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Millionth Miata Tour Visits Texas

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Millionth Miata Tour Stops
18-Stop Millionth Miata Tour Visits Austin, Dallas, Houston My first encounter with the Mazda Miata was way back in the 1990s. We were planning an annual DeSoto Chamber of Commerce banquet, and the Chamber was raffling off a brand new Miata. Some had doubt, but wiser heads prevailed in assuring more $100 tickets were sold than ever before, as people vied...

2017 Nissan Pathfinder On The Horizon

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2017 NIssan Pathfinder
It's not often that I get an opportunity to attend a national unveiling of a new vehicle near home in Dallas, Texas, but such was the case with the new 2017 Nissan Pathfinder. This July Nissan management, local dealer management and journalists from around the country gathered at Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas to listen to details about,...

2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn Is Perfection

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2017 Rolls Royce Dawn
An Afternoon Drive In The 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn Indulge me (and yourself) just a little this week, as you read my column. I am going to describe the details that intrigued me in the 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn. Anyone having an extra $400,000 laying around, shouldn't hesitate to take one of these immaculate driving machines home. Not today? Well, just put...

50th Camaro Anniversary Celebration Is This August

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Camaro Anniversary Celebration Set For August Al Oppenheiser
and, No, it never was going to be a Panther! A few months ago I wrote that I had a special opportunity to drive the new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro as part of the Find New Roads campaign from Detroit to New York. I found the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro the best I had ever driven and loved it immensely. I felt...

2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid To The Rescue!

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2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid
It had been a long journey. Two days and nights in an Amtrak roomette from Dallas to LA, followed by coach seats to Oxnard CA. My husband and I were attending a travel writers’ conference at Embassy Suites Resort at Mandalay Beach. Most seminars were at the hotel, but we were bused around town for special events. We even took...

Classic Classics: 1960 Edsel Ranger Is Not A Pontiac

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1960 Edsel Ranger
Jack Beahm's 1960 Edsel Ranger Is One Of Only 2,846 1960 Edsel's Built By Vern Parker - Special to Focus Daily News May 11, 2016 At first glance, Jack Beahm's 1960 Ford is frequently mistaken for a 1959 Pontiac because of the similar split grilles. However, his car's true identity is a 1960 Edsel Ranger. The short-lived Edsel phenomenon came to...

Key Fobs Replaced by Smart Phones

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key fobs
Are key fobs going the way of dinosaurs? Perhaps so. 2011 Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC models are featuring brand specific smartphone apps that connect with OnStar technology. The gig is that owners can activate all of the functions available on a traditional vehicle key fob – remote start, horn and lights and door lock/unlock –from their smart phones. Some...

American Muscle Cars: A Full Throttle Read

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American Muscle Cars A Coffee Table Book For Enthusiasts “American Muscle Cars, A Full-Throttle History” is a lavishly illustrated, passionately detailed book. Focused on America’s love affair with muscle cars, the book was published by Motorbooks March 15. The author is Darwin Holmstrom, a lover of fast cars and motorcycles who’s written or contributed to over 30 books. Tom Glatch,...

2016 Lexus NX200t Review: A Standout SUV

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2016 Lexus NX200t
In a world where compact luxury SUV’s are familiar and competition is stiff, it is hard to stand out among the crowd. The five passenger 2016 Lexus NX200t does just that. It has not changed in appearance, it still looks aggressive and is still one of the top choices for family SUVs. If you can overlook cargo capacity which is...

2016 Ford F-150: The Smoothest Truck I’ve Ever Driven

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2016 Ford F-150
2016 Ford F-150 Is A Smooth Operator I've always considered the Ford F-150 a leader in the truck market. F-Series trucks have led the country in sales for the past 39 years. There are a lot of Ford trucks that I love, but I was so impressed with the 2016 Ford F-150 Lariat that the Ford folks provided me with...
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