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  • 426-cubic-inch Hemi V-8

    When storing a classic vehicle during the winter for three, four months or more, the question often arises: should I periodically start my car or just leave it be until spring finally comes around? Like many maintenance issues in the car world, there are opposing schools of thought on this issue. So here is a primer on the pros and cons of whether to start or not to start: Not to start The prevailing opinion among collector car experts and hobbyists is that if a vehicle is properly stowed at the beginning of the cold weather months (see the ClassicCars.com 10-step guide for winter storage)...

  • AMMO detailing tips to rid a car of salt
    Spring cleaning: how to remove winter salt from your car

    After an interminable winter, spring has sprung...finally. For many car buffs across the country, it's time for spring cleaning. As part of its "Drive + Protect" series, AMMO Auto Care, Inc. has published an in-depth look at how to detail your car to rid it of every ounce of salt after the winter...

  • This is how you trail brake in a car
    Performance driving technique: how to trail brake

    You're coming hot. The corner is looming large out the front glass and you need to get this vehicle slowed down quickly. If you stomp on that brake pedal, you're likely to lock up the wheels and blow right through the corner. If you don't use enough brakes, you're also going through the corner...

  • Ford Performance Racing School
    Ford has an experience for Ford Performance Vehicle buyers like no other

    Most performance vehicle buyers don't use their vehicles as intended, or don't even know how. For that very reason many automakers now offer their own schools to teach buyers to take advantage of the capabilities of their vehicles. Then there's Ford Performance Racing School, and while it's similar...

  • Left-foot braking
    What's better for rally driving, left-foot or right-foot braking?

    Left-foot braking. It's a tool performance drivers can add to their skill sets, but does it really make a difference? The folks at Team O'Neil Rally School have made a video to answer that question, at least when it comes to rally driving. To find out if right- or left-foot braking is better when...

  • Heel-and-toe vs. clutchless downshifts
    The merits of heel-and-toe vs. clutchless shifting on snow

    Heel-and toe shifting is a pretty cool trick that you can pull out to try to impress your car guy buddies on the street. If you get it right, maybe they'll be impressed. If that passenger is your wife, boss, any other non-car person, odds are they won't even know what you are talking about, and...

  • Porsche Camp4 Canada 2017

    Drivers dread the moment they effectively "run out of talent." That sinking feeling in the bottom of your stomach when a turn goes pear-shaped and the car goes sideways isn't exactly thrilling. For some, talent runs out on the day's last lap, when tires are hot and tensions are hotter. For others, it could be the first lap, when tires are cold and nerves are numb. If it's below freezing outside, it could be a combination of cold tires and hot tempers. Professional driver and Porsche instructor Lorne Banks knows the feeling when talent has left and panic has arrived fairly well. The former...

  • Ford has tips for driving in an ice storm
    Ford has some tips for driving through an ice storm

    Oh, the weather outside may be frightful. Driving, however, can still be delightful. Since you've some place to go, here's what you should do if it snows and it snows and it snows. Well, actually, these tips are for when it's a bit more slick outside and you're facing down an ice storm. CHECK OUT...

  • 2011 Nissan 370Z And 1990 Nissan 300ZX. Photos by Alex Bellus
    The last, best place to look for a part or accessory for your classic car

    Most auto enthusiasts have been there. Your classic car needs a part or accessory, and the hunt begins. Where do you start? Maybe I can help. This week I was tasked with finding a new car cover for one of my family's three blue-on-blue Z32 300ZX 2+2s. (Yes, we have a problem.) Sure, I could have...

  • Bring A Trailer auction
    What it's like to sell a car on Bring A Trailer

    It's a site that sends out a siren call to many auto enthusiasts. It's called Bring A Trailer (BaT) and many of us spend too much time looking at it on a daily basis. It's a gearhead's utopia of rare, vintage, and unique vehicles for sale all in one location. While the site features Craigslist...

  • Audi teases a new car for the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show
    10 things you won't like inside new cars

    New cars are like playgrounds for adults. There are many exciting places to explore and crawl around, but like a hot slide in July, not all of them are great. No matter the price, some cars just don't come standard with common sense. Here's a short list of things we could do without in our new...

  • 40-car Garage For Sale-House Included
    9 Lifehacks Every Gearhead Should Know

    There are times in life when it's not so easy being a gearhead. Like, most of the time. But there are ways you can make it easier. These lifehacks will help anyone with a taste for cars and the turning of wrenches get on with things and still have time for all of that annoying non-car stuff your...

  • 2012 Tesla Model S Signature

    Even though it seems like it should be impossible, almost every year the car industry brings forth new and impressive feats of engineering, packaging, and value. Faster, more efficient, more feature-filled, and better-looking--just as it appears the end is in sight (cf. the "horsepower wars"), one brand or another turns a corner and the industry follows suit. This year has been no different. If anything, it has been extraordinary, with familiar favorites getting brand-new faces and equipment, or all-new models reviving once-forgotten niches. If you're in the market for a new performance or...

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    New Feature: An Easier Way To Share Your Favorite Posts On Facebook

    Loyal readers of Motor Authority, we know how much you love sharing our content with all your automotive friends. Today, we're excited to announce the release of Motor Authority with amped up sharing features. The new features are part of an enhanced integration with Facebook that just launched...

  • High Gear Media Team Shooting Video At 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show
    Check Out Motor Authority's New Video Section

    Faithful readers of Motor Authority, we know what you love. You want your high octane automotive news and reviews as fast as possible. We hear you, and in an effort to bring you even more information we have launched a new video section. The new video section is located on the top navigation bar...

  • Motor Authority On Google Currents
    Motor Authority Is Now On Google Currents

    As an avid reader of Motor Authority, we are sure you are always looking for new ways to check out the latest car news while on the go, and today we are happy to announce yet another way to do just that. Motor Authority is now on Google Currents. While we are sure you are already a fan on Facebook...

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