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Solar Vehicles; Here Comes the Sun

On: Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 3:48PM | By: Karen Cook


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Police investigators have files in their offices, which are labeled “cold”. Anyone who watches crime dramas knows this. If a case is unable to be solved it sits and waits for new information to be uncovered or new technology to be invented to help find out ‘whodunit”. Why don’t car manufacturers have cold cases? You know, someone who looks at great ideas from the past that were not able to be realized at the time.


A Meditation on Road Trips

On: Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 2:14PM | By: Nick Bakewell


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I recently undertook my first solo-long-distance road trip (yet another chance to test the Kia; it passed), driving from Texas up to the frigid wastes of Maine. Joking, Maine is beautiful right now, the last gasp of the changing leaves painted in warm winter sunlight, set off the by the immeasurable steel-grey of the Atlantic Ocean. It makes for some heavenly driving, too; some fantastic coastal roads that twist and wind their way smoothly through small forests and across peninsulas are a stone’s throw away from my lodgings. Now that I’m here, though, the journey as it stands is over, and I find myself reflecting on the nature and possibilities therein.


Why You Should Drive A Car That You Like

On: Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 2:04PM | By: Nick Bakewell


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The world today is full of cars. So full, in fact, that we’ve altered it to suit the car, rather than altering the car to suit it: look at how many tunnels we’ve bored through mountains or forests we’ve demolished to make roads. It may, in fact, be the only thing that remains just as essential to the running and progress of the human race as the computer. This post is aimed at Americans in particular, but that’s not to say that it can’t apply to you if you live elsewhere.


Great American Road Trips: Skyline Drive

On: Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 1:56PM | By: Bill Wilson


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Skyline Drive is a 105-mile roadway cut through the most scenic points in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park.  Similar to the Blue Ridge Parkway in character, it makes a great addition to that classic American road or a fun motoring adventure all on its own.


 

Bench Seats; and Then There Were None

On: Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 10:54AM | By: Karen Cook


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Allow me to wax nostalgic for a moment. My children are grown and as I get older I start to appreciate things I once took for granted. While we are focused on raising children and moving forward with our careers we sometimes miss changes that gradually happen and then suddenly something you thought would always be there is gone. My wonderful automobile has begun having a few issues. It is the one and only new car I have ever owned and I never thought I would love a car as much as I love this one. However, it may be getting to the point that it will be cheaper to replace it than repair it.


Great American Road Trips: the Blue Ridge Parkway

On: Sat, Nov 9, 2013 at 9:32AM | By: Bill Wilson


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When Henry Ford introduced the first mass-produced automobiles early in the 20th century, he envisioned his cars being used for more than going to work or the local mall. He pictured Americans driving across the United States, enjoying the amazing scenic beauty found coast-to-coast.

Nowadays, however, our hectic lives leave little room for the fine art of pleasure driving. For those able to make the commitment, though, there’s a stretch of road that offers easy access to some of the most beautiful country on earth. Known as the Blue Ridge Parkway, it stretches 469 miles from Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.


Is Tesla Driving Us Mad? A Burning Question

On: Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 3:08PM | By: Karen Cook


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Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American who lived from 1856 to 1946. He was an electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and physicist. He was considered a “mad scientist” by the main populace of the time. He had astonishing ideas and managed to make quite a few of them work. He worked with Thomas Edison for a while and we have them to thank for quite a bit of our modern technology. Tesla’s name is now fittingly attached to an electric car company. Unfortunately it seems that this manufacturer is living up to the “mad scientist” legacy.


Confusion at the Car Show: A Lime Green Lemon?

On: Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 12:50PM | By: Karen Cook


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Chrysler unveiled its latest 300 at SEMA in Las Vegas recently. The response was underwhelming, to say the least, but I’m a bit confused by the reports. I’ve been all over the internet looking for information and it seems to be conflicting to a disturbing degree.

The version shown in Las Vegas was lime green with chrome detailing. Maybe this choice was just to attract attention. The Chrysler website doesn’t offer this particular shade, sticking to more dignified colors like red, black, white, and silver.


Can Santa Get a Car Down a Chimney?

On: Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 3:31PM | By: Karen Cook


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We’ve got Halloween behind us and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. But you don’t have to squint to see Christmas on the horizon. Some people start shopping very early and may already be finished. (Don’t you hate those people?) For most of us though, we are just starting to make our shopping lists and preparing to panic. That’s half the fun, right?

Unfortunately, the country is still in recovery and so many people don’t have the luxury of making lists and checking off names. Is there something we can do to help out those less fortunate? Of course there is. I can’t pass a bell ringer’s bucket without dropping in my change. I’ve tried. Can’t do it. Then I go get in my car and drive home or on to the next destination (where they are likely to have another bucket . . . process repeats).


Best and Worst Resale Values

On: Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 11:34AM | By: Karen Cook


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Unlike diamonds, cars are not forever. Also unlike diamonds, cars do not hold their value and cannot be resold for the same amount that was paid for them. If you are in the market for a new car and need to get rid of the old one, or if you just have one you’d like to sell, you may be surprised to find that you can’t get as much out of it as you may have been counting on, even if it is in good condition. Some cars retain much of their value and some simply do not.


Time To Tally the Numbers

On: Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 2:42PM | By: Karen Cook


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With the year coming to an end it’s time for car manufacturers to tally up their numbers. The government shutdown did not affect sales by much. Consumers didn’t pay much attention when all was said and done. So who came out on top? Most makers had at least something to smile about.