Show us your wheels

New York Times contest

It’s not every day you can win cash with your collectible automobile. But my faithful Internet morning read, the New York Times, is actually offering $5000 for the best photo of a collectible car. Note: I didn’t say “classic” as that would eliminate 99% of all collector cars, even though I use the word colloquially in this site. It looks as though the Times is eager to populate its “Share and View” photo gallery and for that, I guess, five grand is chump change. After all, they get the images without paying photography fees. I’ve worked with professional car photographers whose daily rate exceeded $5000 by a considerable margin. But hey… collecting is a hobby, and if you win you’ll be interviewed by a Times journalist for an exclusive interview to be published in the newspaper. So click away on your digital, folks, and remember, the best shots are taken at sunrise and sunset. Submission deadline is October 25, 2007.
See article.


Vintage Car Show

The TWAT nominations

Ten Worst Automobiles Today (TWAT) Nominations Please

By Frank Williams
October 15, 2007


07relay1.jpgThe Truth About Cars (TTAC) strives to report on all things automotive with the complete, unvarnished, unadulterated, no-holds-barred truth. All our authors write from a single-minded perspective: the consumer’s interests are more important than those of the industry. All our commentators keep us– and the industry– honest. In other words, we’re all a bunch of troublemakers. And it’s time once again to make some trouble. Ladies and gentlemen, I’m proud to announce that nominations are now open for TTAC’s second annual Ten Worst Automobiles Today (TWAT) Awards.

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Legends of the Ring

racing at the Ring

Classic Drives

Automobile historian Leo Levine has a brief, but captivating, article in this month’s issue of the digital auto magazine Winding Road. In it he reminisces about practising and racing on the fabled Nurburgring during the 1950s, in its day the world’s longest race track at 14-plus miles. (The Ring still exists and anyone can drive laps in any car, for a fee. A shortened version is used for modern racing.) There are several misconceptions about the track, among them the legend that it was referred to as “The Green Hell” by those who competed there. Not so, says Levine, while admitting that, like all tracks, it could certainly be dangerous. Another misconception is the number of curves, which the track’s Web site lists as 73, whereas it all depends on the speed of the car. Levine makes the point by telling of a famous race driver who lapped it in a 30 hp Volkswagen and used the brakes only 12 times. It takes less than 60 seconds to read his article but it’s worth every moment. Click here and enjoy the ride.

Top 10 Driving Pet Peeves

Hagerty Insurance lists the Top 10 Driving Pet Peeves

Hagerty Insurance,arguably best known for their accomodating policies for vintage and competition vehicles, polled its customers to develop a top-10 list of things that tick them off while driving:

  • Distracted drivers talking on cell phones
  • Slow drivers in the fast lane
  • Pushy drivers who tailgate
  • Drivers who weave through traffic to gain one or two car lengths
  • Obnoxious drivers who speed up to keep you from changing lanes
  • Hasty drivers who change lanes without signaling
  • ‘Road Rage’
  • Motorcyclists who race down the middle of a lane, between cars
  • Women applying makeup and men shaving
  • Drivers who leave their turn signal on for miles

While it’s nearly impossible to disagree with any of the above, we’re surprised that “Road trip partners that insist on stopping at Taco Bell for a half-pound been burrito at the start of a six-hour drive” didn’t make the list. Sound off with your own driving pet peeves in ‘Comments.’

Source: Hagerty Insurance