HotCars - HotCars Exclusives | RSS Feed Exclusive coverage of car stories far and wide exhausting the full realm of the automotive industry. Wed, 23 Mar 2022 00:14:34 GMT en-US hourly 60 EXCLUSIVE: Lasting Takeaways From A Week At Radford Racing School
Almost three months after spending a week learning high-performance driving at Radford Racing School, I can safely say without any exaggeration that I think about the experience at least once every single day. The lessons Radford teaches pop into mind when I daily drive my 1998 Mitsubishi Montero in Los Angeles traffic, when I use my 2006 Porsche Cayenne Turbo as a ski season storm chaser, while I review sports cars and classics, and even when I ride my road bike in the canyons of Malibu.

Wed, 23 Mar 2022 00:14:34 GMT
EXCLUSIVE: Brandon Semenuk Takes First For Subaru At Missouri's 100 Acre Wood Rally
Brandon Semenuk made his rally racing debut last season for Subaru Motorsports Rally Team USA after establishing himself as arguably the most talented freestyle mountain biker on the planet. Transitioning to a new sport required a bit of an adjustment period but Semenuk nonetheless managed to notch his first win at the very final race of the 2021 season behind the wheel of a true rally-ready STI.

Tue, 22 Mar 2022 22:11:05 GMT
EXCLUSIVE: HotCars Gets Starstruck At The Petersen's New Movie Car Exhibit
The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles just opened a new exhibit gathering some of the most famous TV and movie cars of all time into one room. Officially titled "Cars of Film and Television," the show joins an incredible display just downstairs that features arguably the most iconic film car of all time, James Bond's Aston Martin DB5, alongside an enormous assemblage of other cars, boats, and even skis from the spy thriller franchise. Two other exhibits running concurrently include a look at the evolution of the hypercar and a group of decommissioned F1 race cars and official show cars from the collection of Juan Gonzalez.

Mon, 21 Mar 2022 00:44:15 GMT
EXCLUSIVE: HotCars Checks Out Mecum's In-Person Glendale 2022 Auction
After a trip to Monterey Car Week this past summer that included a quick stopover at Mecum's swanky auction overlapping with Pebble Beach festivities, I found myself very curious to witness a much larger auction experience this past week in Glendale, Arizona. Mecum invited HotCars into State Farm Stadium, home of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals football team, as an unbelievable lineup of 1,500 cars crossed the block over the course of four jam-packed days.

Sun, 20 Mar 2022 21:28:53 GMT
Porsche Cayenne Project: First Off-Roading Trip With Toyo Tires
Porsche built the original Cayenne to prove that an SUV could drive like a sports car on streets and highways, but also hit trails and rocky roads with all the performance of a pickup truck. I bought one last fall after driving my 1998 Mitsubishi Montero from California to Colorado, where the anemic 3.5-liter V6 and upright body struggled mightily chugging up steep grades at elevation.

Sat, 19 Mar 2022 23:45:45 GMT
EXCLUSIVE: Behind The Scenes At Mecum's Glendale 2022 Auction
In the current age of online car auctions, more sites seem to pop up every day hoping to get in on the lucrative business. And collectors seem more and more willing to buy cars remotely, thanks to the new standards for photos, driving videos, and responsive sellers set by sites like Bring a Trailer. As someone who always firmly believed in both seeing and driving a car in person before making a purchase, I can admit that even I found myself surprised at how well the recent purchase of a 1967 Volvo 122S went online.

Fri, 18 Mar 2022 16:14:21 GMT
Mecum Glendale 2022: HotCars Covers Auction Action In Arizona
A dream assembly of cars are on display, The Rolling Stones are playing over loud speakers, and there’s complimentary Bloody Marys. Welcome to a Mecum auction.

Thu, 17 Mar 2022 19:00:14 GMT
'Fast And Furious' Lykan HyperSport Restoration Gives Students Hands-On Experience
The Fast and Furious movies have been part of one of the most successful movie franchises in history. While many automotive enthusiasts find the movies cringe-worthy, we can all agree that they were the first to put JDM vehicles on the map. As a result, the aftermarket automotive scene lived its golden age during the first few movies from this franchise. As the franchise continued producing these films, the budgets kept increasing, the stunts became crazier, and the cars got more expensive.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 22:01:14 GMT
EXCLUSIVE: How RS Xperience Founder Andy Papa Curates Ideal Sports Car Rallies
Throughout the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, automotive culture blew up as enthusiasts took the time to get out in their favorite cars and enjoy fun drives, meet-ups with friends, and begin creative customization projects. A concomitant rise in collectible car values even led Hagerty to publish an official "Hottest Cars of the Pandemic" list, while chip shortages and supply chain issues resulted in new cars skyrocketing in price, as well.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 02:19:31 GMT
EXCLUSIVE: Angel's Garage Restored This 1-Of-11 Mustang Mach 1 In Glow-In-The-Dark For Charity
Car raffles and giveaways exploded into a major industry over the past few years, perhaps most notably thanks to the celebrity endorsements and experiences offered by Omaze with a little help from the likes of Patrick Dempsey, George Clooney, and more. But amazing cars have long been used as a means for raising awareness and funds for philanthropic ventures, especially when a few famous people can come together in support of a worthy cause.

Sun, 13 Mar 2022 00:21:47 GMT
EXCLUSIVE: How Two Consecutive Pre-Production Mustangs Ended Up At Mecum's Glendale Auction
Mecum's annual Glendale auction kicks off next week featuring a huge selection of classic American collectibles, European sports cars, motorcycles, and memorabilia. One highlight of the festivities comes in the form of two almost perfectly matching pre-production Ford Mustangs that will cross the block as lots S215 and S216 on Saturday afternoon.

Sat, 12 Mar 2022 20:18:07 GMT
Review: Daily Driving A Dodge Demon Might Be Less Crazy Than It Sounds
Earlier this year, I visited Radford Racing School in Chandler, Arizona, for a full week of track driving instruction. As the Official High-Performance Driving School of Dodge SRT, Radford uses a range of Chargers and Challengers in various spec, as well as two Vipers, to teach students car control techniques that apply equally well on the racetrack or on the street.

Fri, 11 Mar 2022 20:41:24 GMT
EXCLUSIVE: CROIG's David Chang On Trading The 9-To-5 Grind To Creating Custom Motorcycles
As social media exploded over the last decade, it helped to recognize, inspire, and bring together a fervent community of motorcycle builders and customizers. Shops such as Deus Ex Machina, Madhouse Motors, and Workhouse Speed Shop started showcasing their work online and their visions were reposted on platforms like Instagram.

Thu, 10 Mar 2022 21:00:13 GMT
EXCLUSIVE: Why The Miller Brothers Raced A UTV Against Ultra4 Trucks At King Of The Hammers
King of the Hammers returned to Johnson Valley this past February as thousands of fans once again descended upon the massive off-highway vehicle area outside of Los Angeles to watch some of the world's most hardcore racing action. I got a chance to visit for the UTV Class race on Thursday and witnessed aggressive driving, as well as the massive party that pops up at Johnson Valley with trailers, campers, trucks, and toys spread all across the remote region.

Wed, 09 Mar 2022 15:01:06 GMT
Here's What It Takes To Get A Car Ready For The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance has been one of the biggest collector car shows on the East Coast for decades, competing only with the West Coast's famous Pebble Beach, attracting some of the finest examples of cars throughout the country to go on display and compete for highly coveted awards and titles. While your typical Cars and Coffee events can take a fair amount of preparation, the level of time and energy required to get a show car ready for the long-established show is far more extensive than show-goers might initially think.

Sat, 05 Mar 2022 16:05:12 GMT
A Full Day Drag Racing Dodge Demons At Radford Racing School
To wrap up my full week at Radford Racing School in Chandler, Arizona, Friday sounded like an absolute blast drag racing the iconic Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. I spent the four days beforehand as a student in the Grand Prix road racing course, which left me bruised and battered in the best way possible after jumping from a Challenger Hellcat Widebody to a Viper GT to a Lotus Evora GT and finally, a legit Ligier Formula 4 racecar with zero driver aids.

Fri, 04 Mar 2022 19:47:03 GMT
EXCLUSIVE: 'Rookie Season' Director Adrian Bonvento Reimagines The Racing Documentary
A new motorsports documentary titled Rookie Season just hit theaters this past weekend inviting audiences into the pits with Rebel Rock Racing's first IMSA season under new ownership. The doc from director Adrian Bonvento follows main characters Frank DePew, the President and CEO of solar development company Urban Grid who acquired Rebel Rock, alongside his ringer serving as coach, manager, and driver, professional racer Robin Liddell.

Thu, 03 Mar 2022 02:59:06 GMT
Exclusive: The Company That's Turning Classic Land Rover Defenders Into Tesla-Powered Off-Roaders
The world of aftermarket tuning has never failed to amaze us. Tuners have been building cars that range from being capable of running 7-seconds in street-trim, to perfect classic restorations as reliable as your new Camry. While we all love the rumble, fire-spitting, E85 smell of tuned internal combustion engines, we can’t deny that the last decade has seen an impressive rise in electric engines, both from the OEM and aftermarket sides.

Wed, 02 Mar 2022 20:00:13 GMT
Review: A Morning In Tuthill Porsche's 356A From Omaze & Valkyrie Racing
Air-cooled Porsche values climbed high enough to price most would-be collectors out of the market years ago. And with the entire collectible car industry booming these days, even formerly undesirable P-Cars can feel completely out of reach. Luckily, a popular new automotive business model, standing in contrast to the expanding auction industry, offers enthusiasts a chance to enter raffle-style sweepstakes in the hopes of attaining those dream cars with proceeds from entries benefiting a wide range of charities worldwide.

Sun, 27 Feb 2022 22:46:46 GMT
Day 4 At Radford Racing School: Getting The True Formula 4 Experience
After three full days of drills, exercises, classroom sessions, and hot laps at Radford Racing School, everyone from the instructors to the students and even the office staff seemed anxiously ready for the real action on Day 4. I walked in that morning feeling confident and well-rested, but still aware that my brain needed to process a lot of information leading up to a day behind the wheel of a full-blown Ligier F4 open-wheeled racecar.

Thu, 24 Feb 2022 21:36:22 GMT
EXCLUSIVE: How Director Cameron Thuman Landed Vredestein's New Tire Ad At Times Square
Here in the United States, Vredestein long ago earned a reputation for selling mostly period-correct tires perfect for air-cooled Porsches and other vintage cars. But the originally Dutch brand sells a wide range of rubber in Europe for everything from classics to modern pickup trucks, vans, and even legit supercars. Now, Vredestein hopes to expand to a larger swath of the American market with the launch of the Pinza AT, which targets the booming off-roading craze as well as the largest market share of car sales in this country: light-duty trucks.

Wed, 23 Feb 2022 02:22:23 GMT
Day 3 At Radford Racing School: Viper GT Hot Laps And F4 Fitting
After the extensive classroom sessions and drills that made up much of the first two days of Radford Racing School's four-day Grand Prix road racing class, I came into Day 3 very excited to fulfill a childhood dream by driving a Dodge Viper.

Tue, 22 Feb 2022 18:33:51 GMT
Day 2 At Radford Racing School: Stepping Up To The Full Track
Day 1 of Radford Racing School's four-day Grand Prix course left me exhausted, both physically and mentally—and 100% ready for more. Click back to my previous story to learn more about the initial exercises Radford's instructors put my classmates and me through, and to watch our video footage of the process.

Sun, 20 Feb 2022 23:46:30 GMT
Dodge Challenger Hellcats As Track Training Tools At Radford Racing School
An old saying goes that 90% of drivers rate their skills in the best 10% of drivers. And, in fact, AAA released a more scientific study showing that fully 73% of American drivers believe they're above average—a mathematical impossibility proven daily on the roads of this country.

Thu, 17 Feb 2022 18:23:57 GMT
Porsche Cayenne Project: Getting Stuck (And Unstuck) In Knee-Deep Snow
After experiencing a 1998 Mitsubishi Montero's sluggish struggles driving from Los Angeles to Denver this past fall, I began searching for a more comfortable vehicle to serve as a winter storm chaser for ski season. Eventually, through some kind of Craigslist luck, a 2006 Porsche Cayenne Turbo with 115,000 miles on the clock and extensive records joined the Montero in my stable.

Tue, 15 Feb 2022 23:06:46 GMT
EXCLUSIVE: Chasing Hardcore UTV Racing At The King Of The Hammers
The off-roading community grew by leaps and bounds throughout the course of 2020 and 2021, as car enthusiasts turned to the trails hoping to find space during government lockdowns and long isolation periods. Even as the collectible market for sports cars and classics skyrocketed, demand for any four-wheeler from Jeeps to fully built overlanders simultaneously resulted in pandemic-enhanced scarcity and unbelievable pricetags.

Sat, 12 Feb 2022 00:01:05 GMT
Mullen FIVE: How Mullen Plans To Build The Groundbreaking Crossover EV
The electric vehicle manufacturer Mullen recently gave me an exclusive chance to check out their new FIVE crossover and pick the brains of Chairman and CEO David Michery, as well as VP of Engineering Marian Petrelecan. Click back to Part 1 of my interview to learn more about the battery tech that could set Mullen apart from the growing EV landscape.

Fri, 04 Feb 2022 22:19:58 GMT
Mullen FIVE: HotCars Previews Tesla's Next Potential Competitor
The Southern California-based electric vehicle startup Mullen unveiled their FIVE crossover at this past November's Los Angeles International Auto Show. With the electric revolution no longer on the horizon but happening with each passing month, smaller companies like Mullen, Lucid, and Rivian now face the prospect of large manufacturers getting into the game in a big way.

Fri, 04 Feb 2022 22:17:40 GMT
EXCLUSIVE: Pitbull's "Mr. 305 Edition" Karma Revero GS-6 Heads To Barrett-Jackson For Charity
The annual automotive auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona, began this past weekend as a crazy lineup of the world's best cars looks set to cross auction blocks for a run of 10 jam-packed days and nights. Barrett-Jackson might take the cake with an incredible slate of cars, trucks, and more on offer as the auction house celebrates its 50th anniversary by offering 100% of Scottsdale listings with no reserve.

Thu, 27 Jan 2022 00:43:29 GMT
EXCLUSIVE: The Market By Bonhams Launches First American Auction Lineup
This past fall, The Market by Bonhams announced plans to expand to the American collector car industry after establishing a firm footing in the UK and continental Europe. Now, The Market's first auction lineup of 10 classic cars, one stunning engine, and even a Vespa (on consignment courtesy of the Petersen) looks set to attract bidders when the first four listings go live this Monday, January 24.

Sat, 22 Jan 2022 19:45:28 GMT
EXCLUSIVE: How Apocalypse Manufacturing Built The Warlord 6x6 Headed To Barrett-Jackson
Tomorrow in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson will kick off the world's most prestigious series of automotive auctions, with no reserve in place across the entire lineup. Huge cars like Burt Reynolds' personal Smokey and the Bandit Pontiac Firebird Trans Am and the very first 2022 Shelby GT500 King of the Road will cross the block, as will an unbelievable slate of supercars, classic muscle, and recent restomod builds.

Sat, 22 Jan 2022 00:47:21 GMT
EXCLUSIVE: Up Close And Personal With China's Record-Setting Nio EP9 Electric Hypercar
At the official unveiling of the Petersen Automotive Museum's new hypercar exhibit, the only car I didn't immediately recognize was the Nio EP9. Low and wide, with a decidedly futuristic exterior featuring plenty of carbon fiber and a massive rear diffuser, the EP9 looked like a brand-new hypercar from a new brand that I figured simply made an announcement I missed somewhere along the way.

Wed, 12 Jan 2022 01:32:34 GMT
EXCLUSIVE: Why MyBusHotel Evolved Into Bemyvan With The Ram ProMaster Platform
A year into the pandemic, I spoke with MyBusHotel co-founder Paul Aubert about converting old school buses into European hotel-style digital nomad homes. Throughout the rest of 2021, off-roading, overlanding, and #vanlife continued to explode in popularity, so when I visited Las Vegas for SEMA, I made sure to block out time to visit MyBusHotel's facility and, hopefully, drive one of their creations.

Wed, 29 Dec 2021 22:48:22 GMT
EXCLUSIVE: How SoFlo Jeeps Built The Bronco-Based Stallion
Last week, SoFlo Jeeps unveiled a new Bronco build nicknamed the Stallion that takes Ford's off-roading SUV and adds upgrades like a slantback roof design, lift kit, custom wheels shod in 37-inch tires, and optional power packages. Finding a new full-sized Bronco—not the Escape sibling Sport version—has become nearly impossible due to demand and Covid delays. Many buyers also leave a Ford dealer with plans already in mind to install aftermarket springs, shocks, wheels, and tires anyway, so buying one from a company like SoFlo with the work already done makes a fair amount of sense.

Fri, 17 Dec 2021 00:48:10 GMT
EXCLUSIVE: Revived 'King Of The Road' GT500 Celebrates 60 Years Of Shelby
Shelby American will celebrate the company's 60th anniversary in 2022. To honor the six decades since Carroll Shelby first broke onto the sports car scene in 1962, Shelby decided to once again revive the iconic "King of the Road" moniker for a limited run of Shelby GT500KR cars built this coming year. The new model harkens back to the original King of the Road that debuted in 1968, as well as the 2007 and 2008 variants that heralded a new era of partnership between Ford and Shelby.

Thu, 16 Dec 2021 17:23:34 GMT
EXCLUSIVE: Aaron Shelby Discusses Why The "Flying Mustang" Is Headed Back To Auction
The famous Shelby GT350R prototype known as the "Flying Mustang" returns to cross the block again at Mecum's Kissimmee 2022 auction this January. Eagle-eyed readers might be wondering how another Ford Mustang earned that moniker but surprisingly, the very same car that set a world record in July of 2020 now heads back to auction to find a new owner.

Mon, 13 Dec 2021 18:53:31 GMT