Jan 29

F1: Gene Haas Looks To Make Entrance Into World Of Formula 1

Gene Haas (left), co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, speaks with the media during NASCAR Sprint Media Tour at Charlotte Convention Center on Jan 27, 2014 in Charlotte, NC.  (Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

(left), co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, speaks with the media during NASCAR Sprint Media Tour at Charlotte Convention Center on Jan 27, 2014 in Charlotte, NC. (Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Stewart-Haas Racing founder and co-owner Gene Haas is serious about starting a Formula One team, although he freely admitted it’s far from a done deal.

Haas has applied for a Formula One license with the FIA, the sport’s governing body, and if that license is granted, he will attempt to put a team together in the Charlotte area, which is home to both SHR and the Windshear rolling-road wind tunnel that Haas owns and many NASCAR and Formula One teams alike use.

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Jan 28

Cars: Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4×4 — Rugged Class

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4. (Photo: Courtesy of Jeep)

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4×4 is one of six trim levels available in this midsize SUV model. (Photo: Courtesy of Jeep)

One of the things that this long, lousy winter reminds us of is that in some parts of the country, you simply have to have a tough vehicle that will take you nearly anywhere, no matter how brutal the conditions.

Enter the Jeep Grand Cherokee, or in the case of this week’s test vehicle, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4×4, one of six trim levels available in this midsize SUV model.

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Jan 20

Cars: Wrap-Up — 2014 Barrett-Jackson Auction Scottsdale

(Carey Spencer/ Best Digital Shots)

1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88. (Carey Spencer/ Best Digital Shots)

The 43rd annual Scottsdale Collector Car Auction is officially in the books, and what a show it was: More than 1,400 were sold for in excess of $100 million, and when the final sales total is calculated, it is expected to be a new all-time record.

Barrett-Jackson’s new 12,000-seat permanent facility at Westworld was jammed with bidders and spectators all week long and attendance was up sharply as well.

On the auction front, there were several world records set:

• A 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 (pictured above), one of only 20 made and the only one that’s red-on-red, sold for $3.85 million with the 10 percent bidder fee on top of the $3.5 million hammer price.

• A 1969 L88 Corvette race car known as “The Rebel” sold for $2.86 million with bidder’s fee. One of the most successful road racers of all time, The Rebel set records that stood for decades.

1969 L88 Corvette race car known as “The Rebel”. (Carey Spencer/ Best Digital Shots)

1969 L88 Corvette race car known as “The Rebel”. (Carey Spencer/ Best Digital Shots)

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Jan 17

Cars: Friday Barrett-Jackson Car To Watch — Hendrick’s ’72 Buick Coupe

One of Rick Hendrick’s cars that will be going across the block today is this lightly resto-modded 1972 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 coupe

One of Rick Hendrick’s that will be going across the block Friday at is this lightly resto-modded 1972 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 coupe. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick also owns a booming vintage car business and he’s been known to buy and sell the best of the best in classic muscle cars. Hendrick is selling more than 20 cars at the 43rd annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction and he’ll doubtless be buying a few as well.

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