Have you ever seen a commercial and just wanted to watch it over and over again? Recently, I was cruising around Reddit and saw this posted up by thesauce25. It is a commercial for Shell gasoline, with the help of Ferrari race cars racing through the city streets. The sounds coming from the cars are incredible.
If you have been driving long enough this has pretty much happened to all of us at one point or another. You pull into your driveway and hear that dreaded hissing noise. Upon checking all of your tires you find the culprit, somewhere somehow in your daily adventures you have managed to get a nail stuck in the center of your tire.
Well have no fear, we have filmed a great video that will show you how to repair the tire that is going flat on your vehicle if you have managed to become unfortunate and run over one of these things.
In the northeastern part of the country, we live under a blanket of snow from December to March. During this time, the roads are covered in 3 equal portions of snow, sand, and salt. While the sand and salt mixture does in fact do amazing things when it comes to road conditions, it also removes the structure from your vehicle. Not cool salt, not cool.
Many people ignore it until the guy at the inspection station says “I had to fail you for safety because your control arms aren’t there anymore, and neither are your rocker panels, floor pans, and rear quarter panels.”. You then look at your fresh new red “R” on your windshield and wonder where all the metal went. Continue reading Rust: The Reason Why We Can’t Have Nice Things.
Between 1993 and 1998, Lincoln made two generations of the Mark VIII. The first gen was 1993-96 and the second was 1997-98. I always thought that they were a very underrated car, because there was much greatness hiding under their skin.
Being a rear wheel drive was the most obvious great quality, but they also had an all aluminum, 32 valve 4.6L that pushed out 280 ish horsepower and about the same amount of torque. The power went through an automatic (hey, no car is without faults, Lincoln wasn’t doing manuals at the time.), and sent the power through its independent rear suspension. It had enough electronics to make Kitt feel inadequate, and a massive futuristic curved dashboard that flowed into the doors. They all had 4 wheel disc brakes, and they even ran 15 second quarter mile times in stock form. Not too bad for a relatively heavy car right? Continue reading Lincoln Mark VIII: Stink Buggin’
Back in the 1950’s, car stereos were a luxury that not just anybody could afford. In the 1960’s, they became a cool thing to “delete” on your new car order to keep the weight and 1/4 mile times as low as possible. In the 1970’s, stereos were much more common, and if you were a big deal, you may have even had an 8-track player. Dig it? The 1980’s happened and tape players were the pinnacle of automotive sound. You could rewind your favorite song and listen to it over and over again. 1990’s brought compact discs, which made rewinding a laughable idea, until you scratched your $17 CD and it became only usable for hanging from your rear view mirror. Hey, if you got it, flaunt it. We all survived the ominous Y2K, and stereos are now standard equipment…….or are they?
This weekend the Nascar Sprint Cup series will be racing at Bristol. Bristol traditionally is one of those tracks where cages get rattled, and the old bump and run used to be the only way to pass a guy and get by him.
Since they have changed the track banking, it has opened up from a one groove track to two and even sometimes three lanes of racing. Even with the changes, the atmosphere at Bristol is incredible. It’s a half mile of short track racing with steep seating completely around the track that reminds you of a roman coliseum.
It’s also the loudest track on the circuit, because of the way its designed there’s no way for the noise to escape. Pit crews aren’t able to talk to one another like they do at other tracks, so they use hand signals and pass pieces of paper with instructions to one another to get the job done. Continue reading Nascar’s Racing At Bristol
In 1929 Los Angeles had opened an amusement park with an automotive roller coaster. The roller coaster was constructed of wooden planks, banked turns, 5-10 foot hills, and stretched for 2243 feet. Basically you would pay for a one trip ticket that allowed you to drive your 1920’s automobile around the track, following guidelines that were placed on the wood for cars to follow.
A railing was erected around the edges of the track to keep cars on course, and there was room to pass another vehicle if you had to. There was also a speed limit on the track as to how fast you were suppose to be able to drive around the course. Once you were done with your driving experience, you could then park in the middle of the automotive roller coaster if you wanted to for an additional fee.
I have seen some old footage of this on TV before, and couldn’t help but think of all of the modern day safety devices that those cars lacked.