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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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    Official: Vanquish 60th anniversary model has knobs made from classic Aston Martins
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    To celebrate 60 years at Newport Pagnell, Aston Martin Works is producing six different takes on the Aston Martin Vanquish in conjunction with personalization arm Q by Aston Martin, each themed to one of the previous six decades. The collectibles will come in coupe and convertible forms and wear ...

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    Video: Jack Olsen built a Porsche 911 to drive every day and conquer Willow Springs
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    Almost two years ago we wrote about the 12-Gauge Garage Jack Olsen built to house his multifarious Porsche 911 - its 1972 bodywork hides four decades of Porsche parts, like the transaxle from a 1977 911 and the engine from 1995 911, for example. It weighs 2,400 pounds and has 272 horsepower, and ...

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    Report: Iowa working on smartphone driver's licenses
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    The digital tar pit will eventually consume us all, but for now, we're still able to watch it swallow our analog lives. One of the next items to succumb could be your driver's license, at least as soon as Iowa straightens out the kinks. The Hawkeye State is working with MorphoTrust USA on an ...

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    Report: Here's how Detroit is selling more luxury vehicles than Germany and Japan
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    Now there's an attention-grabbing headline, eh? Although the answer to the riddle - pickup trucks and SUVs - might be somehow deflating, the numbers involved deserve a going over. According to TrueCar's figures (click on the table to enlarge), six of the year's ten best-selling vehicles in the US ...

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    Report: 10 automakers shack up in Detroit hotel to talk Takata airbags
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    Since Takata has decided not to take the lead concerning potential issues with its airbag inflators, the automakers have. Perhaps that's unsurprising, since it's the automakers, not Takata, that will take a beating on the dealership floor if consumers decide its models are a health hazards. The ...

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    Report: Aston Martin to raise funds for new models including CUV, hybrid
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    Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer named three leads for new vehicle programs when he took the reins, now the company is looking for the money to give those leads something to do. Reuters reports that the Gaydon firm is considering debt or equity financing to raise 100 to 150 million pounds ($156M to ...

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    Report: Chevy working on production Impala Midnight Edition
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    To put together the Impala Blackout concept for SEMA, Chevrolet didn't need to go much further than its accessories catalog. The in-house connection is what could make it possible for Chevy to get a production version of the Blackout into dealers this model year, with its few bits of chrome trim ...

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    Report: BBC signs deal for theme park that could have Top Gear attractions
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    Paramount Pictures has been working for two years on plans to open a theme park about 45 minutes outside of London, called, would you believe, Paramount London. The corporate entity behind the project, London Resort Company Holdings, has signed a deal with BBC Worldwide that will allow the park to ...

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    Video: This man has gullwinged delusions of DeLorean grandeur
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    When an animal rescue group finds a disabled pup, it swoops in and spirits the pooch to a vet and better care. When Rich Weissensel finds a wrecked DeLorean, he whisks it back to his rural lair for a wild makeover. Over the past 14 years, ever since the Chicago native and software engineer met John ...

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    Video: This is what a 1,200-hp twin-turbo 4-rotor looks like in a Miata
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    We've seen the diminutive Mazda MX-5 Miata swallow plenty of big engines, but New Zealand drifting ace "Mad Mike" Whiddett is roaring into where-no-man-has-gone-before territory. Wanting to replace his 515-horsepower "MADBUL" RX-7 and its twin-turbocharged, three-rotor 20B engine, his new ride is ...

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    Report: eCall emergency call system to be mandatory in EU cars by 2018?
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    It's been in the works for more than seven years, but a deal between the European Parliament and the European Council has agreed upon mandatory implementation of eCall on all cars and light commercial vehicles sold in Europe by March 1, 2018. It works like the SOS feature in OnStar or in a ...

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    Report: Ford to revisit CVTs?
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    Today, Ford wishes its first experience with non-hybrid continuously variable transmissions was far behind it. The Blue Oval was awash in complaints and a couple of class-action lawsuits over the CVTs used in its 2005-2007 Ford Freestyle, Five Hundred and Mercury Montego models, which were a ...

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    Official: Audi doesn't even need December to set new global sales record
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    In 2011, Audi broke its previous-year global sales total at the end of November. It did it again in 2012. It did the same in 2013, and it's done the same again this year.

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    Official: Akrapovic Full Moon concept motorcycle is out of this world
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    Akrapovič (pronounced a-CROP-o-vitch) makes car exhaust systems for everything from the Volkswagen Golf to the Audi R18 E-Tron quattro endurance racer. The Slovenian company also does motorcycle exhausts and has gotten into custom bikes to show off its work. Three years ago it debuted the Morsus ...

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    Recalls: BMW i8 recalled over possible fuel leak
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    Some 223 examples of the 2014 BMW i8, built between May 16, 2014 and September 16, 2014, are being recalled over a potential fuel leak. A bolt used to secure a ground cable from the chassis structure to the fuel tank could have been welded improperly; if so, gas might leak from the tank.

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    Video: Oregonians use supercar collection to make sick children smile
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    Portland, Oregon couple Eric Peterson and his wife Amity own ten exotic cars and, said Amity, they "didn't want the cars to sit." Instead of the random track day or regular trips to Cars 'n' Coffee, they started a project called Dream Drives for Kids, which brings ill youngsters to the Peterson ...

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    Video: Watch this motorcycle rider bring the yoga fire
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    Forty-year-old Gugulotu Lachiram is a farmer by trade, a yoga practitioner and motorcycle rider by choice. Not yet having worked out how to ride while farming, Lachiram has sorted out a method for doing yoga while on two wheels. Six years ago, after seeing extreme sportsmen on TV, Lachiram thought, ...

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    Video: Just in time for the holidays, Snowkhana 3 is here
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    The gift list for the 12 Days of Christmas is frightfully heavy on birds, so surely no one will mind if we sub out the three French hens for Snowkhana 3. Ford of Europe is back with another stop-motion video that – like versions one and two – throws a 1:64-scale Ford Fiesta in Ken Block ...

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    Report: Oil trains create 'virtual' pipeline with sometimes undisclosed routes [w/video]
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    The Wall Street Journal has a story on issues surrounding the "virtual pipeline," and it's hard to know where to begin sorting out what's what. The easy part is defining our terms: a virtual pipeline is the mile-long, or longer, hookup of railroad tanker cars that carry oil from places like North ...

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    Video: Mechanic bagged by red light camera at 3AM driving customer car
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    An Oregon woman took her 2001 Mitsubishi Montero to Steve's Imports in Portland to have the emissions system fixed; the business, however, is a repair and body shop that doesn't appear to specialize in emissions. After paying $2,299.05 for the fix she got a call from the shop informing her that a ...

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