Heading Overseas: Ship, Store or Sell Your Car

Relocation due to a job or for school is always a major undertaking, especially if that move is taking you overseas.  If you have a beloved, or even just a useful, vehicle, it’s even more complicated.  Should you take your car overseas with you, store it somewhere safe until your return, or sell it and buy a replacement when/if you return.

Shipping Overseas

car shippingTake your car with you if you will 1) need to drive a lot in your new home and 2) will be living there for a considerable amount of time. Many of the large cities around the world have excellent public transportation and limited parking, much like New York.  You won’t want to go through the bureaucratic paperwork and expense of shipping your car — and then shipping it back — if you won’t be driving it. … More

October 26, 2015 at 3:09 pm Comments (0)

Restoring a Classic for Drag Racing

racing wheelsClassic drag racers offer a great combination of nostalgic good looks, and incredibly fast quarter mile action. Restoring a vintage drag racer is a bit different than restoring an everyday street driver. Let’s take a look at some specifics for your classic drag project.

Have a Plan

First, set your goals. Do you want a classic that can be a cruiser, as well as see double duty at the strip? Or do you want a flat-out trailered classic race car? A weekend strip warrior will be easier to build, but a “jack of all trades” compromise. The race car will be significantly faster, but not street legal.

Once you have a plan for the project, set a time frame and budget. Then add 20% to both to be realistic. For a weekend drag car, the engine, transmission, rear end, and … More

May 30, 2015 at 11:14 am Comments (0)

DIY Repairs & Free Advice

car engineThe digital age could easily be known as the “do it yourself” age.  DIY is a way of life for many and a source of income for others (there is, after all an entire cable network called “DIY”).  Whether you’re a DIY for home repairs, craft projects, sewing, or car maintenance, it is very likely that your main motivation is to save a few bucks.

You want to learn how to change the oil on your car or maybe tackle something bigger like replacing the brakes. You probably start of searching Google or maybe YouTube or you head straight to your favorite automotive forum or blog to get tips from other DIYers.

Maybe it’s time to rethink that strategy.  Haynes manuals did a study of the free car repair advice found in forums and you may be shocked at how … More

May 27, 2015 at 12:52 am Comments (0)

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

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May 21, 2015 at 12:04 am Comments (0)

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

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March 1, 2014 at 6:43 am Comments (0)

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

February 7, 2014 at 9:05 pm Comments (2)

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

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December 31, 2013 at 9:41 am Comments (0)

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

August 11, 2013 at 8:25 am Comments (2)

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

July 12, 2013 at 8:10 pm Comments (0)

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

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June 14, 2013 at 5:09 am Comments (3)

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