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May 19, 1997
By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer, Charles Town SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. - Sports car driver John Legat was attempting to pass another car in the Jefferson 500 Sunday afternoon when he lost control on a curve and struck a tree, splitting his vintage race car in half, according to West Virginia State Police. Legat, 50, of Carol Stream, Ill., was pronounced dead at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, said Trooper S.T. Dillon. Legat worked with computers, but spent his weekends competing on an East Coast racing circuit, Dillon said.
NEWS
February 4, 2001
Mills' team grabs first at Rolex 24-hour race DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Hagerstown's Doug Mills joined with Kenny Bupp, Dick Greer and Simon Gregg - son of four-time Daytona winner Peter Gregg - to win The American GT class at the Rolex 24-hours sports car endurance race on Sunday. The team, driving a Chevy Camaro, finished 28th overall. A Chevrolet C-5 Corvette erased a 26-lap deficit to win overall honors, as the favored Dyson Racing entry ran into engine problems for the second straight year.
NEWS
December 19, 1998
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Stereo equipment valued at $3,000 was stolen or damaged on Thursday from a sports car parked at the Chambersburg Mall, according to Pennsylvania State Police. The passenger side window of a Mitsubishi 3000GT was shattered between 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., police said. A Bazooka sub-woofer speaker system and a Pioneer amp were stolen from the rear of the car, police said. The thief tried unsuccessfully to remove the stereo from the console, police said.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | August 16, 2003
julieg@herald-mail.com An 18-year-old Hedgesville, W.Va., man died Friday afternoon after colliding with a tractor-trailer head-on while trying to pass another car, West Virginia State Police said. Zachary Marshall Jones is believed to have died instantly, Trooper James Long said. The accident occurred around 2:40 p.m. on W.Va. 9, about 31/2 miles east of Berkeley Springs, Long said. Both lanes were still closed as of 11 p.m. as the tractor-trailer still had to be removed from the scene, he said.
NEWS
by JASON STEIN/ Wheelbase Communications | March 7, 2005
He is the Porsche you probably never heard of. The other man with the legendary name. Not the founder, but the one who made it flourish. Not the one who gets all the accolades, but the one who created all the excitement. Although the company that carries his name was born some 17 years before he was actively involved, Ferry Porsche is the one who steered it into the fast lane. On April 25, 1931, the Porsche company was formed as "designers and consultants for land, sea and air vehicles.
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by MALCOLM GUNN /Wheelbase Communications | May 29, 2005
England has always been considered the ancestral birthplace of the sports car, and the Jaguar E-Type's arrival on our shores four decades ago merely accentuates that point. Even though two-seat, low-slung runabouts were being produced in North America, there exists the romantic notion that only those venerable marques from across the pond are the real deal. The reason for this attitude is simple. Starting around the mid-1930s, cars built here began growing larger and heavier, as buyers began equating size with prestige and value.
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by MALCOLM GUNN/Wheelbase Communications | October 18, 2004
If there was ever a car guaranteed to find favor with lovers of all things quick, fast and Italian, the sleek-looking and relatively affordable Maserati Merak hit the nail on the head. For those in the market for a pure-bred sports car 25 or 30 years ago, the search likely began - and ended - with something imported from Italy. More specifically, appetites were whetted by the sights, sounds and smells of sleek two-seaters with their engines placed amidships as close as possible to the driver's ears.
NEWS
By CHAD SMITH | June 30, 2008
Do you think of your body the way you think of your car? When a lucky individual acquires a sports car that boasts the best automotive engineering available today, watch them take care of their new baby. They read the maintenance manuals. They take their car for inspection and maintenance even if it already purrs like a kitten. They take it for repairs as soon as something does not feel right. They're very concerned. That car is their most prized possession, a symbol of all the long and hard hours they put on the job so they could finally acquire it. It cost an arm and a leg, so taking care of it is, logically, their No. 1 priority.
NEWS
May 8, 2007
Driver of sports car sought by police Authorities are looking for the driver of a royal blue sports car who hit two teenage girls and sped away Sunday afternoon after running a stop sign at Chartridge Drive and East Magnolia Avenue in Hagerstown, according to a Washington County Sheriff's Office press release. The girls, ages 15 and 17, were riding in a gray Honda at the time of the accident and suffered minor injuries, according to the press release. The driver was described as a Hispanic or light-skinned black male in his late teens or early 20s, according to the press release.
NEWS
By MALCOLM GUNN | May 23, 2004
It's a blast from the past in more ways than one. Ford's new GT, which celebrates 100 years of company history, capitalizes on the popularity and success of the GT40, one of the most fabled automobiles of all time from any manufacturer. As a somewhat stylized, more modern and civilized version of a flat-out race car for the street, the new GT can't just look the part, it has to play the part and play it well. It's the acid test for any vehicle that recalls such a rich and victorious track history.
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By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | August 21, 2013
Ron Davis of Annandale, Va., is a self-proclaimed “Porsche nut.” “I've always been a car nut,” he said. He was living in Germany with his parents in 1954 when he saw his first Porsche - and he was hooked. Davis hopes to share his love and knowledge of Porsches during the newly added German car show Sunday, Aug. 25, as part of the two-day Augustoberfest in downtown Hagerstown. The event is hosted by the Potomac Region of the Porsche Club of America. Davis is the concours chair of the Potomac Region.
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By TIM ROWLAND | March 30, 2011
The saddest guy in the room is always the old dude who’s trying to act young. Doesn’t always have to be a dude, I suppose, as anyone who’s ever heard a middle-age housewife exclaim, “This Bundt cake looks awesome” can attest. I’ve heard more than one woman who ought to have consigned herself to bedroom slippers and a shawl say, “It feels like I’m on the go 24/7.” But the person I really have in mind is the guy with round spectacles and bow ties. The personification of half sandwich and soup.
NEWS
By MALCOLM GUNN / Wheelbase Communications | December 22, 2008
It's an executive-class Cadillac with the heart of a Corvette sports car. And for the high-performance 2009 CTS-V, that heart is bigger and beats a whole lot stronger. The "V" is Cadillac's ultimate expression of a sports luxury coach and represents the brand's (and parent General Motors') latest attempt to dethrone some of the mightiest four-door hot rods around, including Germany's top-performing sedans that boast well-earned performance pedigrees. Cadillac's "V" series of cars, encompassing the larger STS-V sedan and XLR-V two-seater, have also helped change the opinions of many who once considered GM's upscale division as a builder of dull and dowdy cruisers.
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By CHAD SMITH | June 30, 2008
Do you think of your body the way you think of your car? When a lucky individual acquires a sports car that boasts the best automotive engineering available today, watch them take care of their new baby. They read the maintenance manuals. They take their car for inspection and maintenance even if it already purrs like a kitten. They take it for repairs as soon as something does not feel right. They're very concerned. That car is their most prized possession, a symbol of all the long and hard hours they put on the job so they could finally acquire it. It cost an arm and a leg, so taking care of it is, logically, their No. 1 priority.
NEWS
May 8, 2007
Driver of sports car sought by police Authorities are looking for the driver of a royal blue sports car who hit two teenage girls and sped away Sunday afternoon after running a stop sign at Chartridge Drive and East Magnolia Avenue in Hagerstown, according to a Washington County Sheriff's Office press release. The girls, ages 15 and 17, were riding in a gray Honda at the time of the accident and suffered minor injuries, according to the press release. The driver was described as a Hispanic or light-skinned black male in his late teens or early 20s, according to the press release.
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by MALCOLM GUNN / Wheelbase Communications | June 23, 2006
If the new Acura RDX has a lesson up its sleeve, it's that just because it looks like a sport-utility vehicle doesn't mean it can't act a little more sporty when it has to. Good thing. The kid driving a tricked-out Mazda RX-7 had cut in front of our 2007 RDX a few miles earlier and appeared bent on impressing us with his skills behind the wheel. We were nose to tail along a road located deep in the heart of rural Marin County, about an hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge.
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by MALCOLM GUNN / Wheelbase Communications | June 9, 2006
Although the 'S' in the Boxster S name stands for Sport, it could just as easily stand for sleek, sensational, satisfying, simply amazing . . . or all of the above. It's a car that commands respect and attention and rewards you with pure driving enjoyment, whether cruising around town or kicking it up a notch or two on your favorite non-linear stretch of pavement. Porsche originally launched the Boxster in 1997 as a more financially attainable stablemate to the rear-engine 911 and followed it up with a more powerful Boxster S three years later.
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by MALCOLM GUNN / Wheelbase Communications | March 31, 2006
Far from falling, the Sky is actually raising Saturn's normally conservative profile and adding more luster to General Motors' expanding crop of fun and sporty automobiles. Since GM launched its import-fighting Saturn marque back in the early 1990s, the lineup has primarily focused on sane and sensible automobiles that fit right in with the brand's no-hassle, no-haggle marketing philosophy. Lately, however, there have been signs that the division is aggressively courting the performance/image crowd with the launch of the Red Line brand of vehicles, essentially an option grouping that's currently available on the Ion Quad Coupe and Vue sport-ute.
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By JASON STEIN | July 24, 2005
You know you aren't an average person when your personal motto is: "Kick the hell out of status quo. " Many men have had a hand in running the largest automotive company in the world, but few were as un-status quo as Ed Cole. Articulate, daring, decisive and charismatic, Cole could have been known for his devotion to safety while president of General Motors, including his push for air bags back when seat belts weren't mandatory. Or he could have been known for his devotion to speed as chief engineer at Chevrolet, including the fact he pushed the original Corvette into production.
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by MALCOLM GUNN /Wheelbase Communications | May 29, 2005
England has always been considered the ancestral birthplace of the sports car, and the Jaguar E-Type's arrival on our shores four decades ago merely accentuates that point. Even though two-seat, low-slung runabouts were being produced in North America, there exists the romantic notion that only those venerable marques from across the pond are the real deal. The reason for this attitude is simple. Starting around the mid-1930s, cars built here began growing larger and heavier, as buyers began equating size with prestige and value.
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