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

This Is How You Properly Do Donuts In A Viper …..Chassis.

I originally spotted this video over on Jalopnik, and I figured that the 1A Auto Blog readers would appreciate it as well.  These guys basically just bake the rear tires off a bodyless Viper.  It looks disturbingly fun, and makes me extremely jealous. There is no denying it, 500 horsepower + no weight = maximum fun.

Can’t see the video?  Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBdg-mDx1tM

1A Auto Blog Asks: What Do You Think About Stink Buggin?

When I touch upon the fact that you may unknowingly be “Stink Buggin’ “, I’m not talking about your pest control.  I’m talking about when the back of your car is jacked up about 4 times higher than the front.  Now, you may remember us pointing out this phenomenon once before, but that car was doing it against the owners wishes. A mistake, if you will.  The vehicle above is straight up, planned out, fully invested ….stink……..bugginit!  I mean, if you were to ask Einstein to mathematically prove the existence of “stink buggin’ it”, he would roll up to your residence in this vehicle and proceed to do donuts in your front lawn.  I bet this car has seat belts just to prevent you from sliding onto the floor.  Maybe I’m wrong…but then again, maybe I’m not.

Lend me your thoughts on the Stink Bug Movement. Me? I think I might be lovin’ it.

Seen on eBay: 1970 Olds Toronado Limo

Cars have been built for many different reasons over the past 100 years.  Sometimes they’re built for racing, others for cruising, and then there are a few purpose built land yachts that exist strictly to tote around inebriated people when they leave the bars. Hmmm. Yes, this 1970 Toronado 15 passenger wagon limo is definitely one of those vehicles… well, sort of.

It started its life as a massive, 28 foot long, 6 wheeled, 9 door, airport limo also known as a “AQC Jetway 707″.  Sounds exotic right?  Well, it was a pretty big deal at the time, and was intended to be the beginning of a huge line of limos, ambulances, and hearses built by the “American Quality Coach” company.  Sadly, their tooling costs were costing them more than their vehicle sales could handle, and it was game-over before they really even got the business off the ground.  There is some debate over the actual production numbers of these vehicles, but it’s likely somewhere between 52 and 150. That’s still a lot of Detroit steel, considering each one is the length of two Geo Metros, and the metal is probably twice as thick.  One word – “momentum“.

This specific behemoth of a front wheel drive vehicle is being sold as a great project and potential money making opportunity for a “young single slick chick magnet type of guy who can dance/but has great morals/nice friends“.  The seller claims that once you drop a motor in this thing and hit the streets of NYC, it (and you) will be irresistible to bachelorette parties chalk full of beautiful women.  I’m not 100% convinced of this theory, but the world is a crazy place, so who really knows. Buy it now, and put it to the Toronado to the test!

The eBay listing Item # 180667647167 is really full of confidence boosting hilarity. Be sure to check it out as well for the full Monday morning entertainment package..

Additional info found here:

http://coachbuilt.com/bui/a/aqc/aqc.htm

Jeremy And Tony’s Friday Video Picks

So we decided to add something new to the blog for you guys, on Friday’s, Jeremy and I will each post a cool or funny video for you guys to enjoy. We figured it’s Friday and what better way to celebrate than to watch a short, but awesome video and kick off the weekend for you guys.

OK,  Here’s a cool classic monster truck school bus video that I found. Imagine going to school in this thing.The kids face in the bus is hilarious!

- Tony

….And for me, I’m going with a 1919 rat rod that blows flames everywhere.  It’s not as loud as I had hoped, but old cars & flames are always a win. Enjoy!

- Jeremy

Can’t see the videos?  Here are the links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzbZ_4ENnrQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk2ixe3xlQI

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