2009 Cadillac CTS…..wait for it…. Convertible!

Just when you thought you had seen the roof cut off of everything (I’m looking at you Subaru STI ), somebody goes and lops one off of a 2009 Cadillac CTS, and throws it on eBay.  This whole “turn my car into a convertible” thing just puzzles me.  I have to assume that if the owner of this Cadillac wanted a convertible sooooo badly, they could have just bought a new Cadillac XLR at the time.  I mean what’s the price difference between buying a new CTS and having it turned into a convertible vs. buying a new XLR.  A few grand?  Ah well, at least it isn’t a full time convertible, that would be depressing.  Instead, in true Cadillac form, it has a luxurious power top, which you can see in action in This Video.

While it is actually better looking than many convertible conversions, it’s just not my forte’.  To each their own I suppose.  Nobody likes my truck either, but I still dump money into it like it’s a 401K, of which it is clearly not.  But I digress…. Here is the beautiful drop tizzop CTS showing off all that its got. What do you think? Is it your dream car or another nightmare?

Only 12 hours left ! eBay Item # 150605003408

Trevor Bayne To Sit Out Nascar All-Star Race

Trevor Bayne, the rookie who won this year’s Daytona 500 was guaranteed a spot in this years Nascar All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

In early April he was bitten in the elbow by something, they we’re not sure if it was a spider or a tick. Trevor ended up in the hospital shortly after the Texas race in April where he was treated and released for a bug bite. He had resumed his driving duties for the Wood Brothers until the end of April when inflammatory and vision symptoms had appeared landing him back in the hospital.

Reports say that his symptoms are unrelated to the insect bite and that he is now back out of the hospital and on his way to recovery. » Continue reading more of this post…

So Clean Air Filters Don’t Help Fuel Mileage?

While cruising the wide world of web recently, I landed on a .gov website with an interesting article that I thought had some interesting results. The premise of the article is that the US Department of Energy wanted to know how vehicle maintenance effected fuel mileage, specifically dirty air filters. So they did an experiment with 4 cars:

  • 2003 Toyota Camry 2.4L
  • 2007 Buick Lucerne 3.8L
  • 2006 Dodge Charger 5.7L
  • 1972 Pontiac Grandville 455ci (aww yea)

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Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) Just Got Bigger

If you think Kyle Busch was unstoppable before in the Nascar Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), well you better be prepared to tighten your grip on the wheel because he has hired Two-Time World of Outlaws Late Motel Champ Josh Richards.

Josh Richards has been selected to drive the Joy Mining Machinery Toyota Tundra for a select number of races in 2011. His racing debut has been set to take place at Kentucky Speedway on July 7th.

General manager of KBM Rick Ren who also has an impressive past history as a dirt track racer and also holds the record in NCWTS for most wins as a crew chief has stated that “KBM is in the business of winning races and that Josh Richards has the heart of a champion, and that he was determined to do whatever it takes to be successful”.

I think it’s going to pretty interesting to watch an accomplished driver in the world of dirt track racing to take the wheel of a Camping World Series Truck.

From what I have seen the guys that come from this type of a dirt track background such as Tony Stewart and Clint Bowyer tend to do well while piloting a cup car or truck around the track due to the simple fact that when they get loose coming off of a corner they are used to peddling the throttle to regain control. In the world of dirt track Out Law Racing, driving on the edge of being out-of-control is a way of life.

The Nascar All-Star Race Is This Weekend!

Get your recliner ready because Nascar’s All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is this weekend!

Rookies Trevor Bayne (winner of this years Daytona 500), and Regan Smith are both in the show for having won a race this year. However Nascar’s biggest star Dale Earnhardt Jr. is not. Although he has seemed to have turned his season around, he hasn’t won a race yet in 2011. So for Dale Junior he is going to have to try to race his way into the show during the Nascar prerace qualifier, and if he doesn’t make it in this way, it will be up to Junior Nation to support their driver and toss him into the ring on a fan vote.

When asked about how he felt about getting into the race he said that he has never been able to be part of the prerace show and was actually pretty excited to go through that process to see what happens, and basically be part of the event.

So the dash for cash is on for Saturday night on Speed with a purse of 1 million dollars. This is a no holds barred race with no points to worry about, and I have also heard that Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick’s probation didn’t count, or isn’t going to be enforced for this race.

Pretty much anything can happen. Remember in 2008 when Kasey Khane was voted in on the fan vote and won the darn thing, or what about the year Kurt and Kyle Busch took each other out of the event when they crashed. They didn’t speak to each other until Thanksgiving of that year when their grandmother at dinner time made them put it behind them and shake hands!

Who do you think will win the million dollar purse on Saturday night?

Raise Your Hand If You Love Monte Carlos

Raise up those hands if you love Monte Carlos! No? Yes? Anybody? Ok, now raise your hands higher if you love the subtle lower fender 454 SS emblem on the 1st generation bodies.  It’s nothing, just a mere 500 foot pounds of torque at 3500 rpm.  Whhhaaaaaaaa??!   Oh it’s no big deal really.   Sure you can smolder your tires into a pile of molten goo at every intersection, but then you are just a show off, and who wants that?   » Continue reading more of this post…

Whoa! A Fresh New Look For The 1A Auto Blog!?

Hi,

Today you may have noticed a fresh new design change to the blog.  Don’t worry though, everything is still there and working great!  As it turns out, many good blogs are designed this way for a reason.  You’ll notice that the meat and potatoes of the blog is now about 70 % of the screen and the widgets on the right are about 30% of the screen.  So what benefits are there?  Well, I’m glad you asked….

  • This design gives us way more room for great pictures, videos, and articles.
  • On the right side, there is more room for fancy gadgets! (Got suggestions?)
  • The 1A Auto Blog is WAY easier to view on a phone – Go ahead, try it!
  • All of the navigation is being funneled into 1 spot on the right

So, as you can see, there was nothing to lose and everything to gain.  Love it? Hate it? Got suggestions? I want to hear from you.  Let me know what you think!

-Jeremy

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