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Driven: 2017 Lincoln Continental Black Label

After a 14 year hiatus, the Lincoln Continental is back in a big, big way. The Continental name became an American legend in the automotive realm, and one that was synonymous with flagship luxury. To say that Lincoln had their work cut out for them in reinventing the brand and resurrecting the Continental would be an understatement.

We are happy to report though that Lincoln has not only done the iconic Continental name justice with the 2017 Continental, but they might have reinvented the entire Lincoln brand in the process – in a very good way.

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2017 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Under sunny skies, Saturday’s 22nd annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance went off without a hitch despite a schedule curtailed by one day, owing to Sunday’s expected rain showers. That still left hours of unfettered machinery-ogling on the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island’s pristine golf course, which is more than enough time to be left with the impression that this event remains one of the true automotive bucket list items. And even though my interests generally skew toward events that allow me to slide behind the wheel rather than merely observe, Amelia is the exception to that rule.

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Loaner Review: 2017 Camaro V6

Despite no longer cosying up to the warm bosom of the press fleet industrial complex, I still occasionally find myself behind the wheel of cars other than my own. Such was the case last week when I brought my own car, a C7 Corvette Z51, into the dealer for some warranty work and found myself sitting in the fortified bunker – aka cabin – of a loaner 2017 Camaro. Unlike the other sixth gen that I previously wrote up on these pages, which was option-laden but also saddled with the middling 2.0T Ecotec, this one featured nary an add-on save for the 3.6L LGX “High Feature” V6…a swap that made this drab-looking coupe immeasurably better to drive.

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Driven & Performance Tested: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor @ Hennessey Performance Engineering

There was only one answer when Ford called and asked if I’d like to have the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor for a week to put it through its paces – HELL YES I WOULD! I immediately picked up the phone to longtime friend S:S:L, the legendary John Hennessey. As the mind behind the awesome Hennessey VelociRaptor line of trucks, John knows the Ford Raptors better than anyone outside of the Blue Oval. I knew John would be as eager as I would to get behind the wheel of the new 2017 Raptor and get some numbers down.

Enjoy the videos below that show dyno testing, 0-60, 1/4 mile, and some final impressions of the new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. If you are short on time, the bottom line is this — do whatever it takes to find a way to put the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor in your driveway.

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Photo Essay: 2016 FIA World Rallycross of Canada

Before YouTube, we just had that WRC video. Every time my high school friends got together, at some point we’d inevitably end up crowding around a PC and watching three and a half minutes of rallying set to Linkin Park. For the fiftieth time. It combined everything we loved and aspired to — masterful driving, exotic locations, and insanely-modified performance cars that looked like cool versions of our own rides. It was so good that we were willing to put up with music from a quasi-Nu Metal band fronted by a man named “Chester.”

Race Report: IMSA WeatherTech Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park

Amid a sweltering mid-summer heatwave, the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship descended on Connecticut’s iconic (and beautiful) Lime Rock Park last weekend for the Northeast Grand Prix. Although the top-dog Prototype class skips this event for purposes of traffic – the short 1.5-mile track is composed of flowing, fast, and mostly right-hand corners, but its size doesn’t lend itself to the massive speed advantages the Prototype cars carry – the GT LeMans, GT Daytona and Prototype Challenge classes were present and accounted for. As it is, even well-driven GTD-class cars were lapping in the low 50-second range, making a lap around Lime Rock more akin to a typical autocross run than a racing circuit, time-wise. With short laps and high average speeds – over 100 MPH in most cases – the racing is usually intense, and this year did not disappoint.
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