Thu Aug 29 2013 17:01:46 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Sandra Button is chairman of the California-based Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the most prestigious vintage-car event in the U.S. She discusses her favorite automobile, as told to A.J. Baime:
I can't remember a time when I wasn't interested in cars. I have always loved old cars and old-car people. What's not to like? There's history, and you get to go places.
There's no escaping the fact that the car world is a man's world. I was 6 feet tall at 11 years old, so I guess I've always hung out with the guys. It's been over 10 years since I became chairman of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the oldest continuously running classic car competition in the world. People are always asking me: Which car is your favorite?
When I married my husband, he owned a 1937 Jaguar SS100, so it became ours. It's a quintessential English sports car. It's well-mannered. It does exactly what you ask of it. It has enough power and it has real brakes, so it stops when you want it to. It's a tight little car; you almost feel like you're wearing it as you drive it.
The thing about the SS100 is: We've had so many adventures together—times with friends, times on the road and times on the side of the road. This car has taken us all over England, through the Swiss and Italian Alps into Venice, Budapest and Prague and all the places in between, through Patagonia in Argentina. I can close my eyes and see all these great places we've been with this car. It's the same age as my mother, and it feels like an old friend, a trusted steed.
American Motors is remembered today mainly for plain, boring economy cars. But in the AMC styling studios, at least, there was plenty of excitement. MCG takes a long look back at American Motors design with a big photo gallery. More at
Wed Feb 27 2013 01:07:52 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
M3 fans out there need to check out the current issue of Octane magazine. The March 2013 issue covers the gamut of BMW M3 models starting with first gen with funky spoiler and box flares, the perfect Bavarian hot rod!
Wed Feb 27 2013 01:27:57 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
The awesome F-150 Raptor doing what it's meant to do!
For the 2010 model year, Ford introduced the SVT Raptor model of the F-150. Intended for dedicated off-road use, the Raptor has a number of modifications to improve its off-road ability. It includes a full set of FOX shocks with 11.2" of front suspension travel and 12.1" of rear travel. It wears a wider body and fenders than the standard F-Series truck. In a departure from the F-150, the Raptor wears no blue-oval Ford emblem on its grille (for the first time since 1982); instead, the grille has "F-O-R-D" spelled out in the center. In 2011, a full four-door SuperCrew model was added to the standard 2+2 door SuperCab model.
The Raptor is powered by a 411 hp 6.2 L V8 (shared with the Ford Super Duty); it is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission.