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Thomas Bey, Contributor

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Thomas Bey is a freelance automotive journalist whose articles have been featured on Ask Men.com, Woman Motorist.com and various gender-neutral sites as well.

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  • Classic car insurance and valuation specialists Hagerty made news last year by pointing out a surge in vintage SUV values, underscored by a Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser commanding nearly $90,000 at...

  • 10 Ways To Beat Stress While Stuck In A Traffic Jam

    A little drive time between work and home is healthy. It lets you decompress, lets you shift mental modes and awards a little healthy alone time. And then there are traffic jams, the perfect way to stress up your day. They don't have to be, though. Forget everything you've heard, these are...

  • LeMay - America's Car Museum Now Open: Video

    Divide 3,500 by seven and you get 500. Simple math, but Harold and Nancy LeMay realized it would be slightly more complicated in the context of willing their immense car collection between their kids as inheritance. To the relief of enthusiasts (and presumably their children), the couple’s...

  • Offensively Named New Parking App Thinks Globally, Exposes Locally

    Inconsiderate parking? There’s always been a certain kind of driver for that. Now there’s an app to out the offender. Android users can download Douche Parking, a new app which enables you to capture shots of poor parking form and post them online. Hold the phone, people already do that...

  • Navigation Systems Not That New: Here's One From 1930

    Being a teenage gearhead geek in the 1980s was bittersweet. Since the Trapper Keeper’s calendar was never full of dates with cheerleaders (or honestly, many girls of any clique), it left more than a few evenings open for television shows like Knight Rider. While the 300 mph top speed was a...

  • This Mother's Day, Show You Love Her With Junked Car Parts

    Still deciding on what to give Mom this Mother’s Day? Consider a clutch that came from a junkyard. But before you try sticking a bow on a greasy old pressure plate, there are a few things you should know. The whole idea came from Bring a Trailer, which recently posted about the products of...

  • Ford and Rockstar Energy Drink's "Drive Like a Champion" sweepstakes doesn't require driving a Ford like a champion, or drinking Rockstar. Discuss.

    Now that it’s confirmed the hot 2013 Ford...

  • Nanotech Remains Yellow-Flagged In Formula 1

    During any given auto race, what transpires on the track is just one of several contests taking place--especially in Formula 1. There are pit crews, of course, but behind the scenes are teams of technicians in high gear at keyboards and screens. Their real-time monitoring and adjustments come from...

  • Lexus and Toyota Go To (The Green) Hell In Nürburgring Race

    Aston Martin and Ferrari may commonly mingle with Lexus next to the greens at your local country club, but in May they’ll compete together and with others at “The Green Hell,” Germany’s Nürburgring race track. It may be easy to first associate the Japanese luxury...

  • Mercedes-Benz G-Class-Based Electric: Portly And Proud

    Engineering an electric vehicle conversion from an existing platform is hardly a plug-and-play operation. A myriad of challenges are inherent; not the least of which are aerodynamics, range and weight. But once those obstacles are addressed, some slick marketing can position the car as a must-have...

  • An Invisible Mercedes-Benz, Of Sorts: Video

    In the James Bond film Die Another Day, Q introduces 007 to his assigned Aston Martin Vanquish--or “Vanish,” as it’s nicknamed. Equipped with small cameras all around, they transmit images to a “light-emitting polymer skin on the opposite side,” Q explains, rendering...

  • 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Set For New York Auto Show Reveal

    Between a basketball phenom already in action and a postulating quarterback en route, the 2012 New York Auto Show should be a welcome diversion when it opens in the coming days. For those who would rather play than spectate, the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek is the automaker’s answer. Having...

  • After showing off a prototype fitting in a 2013 Subaru BRZ at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas recently, Subaru has now confirmed it’s integrating Aha across its model...

  • 2012 Cadillacs: Proudly Crank-less For 100 Years

    Turn a key. Push a button. Use a smartphone. We take engine starting for granted--even the convenience of remote starting is no big thing. Over 100 years ago, remote starting of a car was no big thing, either. It was the only thing. After fiddling with numerous levers and settings inside, the...

  • Scuderia Toro Rosso Unveils STR7 2012 Formula 1 Car

    Scuderia Toro Rosso is fine-tuning the STR7, the team's new 2012 Formula 1 contender, through ongoing practice sessions in Jerez, Spain. V-8 power for the new car comes from a familiar source: Ferrari. Or, as the team describes, “that other Italian outfit which calls itself a Scuderia”...

  • 2012 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Hockey Skills Are Standard: Video

    A few years back, BBC’s Top Gear featured soccer games using Toyota’s Aygo and Volkswagen’s Fox city cars. More recently, Forza Motorsport 4 enabled gamers to safely hoon through their own reenactments. Around this time last year, the sudden stunt du jour was breaking world...

  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3s' 1-2-3 Dubai 24 Hour Win: Video

    The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 was driven to first, second, and third place at the 2012 Dubai 24 Hours endurance race.

  • 2012 Tesla Model S To Benefit From Supercharging...Of A Sort

    Tesla’s evolution of car models isn’t unlike the progression of ownership many of us followed through the years. Just as many of us had punchy two-seaters as daily drivers when our hair was thicker and backs were stronger, Tesla first made electric cars cool to a mass audience with the...

  • After our first look at the race-ready 2012 Ford Focus ST-R at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, Ford released video of the car in motion last month.

    A new clip gives us an even better look, this time...

  • 2012 BMW 3-Series Long-Wheelbase Destined For China

    Since last summer’s report of a long-wheelbase 2012 BMW 3-Series undergoing tests in Germany, we’re anticipating the China-only model will debut in April at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show. From what we can see in the spy shots, the result is well-proportioned. Also, opposite the deck...

  • Inside Hollywood's Range Rover Obsession

    By now, you've probably noticed we're impressed with the 2012 Range Rover Evoque. In fact, it was a Best Car to Buy 2012 nominee right here on Motor Authority. We're not alone, however. Over 50 international awards have been given to the Evoque, according to Land Rover. It's also a hit where they...

  • Stillborn Supercar: 1934 Auto Union Type 52

    In love and cars, it's bittersweet to wonder what might have been. Add nearly 80 years to an element of mystery, and you'll get something like the Auto Union Type 52. If ever the words "ancestral supercar" belonged together, this is it. Recent features on Jalopnik and IEDEI got us thinking about...

  • GM's 'Vettes For Volts Initiative

    Chevy Volt owners don't just buys their cars on a whim. And as we've discussed before, they're not about to let a few reports of Volt fires faze them out of ownership. Yet in good faith and product confidence, GM isn't leaving safe enough alone. In an unprecedented, voluntary effort, GM is...

  • First Mercedes-Benz Test Drive Immortalizes Customer's Daughter

    We've all taken test drives that leave lasting impressions. When transpiring events are made memorable for the dealer, it ranges from a polite request to exit the premises to an epic fail eternally chronicled here on Motor Authority. Usually, it's far less dramatic, and we consumers are the...

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