2014 Ford Taurus Police Interceptor

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You may know the Police Interceptor from the familiar sight in your rear-view mirror or seeing them performing traffic duties. The previous generation of Police Interceptors was based on the Crown Victoria and this model was manufactured from 1992 to 2011. The new generation is a modified Ford Taurus and it is slowly showing up all over the country.

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Packard Plant in Detroit – motor history in an urban wasteland

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It has been a long time since the last Packard rolled of the assembly line at this factory in Detroit. Construction for the Packard Plant in Detroit started in 1903 and the last cars were manufactured in 1956. Other businesses have been in these buildings after it closed but it has been mostly empty since the 1990s. The 3,500,000 square foot (325,000 square meters ) plant was designed by the famous architect Albert Kahn and was considered the most modern car plant in its time. It is now the biggest eyesore in Detroit and plans for demolishing this giant have been challenged by ownership, tax, environmental and City of Detroit issues. As for now, it just sits there as a reminder of the past and future for this once thriving Motor City.

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Sno Drift 2013 in Northern Michigan

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Sno Drift is a rally racing event that takes place in Northern Michigan usually in January every year. It is part of the Rally America National Championship and is the only winter rally on the Rally America circuit. Having lived in Northern Michigan for many years, this was my first time going to this event and I wish I would have gone sooner. The rally takes place on Friday and Saturday and there are several spectator areas where you can safely watch the event. The event organization was top notch and it was a friendly and fun event to watch.

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Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky

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Power, speed, American, fast, sports car, heritage, history, racing. All words that may surface in your mind when you hear the name Corvette. The word Chevrolet should be in that list as well, even though the Corvette has not much in common with any other Chevrolet car or truck. The Corvette museum is located next to interstate highway I-65 near the town of Bowling Green in Kentucky. It is 109 miles south of Louisville, Kentucky and 67 miles north of Nashville, Tennessee.

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Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee

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A distinctive smell of vintage cars is always a good sign when you walk through the front door of a motor museum. Some car museums are a bit sterile but this places oozes with character. The vehicles at the Lane Motor Museum are displayed without any barriers and that always gives it a more personal feel. There are a lot of unusual, quirky and wacky vehicles on display and you probably will not find these in any other museum.

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Volkswagen Transparent Factory in Dresden, Germany

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Most car factories are large industrial complexes with older buildings and smoke stacks belching out smoke. When you have toured a few, they mostly look similar and you often know what to expect. The transparent factory from Volkswagen is very different. It is located in the city center of Dresden and looks like a regular office building.

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Classic Remise Berlin workshops

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Classic Remise is not a museum but you can find many vintage and current model cars in a wonderful historic building in Berlin. Classic Remise in Berlin and Düsseldorf are more like a working and living museum with workshops, car storage and vintage car sales. There are also shops that sell parts, clothing, model cars and accessories. The Berlin location has the Trofeo restaurant in the same building. There are several car owner clubs in the building as well and it is also used for events.

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Tip of the Keweenaw and the Rocket Range in the Michigan UP

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The Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan is the little finger that extends all the way into Lake Superior.  US-41 ends a few miles east of Copper Harbor where the road turns into gravel, sand and rocks.  And that’s where the fun starts when you enjoy remote and end-of-the-road type places.   I always looked at this place on maps and just had to find out more and explore these logging roads and other dirt tracks.

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Two days on the road in Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany is a place many know from books by authors like Frances Mayes, seen in the movie Under the Tuscan Sun or read about in travel guides and magazines. Toscana (in Italian) is a fascinating and picturesque region in Italy and two days is not even enough to see just a few cities and other places. You need at least a week to relax a little and get a good experience of what this region is about. But two days was all I had and you have to make a choice of a few places. There really is no use in trying to see everything because most often the more you drive, the less you experience.

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Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Italy

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This is the Museo Ferrari in Maranello, Ferrari’s home town in Modena, Italia. I was on a road trip from Milano to Roma and Maranello was on my list of places to visit. I am not a huge Ferrari fan but it’s an iconic brand and it is one of those places an automobile enthusiast just has to visit once in their life. This was a little of two years ago in January of 2010.

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