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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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    Auctions: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. puts his Callaway Corvette and '55 Chevy on eBay
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    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has put two cars from his personal collection up for sale on eBay. The first is a 1955 Chevy Bel Air that Junior had reworked by Funk Master Flex in 2004, the second is a 1999 Callaway Corvette C12 that was worth $200,000 when new.

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    Video: Reporter fails to understand how car ice scraper works
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    Originally from California, a reporter for KREM 2 News in Spokane, WA gets a lesson in how – and where – to use an ice scraper on a car.

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    Official: California figures out how to charge for hydrogen by the kilogram
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    After passing "a rigorous state performance evaluation," the hydrogen refueling station and research center at Cal State University Los Angeles has become the first station in Southern California allowed to sell hydrogen by the kilogram. Every other station that charges can only charge a fixed ...

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    Report: Look for Jaguar C-X75 in your new James Bond Scalextric set
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    Scalextric is producing a themed set for the coming James Bond film Spectre that looks to include the Aston Martin DB10 and Jaguar C-X75 concept car.

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    Study: Home-team NFL losses mean victories for repair shops
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    The Highway Loss Data Institute finds that cars that are insured in zip codes around a football stadium get in more crashes when the home team loses, and not necessarily around the stadium.

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    Report: Porsche 911 going all-turbo this year save for GT3 and GT3 RS
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    The engine in the coming Porsche 911 GT3 RS will be the heart of the turbocharged engines going into the 2016 911 range coming later this year. It will remain naturally-aspirated in the GT3 models, but get boosted help for every model below those. Elsewhere, the next Boxster and Cayman will get ...

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    Video: Automotive applications for new hydrophobic metal stagger the mind
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    Scientists at the University of Rochester develop a process for making metal so hydrophobic that water is forcefully repelled from its surface. Since the microscopic and nanoscale pattern in the metal is etched into the surface, it won't degrade like chemical coatings.

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    Spy Shots: Mercedes C-Class Coupe caught
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    Spy photographers capture the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe testing around Stuttgart. As we've been promised, it is longer, lower, wider, and wears harder lines than the sedan.

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    Video: Tesla Model S P85D shows 707-hp Dodge Challenger Hellcat how to drag race
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    During a drag-race event in Florida, the Tesla Model S P85D ran the quarter-mile in 11.6 seconds at 114.6 miles per hour, the new mark for BEVs at the drag strip. Proving its pace, it ran three more times in 11.69, 11.72 and 11.76 seconds. During its record run it faced off against a Dodge ...

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    Report: Mercedes plotting E-Class Maybach, next A-Class for the US?
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    Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Steve Cannon tells Automotive News that there is more to come from the Maybach sub-brand, suggesting the E-Class could get a piece of the superluxury trim. The company is also considering bringing the next-generation A-Class to the States.

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    Report: Toyota holds onto crown of World's Largest Automaker
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    Although there were hints and allegations that the Volkswagen Group might have taken the global sales crown for 2014, the final tally puts Toyota at the top for the third year in a row with 10.23 million sales in 2014. Volkswagen Group came second with 10.14 million units sold, General Motors came ...

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    Report: Lyft is ditching the furry pink mustache
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    Car-sharing service Lyft has decided it's time to retire that big pink, fuzzy mustache its cars have worn since its founding in 2012. After working with design firm Ammunition, the company known for its work with Beats by Dre, the new "21st Century update of the taxi light" is a pink plastic ...

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    Video: Xcar shows how to drive the Ford Model T
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    A couple of weeks ago Xcar posted a teaser review of the Ford Model T, a look at what the British duo would have been doing if they'd been doing their thing for 100 years. Now we have their complete, 12-minute take on the what might be, as they say, "arguably the most important car of the 20th ...

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    Video: Watch two women fall in love with Tesla Model S P85D
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    This isn't your average "Watch my female passenger go nuts over speed!" video. But the Tesla Model S P85D isn't the average car - electric or otherwise - and it's no less fun watching yet another newbie discover the power of the phrase, "Instant torque."

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    Video: MotorWeek looks back at the 1986.5 VW Scirocco 16V
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    It's back to the past with MotorWeek for a video dive into the 1986.5 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V, the coupe that carried the pennant for VW's performance aspirations for 15 years, from 1974 to 1989.

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    Report: Nissan's front-engined Le Mans car caught testing at COTA
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    Jalopnik got photos and video of the Nissan GT-R LM testing at the Circuit of the Americas, and it's wilder than we imagined: it does have its engine in the front, it apparently uses that combustion engine to power the front wheels while its KERS unit powers the rear wheels, and total system ...

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    Report: Polaris issues stop sale of Slingshot for potential steering failure
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    Polaris issues a recall and stop-sale order for its Slingshot over two issues. Certain models might have been fitted with defective ball bearings in the steering column, failure of which could cause loss of steering. It's also possible that installed roll-hoops don't meet company performance specs. ...

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    Read This: EVs won't die because of low gas prices
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    A Washington Post opinion piece, refuting those who predict the death of electric vehicles - yes, again - explains that regulatory mandates underpin the existence and sales of BEVs, not the price of gas.

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    Video: Toyota and Mercedes begin the Super Bowl ad teases with dads and hares
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    Mercedes-Benz and Toyota begin the rollout of their 2015 Super Bowl commercial campaigns. Mercedes has ex-wide receiver Jerry Rice trying to debate an eight-year-old about the relative speeds of tortoises and hares, while Toyota has some other ex-pros showing off their dad skills.

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    Report: Elon Musk wants to build an Internet in space
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    While opening a SpaceX office in Seattle, Elon Musk said that the engineers and software programmers in the Pacific Northwest outpost will be working on "a global communications system that would be larger than anything that has been talked about to date." That system would eventually be the start ...

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