TITANSILBER METALLIC: 2011 BMW 328Xi

Over the weekend, a good friend of mine bought a stunningly beautiful new 2011 “BMW-Titansilber Metallic”  328Xi.  From the name alone, I had assumed that it was a 3 Series BMW, 2.8L engine , all wheel drive, with fuel injection (that’s what the odd lowercase “i” means believe it or not).  However, it’s a 3.0L!  Apparently the “28″ in “328″ is a total lie these days.  The other thing that I didn’t know was that I may actually be a fan of BMW’s? Gasp!

Naturally, the first thought in my head was jumping in, turning the key to light the fire in the legendary straight 6, and test out the awd launching  capabilities.  Back in reality,  she handed me the key and I quickly realized that this was not the same technology and luxury that my 1989 Dodge surrounds me in.  The BMW key isn’t a key at all.  In fact, it is a fancy plastic Chicken Mcnugget that plugs into the  dashboard.  (Two of my favorite things by the way – chicken & dashboards.)  Once the Mcnugget is fully latched in, there is a start button that immediately makes you feel like a really big deal.  This button is surrounded » Continue reading more of this post…

Stretched Bike vs Vette Powered RX7 Drift Battle.

I’ve done a lot of things on motorcycles including jumps, wheelies, rolling burnouts, and donuts, but never have I seen or heard of motorcycle drifting.  This is definitely a first for me.  As if that isn’t enough for a great video, then they drop a Corvette powered, 2300lb, 3rd Gen RX7 into the mix for official brain mushification.  Watch it, stew on it, and let me know what you think.

Remembering Dale Earnhardt

We’re about a month out from the start of the 53rd annual Daytona 500. With every year that passes and when the green flag drops during the Daytona 500, you can’t help but think of Dale Earnhardt Sr. and what he meant to the sport.

I’ve been to the Daytona 500 many times myself and was fortunate enough to have been at the 1998 Daytona 500 with friends and family when Dale Earnhardt Sr. won. If you weren’t a Dale Earnhardt fan,on that day you were.
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TV Tommy IVO’s Four Engine Dragster

This was the car that hooked me on racing. I remembered my father coming home one night from the auto body shop and saying to me “Let’s go to the dragstrip, the four engine dragster is up”. I was about 7 years old and the wheel standers and jet cars were also running that night.So may dad loaded me up in the car and off to the track we went.
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Exactly How Many Cars Have You Totaled?


I am happy to say that I have never totaled a car before in an accident.  Where do the rest of you land on the list?

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All Wheel Drive Civic Hatchback with a 4G63 Turbo Swap

Yes, this is real life. Right now on Craigslist, there is a guy trying to sell his 1994 Honda Civic Hatchback for $7500.  Why so much? Well, because it has an all wheel drive swap and a 4G63 turbo engine (from a Mitsubishi Eclipse).  I got a screenshot quickly just in case it disappeared into history without being documented.

Here is the Listing on Craigslist. Catch it while you still can!

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6AM in New England During a Snowpocalypse

This is what driving in a snowpocalypse looks like.

You may have heard a rumor that the New England area is getting riggidy-rocked by a snow storm right now.  I would like to go ahead and confirm that rumor.  I know it’s true because I was outside in my dark driveway pegging my snowblower off the rev limiter at 6am.  Luckily, my neighbors like me……well, they used to at least.  Anywho, I assume that some of the 1A Auto blog readers are probably sitting on the beach right now in the hot sun with a margarita in 1 hand laughing at us New Englander’s, and I wanted to show off how much fun snow is.  Please excuse the dark pictures. Again, it was 6am and I’m not 100% sure that I was even awake when I took them.

So that is what about 6-7 inches of snow looks like, but its raining down on us at an amazing rate.  By the end of today we will have to dig 15 inches down to find the earth again.  I’m just hoping that it stops before I clean my driveway again so that I won’t have to do it tomorrow morning as well.

Yay snow.    Ugh….
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