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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 . . .


The Economic Collapse Claims Another Victim: Bye Bye, Ralliart

On: Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 1:38PM | By: John Welch


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Though relatively unknown until Gran Turismo changed all of our misconceptions of foreign car markets, Ralliart has been providing parts to Mitsubishi for over 25 years. The company has also lent its name to several Rally-inspired Mitsus, the most recognizable (for us 'Murrhikens, anyhow) being the Lancer Ralliart.

Mitsubishi doesn't seem all that worried, as now they don't have to pay royalties on a name that is already synonymous with their vehicles. The demise of Ralliart may just be the first in a wave of Jap-o-Tuner deaths, as the Japanese tuning industry has nose-dived in the last two years. The world woke up and realized that nobody wants a 400 horsepower Scion xB. Or Hummers with stoopid rims and three tons worth of stereo equipment. Oh, wait, that last abortion is a uniquely American disaster, sorry, Japan. Didn't mean to reflect my self-loathing on you guys . . . make a race car out of that CR-Z, fellahs, don't mind me . . .


Toyota Attempting To Block Executive Testimony

On: Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 11:48AM | By: John Welch


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LLCoolT! The Lawyers Love Cool Toyota! Toyota has dug such a bottomless pit for themselves, that even instances where it is hard to believe that the Toyota vehicle caused a death, and not driver error, acquire nasty headlines like "Toyota Attempting To Block Executive Testimony!!!" I mean, I'm sorry, Toyota; I tend to side with you on this one, but that is the headline because that is what's happening.

So, just the facts, Friday. A 78-year-old woman, Guadalupe Alberto, was driving a 2005 Toyota Camry when it accelerated out of control, veering towards and smashing into an oak tree, killing Mrs. Alberto instantly. This happened in Flint, Michigan in April of 2008. The family is attempting to take Toyota to the cleaners.

Uhm, well, no offense, but the elderly may have mistaken a gas pedal for a brake pedal once or twice over the course of American history. That being said, Tough Rocks, Toyota! You sold cars that thrash, kill, and maim, youse got's dis come'n!


Ganassi Takes The Miami Grand Prix At Homestead

On: Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 1:57PM | By: John Welch


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Germany had a small civil war on the track at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday. Scott Pruett was able to hold off David Donohue by .255 seconds- Pruett, behind the wheel of a BMW-powered Riley, and Donohue piloting a Porsche-powered Riley.

"This is tough competition. You never know what's going to happen until the checkered flag falls. It was pretty exciting in my seat, that's for sure. I sure didn't want to see that last caution, but I was happy for the fans," Pruett said after scoring his 23rd Rolex Series overall victory.

The caution he speaks of dissolved a healthy lead Pruett had put together, bringing the #59 Brumos Porsche right up to Pruett's wing. Pruett managed to weave through GT traffic in the infield on the final lap and maintained the lead through the superspeedway banking. Donohue was able to pull up to the back of Pruett several times in the closing laps, but was unable to get by. Alex Gurney finished third in the #99 Gainsco-Riley Chevrolet. Overall, another awesome race conducted under the banner of "Grand-Am"!


 

Shortening Yellow Lights Equal Wads Of Cash For Their Coffers

On: Mon, Mar 1, 2010 at 6:13PM | By: Clay Ritchings


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According to AlterNet, some of the more enterprising and caring cities of the United States are using their rather large craniums to increase the revenues they accrue from red-light cameras. Are they placing out of work strippers around the traffic signals to distract drivers and encourage a little extra accelerator pressure? No, these bigheaded politicians have been shortening yellow lights to nab drivers with tickets at the expense of public safety


Toyota Recall Companion Pt. 1: Is Your Camry Trying To Eat You?

On: Sat, Feb 20, 2010 at 10:19AM | By: John Welch


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Wow, Toyota, people say that we Americans learned a lot from you, but it appears that you have also taken a few lessons from us. Like the joy that can be gained from abject greed. Or how easily our government can be manipulated for the sake of pure evil. What's the death toll up to again? 30 some-odd Americans?

We will lay out everything there is to know about the Toyota recall over the course of these posts, starting with the newest updates from Toyota.


Toyota Takes Another Hit

On: Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 4:27PM | By: Clay Ritchings


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Like an MMA cage fight Toyota takes on more hits and it's getting ugly. A growing number of complaints over steering problems with Toyota Corolla, the most popular Toyota model in the United States, has sparked a federal investigation, and may result in yet another Toyota recall. The troubled automaker has already recalled millions of vehicles in recent months over defective gas pedals, floor mats, and problems with brakes.


Stupid YouTube Tricks

On: Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 5:07PM | By: Clay Ritchings


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If I had a choice between watching network TV or spending some time on YouTube, I would have to pick the latter hands down. You really can get a glimpse at what people do when they are not busy cooking up meth in their attics or smuggling tropical birds across the border from Mexico. If it's revolutionary inventions you are looking for, you may find them elsewhere, but this post is about the original and awe-inspiring. . . an exhilarating tour of some of the most profound and important creations from everyday people. All these creations are spawned by necessity, which is the mother of invention.


Auto Manufacturers Secure Their Future In Lithium.

On: Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 8:12PM | By: Clay Ritchings


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A very important development in the lithium market has recently taken place and appears to be trending. Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation has agreed to buy about 30 per cent of battery-grade lithium carbonate output from Galaxy Resources' Mt Cattlin mine in Western Australia. Galaxy said in a statement today it was close to finalizing similar agreements with other major groups and high-end users of battery-grade lithium carbonate in China and other parts of Asia. We can only assume these other high end users are other automotive or the sophisticated computer and cell phone makers. And the demand will continue to grow as the automotive world reinvents itself.


New Shelby Cobra Sheds Iron Block Engine

On: Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 11:38AM | By: John Welch


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The Shelby GT500 has been interesting, if not odd and misconceived, since its debut in 2007. Five hundred horsepower, unique body cladding, and a mean-ass exhaust note set this car apart from run of the mill Mustangs. But there were problems. Ford has always told anyone who will listen that they saddle the Retro-Stang with a solid rear axle in the name of satisfying drag-racers. Okay, that's complete BS, but they were able to make this axle work so well it can almost be overlooked.

That sort of mercy doesn't get extended to the Shelby's iron-block 5.4 liter V8. An iron block? Really? Other automakers are able to churn out much more then 500 horsepower from aluminum blocks, the Gen three Chevy small-block comes to mind. Why would Ford go with an iron block at a time when iron was being phased out of every engine, even the trucks that this re-badged Triton came from. To save a few pennies? Really?

So, the automotive press bitched and moaned. Regardless, Ford still sold a respectable number of Shelbys. The iron block wasn't going to sink this vessel as the pundits so vehemently thought it would. Which was fine, until Ford realized that it could eliminate the Gas Guzzler Tax with better economy and less weight. And that is exactly what Ford dun did: tossed the iron in favor of aluminum, saving 120 pounds and a little MPG at the same time . . .


Fear And Loathing At the Rolex 24, Part 2

On: Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 10:30AM | By: John Welch


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Wet, thirsty, and brimming with manic excitement, I took stock of my current situation. The race (after thirty laps) had calmed into a steady ebb and flow that saw both the Daytona Protoype and GT lead change hands two or three times. It would be a while before the strongest competitors separated themselves from the field. The Ford contingent (Mike Shank Racing, Suntrust/Wayne Taylor Racing) were hanging close to the top four, but it was becoming apparent that the Ganassi BMW/Rileys and the two Porsche flat-six powered prototypes were the class of the field.

Th rain had lessened slightly, and the cold was begininng to set in. We decided it might be a good time to visit the dark green Subaru we had left in the parking lot two hours prior. After assessing what items other people were able to get into the grandstands (backpacks, entire 18 packs of Busch, massive camera equipment) we had a decent idea of what we needed to retrieve from the lowly Legacy. It was time to accessorize, strap loose beers, and a Canon D5 to our chests, and brave the coming night . . .