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July 26, 2021

Artist Heidi Mraz Recreates a Porsche 906 from Pieces of Its History

By Brett Berk The car—chassis number 906-134—is owned by the co-founder of the Monticello Motor Club, where the 906 and the four-by-six foot portrait now live. Heidi Mraz‘s automotive portraits are complex, collages of hundreds of pieces of ephemera specific to the car, so her artistic process is arduous. “Fifty percent of my time is just spent gathering information—talking to past drivers, restorers, owners; finding magazine articles and engineering notes in dusty boxes—to fill the

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June 14, 2021

Test drive: The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is a V8-powered king of the hill

Mother Nature had better get some ear muffs. The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is the first V8 Wrangler ever and the most powerful. Needless to say, it’s a rowdy one. It borrows its 392 cubic-inch engine from the Dodge Challenger RT Scat Pack, Grand Cherokee SRT, etc., and sends 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque to all four of the Wrangler’s wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission as it screams through a dual-mode exhaust that allows drivers to crank

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June 14, 2021

The Subaru Outback Wilderness Doubles Down on the Outback Formula

In retrospect, the Subaru Outback Wilderness seems like the sort of idea that we should have all thought up a long time ago. After all, the basic idea behind the Outback that proved so revolutionary a couple decades ago — take an all-wheel-drive station wagon and add ground clearance so it can go off-road — clearly proved a mighty success; that basic idea transformed Subaru from a second-tier Japanese carmaker in America to a near-omnipresent feature of the country’s

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June 14, 2021

The High-Performance ‘Country Club’ Memberships We’re After

Spoiler alert: We’re not talking about golf. During this unprecedented time, travel’s been limited. We’re itching to get out of town, get behind the wheel, and set our sights on the open road. Better yet, we’re looking at the closed roads. Track clubs have become the new country clubs—more high-octane, to be sure, and way more fun. No speed limits, no construction zones, and although we can’t guarantee you won’t hit some light traffic—things like

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May 07, 2021

2020 Audi Q5 55 Hybrid Review: Who Needs Gas, Anyway?

By Patrick George In the time it takes you to finish reading this sentence, Audi will sell approximately 246 Q5 crossovers to American buyers. Okay, fine, it may be closer to 244. Math has never been my strong suit. But any way you want to look at it, the Q5 is a bonafide hit for Audi. Even four years into the current model’s life, it remains the brand’s top-selling model by a wide margin. And the

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April 10, 2021

Is a Safari B5 Audi RS4 Avant the Perfect Daily Driver?

By Nico DeMattia The B5 Audi RS4 Avant has a loyal following among Audi enthusiasts. As the original RS4 Avant, it gets a ton of love for being the car that made the segment famous. Which is why heavily modifying B5 RS4s can upset its fanbase. However, this modified “Safari” B5 Audi RS4 Avant should instead be celebrated. In the latest episode of Modified, from Hagerty, we get to see an owner’s lifted, wrapped, and, well, modified RS4.

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March 09, 2021

The Aston Martin Vantage Roadster Is a Snow-Drift Machine

By Chris Perkins Confidence can be a dangerous thing. I was feeling pretty good about myself out on the snow-covered road course of the Monticello Motor Club road course, pulling big yaw angles with the Aston Martin Vantage Roadster, making it look nice for the camera just as the snow was giving way to ice. You see where this is going: carrying too much speed down a particularly slick part of the track and into a snowbank, pushing

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February 10, 2021

SCG Boot Review: A 650-HP, Street-Legal Baja Racer Is One of the Most Entertaining Cars on Earth

By Roger Garbow aunching off the top of the hill, there’s a brief sensation of weightlessness. A flashback to those youthful days of hitting jumps on a light, two-stroke dirt bike, floating through the air and then landing with a blast of dirt from the rear wheel. In a blink, that memory was replaced with a harsh reality: I’m no longer 17, and this is going to hurt. 5,500 pounds of steel falling through space tends

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January 21, 2021

BMW X4 M COMPETITION 2021: THEY ARE CRAZY, THESE GERMANS!

By Natasha Kumar   Very few people have the need or even the means to purchase a vehicle like the 2021 BMW X4 M Competition, a luxury compact coupe-type SUV that has an army of 503 horsepower and all the dynamic qualities to stand up to many. top level sports cars on the circuits. There is not much rational in this kind of racing car, which is both the expression of the sports madness of

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December 28, 2020

2020 BMW M2 CS First Drive | A BMW for the true believer

By Lawrence Ulrich It’s a brilliant car. Exclusive, too. But this limited-run model comes with a hefty price In the high-performance smorgasbord known as BMW Test Fest, held this year at New York’s Monticello Motor Club, there were richer, meatier dishes than the 2020 M2 CS. Among them: a 612-horsepower, $142,000 Alpina XB7, which plopped 5,900 surprisingly graceful pounds on Monticello’s tabletop-smooth track. The M5 and M8 Competition (at a respective $111,095 and $134,995), whose absurdly over-sauced, 617-horsepower V-8s make them faster than

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November 07, 2020

TEST DRIVE: McLaren 600LT Spider

David Haueter samples the McLaren 600LT Spider in latest Sportscar365 Test Drive series… Photo: David Haueter There are many great sports cars available today, but most of them are compromised when it comes to driving in its purest form. The luxury and comfort features that need to be added to make them attractive to buyers as a car that can be driven every day add weight and place more filters between the driver and the

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November 07, 2020

Takin’ It to the Track: New BMWs at Monticello Motor Club

Driving a car fast for 20 minutes is very different from living with it for a week. There’s just the opportunity for quick impressions—speed off the line, handling, braking, noise levels, visibility. BMW brought a full array of new models to Monticello Motor Club in Monticello, New York, for Test Day East last week, and…continue reading.

October 22, 2020

Why the 2021 Mini GP is Just Fine Being Insane

The new Mini GP, which will only be sold for one year, is already hard enough to pin down—should you be lucky enough to get your hands on one through a dealer right now. It’s harder to label, written up elsewhere as, in no shot order: insane, impractical, overpriced, and too hairball. Those critics are dead wrong. Let’s take these statistically driven (and clearly not passion-driven) arguments on one at a time. First, however, a

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October 08, 2020

MINI Driving Experience Expands Locations

Woodcliff, N.J. – October 8, 2020 – After launching a successful driving school program at the BMW Performance Center West at The Thermal Club in Palm Springs, California, MINI USA is expanding the MINI Driving Experience to two new locations on the East Coast – the BMW Performance Center East at Plant Spartanburg in South Carolina and Monticello Motor Club in Monticello, New York. MINI Driving Experience programs, which are offered for individuals or groups, such as corporate and team building events, are designed to teach performance hungry drivers how

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June 10, 2020

Vehicular Tonic for The Soul

By Roger Garbow I remember every detail of the day I received my driver’s license. My 16th birthday fell on a dreary Tuesday with temperatures hovering near freezing and the skies filled with dark, threatening clouds. There was a periodic bone-chilling drizzle. That night, I took my first solo drive in my dad’s 455 c.i. Pontiac Grand Prix…and was pulled over by a police officer within an hour. It was a crappy day by most

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April 15, 2020

The 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Shows Other SUVs What Utility Really Means

By Chris Perkins  |  Road & Track The TRD Pro looks new, but it’s still the capable, old-school off-roader you love. The 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro isn’t exactly new—the current, fifth-generation SUV just entered its tenth model year—but it’s good. Toyota recently updated the TRD Pro trim, introduced in 2014, with Fox Racing shocks, while all 4Runners get new safety and infotainment tech for 2020. These revisions, combined with a severe case of Seasonal Affective

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February 06, 2020

Chicago Auto Show: High performance ‘Desert Rated’ Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator Mohave debut

By Gary Gastelu  |  Fox News 2020 Jeep Gladiator Test Drive The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is the brand’s first pickup in nearly three decades, and aims to offer a unique blend of off-road and heavy hauling capability. Fox News Autos editor Gary Gastelu brought it to the Monticello Motor Club to see if it lives up to the Jeep name. Jeep is turning its off-roaders into off-roadrunners. The brand is introducing new “Desert Rated” versions of

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December 26, 2019

Era Motorsport Confirms Rolex 24 Roster

By SPEED SPORT Staff DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  – Era Motorsport will make its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debut in the Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona Beach Int’l Speedway. In advance of the season-opening event, the team will test the No. 18 Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 entry during the Roar Before the 24 with Kyle Tilley, Dwight Merriman…Continue reading.

October 31, 2019

2020 Mazda 3 And Hyundai Veloster N: Two Very Different Ways To Do An Economy Car You Actually Want

By Andrew P. Collins  |  Jalopnik The Hyundai Veloster N and 2020 Mazda 3 are both, technically speaking, economy cars with hatchbacks from Asian countries. They’re even priced about the same. But that’s where the similarities end. We happened to have one of each parked next to each other the other day, so we’ve got the opportunity to debate the finer points of both. (Full Disclosure: Mazda and Hyundai loaned us these vehicles for reviews with full tanks of fuel.)

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