June 2017

Exclusively, expensively Porsche

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(June 26, 2017) Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, formerly known as Porsche Exclusive, has created the most powerful 911 Turbo S ever. The 2018 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series Coupe has 607 horsepower, an increase of 27 over the standard model, is limited to 500 copies worldwide, and is available with an optional matching Porsche Design chronograph that can be configured to match the car.

Fiat uses assist from Mazda to revive its iconic 124 Spider

By Peter Hubbard 


(June 25, 2017) While test driving a silver Fiat 125 Spider convertible a few weeks ago I had more than one person stop me and inquire about the cute little car.  Most thought it was quite a novelty, since at this point in time there are so few on the roads.

Volvo V90 Cross Country — A wagon to trade your SUV for

By Jim Prueter

(June 25, 2017) The all-new 2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country is one of the best luxury wagons in the world. But is it good enough to persuade SUV-crazed new car shoppers to forego their high-end utes and opt for the Swedish built Volvo Wagon?

Honda Civic marks 45 years on America's roads

By Peter Hubbard


(June 24, 2017) Can anyone out there remember a time when there were NO Honda Civics puttering along America’s highways and byways?  If you can, you have to be at least 50 years old or older?  Why?  Because Honda Civics have been purring along our nation's highways and byways since July 11, 1972 — 45 years ago next month.

Say goodbye to the BMW 5 Series GT and hello to the 6 Series GT

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(June 24, 2017) The oddly proportioned, segment-straddling 5 Series Gran Turismo sport hatchback is no more. Which is not to say that BMW has seen the light and killed this strange creation. Rather, it has aligned the vehicle with its revised naming convention that places coupes and specialty models in the even-numbered column, and smoothed the bulky styling of the original into a more pleasing exterior shape.

Kia Stinger undergoing rigorous testing and development

(June 23, 2017) The 2018 Kia Stinger is entering the final stages of its rigorous test and development regime before going on sale later this year. The test program – carried out worldwide, on-road and on-track – will ensure the car has the performance, reliability and dynamic sophistication to match its striking fastback design. The Stinger will go on sale globally during the fourth quarter this year.

Turn that thing down!!!


By Al Vinikour    

Just because I primarily listen to talk radio and/or news programs people assume I’m not a fan of music. Sure I am and always have been. Though I can’t understand one thing that Dr. Dre, Iced T or Busta Rhyms says, it must resonate somewhere because today’s youth are infatuated with the noise they call music. Far from being an old square I’ve still maintained my collection of records from hip artists like Perry Como, Eddie Fisher and Sheb Wooley.

Edsel in junkyard retirement

This 1958 Edsel is part of Peter Hubbard's Junkyard Dog collection, discovered in a junkyard that includes a large number of decaying models from the 1950s and 1960s. The Edsel was conceived as a model to bridge the gap between Ford and the more upscale Mercury-Lincoln brands. But it bombed out, surviving for only three model years. (Photo by Peter Hubbard)

2018 Chevy Camaro Zl1 1LE sets Camaro record at Nürburgring

(June 22, 2017) DETROIT — The 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE has conquered the Green Hell in a new video from Chevrolet, lapping the Nürburgring’s 12.9-mile Nordschleife (“north loop”) in only 7:16.04, making it the fastest Camaro to ever lap the famed German track.

The ZL1 1LE’s time is quick enough to place it 13.56 seconds ahead of the Camaro ZL1 with 10-speed automatic that Chevrolet tested last year.