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Book Review | THE HIGHWAY KIND: Tales of Fast Cars, Desperate Drivers, and Dark Roads

THE HIGHWAY KIND: Tales of Fast Cars, Desperate Drivers, and Dark Roads Edited by Patrick Millikin October 2016Mulholland Books352 pp | $15.99 by Jim CorbranI’ll admit that I was pretty excited when this book landed in my mailbox. It brought back memories of the public library’s Bookmobile showing up each week in our grammar school’s parking lot, where I searched out books about

THE BLUE OVAL UPDATES ITS FULL-SIZE SUV… The 2018 Ford Expedition

THE BLUE OVAL UPDATES ITS FULL-SIZE SUV… The 2018 Ford Expedition by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Let me start right out by admitting I didn’t even realize Ford still made the Expedition.Parking lots are full of the compact Escape; and the larger Explorer is seen daily, especially in use by many police agencies. Maybe I was confusing the Expedition with its similarly-named but m

OKAY, MAYBE I DO WANT A PORSCHE… The 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman

OKAY, MAYBE I DO WANT A PORSCHE… The 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Anyone who knows me can tell you that I’ve been fascinated with automobiles all of my life. My first spoken word (after Momma, of course) was vroom!People who really know me can also tell you that I’m not much of a fan of super-expensive sports cars, and could never see myself owni

LOOK IT UP! Automotive reference books on my shelf…

LOOK IT UP! Automotive reference books on my shelf… by Jim Corbran, Automotive ColumnistFrom time to time (okay, once!) people come up to me and ask how I’ve managed to remember the (sometimes mundane) minutiae of the classic automotive world which appears day-after-day in my RealRides of WNY feature on buffalocars.com.Doesn’t everyone out there remember that Chevrolet used t

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! — A few highlights from the Detroit Auto Show

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! A few highlights from the Detroit Auto Show by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Or, as it’s formally known, the North American International Automobile Show…. Who says station wagons are dead? Volvo just introduced the sumptuous V90 (right), which will be available as a 2018 model. The Swedish carmaker has a long tradition of building stat

Ron Smith Memorial Auto Tech Competition 2017

TOMORROW’S AUTO TECHS ARE BEING TRAINED TODAY… The Ron Smith Memorial Auto Tech Competition by Jim Corbran, Automotive ColumnistThis past Saturday I had the privilege of attending the 26th annual competition for local high school automotive tech students, as they tried to solve a series of “planted bugs” in a group of new vehicles, with the students’ goal being not

WHY ARE WE WRITING ABOUT SPORTS CARS IN JANUARY?

WHY ARE WE WRITING ABOUT SPORTS CARS IN JANUARY?by Jim Corbran, Automotive ColumnistThe simple answer to that question is Mazda’s new MX-5 RF.To answer your first question, the RF stands for retractable fastback. And to answer the question I asked at the top, a retractable top makes the MX-5 a perfect year-round driver. And it gives me an excuse to write about one of my favorite cars as we e

CAMARO TURNS 50

CAMARO 50 —CHEVY’S PONY CAR HITS A MILESTONEby Jim Corbran, Automotive ColumnistI guess it’s safe to say that the pony car wars began fifty years ago with the introduction of the 1967 Chevrolet Camaro. Ford’s Mustang may have started the whole thing in April, 1964 (and while Plymouth’s Barracuda debuted a few weeks earlier, it wasn’t a major player until later),

WHERE DID 2016 GO?

WHERE DID 2016 GO?— HERE’S A FEW THINGS I NEVER GOT TO…by Jim Corbran, Automotive ColumnistI was shocked… shocked! to look at the calendar and see that next week is already next year. How’d that happen?I had hoped at some point to mention that the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition(above)— which we last saw as a 2015 model — is still available in

The 2017 KIA CADENZA: LUXURY FROM AN UNEXPECTED PLACE?

The 2017 KIA CADENZA:LUXURY FROM AN UNEXPECTED PLACE?by Jim Corbran, Automotive ColumnistSouth Korea’s Kia had its first foray into the North American automotive market building the tiny Festiva for Ford back in the 1980s. That little thing is a far cry from Kia’s flagship Cadenza sedan, whose revamped second-generation model was unveiled last spring at the New York International Auto