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Monday, September 16th, 2019

Mercedes AMG Gullwing

Mickey Hayes’s first hotrod was a 1934 Ford sedan with a Chrysler hemi engine. His most recent hotrod came off the factory line fully optimized, with no improvements necessary: a 2011 Mercedes SLS AMG 6.3 Gullwing. Capable of going 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds and with a top speed of close to 200 mph,

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Monday, May 13th, 2019

Vehicle Safety and Emergency Kits

When I bought my first car many moons ago, a vintage 1991 Mercedes-Benz (on eBay!), one of the first things I noticed was the neat first aid kit that came with it. It was built into the...

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Monday, May 13th, 2019

It’s Got Style

Age difference can be overcome when it comes to love and attraction – we know that. If you’re in love, it doesn’t matter how much younger one person is. Still, Madison Miller’s situation is unique. She was...

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Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

A Treasured LBC ~ Little British Car

Adolescence is a formative time, filled with indelible moments. Like careening off the road when the right front shock mount of your 1963 Austin-Healey 3000 MK II BJ7 breaks, sending you through three fence posts, snapping the...

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Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Four Million Safe Miles and Counting …

Most commutes in the New River Valley aren’t too far – Dublin to Radford, Floyd to Christiansburg, Riner to Blacksburg. 8, 10, 18, 24 miles give or take. Tommy Stiles takes a much longer road to work,...

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Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Drenched in Luxury . . . Rolls-Royce

Mickey Hayes, 1964 graduate of Virginia Tech, has the courage to do what most others do not. Several examples from his life prove this. There is his move to the Outer Banks in the 1970s. The region...

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Thursday, September 6th, 2018

The LaSalle Automobile . . . never a Cadillac

Text by Karl H. Kazaks  |  Photos by Tom Wallace In Pulaski, faraway times are not forgotten at the Raymond F. Ratcliffe Transportation Museum. The museum’s artifacts are small and large – ranging in size from a...

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Monday, July 16th, 2018

Mike and Cathy’s Adventure

“We like to travel and cover ground and get in and out of campgrounds quickly,” says Mike Skinner, explaining why he and his wife Cathy bought a lightweight Scamp camper last year. “In the morning, I can...

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Monday, May 21st, 2018

One Hard Working Utility Van Retires

David Hall’s 1966 Ford Econoline Supervan has been many things: a paint van, a dollhouse, a way to get to the beach for vacation, a motorcycle hauler. It has been in the Hall family since it was...

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Monday, March 5th, 2018

Smarty Pants . . . The Car and The Boy

Denny Carlyle has a custom license plate on his 2008 smart fortwo passion coupe: “TPANTS.” At first glance, it’s a little perplexing, but put together with the name of the car’s make – SMART – right above...

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