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Categories: Auto Shows

The History of Monster Truck Events

On: Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 5:32PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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If you are a truck enthusiast, chances are that you are into Monster Trucks, particularly if your love for trucks goes back to the 70s when their popularity initially began, as lifted trucks with large 48-inch wheels became the rave. Famous trucks such as “Bigfoot" and “King Kong” were first introduced back then and still compete in shows today.

In the late 70s, truck enthusiasts began to explore different options for mud bogging and truck pulling which were evolving into more and more popular leisure activities. Trucks used for competition started to be modified to adapt to an increased demands that were put on them.

A pioneer in the monster truck industry was Bob Chandler, who has become known as the founder of the trade. Bob Chandler was a 4X4 enthusiast, and those who knew him say he was a lead-foot when he drove. His notoriously heavy foot led to a nickname—Bigfoot. Chandler started creating promotional videos of his jumps for his truck store. Then, as fate would have it, an event promoter noticed the video and requested that Chandler start performing in front of a live audience. Eventually the events grew to be more and more popular. Chandler was the first promoter of events with monster trucks that would jump and race other trucks. Chandler's performance became known as the “Truck-A-Rama,” and he was also believed to have first termed the phrase “Monster Truck,” when describing the famous truck called “Bigfoot.”

The World's Most Expensive Car: The Bugatti Veyron

On: Fri, May 14, 2010 at 2:49PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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For those who have a passion for sports cars, the Bugatti Veyron is not only the fastest car on the road, it will also put most of us working class, living-paycheck-to-paycheck car enthusiasts into a state of remorse. It is also the world’s most expensive car with a price tag of two million dollars. So, what do you get in a car that costs more than any other sports car available?

The BMW 335i Voted Must-See

On: Tue, Apr 27, 2010 at 8:21AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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The 2011 BMW 335i's Limited Edition was one of the cars selected for the “must-see” list of automobiles that debuted at the 2010 New York Auto Show that premiered recently. This sporty sedan features a single-turbo engine boosted to 320 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. Other than embellishing the car with the extra power, there is an optional 7-speed dual clutch transmission, which is a first for a BMW that is not an M model; the front and rear fascias of the 335i were revamped as well as the entire M-sport interior.

New Material May Replace The Lithium Ion Battery

On: Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 4:33PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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There was a new discovery recently made by researchers at the Imperial College of London that may change the future of the battery, including batteries used for electric cars. A patented mixture of carbon fiber and polymer was invented that can discharge and store electricity; what does that mean to the car industry?  It could enable the body of your automobile to run your engine!


The New Volt MPV5 Unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show

On: Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 5:46PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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General Motors has unveiled a new and exciting concept car at the Beijing auto show this year that is a version of the Chevrolet Volt, the Volt MPV5, a five door front wheel drive crossover electric plug-in hybrid. The Volt MPV5 has a strong resemblance to the Volt in physical appearance and it has similar environmental concepts as the Chevrolet Cruze Eco, particularly in its aerodynamics.

The 2011 Volkswagon Golf and GTI

On: Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 1:50PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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The all new 6th generation Volkswagen Golf and GTI are here, and according to the chief executive of Volkswagen of America, the twin hatchbacks are all about giving consumers “affordable German fun.”

Auto reviews after the debut of the Golf, at the recent New York International Auto show, were quoted as stating that the seats in the new VWs “manage to look and feel better than seats in a $100,000 Corvette ZR1.”

The Opel Flextreme Diesel

On: Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 10:08AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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The European version of GM's electric plug-in hybrid (the Volt) recently premiered at the Frankfort Auto Show. The Flextreme is a divergent model, adapted to the European market where the gasoline combustion engine was replaced by a 1.3 liter turbo diesel engine. The new E-Flex design uses electric drive to propel the vehicle, with rechargeable batteries that can be plugged into an electric grid. Rather than combining an internal combustion powertrain and electric drive to power the vehicle as traditional hybrid engines do, E-Flex is driven exclusively on electricity and the diesel fueled engine is utilized to provide energy that will power a generator in order to produce electricity for the electric drive. Subsequently, the engine is smaller and can operate more efficiently.

Lake Mirror Classic Featured On SPEED

On: Sat, Apr 17, 2010 at 11:31AM | By: John Welch

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Back in October 2009, the Lake Mirror Classic enticed a startlingly diverse group of classic autos to converge on the mean streets of downtown Lakeland, Florida. Okay, not really "mean streets"; "yuppster boulevards" is probably a better way to put it.

Considered a premier event for many years, the Lake Mirror Classic has attracted many special guests, from Brock Yates (my personal "hero du jour") to Hurley Haywood. In 2009, our little concours by the lake saw Dennis Gage in attendance. Not only did Dennis bring his famous handle-bar 'stache, he was accompanied by his Speedvision camera crew. ("SPEED" camera crew, not "Speedvision" . . .sry.)

American Mini, Not Muscle

On: Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 2:19PM | By: Benjamin Roussey

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The New York International Auto Show seemed to be less of an auto show than it was an extravaganza for environmentally friendly automobiles. To be more accurate, it seemed to be a display for mini-mobiles. The self-propelled cars in the Flintstone’s cartoon had more power than some of these cars. This timing could not have come at a worse time for these auto companies. This winter tossed a monkey wrench into the spokes of the Al Gore global warming crusade and an increasing number of people are questioning the global warming rational.

First Glance 2010 New York Auto Show Parked For Two Weeks At The Javits Center.

On: Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 10:47AM | By: Clay Ritchings

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Car lovers may be seeing green at this year’s show but it wouldn’t be complete without the sexy, fast cars attendees have come to love. The crazy-hot 2011 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 race car . . . Spyker, Viper, Lotus, Lamborghini, and the 202-mph Bentley Supersports pale yellow convertible. Along the larger SUV lines, Infiniti has introduced the all-new QX56, the company's flagship sport utility vehicle, which was completely redesigned. Volkswagen unveiled the 2011 Touareg and the 2011 Porsche Cayenne also gets new styling and a new hybrid drivetrain that can cruise on electric power alone at speeds up to 97 mph.

Rain Did Not Dampen 2010 Bike Expo

On: Mon, Feb 1, 2010 at 1:16PM | By: Clay Ritchings

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This was the first time I have ever attended an event of this nature, and even though most of the displays and events outside were rained out, the display of bikes and the artistry that it takes to put it all together did not fall short. I did not count all the bikes that came for the build-off but there had to be over 40. Everything from old school designs to bikes that look like they came off the set of the movie “Alien”.  This was a complete motorcycle expo in Clearwater, Florida, with tons of vendors, stunt riders, multiple stages and bands, raffles, auctions, cash give-aways each hour, ride-in bike show on Sunday also with cash prizes, tattoo contest, food, beer, and tons of fun!  Oh, and do not forget the Miss Full Throttle Bikini Contest!