Indy 500 Veteran Lost on the Dirt at Belleville

One of racing's brightest stars, Bryan Clauson, died late Sunday in Lincoln, Nebraska, after being involved in a turn 4 wreck during a USAC midget dirt-track race on Saturday night in Belleville, Kansas. Clauson had just taken the lead in the 39th running of the Belleville Midget Nationals when his racecar struck the rear of a vehicle being lapped. The collision caused Clauson's car to flip end over end several times before coming to rest in the middle of the track. A third car could not avoid hitting Clauson's stalled car. The talented multi-time USAC National Champion was airlifted to Bryan Medical Center with severe injuries. The Indianapolis 500 is America's most historic racing event. The race is traditionally run over the Memorial Day weekend. It is every open-wheel drivers...

August 12, 2016
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4x4 Lift Kit Tips for the DIY Mechanic

Installing an after-market lift kit is one of the most common modifications 4x4 owners want to make to their trucks, Jeeps and SUVs. Choosing the right lift kit for you and your truck is the first and most important step. What works best for another driver may not work for you. Preferences in driving style, suspension feel, and the type of off-road driving you'll be doing are all factors to take into account. The most common, and somewhat comical thing that happens to first timers is that they either go as cheap as possible or as expensive as possible. What you'll be taking along with you also matters as 4x4s loaded down with extra gear and passengers will need firmer springs and shocks. Conversely, if speed is your thing, a kit with mono-tube styling and increased wheel travel should...

August 8, 2016
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Military Humvee Being Replaced by New Super Truck

The iconic U.S. Military Humvee has been in service since 1984 and is nearing the end of a long journey, being retired in the very near future. Recently a $6.7 billion contract has been awarded to Wisconsin-based truck maker Oshkosh for about 17,000 new vehicles dubbed the Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, or JLTVs. These vehicles are amazing and getting all of us at E3 excited about their debut. Two and four seat options will be available and each will feature more advanced armor than their predecessors. The biggest feature being touted by Oshkosh is called the "Core1080 Crew Protection System" which will help protect the vehicle from mines, detect IEDs, and additional bolt-on armor. Along with a strong defense comes an even stronger offense as optional turret and missile launchers can...

July 20, 2016
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Back To School Takes A Monster Leap Forward

A Michigan credit union made headlines recently by filling a monster truck with school supplies for community children. In Burton, MI, ELGA Credit Union held their 11th annual Pack the Truck event. "The difference between this collection event and others is that the supplies collected and purchased are put right into the hands of the educators at a breakfast that will take place in August," said Karen Church, CEO of ELGA Credit Union. "These are the people who see the needs on a day-to-day basis." This event takes place with the support and help of the Michigan State Police, local firefighters, police officers and city officials. On top of the donations of supplies, the event will also collect over $60,000 in cash donations used to purchase additional supplies. Several local companies...

July 18, 2016
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Kelly Blue Book’s Top 16 Family Vehicles

In February, Kelly Blue Book released their list of the top 16 best family cars of 2016. As the modern family has changed, so has the lineup of vehicles making the list. Gone are the days where only station wagons and minivans were seen as "family" vehicles. This year's list is full of surprises, a few of which we'll review here. Many factors were analyzed including safety, cargo space, child seat readiness, and general usability. The original group of 24 was cut back to 16 after the final tests. Subaru Outback - No big surprise here as the Outback features ample cargo room, off-road AWD, and drives with the agility and refinement of a passenger car. Reclining rear seats make for easy installment of child car seats and a more comfortable ride for adult passengers. Honda Pilot - With...

July 18, 2016
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New Supercars Will Take Your Breath Away

For the past two years rumors have been circulating among sports car enthusiasts about the LaFerrari Spider. Earlier this year, Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed that the Spider is "the only future product connected to LaFerrari" to the excitement of fans everywhere. More details have emerged and it turns out that the 499 units being built for 2017 have already been sold-out to wealthy enthusiasts. But, the pics of this $1.7 million supercar have been released and it is simply breathtaking. Even at a standstill, it looks like its moving fast. The car is powered by the first ever hybrid power train featuring a V-12engine combined with an electric motor. The beautiful combination will pull 963 hp and be available in a soft top or hard, carbon fiber top. Ferrari wasn't the only...

July 15, 2016
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The Future of the Mazda BT-50 with Isuzu Onboard

In 2008 Ford announced that they'd be selling much of their stake in Mazda, dropping their shares from a controlling interest of 33% down to 13%. Among mixed emotions was a chance for Mazda to carve its own path without Ford's influence. Takashi Yamanouchi (Mazda's first post-Ford CEO) is noted as exclaiming, "This is a godsend!" Much of the cause for the breakup is blamed on China's rapid economic rise and the U.S. financial crisis of 2008. Ford was the only U.S. automaker that did not accept a bailout from the Federal government. They made bold moves, such as selling their shares in Mazda and using their branding rights to the "blue oval" as collateral for a loan. This helped the company weather the storm and come out on top on the other side. For anyone who has traveled throughout...

July 15, 2016
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Green Car Sales Continue to Lag Behind Projections

By now it’s no surprise that the plummeting price of oil has stalled the green car movement. In fact, sales of SUVs and trucks have been up all year.  Tesla Motors, the electric car company at the forefront of the green car initiative, reported lower-than-expected sales in June. In fact, their delivery rate was the lowest it has been since Q3 of 2014 having delivered 14,370 vehicles for the quarter, including 9,745 Model S sedans and 4,625 Model X SUVs. Tesla isn't the only company feeling the pinch. Overall, sales of diesels, plug-ins, and hybrids fell in the US by 22% in June to about 34,700 units. Plug-in vehicle sales have been especially slow, only increasing by 5.1% total over the past year. There is good news for the industry however. In Q2 Tesla produced more than...

July 14, 2016
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Smaller Lawns Lead to Mower Turnover

The 2015 national census keyed many of us in to several events affecting the quality of life of Americans. The most startling is outlined in a recent article from The Atlantic entitled The Shrinking of the American Lawn. This article reviews the census and compares the average home and property size in 2015 to those from 1978. What they've found is almost shocking when all elements are considered. The American home is growing but the American lawn is shrinking. In 1978 the average home measured in at about 1,650 square feet and sat on a lot measuring 0.22 acres. By 2015 both of these numbers have changed, and in the "wrong" direction. A new home built in 2015 averaged 2,500 square feet and was placed in a neighborhood with lots measuring 0.19 acres. While these numbers may not seem...

July 13, 2016
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Race Fans Fulfill Childhood Dreams with Mario Andretti

Imagine racing around the track in an Indy car at 200mph. The wind drowning out everything but the 600+ horsepower, V-6 turbocharged motor and the sound of rubber on pavement. You can almost feel the G forces pushing you into your seat as you go into each turn. Well a few weeks ago 33 very fortunate men and women got to make their dreams a reality as racing legend Mario Andretti took them for a 3 minute thrill ride around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Each participant paid $3,300 for the 180-second ride and each said it was worth every penny. But don't take it from us, here are quotes from the fans: Gary Berg from Baltimore, MD said, “From a race fan point of view, it’s the epitome of anything I could ever do. You’re at the Holy Grail of racing grounds, the...

July 13, 2016
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