Sinkhole at Corvette Museum

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On Wednesday, February 12, 2014, a sinkhole opened up and caused part of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky to collapse, destroying eight rare cars that were on location. The section of the museum has since been closed off to the public and opened later that day. Read on for a look at the incident and what this means for the National Corvette Museum.

What was Damaged?

The collapse damaged eight rare high ticket cars that were very valuable to the National Corvette Museum. The vehicles damaged include a 1993 ZR 1 Spyder, a 2009 ZR 1 Blue Devil, both of which were on loan to the museum from General Motors, as well as a 1962 black Corvette, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, a 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette, a 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette, a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette and a 2009 white 1.5 Millionth Corvette.… Read the rest

What to Expect When Detoxing

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If you are trying to kick a drug or alcohol addiction, then the first thing that you need to do is detox. Once you stop drinking or doing drugs, detoxing will start. This can be a scary and dangerous thing to go through and ideally shouldn’t be attempted on your own. The best place to detox is at a rehab center where they have drug detox services. Why? Because a lot can happen to you, both physically and psychologically while detoxing. And having a medical staff helping you out can be a life saver.… Read the rest

2013 Motorsports Year in Review

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2013 was a mixed bag for motorsports, as the year had some surprise winners, while some of the usual suspects took home victories.

Jimmie Johnson walked away with an easy victory this year, winning the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship for the sixth time. Yes, while it is probably due in large part to crew chief Chad Knaus, let’s not forget Johnson also owes this victory to a large dose of his own talent and experience. You don’t get within spitting distance of Petty’s record seven (7) championships without being great at what you do.… Read the rest

The Business of Race Cars

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When popular racers like Danica Patrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. mingle with fans, they are signing autographs, giving high fives, and chumming it up like any celebrity. To the public it appears that the driver lives the good life of any celebrity.  Behind the scenes though, the auto racer is more like the beating heart of a giant enterprise. They are the product and capital of a massive business. Sure, the driver gets to experience an opulent life, complete with lines of adoring fans; but their work is intense, draining, and critical to the support of a brand.… Read the rest

Sometimes Smaller is Better

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small carIn recent years there’s been a return to the early idea of “bigger is better” when it comes to cars. This was the overriding belief through the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Then came the oil crisis and suddenly smaller was better. That lasted for awhile and then minivans, SUVs, and Hummers convinced Americans that once again bigger was better. That idea lasted until gas prices rose again and then the economy crashed and now, once again, smaller seems to be better.

A big advantage that small cars like the honda fit have over larger vehicles is gas mileage.… Read the rest

What Makes a Popular Race Car?

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Auto racing has become one of the most popular sports today.  It has the second highest television ratings of sport in the US.  Today, more drivers get offers to endorse products and be on television commercials, print advertisements, and TV specials.  Names like Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jeff Gordon, and Jimmie Johnson are recognized by people who aren’t fans of the sport.

In the 1980s, NASCAR began to be sponsored by Fortune 500 companies, bringing a new prestige to the sport.  Over 18 million viewers tune into the Daytona 500 race.… Read the rest

Tips to Buying a Car Online

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old fashioned car lotIncreasingly, it’s getting easier and easier to purchase a car online, and it’s no secret that these cars are being found much easier through various online sources and databases than they have in the past. While it may seem ridiculous to search for, research, and even purchase a car online, it is something more and more people are using as they look for great deals and make it so they come up with the best cars possible at the best price.

In fact, there are several main sources for those looking to purchase a car online, and the availability of cars on all these sources is surprisingly reliable, open, and transparent for all to see.… Read the rest

The O.Henry Pun-Off World Championships

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“There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh.  No pun in ten did.”

If that made you laugh then you might be in for a treat as the Annual O.Henry Pun-Off World Championship is being held again.  The O.Henry Pun-Off is a competition honoring writer William Sidney Porter where contestants compete for the top titles with spontaneous and original puns. The O.Henry Pun-Off is actually divided into two different pun competitions: Punslingers and Punniest of Show.… Read the rest

Cost of Running an Auto Racing Team

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Fans at a race track are there for the thrill of watching cars speed by at seemingly impossible speeds and to catch a glimpse of the new rockstar drivers.  While some may complain at the cost of a ticket to attend the race, most don’t give a second thought to how expensive it is to keep a single race team running from week to week.

The short answer: the average NASCAR team spends $400,000 a week. For Formula 1, it can cost as much as $50 million to field a team for a season.… Read the rest

The Dangers of Driving on Tires with Low Tread

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car tiresMost drivers wait to buy new tires and
rims until their tire tread falls below 2/32 of an inch. (The tread on new tires is generally 10/32 of an inch). Most people use the old penny test to measure their tread, unless their car has a built in wear indicator. Others will do a manual measurement and begin to think about replacing their tires when the tread falls below that depth. However, some studies have shown that worn tread can become dangerous much sooner.… Read the rest