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  • 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix: Vettel holds Bottas back for victory in 200th race

    04/08/2018 10:42:09 AM PDT · by daltec · 8 replies
    RaceFans.net ^ | Keith Collantine
    I did not see results in the live thread, so they are at the bottom of this post. Here is a summary. Sebastian Vettel won the 200th race of his Formula One career after soaking up pressure from Valtteri Bottas in the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Ferrari driver came under strong pressure after the team scrapped plans for a second pit stop and left him out until the end of the race on what they described as “Plan D” on the radio. He crossed the finishing line less than seven tenths of a second ahead of Bottas, who made an...
  • The steadily disappearing American car

    04/07/2018 9:56:30 AM PDT · by upchuck · 166 replies
    CNBC ^ | Apr 6, 2018 | Robert Ferris
    After a century of ferrying millions of daily commuters and taking countless family road trips, simple passenger cars are disappearing from American life, and they may not come back. Detroit's Big Three automakers — Chrysler, Ford and General Motors — pioneered the mass production of the car, but in just four years, all three may be known to Americans simply as truck and SUV makers, with only a stray sedan for sale. The automotive industry in America is making what many observers think is an irrevocable shift toward pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles and crossovers. While carmakers are producing sedans...
  • Drivers claim Pennsylvania Turnpike toll hikes are 'highway robbery'

    04/02/2018 7:15:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | March 30, 2018 | Debra Erdley
    Elizabeth Zemba of Mt. Pleasant, a daily Pennsylvania Turnpike traveler, turned to art and creativity to express frustration with the highway's ever-rising tolls. She created an Internet meme. A photo of a turnpike tollbooth is overlaid with the logo: "Pennsylvania Turnpike re-inventing highway robbery since 2009." For many, annual turnpike toll increases simply have become too much to bear. Two weeks ago, a coalition of truckers and motorists advocates filed a class action suit against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, PennDOT and Gov. Tom Wolf, seeking to recoup "excessive fees" that went to underwrite projects other than the operation of the...
  • 75-year-old man killed in Ford Pinto crash at Sonoma Raceway identified

    03/29/2018 11:36:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 115 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 29, 2018 | By Sarah Ravani
    The man who died after hitting a wall at more than 100 mph at Sonoma Raceway was identified Thursday as 75-year-old James Kenneth Rambo, authorities said. Rambo, a Napa resident, was racing his 1976 Ford Pinto in the Wednesday Night Drags program when the crash occurred. He crossed the finish line of the race and appeared to slam on his brakes, but the vehicle pulled to the left and forced him to hit a K-rail at more than 100 mph, said Sgt. Spencer Crum.
  • SF Motors reveals two electric SUVs with 300 miles of range

    03/28/2018 10:52:57 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 33 replies
    engadget ^ | 3/28/18 | Nicole Lee
    While much of the automotive world is focused on the New York Auto Show, a small car startup has unveiled its first-ever vehicles on the other side of the country in Santa Clara, California. SF Motors, the US arm of Chinese company Sokon, has just announced two cars -- the SF5 and the SF7 -- as part of a whole new line of electric vehicles. The SF5 is a medium size crossover SUV, and the SF7 is a full size crossover. The SF5 will be available for pre-order by the end of this year and will ship in 2019. Both...
  • Dear Uber, et al. Vehicles need human drivers

    03/20/2018 10:51:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 159 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | March 20, 2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    John covered this story last night, but the death of a pedestrian struck by a self-driving Uber vehicle in Arizona should have ramifications for the entire idea of autonomous vehicles. (Something I’ve been concerned about for a couple of years now.) After covering the initial reports from the accident, John concluded with the following observations and questions. There will be an investigation of this accident as well, but my first thought is to wonder why the human ‘backup driver’ didn’t stop the car and prevent this. Reliable self-driving cars and trucks may still be a couple years away but it’s...
  • Only in Houston, Texas! Cadillac spotted with foot-and-a-half long protruding spinners on wheels

    03/16/2018 8:11:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 16, 2018 | Victoria Bell
    You might find it hard to miss these unusual wheel accessories, but then they aren't made to be missed. Bemused passengers filmed the hilarious moment they spotted a car driving on the motorway with foot-and-a-half long protruding spinners on the wheels. The video shows a Cadillac driving on the busy motorway in Houston, Texas with the unusually long wheel ornaments on all four of its tires.
  • F1 testing ends with Ferrari setting the pace: New season is go in two weeks

    03/09/2018 5:57:04 PM PST · by daltec · 26 replies
    James Allen on F1 ^ | March 09, 2018 | James Allen
    Ferrari set the fastest time on the final day of F1 testing; but do they have the fastest car? Few think so, as Mercedes has certainly not gone all out to set eye catching lap times. Ferrari has been the pace setter the past few winters, including last year when it was clear that the car was really fast and stable. This year the car looks drivable, but so does the Red Bull. Following the pattern of previous seasons, the Silver Arrows have spent their time pounding around on harder tyre compounds, higher fuel loads and very much focussing on...
  • Huge Find: Very First 1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Ever Made

    03/01/2018 6:00:17 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 37 replies
    How did Kevin and his business partner (and cousin) Don Emery score this very special Trans Am? It all started with an ad that is featured in every Ames catalog and on its website: "Wanted: Low Mileage Low Production Cars." One day Kevin received a call from a Don Larsen of Victorville, California. Don mentioned that he had a car that Ames might be interested in and said it was possibly the first production 1969 Trans Am ever built. "Don was thinking retirement and figured it was time to sell the TA," says Kevin. That's a pretty bold claim to...
  • Florida Highway Patrol officer caught on video racing against Lamborghini

    02/28/2018 7:47:54 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 28, 2018 | Gary Gastelu
    A Florida Highway Patrol officer is in hot water after video showing him apparently racing a Lamborghini Aventador with his police car hit Instagram this week. Shot from the inside of a second Aventador, it shows the Dodge Charger patrol car and the Italian supercar with New York tags cruising along next to each other before the drivers hit their accelerators and pull away. The Lamborghini predictably leaves the Dodge in the dust. The exact location of the race has not been revealed, but the FHP knows who the trooper is and is considering if disciplinary action is necessary.
  • Poll portends tough sledding for California gas tax increase

    02/16/2018 8:06:37 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 25 replies
    bondbuyer.com ^ | February 16 2018 | By Keeley Webster
    The recent gas tax hike in California enacted to fund transportation projects could face tough sledding in the face of a repeal effort. Likely voters were nearly evenly split on the issue with 47% saying they favor repeal, while 48% said they oppose it, in a poll released Feb. 7 by the Public Policy Institute of California. The creator of the initiative to repeal a gas tax hike and vehicle fee increase approved by the state legislature last year to support transportation projects said signature gathering efforts are right on track. (You need to pay if you want to know...
  • A Tesla Roadster is Launched to Mars, and a New Space Age Begins

    02/07/2018 10:04:13 AM PST · by rktman · 66 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 2/7/2018 | Andrew Thomas
    Elon Musk is the world’s greatest showman. His Tesla Roadster and a dummy astronaut blasts off on a super-giant rocket called Falcon Heavy, headed for Mars orbit with David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” blaring on the car radio. The astronaut is dubbed “Starman”, after another Bowie song. The words “Don’t Panic!” are on the dashboard. Musk said that it took his team over three years to develop the space suit, because it not only had to be functional, it had to “look good”. To Musk, the spectacle is as important as the accomplishment. He understands that to be truly successful, you...
  • Uber and Lyft want you banned from using your own self-driving car in urban areas

    02/04/2018 9:36:53 AM PST · by jiggyboy · 29 replies
    The Mercury News (San Jose, CA) ^ | February 3, 2018 | Ethan baron
    The rabble can’t be trusted with self-driving cars, and only companies operating fleets of them should be able to use them in dense urban areas. So say Uber and Lyft, as signatories to a new list of transportation goals developed by a group of international non-governmental organizations and titled “Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities.”
  • Buddy Holly's visit to Austin Healey

    02/03/2018 9:52:00 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 24 replies
    You Tube ^ | uchubi
    Remembering his (and The Crickets) only visit to England [BBC One Show clip]
  • Formula 1 promo girls say they've 'lost important income because feminists think they know best'

    02/01/2018 7:01:35 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 63 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Feb 1, 2018 | Alan Dawson
    Formula 1 has banned Grid Girls from the sport. The women, now unemployed, are taking one final stand on social media. A five-time F1 grid girl says the ban is, "political correctness gone mad"...
  • Is the Era Of The Camless Valvetrain Finally Upon Us?- Technologue

    01/27/2018 12:49:40 PM PST · by zeestephen · 26 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 27 January 2018
    For decades the idea of electronically controlled electromagnetic, hydraulic, or pneumatic valve actuation has been studied, developed, and ultimately abandoned by big-name engineering firms such as Lotus and Ricardo - as well as familiar automakers including BMW, Fiat, Ford, GM, and Renault. Now a spinoff of hypercar maker Koenigsegg called Freevalve appears poised to bring the concept to production.
  • NTSB Investigating Crash of Tesla Into Fire Engine ... Firefighters Say Car Was on Autopilot

    01/24/2018 7:10:28 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 80 replies
    National Transportation Safety Board investigators are looking into the crash of a Tesla into a fire engine on the 405 Freeway after local firefighters said the Tesla driver told them the car was on Autopilot at the time of the collision. The luxury car slammed into the back of the fire engine while traveling at a speed of 65 mph on Monday, Culver City firefighters tweeted. No injuries were reported, but a day later, the collision had managed to draw the attention of federal investigators. In an Instagram post, the Culver City firefighters’ union said the Tesla “plowed into the rear of...
  • After 53 years burning rubber, drag racing ends at Raceway Park

    01/19/2018 6:45:14 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 33 replies
    NJ.com ^ | Steve Strunsky
    Drivers, turn off your engines. After more than half a century of burning rubber, Raceway Park will no longer hold drag races, officials said. With the rising cost of fuel, tires, insurance and other
  • Racing great Dan Gurney was the 'epitome of class'

    01/14/2018 6:50:21 PM PST · by Sam_Damon · 24 replies
    Autoweek ^ | January 14, 2018 | Bruce Martin
    The news that the legendary Dan Gurney died on Sunday night after a long battle with pneumonia was something racing legends Mario Andretti and Bobby Unser had difficulty accepting. Although they knew Gurney was in failing health, the fact that he was a “Mount Rushmore of Auto Racing” figure made him bigger-than-life to drivers who have been described in the same vein. “It’s one freaking sad day,” an emotional Unser told Autoweek in a phone interview Sunday night. Andretti echoed those sentiments from his home in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, on Sunday evening.
  • Fiat Chrysler to invest $1 billion in Michigan plant, add 2,500 jobs

    01/11/2018 3:46:02 PM PST · by mandaladon · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11 Jan 2018
    (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV FCH.MI (FCAU.N) said on Thursday it would invest more than $1 billion in its Michigan plant and add 2,500 jobs as it benefits from the overhaul of the U.S. tax code. The company said it would spend the money to modernize the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan to produce its Ram Heavy Duty trucks. The company will relocate the truck’s production from its current location in Saltillo, Mexico, to the Michigan plant in 202O. The car maker also said it would make a special bonus payment of $2,000 to about 60,000 FCA hourly...