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I want to discuss sportsmanship; not among sportsmen themselves, but among the fans. Colloquially, this is also known as “being a decent human being”. Sebastian Vettel has just achieved the remarkable feat of winning the Formula One world championship four times in a row; which puts him in a very exclusive club. So exclusive, in fact, that he numbers among just three others, all of whom firmly sit in the pantheon of All Time Greats. You can’t be the best in the world at something four years straight and not be one of the most highly regarded in your field. Or so it should be.
Posted In: Racing
Tags: formula, one, f1, red, bull, sebastian, vettel, RBR, champion, 2013, season, WDC, WCC, racing
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.
Posted In: How-To Articles, Miscellaneous
Tags: car, mental, health, commute, rush, hour, quality, life, improve, fuel, economy
When it first announced plans to develop a Soul EV, Kia provided little information about the model's build or performance. It's rectified that dearth of information this week, providing some key specs on its first all-electric US model.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green, Reports
Tags: Kia, Soul, EVs, electric, green, new cars, technology
As so often happens, some good news has surfaced with some bad news. Bad News: Toyota announced last week that it plans to end production of the FJ Cruiser, one of the few remaining hardcore off-roaders on the market and a natural alternative to a Jeep Wrangler, at the end of the 2014 model year. Good News: Prior to towing it out into the sunset, Toyota is offering the extra-rugged Trail Teams Ultimate Edition, which it calls " toughest and most capable FJ ever." It introduced the special edition at the SEMA Show.
Posted In: Car News, Special / Limited Edition, Reports
Tags: Toyota, FJ Cruiser, jeeps, SUVs, off-road, production
Do you remember sitting in class and working on “ditto” worksheets? If you’re somewhere in the neighborhood of 40, I’m sure you remember those purple printed pages with the distinctive chemical aroma. It took the teacher about 10 minutes to copy enough pages for a typical class of students. My, how technology has progressed! Faxing, making copies or printing from your computer is commonplace and can be done in seconds. The next big thing in printing and copying is done in 3D. From clothing to body parts, the possibilities are limitless.
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.
Posted In: Miscellaneous, Car Reviews
Tags: Road trips, scenic drives, Virginia, Shenandoah National Park, mountain drives
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.
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.
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.
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.
Following last year's introduction of the F-TYPE convertible, Jaguar plans to put a roof over prospective buyers' heads with the F-TYPE Coupe. It announced this week that it will reveal the car for the first time at the 2013 LA Auto Show later this month.
November promises to be a super-busy, ADD-inducing time for car fanatics. This week, it's all about wild tunes and bling as impressive customs make their debut at the SEMA Show and equally flashy supercars and exotics make their debut at the Dubai Motor Show. Later in the month, another pair of major auto shows will also take place simultaneously, as the Tokyo Motor Show and LA Auto Show fall on the same dates.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News, Exotics
Tags: Jaguar, sports cars, coupes, F-TYPE,