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Russians Know That Parades Make Everything Better

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The Royal Auto Show, which recently celebrated its 12th event in Saint Petersburg, claims to be the best car show in Russia.

That’s a big statement to make, but to give me a front seat view from where I could make up my own mind, the event organizers stuck me in a BMW M3 Cabrio and sent me on a 40-mile parade lap around the city together with all the other show cars, and even a police escort up front.

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Basically, we had the green corridor all the way to the most tourist part of Saint Petersburg, the Palace Square. With 50 or so cars moving in procession at a good speed, our camera car was definitely kept busy moving in and out of the traffic during the drive.

I’ve said it a number of times, but Russians really like parades...

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Meet the French firm rebuilding classic Porsches in a modern way

Singer is the big name in the business when it comes to classic Porsches with modern engineering, but the French have something to say about that.

Ateliers Diva is the name, and it rebuilds classic Porsches with a very modern twist—as in, the company goes down to the car’s structure and rebuild using carbon fiber. For example, take this 964-generation 911.

Top Gear reported last week that the French company will take rear- or all-wheel-drive versions of the car and strip every original component. From there, Ateliers Diva treats and cleans the car’s structure to breath new life into even the oldest bones. Then comes the good stuff.

Ateliers Diva carbon-fiber 964 Porsche 911

Ateliers Diva carbon-fiber 964 Porsche 911

The 911 receives new carbon fiber body parts and components, with the fenders widened by just over an inch...

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When One VW Bus Isn’t Enough, Just Build Two

Introduction

For as long as custom car culture has existed, Volkswagens have been a popular choice for enthusiasts all across the world, the older stuff being especially cool.

Today, the most sought-after models are the first generation T1 Type 2 Buses built from 1950 to 1967. Early model examples in pristine restored condition have achieved over US$200,000 at auction, which is crazy really. But if the demand is there, dollars will be spent.

The second generation T2 Type 2s built between 1967 and 1979 are cool in their own right, and although they still command good money, they’re definitely more accessible than the first models.

But for the owners of these Buses, it’s rarely about the money...

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Meet the behind-the-scenes teams that put Rimac on the road

In a four-part video series, Rimac founder and CEO, Mate Rimac, has given us a behind-the-scenes look at the departments that keep the Croatian company humming day in and day out.

In the final part of the series, which was published to YouTube in June, we dive even deeper behind the scenes and visit with the numerous departments that put Rimac on the road—literally. Rimac introduces viewers to several different departments over nearly 19 minutes of video. Among the main departments are industrialization, embedded hardware, powertrain development, embedded software, battery cell testing, and battery systems engineering. Rimac also talks about Greyp Bikes, which is its own company that’s part of the Rimac family. Greyp builds connected electrified bicycles instead of electric supercars.

Mate Rimac, CEO and founder of Rimac

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How to Setup a Vehicle for a Rotisserie

When doing a proper restoration, its essential that you get into all those hard to reach areas on your vehicle. Rotisseries are the answer to this by letting you be able to turn your vehicle 360 degrees, allowing you to get into these areas! However, if this is your first restoration you may not know how to set one up for your vehicle. Don’t worry though, we will be discussing how easy it is to setup a vehicle in this article!

To start off with the basics, you are going to want a rotisserie that has the weight capacity to be able to withstand your vehicle. Once you have this covered, you’re now onto trying to figure out how to get your vehicle onto this rotisserie...

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How To Get Clean Air in Your Shop

After getting an air compressor you have accomplished getting the biggest piece of the puzzle in your shop. However, if you don’t have a dryer, don’t want to be constantly oiling your tools, and want the ability to get a show quality paint job, then you are going to want to filter the air coming from your compressor. Now this can be achieved relatively easily, and in this article I will be going over how I was able to achieve getting clean air in my shop.

Before I had water-free air coming from my compressor I had used it for years with the air coming out the way it is from my compressor. The reason why I had decided to get an air filter system was because it was very cheap, and I had just bought an Eastwood blast cabinet and did not want to have water get into my system for that...

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Seize This Opportunity to Learn about Your Engine

Dear Car Talk:

I was told I have a seized engine in my 2012 Hyundai, with a 3.5 V6.

How does one check to confirm this conclusion? — Blair

When you pick up your checkbook, Blair, do you hear a whooshing sound? The sound of money rapidly leaving your account is a pretty good confirmation.

I assume your car suddenly died on you, and the engine would not restart. The first thing we’d do is check your engine oil level.

Running out of oil is a frequent cause of engine seizing. So, if you’re out of oil, that’s a big clue that you ran out of lubrication, and your engine parts rubbed themselves together into a permanent sculpture, rather than a functioning engine...

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Riding in Style: 9 Essential Tips for Buying a Luxury Car

These days, it’s no secret that the appearance we present is important. You value a sleek, sophisticated aesthetic. On top of that, you can afford to invest in one.

Perhaps you’re on the hunt for a luxury car that suits your modern style and high-quality expectations. If so, the good news is that you’ve come to the right place by reading this article.

After all, the luxury car industry is a vast one to navigate. Consider how much money it made throughout the United States in a single year. In 2018, these top-notch vehicles generated over $7.5 billion in revenue.

It’s clear that you’re going to have a lot of options! That’s why it’s important to have all of the details presented to you before making a purchase. 

Keep reading to learn nine essential tips for buying a luxury ca...

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Porsche tops 2019 JD Power APEAL study findings

The 2019 J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study has a top dog: Porsche.

J.D. Power released the latest findings for its annual APEAL study last Friday and they showed that, overall, the industry has improved. Scores from all 10 categories improved with infotainment and visibility and safety the most improved. Overall, in-car technology is still a sore spot for new car owners, however.

2019 JD Power APEAL brand rankings

2019 JD Power APEAL brand rankings

The study ranks brands and vehicles on a 1,000-point scale. This year, the average score improved by three points from 820 to 823. Porsche’s first-place finish with 891 points led the pack...

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5 Amazing Reasons You Will Love the New Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Imagine this: You have a beautiful car with an ingenious design and insane speed.

Well, you don’t have to just imagine this vehicle anymore. Revealed at the 2018 LA Auto Show, the all-new Porsche 911 GT2 RS is the fastest Porsche 911 Model the company has to offer. 

But fast is just the tip of the iceberg for this car lover’s dream ride. Keep reading for 5 reasons you will love the all-new Porsche 911, and why you’ll want one for yourself.

Aerodynamic Design

If you weren’t sure about this model before, you’ll be searching for a GT2 RS for sale in no time when you find out how fast this car is. Hitting 0-60 mph in just 2.7 seconds, this model’s speed can be pinned to the aerodynamic design of the vehicle.

Despite its typical 911 build, the body is more accentuated than older mo...

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