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by MALCOLM GUNN/Wheelbase Communications | November 30, 2003
It's easy to blur the 1950s and '60s together, at least when it comes to cars and certainly if you weren't alive during that period. When it comes to Chevrolet, at least, there's a very clear division between the two decades. As the backbone of General Motors' vast automotive empire, the division was a prime example of how the styling excesses of the 1950s gave way to the more balanced and functional shapes of the 1960s, as bolted-on baubles and garish geegaws began to disappear.
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by ART VOSS/Motor Matters | December 9, 2005
For Road King fans in the Harley camp, there's a new bike on the street. It's the Harley-Davidson FLHX Street Glide. At first, one might think of the FLHX as nothing more than a Road King Custom with a "Batwing," fork-mounted fairing, sporting a single headlight, but it's a lot more than that. To oversimplify, the Street Glide is a turnkey, custom, undressed version of the popular Road King Dresser. True, the mechanicals are shared with the Road King, with enhancements such as a 24 percent reduction in clutch effort.
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by MARLO BARNHART | June 3, 2002
marlob@herald-mail.com Twenty-five years ago, Lionel Burkholder learned of a limited edition Triumph motorcycle being offered to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee. "As soon as I saw the picture, I knew I had to have one," Burkholder said. On Sunday, Burkholder, of Hagerstown, rolled his special collector's item out into his back yard on the occasion of the queen's half-century on the throne. "I wanted to get one of the first 50 but they were apparently really popular," he said.
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by TIM SPELL/Motor Matters | June 11, 2004
Nissan is thinking big these days, unleashing bruiser trucks such as the full-size Titan pickup and Armada sport-utility. There was no surprise when Carlos Ghosn, Nissan Motor Co. president and CEO, announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit that Nissan is building a bigger, more powerful 2005 Frontier compact pickup. "The Frontier is a real truck," Ghosn said. "For truck buyers who aren't quite ready for the full-size version, the Frontier has all the strength of the Titan, yet is a more affordable, more manageable package.
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by MALCOLM GUNN / Wheelbase Communications | October 29, 2006
Simple, tasteful and elegant are words not normally associated with most cars built by North American automakers in the early 1960s. The revolutionary 1962 Pontiac Grand Prix can rightfully lay claim to those adjectives as it became a benchmark for style and sophistication. Before its arrival, the personal-luxury category was dominated and even outright owned by the second-generation Ford Thunderbird that was introduced in 1958. That year marked the beginning of the four-seater 'Bird, a larger but eminently more practical version of the two-seat original.
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by ARV VOSS/Motor Matters | September 9, 2005
There are always those who will argue that "size doesn't matter," or that "bigger is better. " It's really all a matter of individual perspective. In the case of Kawasaki's Vulcan 1600 Nomad metric cruiser - it's bigger than the old 1500 Nomad and delivers more power and torque, but it's smaller than the gargantuan Vulcan 2000, which for those whose inseams are challenged, can be a chore just to get off the side stand. Could it be then, that the 1600 Nomad, in the midsize range, might be "just right," as in the "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" classic children's tale?
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by MALCOLM GUNN/Wheelbase Communications | November 11, 2003
If you lived through the 1950s as did I, the Oldsmobiles were easy to spot. They were far more imposing than the typical Chevy, Ford and Plymouth, with massive grilles and bumpers that looked as though they could bash right through a brick wall and come out the other side completely unharmed, chrome glistening brighter than ever. The look, the rumbling sound emanating from the exhaust and the aura are what set these cars apart from the crowd. Back then, I had never thought Oldsmobiles were particularly attractive until the arrival of the 1960 models.
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By DAVE McMILLION | June 2, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - They just kept rolling in and rolling in. More than 2,000 motorcycle riders -- marking the biggest turnout in the 18th annual Operation God Bless America motorcycle ride from Greencastle, Pa., to Martinsburg -- streamed through the gates of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center near Martinsburg Sunday afternoon to raise money for veterans. "I've never seen so many motorcycles," said Dottie Hough, who oversees volunteer services at the veterans hospital. There were so many motorcycles that it took about an hour for the riders to get onto the grounds of the hospital along W.Va.
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By ANDREA ROWLAND | April 3, 2000
HUYETTS CROSSROADS - Some people might not get too excited about a sports car that maxes out at 20 mph. William "Butch" Rankin does. His ruby red "cartvette" crowns the fleet of golf carts he has refurbished in his hand-built shop on the grounds of his home in the Huyetts Crossroads area. "What I'm doing is a kind of art," said Rankin, 53. "This Corvette in particular is a showpiece. " Rankin spent nearly two months transforming a wrecked E-Z-Go golf cart into a pseudo-sports car that may never cross a green.
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October 31, 2005
Cause of Hancock house fire unknown HANCOCK - The cause of a fire that destroyed a Hancock home Friday night was not known Sunday. The home at 3460 National Pike sustained $40,000 in structural damage, and an additional $20,000 in possessions were lost, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal. Thirty-eight firefighters worked for 45 minutes to control the blaze. A woman living in the home was being helped by relatives, the fire marshal said. The fire started in the home's basement, but the cause is not yet known.
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