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St. Louis is the place to be this week for Studebaker lovers

St. Louis is the place to be this week for Studebaker lovers

Studebaker lovers rejoice! This is your week, as Studebaker owners and fans the world over come together right here in our great city for St. Louis–The Studebaker Scene in 2015!They don’t get any bigger than this folks. Last held here in 1981, this is a national meet, hosted by the Missouri/…

August 17, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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2015 Range Rover Sport SVR: It happily embraces its contradictions

2015 Range Rover Sport SVR: It happily embraces its contradictions

As contradictory as the term "hot rod SUV" seems — sort of like "soft rock" and "alone together" — it's actually a niche segment that's been around more than 15 years.

August 16, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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2015 VW Beetle Classic: A stroll down memory lane, with a jarring transmission omission

2015 VW Beetle Classic: A stroll down memory lane, with a jarring transmission omission

As Bruce Springsteen lamented in his 1985 hit song, "Glory days, they'll pass you by ... in the wink of a young girl's eye."

August 12, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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'42 Nash had a lot going for it in rough manufacturing year

'42 Nash had a lot going for it in rough manufacturing year

The year 1942 was a difficult one, to say the least, for American automobile manufacturers and dealers.

August 10, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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2015 GMC Canyon SLT: Livin' large — just not as large as Sierra

2015 GMC Canyon SLT: Livin' large — just not as large as Sierra

GMC makes a nice living offering trucks that, at their core, are Chevrolets with tonier appointments. The all-new 2015 GMC Canyon, in its highest SLT trim, excels at this task.

August 09, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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2015 Audi Q3 2.0T: It takes on BMW's X1 and Mercedes' GLA

2015 Audi Q3 2.0T: It takes on BMW's X1 and Mercedes' GLA

We drove the all-new 2015 Audi Q3 and already like the 2016 edition better.

August 05, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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When it comes to automobile grills, few can top the 1950 Buick

When it comes to automobile grills, few can top the 1950 Buick

There are grills and then there are GRILLS!You have your backyard grills ... a popular item this time of year. There are speaker grills for home and car audio ... and there are various decorative grills for covering heating and cooling vents in the home and elsewhere.But when it comes to aut…

August 03, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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2016 Jaguar XF: This clothes horse adopts an aluminum wardrobe, 21st-century technology

2016 Jaguar XF: This clothes horse adopts an aluminum wardrobe, 21st-century technology

It was the first-generation midsize XF that introduced Jaguar's current styling language way back in 2009. So imagine this luxury sport sedan's chagrin when other Jaguars not only parroted the look to great effect but, adding insult to injury, leapfrogged the steel-body originator with alumi…

July 29, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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Attention quickly turned to a not-so-ordinary 2007 Ford Mustang

Attention quickly turned to a not-so-ordinary 2007 Ford Mustang

Occasionally I detour from my usual subject matter — historic motor vehicles — and venture along Late Model Avenue. And so it is as I bring you this week’s story about a not-so-ordinary 2007 Mustang.On a recent hot Sunday morning, my sidekicks, TKCS-StL volunteers Emanuel and Luis, and I hop…

July 27, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat: It ignores caveats, claims lots of 'est's

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat: It ignores caveats, claims lots of 'est's

Way back when manual transmissions were common currency and infotainment systems were called radios, I remember sitting in a Mizzou journalism class listening to a wise professor impart this advice:

July 26, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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Bommarito Nissan West is where cutting-edge technology meets the human touch

Bommarito Nissan West is where cutting-edge technology meets the human touch

The car may have been the star, but the showroom was the really big show.

July 25, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider: It gives a lot, but demands a lot in return

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider: It gives a lot, but demands a lot in return

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider wants more than your love. It wants — indeed, it demands — an abiding and intimate relationship.

July 22, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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'The Big M' was big news for Mercury in 1956

'The Big M' was big news for Mercury in 1956

The big news for Mercury in 1956 was the "Big M." In actuality, it was a large M, which adorned the front end of the Mercurys.But much larger than the physical letter itself was the message delivered by advertising campaigns that were meant to bolster FoMoCo’s mid-level marque with the promi…

July 20, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GT S: It goes fast, if admirers let it leave

2016 Mercedes-Benz GT S: It goes fast, if admirers let it leave

In one of life's little ironies, we had more than 500 horses in the corral, but could never make a fast getaway. The all-new Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S supercar draws crowds like Elvis at the gas-and-go.

July 19, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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2016 Ram 2500/3500 HD: It loudly claims braggin' rights for payload and towing

2016 Ram 2500/3500 HD: It loudly claims braggin' rights for payload and towing

In the world of hairy-chested pickups, the 2016 Ram HD now claims the largest torso bouffant.

July 15, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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The second-year Dodge 400 was a star performer in 1983

The second-year Dodge 400 was a star performer in 1983

The year 1983 was a very good one for the Dodge division of Chrysler as sales for the entire line rose 17 percent over the previous year. But it was the Dodge 400, in only its second year of production, that was the star performer for the Dodge boys, registering a 33 percent increase over th…

July 13, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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2015 Chevrolet SS: It's a dream sequence

2015 Chevrolet SS: It's a dream sequence

The 2015 Chevrolet SS had me living the fantasy in more ways than one.

July 12, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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2015 Dodge Dart: It looks good and it's eager to please

2015 Dodge Dart: It looks good and it's eager to please

The Dodge Dart may not be the most refined compact sedan on the planet, but it certainly is among the best looking, most entertaining and, with its myriad iterations, most eager to please.

July 08, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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The visually unique 1958 Packard Hawk was a one-year wonder

The visually unique 1958 Packard Hawk was a one-year wonder

When my aunt Dorothy paged through the latest copy of Life Magazine, her eyes caught the image of a strikingly-daring new Packard coupe called Hawk. She was struck by the slightly exaggerated illustrator’s rendering which emphasized the long, low and wide look American car buyers were attrac…

July 06, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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2016 Volvo XC90: This Scandinavian has its own ideas

2016 Volvo XC90: This Scandinavian has its own ideas

And now for something really different ... 

July 05, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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2016 BMW X1: It embraces a new philosophy

2016 BMW X1: It embraces a new philosophy

There are three things in this world you could always count on: death, taxes and the rear-drive platform under every U.S.-market, gasoline-powered BMW.

July 01, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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St. Louis celebrated Chevy's 50th anniversary with locally-produced special edition

St. Louis celebrated Chevy's 50th anniversary with locally-produced special edition

Wow! That was one heck of a wet week we had the week before last wasn’t it?!?I was headed to Breakfast with The Fin Man that Friday morning (June 19) at the Micky D’s on Dougherty Ferry and Big Bend roads. There was so much water on the road, I glanced to my right and saw a Barracuda passing…

June 29, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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2016 Honda HR-V: It's not shy about pointing out its virtues

2016 Honda HR-V: It's not shy about pointing out its virtues

The 2016 Honda HR-V was being a bit smug, if you ask me. During our 720-mile round-trip to Springfield, Mo., it kept pointing out I was wrong.

June 28, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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2015 Lexus IS: It's another reason buyers of compact sport sedans have so many good choices

2015 Lexus IS: It's another reason buyers of compact sport sedans have so many good choices

Once pretty much owned by the BMW 3 Series, the premium compact sport sedan segment now has more players than a riverboat casino. Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Infiniti, Lexus and Cadillac all have entries in the category and the Bimmer is hearing footsteps coming from behind.

June 24, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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Ford Talladegas were here and gone in the blink of an eye

Ford Talladegas were here and gone in the blink of an eye

Here’s another one you’re not likely to see at the neighborhood cruise or car show.We follow up last week’s one-year wonder from Chrysler, the 1970 Plymouth Superbird, with a similar offering from the Ford catalog of 1969 — the Torino Talladega Special.All Torinos for 1969 were part of the i…

June 22, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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