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Faster Than Sound – Thrust SSC

The 20th century was filled with attempts to break the sound barrier. It wasn’t until the end of the century, in 1997, that a car was able to fly past that milestone.

The “barrier” refers to the effects on a vehicle (usually aircraft) as they approach supersonic speed, 767 mph (343 meters per second). For years it was believed that aircraft (and other vehicles) would not be able to surpass that barrier, and then they did.

On October 15, 1997, the Thrust SSC or “Super Sonic Car” surpassed that barrier in the Nevada desert.  Driven by Andy Green (an RAF Wing Commander), the car achieved 763 mph and became the first car to break the sound barrier.

Eighteen years later, … Read the rest

Best Cars for Demo Derby

demolition derbyIf you have ever been to a demolition derby and spoke with any member of the crew or audience, you know there are all kinds of opinions about what makes the best derby cars. Usually the free-flowing beer at the county fair leads to some heated debates on this subject. So, to avoid stepping on any toes, here are our opinions on the best cars for demo derbies.

Rear-Wheel Drive

Most rear-wheel drive sedans were built in the classic era, and are favorites due to their body-on-frame construction methods, massive overhangs, and total disregard for a light weight. Unfortunately, classic iron is getting rare and more expensive, leaving little room for derby budgets.

Chrysler Imperial — The 1964 – ’68 … Read the rest

Still Think Car Surfing is Cool?

Car surfing works in the movies, but not in the real world. It leads to injuries and even death for the surfer and can leave the driver facing criminal penalties up to and including charges vehicular homicide.

If you’re lucky, you get away with some bruises and cuts and a humiliating video that gets compiled with other fails:

Note that in some of these examples, the surfing occurred in “controlled” situations: slow speeds, deserted roads, off-road conditions where the landing was on grass or dirt. However, many people attempt to surf at higher speeds and on crowded streets, increasing the danger if someone falls.

Here’s a news report discussing a car surfing incident that led to life-threatening injuries:

And here’s … Read the rest

The Dangers of Car Surfing

Teens seem to love dangerous activities, but unfortunately, accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers. Relatively new to their choices of stupid and dangerous activities is car surfing.

teen wolf car surfingCar surfing is where one person drives a vehicle on public roads while one or more people get out and onto the roof, hood, or trunk. It was popularized decades ago by the movies “Teen Wolf” (see clip below) and “Footloose.” While both ‘80s movies have memorable scenes where characters ride on the outside of the vehicle, there are seemingly no consequences for their stupidity. This is quite a bit different from reality.

Solid numbers are hard to pin down.

According to the Centers for Disease Control report published … Read the rest

Know B4 U Go – Tire Safety Week Video

As you likely already know, we’re in the middle of National Tire Safety Week (May 24th-30th).

KnowB4UGoCooper Tires is a big supporter of tire safety and have their own campaign “Know B4 U Go” to remind drivers of the importance of tire maintenance.  The video below features Arie Luyendyk, Jr., a popular race car driver who currently competes in TORC racing on Cooper tires.  The video shows you how easy it is to check tread, tire pressure, and evaluate the condition of your tires before you hit the road.

Check it out — and then check out your tires to make sure they are safe for you and your family!

National Tire Safety Week 2015

Spring is here, and that means more miles on your tires. With the warmer weather, longer road trips, and interesting back roads, your tires are working hard for you. Due to the huge importance of tire safety, the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) declared May 24th – 30th as National Tire Safety Week. Think of it as Spring Break for your tires.

SB_NatTireSafetyThe RMA planned this nationwide event as part of its ongoing “Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART” program. This awareness campaign reminds everyone to be aware that tires are part of a vehicle’s regular maintenance and wear items. Tires are critically important – as the only part of the vehicle in contact with the ground- and need as … Read the rest

Inside Road Rallies (Videos)

Did you see our recent blog post on the Biggest & Best of the world’s road rallies? Or maybe you’ve always been a fan of the rally experience. The mix of race, party, and endurance challenge all rolled into one attracts car lovers, race fans, and wannabe drivers all over the world.

For those who have never experienced a road rally in person, we’ve gathered a few videos to give you an insider’s view of these amazing events. The first is a recap of the 2014 Gumball 3000 as lived by Team Betsafe:

Next up is a front seat view of one leg of a road rally. See what the 115 mile leg of the race looked like from a … Read the rest

The Biggest and Best Road Rallies Anywhere

gumball 3000Road rallies like to say they are all about the cars, but really it’s a combination of cars, big personalities, speed, hype and alcohol. With nearly every rally claiming to be the best on their homepage, it’s time for some organizing. Here are our picks for the biggest and best road rallies in the world.

Gumball 3000

Gumball is a whole lot of hype, but for the most part, it actually lives up to it. Sure, there is massive media coverage about the celebs and their multi-country party road trip, but the cars of Gumball are flat out amazing. The uber-rich have entered everything from race cars with actual pedigree, to one-off exotics and even the Batmobile. This 3,000 blast … Read the rest