RepairPal Blog: For Fun

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

Leave it to Oprah … Volkswagen hasn’t even released an official picture of the 2012 Beetle, but already the media giant has given 275 of them away.On November 22, 2010, Oprah, a noted Beetle fan, surprised the members of her studio audience by giving them each a 2012 Beetle. As part of the giveaway, VW is also covering applicable fees and taxes, in part because of a 2004 giveaway when Oprah gave away new Pontiac G6s, with the “winners” having to dole out about $7,000 in taxes.

Though the times they are a changin’, in many ways, this is still very much a man’s world. Trust me, I know. Practically every day, I am the lone woman in traditionally male spaces. I work for a car repair website during the week, and on the weekends, I referee soccer games where you are more likely to find a four leaf clover on a turf field than a female referee. I like these spaces and luckily, most of my experiences in male dominated spaces have been wonderful ones. The thing that bothers me though, is this. When I started to referee girls’ soccer games, they were shocked to see a female referee. Shocked. I don’t think the girls even knew it was possible. I make it a point to referee girls’ games now just so they can see that women can do anything that men can do. I think it’s important for girls to see women in leadership positions and in roles that are traditionally for men. It helps them see that they can do it, too.

Are you a sports car lover? Are you already starting to dream about next year’s vacation? Well, in addition to a beautiful blend of modernity and antiquity, dazzling skyscrapers, and sparkling waters, Abu Dhabi, considered by many to be the richest city in the world, has now opened the doors of an extravagant theme park honoring the Italian carmaker, Ferrari.Ferrari World, located on Yas Island, is now the world’s largest theme park, spanning forty acres. The enclosed area of the park is large enough to fit seven football fields head-to-toe and is covered by an impressive red roof inspired by the classic double curve side profile of the Ferrari GT body. The roof also features the largest Ferarri logo ever created. The park offers more than twenty rides and attractions, including:

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.