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Invading European territory at the Petrolicious Rally: it's VICE SQUAD '72, in a Pontiac Le Mans. http://jalopnik.com/we-crashed-a-rally-for-old-alfas-and-porsches-in-this-b-1715486409
When Petrolicious invited the auto elite to the Drive Tastefully: Barker Hangar Rally, they expected Magnus Walker 911s and Ferrari 250 Lussos — and they got ‘em. What they didn’t expect was the Vice Squad in our gleaming white piece of ‘70s Americana.
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Surviving Los Angeles (and Pebble Beach!) on a Moto Guzzi V7, day in, and day out.
http://rideapart.com/articles/moto-guzzi-v7-conquers-commute
I bought this 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Special—say "spe-see-ah-l é, " Italian flair on the e and everything—almost exactly a year ago this month. It was,...
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Aston Martin Music across the Mulholland hills. (Jalopnik, February 4, 2015)
http://jalopnik.com/i-drove-every-aston-martin-1683613093
A scream rang from across the canyons. A dull roar, really, dull only because I haven't yet punched it, sitting Right Here in an Aston Martin Vanquish, and I am in a devastating, crippling traffic jam that only the Malibu hills could provide: Ferrari 430, McLaren MP4-12C, Nissan GTR, Maserati GranTurismo convertible, a sibling Vantage Volante, and then the crème de la crème, today's MVP—an early Acura NSX, on stretched tires wrapping BBS wheels, ...
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The Jaguar XJR-9 has fender skirts. Your Daytona-winning race car doesn't have fender skirts.
http://autoweek.com/article/auctions/jaguar-xjr-9-once-conquered-daytona-now-auction
On March 14, RM Auctions returns to the Ritz-Carlton at Amelia Island for its Concours d'Elegance auction. With an estimate over $3 million, this 1988 XJR-9 (with XJR-12 specification!) will be among 80 cars for sale. Some of the other cars may have fender skirts, but none will have won Daytona.
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No, but it has better brake cooling. :P
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It's been 20 years since Steve Millen had the greatest season of his life, in the greatest race car ever made, based on the greatest car ever. Greatness.
http://autoweek.com/article/car-life/steve-millens-imsa-300zx-and-his-dream-season-1994
Millen looks back at winning Daytona, Sebring, and his class at Le Mans, 20 years later. It was on June 27th, 1993 at Watkins Glen where Steve Millen, having already won the previous year's overall championship, found himself again in the IMSA GTS Nissan 300ZX -- leading the IMSA GTS points ...
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See America Right: how to drive (nearly) 834 miles from Albuquerque to San Diego, in the Audi A3 #TDIChallenge, on one tank of diesel. Rolling roadblocks, angry cops, glowing green ice caves, beef jerky, and one adorable cat named "The Mayor." http://autoweek.com/article/car-life/see-america-right-albuquerque-san-diego-one-tank-diesel
Losing our minds for 834 miles on Audi's TDI Challenge. Somewhere outside Flagstaff, Ariz., inside the world's slowest-moving Audi, photographer extraordinaire Mike Juergens and I had endured an entire day of headwinds, uphills, range anxiety, careening trucks, desert-induced ennui, furious cops ...
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Japanese Nostalgic Car's first-ever Touge California rally Super Exceed-ed my expectations. 
http://jalopnik.com/killing-clutches-and-driving-japanese-dream-cars-at-the-1712416638
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40. Calling a Jaguar a "kitty"
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"like a riflebolt..." and yep there it is.
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300cc bikes are in. Ridiculous 200hp bikes are in. Bikes are in, don't ya know.
http://autoweek.com/article/motorcycles/long-beachs-motorcycle-show
It's the year of the entry-level bike with attitude, as well as the genuine superbike. The Long Beach Motorcycle Show of last year, even two years ago, seemed to celebrate the exuberance of a motorcycle revival. It was in the atmosphere, this electric notion that motorcycles were back, baby!, ...
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The world's most legendary Gulf Porsche 917K, now up for sale. Every single 917K is equally legendary, of course. 
http://autoweek.com/article/car-life/your-chance-own-worlds-most-legendary-porsche-917k
Not all Porsche 917s were created equal. Now, 004/017 can be yours. It all started with a conversation. On March 21, 1969, the night before the 12 Hours of Sebring, Porsche racing director Rico Steinemann met with manager John Wyer. Steinemann was on a mission from God, or Porsche upper ...
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An endurance champion, one of twelve ever made, could be yours. For the right price. 

http://autoweek.com/article/classic-cars/three-time-le-mans-veteran-ferrari-275-gtb-c-block-scottsdale
6 of 17Legendary journalist Dean Batchelor said of the Ferrari 275 GTB/C: "The C is very fast and highly manoeuvrable and reliable, yet it is docile and tractable enough to allow normal road use with complete impunity." Photo by Bonham's. Ferrari 275 Competizione driving, rear ...
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Would Ronald Reagan approve of the pink Honda S2000 from 2Fast 2Furious in his Temple to Reaganomics? 
http://autoweek.com/article/car-life/petersen-car-museum-moves-reagan-library
Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this museum: Petersen cars head to the Reagan Library. OK, so Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, sixth general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, won't personally take a hammer to the Googie fins of the Petersen Museum. That would be the architectural firm ...
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