Monthly Archives: June 2015

1939 Auto Union Type D, driven by Nick Mason, drummer for legendary rock band Pink Floyd.

In Pictures: Goodwood Festival of Speed

From one-off, carbon-fibre supercars to iron and steel leviathans more than a century old, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is an unparalleled celebration of motorsports, speed and cars. Founded in 1993 by the Earl of March, the festival takes place on the 12,000-acre Goodwood Estate, surrounded by pastoral English countryside. Although the event is centred…

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That's not to say that there weren't some lookers waiting to take to Sweden's well-maintained highways. I mean, could anyone really ignore a car like the McLaren 650S Spyder?

Gumball: Kidnap, Fire, Explosions and Pillow Fights

It’s been nearly 20 years since Maximillion Cooper and a small group of wealthy, yet somewhat unhinged friends organized their first rally that saw a pack of supercars and celebrities party their way from England to Italy. In the interim, the Gumball 3000 Rally has become a rare example of corporate-sponsored debauchery, with routes and…

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In 2012, while Carly Rae Jepsen was riding the top of the charts with her catchy international hit "Call Me Maybe", she rolled down the red carpet in this 1965 Ford Mustang convertible flanked by a couple of shirtless, ripped dudes. She's back this year as well, as both a nominee and performer.

Best Automotive Moments at the MuchMusic Video Awards

On Sunday, June 21, the annual MuchMusic Video Awards will take over a section of downtown Toronto for a night of party and music, blanketing the streets with screaming fans and the airwaves with some of today’s hottest music. As usual, the irreverent, unstructured, fun-loving spirit of the evening infects the red carpet too, as…

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Tom Sedens and Father in 1977

Driving Lessons from Dad

Originally published on Autos.ca on June 14, 2013 (Father’s Day Feature: Driving Lessons from Dad) Article by Tom Sedens, photos from the Sedens family album Father’s Day. A day that means a million things to me these days. I was raised by a father that wasn’t just a dad. My dad was a great friend…

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Distracted Driving

Canada’s Biggest Driving Pet Peeves

We Canadians pride ourselves for our polite behavior, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things that get us ticked. As we gear up for a summer full of adventures, we’re also getting ready to battle gridlock, weekend getaway traffic and construction delays. We conducted a survey of over 1,500 Canadians to dig up what grinds…

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If you think all hybrids and electric vehicles are designed for the pedestrian purpose of helping environmentally-conscious drivers reduce their carbon footprint, it's time for a not-so-sober second thought. Sure, cars like the Toyota Prius, Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt remain headline-worthy in their own way, but the real news is how upscale and boutique car manufacturers are using electricity to pump up performance and create some of the quickest cars (lots of) money can buy.

Craziest Electric Vehicles and Hybrids in the World

If you think all hybrids and electric vehicles are designed for the pedestrian purpose of helping environmentally-conscious drivers reduce their carbon footprint, it’s time for a not-so-sober second thought. Sure, cars like the Toyota Prius, Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt remain headline-worthy in their own way, but the real news is how upscale and boutique…

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Distracted Driving

Safety: Survey Reveals Top 5 Driving Distractions

Ontario recently passed legislation that boosted fines and added demerit point penalties for distracted driving. But what exactly does distracted driving entail? Ask someone on the street and their immediate answer might be “texting while driving”. However, that is only part of the picture. State Farm recently ran a national survey to investigate Canadians’ attitudes…

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For every great automotive breakthrough of the past century,  such as windshield wipers, FM radio and brakes, there have been dozens of failed attempts at making a breakthrough. Some of the following never caught on with the general public for a variety of reasons: impracticality, unreliability, cost, outright goofiness, or sometimes all of those reasons at once. Here are just a few such failed breakthroughs.

Failed Automotive Breakthroughs

For every great automotive breakthrough of the past century, such as windshield wipers, FM radio and brakes, there have been dozens of failed attempts at making a breakthrough. Some of the following never caught on with the general public for a variety of reasons: impracticality, unreliability, cost, outright goofiness, or sometimes all of those reasons…

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