Author Archives: Jason Bennion

A Tesla for the Rest of Us

By | July 16, 2014

One of the big obstacles to widespread adoption of electric and plug-in hybrid cars is that, to date, most of them just haven’t been very cool. Your mileage may vary, of course, but that’s the opinion of this lover of old-school Detroit muscle. The Prius, the Volt, the Leaf… none of them make the heart […]

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Back to the Future with Morgan Motor Company

By | May 3, 2014

That long, looong hood jutting out in front of the driver… those sensual, swooping fenders flowing back to a gently sloped rear end… the bulbous headlights and supple leather belt securing the hood… The Morgan Plus 8 Speedster looks like it just rolled out of the 1940s, a free-spirited refugee from the London Blitz that […]

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Toyota FT-1 Concept Revealed!

By | January 24, 2014

Earlier this month, executives from Calty Design Research caused quite a stir at the North American Auto Show in Detroit with their Toyota FT-1 concept car. While the FT-1′s curving, “function-sculpted” exterior recalls earlier Toyota sports coupes such as the 2000GT, Celica, Supra, MR2, and Scion FR-S, the concept is unmistakably forward-looking. The FT-1 — […]

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25 Hours of Thunderhill: The Conclusion

By | December 18, 2013

The sun rose last Sunday morning to a considerably diminished field at Thunderhill Raceway Park. Of the 57 cars that had started the race the day before, only 37 were still running as of 9 AM on day two, following a dark, cold night in which temperatures plummeted into the low teens. (Remember, many of […]

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First Day at Thunderhill

By | December 7, 2013

Last night’s qualifying round for 25 Hours of Thunderhill took place in absolutely miserable conditions: rain phasing into sleet as the temperature plummeted, made all the worse by a bitter wind that cut through multiple layers of fleece and this reporter’s down coat like they weren’t even there. Snow was falling by the time the […]

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The 25 Hours Of Thunderhill Have Started And We’re There!

By | December 7, 2013

Two top-of-the-line Audi R8 LMSs, diesel-powered Mazda 6s, exotic one-off prototypes, a NASCAR Camaro, even such incongruous entries as a Chevy Silverado pick-up, a Honda CRZ hybrid, a Mini Cooper with two engines, and a Honda Fit… some sixty cars in all. A champion of the “drift” technique, an IndyCar legend and his son, and […]

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