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June 3, 1989
Turning a deaf ear to pleas from two of the nation's automakers, U.S. Transportation Secretary Samuel K. Skinner has refused requests to roll back fuel-efficiency requirements for 1990 model-year cars sold in the United States. The standard will be 27.5 miles per gallon, averaged among all models produced by each car maker. That's an increase of one mile per gallon over the average for 1989. Good for Mr. Skinner. The decision represents a 180-degree turn for President Bush.
BUSINESS
August 9, 1992 | By Al Haas, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Ferrari 250 GTO was a special coupe designed for road-racing. Only 39 of them were built between 1962 and 1964. Rare and wild, this Italian stallion was always fairly valuable. By 1980, covetous collectors had pushed its original $15,000-to-$20,000 price tag to $100,000. By 1986, it had cracked the $1 million barrier at auction. Then the stock market crashed, and a number of investors started putting money in collectible cars. A Ferrari feeding frenzy followed, and prices for scarce models such as the GTO went through the garage roof.
NEWS
February 28, 2004 | By David Iams FOR THE INQUIRER
March's arrival next week will be surrounded by a whirlwind of sales devoted to such oddments as silver-plated napkin rings, beer in steel cans, and a fleet of muscle cars. The 64 lots of napkin rings, decorated with pictorial motifs including butterflies, squirrels and cupids, will be a highlight of the first session of a two-day catalog auction conducted by the Alderfer Auction Co. at 1 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. Thursday at its gallery at 501 Fairgrounds Rd., Hatfield. "People like to collect them," Alderfer's catalog director Tara Flynn said yesterday, adding that some of the napkin rings, even though silver plate and not sterling, might sell for as much as $1,200 each.
NEWS
May 13, 2011
Antiques/Art/Crafts Art Star Craft Bazaar More than 100 local & national artists present handmade items that reflect the quirky aesthetic of Art Star. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-2386 (2FUN). www.artstarcraftbazaar.com . 5/14. At Your Service Auction Benefit auction to support the NAA. Newark Arts Alliance, 276 E. Main St., Suite 102, Newark, Del.; 302-266-7266. 5/14. 6-9 pm. Blast From the Past Classic Car Show Antique, classic & muscle cars, music, Chili Cook-off.
NEWS
May 15, 1988 | By Al Haas, Inquirer Automotive Writer
My first car was a 1934 Ford five-window coupe. I found it moldering under a cherry tree in rural Berks County, humiliated by disuse and the oncological onslaught of the elements. It was $50 and it didn't run. Later, after I had fitted this light little car with a large, powerful, overhead-valve V-8 resurrected from a wrecked Cadillac, it ran very well. It also had no small amount of social cachet on the diner parking lot where the car-crazed gathered. In the American Graffiti car culture I grew up in, the V-8 was the engine of choice.
NEWS
June 9, 2000 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
In "Gone in 60 Seconds," a car thief eying a new Porsche decides to steal it by simply throwing a brick through the plate- glass window of a dealership. His partner protests. "This ain't 'The Dukes of Hazzard!' " It ain't? The outlaw hero (Nicolas Cage) drives a '69 Plymouth Roadrunner, helps his outlaw brother out of a jam, spends at least 20 minutes fleeing police in a high-speed chase, and at one point, two of his buddies feed laxatives to a Basset hound who swallowed valuable car keys.
NEWS
April 4, 1991 | By Marjorie Keen, Special to The Inquirer
Treasure or junk? West Fallowfield Township officials don't know exactly how many '60s and '70s muscle cars Nolan Stoltzfus has parked around his rented mobile home on Route 41. Earlier this week Supervisor Wayne Althouse estimated that there were 32. But Stoltzfus' landlady, Edith Kauffman, thought there were 26. And Bonita Walton, the township manager and code enforcement officer, said, "It's in excess of 20. " It was hard to count...
NEWS
February 12, 1999 | By Renee Lucas Wayne, Daily News Staff Writer
OLDIES SHOW The Atlantic City Convention Center presents the 1999 Atlantic City Classic Car Show & Auction, running FRIDAY through SUNDAY. More than 600 cars - hot rods, muscle cars, classics, collectibles and exotics - will be on display, in addition to a flea market area, antique mart and more. Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $12 (under 12, $3). Info: 800-227-3868. WORDMEISTERS Verbal jousting abounds on screen this weekend as International House, 3701 Chestnut St., presents the Philadelphia premiere of the indie film "Slamnation: The Sport of the Spoken Word," FRIDAY through SUNDAY, along with the spoken-word feature "Slam," starring poets Sonja Sohn (pictured)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2002 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
A high-concept conflation of globe-trotting 007 huggermugger and pedal-to-the-metal extreme sports stuff, XXX is less a movie than a collection of pretty cool action set-pieces, linked together with some seriously awful acting and dialogue that even Dr. Evil couldn't deliver with a straight face. Vin Diesel, the bulked-up baldy (he looks as if he's using Dr. Evil's hair stylist) who somehow became a star thanks to last year's left-field drag-racing hit The Fast and the Furious, is the buff, tattooed sports dude who pulls off impossible stunts, such as stealing a sports car, driving it over an altitudinous bridge and parachuting to safety just before the vehicle goes kaboom.
NEWS
July 21, 1991 | By Marjorie Keen, Special to The Inquirer
Time is running out in West Fallowfield for truck driver Nolan Stoltzfus and his collection of '60s and '70s muscle cars. Stoltzfus' landlord says he has told him to vacate his vine-covered mobile home by July 31. And township officials say that on Aug. 1 they will tow away any cars still remaining on the half-acre lot. West Fallowfield's Board of Supervisors and township manager have been insisting since December that Stoltzfus move 20...
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May 24, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
YOU COULD call "Fast and Furious" cinema's greatest guilty pleasure, except nobody feels guilty about it. Not the actors, who make jokes in the magazines about its paltry Oscar chances. Not the audiences, who line up as if participating in some kind of cosmic prank, to ensure that history records Paul Walker and Vin Diesel as the most popular actors of their generation. The movies have different casts, different directors, and it doesn't matter - the creative hive-brain of the franchise keeps on crashing cars and making money.
NEWS
March 17, 2013 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT that will debut in showrooms in mid-April is a full-size SUV that weighs 21/2 tons and is capable of towing 31/2 tons. The idea that such a big beast of burden could acquire Corvette-like qualities might strike you as fodder for an automotive tale from the Brothers Grimm. You know, off-road frog turns into the prince of speed. But, in fact, the fun-loving mad scientists at Jeep have wrought something as Viperish as it is SUVish. "It feels and drives like a sports car, but it happens to be an SUV," says a smiling Dave Cottrell, the SRT's chief engineer.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2012 | By Robert Strauss, For The Inquirer
With Detroit's main industry coming back and maybe not quite flexing, but at least stretching, its historical muscle, the 2012 Philadelphia Auto Show begins a nine-day run Saturday with renewed enthusiasm. "We've seen production ramping up, with manufacturers even adding third shifts," said Mike Gempp, the show's director. "So all of them are ramping up their displays, pushing their new models, wanting customers to see everything. " For the first time, the Philadelphia Auto Show will be using the entire main floor of the Convention Center, expanding more than 50,000 square feet from last year - up to 600,000 square feet.
NEWS
December 25, 2011 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
A Driver's Seat muscle-off: 2012 Camaro 2SS Coupe vs. 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 vs. 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302. Prices: Camaro - $37,725 ($35,450 base price). A $1,375 45th-anniversary package that adds accent stripes, HID headlamps, interior accent stitching, and more. Challenger - $49,005 (base price $43,995). Options included premium sound group for $1,995; five-speed automatic for $995; and $1,000 gas-guzzler tax. Mustang - $42,990 ($40,145 base price, and more about options later)
NEWS
May 13, 2011
Antiques/Art/Crafts Art Star Craft Bazaar More than 100 local & national artists present handmade items that reflect the quirky aesthetic of Art Star. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-2386 (2FUN). www.artstarcraftbazaar.com . 5/14. At Your Service Auction Benefit auction to support the NAA. Newark Arts Alliance, 276 E. Main St., Suite 102, Newark, Del.; 302-266-7266. 5/14. 6-9 pm. Blast From the Past Classic Car Show Antique, classic & muscle cars, music, Chili Cook-off.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2011 | By Dana Vogel
Friday Of long noses and roses On Friday, the American Philosophical Society will open a new exhibit, "Of Elephants and Roses," which examines French natural science at the turn of the 19th century. The exhibit features scientific specimens, fine artwork, and rare books, many of which have never been displayed in the United States before. Admission is $1 for the exhibit, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to Sunday through Dec. 31 at the American Philosophical Society Museum, 104 S. Fifth St. Information: 215-440-3440; www.apsmuseum.org . Saturday Grillin' and chillin' A Heart Healthy Cook-Off will be staged by the Philadelphia chapter of the Links Inc. in partnership with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the American Heart and Stroke Association.
NEWS
January 10, 2010 | By Edward Colimore and Barbara Boyer INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
One had a passion for planes. The other preferred the power of a muscle car. Mark C. Jennings joined the Air Force as a young man, earned Top Gun honors as an F-16 pilot, and flew combat missions over Iraq. Stephen M. Moffa kept his cars, new and vintage, in meticulous condition. He was so good at it, the guy who sold him parts eventually hired him. On Dec. 14, the lives of the two Cherry Hill men came together in a fluke accident on Route 70 just west of Kings Highway.
SPORTS
October 6, 2009 | By MARCUS HAYES, hayesm@phillynews.com
TO BEGIN WITH, John Goral isn't much of a Phillies fan. Not much of a baseball fan, really. His wife, Gina, she's another story. She's a baseball nut . . . well, a newbie nut, one of masses who converted when the Phillies sprouted charisma during their 2007 run to the playoffs. She happened to take a shine to that slim Cole Hamels kid, the self-assured ace with the dreamy eyes. She even bought a Hamels jersey. Really, though, they're a football couple. Their Bensalem basement testifies their allegiances: His Steelers banner hangs on one wall, its Roman numerals signifying the Super Bowls won by that team.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2009 | By Robert Strauss FOR THE INQUIRER
Pete Perrotta's seen a lot of car shows during his career as an auto journalist and a salesman for Honda and Mercedes, but he says there is nothing like viewing all the new models showcased together. "People may be buying less, but the auto show is always fun," Perrotta said. "You see all the competition, and you never know when the economy will come back and you will remember the car you wanted. " The organizers of the 2009 Philadelphia International Auto Show are hoping that positive spirit will bring out the crowds this year.
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