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  • Mayor Turner Wants "Congestion Pricing" On Houston Roads

    06/25/2019 12:07:42 PM PDT · by ro_dreaming · 34 replies
    Urban Reform ^ | 06/24/2019 | Charles Blain
    Council Member Martha Castex-Tatum (District K) offered the amendment, with the full support of Mayor Sylvester Turner, and it would have created an exploratory committee to research the new fee. “This is just an opportunity for us to look for another way to source some additional revenue,” she said as she rolled out the amendment. The amendment died because of a tie vote of 7-7 (two council members were out of chambers and couldn’t vote), but there wasn’t much of a discussion as to what exactly is a congestion fee and what commuters should expect.
  • How to Build a Self-Driving Car: Forget About the Car

    06/25/2019 12:16:00 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 41 replies
    The Drive ^ | 6/24/2019 | Bertel Schmitt
    I have neither the wherewithal, nor the interest to build any car, so I ask Chris to assume Suzuki Motor Chairman Osamu Suzuki is on the phone. Suzuki’s global annual volume is around 3.5 million cars, all as reliable, ubiquitous, and as high-tech as a hammer. If the future really belongs to sensor-studded supercomputers on wheels, then Suzuki has a problem. Let’s assume Mr. Suzuki is asking Chris Heiser for help. “Heiser-san, sumimasen, my people tell me self-driving cars are mote-mote,” I intone in a vain attempt at imitating the inimitable 89-year-old Suzuki. “What do I need to put into...
  • Rusty Plymouth Superbird on Craigslist could be someone's $250,000 golden egg

    06/23/2019 11:49:46 AM PDT · by ETL · 70 replies ^ | June 23, 2019 | Gary Gastelu | Fox News
    It’s a 1970 Plymouth Superbird that could be would be worth $250,000 or more if it were in great shape, which it very much isn’t. The rusted-out Nascar special gained attention on due to its rarity.It’s one of about 300 that were equipped with a 440 six-barrel V8 and a four-speed manual transmission. The seller says that the engine shows 48,000 miles and is original, but had the factory carburetor setup replaced with a dual quad unit at some point. The ‘Bird’s B-5 blue paint and white interior combination make it even more uncommon, but the fact that its...
  • ECJ set to rule on German autobahn tolls

    06/22/2019 4:28:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | June 18, 2019 | Kersten Knipp
    Are tolls going to be enforced on private drivers? The German government, along with every car owner in the European Union, will finally get a definitive answer to that question on Tuesday. If the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rules in favor of the tolls, all motorists will be charged to drive on German highways. The fees, known as "vignettes," are to be collected according to the time traveled on the autobahn. For cars registered in Germany, however, owners will get a credit deductible from the motor vehicle tax as compensation, meaning the costs would be offset, and ultimately, Germans...
  • Burt Reynolds' last 'Bandit' Trans Am sold for $317,500

    06/18/2019 4:18:41 PM PDT · by ETL · 20 replies ^ | June 18, 2018 | Gary Gastelu | Fox News
    The last “Bandit” Trans Am owned by Burt Reynolds was sold at a Julien’s Auctions event featuring the late star’s memorabilia for $317,500 on Sunday. The 1979 Pontiac wasn’t actually used in “Smokey and the Bandit,” but was a tribute car built for Reynolds by Bandit Movie Cars in Florida that he drove in public events. Reynolds owned several replicas over the years as the dozen or so vehicles that appeared on screen were all damaged during the making of the movie and discarded afterward. The most authentic original is a car that Universal Pictures bought at the time to...
  • 1968 Ford Mustang that was parked over 40 years sold with previous owner's remains inside

    06/13/2019 3:20:09 PM PDT · by ETL · 40 replies ^ | June 13, 2019 | Gary Gastelu | Fox News
    Usually, when you buy a used car you get the title from the owner, but a 1968 Ford Mustang GT was recently sold with a previous owner included. His earthly remains, at least. According to an account posted to MustangFanClub, the rusty car had been sitting in a Florida barn since the 1970s when its owner, James, passed away a few years ago. His best friend Bruce asked the family if he could buy it from them. They agreed, and he moved it with him to North Carolina. Unable to get around to fixing it himself, Bruce decided to put...
  • FORD v FERRARI | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX

    06/12/2019 9:56:35 AM PDT · by fishtank · 18 replies
    20th Century Fox ^ | Published on Jun 2, 2019 | 20th Century Fox
    Academy Award-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in FORD v FERRARI, based on the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Bale), who together battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.
  • Milwaukee Brewer Mike Moustakas hits homer into car, but it's a good thing

    06/10/2019 6:35:15 PM PDT · by ETL · 23 replies ^ | June 10, 2019 | Gary Gastelu | Fox News
    One of the only things that can ruin hitting a home run is watching your ball fly over the fence and hit a car, but that made things even better for Milwaukee Brewer Mike Moustakas on Sunday. Moustakas slammed one into center field in the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates that broke a 2-2 tie and landed on the roof of a Toyota Rav4. It wasn’t parked there by a clueless owner but was part of a promotion to give it away if a Brewer hit it with a ball, which Moustakas learned after the fact."I didn't know that I actually...
  • Ford closes UK plant as Brexit chaos slams manufacturing

    06/06/2019 10:14:24 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 19 replies ^ | May 6, 2019 | Charles Riley
    Ford has announced plans to close an engine plant in Wales, dealing yet another blow to a UK industry that is being ravaged by weak car sales and uncertainty over Brexit. The US automaker said it would shutter its plant in Bridgend by September 2020, when a contract to supply engines to Jaguar Land Rover ends. Some 1,700 people work at the factory. Ford (F) said Brexit did not influence its decision. But the company had previously warned that it may have to close plants if Britain leaves the European Union without protecting trade.
  • Abandoned rare 1969 Plymouth GTX muscle car being auctioned by police

    06/05/2019 8:45:24 PM PDT · by ETL · 80 replies ^ | June 5, 2019 | Gary Gastelu | Fox News
    The 1969 GTX Convertible was found on an abandoned property near Traverse City, reportedly after the death of its owner, and it appears to have been sitting there for years. The red two-door is one of 362 like it that were built that year with a 440 V8 and automatic transmission, and it has just 20,269 miles on its odometer. No one has tried to start it, but the owner of Bingham Body and Towing, where it is currently located, told Fox News Autos that he knows a mechanic that worked on it about a decade ago and said it was...
  • Tracy Morgan goes off on woman who hit his new $2 million Bugatti: video

    06/04/2019 7:32:09 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 69 replies
    Page Six ^ | 4 June 2019 | Francesca Bacardi
    “Bitch get out the car!” Morgan can be heard shouting after hitting the passenger-side window of the Honda CRV that crashed into his new ride. Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport “Just bought it,” he fumes to passersby before walking out into traffic to speak with the other driver. No one was injured in the crash, and the woman was not charged, police said.
  • 1963 Corvette Stingray - Jay Leno's Garage

    06/02/2019 11:52:55 AM PDT · by ETL · 55 replies
    YouTube ^ | June 8, 2014
    Jay Leno’s Garage Published on Jun 8, 2014 1963 Corvette Stingray: Master judge and restorer Mike McCluskey took this rare fuel-injected Sting Ray (that Jay bought sight unseen) back to stock perfection. Jay's video presentation (22 min)
  • 1941 Willys (Gasser) with 871 Blower

    06/02/2019 8:09:55 AM PDT · by ETL · 20 replies
    YouTube (3:14 min) ^ | June 18, 2018
    AutoAppraise Published on Jun 18, 2018 John Stratton has been dreaming of this day for a long time- Check 1941 Willys off the bucket list!Big Al’s Toy Barn gets a shout out from car appraiser Jason Phillips on this stealthy big block...
  • 1956 Chevy Nomad

    06/01/2019 3:58:52 PM PDT · by ETL · 59 replies
    YouTube (3 min) ^ | Mar 3, 2016
    Streetside Classics Published on Mar 3, 2016
  • Need FReeper advice re Texas financial laws pertaining to auto dealers (vanity)

    06/01/2019 12:38:12 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 35 replies
    06/01/2019 | self
    I recently agreed to co-sign for our veteran son for a used/low-mileage 2014 truck (31k sticker) from a dealership. He's in the police academy and need transportation for work & school. He's had some bad luck with vehicles and just lost his last rig for reasons pertaining to an ex (long unrelated story). I provided my info over the phone to our boy while he was in the sales office with the rep. Dealership sent me the paperwork to sign this week and on the form they increased my income by 25% in addition to other false statements pertaining to...
  • 1931 Duesenberg Model J Town Car - Jay Leno's Garage

    06/01/2019 2:11:52 PM PDT · by ETL · 27 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug 21, 2012 | Jay Leno’s Garage
    Jay Leno’s Garage Published on Aug 21, 2012 1931 Duesenberg Model J Town CarWhen Jay found the last original-owner, unrestored Duesenberg in the world languishing in a Manhattan parking garage, he knew he had to call in an expert.Thanks to Randy Ema, this Woods-bodied car owned by the Strauss family is finally back on the road.
  • Car collector's 'dirty little secret' discovered after death.

    06/01/2019 7:46:38 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/1/19 | Gary Gastelu, Fox News
    Dirty little secrets are rarely this big. An eclectic car, motorcycle and parts collection discovered after the May 2018 death of a Michigan man who had amassed it over the years is heading to the auction block. According to VanDerBrink Auctions, Jeff Begg was an engineer who worked for Dana Corporation, founded several manufacturing companies of his own and fell under the spell of eBay when he was closing out his wife’s account following her passing in 2003.
  • GM and Bechtel plan to build thousands of electric car charging stations across the US

    05/28/2019 7:48:49 AM PDT · by Moonman62 · 76 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/28/19 | Peter Valdes-Dapena
    General Motors, America's largest automaker, and Bechtel, the country's largest construction company, are teaming up to build thousands of electric vehicle fast-charging stations across the United States. The two companies have agreed to create a new company that will build the charger network. Adding more fast charging stations should provide a boost to sales of electric cars. One of the biggest concerns Americans have about electric cars is whether there will be enough places to charge them, according to a recent survey by AAA. This network will not only help GM (GM), which plans to introduce 20 new electric vehicle...
  • Fiat Chrysler proposes merger with Renault, would be third-largest automaker

    05/27/2019 8:13:57 AM PDT · by Java4Jay · 51 replies
    The merged company would reshape the global industry: it would make some 8.7 million vehicles a year, leapfrogging General Motors and trailing only Volkswagen and Toyota.
  • Nissan LEAF Batteries To Outlast Car By 10-12 Years

    05/24/2019 9:30:31 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 43 replies
    Inside EVs ^ | 24 May 2019 | STEVEN LOVEDAY
    Some would argue otherwise, but this is fantastic news. Recent Nissan battery life data suggests that the battery itself may last some 10-12 years beyond the life of the car. The company sees the LEAF's reasonable life at about 10 years. Managing director of Renault-Nissan Energy Services Francisco Carranza reveals that the batteries in those cars seem to have a 22-year life span.