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Virginia Beach man, shop restoring 1936 Buick

VIRGINIA BEACH This is what drives Reggie Buchanan: a data storage device loaded with photos, a paper trail that fills multiple folders, and a 1936 Buick Series 40 Special. The antique car has been in the family roughly 55 years, said Buchanan. "It was given to my father-in-law, Albert Potts, around 1960 by a grateful customer," he said.

Enough love to fill a van

"My car is in bad shape. Pray for a new one." Regina Jordan, a crossing guard at Larchmont Elementary School, would often say something like this to Pastor Kevin Tremper when he came to pick up his kids after school.

Subaru dealership coming to Suffolk

First Team Automotive Group said it will break ground today on a Subaru showroom in Suffolk's Harbour View area. First Team Subaru will be located at 4834 Bridge Road. The Chesapeake-based dealership group said it will invest $6.5 million in the new facility, which is expected to accommodate about 180 new and used vehicles.

Antique autos in "Great Race" stop in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH The Great Race has a purse of $150,000, but the competitors are more like a family.

More luxury cars for Hampton Roads? Not so fast.

Don’t count on other luxury car names to follow Maserati into Hampton Roads anytime soon. Sources in the auto biz told The Pilot on Friday that they’ve heard no scuttlebutt on the likes of Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce or Tesla scouting for a local site.

Maserati luxury cars to be sold in Virginia Beach

Drivers in Hampton Roads are about to get a premium dose of la dolce vita. Charles Barker Automotive of Virginia Beach will add Maserati to its expanding lineup of luxury brands as early as June 1, company Chairman Charles Barker said Thursday.

Va. Beach woman wins Mini auto design contest

A local Mini owner has nabbed a huge honor.
Alex Coyle, a Virginia Beach woman studying photography and advertising at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, was one of more than 800 Mini owners who submitted videos of the features they would most like to test drive on the redesigned Mini Cooper Hardtop, which goes on sale this month.

In the market for a set of used tires? Buyer beware.

Ken Aspin needed to replace the tires on his Ford Fusion. Wanting to save some money, he went to a used-tire shop in Norfolk and drove off with a set of tires costing him less than $200. A former Virginia Beach resident, Aspin, 45, now lives in New York but returns to Hampton Roads every month to see his son. Late last year, his car was due for inspection in New York.

Legislation to repeal Va. hybrid-car fee advances

RICHMOND Legislation to repeal the annual $64 state surcharge on hybrid vehicles is heading to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who has said he will sign a bill if it reaches him.

Senate panel advances bill to repeal hybrid-car fee

RICHMOND A Senate committee Wednesday approved legislation to eliminate a controversial $64 annual fee on hybrid vehicles created in last year's transportation funding overhaul bill.

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