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Ian “Skip” Wilson, a retired Lake County mechanic, has been reunited with his beloved 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 30-years after it was stolen from his home in Clearlake Oaks, California.

The story of Wilson and his ’57 Bel Air dates back to 1975, when he bough the dilapidated classic for just $375. Wilson spent countless hours getting the Bel Air back into shape, only to have it stolen in 1983. The cops eventually found the Bel Air, but with the engine and transmission removed. Even without those key parts the Bel Air proved too much for crooks to resist, and the car was stolen again in 1984. This time the Bel Air was gone for good, or so Wilson though.

But almost 30-years after   …  More

Despite growing up at a time when excursions to the salt flats of Bonneville and El Mirage were chronicled in Hot Rod and the other magazines we picked up when two quarters rubbed together in our jeans, the actual experience remained elusive. Occasional drives across interminable I-80 gave a brief hint of it, a chance to pull up at a rest stop and feel the texture of the medium, but not the sights, sounds and smells.

When Barrett-Jackson arrived in Reno in 2013 during Bonneville Speed Week it created a small window of opportunity. With a couple of days before the Monterey action got hot and heavy, Speed Week at Bonneville was just 350 miles out and back.

The actual experience proved more than   …  Pictures and more

“The motorist is a source of revenue,” says Richard Diamond. And it’s become his life’s obsession to change that.

By day, Diamond is the managing editor at The Washington Times. But by night, he is a relentless advocate for drivers. It started when he was 16 and got a speeding ticket from a California cop hiding in a speed trap. What Diamond considered an unfair tax and nasty constraint on his newfound mobile freedom has grated on him for 26 years. So Diamond launched into years of research on police ticketing strategies  … More

Ron Howard’s Rush hits theaters this weekend. The film, starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl, tells the story of rival Formula One racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. In anticipation for the new movie, we’ve made a list of best car-racing movies of all time.

10. Days of Thunder

Tom Cruise abandons the skies of Top Gun and makes his way to the race track in 1991’s Days of Thunder. Cruise plays Cole Trickle, an up and coming stock car racer who tries to make it on the NASCAR circuit   …  Pictures, videos, comments and more