrated drivers, such as Rhys
Millen, Tanner Foust, Ramana Lagamann and Seamus Burke to numerous stage and
overall wins, highlighted by a Pikes Peak win in 2005, a United States Rally
Championship win in 2006, and Gold and Silver Medals at the X-Games in 2007 and
2008. Beavis started campaigning her own Performance Stock Class car in 2005 in
the California Rally Series, and has also had class wins as a driver, with
several podium finishes.
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By LeeAnn Shattuck, a.k.a. “The Car ChickTM”
We’ve all heard the old adage, “Beware the woman driver!”
Sir Stirling Moss even reiterated his own
similar opinion last week, only to be debunked by many women racers in the
profession. That normally insulting phrase took on a whole new meaning recently
at the the Doug Foley Drag
Racing School held at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina, where I met up with top NHRA
drivers, Brittney and Courtney Force, for a day of drag racing.
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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and Toyota has
joined with Teen Vogue to promote a safe driving campaign to raise awareness of
distracted driving, asking mothers and teenage girls to make a mutual commitment to
Cars today are built with passive and active safety
technology to protect drivers and passengers, but studies show automobile
crashes remain the leading cause of death for teenagers. In fact, in 2010, seven teens between the
ages of 16 and 19 died every day on average from motor vehicle injuries.
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Brasada Ranch, Redmond, Oregon: Attractive new styling, more powerful and efficient engines and some of the latest creature comforts, even at the entry-level model, define the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander; it’s a crossover sport utility vehicle that seats seven. Mitsubishi says the third-generation Outlander has some “ground-breaking safety features for its class”—and we agree. It is also the only SUV at its price in its segment with three-row seating that comes standard. The new model also gets improved aerodynamics and better sound insulation; high-end technologies include adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and a crash-mitigation system. While Mitsubishi has not announced exact pricing, the new model will be priced close to the outgoing version, with an impressive array of added content over the previous generation.
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Let's give a big cheer to Shea Holbrook and her
amazing presence representing women in the racing and automotive industry. Not
only is she a successful racer and longtime friend of AskPatty.com, but today Shea launched
a new website, www.SteelOvaryNation.com and
an accompanying #SteelOvaryNation hashtag campaign representing female drivers,
engineers, mechanics, fans, car, and motorsport gurus.
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: For the 2013 model year Toyota is giving RAV4 customers a little less and a little more for their money. The “more” category includes a complete interior and exterior redesign, a new engine, new six-speed transmission, and new all-wheel-drive system. Under the “less” heading, Toyota has filed its V6 motor, which was previously available as an option on this compact SUV, as well as removed the optional 3rd-row seat. The 2013 RAV4
starts at $24,145, including destination. The 4th generation RAV4 is significantly more refined and distinct from the first models that came to market in 1994 as ’95 editions with little competition; since Toyota has sold 1.7 million RAV4s in 150 countries and says some 80 percent are still on the road. The latest edition now joins 45 crossovers, including its direct competitors, the Ford Escape
, Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue and Chevy Equinox. Toyota’s California design team penned the new model for the U.S.; it gets 8 standard airbags (including driver side knee airbag, front passenger seat cushion airbag and side airbags for front and second row) and a standard backup camera, as well as optional goodies like Blind Spot Information System (BLIS)
and a height-adjustable power liftgate.
Outside, the all-new RAV4 has the profile of an Olympic cyclist, with a low front bumper shape that wraps up from below like handlebars and a roofline that slopes steeply back from the A-pillar like a hunched-over speed racer. Glistening headlamps have an asymmetrical shape that slants inward toward the nose, which features a V-shaped grille that emphasizes this “cute ute’s” more aerodynamic look.
The rear of the ute, which features an integrated spoiler with LED lights, has a bulbous shape that belies the cargo space inside. We’re thrilled that a liftgate replaces the swinging rear door of previous model years which also held the spare tire; standard steel wheels are 17 inches, with 17- and 18-inch alloys available on higher-end trim lines. The spare is now tucked under the cargo floor.
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