eric

Author of "Automotive Atrocities" and "Road Hogs" (MBI). Currently living amongst the Edentulites in rural SW Virginia.

Nevada Heroes Get it All Wrong

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Highway Patrol Error Results In Hellish Roadside Experience For Classic Car Owner A string of errors on the part of troopers with the Nevada Highway Patrol resulted in a humiliating and frightening experience last year for a couple from Washington cruising down the highway in their classic 1962 Chevy Impala. Now, the couple, Robin and…

The Almost Muscle Car: Chevy Monza, 1975-1980

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The ’70s (and early ’80s) were Weird Years for the car industry. The muscle car era of the ’60s was fading fast, but the fumes still lingered… what would come next? What would be in between? Chevy’s answer – well, one of them – was the Monza 2+2. Though small, it was still rear-wheel-drive. And…

Huge Thanks

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To the person who stepped up the other day and pushed EPautos into the green zone (and out of the red) before the end of the month… a first! These are difficult times and such gestures of support are not merely appreciated, they are lifelines. Thank you. I am working on another “classic” car article;…

Blame Nixon

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The American automobile industry has loved Uncle long time now. But it was not always so – at least, not to the extent we’ve come to accept as normal. There was a time – some of you will remember it – when the car companies would actually resist government intrusions into their business, even going so…

Gas in The Tank

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We’re close… but not quite there. About three-quarters full. But still about a quarter-tank empty. I’m hoping some of you reading this will chip in, last minute – and help push us into the black before we end the month in the red. Thanks to “GuitarMan,” the pressure to buy a new computer has eased…

2015 VW Jetta

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VW’s Jetta sedan hasn’t got a lot of sex appeal. Nothing about it seems automotive centerfold worthy. And yet, it’s a perennial favorite – one of the most successful (in terms of sales and model longevity) cars in its class. If this seems contradictory, it’s not. Think about people you dated in high school and…

Retro Review: 1983-1984 Hurst Olds and 1985–1988 442

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Oldsmobile had a long and distinguished history—and suffered a slow, painful death. The process of mortification began in the early 1980s, when General Motors gutted the formerly independent engineering departments of each of its seven car divisions. They eliminated the Buick, Pontiac, and Oldsmobile-built engines that had made each of these divisions’ cars unique, not…

Florida Hero Shows Who’s Boss

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Cell phone video captured at a Florida bus station reveals the shocking treatment a man received from a Broward county law enforcement officer. According to the video’s author, the man, identified as Bruce Laclair, was sleeping on a bench when Officer Victor Ramirez began demanding he leave the property. While being escorted off the premises,…

The Fumes of the Founding

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Most people are not liberty-inclined. Not anymore. America has become a nation of, by and for control freaks – populated by the people I style Clovers. If they don’t like something, if they want something, if they don’t want people doing something, they will casually urge that violence be deployed to make the necessary adjustments. This has…