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Roar N Soar: Planes, Boats And Automobiles

On: Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 11:28AM | By: John Welch


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This is the time of year when Central Florida explodes with car shows. And airplane shows. And boat shows. It's the AutoShopper's job to cover these events, but who wants to waste their Saturday bouncing around to eight different shows? Thankfully, on November 7th and 8th, The Fantasy of Flight has solved this dilema for us!


Bad Driving: Where Do They Grow You People?

On: Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 5:48PM | By: Clay Ritchings


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If you spend enough time on the road you will see drivers involved in all sorts of behaviors from applying makeup, doing hair, eating a Dagwood, watching a DVD, changing clothes, and some unmentionable things. The other day I was driving to work and noticed the person in the lane next to me reading while they were driving, Yes, reading a book while driving, not a map, not a scrap of paper with a note on it, but a freaking book. Looking back I wish I could have gotten a glimpse at the cover or at least the author because that must have been a great book if the driver could not peel his eyes away from it to run to the grocery store. I am jealous; I have not read a book that gripping in a long time!


The Race of Champions, Bejing Pt1: The Machinery

On: Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 5:14PM | By: John Welch


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The Race of Champions has signaled the end of the racing season for many years now. Predominantly held in Europe, the RoC pits the best race drivers from around the world against each other in identical cars, on a track that crosses itself, ensuring the same distance traveled by both competitors.

 

This year's RoC is being held at the "Bird's Nest" Stadium in Beijing China, last used for the 2008 Summer Olympics. In our first installment of RoC coverage, AutoShopper will review the various machines to be raced in the 2009 RoC.


Toyota, Bridgestone Abandon Formula Eeeww

On: Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 12:44PM | By: John Welch


A sad day for Toyota test 2

Toyota announced that it would pull the plug on its Formula 1 program today, confirming rumors that have been floating around the F1 world since the middle of the 2009 season. In an even stranger turn of events, Bridgestone, the tire company that chased Michellin out of the sport several years ago, decided to end their involvement in the F1 World Championship following the 2010 season.


 

Love The Beast Trailer

On: Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 1:19PM | By: John Welch


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Coming to an Isle of Britannia near you: (In other words, you'll have to have it imported over here, at first anyway) Eric Bana's "Love The Beast" That's right, kids, your favorite bad-Hulk, Eric Bana, has refurbished his cherished Ford Falcon and entered it in the Targa Tasmania Rally. As with anything involving the words "Targa" and "Tasmania" this race is dastardly in its ability to chew up race-prepped cars and spit them out.

Also starring Mr. Bana's childhood friends, as well as Jay Leno, Jeremy Clarkson, and Dr. Phil . . . Doctor Phil?! What the eff?! . .. this trailer does its job, making me want to see Eric conquer "600 horsepower and leaf-springs" as Clarkson so eloquently puts it . . . The trailer and corresponding news report of the Falcon eating a tree inside the post. . .


Abu Dhabi; The Formula One Season Finale

On: Mon, Nov 2, 2009 at 12:05PM | By: John Welch


Yas Marina Circuit test 2

The Formula One season ended on Sunday, under the watercolor Abu Dhabi sunset. Sebastian Vettle dominated the second portion of the race, clinching his fourth victory of the season. Lewis Hamilton took pole postion during qualifiying Saturday afternoon, but he never felt comfortable during the race. Hamilton's McLaren was a bear under braking, and he retired shortly after his first pit stop. The right-rear caliper failed, attributed to the complexity of the McLaren brake set-up: Brembo calipers clamp Akebono rotors in the rear, while the front brakes are manufactured by Carbon Industries. Most teams use only one of these suppliers for all four brake assemblies.

After three years in the sport, this was the first DNF related to a mechanical failure for Lewis Hamilton. Ever. McLaren builds a tank of a GP car.

So that's the result, but so many more interesting things happened during Sunday's broadcast. The astounding architecture of the United Arab Emirates, the last race for BMW/Sauber, Alonso and Raikkonen choking away final races with their current teams, and how exactly can you hold a major motor racing event in a country that outlaws drinking?


The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

On: Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 4:28PM | By: John Welch


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We check out the new Lexus LF-A configurator,

Bob Lutz loses a bet and makes carbloggers and Bimmer-philes everywhere very happy,

and American interiors, good gawd, American interiors.


Red Light Cameras: Solutions Require Cities To Use Common Sense

On: Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 12:48PM | By: Clay Ritchings


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In my last post on RLCs I talked about how when a city decides to install these devices their concerns are not about safety because the studies show that they increase the chance of accidents. If you have any doubts, ask yourself why would a city install the RLCs and then reduce the yellow light timing to less than the federal or state guidelines unless they wanted only to produce more red light violations. In order to get the cameras installed, the city has to write the ordinances so that the violations do not put any points on drivers’ licenses. Why would the city decriminalize a violation as serious as running a red light? It's really not that complicated. Red light cameras are used only to create a revenue stream for the incestuous relationship between money-hungry cities and money-grubbing RLC companies.


Random Lake Mirror Classic Awesomeness Pt.1

On: Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 11:40AM | By: John Welch


Jaguar XJ220 test 2

The Lake Mirror Classic featured so many dozens of pristine classic/custom cars that we could never cover them all in individual posts. However, we did take a ton of pictures!

This gallery features some of the meaner entries in the classic. A nasty GNX, some Shelbys, a Monster Miata; the list is endless.


Tampa International Auto Show Pt.3; In Which We Learn That Bankruptcy Is Not A PreReQ For Building A Rubbish Interior

On: Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 11:11AM | By: John Welch


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So far we have gushed over Lamborghinis and Camaros, completely panned pathetic Buicks and Chryslers, and have had some kind words for Kia and Subaru.

After the Chrysler booth I was desperately low on blood sugar, a feeling that may have been exacerbated by my utter disgust at what I saw in the Chrysler booth. Moving on to Ford, I was hoping that a financially solid American company was going to turn my frown upside down. It did, sort of.


Lake Mirror Classic 2009; Saab Sonnet GT4

On: Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 10:16AM | By: John Welch


Saab Sonnet III GT4 test 2

The 2009 Lake Mirror Classic Car Show presents an interesting mix of classics, imports, super cars, and even race cars every year. This yellow Saab Sonnet is one such race car.

Its unassuming looks, encouraged by its unassuming tractor/passenger car roots belie its abilities. This car started life as a run-of-the-mill sedan, but quickly blossomed into the thouroghbred you see here . . .