RepairPal Blog:

 For Fun

Cars aren't always serious business-have some fun on the lighter side

We at RepairPal take cars and car repair very seriously, but even we like to have fun—especially on Fridays. So, we gathered up some crazy-looking cars from the Internet to tickle your funny bone before you head out for the weekend. Enjoy! Don’t let my girlfriend see this car—she’ll start scouring the world for it and then I will have to sit in it and it looks about as comfortable as wearing high heel shoes.

Before I worked for RepairPal, I used to be the managing editor for an online women’s magazine. One of the writers I worked with was simply hilarious, all of the time, in person and in her writing. Shyla covered everything from wacky celebrity names to the mid-90s obsession with mini backpacks. She was one of my favorite writers to edit, not just because she knew how to use a semicolon, but because I always knew I was in for a good laugh. One day, I pulled up her latest article to read—it was on bizarre baby products. Now, there were lots of bizarre products, but one that really stood out were toupees—yes, toupees for babies. The people at Baby Toupee purport to “show that while parenting can be a great responsibility, it can also be a source of endless amusement.” One can purchase the Donald Trump, the Lil Kim, the Bob Marley, or the Samuel L. Jackson. Endless amusement indeed. I don’t think I stopped laughing about those baby toupees for days.

In case you missed it, here is the video of the $1.7 million Bugatti Veyron getting pulled out of a salt water marsh in Texas. While the car looks pretty intact, the salt will cause corrosion. Plus water likely went into the engine causing it to hyrdolock. The driver claims there was a low flying bird he was trying to avoid.

Welcome to the sun-drenched Okanagan Valley in beautiful British Columbia, home to world-class vintners and a vibrant wine community, oh and a very pricey Italian BBQ! Thanks to Morgan, hope you weren't renting this for the weekend!

I had fun watching Kasey Kahne bring home a win for Richard Petty a couple Sundays ago at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA.  Kahne led the final 34 laps in his number 9 Dodge, and my son and I got some good video from our seats that I thought I'd post. Kahne drives for Richard Petty Motorsports, and as most know, Richard Petty is the all-time leading Nascar winner with 200 wins and seven championships.  Petty hadn't been to victory lane since April of 2009, when John Andretti won in Martinsville.

If you've visited Walt Disney World lately you may have seen the “Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show” . Set in a Mediterranean village, a “spy thriller” is filmed live with explosions, jumps, spins and death defying stunts. The “Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show” is based on the popular “Stunt Show Spectacular” enjoyed by visitors to Disneyland Paris. Check it out!

My jaw hit the floor when I saw a FD (1994) Mazda RX7 with the Z06 LS7, so I cannot imagine what a featherweight Miata with that kind of horsepower is like! The short wheelbase and sharp handling characteristics of the Miata would make this a fantastic track weapon with the reliability of factory stock parts.  Because these are factory engines, you could theoretically pass all of the California emissions requirements and run as clean, or cleane,r than the original engine.

I had heard of this infamous film by Claude Lelouch, which is the driver's-eye view of an unsanctioned and completely unscripted high-speed romp through the streets of Paris in a Ferrari 275 GTB, but I had never had a chance to watch--and more importantly, to listen--to it. Thanks to Grant for sending along!

Here is a very fun look back to a promotional film for a Ford Dealership in Oakland California, circa 1932. For those of us that live in the East Bay it includes some great shots of the area. They mention the newly renovated Fox Theater and show a shot of a Ford driving up Fish Ranch Road. I especially like walk though of the service department, showing what it was like before hydraulic lifts. Enjoy!

Have you ever taken your car in to be serviced only to find yourself walking out with a lighter wallet, wondering if you really needed that rear alignment, coolant flush, and a new power steering pump? While ignoring your mechanic’s advice to replace your paper-thin brake pads probably isn’t wise, there are a few areas where you can save money and gain confidence. Read Your Car’s Manual