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When Did Korean Cars Become Cool?

March 23, 2012

It wasn’t too long ago when the only reason to buy a Korean made car was the fact that you couldn’t afford anything else. They weren’t well built, they weren’t that attractive and they weren’t even that fuel efficient. They were cheap to buy and, even though you didn’t brag about what you drove, they [...]

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What was your favorite car at the Cleveland Auto Show?

February 28, 2012

A coworker was at the Cleveland Auto Show over the weekend and came in very excited about what he saw. His impression was that it was bigger than it has been in years and the manufacturers were pulling out all stops with their presentations and displays. When I asked him what his favorite car of [...]

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What vehicle gets you through Ohio winters?

February 10, 2012

Everyone in northeast Ohio knows we’ve had a very mild winter – so far. We find plenty of other weather issues to complain about, but the snow and ice have been minor.  If you’re happy about this situation – you’re welcome! No, I am not claiming to control the weather or even have extra pull [...]

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What’s a Berkeley?

February 2, 2012

Since you’re reading a blog called Car Chase, I assume you know that I’m not asking about a place in California. Some of you may know that a Berkeley is an esoteric British sports car made in small numbers about fifty years ago. These cute, little three and four wheel convertibles were “powered” by two [...]

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News from the Detroit Auto Show

January 13, 2012

The North American International Auto Show, held annually in Detroit in early January, has become the premier event in the world for debut of new cars from American manufacturers and U.S. market cars from foreign builders. With the sluggish economy over the past several years, excitement was down, but last year showed a bit of [...]

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What was the greatest automotive failure of 2011?

January 5, 2012

Overall, 2011 was a good year for the auto industry. Ford had huge profits, Volkswagen opened a billion dollar plant in Tennessee and the government got paid back some of the money it put out to save GM and Chrysler. Lots of good news all around but that doesn’t mean everything was rosie. Fiat’s great [...]

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What was Your Childhood Dream Car?

November 15, 2011

A friend from Texas just called to say that he just acquired the car he always dreamed of when he was a kid in Illinois, over fifty years ago. It was a Ford with a custom German body that sat in a persnickety neighbor's garage from the time of his earliest memory until he went [...]

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Who is buying all the new cars?

October 27, 2011

There was an article in the paper the other day that new car and truck sales are up significantly in our region. The big increase was in medium duty trucks, primarily used by small businesses, but new car sales were up a bit also. Anyway you slice it, it's good news but it raises a [...]

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What's the best deal you ever got on a car?

October 20, 2011

All summer, I've been driving a great looking 1979 Lincoln Continental Town Coupe. It has performed flawlessly, I have been surrounded by a luxurious tufted leather interior and it elicits compliments everywhere I go. The best thing about the car is that I only paid $2,000 for it at the Classic Motorcar Auctions event held at the [...]

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It's Top-Down Weather!

October 7, 2011

Heading into the second week of October in Northeast Ohio usually means getting the snow shovels ready and breaking up last year's leftover ice-melt. But wait, it's 2011 and it's over seventy degrees with sunny skies! Don't let the golfers have all the fun; break out your collector cars and motorcycles and get the most driving/riding fun you can from [...]

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