Rare Rides: Soar Like an Eagle With the 1988 Renault Medallion

The Rare Rides series has featured a few Renaults from the Eighties and Nineties previously, and even one sporty coupe which shared a showroom with today’s Rare Rides subject. It’s the family-friendly Renault Medallion, in comfortable grey wagon guise. Let’s take a look. The Medallion started its life out in France as the Renault 21. […]

Insane New Ride System Patents Give us a Possible Look at Universal Studios’ Future ‘Jurassic World,’ ‘Legend of Zelda’ and Harry Potter Rides

The only thing we know for sure about the fourth theme park coming to the Universal Orlando Resort is that it’s in the works. Everything else is hidden behind lock and key. Rumors and whispers float around the internet, but nothing official has been announced. Not even a name. Now, a series of new ride […]

Rare Rides: A Buick Dealers’ Delight – the 1984 Bitter SC

Buick’s on again, off again relationship with the Opel brand is currently very much on, as two Opels badged as Regals tempt buyers, and one Opel badged as Cascada tempts rental companies. But these recent exercises in marketing are somewhat tame in comparison to the experiment General Motors conducted in the 1980s with a little company […]

Rare Rides: A 1983 Audi Ur-Quattro – the Start of it All

The Rare Ride seen here represented an important turning point in the history of all things automotive. A single vehicle which changed rallying and simultaneously made four-wheel drive a more realistic prospect for passenger cars. Presenting the Audi Quattro. Audi’s idea to add four-wheel drive to a production car came about in 1977, when one […]

Rare Rides: A 1991 Maserati Shamal – Sporty, and Very Square

In the 1990s, nobody in North America spent much (any?) time thinking about Maserati products. So you’d be forgiven if today’s Rare Ride slipped from your fond early-90s memories long ago. It’s the Shamal, and it’s a bit homely. Named, like many of Maserati’s other models (not the Biturbo), after a gust of air, Shamal […]

Jaguar Land Rover Now Retrofitting Vintage Rides With Modern Infotainment

Few things look more out of place inside a classic automobile than a period-incorrect head unit. It draws the eye like a pimple on a nose. Fortunately, Jaguar Land Rover is now offering a new range of infotainment systems that pair modern functionality with “discreet and harmonious styling.” It’s the coolest idea since Porsche’s Classic Radio […]

Theme Park Bits: ‘Ratatouille’ Ride Names, ‘Hocus Pocus’ Anniversary Goods, Couple Rides ‘Jurassic Park’ 62 Times

In this edition of Theme Park Bits: Watch the ride record for Universal’s Jurassic Park – The Ride get broken with a marriage proposal. Find out which opening-day attraction at Islands of Adventure is soon due to close forever. Drink spills are up at Walt Disney World as restaurants stop circulating plastic lids and straws. […]