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  • Fastest school run in the world: U.S. bus turned into 367mph jet-powered dragster (Video)

    08/07/2010 9:49:36 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 37 replies
    Mail (UK) ^ | 6th August 2010 | By Mail Foreign Service
    An American school bus has been transformed into a 367mph flame-throwing dragster. Its creator Paul Stender replaced the ordinary school bus engine with one from a powerful Phantom fighter jet.The flame-painted bus was custom built by Stender and his team at Indy Boys Inc in Indianapolis, USA, but it won't be getting students to school in record time as it's only for show. Hot wheels: Powered by a Phantom fighter jet engine this custom-made school bus can reach 367mph Stender's creation, dubbed 'The School Time Jet-Powered School Bus' fires out 80 foot flames from the back creating massive clouds of...
  • Friday Interview: Fighting Traffic Gridlock in North Carolina

    08/06/2010 11:20:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Carolina Journal ^ | August 6, 2010 | CJ Staff
    RALEIGH — North Carolina’s traffic congestion could double in the next couple of decades, with Charlotte drivers facing the same types of delays Chicago drivers face now. That was the conclusion of a 2007 John Locke Foundation report. It recommended $12 billion of spending to clear North Carolina’s congested urban roads and prepare for future traffic growth. Many traffic problems outlined three years ago continue to cause concerns today. Randal O’Toole, senior fellow with the Cato Institute, recently tackled the issue from a national perspective in the book Gridlock: Why We’re Stuck in Traffic and What to Do About It....
  • Gov't Motors' Electric Edsel

    08/02/2010 6:13:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 112 replies · 21+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 2, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Industrial Policy: The administration's electric car represents both the genius of American technology and the stupidity of its government. Imagine Rube Goldberg with $50 billion. Buy now and get a free 40-mile-long extension cord. It wasn't exactly Michael Dukakis riding in a tank wearing a Snoopy helmet, but it was close. President Obama, who reportedly hasn't driven an inch himself since taking office, visited a GM plant in Hamtramck near Detroit on Friday to drive a Chevy Volt 10 feet off an assembly line. It was a perfect image, as the American economy is being driven off a cliff by...
  • UK: The great switch off: 1000's of speed cameras to be scrapped

    08/01/2010 7:24:39 PM PDT · by Stoat · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | August 1, 2010
    Britain’s network of 6,000 speed cameras could be dramatically reduced after a raft of councils looked set to follow Oxfordshire’s move and switch theirs off. The county’s entire network of 72 cameras will be switched off at midnight tonight after the coalition Government pulled the plug on their funding. The change of heart could usher in a different landscape for Britain’s 33million motorists two decades after the first network was installed. Already, neighbouring Buckinghamshire said it is ‘very likely’ to switch off its cameras, while Bedfordshire, Suffolk and Derbyshire have launched reviews. (edit)  The moves, however, could be just the...

    07/30/2010 4:37:06 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 39 replies · 3+ views
    email | 7/30/2010 | Anonymous
    How to achieve good vision while driving during a heavy downpour. We are not sure why it is so effective; just try this method when it rains heavily. This method was told by a Police friend who had experienced and confirmed it. It is useful...even driving at night. Most of the motorists would turn on HIGH or FASTEST SPEED of the wipers during heavy downpour, yet the visibility in front of the windshield is still bad...... In the event you face such a situation, just try your SUN GLASSES (any model will do), and miracle! All of a sudden, your...
  • Fifty Ugliest Cars of the Past 50 Years (A Half-Century of Automotive Eyesores)

    07/24/2010 7:58:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 205 replies · 6+ views
    Business Week ^ | 7/24/2010 | Damian Joseph
    Considering how many new cars are rolled out every year, it's no surprise that a few might be just plain homely. There's a chance that certain styles might become fashionable with a dash of retro hip. (Well, maybe not from the 1970s.)
  • Two Sentenced for Transporting Stolen Goods to Support Hizballah

    07/14/2010 11:31:24 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Two Sentenced for Transporting Stolen Goods to Support Hizballah PHILADELPHIA—Michael Katz, 58, of Plainsboro, NJ, and Alaa Allia Ahmed Mohamed, a/k/a “Alaa Ahmed Mohamed Abouelnagaa,” 44, of Brooklyn, NY, were sentenced today for conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and trafficking in counterfeit goods, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. Katz was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison; Mohamed was sentenced to 18 months in prison. The charges against the two were filed in conjunction with a case against four people, including Hassan Hodroj and Dib Hani Harb, who...
  • Range Rover: Still King of the Hill

    07/11/2010 7:35:09 AM PDT · by STONEWALLS · 33 replies
    WS Journal ^ | 7-10-10 | WS Journal
    In Hollywood they call them Derange Rovers, and with good reason. Not a month goes by but that it seems some celeb plows his or her Range Rover into something or someone. Last month, "Mad Men" actress January Jones went on a little evening carom, bouncing her Range Rover off three parked cars in Hollywood. And earlier this month, singer George Michael drove his Range Rover through a London storefront. Mr. Michael was at the wheel of another Range Rover last year when he struck the back of a tractor-trailer at an estimated 100 mph. Wham! The list goes on....
  • Tesla shares slump below IPO price as investors bail

    07/07/2010 6:43:14 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 22 replies
    LA Times ^ | 7-6-10 | Tom Petruno
    Investors who bought Tesla Motors Inc.’s initial public stock offering last week thought they had a hot one. They did -- for a day and a half. But it has been all downhill since. Shares of the electric sports car maker plunged for a third straight session Tuesday as investors bailed out, pushing the stock below the IPO price of $17. Palo Alto-based Tesla closed down $3.09, or 16.1%, to $16.11. Despite the high hurdles facing the company’s bid to become commercially successful, the hype surrounding the IPO -- the first for an American carmaker since Ford Motor’s offering in...
  • Ford aims to keep rolling with quarterly results

    04/24/2010 5:19:35 AM PDT · by STONEWALLS · 7 replies · 438+ views
    Marketwatch ^ | April 24, 2010 | Shawn Langlois
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Ford Motor Co. is riding a wave of momentum for the release of its quarterly report next week, and Wall Street is expecting to see still more concrete evidence of the resurgent automaker's recent strides. Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford /quotes/comstock/13*!f/quotes/nls/f (F 14.21, +0.01, +0.07%) will hand in its results Tuesday. Analysts estimate the company earned 32 cents a share in the first quarter, with sales of $28.5 billion, according to an average calculated by FactSet Research David Silver, an automotive analyst for, said he'll scrutinize cash flow and overseas sales. "I expect it to be a...
  • GM Repays Loan To US… Actually, Not Really (Update)

    04/23/2010 6:30:34 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies · 853+ views ^ | April 23, 2010 | SoundOffSister
    It was with great fanfare yesterday that General Motors announced that it was repaying some $4.7 billion of $6.7 billion in loans it received from the federal government. And, with even bigger fanfare, it was announced that this partial repayment was being made some five years earlier than expected.
  • Iowa Museum to Display Rare 1901 Automobile

    04/11/2010 6:32:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies · 821+ views
    KGAN ^ | April 11, 2010
    A rare 1901 automobile will be on display at the Mitchell County Historical Museum later this month. The car is called the Frazee. It is known as the first gasoline-powered automobile manufactured in Iowa and believed to be the only model in existence. The museum will open at its new Osage location on April 23. At the grand opening, visitors will be able to get a closer look at the automobile which was designed and built by George T. Frazee, an Osage jeweler.
  • GM posts $4.3 billion loss for 2009

    04/07/2010 7:59:20 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 15 replies · 850+ views
    AFP ^ | April 7, 2010
    General Motors posted a post-bankruptcy 2009 net loss of 4.3 billion dollars Wednesday but said it hoped to achieve profitability in 2010. The new GM, which emerged from bankruptcy protection on July 10, achieved global revenues of 57.5 billion dollars and ended the year with net cash of one billion dollars. "As the results for 2009 show, there is still significant work to be done," Chris Liddell, GM vice chairman and chief financial officer said in a statement. "However, I continue to believe we have a chance of achieving profitability in 2010." The net loss includes the pre-tax impact of...
  • Glades Vultures Eat Anything -- Even Car Parts

    04/06/2010 1:20:50 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 820+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Monday, 04.05.10 | Curtis Morgan
    At Everglades National Park, managers struggle to control vultures' appetites for the rubber and plastic on visitors' vehicles.Behind her counter in the gift shop at Anhinga Trail, the first and most popular tourist stop in Everglades National Park, Linda Hyde keeps a secret weapon against forbidding creatures that spent much of the winter lurking in the parking lot and preying on random visitors and staffers. Not pythons, gators, panthers or even infamously blood-thirsty mosquitoes. Vultures. Some of the big black birds, known primarily for dining on the dead and decaying, also have developed an appetite for something unusual: car parts....
  • Volvo sold to China's Geely

    03/28/2010 3:43:40 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 22 replies · 1,201+ views
    AFP/The Local ^ | March 28, 2010
    Chinese car maker Zhejiang Geely Holding has signed a deal to buy Sweden's Volvo Cars from US auto maker Ford. "I can confirm that a final agreement on the sale of Volvo to Geely was signed at 2:40 pm," Volvo Cars spokesman Per-Åke Fröberg told AFP ahead of a news conference due around 3.30pm. The deal was signed at Volvo headquarters in Gothenburg by Ford's financial director Lewis Booth and Geely's president Li Shufu, Froeberg said.
  • March Car Sales Surge; But It's Not a Sign of Improving Economy

    03/21/2010 5:50:49 PM PDT · by wrrock · 2 replies · 237+ views
    Car Dealer Reviews ^ | 3/21/2009 | Car Dealer Review
    Early Reports: It looks like March car sales will exceeded expectations. However, seasoned industry experts do not attribute the sales surge to an improving economy. Rather, the sales increase is a result of credit restrictions easing, unprecedented incentives and the revival of car leasing. “Toyota’s incentives announcement immediately generated nearly a 40 percent spike in that brand’s purchase intent by visitors to,” noted Senior Analyst Ray Zhou, PhD. anticipates that car sales for the latter portion of the month will weaken. “We shouldn’t view this as a sign that the economy is recovering; this sales bounce is...
  • Honda to Unveil the Electric 3R-C Concept in Geneva

    03/12/2010 8:12:02 AM PST · by Cronos · 43 replies · 863+ views
    Treehugger ^ | 2.25.2010 | JAcob Gordan
    Next week ushers in the Geneva auto show, and based on last year's and the previews hus far, it's going to be bubbling with alternative vehicles. Honda has released a teaser of its 3R-C, an all-electric single-seater urban mobility concept. With two wheels in the front and one in the back, it conjures images of the Aptera but even more compact Honda is well aware of the world's mass urban migration, and the 3R-C fits into that category of ever-so-small, park-it-anywhere urban commuter. As the Autoblog Green guys point out , Honda's concept is only slightly less radical than the...
  • CAFE Vs. Toyota

    03/10/2010 6:12:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 54 replies · 1,162+ views ^ | March 10, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Auto Safety: As a Toyota Prius with a stuck accelerator races down a California freeway, no one mourns the victims of the fuel economy standards imposed by Congress. Forced into smaller cars, thousands have died. We can barely imagine the panic felt by James Sikes, 61, as his Toyota Prius accelerated uncontrollably while he drove down Interstate 8 in San Diego County. We can imagine the continuation of the grandstanding by the owners of "government motors" as they further browbeat a competitor of government-run GM and Chrysler. We do not minimize the safety issues here that need to be addressed,...
  • Top 10 Most Noteworthy Vehicles of the Decade (according to Edmunds and Yahoo)

    03/08/2010 2:59:15 AM PST · by DemforBush · 41 replies · 174+ views
    Yahoo ^ | n/a | n/a
    When the Noughts get their page in automotive history, much of the discussion will probably concern manufacturer closings and abysmal sales. This is a shame, for while the meltdown of an industry is certainly big news, the decade also brought us models that deserve to be remembered for the impact they made...
  • List: 10 Most Dangerous Drivers by Profession

    02/23/2010 6:40:16 AM PST · by wrrock · 14 replies · 671+ views
    Car Dealer Review ^ | 2/23/2010 | Car Dealer Review
    Are attorneys more likely to be to be dangerous drivers? An insurance study reveals that 44% of attorneys have reported an accident. However, there’s a chance Attorney’s and Judges partly find themselves at the top of the list because of potential legal liabilities. And although teens and the elderly are clearly high risk groups, they fall outside of the profession focus of this study. THE LIST: 1. Attorney/judge 2. Financial professionals 3. Government worker (GS6) 4. Bartender or waiter 5. Business professionals 6. Dog groomer 7. Marketing/advertising professionals 8. Barber/stylist 9. Coach 10. Nurse The least dangerous drivers? Athletes (17%...