Author Archives: Jason Bennion

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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The Ultimate Barn Find: 500 Vintage Chevys

By | July 9, 2013

Classic-car enthusiasts often dream of making the legendary “barn find,” a vintage machine that’s been stashed away somewhere and forgotten for decades. The hope is that, like a steel-and-chrome Buck Rogers, these refugees from another era will have slept through the intervening years to emerge here in the future relatively pristine, with all (or most) […]

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Event: “Righteous Rides… And the Dudes Who Drive Them!”

By | May 16, 2013

It’s not much of a secret that some of the guys in the Daily Derbi bullpen are as passionate about movies as they are cars, and why the heck not when you consider how frequently the two intersect on the Silver Screen? The motion picture and the automobile both hit American culture around the same […]

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