Editor’s Note: Time flies when you’re having fun. As we close out another year, we’re spending the last week of 2016 looking at our top stories of the year. Today, we’re re-examining some of our most-read, most-popular news stories of the year.
It’s just one store in one city, but it was far and away our most-popular and most-read news story this year. Summit Racing Equipment will open its fourth retail location in Arlington, TX near Dallas. Summit Racing’s existing locations are in Tallmadge, OH; McDonough, GA, and Sparks, NV.
For out-of-town gearheads and racing fanatics, visiting a Summit Racing Retail Super Store is an experience unlike most in-store shopping trips. The new Arlington store, like many things in Texas, will be Summit’s largest location.
Racers let their voices be heard and demonstrated the powerful impact a mobilized voter base can have in a democractic society.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed banning the conversion of a street vehicle into a race vehicle. That would have been game-changing for fans of motorsports, performance enthusiasts, and had far-reaching economic implications for all parties.
But everyone who cared did something about it. Elected officials took notice. And then things changed for the better. When the news first broke, a lot of people tuned in.
News of the scandal broke in 2015, but the majority of Dieselgate news events took place in 2016. There remains a bunch of public-image work to be done by Volkswagen, but the $14.7 billion settlement and VW vehicle buy-back program has everyone headed in the right direction.
For years, U.S. manufacturers of aftermarket performance parts have complained about Chinese counterfeits and patent-infringing knockoffs negatively affecting their business.
At SEMA 2016, Omix-ADA, with the help of SEMA officials and the U.S. Marshals office, did something about it.
A total of 1,469 collector cars sold at the 45th annual auction — none more recognizable than a Pontiac Trans Am used to promote the 1977 hit movie Smokey and the Bandit. The original movie promo car sold for $550,000 — an all-time record for Trans Ams.
The car got a boost when Burt Reynolds himself drove it onto the auction block and later signed it. Unlike Reynolds’ personal Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am, which sold for $450,000 in late 2014, this particular car was titled to the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theater. It came with a certificate of authenticity from Universal Studios, a plaque from General Motors, an original Smokey and the Bandit movie script, film location maps, and other memorabilia.