Cars aren't always serious business-have some fun on the lighter side
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
It's a big job to pick up decoys and that's why you call in the big guns, AKA "The Max Amphibious Six Wheel Drive". When you're talking 500 to 600 duck decoys, it takes all day to pick them up but that doesn't even include towing a jon boat behind this amphibious vehicle. So far I haven't found any terrain that can stop this thing. Unfortunately this is one vehicle we don't plan to list on RepairPal anytime soon.
Have you seen Obama's new ride? In an earlier post, we took a guess at what his new limo would look like. Well, now it finally has appeared in yesterday's Inauguration and it's a Cadillac with some new styling. Naturally, the vehicle is heavily armored and the windows are nearly 6" thick! Apparently the Secret Service refers to this car as "The Beast." The NYTimes notes a few changes from the Bush limo: the side mirrors look like they're from the Escalade, the wheels are now black (vs. white) wall, and unfortunately, the wheels were abandoned for the chintzy 'chrome plated' wheel covers.
One of the hot topics about next week's Inauguration celebration in Washington D.C. is the incredible number of visitors - the city is clearly going to be packed. What's interesting is that chauffeur services are also overwhelmed with requests for black Lincoln Town Cars. Apparently this is the "IT" car for society's who's who of Washington D.C. While I wouldn't be caught dead driving this beast of a car, it's remarkably inexpensive to maintain. When I looked up an oil change on the RepairPrice estimator, it's just $22-$40 in the Washington D.C. area. That's about a third of the price for the same service on my Audi.