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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.)

The Best Seat In The House

On: Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 1:29PM | By: John Welch

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Going through the Flip it dawned on me that there were some hidden gems we hadn't yet shown you, the faithful 'Shopper Blog reader.

First up, we have "The Best Seat In The House". This video was taken from the driver's seat of my Subie, pointing directly at the exit of NASCAR Turn Two. I could have died happy.

More interesting videos inside the post . . .


The Best Used Cars Make The Best New Cars

On: Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 3:09PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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So your tired old clunker has finally clunked for the last time. But it did manage to keep going long enough to miss cashing in on Obama’s offer, and now you think you’re stuck. Or perhaps you actually are stuck on the side of the road, in which case may I suggest calling for some immediate assistance and then getting back to AutoShopper.com?

There is good news and bad news about your current predicament. The bad news is that we can’t help you fix your car at this very moment. But, the good news is that you might be passing one of those silly new car buyers in the very near future. Even more good news is that you might just be driving something with a lot more cachet, class, and horsepower. 

Creed, Phil Collins, And How Listening To Them May Cause You To Wreck Your Car

On: Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 10:25AM | By: Nick Truden

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Greetings, fellow drivers. First off, my apologies for not being around as often as I should be on this blog. Various circumstances have prevented me from being a regular contributor. But fear not, I will be making myself known more often than before to give you a dose of the entertainment side of driving. I’m talking about that one medium of art that ties us all together regardless of religion, race, or creed. I’m talking about music. Everyone loves listening to music while driving. It passes the time in those long hauls between point A and point B. It also serves as a catalyst for varying types of behavior while driving. I’m talking about this guy…


Why it Pays to Extend the Life of your Car

On: Wed, Apr 14, 2010 at 5:52PM | By: Benjamin Roussey

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One of the reasons many Americans are having financial difficulty is because they spend more money than they make, which seems to be a current American practice. One way to save money is to extend the life of your car. A noble goal is to drive your vehicle until it reaches the 250,000 mile plateau. You may think this is impossible, but since cars today are built after rigorous testing, it is quite plausible.

Web Review: New F1 Teams

On: Fri, Apr 2, 2010 at 12:13PM | By: John Welch

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Is this post just a big excuse to mention that the US government might be bailing out USF1 to the tune of $100 million dollars? Yes, it mostly is. Our Great Red White and Blue hype has failed us, fellow 'Murrikens, but have faith, our Government may swoop in and save the day . . . oh, wait, yesterday was April 1st, wasn't it? Uhm, so this must be complete BS (an interesting jibe at American politics however), which describes the whole USF1-mess pretty accurately.

There are a few other new teams in Formula One this season, actual, functioning teams, with cars and drivers and everything! Virgin Racing, Lotus F1, and Hispania Racing Team have made it to both rounds of the 2010 F1 Championship. They have had a tenuous introduction to F1, these new teams, as evidenced by how many of them have actually finished a race -- Lotus has seen one car finish twice, and HRT's Karun Chandock was able to take the checkers last weekend in Melbourne. Virgin, arguably the prettiest of the new cars, has yet to finish a Grand Prix. A side-note, Prodrive (famous for campaigning Subaru's now defunct WRC team, as well as DB9.Rs and 550 GTs for Aston-Martin and Ferrari) has thrown its hat in the ring for 2011. Supposedly they had a car prepared for 2010, so their addition next season should be a successful one, assuming it even happens.

Within this post we review the new teams and their websites, if they have a website. Intrigue to follow . . .

Chrysler To Roll Out New Grand Cherokee In July

On: Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 9:58AM | By: John Welch

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The Italians are not blind to the situation they have bought into at Chrysler. Things, in their romantic eye, at least, are starting to improve. To quote Sergio Marchionne, "I feel a lot more comfortable today than I did 12 months ago -- by far."

Arguably the most successful, and well received late model Chrysler vehicle, the Jeep Grand Cherokee will lead the march toward profitability for Chrysler (good thing I typed that last bit of hog-wash -- I could never say the words "Profitable Chrysler" with a straight face . . .). The new Grand Cherokee will go into production in May, and will land in showrooms towards the beginning of July.

How does this SUV stack up against the competition? If that were still a relevant question, I would answer it. SUVs are dead, folks, you can no longer enhance your manhood with tall tires and too much lane-choking width. Chicks don't dig it as much as they used to. Sorry.

Since the Grand Cherokee occupies a weird niche of its own, let's just explore its merits solely as a viable product, one that may or may not help Chrysler succeed long enough to re-badge Lancias and then fail all over again . ..

Cities And States Consider Measures To Squeeze Money Out Of Motorists.

On: Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 9:45AM | By: Clay Ritchings

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Adding insult to injury, cash-strapped California is seeing some of the most aggressive efforts to squeeze money out of motorists by considering plans to send accident cleanup bills to drivers involved in a crash, according to the Association of California Insurance Companies. Many insurance companies do not cover cleanup fees. Drivers are already being double-tapped by a budget deal that increased the vehicle license fee owners pay to register their cars every year. A significant portion of the revenue goes to the state's general fund, and the rest to local crime prevention programs.

Mobil 12 Hours of Sebring: The Race That Was

On: Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 4:37PM | By: John Welch

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OOOhhhh, man, how much do I love living in Florida? Not much; however, there are perks. For instance: Endurance Sports Car Racing!! Lots of it!! The 'Shopper was there for the Rolex 24, and we were also able to attend the Mobil 12 Hours of Sebring, the second most famous endurance race on the planet.

Held on the grounds of a WWII B-17 aerodrome, the Sebring race draws huge crowds to Highlands County every year. So, who was racing? Who won? How many sets of tah-tahs did I see? Uhm, go to Speedtv.com for all of that crap; what you will find here is a detailed description of all things visceral . . . engine sounds, tire squeals, smoke, dust, fire. The stats and figures you can find anywhere . . . actually feeling like you were there? That is what the 'Shopper does best. . . .

Hacker Disables More Than 100 Cars Remotely

On: Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 12:14PM | By: Geoff Ciesla

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A disgruntled employee created a mess for customers after he hacked into a web-based vehicle immobilization system and remotely disabled vehicles.

Kevin Poulsen writes:

More than 100 drivers in Austin, Texas found their cars disabled or the horns honking out of control, after an intruder ran amok in a web-based vehicle-immobilization system normally used to get the attention of consumers delinquent in their auto payments.

Police with Austin’s High Tech Crime Unit on Wednesday arrested 20-year-old Omar Ramos-Lopez, a former Texas Auto Center employee who was laid off last month, and allegedly sought revenge by bricking the cars sold from the dealership’s four Austin-area lots.

“We initially dismissed it as mechanical failure,” says Texas Auto Center manager Martin Garcia. “We started having a rash of up to a hundred customers at one time complaining. Some customers complained of the horns going off in the middle of the night. The only option they had was to remove the battery.”

SNL Bashes Toyota; Actually Offensive AND Funny!

On: Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 10:45AM | By: John Welch

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Yep, yep, this video has some cussin, folks - ear-muffs for the little tykes.

Here we have Saturday Night Live attacking Toyota in a manner that wouldn't really surprise me if it were real. Which, if that convoluted sentence is to be believed, means the whole world is completely effed. Have a nice day!

Smarmy, NSFW video inside the post . . .