Want to See an Awesome Burnout?

In keeping with the supernatural antiheroes created by Marvel Comics, drag racing stunt driver Dave Nelson ripped the most incredible burnout of all time. In fact, the video of his flaming run earned a spot on GoPro's Awards List for 2016. If you are not familiar with GoPro, the maker of the world's most portable cameras is dedicated to helping people (especially racers) share any exciting experience with others. Yeah, a GoPro camera will also allow non-daredevils to capture more boring film clips too. But, according to founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman, sharing of one's collective experiences just makes life more fun. With that in mind, Dave Nelson certainly left the crowd at the fences cheering for more.  Although Nelson is not part of Marvel's Ghost Rider community, his...

January 18, 2017
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When to Change Ignition Wires and Coils

How much does it cost to replace ignition wires and coil? Well, it depends upon the engine in the vehicle you drive.  However, before you replace the ignition wires, coils or coil pack in your car or truck, it is important to do a thorough inspection of the ignition system, including the spark plugs. Once your ignition wires start to wear out, it is much more difficult to deliver a good spark from the distributor or coil pack. As the materials in the plug wires begin to weaken or breakdown, it makes it much more difficult for the voltage to travel from its source to the cylinder where combustion occurs. Typically, the engine will misfire causing a skip or your vehicle may fail to start. Spark plug wires transfer the spark from the distributor or ignition coil to the plugs that...

January 13, 2017
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The Great Nitrogen Debate

For a few years now, tire service shops across America have been offering Nitrogen-only filling services for tires. This has sparked great debate and begs the question, is it better to use Nitrogen instead of air? We're here to examine the facts. The air around us contains about 78% Nitrogen, 21% Oxygen and 1% trace gasses and water vapor. The tricky part is the Oxygen. The theory is that the Oxygen molecules are small enough to pass through the tires, causing a decrease in air pressure over time. The main evidence for this is a tool, which tests the amount of Oxygen within a tire. The older the tire the lower the concentration of Oxygen. With Nitrogen molecules, being larger and unable to seep out, your tires should theoretically stay fully inflated longer, improving your handling...

January 13, 2017
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Latest NASCAR News Shakes Racing World

In a stunning announcement, Joe Gibbs Racing has announced that their star driver, Carl Edwards, will be retiring from NASCAR to pursue interests outside of racing. This comes as a huge shock to racing fans everywhere as Edwards has been one of the most celebrated new drivers in recent memory. Breaking into NASCAR in 2004, Edwards took the place of Jeff Burton in the No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. The Missouri native drove for Roush until 2015 when he switched to Joe Gibbs Racing. In a short, but amazing racing career, Edwards has won 28 times, been in the top five 124 times, and had 224 top ten's in 445 starts. Many consider Carl Edwards to be one of the best drivers of his generation to tie in points for a NASCAR Cup Series championship (2011) with eventual winner Tony Stewart....

January 13, 2017
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Ford Announces 90?s Throwbacks at Detroit Auto Show

Early into the 2017 North American International Auto Show, spectators were treated to a huge reveal from Ford. For the first time, and to the anticipation of their fans, the company confirmed that both the Ford Bronco and the Ford Ranger will be returning to showrooms within the next few years. The Ranger has been a favorite among small truck enthusiasts for years and is slated to debut in 2019. The Bronco, on the other hand, has a die-hard fan base which were enthralled to hear of the truck’s return in 2020. Though designs for neither vehicle were shown during the announcement, Ford’s Joe Hinrichs had a lot to say about the Bronco. Hinrichs described the upcoming Bronco as "a no-compromise midsize 4x4 utility for the thrill-seekers who want freedom and off-road...

January 13, 2017
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Nominations Open for Spark Plug Awards

It's that time of year again. The Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce in Houghton, Michigan, announced registration is open for nominating candidates for the Keweenaw Community Spark Plug Awards. The annual celebration recognizes key individuals, community efforts and local businesses for stellar efforts during the 2016 calendar year. Organized and hosted each year by the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce, Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance, MTEC SmartZone and Keweenaw Young Professionals, awards are presented in six (6) categories of recognition. The award categories are: Growth – Companies that had significant growth in employment or sales during the 2016 calendar year are eligible for nomination. Customer Service – Other businesses and customers who provided...

January 12, 2017
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Ice Racing Returns to Crescent Lake

Racing fans in Portage, MB were thrilled by the news that the Winnipeg Sports Car Club's Fire on Ice racing tour would be returning to Crescent Lake. Starting February 18, ice racers and fans will flock to Portage la Prairie for a double-header weekend. Twelve total races will scream around the lake in an event, which is sure to be one for the record books. “We're really excited to be back in Portage, the racers love coming out here. We do race in other areas, but being at the Portage venue and having it around the Portage community, we love it,” said Jordan Sharples, WSCC's Ice Race Director. “That's why we did the double header here in Portage, it's the only time we hold races on both the Saturday and Sunday.” Luckily, the extreme cold southern Manitoba...

January 12, 2017
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Could the Next Big Thing Be Auto Accessories As A Service?

The concept of Auto Accessories As A Service (aaaaS) may have moved one step closer to reality as Apple Inc. registered several domain names related to automobiles. Some of the product specific URLs that are now in Apple's portfolio include apple.auto, apple.cars and apple.car. Although some automakers consider Apple's involvement in auto manufacturing to be a given, MacRumors suggested the newly acquired domains were likely related to Apple's CarPlay. The latest iPhone app that will allow drivers to access contacts, make calls or listen to voicemails with his or her hands firmly gripping the steering wheel. Since Google first introduced its driverless car in Nevada more than a year ago, Silicon Valley has become a prime area of interest to bridge the gap between auto technology and...

December 27, 2016
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Autopilot System Forced to Obey Speed Limits

Getting drivers to obey the speed limits set on city streets and back roads has long been a concern for public safety officials. From the law enforcement officers to the engineers who design studies to determine the speeds, there is little agreement on what is a safe speed. After sponsoring studies to establish a better understanding of travel speeds on various roadways, the Federal Highway Administration concluded that driver compliance with speed limits set for urban roads was on average about 30% of the drivers. In part, compliance with a posted speed appears to be related to an individual driver's perception as to how realistic the posted speed limit seems to be. Results obtained by researchers at Purdue University determined that among the 1,000 drivers surveyed the respect...

December 27, 2016
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Recalls for Faulty Airbags May Extend to Other Manufacturers

For years, personal injury lawsuits have been brought against Takata Corporation for exploding airbags. The Japanese manufacturer of auto and racing products may have covered up safety concerns identified while testing airbag inflators used in millions of vehicles sold in the United States. Since parts suppliers have a duty to provide products that are free of defects, to perform adequate product testing, and to fully disclose issues that pose safety threats, federal regulators and Congress have launched investigations into Takata's failure to act in a reasonable manner in responding to potential defects. Now, auto safety parts maker, Autoliv, has announced that they may be on the verge of issuing a recall for up to 400,000 vehicles. According to the Swedish manufacturer, the products...

December 27, 2016
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