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Pit Stop: Upcoming Long Island car shows

A Triumph Spitfire is seen at a recent

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Wednesday, Apr. 24-Saturday, Apr. 28: Spring Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet & Corral featuring 150 acres of collector cars & parts; 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. until 3 p.m., admission $10, Sun. $5; Carlisle Fairgrounds, 1000 Bryn Mawr Rd., Carlisle, PA; info: www.carlisleevents.com . . .

Saturday, Apr. 27: Ferraris Visiting Ronald McDonald House of LI featuring 50th Anniversary Edition Ferrari...

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In the Garage: 1978 Chevrolet Corvette

1978 Chevrolet Corvette Indianapolis 500 pace car replica

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Indianapolis 500 pace car replica owned by Joseph Greco

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING Starting in 1978, the Corvette’s 25th anniversary, Chevrolet would go on to provide Corvette pace cars for the fabled Indianapolis 500-mile race in 11 different years through 2012. The company also created a limited number of replicas for sale in showrooms. However,...

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Electric Nissan Leaf donated to New York City taxi fleet

Nissan has put six of its electric Leaf

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Automakers are taking every opportunity Monday to tout their most fuel-efficient vehicles in honor of Earth Day, drumming up news involving electric and hybrid cars and miles per gallon. But one such piece of news might be of genuine interest to local car enthusiasts and green thumbs alike.

Nissan announced it would put six of its electric Leaf vehicles into service as New York City taxis....

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Pit Stop: Long Island car shows this weekend

Saturday, Apr. 20: Car Show benefitting St. Jude Children’s Hospital; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Chili’s restaurant, 4000 Jericho Tpke., E. Northport; info: www.easttowestclassiccars.com . .  

Saturday, Apr. 20-Sunday, Apr. 21: LI Cars’ Car Show & Swap Meet; 8 a.m.-5 p.m., adults $7-$9, under 13 free; Belmont Racetrack, Hempstead Tpke., Elmont; info: www.longislandcars.com . . .

Sunday,...

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In the Garage: 1969 Dodge Dart GTS

Jim Mango is the owner of this 1969

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1969 Dodge Dart GTS convertible drag racer owned by Jim Mango

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING Chrysler first offered the Dart GTS in late 1967 as a limited-edition junior muscle car to compete with the Chevrolet Nova SS. In stock form, it would go on to win its share of stoplight drag races. Mango’s convertible kicks things up a few notches. “It has always been a drag race...

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Cost of car ownership rises 2 percent

Beau Boeckmann, vice president of Los Angeles-based Galpin

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Here's some solace for LIRR riders still upset over this year's fare hikes: the cost of car ownership also increased in 2013, by about 2 percent, according to AAA.

The motoring organization's annual "Your Driving Costs" survey, released April 16, calculates the costs of maintenance, fuel, tires, insurance and depreciation on a new vehicle that is driven over five years and 75,000...

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In the Garage: 1967 Pontiac GTO

This 1967 Pontiac GTO hardtop is owned by

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNERS 1967 Pontiac GTO hardtop owned by Christopher and Gary Werner

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING The iconic Pontiac GTO, offered from 1964 to 1974 and again from 2004 to 2006, is considered by many to be the father of modern muscle cars. By 1967, it had already solidified its place at the top of the heap, with standard models sporting a 335-horsepower, 400-cubic-inch V-8 engine...

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Pit Stop: Upcoming Long Island car shows

Saturday, Apr. 13: 36th Annual LI Regional License Plate Sale & Show; 8 a.m.-2 p.m., admission $5; Elks Lodge, 2162 Veterans Blvd., Massapequa; info: 631-281-4559 . . .

Sunday, Apr. 14: St. Patrick’s School 8th Annual Spring Car Show Fundraiser; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., adults $5, children free; 280 E. Main St., Smithtown; info: www.stpats.americanhotrods.com . . .

Monday, Apr. 15: ‘Everything...

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2014 Honda Odyssey: A minivan with built-in vacuum

A Honda Motor Co. representative demonstrates the vacuum

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So staid is the minivan sector that the term “world premiere,” and the excitement it connotes, is practically inapplicable to a new minivan. Even moreso when it applies to Honda, whose vehicles already border on ubiquity.

But the Japanese automaker managed to bring some buzz to the New York Auto Show last week when it unveiled its revamped 2014 Odyssey minivan. The family vehicle comes with...

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Mercedes-Benz electric car premieres at 2013 New York auto show

Plug in for fuel. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class

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If you’re planning on heading to the New York International Auto Show (it runs through Sunday, April 7), you’d be well-served to visit the Mercedes-Benz’s display.

This past week, the German automaker took to its makeshift stage and premiered its first-ever fully electric vehicle to the world. It’s still there and you can’t miss it; the cute hatchback sticks out like a sore thumb among the...

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