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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...Read more »
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. ...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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,...Read more »
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’...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »