Once every so often a car is produced that is just way ahead of its time. Here are 12 of them:
1. Mercedes 600 Groβe
With a $20,000 base price in 1963, the Mercedes 600 “Big” solidifies Mercedes as the finest auto manufacturer in the world. Using a complex ball joint suspension, virtually unheard of at the time, gave the 600 the smoothest ride of any car. More impressive is the 3,200 psi hydraulic system powering literally everything in the car from window switches, sunroof, doors, HVAC, and even the trunk in the name of silent operation. This is the only car in the world built off of a “cost is no object” strategy.
February 2016 was a frightful month for automotive racers and enthusiasts when everyone got word of a proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that seemed like they wanted to ban anyone from turning a road car into a track-only race car.
The craziness all started when Specialty Equipment Manufacturer Association (SEMA) started circulating a press release claiming that “the EPA seeks to prohibit conversion of vehicles into race cars.”
The release quickly gained attention and the car community reacted in a panic on social media, news outlets, and petitions with headlines reading “here’s how to fight the EPA ban on building a race car,” “tell the EPA to withdraw its proposal to prohibit the conversion of vehicles into race cars,” and “prevent the EPA from banning vehicle modifications.”
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t going a bit stir-crazy about this myself, at the time. I was scouring articles and
Saturday, March 5, marked another massive Instagram Meet in Scottsdale, Arizona. No one knows exactly when or how often the Instagram Meet takes place, but it typically occurs on a random Saturday night in front of some of the local businesses in the north Scottsdale area and is open to anyone willing to come. The turnout is usually huge with upwards of 600-800 cars. This event was no exception.
As a result of warm spring air and clear skies, a wide array of cars and enthusiasts attended the meet. Most cars in attendance are what any car minded person would expect to see: Mustangs, Civics, BRZ’s, GTI’s and 240’s were none too scarce. However there were plenty of rarities hiding in the rough such as several NSX’s, Supra’s, R32 GT-R Skylines, and even a Galant VR-4 being one of the rarest to make an appearance. In addition to a variety of years, makes, and models, cars also
March 4 was the start of Goodguys’ 2016 show season at WestWorld of Scottsdale, Arizona and featured over 2,000 show cars, rods, customs, trucks, and muscle cars across the polo field and upperpadocks making up their 7th annual Spring Nationals.
The winners circle included Tom Karp’s ’61 Buick – the season’s first finalist award for Custom Rod of the Year; Utah’s Alan Miller in his ’70 Chevelle was the season’s first Muscle Machine of the Year finalist and Tom Anderson’s fresh ’56 Ford from Hot Rods & Hobbies grabbed the season’s first Truck of the Year-Late finalist.
In addition to the beautiful cars the event also featured AutoCross on all three days of the show. Winners at the season opener included Scott Fraser (Pro and Duel transfer winner with a 106.001 lap), Adam Watkins in Street Machine with a 111.406, Speedtech Performance in the truck class with a 112.244, Ken Burk in Hot Rod with
On February 27, 2016, a crash occurred around midnight on the California 5 freeway in the Commerce area as a result of suspected street racing which claimed three innocent victims. The victims were Scott Treadway, Michelle Littlefield, and Brian Lewandowski as identified by multiple sources.
Treadway was driving his UPS truck down the southbound 5 when his truck was struck by a Dodge Challenger. Treadway lost control of the eighteen wheeler and crashed through the center divider and hit a gray Nissan Sentra travelling northbound, returning from a trip to Disneyland. The top of the little Nissan was sheared off killing two of the occupants. The truck finally came to rest upon a Ford Explorer and burst into flames where Treadway was also killed. The collision involved eight vehicles total, injuring four others and closed the 5 freeway for 24 hours.
Treadway “was admired and loved by his friends and
Acording to the Rolls-Royce Owners Cookbook, printed in 1975 and featuring recipes from the Atlantic Region Rolls-Royce Owners Club, to make chicken divan you simmer six to eight chicken breasts in water, adding broth, onion, carrot, bay leaf, and pepper.
“You continue to simmer the chicken for about an hour, or until it is tender. After the chicken has cooled a bit, skin it, strip the meat from the bone, and lay it aside. Also lay aside the broccoli, which you will have cooked and salted lightly.”
To me, a 20-something, following some recipe out of a 41-year-old cook book, was more than a bit odd. The recipe and directions felt outdated. But I was determined to follow them because this wasn’t just some random recipe from some old book, it was a recipe contributed by