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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

Best Movie Car Crashes

The summer season of blockbuster movies begins this weekend with the next Avenger’s installment.  It’s the perfect time to look back on one of the hallmarks of blockbuster movies: car crashes!

Thankfully, you don’t have to sit through a bunch of movies to see all these crashes; you can just watch a compilation video — or two. Nothing but crash after crash, condensed into a few minutes of time.

This first video is a countdown of the 10 top crashes. Do you agree with their choice for #1?

Or you can watch a montage of every car crash from the Fast and Furious franchise (they say there are 110 crashes in this video):

Which movie car crash is your favorite?… Read the rest

The Tires of US Racing

Race season is in full swing across the US.  Ever wondered what tires are used by racers? Let’s take a look at a few of the different tires used in different types of racing.

NASCAR

photo by Raniel Diaz

photo by Raniel Diaz

NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series is undoubtedly the most popular racing series in the United States. The Stock Cars wear Goodyear Eagle racing slicks. At 11.5 inches wide, and fitting a 16 inch wheel, these tires are designed to heat up quickly, and provide grip through 190 mph superspeedway corners. A NASCAR infographic lists the price per tire at $389, but they are worn out after 150 miles. The closest comparable tire is the Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar. They may cost … Read the rest

2015 Arizona Lowrider Super Show

If you’re a fan of lowriders and live in the Phoenix area, chances are you were at the Lowrider Super Show last month.  The event took place at the University of Phoenix Stadium on March 28th.

There were thousands of modified and customized cars, motorcycles, trucks and even bicycles from across the western US. Entertainment included hip hop and rap artists as well as the Arizona Cardinals cheerleaders.  The highlight of the day was the car hop competition and, of course, the largest collection of lowriders in the country.
Missed out on the event? Check out these videos to see the amazing cars.

A Brief History of Lowriders

red lowriderLowriders have been a thing almost as long as there have been cars. That slammed Chrysler 300C on 22” Forte wheels got its start decades ago in the counter-culture youth scene of southern California. This is a quick look at where lowriders have scraped their way through history.

Like most car culture scenes, lowriding arguably started in Los Angeles. The used car market was thriving by the 1920s, with cheap Ford Model As and Ts everywhere, and modifying a car for speed and style was already well on its way. Around the time hot rods were hitting Bonneville for the first time, the first lowriders started appearing in photographs. Granted, one theory is these were well used daily drivers with … Read the rest