As 2023 enters our rearview, the OnAllCylinders team is going through this past year’s stories to choose the most prominent automotive news articles. As they always do, the stories run the gamut of heartwarming to heartbreaking, but all of them are extraordinarily relevant to the automotive enthusiast.

See the 10 automotive news stories we selected below, and you can click on the titles to read the whole article.


10 of Our Top Automotive, Racing & Industry News Stories from 2023


January 2, 2023 – Ken Block Killed in a Tragic Snowmobile Accident at Age 55

Ken Block in Black and White Photo
(Image/Ken Block by EKSRX | CC BY 2.0)

The New Year was only about a day old when the automotive and racing communities were absolutely rocked with news about the tragic passing of Ken Block.


January 6, 2023 – Ram Shows Off All-Electric 1500 Revolution Concept Truck

ram 1500 revolution concept truck render, front quarter grille

With Rivian, Tesla, and its crosstown rivals Ford and GM entering the Electric Truck fray, we were wondering when Ram would reveal its EV plans.


January 17, 2023 – Chevy Unveils the 655 HP Corvette E-Ray AWD Hybrid

2024 Chevy Corvette E-Ray at National Corvette Museum

Despite being the Bowtie’s worst-kept secret in recent memory, the new all-wheel drive hybrid electric Corvette E-Ray certainly made quite the entrance as the quickest stock ‘Vette ever.


January 23, 2023 – GM Confirms a New, 6th-Generation Small Block V8 Engine 

Workers assemble engine blocks at General Motors Flint Engine Operations facility in Michigan
(Image/Jeffrey Sauger for General Motors)

Given all the focus on EVs lately, the news that General Motors is cooking up a new small block V8 answered a clarion call from gearheads everywhere.


February 3, 2023 – Ford Will Return to Formula 1 Racing for the 2026 Season

Woman Standing in front of formula one red bull cars
(Image/The Ford Performance YouTube Channel)

The Blue Oval already has a hand in WRC, NHRA, NASCAR, Le Mans, Dakar, and more—but now, after 20 years, Ford is getting back to Formula 1 (and we couldn’t be happier about it).


March 21, 2023 – Dodge Releases Final Last Call: The 1,025 hp SRT Demon 170

dodge last call challenger demon srt 170 doing a burnout

Back in 2022, Dodge announced the end of the Challenger/Charger twins. But it was sending them off with a series of “Last Call” Special Editions that culminated in the fearsome SRT Demon 170.


April 25, 2023 – Bandimere Speedway to Close After 2023 Season

clay millican nhra top fuel dragster launching at final thunder mountain nationals race at bandimere
Read about the final NHRA Mile High Nationals event here. (Image/Auto Imagery)

Home to the NHRA Mile High Nationals, drag race fans across the country were saddened to hear about the impending closure of Bandimere Speedway—but it wasn’t all bad news, as the owners plan to relocate the track.


September 19, 2023 – Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kansas Closing After 2023

two funny cars drag race at 2021 nhra heartland nationals
(Image/Auto Imagery)

The summer of 2023 was bookended by disappointing news for drag racers. First Bandimere in April and, a few months later, Heartland Motorsports Park announced it was closing its doors too.


October 31, 2023 – The Annual SEMA Show!

sema sign 2023

Every fall, the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada becomes the epicenter of the gearhead universe, and it’s chock full of vehicle reveals, new products, and top-tier show car displays.


December 7, 2023 – Tony Stewart to Drive in NHRA Top Fuel for 2024

Tony Stewart alongside Leah Pruett in an nhra top fuel dragster

Tony Stewart has been successful in pretty much every ride he’s had. And with an NHRA World Championship already under his belt as a Team Owner, we’re excited to see him in a Top Fuel dragster cockpit.


So yeah, a lot of automotive news hit our desks in 2023—which admittedly made it tough to narrow our list down here to just 10 articles.

So what’d we miss? Are there any major gearhead stories you feel that should’ve been included on this list?

Let us know in the comments below.