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SPEEDy MUSTANG COLLECTION

SPEEDy MUSTANG COLLECTION— A pony car by any other name by Jim CorbranThis has to be one of the more unusual starts to a specific marque car collection on record.When Georgia resident Gilbert Speed decided that one of the family’s pets was just not the right match for his brood of seven children, he did what any normal dad would do: traded it for a 1965 Ford Mustang. The pet? Why, it

POINTING TO SUCCESS — Jeep’s new 2017 Compass

POINTING TO SUCCESS— Jeep’s new 2017 Compass by Jim CorbranLet’s be frank here. Jeep’s original Compass, introduced for model year 2007, was not exactly well-loved by the automotive press (not that they have the last word on success or failure). As a matter of fact, Car and Driver magazine called it “rather tragic”. Yet, it sold well, as many buyers were evident

KEN-TON TEAM REPRESENTS WNY AT NATIONAL AUTO TECH COMPETITION…

KEN-TON TEAM REPRESENTS WNY AT NATIONAL AUTO TECH COMPETITION… Finish eighth in the country by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Two seniors in the automotive technology program at the Kenton Career & Tech Center traveled to New York City last month to take part in the National Automotive Technology Competition, which is held annually in conjunction with the New York International Aut

TOYOTA 86es THE SCION FR-S

TOYOTA 86es THE SCION FR-S— only the names have been changed by Jim Corbran Some brand names are easier to follow than others. Toyota’s 86 is one of the others.Perhaps you should get yourself a cup of coffee to settle down with as we trace its path.It began life as the 2012 Scion FR-S — which some sources tell us stood for Front engine Rear-drive Sport (IMO not one of Toyota&rs

HONDA GETS SERIOUS WITH ELECTRICS…

HONDA GETS SERIOUS WITH ELECTRICS… — with a slightly familiar shape by Jim Corbran The first thing I thought of when I saw the 2018 Honda Clarity — the very first thing — was “Oh my, those rear wheel wells.”Yes, Honda introduces what they’ve called an “…unparalleled electric drive choice with premium midsize sedan capability and three advan

AERODYNAMICS — It wasn’t always high on the list…

AERODYNAMICS — It wasn’t always high on the list… by Jim Corbran Today’s traffic-watchers are treated to an almost endless parade of some of the sleekest vehicles ever to see pavement. These days it’s usually in the interest of fuel consumption; but in certain vehicular classes it also has a lot to do with speed.But over the years, sleekness didn’t always see

THOSE PONTIAC ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE MID-20TH CENTURY

THOSE PONTIAC ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE MID-20TH CENTURY — They weren’t just ads, they were artwork! by Jim Corbran As we move more and more into the digital age, things we took for granted are slowly disappearing. VCRs. Landline phones. Camera film. Jobs.Another, which I’ll really miss, is the new car brochure. As they get more and more expensive to print, it gets easier and easie

NOT YOUR EVERYDAY COLLECTOR CARS

NOT YOUR EVERYDAY COLLECTOR CARS — A Facebook page for the other guys by Jim CorbranIf you’re reading this at all I assume you’re a car guy or gal.And if you’re also the type to go to summer cruise nights, you may have seen me passing-by the ’57 Chevys, two-seat T-Birds, and myriad of Mustangs and Corvettes as I search for the oddball survivors — the everyday f

A FEW CARS YOU’RE NOT LIKELY TO COME ACROSS IN THE MALL PARKING LOT

A FEW CARS YOU’RE NOT LIKELY TO COME ACROSS IN THE MALL PARKING LOT — from the 87th Geneva International Motor Show by Jim Corbran Many of us visit our local annual auto show to kick a few tires, see what’s new, and maybe even do a little shopping. If you happened to be in Switzerland earlier this month, you could have stopped in to the Geneva show and done all of that, plus see

BECAUSE NOT EVERYONE WANTS A CROSSOVER/SUV 2.0 — 2017 Lincoln MKZ

BECAUSE NOT EVERYONE WANTS A CROSSOVER/SUV 2.0 — 2017 Lincoln MKZby Jim CorbranLast week we began our look at “normal” cars (a.k.a. not a pickup/crossover/SUV) with the compact Chevy Sonic. This week we move up a notch in size with the Lincoln MKZ, which the Environmental Protection Agency classifies as a Midsize Car.The MKZ was introduced by Lincoln for model year 2006 as the Li