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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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    Motorsports: A few pre-race notes and a lot of photos from the 24 Hours of Le Mans
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    The 82nd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is on. Audi has won 12 of the last 15 events, the scion of Auto Union is trying to make it 13 this year. To do so, it will have to overcome a situation faced only three other times during its dominance of La Sarthe: underdog status. Toyota has won the ...

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    ETC: Whill aims to redefine the personal mobility vehicle [w/videos]
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    Meet the Whill Type-A. The product of a small group of engineers who worked at Japanese electronics companies and automakers - they started off with a motorized add-on for conventional wheelchairs three years ago - it's not a wheelchair, but a four-wheel-drive personal mobility device focused on ...

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    Motorsports: Where to watch and follow the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year
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    In less than 24 hours the flag will drop on Audi's title defense at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Toyota's best ever chance to win and Porsche's return to le grand défi. The Le Mans organizers have kept as au courant with broadcast options as they have with power unit technology, so you'll be ...

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    Report: GM trademarks 'GearOn,' possibly for pickups
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    On May 27, a week before General Motors applied for a trademark for the word "Zora," GM filed a trademark application at the US Patent and Trademark Office for "GearOn," characterized as a "truck bed cargo system comprised of tiered storage cross rails, utility rack stanchions, cargo dividers and ...

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    Report: Barra and Valukas called back for new round of House questioning
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    The first time time General Motors CEO Mary Barra went to Washington to answer Congress' questions about the Chevrolet Cobalt ignition switch situation, everyone walked away light on answers and heavy on parody, more parody and yet more parody. Barra explained that she was waiting for the results ...

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    Report: GM won't pay owners of recalled cars for lost value
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    Kenneth Feinberg, the man in charge of the General Motors compensation fund dealing with the its widespread ignition switch woes, has issued an informal, two-letter response to the plaintiffs in more than 70 lawsuits seeking redress for lost resale value of their Cobalts: "No." The cases were ...

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    Official: BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe gets Bang & Olufsen Individual edition [w/video]
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    Not content with a bit part on the options sheet, high-end sound gets a starring role on the BMW Individual 6 Series Gran Coupe Bang & Olufsen Edition. There's no technical difference between the 1,200-watt, 16-speaker High End Surround Sound System in this run of 6 Series Gran Coupes and the ...

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    Official: Buick asks design students 'What could a Buick sedan look like in 2030?'
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    When you think of daring concept cars or emotional design-student projects, Buick probably isn't the first brand that comes to mind. It's not for lack of concepts; when General Motors ran down 11 concept-car highlights from Buick's 110-year history, three of them are from the past 15 years, with ...

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    Motorsports: Race Recap: 2014 Canadian Grand Prix makes its money on the back end
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    Momentum. That was the word of the weekend at the last race in Monaco – Nico Rosberg retaking it, Williams getting reacquainted with it and Marussia tasting it for the first time, among other examples. That same, weighted term flew to Canada with the money circus known as Formula One, took ...

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    Report: Toyota to start production of hydrogen vehicles in December
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    Toyota's hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will be in showrooms sooner than planned, the Japan Times reporting that production will commence in mid-December with the sedan following "by the end of this year." No reason was given for the new timeline; Toyota has been saying all along that we'd see it in ...

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    Video: 2014 Red Bull Hare Erzbergrodeo was crazy, beautiful
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    The Red Bull Erzbergrodeo is four days of motocrossing events that happen on the terraced slopes of the Steirische Erzberg iron ore mine, nicknamed, "The Iron Giant." The lead photo from our post about the coming movie On Any Sunday, whivh looked like a bunch of riders trying to ride through a ...

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    ETC: You can apply to attempt to break the world record for fastest blindfolded driver [w/video]
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    The Guinness-certified world record for "fastest speed for a car driven blindfolded" is 186.12 miles per hour, set by Mike Newman in a Porsche GT2 last year at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in England. Then earlier this year, Newman said he'd go for the 200 mph mark – something he might ...

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    Official: Winnebago re-introduces classic Brave RV [w/video]
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    Winnebago is saying 'Let's do the time warp again,' using its new Brave RV to do it – have a look at the first Winnebago RV from 1966 and you'll know exactly where this one comes from. The modern version of this swinging sixties motorhome is accurate from its size, either 26- or 27-foot ...

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    Spy Shots: Are you the next Nissan Frontier?
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    A reader of the Phillippine site Autoindustriya.com sent in what appear to be naked spy photos of the pickup that Nissan recently teased first in photo then in video. The shots, one taken from the front and one from the back, have been found on the Nissan Navara Club Thailand forum. The details ...

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    Auctions: Rubber woman enlisted to help sell VW Golf in UK
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    We're tempted to just let you gaze at the picture above, and the gallery, then point you to the relevant auction on eBay UK and let you figure out the rest... but we'll at least say a few words. Auction site user Gawjusberni of East Grinstead, West Sussex, United Kingdom wants to move his ...

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    Report: Next Nissan GT-R to take cues from GT-R LM Nismo Le Mans entry
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    For those wondering why Nissan named its coming Le Mans Prototype the GT-R LM Nismo, colliding the two worlds of sports car and prototype racing, an article in Autocar might have the answer. The deeper union is explained by saying that the next-generation GT-R will use "hybrid technology that ...

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    Video: Shifter made from light switches is less batty than it sounds
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    When Skynet becomes self aware and takes control of all the autonomous cars and The Internet of Things and anything else with a computer, the resistance movement will want to track down guys like YouTube user Dan Mann for lessons in post-apocalyptic living. Mann has a 1979 Chevy C30 dually, and ...

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    Official: Dennis Williams elected UAW president
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    Back in 2010, on the day that Bob King was elected president of the United Auto Workers, replacing Ron Gettelfinger, Dennis Williams was elected secretary-treasurer of the union. Last December, Williams was nominated to replace King when King's tenure concluded this month, and as of yesterday, ...

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    Video: Watch this Koenigsegg CCX hit 211 mph on a runway, outpacing McLaren's P1
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    Vmax200 in in England organizes events where those who care to show up with a supercar can run them down the two-mile runway at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground. Evo attended the latest event, bringing an impressively green Lamborghini Aventador to test its girth and gaping vents against other ...

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    Video: Diagramming a 1,000-mph run with Bloodhound SSC
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    Back in 2006, Autocar tested a parking lot's worth of road-legal metal to see which was fastest from 0 to 100 miles per hour and back to 0. The Bugatti Veyron beat everything else there with a time of 9.9 seconds, including two motorcycles, outdone only by an exceedingly non-road-legal A1GP car, ...

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