After a nasty crash, Australian off-r0ad racer Sandy Bowman embarked on a journey to race everything he could get his hands on. His effort became the show AUSSIE RACER. He returned to off roading, and tried rock crawling. Now he’s racing under gravity power. Can he handle it?
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Somewhere in the “Alps of Southern Australia,” Sandy attempts his first mountain bike race, the Alpine Gravity Enduro state championships of Victoria. Trouble is, for all of his experience with cars and off-road trucks, he’s only ridden a mountain bike three times.
Still, Bowman the bike novice commits himself 100 percent to this challenge, and — just to ensure pain levels for the weekend are at an all-time high — is introduced to Dragon Boating, an added challenge.
How do the skills of car racing mesh with those of downhill mountain biking? More than you’d think. Just watch.
Original article posted on Drive
When an ad team for a supercar maker needs to sell something, I mean really needs to sell a product, they pull out the nuclear option. No, not actually nuking their car, that would be too genius. The real trump card is the soft, classical piano. And then once that’s done, you unleash all of the fury.
I’ll admit, when I first saw photos of the McLaren 675LT I was categorically not impressed. To begin with, for the $200,000 or so of my money that doesn’t exist, I wouldn’t have gone with the 675LT’s grandfather, the McLaren MP4-12C. I would’ve taken a Ferrari 458, because it looks better, it sounds better, and seeing one in person quickens the pulse in a way the 12C never has for me. And then McLaren upgraded to the 650S, and I was bored, because even though they made a ton of changes to the 12C, on the surface it looked like McLaren just gave the 12C a slight power bump and grafted on the face from the P1.
And the P1 is a great car, but mid-engined supercars are all about creativity and wonder, not about grafted-on faces. And then McLaren came out with the 675LT, which, initially, appeared even worse to me. Because it wasn’t just sporting a grafted on face, it was sporting half-truths and misdirection, or as we in the business call it, lies.
LT, we were told before we even saw the car, stands for “Long Tail,” and the 675LT would be a longer car than the 650S. The long-tail, low-drag design would hearken back to the glorious long-tail McLaren F1 GTRs, and the ultimate road-going F1 of them all, the F1 GT. It would be curvy and swoopy and, well, long.
Except it wasn’t. Not really.
Alright, I guess it was TECHNICALLY an inch – one inch! – longer than the 650S. Because of a spoiler. But it wasn’t a proper longtail, at least not by historic standards. So color me disappointed.
This ad, though, has me actually falling in love with it. I know, I know, I’m supposed to be a jaded old journalist, not susceptible to the petty whims of mere marketing. It’s not even a particularly original ad, what with the soft music in contrast to the loud engine, the rain, or the slow-motion. We’ve seen all of those things in ads before.
But something between those fat exhaust pipes spitting furiously, the gaping intakes, the exposed turbo V8 under glass, and that glorious, glorious noise, I can’t help but find myself falling in love with it.
And so, like the dog chasing after it, I feel the curmudgeon inside, who just found everything sort of unoriginal, turning into someone who just wants to chase after it.
If you’ve got a couple hundred grand to spare for me to buy a McLaren 675LT then, please do let me know. Right now, it’s exactly what I want.
Original article posted on Jalopnik
While most drivers will carefully shop for cars, they often don’t put much care into choosing the auto body repair shop they use. Stories abound about car engines that were ruined by careless or inexperienced technicians. If you’re car’s body needs repairing, it pays to be as diligent in choosing a car repair shop in Goleta as you were when you purchased your vehicle in the first place.
Of course, even the most highly rated auto repair shops and well-trained technicians aren’t perfect. Mistakes happen every day. But there are fairly easy ways to minimize the risk to your car when you take it to a Goleta car body repair shop. Consider these ideas to protect your car and your bankbook:
- Ask the experts. The American Automobile Association (AAA) is one of the oldest and most respected motorist assistance organizations in the U.S. Founded in 1902, the AAA is a membership organization but there are many services available to non members including a list of “approved” AAA shops. Basically, those shops have passed AAA reviews which ensure they are licensed and fully insured facilities employ skilled service staff and offer a minimum 12-month/12,000 miles limited warranty on all repair work. Although insurance companies aren’t allowed to steer their clients toward certain car body repair shops, they often offer lists of shops which they’ve deem reputable. Again, these lists aren’t fail proof, but they may offer a good place to start when looking for a shop that will provide your car quality service.
- Use the Web. Try a Google search with the name of the shop you are considering. You may well find praise and pans about the shop either in various news stories or in specific web sites. Of course, be sure to consider that information as just a tool in your arsenal. You should also contact the Better Business Bureau and any consumer protection agencies in your area to see if they have information or ratings that may guide your decision in choosing a Goleta car repair shop.
- Know your technician. Technicians in auto body repair shops Goleta have different specialties. Generally someone that changes an auto’s oil won’t then work on complex engine repairs. Those that work on the auto body generally don’t work on an engine. Those at repair shops located at auto dealerships generally have intense training provided by the manufacturer. Ask about technicians training. Also find out how many technicians are in the shop. The fewer technicians, the longer you will likely wait to have your car repaired.
- Don’t assume you know what parts are used. It’s a fairly safe to say that shops affiliated with dealerships and large chain repair shops use new parts. But that might not always be true. Ask if the parts are new, taken from junkyards or other sources. Some car owners don’t mind if junkyard parts are used because the lower cost is reflected in the price. You owe it to your self to know what you receive, though.
- Try before you drive. Recently I took my car into a shop affiliated with a dealership for a minor repair. Before driving away, I tried out several functions and realized the radio didn’t work. The fix was an easy one and cheerfully made. Still, checking before I left saved me time and aggravation. On the other hand, the dealership’s prompt, friendly fix assured me I chose a quality shop.
Original article sourced from Autos.com