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Open Diff: Have you ever driven a car that scared you?


At Second Creek, Colorado, in 1991. Even racing a Pinto with the stock fuel tank didn’t worry me. Photo by Lynette Koch.

Providence, Rhode Island, 1970s


The City of Providence’s online photo gallery doesn’t have much context on these handful of photos depicting the city’s downtown during the Seventies, noting only the streets (Washington Street above, Dorrance Street below and at bottom), but they appear mostly typical of daily commuter traffic.

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1977 Pontiac Firebird Formula


While we don’t see any engine photos for this 1977 Pontiac Firebird Formula for sale on Hemmings.com, from the P code in the VIN (and from our sources), it appears that a Pontiac-built 350 – as opposed to an Oldsmobile-built 350 or a Chevrolet-built 350, both of which were inserted into Pontiacs that year – powers this ‘Bird.

See Europe or North Africa – slowly, behind the wheel of a Citroen 2CV


On the road in Spain. Photos courtesy 2CV Adventures. The problem with modern life is this: for many, the pace is far too fast, from the daily commute in high-speed (or alternately, no-speed) rush hour traffic to the necessities of multi-tasking via desk phone, cell phone, email, and instant messenger, often simultaneously.

Fiat Set to Spin Off Ferrari via IPO; Marchionne to Remain in Charge


Photos by author. If there were any questions regarding Sergio Marchionne’s intention’s with Ferrari, the cat, er, prancing horse, is now out of the bag.

Is it too soon to talk about winter projects?


 Photos by author. Not where I’m standing in Western Pennsylvania. The trees are just about bare, the mornings are cold and the nights are descending way too early.

Take a tour of Ray Evernham’s garage


The restoration shop in Ray Evernham’s garage. Photo by Jim Fluharty for NASCAR Illustrated. Though he sold his stake in a NASCAR Sprint Cup team back in 2010, Ray Evernham has no trouble keeping busy.

Denver, 1970s


Photographer Thomas J. Noel had an eye for all that Denver offered, from landmark architecture down to the low-rent flats and whiskey dives.

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1968 Buick GS400


Nothing really shouts the arrival of Buick’s 1968 GS400: no fat rally stripes or grinning cartoon characters, no spoilers or wings and no cavernous air intakes on the hood.

1957 ‘F-Bird’ Thunderbird heads to auction in Pack Automotive Museum sale


1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code. Photos by Teddy Pieper, courtesy RM Auctions. Though the Ford Thunderbird is best known as a personal luxury car, at one point in its early evolution Ford envisioned the Thunderbird as a sporting rival to Chevrolet’s Corvette.

Face of the Race: A last look at The Race of Gentlemen


Smiles like these are what it’s all about. Ray Evernham, championship crew chief and former NASCAR team owner, rides along with Oilers Car Club member Travis “Tuki” Hess at the third-annual Race of Gentlemen.

From the Archives: 1957 International Travelall


1957 International Travelall S Series. International Harvester had a milestone year in 1957. It was the 50th anniversary of the commercial truck company and it had built over 2.5 million trucks in the half-century.

New historic marker to honor Indy immortal Wilbur Shaw


The Wilbur Shaw historic marker. Photo by Linda Mansfield. Shelbyville is a small city in south-central Indiana, part way between Indianapolis and Cincinnati.

Burlington, Vermont, 1965


In June of 1965, highway officials had their eye on the intersection of Shelburne Road and South Willard Street in southern Burlington – a Y-shaped intersection with another couple side streets feeding into it – as part of that year’s highway plan, as we can see from these two photos from the Vermont Landscape Change program.

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1971 Triumph TR6


Like a fine English ale, Triumph’s TR6 never seems to go out of style. Entertaining to drive and blessed with a mechanical honesty not seen in modern sports cars, the TR6 is a good choice for those wanting an open-air British roadster with a bit more zest than the MG B.

One of two built, Ron Pratte’s Pontiac Bonneville Special heads to auction


Pontiac Bonneville Special number two. Photos courtesy Barrett-Jackson. In the early 1950s, GM was desperate to portray its Pontiac brand as sporty and exciting, in order to attract a younger demographic to showrooms.

Distracted driving’s granddaddy: the 1967 Ford Thunderbird Apollo


Photos by the author. Long before Ford partnered with Eddie Bauer to sell upscale Explorers, and before Abercrombie & Fitch became the official clothing store of prep schools and frat houses across the country, the two companies got together to produce and market one of the most gadget-laden Thunderbirds ever conceived.

Lies, Falsehoods and Other Misconceptions


1931 Ford Model A Tudor. Photo by author. (Editor’s note: this first appeared in the August 2011 edition of Hemmings Motor News.

Bobby Rahal to receive Simeone Spirit of Competition Award


Bobby Rahal at the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Photo by John Vincent. The thinking man’s racing driver, Bobby Rahal, was one of the great talents of our generation when it came to combat on road courses and on superspeedways in Indy cars and sports cars alike.

Salt Lake City, Utah, 1950


According to the Utah Division of State History online archives, this January 1950 photo shows the parking lot round back of the Burlington Trailways Depot in Salt Lake City, which was located on Second South Street.


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