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Hugging the Planet Fast forward to today's Hummer EV. GM acquired the Hummer brand in 1998, relabeled the former Humvee an H1, added its own H2 based on a modified Yukon/Tahoe platform, and finally the smaller H3 with Chevy Colorado underpinnings. e macho fun ended in 2010 during GM bankruptcy reorganization, but the company retained the Hummer name. GM execs decided to bring the big fella back with all its swagger but power it with clean electricity to remove the planet-killing image. By all accounts, the decision is pure genius. e new Hummer EV in a pickup or just released SUV style is not quite ready to go to battle in H1 style, but it is even more capable off the beaten path. Its four-wheel steering can crabwalk around obstacles that are too big to knock down (i.e. redwood trees) and the heavy-duty air suspension can raise this 9,074-pound behemoth to that military-like 16-inch ground clearance for those pesky boulders you might encounter. And, 18 camera views on all corners, sides, and underneath let you know what's going on with that terrain you've embarked upon. Smooth and Quick On the highway, the big 35-inch tires create a hum, but they're easily outdone by the 14-speaker Bose audio system. Plus there's more than 1,000 horsepower available that will launch this monster from 0 to 60 in just three seconds if you want to humiliate the lad in the Ferrari at a stoplight. And how about that 11,500 lb-ft of torque specification? Okay, the GM marketing people got a bit carried away with a measured-at- the-wheel spec. e comparative reality is around 1,000 lb-ft and that's impressive enough. If it was really their published number, you might be able to point a few Hummer EVs to the West and stop the rotation of the Earth. Battery Electric Vehicle 1,000 11,500 lb-ft 212.7 kWh 51 city 43 highway 47 combined 350 miles $108,700 $108,700 TYPE: HORSEPOWER: TORQUE: BATTERY: MPGe: RANGE: BASE PRICE: AS TESTED: 2022 GMC Hummer EV e Amelia Concours mixes Classic Era and Motorsports A rare 1935 Voisin C25 Aerodyne and a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM won Best of Show at the 28th annual East Coast rival to Pebble Beach, and we were there for all of the excitement. Over nearly three decades, The Amelia has grown to host a field of 250 vintage vehicles on the grounds of the Ritz Carlton at Amelia Island, Florida. The event is dubbed "the racer's concours" from its tradition of featuring noteworthy competition cars and honoring famous drivers along with 32 historic vehicle classes. This year, four-time NASCAR Cup Champion Jeff Gordon was the honoree along with legendary car builder Ray Evernham. The three-day celebration included four auctions along with three unique car shows that were attended by 25,000 enthusiasts and raised $142,000 for local charities. Jeff Gordon 2023 AMELIA CONCOURS: PHOTO COURTESY OF DEREMER STUDIOS LLC JEFF GORDON: PHOTO COURTESY OF HAGERTY 2023 Amelia Concours Best in Show @ranchandcoast RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE MAY 2023 77

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