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This Week In Motoring: September 2, 2014

Porsche-Gear-Patrol Reunited, and It Feels So Good
Man loves cars. Buys a 1956 Porsche Speedster. Races it. Sells it. Forgets about it. It shows up at the 2014 vintage races at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca where he sees it. The two are reunited. He sheds tears of delight.
Land-Cruiser-Gear-Patrol A 4×4 Icon Reborn
Got 3.6 million yen ($34K) and residency in Japan? You’re in luck. To celebrate the indomitable Toyota Land Cruiser’s 30th Anniversary, the automaker is releasing a modernized version of the Land Cruiser 70, originally sold in Japan from 1984 to 2004. The new version, using the original design with updated safety features, will only sell in limited quantities (200) in Japan for a period of one year. Get ’em while they’re hot.
Lyft-Gear-Patrol Uber’s War Against the Competition Heats Up
Project SLOG is Uber’s plan to use guerilla tactics against competitors like Lyft by calling for rides and recruiting drivers to their side. Fair or not, it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there. The Verge reports.
Puma-Gear-Patrol The World’s Weirdest Car
The Youbian Puma takes the prize as the oddest car on the planet. Is it an SUV, a sports car, a convertible or some bizarre combination of all three? Your answer is as good as any. Even scarier, it’s the creation of an L.A. cosmetic surgeon… Let’s just hope his patients don’t get similar treatment.
Whale-Plane-Gear-Patrol When Whales Fly
And you thought the Airbus A380 was big. Spanish designer Oscar Vinals’ AWWA Sky Whale concept has three passenger levels, low-turbulence wings, rotating engines for near-vertical takeoff and more capacity than even the behemoth Airbus. This might just be the future of big airliners.
Mustang-Gear-Patrol Wild, Wild Horse
If you’re gonna go vintage ‘Stang, you can’t go wrong with this 1969 Boss 302 Fastback, which will go up for auction at Barret-Jackson’s in Las Vegas late September. The combination yellow/flat black paint job and pristine interior/exterior make this one worth getting your hands on.