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Jonathon Ramsey

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No matter how many new boxes the court system, the human resource department, the college admissions office and the census come up with, we know that people are wildly ill-defined by their specs. And no matter how delightfully we atomize everything with wheels, cars – the most enjoyable ones, at least – are just as impossible-to-pin down as the humanoids who pilot them. That’s the world of transportation that interests me. Sure, it’s handy to pencil in some of the details, but we don’t drive details – we drive cars, camions, bi-, moto- and tricycles, Robins and roadsters, Gumperts and Gmunds and Goggomobils and anything with a motor and a “Go!” button. Where the spec sheets end and the high mountain road begins, that’s the story worth telling.

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    Featured: 2014 Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles: Part 2 [w/video]
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    There were six days left and the hardest of them were yet to come. In case you missed it, be sure to read Part 1, here. We stood in the north Saharan desert in Mech Irdane, Morocco under a high sun at 7:00 AM. The all-women's navigation challenge known as the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles ...

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    Featured: 2014 Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles: Part 1 [w/video]
    Hitching A Ride In Morocco's Grueling All-Female Off-Road Rally 1405969080

    For if the truth be told there is little more than a single path to all the goals that the undisguised European may reach. – Morocco (1904), Samuel Levy Bensusan Counting competitors, staff, press, guests and strangers, we were about 350 people bunched up in a conference room in the ...

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    Motorsports: Race Recap: 2014 German Grand Prix is relapse and recovery
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    The 2014 German Formula 1 Grand Prix is the hump-day race in the season and the penultimate chance for drivers and teams to rack up points before the summer break. Trying to stay on top after his first DNF of the year at the British Grand Prix, Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Nico Rosberg didn't ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser Ultimate Edition
    Saying Goodbye To Japan's Retro Wrangler Rival 1405008060

    Introduced at the end of 2006, this is the last year for the Toyota FJ Cruiser, the reincarnated FJ40-series Land Cruiser that will shortly journey to Takama-ga-hara, the Plain of High Heaven. In its first model year, we drove it to SEMA and found it, shall we say, coarse. It bobbled on the ...

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    Review: 2014 Hyundai i40 Tourer / Sonata wagon
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    Recently, we took a vacation to Australia, because sometimes we have to get away from all of that other travel and good living that we withstand in order to bring you the latest car news. While there, we grabbed the keys to a Hyundai i40 Tourer, essentially the Sonata wagon we never got a chance ...

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    Mitsubishi says 2016 Outlander PHEV for US 'will be completely different'
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    While attending the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with Mitsubishi we got a chance to speak to three Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) executives about the Outlander PHEV, how the brand is strengthening its lineup and how it plans to promote that. The Outlander PHEV that's quickly and ...

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    Motorsports: Race Recap: 2014 British F1 Grand Prix readjusts the balance of power
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    Qualifying for the British Formula One Grand Prix was just as much a surprise for fans as it was for teams. Certain team weather radar displays didn't accurately pinpoint storm systems over the track, and in the case of at least two teams, the lack of data was compounded by poor decision making. ...

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    Two Wheels: EBR 1190 SX priced at $16,995, specs revealed
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    Erik Buell Racing has put a price to the 1190 SX "superfighter" it showed off recently at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway: MSRP is $16,995. That's a $2,000 discount compared to the 1190 RX superbike on which it's based. It also saves five pounds compared to the RX, that curtailed faring bringing ...

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    Review: 2014 Holden Commodore SS-V Redline
    Aussie Muscle Sedan Isn't Perfect, But It's One Heck Of A Deal 1404316620

    On a recent jaunt to Australia, we got behind the wheel of a Holden Commodore SS-V Redline. We've been looking forward to driving not a Holden, but the Holden, the Commodore, ever since we visited Australia for the first time in 1994 and saw a Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) Commodore parked like a ...

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    Motorsports: Race Recap: 2014 Pikes Peak Hill Climb
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    The weather didn't interrupt the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this year, the sun staying out to shine throughout a mildly cloudy day. The crowds didn't interrupt the race, either. Last year there were incidents like the woman who leaned so far into the road that her camera tore a hole in a ...

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    Motorsports: Bobby Goodin dies following horrific motorcycle accident at Pikes Peak
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    The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb endured early tragedy today, when 54-year-old motorcycle competitor Bobby Goodin crashed after crossing the finish line at the peak. When we arrived at the summit, we spoke to a couple of photographers and riders who had seen the accident. It seems Goodin ...

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    Motorsports: 2014 Pikes Peak Hill Climb: Final Practice Day 4 and pre-race notes
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    The running order has been established for the 92nd running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for all classes and everyone's had all the practice they're going to get. On Sunday, June 29, the 14,110-foot-high mountain will ask each of them, "Who wants some?" Unlike previous years, while ...

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    Motorsports: 2014 Pikes Peak Hill Climb: Practice Day 3
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    Greg Tracy's MiEV Evolution III topped the time sheets almost 14 seconds ahead of third-place Monster Tajima. On Thursday, qualifying times for six categories were set on the bottom-section switchbacks of Pikes Peak: Electric Modified - near-unlimited showcases of electric-vehicle ...

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    Motorsports: 2014 Pikes Peak Hill Climb Practice Day 2
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    At the time of writing in the wee hours Thursday morning, Pikes Peak officials still hadn't published Wednesday's official practice times, so we can't tell you how the day went. We do know that Romain Dumas still led the Unlimited Division ahead of Robert Walker by about 42 seconds, but Vincent ...

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    Motorsports: 2014 Pikes Peak Hill Climb Practice Day 1
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    This year the big news about the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is about who isn't showing up. Sebastien Loeb, fresh off his record setting run last year, hasn't bothered coming back (and probably won't unless someone breaks his record). The Millen family is also noticeably absent. Rhys and ...

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    Motorsports: Race Recap: 2014 Austrian Grand Prix is old-school front row, new-school racing
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    The last time Formula One raced in Spielberg, Austria the track was called the A1 Ring, Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher were the pilots for Williams, the field contained other not-so-venerable names like Ralph Firman and Justin Wilson and V10 engines were bolted to the bulkheads – ...

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    Report: Upcoming Audi Q1 rumored to get high-performance SQ1 variant
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    The Audi Q1 isn't due for another two or three years, yet Auto Bild reports already that it will come in RS and SQ1 trims. According to the report, the RS Q1 will be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder putting out 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, putting it about 70 hp and 8 lb-ft ...

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    Official: Euro tuner Larte Design makes US debut with Mercedes GL Black Crystal
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    You no longer have to go to Alaska to see Russia from your back yard; you can see Russia in your own driveway with the help of Larte Design. The Russian-based tuning firm specializing in SUVs has come to America, and the Mercedes GL-based Black Crystal no doubt revels in the role of first-assault ...

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    Two Wheels: EBR 1190 SX officially revealed in production guise [w/video]
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    Erik Buell Racing has finally revealed its 1190SX, the streetfighter version of its pure-racer 1190RX superbike. EBR hasn't gone into details beyond saying that we should know more come July 4 or so, but since it has the same heart as the 1190RX we can make some educated guesses. Less fairing ...

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    Motorsports: Race Recap: 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans defines 'endurance'
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    Commenting on the rush of events that rocked beginning and end of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Paul Truswell of Radio Le Mans said "the race is about the ability to endure, not just the ability of drivers to do what they do for a long time." The entire race machine, all the way down to the pit boards ...

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