• Jun 28th 2006 at 4:39PM
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SPEED Channel has released its list of the top ten automotive stories of the past decade. The list is comprised of responses from a group of automotive journalists and SPEED on-air personalities and was compiled in conjunction with the network's ten-year anniversary (has it been that long already?). The top spot is occupied by the price of gasoline rising above $3/gallon with the fall of domestic automakers following close behind. The list in its entirety is as follows.
1. Gasoline tops $3 a gallon
2. Fall of domestic dominance
3. Dale Earnhardt crash at Daytona
4. Retro-inspired cars
5. eBay Motors
6. Barrett-Jackson Auctions
7. Ford vs. Firestone
8. Comeback of the Mini
9. Boom of the Supercars
10. "Trick", "Dub", "Pimp" and Whip"

So what's missing? There's no mention of the sport compact craze, Ford's Mustang surviving the great muscle car massacre, the return of Bob Lutz, the Koreans coming on strong. What else is missing?

[Source: Sports Car Network]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      I'd personally add "The Second Muscle-Car Era." When Accords have 244 horses, and Camrys have 268--numbers that exceeded some classic muscle cars' net figures--and you can get a 400-horse GTO for $30,000, it looks like it's 1969 all over again.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I agree with Jason, and would take it a step farther, because that's not the only example. The most egregious is the Barret-Jackson auctions. What? Why are they particularly important? Because, oh, they're televised. What's that channel?

      How about the annoying rise of "reality" shows on an TV channel about cars?

      Dale Earnhardt's crash? A big story perhaps, but certainly more important things have happened in NASCAR. Such as it becoming the preeminent racing venue in the U.S. The Indy 500 used to be a race that kept the whole conntry glued to the radio on Memorial Day. Indy cars are now a sideshow of esoteric cars driven by South Americans.

      I'm not exactly sure what #10 is. I know what the words mean, definition-wise, but how are they news?

      I could go on, but...
      • 9 Years Ago
      I agree with PJ's comment about accords and camrys with crazy horsepower. The horsepower war should definitely have been on that list.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Geeze there are a ton:
      1. Cheap Speed(Z06, GTO, GT500, STI/EVO, Hemis)
      2. HYBRIDS!
      3. Koreans now a player.
      4. Chrysler/Mercedes Merger!!!!!!!!
      5. The Rise and Fall of SUVs
      6. Chris Bangle!!!!!!!!!!
      7. Retro Design
      8. Paddle Shifters
      9. ummmm auto blogs/death of the car mags
      10. Airbag advancement
      • 9 Years Ago
      #2, Petrol costs about the same in Europe as in the US. What costs more in Europe is the tax on petrol. In return for this tax, you get services that costs extra in the US. Let me drop my medical costs and I'll gladly pay $6.50 a gallon for petrol. So no, your PETROL does cost any more that in the US.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Almoast perfect :)
      • 6 Years Ago

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      • 9 Years Ago
      #4-- Item #3 should have been called "Dale Earnhardt's death and the Hans device."
      • 9 Years Ago
      Definitely Hybrids should be in the top 3, I was confused as to how #3 (Dale Ernhardt) made the list at all until I read the part about it being run by SPEED Channel (AKA NASCRAP TV)

      How about the rise and fall of the SUV?
      • 9 Years Ago
      the only possible #1 story is seatbelts, how many lives a year do seatbelts save? in this country alone it has to be tens of thousands a year, maybe a hundred thousand! nothing else comes close.
      • 9 Years Ago
      hybrids have not earned a spot on the list, if they represent 20-25% of new car sales in say 10 years then maybe but there is a distince possibility that 10 years from now they wont be any bigger than they are today. at this point in time i would say that hydrogen fuel cells stand a better chance of maintaining relevance in the future. the sport compact will be as dead as dead in 10 years (noone will call it the sport compact scene), and it deff does not earn a spot on the list.

      how is the purchase of one of the big 3 by a forign company not on the list? how about the export of jobs to mexico and else where? if your standard of measure is the number of people affected then that has to be towards the top of the list.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Speed Channel used to be a great showcase of motorsport but now it devotes most of its time to boring antiques running in a circle, which is not racing. The major skill in motorsport is in the brakes as anyone who has ever been in an organized race on a road course knows. Leaving out the accomplishments of Ferrari and Schumacher is typical of Rupert Murdoch, a barbarian of some reputation. I do not understand the last one at all. Are they doing the horse and buggy thing? Whips? Whatever, people who think nascar is not fixed and is an actual race probably think drifting is interesting as well...

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