2014 Volkswagen Golf:
Heading this way in about a year's time is a new Golf that's a few centimetres longer than the current model, but nearly 100 kilograms lighter. The engine lineup is expected to include a new 1.8-litre four-cylinder base engine that replaces the current five-cylinder. The Golf's optional turbocharged 2.0-litre engine (part of the GTI package) and fuel-sipping turbo-diesel powerplants are expected to return essentially unchanged.
*The 2001 Lexus SC 430 was the first car to feature an illuminated door-sill scuff-plate. (SC430.eps)
*From 1919-'31, Rolls-Royce built cars for the North American market from a plant located in Springfield, Mass.
Who am I?
To guess his secret identity, read the following clues:
1. He delivered his magazine to speed shops and garages in his "hot-rodded" '31 Model A Ford pickup.
2. This first magazine was the voice for the Los Angeles performance scene back in the late 1940s.
3. He managed to create a number of spinoff magazines that fell under his publishing umbrella.
4. Hot Rod Magazine is still popular, despite changing corporate hands.
Robert E. Petersen sold Petersen publishing in 1996, but stayed on as chairman emeritus. Petersen died March 23, 2007 at age 80.
What's up, auto doc?
Since everyone knows you work on your own cars, you no doubt have 10 sets of sockets and wrenches given to you at every birthday and Christmas. Of course, you need more than that, but you don't often realize it until you're in the middle of a job. Although tempting, stay away from heavily discounted socket sets since no matter how good the deal seems, you're acquiring more of what you don't need.
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