The Roundup: May 2015

Ever wonder what a $20,000 British dirt bike looks like? In this month’s web roundup, we take a look at articles profiling British motorcycle maker BSA, a 1973 Corvette versus Pantera speed test, where GM’s design legend Harley Earl got his start and more.

Flashback: 1973 Corvette Versus Pantera Speed Test


In 1973, the editors of Motor Trend went looking for a worthy opponent to match the breakneck pickup and speed of America’s fastest production sports car. Care to wager the winner of a race? Hot Rod Network took a look back in their archives to find out.

Hot Rod History: Clem TeBow 



Clem TeBow died in 2003. But he’ll never be forgotten. Mostly known for being the “T” in C-T Automotive, Clement TeBow left a big, greasy footprint right in the middle of hot rodding’s history book, according to this cool Hot Rod Network retrospective examining the life and times of this behind-the-scenes legend.

Dirt Track Classic

Motorcycle Classics


In 1855, Birmingham Small Arms was British rifle manufacturer that would transform itself over the next 100 years to become the largest motorcycle maker in the world. Motorcycle Classics takes a look at the 1956 BSA Gold Star Dirt Track Racer, a short-lived production model that made big waves (of dirt) on the racetrack and is still stealing the hearts of hardcore bike collectors today.

Harley Earl’s Humble Beginnings



The single most important man in the history of American automotive design, GM’s Harley Earl began his career under the tutelage of his father and the company the elder Earl founded in 1908.  Hemmings Daily takes a look at Earl Automobile Works and the impact the company had on Cadillac in the 1920s.

How America’s Open Road Inspired Women In 1910

The Washington Post


The Washington Post takes a look at three women writers—including famous etiquette writer Emily Post—and the cross-country road trips that inspired them. With vintage photos offering a portrait of America in 1910, the article is one to check out.

The Lost And Found Racer That Beat Ferrari



Carroll Shelby’s legendary Cobra Daytona Coupe (CSX2287)—the first car inducted into the National Historic Vehicle Register—won championships and shattered speed records. It survived at least one eccentric owner and then disappeared for three decades before sparking a multi-million dollar legal battle. CNN dives deep into the strange twists and turns of this iconic dream machine.

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