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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

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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 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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In the Garage: 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

The 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am hardtop coupe

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am hardtop coupe owned by Francis R. Wiseman

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING The ‘77 Trans Am first became famous as the automotive star of “Smokey and the Bandit,” the action comedy film featuring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field and Jackie Gleason. But while the movie may be a distant memory, Pontiac enthusiasts still pine for Firebirds of any era, especially...

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Long Island car shows July 4th weekend

About 800 cars were on display at the

(Credit: Ursula Moore)

Saturday, July 6: NASCAR Stock Car Racing & Fireworks; 6 p.m., adults $30, ages 6-12 $5, under 6 free; Riverhead Raceway, Rte. 58; info: www.riverheadraceway.com

Sunday, July 7: 43rd Annual Charity Fundraiser Car Show hosted by Cutchogue Lions Club; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., spectators $5, under 12 free; Peconic Bay Winery, 31320 Main Rd. (Rte. 25), Cutchogue; info: www.cutchoguelionsclub.com

‘LIV...

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In the Garage: 1961 Rambler American 400 convertible

This 1961 Rambler American 400 convertible is owned

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1961 Rambler American 400 convertible owned by Harry Mayors

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING With its economical Ramblers and higher-end Ambassadors, American Motors (AMC) touted its 1961 lineup as the “World’s Widest Choice of Compact Cars” with the American heralded as “America’s Leading Economy Compact Car.” So if you wanted to show your thrifty side and still have fun in...

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