Picking Winners at Monterey Car Week 2018

President David Gooding and Auctioneer Charlie Ross sell the 1970 Porsche 917K for a world-record $14,080,000 at the 2017 Pebble Beach Auctions. Photo by Jensen Sutta courtesy of Gooding & Company.

Monterey Car Week is a true pilgrimage for car people, something serious enthusiasts should attend at least once in their lifetime. Whether you want to watch the world’s most significant race cars tear around Laguna Seca Raceway, don your best pastel-colored slacks and hobnob with the rich and famous at the Pebble Beach Concours, or see the best of the worst at the Concours d’Lemons, Monterey has something for every car fan. Continue reading >>>

Porsche Learns a Valuable Lesson from the 911 R

2018 Porsche 911 GT3

At one point in 2007, Porsche owned 4 of the 10 fastest lap times around Germany’s Nurburgring. The other owners? Well, a couple belonged to specialty-car makers Donkervoort and Radical. Pagani had the 7th spot with the Zonda F Clubsport, and the remaining position was held by the McLaren F1. Things have become a bit more diverse in the past 10 years, but with 20 of the top 100 lap times belonging to Porsche, it’s safe to say the engineers in Stuttgart are still the world’s best when it comes to building a ‘Ring king. Continue reading >>>

10 Kinds of Cars We’d Buy to Share

A Ford van empties at school

With the exception of a home, a car is the most expensive purchase a person will likely make (and we hope that home and car aren’t the same thing). Considering the improvements in safety, powertrain, and infotainment technologies, it’s not surprising to see vehicle prices rising at or above the rate of inflation. So, with the fiscal scope of a vehicle purchase firmly in mind, we have to ask: why don’t more people share cars? We posted an earlier article about the prevalence of ride-sharing services and their impact on consumer purchasing trends. While Uber and Zipcar have certainly given drivers more ways to get around, car ownership still seems to be the clearest path to unlocking the flexibility and freedom that a set of wheels can provide.

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You Could Buy an F1 Race Car! But You Probably Shouldn’t

2001 Jaguar F1 for sale

Yes, that’s correct, you could buy a used F1 race car. For the right amount of cash, any regular guy or gal can shop online and find the perfect used racer to suit his or her needs.

I discovered this fact while reading about a car for sale: a Red Bull RB3 Formula One race car that was driven by Australian Mark Webber during the 2007 season. The car didn’t do particularly well that season, but it would sure be enough to wow your friends and win a trophy or two at your local track day.

The above 2001 Jaguar F1 car is also for sale.

There are two catches, though, when shopping for a used F1 car:

They are incredibly expensive (upward of $400,000 for the RB3). Sometimes they don’t include an engine (this is the case with the Jag).

For those of us without an F1 budget, but with the desire for speed, check out one of these used cars that’ll fight the good fight on track day.

And probably come with an engine, too.

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The 2015 Audi S3: Coming Soon in Manual?

2015 Audi S3

With 290 horsepower, a 0-60 time of under 5 seconds, all-wheel drive and an MSRP of just over $40,000, the 2015 Audi S3 has only one negative mark against it: its transmission.

Why would any self-respecting driver choose such a great car, but with the concession of letting an automatic transmission put the power to the pavement?

The S3 is light and powerful, and a proper 6-speed manual transmission would turn the car from a small-and-fast family sedan into a dream machine.

With news of the manual S3 potentially arriving in the United States, it’s time to ask yourself: Would you buy one, or would you search the used listings for something a little older, and perhaps even more fun?

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Cars Coming Soon: More M Performance from BMW

BMW 1 Series M Coupe

Don’t be fooled. That headline doesn’t mean more BMW M models are headed our way, just that more M performance cars will arrive on our shores in the next couple of years.


You’re not alone. Cars like the BMW M3 and M5 have defined a generation of performance and have notched their share of racing successes. But more of that isn’t what’s in store. So what is? Cars with names like the M235i.

Keep reading to find out what that means.

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Gas Crises? If You Have One of These Cars, Sell Now!

Though our friends in England, Germany and Australia won’t take pity, word has it that gas prices in Los Angeles are quickly approaching $5 per gallon. That may not have put a dent in many celebs’ plans to drive their supercars to the Academy Awards last weekend, but that price is a huge budget-killer for most of us. (And a reason for some companies to ramp up their free gas campaigns!)

With no immediate signs of a retreat in prices through summer, it’s probably time to re-think your decision to buy that Suburban you thought was a good idea in 2009. Yes, that’s the last time gas dropped below $2 per gallon. If you took the bait and bought a new car back then thinking we were safe from high fuel prices, guess again. You should consider placing your fuel-chugging ride in the CarGurus used listings and sell before prices really explode. Especially if you drive one of these:

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Battle of the Sports Sedans Heating Up

2013 Audi S4

The battle for the best sports sedan has never been much of a battle. More of a mild scuff, really, with winner always being the BMW M3. There’s just been nothing better over the years. Lexus hasn’t beat it. Jaguar tried once and failed. It will try again, but first needs to dust itself off from the beating the X-Type received. Audi has come close with the S4, but never threw the knockout punch.

Not many other automakers have even tried to dethrone the great M3. The few that have — Acura, Infiniti, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz — not a single one has produced an M3-killer. Or even a 3 Series-killer.

But the landscape could be changing, as at least three competitors have learned what it takes to compete with the Ultimate Driving Machine.

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2014 Ford Mustang Will Reach for the Future

Ford Evos Concept

Ford might finally be done looking to the past for design inspiration and be ready to forge a new path into pony-car future.

Since its introduction as a 1964 1/2 model, the Mustang has defined the pony car and led the industry in innovation. Well, aside from a few questionable years when some might say the Mustang lost its soul. Okay, maybe 30 questionable years depending on who you ask. The 1974 through 2004 Mustangs might be best described as “polarizing,” but they still had a loyal following and sold ridiculously well.

But it wasn’t until the retro-styled 2005 Mustang debuted that the pony car was re-invented. Since then the Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro have spawned modern takes of their old selves. But how long can looking into the past provide for a rewarding future? Ford thinks the answer to that question is 2014.

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Cars Coming Soon: Volvo Hopes to Turn Corner with Performance Division

Volvo C30 PCP

Will the Volvo C30 PCP take on the BMW M3?

A couple of weeks ago I included Volvo on a list of car brands that might be better off dead.

I wouldn’t have done that had I known the Swedish/Chinese company was planning to take on the vaunted BMW M Series and Mercedes-Benz AMG division.

What’s that, you say? A performance Volvo?

Yes. Stop laughing, gather yourself, open your mind to the fact that anything is possible, and then follow the jump.

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