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In the Garage: 1968 Shelby GT500KR

The 1968 Shelby GT500KR is owned by Bob

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1968 Shelby GT500KR owned by Bob Ravener

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING With its initials standing for “King of the Road” and the name “Shelby” on the rear, the Ford Mustang-based KR was a serious muscle machine. The only thing laughable about this car was the 335-horsepower rating, a figure that was likely understated by more than 20% for insurance purposes. “The ‘King of...

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Car shows on Long Island weekend of Aug. 2

A 2007 Shelby GT 500 owned by Al

(Credit: Michael Cusanelli)

Sunday, Aug. 4: Lindenhurst Fire Police Squad 4th Annual Car Show; 9 a.m.-3 p.m., adults $5, under 12 free; Heiling Blvd. & Charles St., Lindenhurst; info: 516-398-6674

NY Region Sports Car Club of America Autocross; registration 8:15 a.m.-9 a.m., members $45, non-members $60, spectators free; Nassau Coliseum, Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale; info: www.nyr-scca.org

2013 Sayville Summerfest...

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BMW i3 versus Tesla Model S electric car comparison

The Tesla Model S, left, starts at $69,900,

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BMW unveiled the production model of its much-anticipated all-electric car July 29. The car immediately elicited comparisons to the Tesla Model S, which is seen as the current leader for luxury electric cars.

Here's a side-by-side look at some of the specs.   Tesla Model S BMW i3 Price: $69,900 (base) $41,350 Range: 230 miles 80 to 100 miles Top Speed: 120 mph 93 mph 0 to 60 mph: 5.9...

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Mustang, Shelby Showdown at Levittown Ford

A 2013 Mustang GT owned by A.J. Tata

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Levittown Ford held its annual Mustang Showdown on Sunday for Mustang and Shelby enthusiasts to show off their prized cars. More than 130 cars were on display at the event, and a portion of the proceeds from the show went to the Wounded Warrior Project to help disabled U.S. veterans. 

Don't miss photo and video coverage of the event. ...

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In the Garage: 1939 Pontiac sedan

This 1939 Pontiac two-door sedan is owned by

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1939 Pontiac two-door sedan owned by Bernie Biren

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING When Bernie Biren’s Pontiac debuted in Canada almost 75 years ago, the French Canadian ads touted its many standard features at “a prix beaucoup plus bas” (“a much lower price”). Those features included a front end lifted from the standard 1939 American Pontiac and the rear end – from the door...

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Mustang Showdown and more Long Island car shows

A classic Jaguar sits on display at Exotic

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Saturday, July 27:

Platinum Volkswagen’s 4th Annual Auto Show & Service Clinic; 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; 45 Nelson Ave., Hicksville; info: 516-681-1300

Stony Brook Community Church 9th Annual Vintage European Sports Car & Motorcycle Display; noon-4 p.m., spectators free; 216 Christian Ave., Stony Brook; info: 631-751-6371

Sunday, July 28:

Antique Fire Truck Show & Volunteer...

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Car shows around Long Island July 19-21 weekend

About 800 cars were on display at the

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Friday, July 19-Sunday, July 21: Carlisle ‘Bike Fest’ featuring motorcycle rides, stunt shows & exhibits; see site for hours, adults $8, under 13 free; Carlisle Fairgrounds, 1000 Bryn Mawr Rd., Carlisle, PA; info: www.carlisleevents.com

30th Annual ‘FIAT Freakout’ national convention of FIAT Club America featuring drives and gatherings based at Hyatt Regency – LI and Saturday, July 20...

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In the Garage: 1957 Chevrolet 150 Business Sedan

The 1957 Chevrolet 150 Business Sedan owned by

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1957 Chevrolet 150 Business Sedan owned by Ron Wozny

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING If Teddy Roosevelt had been a 1950s car guy when he uttered the words, “Speak softly and carry a big stick,” his ride might have been this unprepossessing two-door. The 150 was a popular fleet vehicle with no back seat. But woe to those who challenged this version to a stoplight drag race,...

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Long Island car shows July 12 through July 14

This 1967 Pontiac GTO hardtop is owned by

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Saturday, July 13-Sunday, July 14: 12th Annual Antique, Classic & Working Truck Show held in conjunction with LI Antique Power Assn.’s 21st Annual Antique Engine Run & Antique Farm Tractor Show & Pull; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., adults $5, under 12 free; Hallockville Farm Museum, 6038 Sound Ave., Riverhead; info: 631-821-4845

Saturday, July 13-Monday, Sept. 2: ‘Long Island’s Auto Racing Heritage’...

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Ford F-250 tops Cadillac Escalade for highest theft rate

A 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV on display at

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For the first time in a decade the Cadillac Escalade is not the vehicle with the highest theft rate in the U.S.

Known for its popularity among rappers and athletes, the Escalade had maintained a theft rate of about 11 claims per 1,000 insured vehicle years since first taking hold of the top spot in 2003.

But among 2010 through 2012 model-year vehicles, the Ford F-250 — a pickup truck...

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