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10 Automotive Events Every Car Lover Should Attend (at Least Once)

IT'S ONE THING to dabble in a passing fancy for fine automobiles, but certain annual events make or break automotive pedigrees, establishing whether or not you're a serious car geek. One such show is popping up soon: Collectors will show off their pricey toys over a weeklong series of events at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on the northern California coast in mid-August. Below, our guide to the must-see events from August 2014 through next summer. But note: The finer the cars, the more exclusive and expensive the ticket. And yes they do sell out. see more
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The Best of the New Breed of Light-Weight Coupes

The sport coupe is having a moment. And here's why: Carmakers have finally found ways to create performance models that are strong, sturdy, and lightweight. This is a big trend in the world of sexy two-door cars, boosting both acceleration and gas mileage. The primary credit goes to nimble materials like aluminum and carbon fiber, which help trim the fat off car designs and reduce carbon gas emissions. Beyond those things, however, these new-to-the-market cars all go in separate directions. see more
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The New BMW i8 is Not Your Neighbor's Hybrid

There's a lot BMW's new i8 is not. It's not the first all-electric car, the first gas-electric hybrid, or the first high-performance hybrid. But it may be the best of all three worlds—a perfect hybrid hybrid. It has the sexiness of a Tesla Model S, the fuel economy of a Prius, and the power to go from 0 to 60 much faster than a Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid. All while costing $135,700 to the McLaren P1's $1.15 million and the Ferrari LaFerrari's $1.4 million. see more
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Biker Brothers to Compete in the Most Dangerous Motorcycle Race in the World

William Dunlop (pictured above) knows his helmet is all that stands between him, the pavement, and the hundreds of racers who have lost their lives in the International Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) motorcycle race, known infamously as the most dangerous race in the world. The 37-mile-long course swerves through the narrow roads that wind around the UK island—around lampposts, over bridges, and between flanking rock beds—all while regularly exceeding 200 mph. Each year, at least one racer loses his life during practices and competitions, totaling over 220 lives since the first TT in 1907. see more
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Topless Models: The 4 Hottest Roof-Optional Weekend Warrior Cars to Invest in Now

Clockwise from top left: 1950s-era Jeep CJ5, 1980s-era Chevy Blazer, 1960s-era Ford Bronco, 1970s-era International Scout II. There's a saying among car geeks: When the top goes down, the price goes up. And when it comes to vintage SUVs, truer words were never spoken. Topless versions of these old-school four-wheel-drives are almost sure bets if you want to sell later—prices are up 42% over the past five years—but why would you want to? They're the driving equivalent of a beach house: the ultimate second-home car. "These vehicles tick a lot of boxes," says McKeel Hagerty, publisher of the definitive Hagerty see more
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Berluti Makes the Most Gorgeous New Bike We've Ever Seen

There are bicycles, and then there are bicycles. And the two-wheeled work of metal, leather, and wood that will arrive in Berluti stores next month belongs squarely in the second category. see more
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Objects of Desire: What Do 4 Automotive Giants Keep in Their Glove Compartment?

At this week's New York Auto Show, we asked some of the industry's key players what they keep in their glove box. Some of the answers might surprise you. Plus—read on to shop our own Objects of Desire (above). see more
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Porsche 911 Targa 2015: Return of an Icon (That Can Flip Its Lid in Just 20 Seconds)

Porsche introduced the 911 Targa in 1965 as a slick-looking preemptive cheat around the U.S. Department of Transportation's plans to outlaw convertibles altogether. Its removable fabric roof panel still allowed for open-air motoring (though it was famously leaky), and the brushed-stainless-steel Targa Bar was meant to keep the driver safe(-ish) in case of a rollover. A hard top was added in 1975 but had to be taken off by hand (not a good look in the parking lot) and crammed into the backseat. "The Targa was never the ideal Porsche," admits Grant Larson, manager of the brand's special projects, who's see more
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Artist Richard Phillips on His Dodge Charger in Marfa and Other Influential Works of Car Art

Clockwise from top left: La DS by Gabriel Orozco, Dino by Bertrand Lavier, Fat Convertible (Porsche) by Erwin Wurm. See also: 16 Seminal Works of Car Art New York-based artist Richard Phillips is famous for his highbrow-meets-lowbrow mix; you can see his work at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, the Tate—and on the walls of the "Gossip Girl" set. We spoke to the man about his recent automotive creations for Playboy and other works of car art that drove his interest in the genre. see more
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Object of Desire: The New Aston Martin DB9 Supercar

Fifty years after Aston Martin released James Bond's most iconic ride, the 2013 DB9 arrives with a finely tuned license to thrill. see more
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