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The 1993 Ford Taurus made its first appearance in, well, 1993 and it was re-introduced by Ford in November 2009 when a grainy picture of the vehicle's clay model surfaced on the Internet. Then, spy photos of the early, heavily camouflaged prototype of the full-size sedan arrived. With stunning features and classic looks it was destined for a warm welcome from all Americans. Much like the VW Bug was “The People's Car” this was the first time an auto manufacturer made “The American's Car”. Now we tried really hard to get our hands on one for testing to give it a proper review, but with its popularity we could not find anyone willing to part with one.
Drivers go a week with fear about the safety of their cars, Toyota dealers forced to stop selling their most popular models, Tundra crashes into showroom and Toyota’s president apologizes for screw-up
Posted In: Car News, Miscellaneous
Tags: Toyota, recall, tundra, crash, dealership, Toyota dealers,
Twenty four hours is a long time to be driving a car, at part throttle. Wide open throttle, for nearly half a minute, and then brakes, hard, and then full left-hand lock and then full right-hand lock and then full throttle again, three times a lap, for twenty four hours; why, that is just plain stupid.
Or "awesomelybadass", depending how you look at it. The 'Shopper tends to fall into the latter category. If you do too, then maybe you would like to know what we were up to this weekend . . .
Posted In: Racing, Reports, Technology, Videos
Tags: 2010 Rolex 24, Rolex 24, Chip Ganassi, Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Jamie McMurray, Rolex Grand Am Series, Daytona 24, Ganassi Racing With Felix Sabates, Gainsco Racing, BMW, Dinan Motorsports, Steve Dinan, Pontiac, Riley, chipganassi, scottpruett, rolexgrandamseries, rolex24, daytona24, ganassiracingwithfelixsabates, gainscoracing, dinanmotorsports, stevedinan,
This was the first time I have ever attended an event of this nature, and even though most of the displays and events outside were rained out, the display of bikes and the artistry that it takes to put it all together did not fall short. I did not count all the bikes that came for the build-off but there had to be over 40. Everything from old school designs to bikes that look like they came off the set of the movie “Alien”. This was a complete motorcycle expo in Clearwater, Florida, with tons of vendors, stunt riders, multiple stages and bands, raffles, auctions, cash give-aways each hour, ride-in bike show on Sunday also with cash prizes, tattoo contest, food, beer, and tons of fun! Oh, and do not forget the Miss Full Throttle Bikini Contest!
Tags: bikes, build-off, show, bike vendors, custom bikes, clearwater FL
Anyone looking for a classic Corvette Stingray? You may want to look really fast at this one up on Ebay; it has only 3 hours and change left, as I write. The listing claims 56,000 miles but it is undocumented, but take a look at the photos; it may just be real. Matching numbers, original 15-inch Corvette Rally wheels, repainted its original Warbonnet Yellow, the original blue and yellow Folsom State Prison-made California license plate included, Oh, and I almost forgot, it has a 454 big block! Current bid at time of post: $20,100.00 Other than the split window, this is my favorite Vette!
Check out the Ebay Listing
This vehicle is consigned to the California Automobile Museum, a non-profit organization located at 2200 Front Street, Sacramento, CA,
Posted In: Miscellaneous, Auctions, Classics
Tags: stingray, corvette, auction, corvette
Aww geez, JD's Christmas wasn't in December. No, JD gets most excited (gnashing teeth, sweating bullets-excited,) right around the middle of March. The boiling point will be reached on March 12th, 2010: first day of practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Bahrain GP grid will contain a renewed, Maylasian-flavored Lotus, Richard Branson and John Booth's Virgin/Manor Racing garage-project, Adrian Campos-GP2 owner turned F1 owner, and (covered exhaustively by the 'Shopper Blog) the first American-manufactured F1 car since Dan Gurney's Eagles pounded European pavement in the late Sixties.
As of Friday, January 29th two teams have held public launches of their 2010 contenders; not surprisingly, Ferrari and McLaren are the first out of the gates. Venture inside yon post for all of the angular, massive winged car-stag . . .
Posted In: Racing, Reports, Videos
Tags: F1, Formula One, Ferrari, McLaren Mercedes, Mercedes Benz, Bahrain, Bahrain Grnad Prix, F10, MP4 25, Fernando Alonso, Fellipe Massa, Louis Hamilton, Jenson Button, f1, formulaone, mcLarenmercedes, mercedesbenz, bahraingrandprix, f10, mp425, fernandoalonso, fellipemassa, louishamilton, jensonbutton,
Honda has taken steps forward in the fuel cell world by unveiling the next generation in the hydrogen refill station. Utilizing solar power and designed as a single, integrated unit to fit in the home garage, the station produces enough hydrogen in an eight-hour overnight fill to power a fuel cell electric vehicle for its typical daily commute. The unit was designed to complement a public network of fast-fill hydrogen stations by refilling overnight, letting owners take advantage of less expensive off-peak electrical power and remove the requirement of hydrogen storage. In other words the unit will use solar during the day and run off the power grid at night. . . Bravo!
Posted In: Car News, Miscellaneous, Reports, Hybrid / Green
Tags: hydrogen, fuel cell, Honda, Fuel station, solar, hydrogen fueling station, clarity, home systems
USF1 is determined to prove that they are capable of building a proper Grand Prix car. They'll utilize any excuse to produce videos demonstrating the Type 1's progress. Consequently, the 'Shopper will use any excuse to cram these videos down your throat!
Inside the post: Wiring the USF1 Type One Grand Prix car . . .
Posted In: Racing, Reports, Videos
Tags: USF1, Windshear, USF1 Type1, F1, Formula 1, Formula One, USF1, usf1type1, formula1, formulaone, Renvale,
Two huge developments over the last 24 hours, one of which is good, the other, well, not so good. GM has finally unloaded beleaguered Saab, and the little Super-Car company that could, Spyker, is the proud new parent. On a slightly more somber note, Toyota has suspended sales of all of its domestically made vehicles. In other words, no Scions or Lexi, but everything else wearing a Toyota badge . . .
Posted In: Miscellaneous, Recalls, Reports
Tags: Spyker, GM, General Motors, Saab, Toyota, Highlander, Camry, RAV4, Avalon, Matrix, Vibe, Tundra, Sequoia, generalmotors
All cars will fall victim to maintenance issues from time to time, and with today’s economic downturn we all have to roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty to address as many as we can to save a buck. With the right tools and a little mechanical ability, you can fix everything from gearshift knobs, battery terminals, faulty door locks, stereo installation, windows, and minor body repairs. The saying “With a little duct tape and a hammer anything can be fixed” has been taken to a new level that is both brilliant and disturbing at the same time.
Posted In: Miscellaneous
Tags: DIY. Repairs, dangerous, repairs, AC, Taillights, shift Knob
So, big news conference from GM yesterday. Tex Whitacre Jr. is the official CEO. Ohkay, not really news, but we'll take it . . .
Posted In: Car News, Miscellaneous, Reports, Videos
Tags: Ed Whitacre Jr, General Motors, GM, Chevrolet, Susan Docherty, Fritz Henderson, edwhitacrejr, generalmotors, susandocherty, fritzhenderson, Mark Ruess, markruess, AT&T, Allan Mullaly, Sergio Marchionne, allanmullaly, sergiomarchionne