Hurst Lightning Rods Are Super Weird, Super ’80s

I can remember being a kid and looking into the window of an Oldsmobile Cutlass, only to be completely flummoxed by the three-stick voodoo protruding from its center console. Hurst Lightning Rods were standard issue on the Hurst/Olds that was built for 1983 and 1984, but the trio of shifters… read more »

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Can One Good Car Save An Entire Doomed Brand? How About Four Good Cars?

Some car companies just weren’t meant to survive past their best-before date, but of those that straggled on into an uncertain future, were there any last-minute sales champions lurking behind the curtain that could have saved them from the chopping block had they debuted in time? In this Hagerty piece,… read more »

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Cadillac Secretly Revealed Its ’90s Future In 1988 With the Voyage Concept

Sometimes car companies give away more than they’re letting on when a concept car rolls out onto the stage at one of the world’s major auto shows. I’ve been putting together a series of features over at The Drive that explores forgotten concept cars that played a major role in… read more »

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BRIXMIS Spy Cars Were Driven By Real Cold War 00’s

For almost the duration of the Cold War, a group of British intelligence officers roamed the East German countryside under the diplomatic cover of the British Mission, or BRIXMIS. Officially tolerated by the Soviet Union, but repeatedly targeted by the East Germany army as well as Stasi/KGB, they disguised themselves… read more »

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Why Spend Money On A Brand-New Tape Deck In My Jeep?

This past year I got in touch with Jeremy’s Radio Emporium about refurbishing the factory tape deck in my 1987 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. Although I swapped out the original driveline for a more modern LS V8 engine, I’ve worked hard to keep everything else about the Jeep as stock-appearing as… read more »

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Rockers Who Couldn’t Really Race

It’s a dangerous temptation that faces anyone who achieves success in one specific field: believing their own hype and trying to expand that golden touch to a completely different sphere. For some rock stars that means trying their hand at acting (hello, Mick Jagger), while for others it’s time to… read more »

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Were The Ford Explorer SUVs In Jurassic Park Self-Driving Or Not?

A few weeks ago I was scrolling through Twitter when I came across a picture of one of the Ford Explorers used in the original Jurassic Park movie. Despite having seen the film a thousand times—thanks in large part to my sister’s super-fandom when we were just barely teenagers—I suddenly… read more »

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