The first run was for cars that were the very latest models, and was held to celebrate the fact that new legislation meant that "horseless carriages" could run at up to 12 mph on the public highway and no longer had to be preceded by a man carrying a red flag. The new law went onto the statute books at midnight on November 13, 1896, and the pioneer automobilists decided to celebrate the fact by driving to
That first run was celebrated in 1927 by a run for what were then called "Old Crocks," and apart for interruptions for war and gasoline rationing, it has been run every year since. But it is no longer a demonstration of the latest technology, as it was in 1896; now it is limited to cars from the dawn of the industry, with nothing built after 1904 eligible to run. That means that this year, for the first time, every one of the runners was over one hundred years old.
Classics: London to Brighton Car Run (11/28/2005)
A nice Sunday drive - since 1896.
TCC Drives: 2006 Hyundai Accent
2001 GMC Yukon XLEnlarge Photo
Now it's time for the Accent's third act. And while America can't seem to decide if it needs smaller cars for geopolitical survival, or if it can still get away with titanic SUVs, the Accent willingly soldiers on, more capable and charming than it's ever been, ready to play its part no matter what the global drama du jour might be.
Notice that fancy French accent? We chose it because it's apropos of this car. This time around, the Accent comes in two body styles, but the first to launch is the classy-looking four-door, available only in GLS trim. And while you might not know about the dramatic change in Hyundai's image - courtesy J.D. Power and Consumer Reports studies - Hyundai's willing to bet you'll be interested in a more smartly-styled, dare we say more worldly, Accent nonetheless.
2006 Hyundai Accent (11/28/2005)
Branching out from the family tree.
Ferrari's known mostly for its sportscars, but the Italian supercar company's also a pretty savvy outfit when it comes to licensing its name - for outfits, eyeglasses, laptop computers, and all sorts of consumer tschotschkes. But now Ferrari is stepping into Disney territory, as it's signed an agreement for the development of a Ferrari theme park to be built in the Arab emirate of