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Lutz Takes The Wraps Off Of GM's Near Future Product

On: Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 3:47PM | By: John Welch

Maximum Bob Lutz test 2

Another day, another boring, useful-information free press conference from GM. The world has to be getting as sick of this as I am . . . has this blog even reported on anything other than GM in the last month? Yeah, I guess we have, but not much damnit!

Anyway, the esteemed Mr. Bob Lutz gives us small morsels of info regarding the next Malibu and its cousins, assuming anyone cares . . .

Dyson-Mazda Racing Into 2010

On: Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 12:34PM | By: John Welch

Dyson Racing test 2

The Lola-built LMP2 coupes of Dyson Mazda Racing are arguably the most visually stimulating cars entered in the American Le Mans Series. Good lookin'? Yes. Reliable? Eh, not so much.

Last season saw the Dyson team constantly battling mechanical gremlins - problems with the turbo, fuel delivery issues, overheating . . . when the car ran well however, it was unstoppable. And let's not forget, ravishing.

For 2010 the team has put serious man-hours into engineering a bullet proof racer. Lola has been working on some new tricks as well. Pending IMSA approval, the team will also switch to bio-butanol fuel for both cars . . . busy off season!

Techno Jeep

On: Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 3:07PM | By: Geoff Ciesla

These creative people put together a techno song just from using the sounds of a Jeep.


"The sounds in this video are ACTUAL sounds from the Jeep. Everyone began rehearsing their parts 2 weeks before we shot the video. It took us 7 hours of filming to get a solid take. Enjoy!"


Whitacre Looking For a Few Good Executives, Willing To Work For Peanuts

On: Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 12:50PM | By: John Welch

Hooray America! test 2

Tex Whitacre Jr. and GM's Board of Executives are currently searching for “a motivating, inspirational leader” to direct the ailing company back to its former glory. Though candidates need to be strong and accomplished leaders, they don't need to be existing CEOs or even have strong auto credentials ("auto credentials" being worth little more then a hill of beans in 2009 . . .).

Whitacre told reporters that he was looking for "A person that's a motivating, inspirational leader that's familiar with big companies, manufacturing or industrial, would be helpful." No ess; I thought you were planning on hiring a career junkie as the new CEO . . . instead you want a strong leader with manufacturing or industrial experience . . . gee, would that even apply to a mass-market auto manufacturer? Seriously, Tex, if you're going to call press conferences, try actually saying something at said conferences.


The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

On: Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 3:47PM | By: John Welch

2011 Toyota Sienna test 2

Mulally and Whitacre make nice-nice;

Whitacre does not extend nice-nice to schleps within his own company;

and the new Toyota Sienna debuts, renders Venza pointless . . . or was it the other way around?

Danica Finally Signs With Dale Jr/NASCAR

On: Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 5:11PM | By: John Welch

Danica Finally Signs With Dale Jr/NASCAR test 1-1

So, it was bound to happen. Now that it has, are there any surprises in store for us? Any morsel of information surrounding Danica Patrick's "move" to the Nationwide Series (I hate the word "move" in this context; she's still racing the entire IRL season, you goof-balls!) that hasn't been leaked, dredged or milked in the last three days to four weeks? Naw, not really.

The 'Shopper tries to avoid NASCAR, if at all possible, and this is one of the reasons why. There is no mystery. There is no suspense. Just an example: Audi announced the R15 in July of 2008, yet no one saw a prototype until January of 2009, a week before its Sebring debut. See that NASCAR Press?! Intrigue! Something to freaking ponder! Another example: Every Formula One team has been working on new cars for the 2010 season for several months. Other than the pictures Lotus has displayed on their half-assed website (images which appear to depict the Force India car . . .), none of these machines have been leaked to any news outlet or private citizen. And these examples focus on the cars actually being driven, not the future plans of a certain human being behind the wheel.

So, we all knew Danica was coming, and now here she is. Whoopdeediddledoo . . .

The Reason You Don't Work In Construction . . .

On: Tue, Dec 8, 2009 at 2:33PM | By: John Welch

Jim Henson's failed venture:  test 2

 . . . is pretty clear. At a construction site, there is no YouTube. Plain and simple. My 21st century sensibillities won't stand for a internet-less occupation, as I'm sure yours won't either. Here are a few reasons why our breed requires the majesty of the innerwebs to fill out the productivity gaps in our lazy, office chair-based business day . . .

Grand-Am Off-Season Updates

On: Mon, Dec 7, 2009 at 5:35PM | By: John Welch

The Rolex Grand Am Series test 2

We are mired in the racing dead-zone between November and February, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty of news as race teams prepare for the 2010 campaign.

Grand-Am will see a number of changes after the winter break: a new title sponsor for the Sports Car Challenge, teams adding and subtracting the number of cars they field, and new models racing, just to name a few. Herein we have an update to the goings-on behind the off-season scenes . . .

Motorcycle -Motored Mayhem

On: Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 5:13PM | By: John Welch

Metro Gnome test 2

I absolutely despise kypping other blog's stories for my own benefit, but these cars are just waaay to rad to pass up. Do we all know what the 24 Hours of LeMons is? Probably not.

An amateur race held all over the country, the 24 Hours of LeMons can be broken down in a fairly concise manner. You go junkyard-hopping until you find a beater you like. After spending no more then $500 on the car and modifications (brake and safety-related parts are exempt from the mandated budget),  you have to be able to prove that five bills was the ceiling. Proper documentation is a good idea, because if the organizers don't believe you spent only $500 getting that Roush supercharger for your '89 Town Car, well then they're gunna bash the crap out of the poor girl. Or they're going to force you to let them buy it from you. Or they'll decree an immediate crushing. Needless to say, buy a complete hunk-of-ess and engineer/penny-pinch your ass off! Complete rules and history of the 24 Hours of LeMons can be found here . . .

So, this was all somebody else's idea, and I really have absolutely nothing to do with it; why am I just now mentioning this marathon of corner-carving destruction derby? Simple: the outlandishly brilliant technology born of severe determination and a $500 budget. Inside the post: links to every scrap of info I could find regarding tiny front-drive econoboxes and the motorcycle powerplants that have been lovingly stuffed into their passenger seats . . .

Captain Slow Tells It Like It Is

On: Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 6:05PM | By: John Welch

James May test 2

We have provided links to Jeremy Clarkson's articles in the Times Online before, but he isn't the only Top Gear presenter who writes a semi-weekly column for a British newspaper.

Good 'ole Captain Slow (a.k.a. James May) scribes his own articles, for the Telegraph. James has a slightly different style, a little more subtle, a little less "car testing" oriented. He explores some interesting subjects, some interesting cars, and does some wildly interesting things.

Your "James May Primer" inside the post . . .

Hexatech C3TR, Worth Every Stinking Penny!

On: Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 1:55PM | By: John Welch

Cruden Hexatech C3TR test 2

If anyone is paying attention, this is my Christmas List:

1.) Six dozen cases of Widmer Hefeweizen.

2.) 35 cartons of Marlboro Reds.

3.) 300 some-odd gallons of Dutch Brothers Espresso,

and 4.) the Hexatech C3TR six-post Racing Simulator.

 . . . then I would humbly request that I be left in solitude until July . . .