20 minutes in heaven: Sam Smith, Laguna Seca, and an Alpina 2002ti.

At the Monterey Historics, BMW handed Sam Smith the key (yes, it starts with a key) to its freshly restored 1970 Alpina 2002ti race car. It's a former Alpina works racer that was later campaigned by Vasek Polak in the SCCA 2.5-liter Trans-Am. » 8/22/14 7:48pm 8/22/14 7:48pm

How Leno, Bush, and a '57 Buick stole the show at Gooding's Monterey…

A 1957 Buick Caballero Estate Wagon, restored (gratis) by Jay Leno's Big Dog Garage, aigned by President George W. Bush, and then auctioned to benefit the latter's Military Service Initiative, which works to help post 9-11 vets transition back to civilian life, turned into the best story of Pebble Beach week. » 8/17/14 11:20am 8/17/14 11:20am

These new Ferrari-inspired Jordans drop tomorrow in Chicago

That sound you hear is the Puma execs throwing a shit conniption. The Air Jordan 14 "Red Suede" goes in sale at eight Illinois Foot Locker stores tomorrow. Wide release is supposedly September 6. Unlike Puma's officially licensed Ferrari clown shoes, I'd rock these. » 8/15/14 6:44pm 8/15/14 6:44pm

The 2016 Mustang Shelby GT350R looks excellent, sounds evil

The 2016 Shelby GT350R hit the Nürburgring today for testing, marking the car's first appearance in the wild sans the heavy burqas. The GT350 R is to the GT350 as the Laguna Seca was to the Boss 302. We say this is the R for two reasons—the big front splitter and the massive front brakes, which we believe to be… » 7/15/14 2:02pm 7/15/14 2:02pm

Yes, owning a supercar is batsh*t-crazy expensive

Buying a supercar? That's the "easy" part. It's the ownership experience that illustrates just how deep your pockets need to be. Say you buy a Diablo, for example. It has two $5,000 engine computers. If/when they croak, Lambo is sold out of replacements. See? Fun! » 7/11/14 4:29pm 7/11/14 4:29pm

The new Callaway Corvette has a supercharged Stingray badge

Callaway calls that little badge the "SuperRay". (I'd have called it the "CallaRay", myself.) It's stuck on the fender of the company's new Corvette SC627, and it typifies the sort of subtle detail-sweating we love Reeves Callaway's outfit for. » 7/10/14 11:03am 7/10/14 11:03am

Toyota's free-piston engine could change cars forever

Electrically propelled cars aren't going anywhere, but until battery tech delivers a significant range breakthrough, combustion-engine range-extenders will be part of the deal. But how do you make those better suited to the task of supplying juice while not powering any wheels? Toyota might have the answer. » 6/30/14 2:12pm 6/30/14 2:12pm

Mike Ryan has crashed his Freightliner at Pikes Peak

Autoblog reports that Mike Ryan and his crowd-pleasing Freightliner semi crashed today during a Pikes Peak practice session. The truck left the course and took a tumble estimated to have been between 50 and 75 feet. Ryan is okay. Autoblog has a bunch of new photos: » 6/26/14 2:01pm 6/26/14 2:01pm

Exploring 6000 miles of abandoned rail lines in a converted pickup

Railnauts—that's a good word for brothers Ivan Puig and Andres Padillas Domene. After Mexico privatized its rail system in 1995, around 6000 miles of track have gone unused. They wanted to explore them, so they built a custom vehicle for the task. » 6/26/14 10:57am 6/26/14 10:57am

This is Tom Hardy as Mad Max

The cover of this week's EW, on sale tomorrow, has the world's first look at Tom Hardy as Mad Max in George Miller's long-awaited continuation of the story, Fury Road. With Hardy is Charlize Theron's character, Imperator Furiosa, whose looks are very Sigourney-Weaver-in-Alien-3, only with more robot arm. » 6/26/14 9:36am 6/26/14 9:36am