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Top 15 Celebrity Car Stories of 2014

Posted Dec 24th 2014 4:00PM



As far as celebrity car news in 2014 goes, it's been a particularly interesting one. From the Top 10 Most Expensive Celebrity Cars and a look back at the Hottest Cars in Jay Leno's Collection to these unbelievable 32 Celebrity DUI Mugshots and some pretty famous cars up for sale at auction, we've seen it all over the past 12 months.

Click here to take a look at the Top 15 Celebrity Cars Stories of 2014 as we round 'em up and count 'em down.

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Meet the safest new cars of 2014

Posted Dec 22nd 2014 10:00AM



After looking at the this list of the Safest Crossovers and SUVs of 2014, the crash-rating experts at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has recenty released its list of Safest New Cars for 2014.

While the best way to survive a collision is clearly to avoid it altogether, this list features the world's safest small, midsize and luxury cars based on their respective IIHS crash test performance and safety rating results.

Click here to find out the safest new cars on the road.

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12 Awesome cars we loved driving this year

Posted Dec 21st 2014 8:00PM



Here at Autoblog Canada we get to jump behind the wheel of some amazing cars, trucks and pretty much anything awesome involving a few wheels and an engine. As we get set to say goodbye to yet another great year of test drives and car reviews, our team decided to round up the 12 Awesome Cars We Loved Driving in 2014.

Click on the respective photos below to see which dirty dozen had us wishing for more seat time and fighting over the keys.

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Explained: What Makes a Drift Car?

Posted Dec 20th 2014 8:00PM



Ever wonder what goes into making a good drift car?! Well, the experts at Driftworks specialise in building some pretty fun machines in the European drifting scene and this video above by our buddies at Xcar explores how to build one of these beasts.

While the video shows a number of awesome sideways-sliding vehicles, it takes a closer look at one owner's pride and joy: a modified Toyota AE86. Click here to watch this true drift classic in action and see what goes into making a great drift car.

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Coolest dad ever makes memorable father and son drifting video

Posted Dec 19th 2014 8:00PM



One year ago, car enthusiast turned proud papa Anton from Kazakhstan took his son Timofey out drifting in his car. The resulting video, showing the young boy's hilarious facial expressions during the wild ride, was a viral hit with over one million views.

Now, the pair are back for yet another smokey sideways drift adventure and even a year older, Timofey is still amazed by the experience. While some may criticize his parenting skills Anton's driving skills are pretty darn good, plus he insists the routine was entirely safe, and that this took place "on a special secure closed track, with no other cars."

Click here to watch the father and son drift video for yourself.

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How to easily find a parking spot this holiday season

Posted Dec 15th 2014 6:00PM




With the holiday shopping season now in full swing and nearly everyone getting into the spending spirit, it's officially the toughest time of year to find that perfect parking spot. While the holidays often bring out the best in people, the crowded mall parking lots and super long line-ups can be a major holiday stress inducer.

Whether you're competing for the last open spot, slowly car stalking shoppers back to their cars (creepy!) or even forgetting where you parked, you'll want to read our Top 10 tips to find parking during the holidays.

According to parking experts at the International Parking Institute (IPI), there are many ways to make parking less stressful and more efficient to ease some of that holiday tension. New technology like smart meters, new parking apps for smartphones and mobile devices, parking lot sensors, and sophisticated guidance systems to identify available spaces make it much easier to find, reserve, and even pay for parking these days.

Click here to countdown the Top 10 tips to make holiday parking easier and remember to check out our Top 10 winter driving tips too.

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Safest Crossovers and SUVs of 2014

Posted Dec 11th 2014 3:00PM



With a number of popular crossover vehicles and SUVs making up most of the Hottest Selling Cars in Canada, knowing the safest ones out there could be a big part of your buying decision. If you're in the market for a versatile crossover to shuttle your family and friends about, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released its list of Safest Crossovers and SUVs for 2014.

We've rounded up a number of the newest crossovers and SUVs from 2014 that have been awarded Top Safety Pick designation based on IIHS testing standards (including the addition of the new small overlap front crash test) to determine the safest vehicles of the year.

To qualify for 2014 Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must meet certain standards to earn good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests; as well as a good or acceptable rating in the small overlap front test. For Top Safety Pick+ it must also earn a basic, advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention, according to the IIHS.

Click here to reveal the full list of Safest Crossovers and SUVs of 2014.

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Forgotten Ferrari 365 GTB/4 found in Toronto condo could be worth $600K [w/video]

Posted Dec 10th 2014 4:00PM

Darin Schnabel ©2015 Courtesy of RM Auctions

RM Auctions has just announced perhaps the first 'condo find' in a 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe that had been stored in a Toronto condominium building for a quarter century. The rare Ferrari Daytona had apparently been sitting on blocks since 1989 and was recently removed from the garage just last month.

Like any good barn find, this forgotten Ferrari is still covered in a layer of thick dust (the removal of which would likely devalue the car considerably) and still has a cartridge entitled "Disco Rock" shoved in its original eight-track player. And while the one and only owner's taste in music may have been questionable, his taste in cars wasn't.
The Daytona had been sitting on blocks since 1989 and was removed from the garage just last month. - See more at: http://autoweek.com/article/classic-cars/time-warp-condo-find-ferrari-daytona-emerges-slumber#sthash.5kKbJacn.dpuf


According the car's owner, Toronto businessman Patrick Sinn, he originally purchased the then-new 1971 Daytona during an impulse trip to the Geneva Motor Show when his flight was unexpectedly delayed and he first set eyes on the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta on display.

"I had just finished skiing in Chamonix, France, and I went to Geneva to catch a flight home," Sinn told RM Auctions. "I was waiting in the airport for the flight to take off, and it was delayed, so I had the whole day to stand in the airport doing nothing. I heard about this Geneva International Motor Show, so I said, 'Why don't I just go there and check out the new models?'


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"I had just finished skiing in Chamonix, France, and I went to Geneva to catch a flight home," Sinn told RM Auctions. "I was waiting in the airport for the flight to take off, and it was delayed, so I had the whole day to stand in the airport doing nothing. I heard about this Geneva International Motor Show, so I said, 'Why don't I just go there and check out the new models?' - See more at: http://autoweek.com/article/classic-cars/time-warp-condo-find-ferrari-daytona-emerges-slumber#sthash.5kKbJacn.dpuf

It was love at first sight when he spotted and then promptly bought his Ferrari, as Sinn went on to spend a full month touring Europe in his beloved new car before shipping the Daytona home to Canada on the Queen Elizabeth II.

He then continued to drive and enjoy it for eighteen years in Toronto and put a whopping 90,000 kilometres (56,000 miles) on the car prior to putting it up on blocks in his condo garage before a trip to Asia, where he had to tend to a family emergency that he originally anticipated would last just six months.

The once treasured Ferrari Daytona went on to wait undisturbed in the parking garage of his Toronto condominium for 25 years, until being uncovered in November of this year.

Darin Schnabel ©2015 Courtesy of RM Auctions

"In 1989, my dad passed away, and I had to rush back to Hong Kong to take over his shipping business with my two brothers," Sinn told RM Auctions. "Because I had to leave in a hurry, I just put the car up on blocks, covered it and left, thinking, 'I'll be back in a few months.' But things didn't work out, because after the funeral, there were lots of estate matters to be resolved, so I ended up staying in Hong Kong for the next six years. I finally got back to Toronto, where I was very involved in real estate and very busy. As I already had a Mercedes-Benz 280 SL and a Ford to drive, I didn't need to drive the Ferrari."


So why is this car so special? Well, the Ferrari Daytona was the last front-engine V12 two-seater Ferrari produced during the so-called Enzo-era, when founder Enzo Ferrari was still in command of the company. With its 277 km/h (172 mph) top speed, a Daytona was famously used by Dan Gurney and Brock Yates in setting a coast-to-coast record of 35 hours and 54 minutes to win the first Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash in 1971.

While this car originally sold for $18,000 in Geneva, Switzerland in 1971 it's now expected to bring in excess of $600,000 at RM Auction's Amelia Island sale in March. Carwash not included.

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2015 Pirelli Calendar is hotter than ever, but NSFW (of course)

Posted Dec 9th 2014 6:00PM



It may still be 2014, but automotive tire maker Pirelli has already given us a reason to celebrate the new year a little early. The highly-coveted 2015 Pirelli Calendar is finally here and its very NSFW (of course) images have quickly spread all over the internet.

Thanks to the usual line-up of incredibly beautiful women (including supermodels Gigi Hadid and Joan Smalls) and stunning photography, the Pirelli Calendar has become an iconic annual project. This year's "fetish" themed calendar claims to be one of the hottest yet, featuring models dressed in skimpy latex bras and corsets (did we mention it's NSFW?!).

Shot by the critically acclaimed and talented photographer Steven Meisel, and styled by Carine Roitfeld, the 2015 Calendar is one of the most memorable in years. We've gathered photos of the first 12 months and more in the 2015 Pirelli Calendar gallery. So here's to 2015, folks!

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