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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BMW Celebrates Centennial by Unveiling Futuristic Mini Cooper

In early June the auto world had a bit of fun during an unveiling event in London where the Mini Vision Next 100 was shown to an eager audience. The BMW design was centered on a vision of the future, set 100 years from now. With the advent and recent surge of autonomous driving technology, chances are very high that people will not have the need to drive their own vehicles at the start of the next century. For decades, Mini Coopers were based on the concept that driving is fun and should be enjoyed. With this in mind, the Mini Vision Next 100 is intended to be a fully customizable, shareable vehicle. While many new cars today feature custom settings for the gauges, seats, and mirrors, this concept Mini takes the idea to the next level. The exterior skin is designed to display any...

July 12, 2016
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New Russian ATV Puts All Others To Shame

When you love motorsports and cars enough to keep up with the E3 blog, chances are you played with toy trucks and cars as a kid. Many of our favorite Hot Wheels and Tonka Trucks came in larger-than-life proportions not seen in the real world. Well get ready to awaken the excited 9 year old inside of you with the Sherp ATV. This monstrous piece of off-road technology comes from designer Aleksey Garagashyan and has hit the ATV world by storm. This mini monster-truck's most prominent feature is its set of 4 gigantic self-inflating tires which perform in EVERY terrain including deep open water. Sand, snow, swamp, ice, mud, you name it and the Sherp dominates it no problem. This behemoth can climb obstacles up to 28 inches tall and can turn within its own wheelbase with a unique skid...

July 12, 2016
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26,000 Vehicle Recall – Fiat Chrysler Jeep SUVs and Vans

Following the very public news of a recall possibly being responsible for the death of actor Anton Yelchin, automotive manufacturer Fiat Chrysler Automobiles faces another large, and potentially hazardous, recall effecting over 26,000 of its most popular vehicles. The transmission pumps installed in model-year 2015-2016 Dodge Journey SUVs, Grand Caravan minivans, and Chrysler Town & Country minivans have been found to be faulty. This recall also impacts 2016 Ram ProMaster vans. The pumps do not meet required specifications which can lead to the loss of propulsion, significantly increasing the likelihood of a crash. If you own one of these vehicles, contact your local dealer immediately to schedule a repair. The dealership will replace the transmission pump free of charge. You can...

July 11, 2016
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Fight Breaks Out at Gateway Motorsports NASCAR Truck Race

NASCAR fans were in for a surprise at Gateway Motorsports Park as a full-on fist-fight turned wrestling match broke out between 2 drivers, Jon Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher. The fight broke out shortly after the second of two crashes between the drivers, which took both trucks out of the race. It is unclear who was “at fault” for the crash but both drivers blamed it on the other. After safely stopped, Townley and Gallagher exited their trucks and began a heated discussion. A few words were exchanged followed by blows and grappling. Officials broke up the scuffle once they reached the infield grass. In an official statement, NASCAR Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell said that repercussions were likely following the incident. "We've...

July 11, 2016
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Monster Trucks Movie Set for 2017 Release

Monster truck fans, get ready! The big, crazy, gas-guzzling, dirt-slinging, show-stealing performance rides you love are set to hit the big screen in January 2017 in a comedy/action/animation film titled, appropriately, Monster Truck. Thus far, not much is known about the film except for its IMDB.com-listed cast and synopsis: “Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.” The cast includes Till, known for his role as Havoc in...

July 1, 2016
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Rollaway Defect Blamed for Star Trek Actor’s Accidental Death

Earlier this month, the film industry and fans worldwide were dealt a shocking blow when popular young actor Anton Yelchin was found unresponsive in the driveway of his Studio City, CA home. In the early morning of June 19, friends of the 27-year-old veteran actor best known for his role in 2009’s Star Trek (a role he’ll reprise posthumously in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, slated for release July 22) found Yelchin pinned between his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and a brick pillar. A medical examiner with the Los Angeles County coroner’s office declared Yelchin dead later that day, identifying the cause of death as blunt traumatic asphyxia.  Now, the investigation into Yelchin’s untimely demise has led to a proposed class-action lawsuit against manufacturer...

July 1, 2016
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First Ever Shelby Cobra to Hit the Auction Block

The annual RM Sotheby’s auction at Monterey Car Week this year already has its star feature lined up – a tiny blue roadster built by Texas chicken farmer-turned-racecar driver and iconic automotive designer Carroll Shelby. Per his posthumous wishes, Shelby’s first automotive creation, the original Shelby Cobra CSX2000, will go up for auction, alongside a number of other historically significant Shelby Cobras during the Monterey auctions slated for August 19 and 20. Shelby created this historic ride in 1962, essentially shoehorning a 260-cubic-inch Ford VA between the wheel wells of a British-made AC Ace. Instantly, a legend was born. The car remained with Shelby throughout his life and, over time, he used for development and testing, occasionally loaned it to...

July 1, 2016
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Leno Gets Lucky in Heart-Stopping Car Crash

Since leaving his Tonight Show desk, former late night talk show host Jay Leno has enjoyed a new career in automotive-centric television, hosting his popular CNBC show, Jay Leno’s Garage. But filming of a recent episode went a bit awry, as evidenced by video footage of a heart-stopping rollover car crash. The video is entertaining only because we know that everyone emerged fully intact with no injuries save for a few bruises and perhaps a shaken-up ego or two. In the video, Leno is taking a ride with 80-year-old veteran stunt driver Bob Riggle at California’s Irwindale Speedway. Their aim for the episode was to get the 2,500-horsepower vehicle up on hits back two wheels – a trick Riggle is known for having perfected over his decades of experience. "This has...

July 1, 2016
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