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Profiles, Jacky Ickx
September 19, 2016

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Profiles, Jacky Ickx</br>September 19, 2016

In more than 25 years of racing on the world’s biggest stage, Ickx became the greatest driver Belgian fans had ever known. Between 1968 and 1972, when his equipment was just as good as his often-underappreciated talent, he beat some of the best drivers of his era in open-wheel racing’s top tier: Formula One.
Twice a runner-up in the F1 championship standings and an eight-time race winner, Ickx established himself as a legitimate threat to the Jackie Stewarts and Emerson Fittipaldis of the world, even if he never won a title.

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Profiles, Battista Pininfarina
September 12, 2016

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Profiles, Battista Pininfarina</br>September 12, 2016

Henry Ford wanted him, an auto world would revere him and everyone would come to know him as the definition of Italian automotive design. And if the name Battista Farina doesn’t ring a bell, there’s good reason.
He wasn’t known as Pininfarina until much later in his life, long after he had transformed an industry, built multiple companies and had his name changed by order of the president of Italy.
In the world of design, Pininfarina would become a name to remember.

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Profiles, Roy Chapin Jr.
September 5, 2016

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Profiles, Roy Chapin Jr.</br>September 5, 2016

If you don’t know who Roy Chapin Jr., it’s a good bet that you know the Gremlin, Hornet and the Pacer. They were his cars.
Even 40 years later, the mention of those names in car circles is enough to provoke a chuckle or two. Some still collect the American Motors Corporation cars and proudly call them timeless classics. Others would prefer to quite literally look the other way. Chapin Jr., the gentlemanly and highly intelligent son of one of the pioneers in the car industry, kept a business afloat with them.

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Profiles, Jim Clark
August 29, 2016

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Profiles, Jim Clark</br>August 29, 2016

When Jim Clark slipped the surly bonds of Earth on that April afternoon in 1968, the racing world not only lost a great champion, it lost a trailblazer; and it lost a whole lot more of its innocence. ‘Stunning,’ said Formula One champion Jackie Stewart, remembering when the word of Clark’s death on slick tires and the wet roads of a Formula Two race in Hockenheim, Germany, reached him. ‘He was the driver’s driver. For everybody he was the complete racing driver.’
And he was so much more.

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Profiles, The Volvo connection
August 22, 2016

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Profiles, The Volvo connection</br>August 22, 2016

This story is, as the historians tell it, quite literally a fishy one.
How, exactly, does a premium Swedish car company take root from nothing but a conversation over a plate of cooked crustaceans?
How does a name become synonymous with safety? And how do Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larson, two men with three simple rules, go down in history as the team responsible for creating the legendary Volvo brand?

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Profiles, Jim Hall
August 15, 2016

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Profiles, Jim Hall</br>August 15, 2016

Jim Hall found out the hard way that racing’s rules, while, open to some interpretation, didn’t allow for ideas that strayed too far from the pail.
This axiom applied to one of lanky Texan’s most ambitious (and controversial) racecars, the Chaparral 2J. This was one of a series of cars he designed and constructed over a 20-year period, most of which broke with the conventional wisdom of their day.

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Profiles, The Dodge brothers
August 8, 2016

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Profiles, The Dodge brothers</br>August 8, 2016

John and Horace Dodge could barely see tomorrow. They were too concerned with making the most of today. You could see it in their brashness, their toughness and the deal-making, saloon-wrecking style that was the stuff of Detroit automotive legends.
Their success began rather soon in life. It also ended rather quickly, but, oh, what a middle. Like the night in November of 1914 when Horace and John announced during a public party at Detroit’s posh Book-Cadillac Hotel that they were building their own motor car.

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Profiles, Cecil Kimber
August 1, 2016

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Profiles, Cecil Kimber</br>August 1, 2016

Those rakish two-seaters are a distant memory. Sure, MG still exists as a company, but it builds family cars. Wagons, to be precise. Cecil Kimber’s vision for MG back in the 1920s is basically extinct. ‘A sports car should look fast,’ Kimber once said, ‘even when it is standing still.’ It was a philosophy he lived by every day. He had a zest for life and a nose for business. But there’s something most people don’t know: Kimber, the man who built what would become the most popular British sports car marque in history, wasn’t a very good mechanic, he never tinkered with an engine and, tragically, he never saw his little sports car develop.

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Profiles, Pete Estes
July 25, 2016

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Profiles, Pete Estes</br>July 25, 2016

Elliott ‘Pete’ Estes could see a lot of things before they happened. Like on that morning in 1963 when Jim Wangers, an account executive for Pontiac’s advertising agency, walked through the door with a notion that would ultimately ignite the ‘muscle car’ era. Estes could see the potential in secretly creating the GTO, a car that eventually became the subject of songs, movies and passionate car clubs from Detroit, Mich., to Dallas, Tex. Estes foresight was a gift that would take him from the engineering offices of Chevrolet and Pontiac, all the way to the top of General Motors.

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Profiles, Sir William Lyons
July 18, 2016

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Profiles, Sir William Lyons</br>July 18, 2016

None of his cars have his name on the fenders, hood or trunk lid and that’s exactly the way William Lyons wanted it. No name, yes, but his style was stamped all over the look, feel and shape of every one of his Jaguar cars. It was all his own, a marriage of machine and art, with the artist’s name scratched somewhere behind the frame.
Lyons and Jaguars. Understated elegance with measured pace, space and grace. That was Lyons’ way. The perfect feline for the fierce world of luxury automobiles.

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