Off Roading Tips for Summer Fun

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Going off-road can be an extremely fun adventure, but it can also turn sour fast. Here are a few tips from our seasoned off-road pros which will help you before taking to the trail. First, choose the right gear before going off-road. If you have a 4WD vehicle, be sure to shift it into 4x4 before setting a single tire off the road; you may forget to do it later. If you're sporting an all-wheel-drive be sure to lock the center differential. These are important to do from the onset because once you're stuck you may not be able to make this change. Having an off-road transmission is also important. Additional gears are used to help slow down your speed and keep your wheels from spinning. Second, know what you're getting into. Before encountering a patch of trail too aggressive for your...

March 16, 2017
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Hidden Car Show Gems In 2017

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Many car lovers can't make it to the major International auto shows. There's good news though. All across the country there are literally hundreds of events going on this year. Sometimes smaller venues host some of the most unique shows around, especially for niche auto lovers. Here are a few of our favorites coming up. 21st Annual Cherry Blossom Mustang & All Ford Show: Ford fans near Macon, GA will definitely want to make their way down to the William S. Hutchings Career Center on April 1st. Sponsored by the Flag City Mustang Club, this judged event is great for all ages and includes a full festival for the family. Outlaw Nationals car Show: If you want to do a good deed while enjoying your hobby, come on out for this incredible fundraising event. Proceeds will be raised for...

March 15, 2017
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Roborace Releases New Formula E Car

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As Formula E enters its third year as a racing series, new competitors hope to enter the races in the form of fully automated robotic cars. In Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress the company debuted its latest design for the Robocar built by chief designer Daniel Simon. Known for designing vehicles for movies such as Captain America, Tron: Legacy, and Prometheus, Daniel also took inspiration from VW, Bentley, Bugatti, and Audi to create his latest design. Roborace hopes to spark a new global sport of robotic racing. The initial plan is to begin debuting the vehicles as part of the Formula E (all electric car) racing series. “We want people to see this like a Tron, or an Oblivion, or a Star Wars spaceship,” says Justin Cooke, Chief Marketing Officer of Roborace. Fans in...

March 14, 2017
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Sudden Death Rocks Motorcycle Racing World

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On March 9th at the Nogaro Circuite in France, FIM Endurance Motorcycle Champion Anthony Delhalle was killed in a testing crash. During the first testing session for the 24 Heures Motos event, Delhalle's Suzuki lost control early in the testing session and fell from his bike, breaking his neck. "Anthony came out straight, without reason or loss of grip," explained his teammate Vincent Philippe. "It's incredible and inexplicable. I feel like a part of me has gone." Though Anthony received medical treatment immediately, he did not survive the injuries. Delhalle was a highly decorated racer, taking the Junior Team Suzuki team straight to several championships and leading the Qatar Endurance Racing team from 2008 to 2010. By the end of last year, Delhalle had five world titles to his...

March 13, 2017
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Report Is In ? U.S. Auto Recalls Hit Record High in 2016

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has released their review of 2016 auto recalls. A record high of 53.2 million vehicles were recalled last year, a massive uptick from previous years. The majority of these recalls involved the Takata Corp 7312.T airbag inflators. Tens of millions of these inflators were recalled as they would send shrapnel flying at drivers and passengers. To date 9 Americans have been killed by these airbags along with at least 139 reported injuries. The problem started with the propellant chemicals used to inflate the airbag. It was found that these were mishandled and improperly stored during assembly. Researchers also found that one of Takata's North American plants allowed a defect rate "six to eight times above" acceptable limits. Nearly all automakers have...

March 13, 2017
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Like Father... Like Son-in-Law?

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One thing is for sure. When the gates open for the 48th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, the pits will be filled with the Force Clan. Like his father-in-law before him, Robert Hight now runs the entire operation having been promoted to team president two years ago. And, like his father-in-law before him, Hight will be looking to win the third round of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Funny Car championship at Gainesville Raceway. In fact, they will be a slew of team members named Force or married to someone named Force getting the family's three Funny Car teams and one Top Fuel team ready to compete. Patriarch John Force is unmatched in his 25-year career with 134 national wins and 15 NHRA Funny Car championships. But, when the 63-year-old Force climbs into PEAK...

March 8, 2017
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Paul Lee Retires from NHRA

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Funny Car favorite Paul Lee has announced that he will not be returning to the races in 2017. Last December he returned from a successful PRI show in Indy and experienced a heart attack. Not just any heart attack, but a "widow maker" with 100% blockage in the LAD artery. Though he has made a recovery after surgery, Paul now has significant heart damage. “I’m very lucky to be alive,” said Lee. “The paramedics are close to my house and were there in minutes. They got me to the hospital in time for the doctors to save my life. The doctor told me that this is the worst kind of heart attack someone can have and only about 1 in 10 survives. So I’m extremely grateful to the local paramedics and the doctors for doing a great job of saving me.” Lee has...

March 7, 2017
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The Futuristic Vehicles for the Movie Logan

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The new blockbuster hit Logan has movie, comic, and car fans going simply nuts. Set in 2029 the film's designers and art directors faced an interesting challenge. What will the vehicles in the near future look like? With many changes coming to the automotive industry these days, there were definitely some elements that needed to be in the film to make it feel believable. The key car in the movie is a limousine, driven by Logan as he attempts to stay under the radar. With the car key in many scenes throughout the movie, it needed to make a statement but not detract from the star actors. Ultimately a Lincoln limousine style was used, built on the body of a Chrysler 300. At first glance this beefy-looking limousine looks like a streamlined version of the Cadillac limousine used by...

March 6, 2017
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Silence Before the Storm; Gatornationals are Next

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At the 33rd annual NHRA Arizona Nationals last weekend, Leah Pritchett and Matt Hagan garnered their second win in as many races. Race fans couldn't have asked for a more exciting final round in Top Fuel, as Pritchett and Brittany Force made it an all woman race for the second consecutive year. Pritchett also defeated Force at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in 2016. However, this time around she backed up her win in the season opener to make it two in a row for 2017. Having scored 245 points out of a possible 260, she maintains a 92 point lead over Ron Schumacher and leaves the desert 94 points ahead of Brittany Force   Matt Hagan also saw victory lane for the second race in a row by laying down a .057 reaction time in the Funny Car final. Both Hagan and runner-up Ron Capps...

March 2, 2017
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Ford Truck Goes Head-To-Head with Polaris RZR

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At the Outback ATV Park in Laurinburg North Carolina, Popular Mechanics covered a fantastic race between the 2017 Ford Raptor pickup truck and the Polaris RZR ATV. While the Raptor has the highest traction clearance of street-legal vehicles, the RZR puts it to shame. Thought the RZR only has 110hp compared to the 450hp in the Raptor, the course they raced definitely evened the playing field between the two. Ripping across about 1/8th mile of track, the teams picked a spot, which wouldn't give either vehicle an unfair advantage. This was definitely the battle of ultimate suspension versus ultimate horsepower. Now you wouldn't usually think of pitting a street truck against a purely off-road vehicle, but what else would you expect from the guys at Popular Mechanics? Though they are very...

February 24, 2017
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