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Fri, 16 Mar 2012

Longtime Autoweek contributor Patrick C. Paternie passed away at the age of 65. He had just completed a vintage race in his Porsche 911. After he pulled into pit lane, he suffered a fatal heart attack.

“He was doing what he loved,” said his wife, Linda, who was with him at the race.

Ferrari will show the Enzo replacement to a select few by the end of this year. We're not sure when the upcoming halo car will make its debut, but it is speculated to appear at either the Detroit show or the Geneva show in 2013.

Jaguar returns to factory-backed motorsports with Jaguar Heritage Racing program.The program will showcase vintage Jaguars across the globe at some of the most notorious tracks. For the first time since 1956, factory-supported C- and D-types will compete. Look for the old cats at the Mille Miglia in May to kick off the celebration.

Building a 1948 Ford pickup truck is a family affair for the Reetzs: The video, put together by one of the family members, follows a father and his sons as they build the project over a month at their North Dakota home.

Lotus got good news this week--it will be lead marque at the June Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. Many other notable vehicles will be on display, including a Type 25, Dan Gurney's LeMans-winning GT40 and AC Cobras, as those cars celebrate 50 years.

Autoweek editors got behind the wheel of the new 2012 Buick Verano and gave it good marks. There were plenty of surprises from the smaller Buick, but overall the majority of the editors were pleased. Check out the article for the full review.

Chevrolet is preparing a new car for NASCAR tracks and dealer showrooms. The perennial Impala will be mothballed for a new, to-be-named model on which the race car will be based. One possibility is the second coming of the Caprice nameplate. Chevy said it will unveil the car later this year.

The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will have a starting price of $54,995. That's the same as the potent Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, but the Ford trumps its competitor with 100 hp more at no additional cost. Check out the article to build your own car in the company's configuration pages.

Mercedes-Benz and rap trio Beastie Boys fans have something to cheer about: The German automaker will reveal the CLC concept this April in Los Angeles at “Transmission LA: Audio Visual Club curated by Mike D.”

The event, designed to draw in a different crowd from traditional Benz fans, will have the Beastie Boys front man at the 17-day music, art and film festival at the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

This weekend begins the 2012 Formula One season in Australia, along with the American Le Mans Series and the World Endurance Championship, both at Sebring. Make sure to check Autoweek's Racing site for the latest racing information.

By David Arnouts