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Author Archive: Bryan McTaggart

This Miata Spec Racer’s Crash Is Not How He Wanted His First Race To Go

Mark Leach’s first race in 2011 should stand as proof to anyone who has an interest in racing why the safety equipment is required, even for the low end of the spectrum. While competing in an...

Craigslist Find: A Clean AMC SX/4 In Georgia, Just In Time For Winter

Yeah, the weather outside is frightful, alright, more so if you’re in an area that hears the words “lake effect snow” during the weather report on the evening news. Even if you...

A Stalled Experiment: The Ford GN34 Program

It was first seen as a wild-ass one-off test mule…at one point in time been a first-gen Ford EXP that had gotten the IMSA bodykit treatment. There were box fender flares all around, the quarter...

Random Car Review: The 1984 Chevrolet Caprice “Corvette Chaser” Wagon

Developmental mules are a necessary evil in the automotive engineering world. You want to get real-world data on the parts and systems, but either you take out the new car which you are trying to...

Ebay Find: 1969 Ford LTD Country Squire 429…Who Needs An SUV When You Can Have This?

This one is so sweet it hurts my teeth. The lime-gold paint, the perfect wood paneling, the clean interior..the 429 under the hood…yes, this rules all. Keep your Navigator, your MKC or...

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Is The New Nissan-based London Taxi Cab Obsolete Before Introduction? Maybe, If Lawmakers Get Their Way…

You can’t miss them when you’re in the U.K.: the little black taxi cabs. Black cars, Hackney carriages, whatever you call them, the little purpose-built cars have been a staple in Europe...

A BangShifter Abroad, Part 5: The Ferry From Hell, The Book Written By Monks, And Seven Minutes In Heaven With A Stone

To read Part 1,Click Here To read Part 2, Click Here To read Part 3, Click Here To read Part 4, Click Here   The next morning we boarded the bus and left Edinburgh, driving down to the ferry...

Top 11: The Cars McTaggart Did Not Expect To See On Vacation In Europe

As I headed towards the British Isles for my vacation, first and foremost on my mind was all of the cars that I would expect to see while I was there. No, seriously: after watching bootlegged copies...

Get ‘Em While You Still Can: GM Will Not Produce The SS After 2017, Won’t Make A RHD Camaro For Aussies

GM has a notorious pattern: the second it actually gets a product right (or at least on the right track) the first thing it does is pull the plug on the model. There are plenty of good examples: the...

Would You Rather, The Big 1980’s Coupe Edition!

While there are many who would disagree, the mainstay of hot rods, street machines, muscle cars and projects in the United States are two-doors. The four door body style puts off an air of...

Unknown Parts Counter Guy: Shooting The Messenger

I’ve covered the circle of respect in retail quite a bit here, but in the grand scheme of things, most of what has been addressed adds up to simple annoyances. Yeah, it can be a bad day when...

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Random Car Review: The Dodge Magnums of Mexico

Say “Dodge Magnum” in the United States and you get one of three ideas in your head: either the engine series (which are slightly tweaked versions of the 318ci V8 and the 360ci V8 that we...

Craigslist Find: Be Your Own Conductor With This Handbuilt Willys-Powered Train Set!

In all fairness, hot rodding derived from two earlier forms of mechanical focus: aircraft and railroads. We often cover a lot of the aircraft side of the house (supercharging, belly tanker LSR cars,...

Craigslist find: 1971 Dodge Valiant Duster Super Bee For Sale In Florida

As Chrysler was shifting from being the wild child of the Musclecar era to an era of company-wide confusion as to what to do with itself in the United States, in Mexico the party was still going on,...