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  • The Saga of "Our" 24 Hours of LeMons Car (652 views)

    By Tom Martin on July 24, 2009 12 a.m.

    You may remember a couple months ago, we asked you to give us some ideas for a 24 Hours of LeMons car. In case you missed it, this slightly absurd parody of the French classic, is an endurance race for cars costing $500 or less. Back then, we had just emptied the Winding Road staff's pocket change into a number 10 business envelope and sent it as our sponsorship package to some hapless college students masquerading as a "race team." We also promised to help by enlisting the crack Winding Road readership in suggesting the perfect car/weapon for trouncing LeMons ...

  • First Look: 2010 Victory Cross Roads & Cross Country (1648 views)

    By Winding Road Staff on July 24, 2009 12 a.m.

    Victory unveiled the 2010 Cross Roads and the Cross Country yesterday at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The design of the bikes has been taken from the CORE concept bike, which was displayed at the New York International Motorcycle Show.

  • List: Ten Worst Cars for Lambo Doors (1672 views)

    By John Beltz Snyder on July 23, 2009 12 a.m.

    Everybody knows that putting wing-style Lamborghini doors on almost any vehicle significantly improves its appearance. This, however, is sadly not universal. For the sake of all that is tasteful, we present our list of the Ten Worst Cars for Lambo Doors.

  • Driven: 2010 Buick LaCrosse (1073 views)

    By Tom Martin on July 21, 2009 12 a.m.

    On several occasions during this bleak period for General Motors, we’ve pointed out that GM has the engineering talent to go toe-to-toe with other high-volume car manufacturers (we already know they can do trucks). Exhibit A is the Cadillac CTS. Now we have Exhibit B: the Buick LaCrosse.

  • First Look: 2010 Acura ZDX (441 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on July 20, 2009 12 a.m.

    Acura's genre-bending ZDX debuted in prototype form earlier this year at the New York Auto Show, but parent company Honda has officially spilled the beans about the ZDX's inner workings, along with releasing a few production photos. Not much has changed from the original prototype shown in the Big Apple, save the natural toning down of concept-happy lighting.

  • Keepers: Mazda RX-7—Shopping (669 views)

    By Christopher Smith on July 17, 2009 12 a.m.

    There’s a good deal of trepidation among first-time Mazda RX-7 shoppers, especially when it comes to the twin-turbo FD-series. The unique rotary engine comes with its own set of issues that generally stem from abuse or poor maintenance, so the key to getting the most from an FD-series RX-7 is knowing how to properly take care of it. Excessive heat is a quick killer for these cars, and the stock temperature gauge doesn’t do a great job of relaying vital information in time to prevent disaster. The under hood hoses are prone to drying out and cracking, so inspect them ...

  • Keepers: Mazda RX-7 (774 views)

    By Christopher Smith on July 14, 2009 12 a.m.

    A perennial favorite of sports car enthusiasts worldwide, the Mazda RX-7 exemplifies the epitome of balanced handling, graceful lines, and communicative controls; three very important ingredients in creating a quintessential driver’s car. As good as the early-generation RX-7s were however, they still lacked a key fourth ingredient—power.

  • Driven: 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT (2049 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on July 14, 2009 12 a.m.

    For a company as small and idiosyncratic as Subaru, launching a wholly new contender for the high stakes midsize market is a really big deal. The automaker is rightly aware that its 2010 Legacy won’t be overtaking the sales numbers of stalwarts Accord or Camry any time soon, but Subaru has high hopes and broad targets for the all-new sedan, nevertheless. The stated goal for the Legacy is to become the, “Driver’s car of the midsize segment.” Consider us intrigued.

  • Driven: Mini Cooper – Where Less is More (825 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on July 13, 2009 12 a.m.

    Over the last few months, we’ve been the lucky recipients of a spate of different Mini products here at Winding Road. From the rather rip-snorting Mini JCW, to a Cooper S droptop, to the presumably humble, plain-Jane Cooper we had most recently as part of an upcoming group test. This extended amount of Mini seat time (I do my best to hog the little beggars from my fellow Winding Roaders, whenever possible) has lead to a strange revelation on my part—I simply like driving the less powerful cars more.

  • Record-Setting Road Trip: Driving A Subaru Forester To Help Break A World Record (819 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on July 13, 2009 12 a.m.

    Up until this weekend, we had never heard of Itasca, Illinois, a small suburb located about thirty minutes northwest of downtown Chicago. But on Saturday morning, this town was offically christened into the Guinness world record books for hosting the longest parade of any one type of vehicle, as a grand total of 339 Subarus paraded around the city, horns honking, turbocharged 2.5-liter fours revving. Subaru owners love their cars, and some folks that we met pride themselves on being die-hard Scooby loyalists.