Monday Morning Interview With Ryan Blaney About His Week In Kentucky

We were able to sit down and chat with Ryan Blaney on Monday morning about his week in Kentucky.

Ryan challenged Kyle Busch for the lead during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, and brought home a top five finish in both the truck series and the Nationwide series.

 


AutoTrader.com Dukes of Hazzard Commercial

While getting my nightly fix of gear head TV, this AutoTrader.com Dukes of Hazzard commercial suddenly appeared before my eyes.

As a guy that grew up watching Bo and Luke Duke shoot a bow and arrow out of the window of an orange 69 Dodge Charger while out-running the law , it was great to see the old general at it again!

 

Can Dale Jr. Win Again In Michigan

Dale Earnhardt’s win in Pocono last week marked his second win this season, it also marks the first time in ten years that Dale Jr. has had more than one win in a season.

With about ten-ta-go!, Dale Jr. laid the hammer down and passed Brad Keselowski who was having and issue with a piece of debris on the front of his car at the time. The 88 took full advantage of the situation, got to the front and was able to pedal the throttle once the nose of his Chevy has some clean air to to breath.

  Restarts were downright crazy, as we saw the pack go 4 and 5 wide in an attempt to gain track position. It seemed as though if you could get your car out front, it was hard for the cars that were behind you in the dirty air to gain ground and pass.

The boys will be in Michigan this weekend which also happens to be a track that Dale Jr. runs very well at. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the 88 get a back-to-back win this weekend.

Photo Source: Hendrick Motorsports

United States Postal Service Releases Limited-Edition Hot Rods Forever Stamp

Americans have always been fascinated with souping-up and hot rodding cars. To honor this tradition, the U.S. Postal Service has decided to release a limited-edition Hot Rods Forever Stamp.

The stamps were unveiled on Friday June 6th at the National Street Rod Association (NSRA) Nationals East plus Conference in York, PA. Each of the stamps feature a 32 Ford “Deuce” roadster.

Barry Meguiar, a lifelong hot rod enthusiast and owner of “Meguiar’s Car Wax”,  helped to unveil the new stamps that can now be purchased through the U.S. Post Office.

We were invited to do an interview with Barry of Friday, where he told us a little bit about these new stamps and also took a few questions from blog hosts Tony and Jeremy.

 

1A Auto June 2014 Forum Member Pic of the Month

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Cruising The Forums With 1ATony

 

While hanging out on the RamForum.com, this 67 Volkswagen Beetle caught my eye. It belongs to member  Axemann030773. There’s something about these old bugs that just jump out at yah and grab your attention. Here are a few details about this pretty cool ride.

Code name “Lorenzo Bandini”  he’s a type1 1967 Volkswagen bug. 1500cc 4 speed,slammed with EMPI steering,suspension,body,and interior mods as well as SCAT engine and transmission mods.

Great job on the Bug!

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Cruising The Forums With 1ATony

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While cruising through the forums on my social media adventures, I tend to spot some pretty cool and interesting vehicles throughout the country. So what we’ll do is every month is I’ll pluck a vehicle that to me stands out above the rest.

As a “Car Guy” that’s into vehicles in general, I really enjoy checking out some of the masterpieces, that the forum members have poured their blood sweat and tears into, to create one heck of a ride.

1ATony’s month of May pic for 2014, is Jon’s customized 1964 Chevy truck. He goes by the name Sick Boy on the 67-72chevytrucks.com forum. Man…. does this thing scream COOL!

Here are some of the details that Jon, has sent to us about his ride.

Engine bay
SBC 350 with vortec heads
Edelbrock 600CFM carb
Edelbrock intake manifold
ram horn exhaust
700R4 OD transmission

Interior
Iditit tilt steering column
Autometer gauges “old tyme” in a billet gauge panel
new wiring harness

Suspension
Custom Air Ride set up by Hales Speed Shop
Factory cross-member with plated LCA’s
2″ drop spindles
Firestone air bags
disc brakes
power steering
sway bar
Custom 2-link and C-notch with adjustable PH bar
Firestone air bags 

Still need to finish the interior (seat upholstery) and raise the bed floor to finish this truck.

Very nice truck Jon!

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Things To Consider When Shopping For A New Car

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When you’re shopping for a new vehicle, keep in mind what it is your trying to accomplish.

Ask yourself:

If you have kids do they typically like to bring a friend along on a family excursion, and could this new vehicle safely accommodate an extra person in the back. Are you looking for a new vehicle that’s better on gas, or perhaps a vehicle that has all-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive to get you through the winter months when commuting to work.

When looking at a new car do you have a family of four or greater, is there room in the cargo area to fit groceries. I did find this to be an issue while looking at some of the crossovers and compact SUVs on the market.

Also what type of a warranty does the new vehicle come with, and what are the crash test ratings and customer reviews of that vehicle.

The Issue :

My wife and I both commute about 50 miles to work each day round trip, in opposite directions. We own two SUV’s and found ourselves spending so much money on gas and repairs each month, that it made sense to find a vehicle that was newer than ten years old and better on gas. Living in New England, the winter months can get downright treacherous while commuting during snow storms and blizzards.

The Hunt:

Armed with dealer invoice figures ( I used the TruCar app for your IPhone), along with some automotive review and crash test rating knowledge, it was time to hit the new car lots.  My first thought was to find an economical crossover or a compact SUV that had decent gas mileage, which would also satisfy our goals including the amount of money that I wanted to spend.

We had to have a vehicle that was low cost and four-wheel-drive because we had to sell one of the SUVs that we own… or so we thought….

Regroup:

After some major sticker shock it was time to hop back into old reliable, and to head back home to do a little more research. On my way home I couldn’t help but think, what is it that we’re trying to accomplish and what do we own. These are questions to ask yourself. After all, buying a new vehicle is a huge investment, but do it right and it may make a lot of sense.

We own a two SUVS, both very good in inclement weather (they just tend to gobble up parts once in a while, and use a ton of gas). However, it also never hurts to have an extra vehicle on-hand, in-case one of them breaks down you now have a backup vehicle to commute to work in while making repairs on the vehicle that’s down for the moment.

Owning one SUV that’s seventeen years old, and another that’s ten years old, at this point in the game it doesn’t cost much to register them every year and keep them on the road. I decided to  keep the two SUVs, cycle in a new economy car to commute in that is awesome on gas, it had to have a killer warranty and more importantly it has to be low cost!

Smart Shopping:

If you’re shopping for an economy car, that has great gas mileage you don’t have to spend a ton of money. While weighing the options I quickly noticed that you can find economy cars starting at around twelve thousand dollars that have fuel economy ratings at over 30 city and 40 miles per gallon highway.

Technology has come such a long way over the years, that some of the new fuel economy ratings are where the hybrid vehicles used to be at.  That’s enough to make anyone smile.

While shopping around and making decisions I ended up purchasing the new 2014 KIA RIO, which gets around 27 city and 37 highway for gas mileage and also comes with all kinds of fun gadgets that make the ride to work a little more enjoyable. This allowed me to cycle in a new vehicle, and to also keep costs low.

 

 

 

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