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Shelby PT.2

Last week, we explored Carroll Shelby’s legendary racing career. Indeed, he accomplished an incredible array of feats during his time behind the wheel, but it his time under the hood for which he is most famous.Shelby originally made his name racing Cad-Allard J2s in the 1950s. The race-ready version of the J2 was an Allard chassis and transmission married to [...]

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Shelby PT.1

This past Thursday, May 10, was the anniversary of the death of Carroll Shelby, the motorsport legend and famed designer of the AC Cobra and Mustang Cobra, both of which shared his name.Shelby was born in Leesburg, Texas in 1923. His first experience with machines was supposed to be in college at Georgia School of [...]

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The S4 Will Save Us All

Recently, Ford announced that it will no longer produce sedans after this model year, opting to focus their resources on pickup trucks, SUVs and crossovers, and the Mustang. This news rang throughout the automotive community as a death knell for production sedans across the market, prompting speculation that many other manufacturers will follow suit.If the [...]

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The Little Audi That Could

For years, I thought the Audi TT resembled a sleek Beetle and was only for a very niche market. This wasn’t exactly helped by those early first-gen TTs that had a reputation for a complete loss of stability and deadly crashes at speeds over 100 mph. While it could be argued that this only affected [...]

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Daytona Part Deux

Last week, we explored one of the most iconic Ferrari's ever to grace the small screen. This week, I wanted to discuss some of the more memorable Daytona's, including the real-life inspiration for The Cannonball Run and Gumball Rally.The Ferrari 365 earned its Daytona moniker after winning the top three spots at the legendary 1969 [...]

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Daytona in the Air Tonight

As a child of the ‘80s, most of my favorite television shows featured amazing cars. KITT from Knight Rider, the General Lee from the Dukes of Hazard, Magnum’s Ferrari 308 GTB on Magnum P.I., and Sonny Crockett’s Testarossa on Miami Vice. The one car that always got my heart pumping the hardest was also from [...]

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The Lap of Luxury

Although I don’t have any kids who are high school-aged right now, I’m sure that in another 12 or 13 years I’ll be chipping in for a shared limousine to prom right around this time of year. I’ve already seen advertisements around town and on social media boasting about the best car services and fanciest [...]

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Walter Chrysler

Walter Chrysler was born April 2nd, 1985. Begining in Wamego, Kansas, Walter Chrysler followed in his father's footsteps and started life working for the railroad. As he rose through the industry, Walter switched from locomotive to automotive by becoming a plant manager of GM's Buick division. Planting both feet in the auto world, Walter was [...]

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Eye of the Tiger. The Macan

At CocoMats, we love Porsches. With several classics in the family, the iconic Stuttgart shield holds a special place in our hearts. When most people think of a Porsche, the first thing that comes to mind is a luxury sports car or grand tourer. So it may come as a surprise that the best-selling car [...]

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On the Prowl

Frequently on the CocoMats blog, I’ve waxed poetic over an interesting take on a classic, such as the Hoonigan Mustang, or a dream project that I would love to undertake, like Camaro IROC. This week, I’m combining both of these ideas to share the love for one of my all-time favorite cars, the weird and [...]

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