Janesville, once GM’s oldest operating plant, to be demolished a year short of its centennial

Another historic GM plant is to be reduced to rubble, in this case it’s the Janesville Wisconsin plant one year short of its 100th anniversary.

Read about the history of the plans in the article from Daniel Strohl at Hemmings here

It would be interesting  to try and guess the year this photo was taken based on the gentleman’s attire?

 

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Stored for 26 years, a 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra sheds its cage – Hemming & The Barn Find Hunter

I recently watched an episode of Tom Cotter’s “The Barn Find Hunter” where he found an unbelievable haul of cars, one of which was a rare Cobra.

You can watch the video from the show below.

Kurt Ernst at Hemmings has done an article on the same find which you can read here

 

 

 

 

The last AMC: Jeep’s ZJ Grand Cherokee turns 25, Renault, Chrysler and an Assassination

Hard to believe that the Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ effectively the last AMC vehicle before the Chrysler take is now 25 years old.

For those of you that haven’t heard of American Motors Corporation you can read about them here on Wikipedia 

Excellent article on the Jeep and it’s part in the takeover from Daniel Strohl at Hemmings here

An interesting side note to the end of AMC and the assassination of Georges Besse  November 17th, 1986 can be found here on Jalopnik.

Six months after the assassination of Besse AMC was sold to Chrysler.

Interesting advertising film about the Eagle Talon, one of the efforts from Chrysler to leverage the AMC name after the takeover.

You don’t touch culture:” FIVA President Patrick Rollet on defining and protecting historic cars

Not in my normal scope of subject matter, but a quite interesting and thought provoking interview with Patrick Rollet of FIVA from Daniel Strohl at Hemmings.

Read the article here

See ya, ’17! A quick look back at some of the biggest old-car stories of the last year – Hemmings Daniel Strohl

A look back at some stories from the classic car hobby in 2017 by Daniel Strohl at Hemmings

1. Route 66 resuscitation in the works.

2. Significant cars see the sun again.

3. Dune-buggy owners take on Texas ban.

4. Auto racing in Europe faces big challenges.

5. U.K. gives classic cars an official cutoff age

The details of these stories and plenty more can be found here

 

Five Car Hobby Predictions for 2018 – Kurt Ernst, Hemmings Daily

2018 Car Hobby Predictions From Hemmings

 

2018 car hobby predictions from Kurt Ernst at Hemmings, the article begins with a recap of the 2017 predictions, scarily accurate!

Here’s the 2018 headlines:

1/Electric cars—including classic cars with electrified drivetrains—will become more commonplace.

2/Expect to see more museums close and more collections head to auction.

3/Long-ignored cars will gain in appeal among a new generation of collectors.

4/After five-plus decades of speculation, the mid-engine Corvette will become a reality in 2018, but we’re betting this will be a separate model and not a replacement for the C7

5/Motorcycles will continue to climb in value at auctions, even as ridership decreases.

Read on here to see the detail of Kurt’s predictions

 

The Stoner T: How to build a hot rod in 10 years (and influence people) Part 1 – Dan Stoner Hemming’s Daily

Really interesting part one of an article tracking Dan Stoner’s 10 year Hot Rod build,

Read more here

 

Art of the design – Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1940 Lincoln Continental Terry Shea Hemmings

Frank Lloyd Wright's 1940 Lincoln Continental

Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1940 Lincoln Continental

Frank Lloyd Wright as everyone knows was a storied architect as everyone knows, what might not be commonly known was Frank’s love of cars, especially customised ones such as the 1940 Lincoln featured in the interesting article from Terry Shea on the Hemmings Daily that can be found here

Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1940 Lincoln Continental

Inspired by a ’36 Packard, the Mulholland Speedster is America’s Most Beautiful Roadster for 2017 – Kurt Ernst, Hemmings

This years AMBR is the beautiful Mullholland Speedster

The Mullholland Speedster

AMBR 2017

Read Kurt Ernst’s article and see more photos here