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* 1963 Buick Riviera, sold, $11,200: It's difficult to understand how such a landmark automobile penned by one of the world's foremost designers (Bill Mitchell) could sell for so little in a no-reserve auction where the last bid wins, no matter what it is. The seller claimed that this Riv has its original 325-horsepower, 401-cubic-inch V-8 connected to a three-speed automatic transmission. Power brakes, windows and driver's seat are also standard equipment. (Source: eBay motors)

Auto trivia

* In 1901, Ransom E. Olds set a record for automobile manufacturing by producing an astonishing-for-the-day 425 Oldsmobiles.

* In 1924, Ernest Eldrige set a land-speed record of 146 mph driving a 300-horsepower Fiat racer just outside Paris. Eldrige was the last person to set the record on a public road.

Who am I?

To guess my secret identity, read the following clues.

1) As with many NASCAR stock-car legends, my racing background included "running moonshine."

2) My driving style earned me the name "Wilkes County Wild Man."

3) After all that illegal driving was done, I won the 1960 Daytona 500.

4) As a NASCAR team owner from 1967-'95, I racked up 139 wins.

5) "Junior" was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. I'm now 87

Answer at the end of this column.

Drawing board

* 2020 GMC Acadia: This General Motors division has redrawn its mid-size seven-passenger utility vehicle to include a more aggressive-looking grille that's similar to what you'll find on GMC pickups. In addition to a base four-cylinder engine and available non-turbo V-6, there's a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder option that produces 230 horses and 258 foot-pounds of torque. All Acadias now come with nine-speed automatic transmissions.

The Auto Doc

To save interior space, many vehicles (mostly high-riding rides such as sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks) have spare tires located beneath the load floor (outside). In this case, out of sight does not mean out of mind. After long periods of nonuse, the attaching hardware for the spare can become corroded, sometimes to the point where you might not be able to pry it from the vehicle. So, before that happens, put on your grubby clothes, crawl under the vehicle and soak the bolt threads with penetrating oil. You don't want to risk breaking off the bolts, so let the oil do its job for a couple of hours before attempting to loosen things up. Once all apart, clean up everything the best you can and apply an anti-seize compound to the threads. Before reassembling, check the spare tire for the proper air pressure, damage and a rusty rim, which, depending on the severity, might need to be replaced. If you have a tip, visit and use the "contact" form.

Still stumped?

His name is Junior Johnson, and since retiring from racing, he has spent most of his time working on his farm and tending to other business interests.

-- Wheelbase Media

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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:Mar 10, 2019
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