October 13, 1986 |
To judge by appearances, sports cars would not seem to be the vehicle of choice in these parts. No, sir. In rural southern Virginia the pickup truck has the Ferrari beat by a mile. And why not? How many bales of tobacco would fit into one of those flashy two-seaters, anyway? Practicality aside, South Boston may be on the threshold of a new love affair with the sports car if Muhammad Ali has his way. The former world heavyweight champion, who has a farm a hundred or so miles north of here, in Afton, is planning to enter the automobile business with a sleek new car that bears his name - the Ali-3WC.
April 22, 1989 |
In addition to the usual run of fine furniture and colorful crafts, sales next week will offer auctiongoers a couple of glimpses into the odd worlds of Victorian vanity and sports-car nomenclature. The Victorian vanity is a contraption of velvet, wire and beveled glass that will go on the block Wednesday at the Concordville Inn at the intersection of Routes 1 and 322. It is part of a consignment sale being conducted by William H. Bunch. "It's supposed to be a pin cushion," Bunch said yesterday, but added the disclaimer: "They had to call it something.
April 10, 1987 |
Representing the turn of the century . . . the fabled 1904 Peerless. Roaring out of the Great Depression . . . the 1930 Aston Martin. Sleek and wild as the year it was born . . . the 1969 Jaguar XKE. Gentlemen, start your imaginations. You can see those classic cars, among 68 of the finest sports cars ever raced, at the Great Lehigh Valley Auto Fair in Allentown this weekend - replete with history, anecdotes, vintage clothes, videotape on the evolution of the sports car and a road rally that will feature dream races like the one above.
February 23, 1986 |
Karl Jacobson says he doesn't think of himself as a James Bond fanatic, just a fan. Still, he so admired the way that actor Roger Moore wore his suits on-screen that he pestered the production company for the Bond films to tell him who the tailor was. The answer was Cyril Castle, of London. Jacobson, 30, who lives in Center City, plans a trip to England to buy a suit, which will cost him $300 to $400. From such compulsive fandom is museum history made. Jacobson, a budding promoter, was simply convinced that the James Bond car would be a great exhibit for the Franklin Institute, even when the institute wasn't so sure.
October 6, 1996 |
A bright red, out-of-control Dodge Viper sports car shot across Woodhaven Road from the left lane to the right at 6 p.m. last night, police said, smashing into the concrete side rail of a bridge and flipping several times. When the car came to rest, its driver had a broken wrist, its 450-horsepower engine was lying a few feet away on the pavement, and a 26-year-old passenger from Richboro, Bucks County, was dead. Police identified the driver as Raymond Scalzo, of Bensalem.
September 18, 1986 |
The two young men became friends around 1980 when the younger man was a senior at Great Valley High School in Malvern and the other was his track coach. The friendship ended abruptly five years later when they left a party together in the former coach's sports car, sped down a two-lane road and smashed into a light standard at a darkened intersection in Phoenixville. Shawn Brown, 24, and Michael Clark, now 30, were thrown from the car as it flipped over several times and then crashed against the wall of a restaurant.
November 26, 1999 |
Acura, Honda's upscale alter-ego, is a luxury brand that has always had a number of sub-luxury offerings. These included the Integra, a Honda Civic after cosmetic surgery, and, until recently, the CL Series, which was a Honda Accord with a face and fanny lift. As a result, you would guess that when the company does come along with a marvelous new product with a genuine luxury price tag ($32,000), it would call it an Acura. Nope. The new S2000 sports car is a Honda. So what?
March 17, 1991 |
The Porsche 356 Convertible D is an exceedingly rare car. There were only about 600 built, and they were made only during the 1959 model year. "That's why I really wanted this car," explained Susan Miller as she pulled the canvas wraps off the vintage two-seater she spends many of her evenings and weekends restoring. Actually, the old Porsche isn't nearly as rare as Susan Miller. The 27- year-old Porsche partisan is the owner of Rainbow Autowerks, a Pleasantville, N.J., shop that specializes in restoring old European sports cars, and doing less extensive body and mechanical work on more recent Old Country exotica.
June 21, 2009
Philadelphia police last night identified the driver of the Lamborghini sports car who lost control Friday in Southwest Philadelphia, killing himself and his passenger, as Adam Brown, 29, of Media. Brown, a former police officer in Brookhaven, was president of a home-health-care franchise based in Drexel Hill. The $450,000 Lamborghini was speeding south on Essington Avenue about 6:25 p.m. when it went into the northbound lanes in the 7700 block and struck a Plymouth Voyager, then was hit by a Subaru Outback, investigators said.
March 17, 2013 |
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.