Savannah: Birthplace of American Grand Prix

In the 21st century, Americans think of auto racing in terms of Daytona and Indianapolis, NASCAR and NHRA, but Savannah, GA is actually the birthplace of Grand Prix racing in the US.

1911 American Grand Prize, Savannah
1911 American Grand Prize, Savannah

The very first American Grand Prize was launched on November 26, 1908 in Savannah, GA.  It was the brainchild of the Automobile Club of America (ACA) which picked Savannah over cities like Atlanta, Philadelphia, LA, and, yes, even Indianapolis. Savannah had previously held stock car events and the Savannah Automobile Club extended the 17 mile stock car track to the required 25.3 miles. The finished track, just southwest of the city limits at the time, was an engineering model for other tracks.

The Grand Prize Race of the Automobile Club of America was held on Thanksgiving Day in 1908 and featured 20 drivers … More

Sinkhole at Corvette Museum

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 … More

What to Expect When Detoxing

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.

Delirium tremens (DTs)

When your body is used to a certain amount of alcohol or drugs and you quit cold turkey, the first thing you can experience is what is known as the DTs. You’ll become shaky, sweating and nauseous. You may also experience heart palpitations. … More

2013 Motorsports Year in Review

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. Sure, he has the personality of a wet blanket, but he certainly gives Lowe’s the screen time they pay for. Two things though Jimmie: no one is going to call you “six time”, and it is probably time to let someone else have a win … More

The Business of Race Cars

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.

Off The Track

Racers are the main focus because they are the face of the enterprise. They are the ones we cheer for, but there is so much more to it than winning the race. The complex organization behind the driver includes … More

Sometimes Smaller is Better

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. In a tough economy, anything that reduces monthly expenses is a big plus, so cars that don’t guzzle gas are much more attractive. Although lots of people argue that the appeal of the hybrid cars in the last decade was about environmental-consciousness, … More

What Makes a Popular Race Car?

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.

What Makes a Race Car?

While a race car may look like a street car, there are very little similarities between the two.  In fact, the differences make the race car unable to be treated like a regular car.

Power management

The race car is powerful but it requires the … More

Tips to Buying a Car Online

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.

CarMax

CarMax has brick and mortar stores, of course, to purchase cars, but what they also have is an unbelievable online database of cars in … More

The O.Henry Pun-Off World Championships


“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.

The Punslingers competition is a series of single-elimination rounds in which two contestants are given a single category and must think of the best pun that they can. The contestant with the lowest scored pun is eliminated eventually leaving one person to be crowned champion Punslinger.  In the … More

Cost of Running an Auto Racing Team

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.

Biggest Investments

racingWhile an F1 car can cost $7 million out of the box and NASCAR’s base price is $100,000, it is the cost of an engine and upkeep that plays a factor on a weekly basis.  In NASCAR a car can go through one or … More