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Fort Lauderdale City Commission To Sign Pact With Dr. Evil

On: Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 1:59PM | By: Clay Ritchings


Fort Lauderdale City Commission To Sign Pact With Dr. Evil   test 1-1

Elected officials on Fort Lauderdale's City Commission will vote tonight to formally approve and set up red light camera enforcement and cement their pact with Dr Evil. Apparently Dr Evil has come out of his deep freeze and started up his evil empire. Problem is that evil empires need cash flow and since his Alan Parsons project failed, he started a dastardlier plan to make money. . . hence the birth of Red Light Cameras


Some Red Light Cameras Go Up. . . Cameras Not Generating Sufficient Revenue Come Down

On: Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 12:09PM | By: Clay Ritchings


Green Light On Cash Cow test 2

While angry motorists have turned to everything from the ballot box to detectors with camera databases, camera enforcement devices continue to spread across this great land of ours. The only time they go away, apparently, is when they don't make money


Sebring Fast Approaches . . .

On: Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 12:48PM | By: John Welch


12 Hours of Sebring 2009 test 2

Ahhh, the Florida air is thick with the stench of high-octane diesel and burnt rubber. The sounds of several hundred pistons pumping in unison is filling the crowd's ears and the excitement is as palatable as the paté being served at the Audi press tent. This is Sebring in March- physical, tangible magic.

The Twelve Hours of Sebring has been held on a reclaimed B-17 runway in the middle of Florida (literally) since the end of the second World War. The worn asphalt has witnessed some of the greatest battles waged outside of the hedgerows of Normandy. To put it simply: La Sarthe, eat your heart out.

Last year's race saw an epic showdown between German and Franc, VW and PSA, Audi and Peugeot. Acura intended to join the fight, but the ARX-02a was hopelessly out-matched in this war of diesel-powered titans. A small gas-powered V8 was a knife compared to the V10 and V12 European gun-fighters. Several videos depicting the beginning, middle and end of the 2009 12 Hours of Sebring inside this post . . .


2010 Begins With Positive Sales Numbers

On: Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 11:28AM | By: John Welch


2010 Toyota 4Runner test 2

It appeared, at the beginning of the year, that 2009 would be the Harbinger of Doom for the American Car Industry. The last year of this decade saw GM burn through two CEOs, Toyota try to murder Americans via floormat, and Ford present itself as the most sensible car-maker on the planet . . . who saw that coming?!

Well, turn that 2009 frown upside down;, the sales results from December are in, and they kick ass! Ford, Toyota, Subaru, and Hyundai Group are all up 15% compared to December 2008, while GM brands Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac are all up 13%. The industry as whole is down 21%, but we will take positive news where we can get it. Venture inside the post for the hard numbers and statistics . . .


 

Merry Christmas, Jerks!

On: Thu, Dec 24, 2009 at 1:22PM | By: John Welch


Suitably festive Volkswagen . . . test 2

The 'Shopper is taking off for a few days - when your staff is four dudes with other jobs, it's kind of tough to fill space during time off . . . sorry.

We've had a great first "year" - Here's hoping 2010 is just as exciting (re: gutwrenching) for the car industry as 2009 was! Merry Christmas from everyone at the 'Shopper!


Wild Racing Updates; F1, SuperGT, Danica Practice

On: Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 2:11PM | By: John Welch


Schumacher returns! test 2

We haven't really ever mentioned the Japanese Super GT. That is a bad move on our part. There's a first time for everything!

Also, the two biggest-deal racers in the world, (arguably) Michael Schumacher and Danica Patrick, both made news in the last few days; we cover it all inside the post . . .


BBS A Fixture At American Race Tracks

On: Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 5:06PM | By: John Welch


BBS Race Wheels test 2

Most casual fans may not think to deeply about the wheels underpinning most sports car racers. Could the fact that ninety percent of the IMSA GTP and GTO cars ran BBS wheels have anything to do with it? A casual fan couldn't tell them apart; they were all gold. In the Seventies, Eighties, and Nineties BBS dominated the European and American sports car scenes, not because their rims are prettier, but because they worked. In fact, they were, and still are, the best.


Forza 3 Blowing Sony Into The Weeds

On: Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 5:41PM | By: John Welch


Forza Motorsport 3 test 2

Forza Motorsport 3 is handily beating the crap out of its cross-Pacific rival Gran Turismo 5, mostly because Gran Turismo 5 doesn't actually exist. Shame on you, Sony. Shame.

The third installment of the Forza series has offcially crested the one million sales mark, AND they have a Christmas present for us all! Those darn oil-drenched fools at the Turn 10 studios have put together ten new cars that didn't make it to the original release, and pasted them on Xbox Live for your approval. Full press release inside yonder post . ..


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!"

 


Wireless Sensors

On: Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 2:32PM | By: Geoff Ciesla


Wireless Parking Sensor test 2

The idea in theory is interesting, but it may cause more harm than good. Starting this fall, San Francisco will test 6,000 of its 24,000 metered spaces, enabling drivers to be notified by street signs or cell phones when a spot becomes available.