Former IndyCar driver Randy Lanier to be released from prison

Randy Lanier was the former Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year—whose promising auto racing career scandalously careened into oblivion, when he was sentenced to life without parole for his role as an international drug trafficking mastermind. And next week, Autoweek has learned, he will shuffle out of prison a free… » 10/09/14 3:08pm 10/09/14 3:08pm

Brit uses rubber gal to help sell his Golf

If there's one tried and true way to raise the creepiness quotient of your online car ad, it's making a woman stand next to the car while you shoot the photos that will soon grace the pages of eBay Motors or Craigslist. But what if you can't convince a woman to come near you, let a lone lay spread-eagle on the hood of… » 6/02/14 5:13pm 6/02/14 5:13pm

Mazda Sold Out Its 100 Miata Anniversary Editions in 10 Minutes

At New York we didn't see a new Mazda Miata—well, not all of it, anyway. But we did see a the 25th Anniversary Edition: a paint and interior send-off to the NC platform with its own requisite headrest logos and numbered plaques. It comes in an exclusive Soul Red with Almond (read: tan) seats. Its engine components are… » 5/20/14 7:20pm 5/20/14 7:20pm

25 years later, the NSX still resides in the Temple of Greatness

On Feb. 10, 1989, executives from Honda and a newly founded division known as Acura piled into a conference room in Chicago's historic Drake Hotel to rehearse the unveiling of an unbelievable new car—a Technicolor vision for the future, something never before built by Honda or any Japanese automaker. » 5/02/14 9:27pm 5/02/14 9:27pm

Ayrton Senna's passing 20 years ago: the day F1 stood still

"If I ever happen to have an accident that eventually costs me my life, I hope it is in one go. I would not like to be in a wheelchair. I would not like to be in a hospital suffering from whatever injury it was. If I'm going to live, I want to live fully, very intensely, because I am an intense person. It would ruin… » 5/01/14 8:57am 5/01/14 8:57am

Riding shotgun in Steve McQueen's $10 million Jaguar XKSS

In 1958, Steve McQueen bought this Jaguar XKSS from a local TV personality who kept it parked in a studio lot on Sunset Blvd. McQueen cajoled his wife Nellie into writing a check for $5,000—today around $40,000—and became the third owner of XKSS chassis number 713, a car that had originally been imported a year… » 4/21/14 12:46pm 4/21/14 12:46pm

Intriguingly foreign! Presenting the Buick-Opels of 1973

The above dealer video breaks down the entire 1973 Opel lineup for Buick dealers devoted to selling "intriguingly foreign" GM captives. Look at that Manta corner! When it hops around the S-turn, it's about two loosened bowel movements away from flipping—thereby replicating the legendary Bob Lutz pose (which involved… » 3/18/14 1:00pm 3/18/14 1:00pm

Former Ukrainian president leaves behind Russian car collection

Just a couple days ago, the world media and some bewildered journalists got a glimpse of now-departed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych's villa on the Dnieper river, called Mezhyhirya. The sprawling and not-particularly-tasteful residence rests on a 345-acre lot of real estate (a little over half the size of… » 2/24/14 2:50pm 2/24/14 2:50pm

Jay Leno celebrates 25 years of Miata

Jay Leno, now liberated from his day (er, night) job, performs his take on the 25th anniversary of the Mazda Miata, bringing in two Miata godfathers: Tom Matano, who designed the Miata and now teaches industrial design in San Francisco, and Bob Hall —who was a West Coast editor for Autoweek when he badgered Mazda… » 2/10/14 1:33pm 2/10/14 1:33pm