2017 Year in Review

2017 Top Car-Culture News Stories (Year in Review)

Editor’s Note:  As we close out 2017, we’re spending its last week looking at our top stories of the year. Today, we’re re-examining some of our most-read, most-popular car culture (and related) stories. 

Tesla Reveals New Semi Truck and Roadster Models

Tesla Semi

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Tesla announced its plans to build an electric semi truck that can go from zero to 60 mph in 20 seconds while pulling an 80,000 pound load. More importantly, Tesla expects to start building them in 2019. And if you think that’s big news, during the same event, Tesla pulled the wraps off its newest Roadster hypercar. It’s expected to have eyeball-stretching acceleration and a 250-mph top speed.

Dick Landy’s Dodge Hemi Coronet ‘Funny Car’ Going to Auction

1965 Dodge Hemi Coronet - Dick Landy

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Dick Landy made drag racing history when he took fresh-from-the-factory Mopars and pushed their wheels forward. The end result was “altered wheelbase” coupes, which became the earliest form of Funny Cars. This particular car is going up for sale soon, so you still have time to buy a piece of hot rod history.

2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 Revealed; Fastest Production ‘Vette—Ever

Corvette ZR1 with Rear Wing

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Does 755 horsepower and a 200+ mph top speed appeal to you? Chevy gave us a proverbial mic drop with its latest ZR1. This no-holds-barred supercar features a supercharged LT5 engine and a new aero kit, making it ready to take on any exotic. Oh, you can get yours in a ragtop too.

A Timeline of the 20 Most Influential Parts in Hot Rod History

Timeline Snip

We started in the late 1930s and ran well into the 1990s, tallying the most significant parts in automotive performance history. These are the go-to parts every gearhead wanted to bolt to their racer or hot rod. Do you have any of these on your ride? You probably do.

Brittany Force Wins Top Fuel Crown; First Female Champ Since Muldowney in ’82

Brittany Force NHRA Top Fuel champion 2017

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Not only did Brittany Force’s win make her the first woman in several decades to win a NHRA Top Fuel championship, it was also the first Top Fuel championship for the John Force Racing team. Her championship capped off an incredible home-stretch run, in which she climbed from sixth to first in the points standings.

NHRA Pro Stock Icon Bob Glidden Passes Away

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Not all the car culture news was good this year. We lost a driver who is synonymous with the NHRA and Pro Stock racing. Bob Glidden left us at age 73. If you’re not familiar with his accomplishments, you should read his story and learn about one of the greatest drag racers in history.

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