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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

Ice Racing (3 Videos)

Since winter refuses to let go of certain parts of North America, we tried to determine what is the best thing about winter hanging around. Our conclusion: a longer season for ice racing!

If you didn’t know, ice racing has been around as long as there have been motor vehicle driving on snowy/icy roads.  Only now people do it on official tracks as well as out in the wild.  Check out the videos below for a cross-section of ice racing fun — and a near crash or two.

Drifting:

A 3rd generation racer:

And here’s how to build ice racing tires for a motorcycle:

Getting Ready for Spring Cruising

That darn groundhog was no help this year, but rest assured, spring is on its way. This means longer, warmer days, and excellent evenings for cruising. While the weather gets ready, you should too, so let’s look at some prep work you should do now to be ready for spring.

cruise eventIf your cruiser was put up for winter, there are a few steps to take before firing her up and heading off. First off is of course removing any covers you may have put on your vehicle last fall. Do a visual once-over to make sure the cover didn’t rub anything the wrong way, then properly store it for next winter.

Have a seat inside, and take note of … Read the rest

Truck Rescue Fails

Ice and snow means skids and accidents. If you’re really unlucky, your truck (or car) could fall through the ice into a stream, pond, lake or river.  If you ever need to pull your truck out of an icy waterway, here’s what NOT to do (NSFW: language):

There IS a right way to handle such situations.  Just watch these experts pull a semi out of a frozen lake:

Abandoned Cars: Junk or Treasure

Car restorers dream of finding an abandoned classic and restoring it to its former glory.  Check out these 60 abandoned cars found in France last year:

These vehicles were part of the collection of Roger Baillon, who spent several decades rescuing cars from the scrap heap in the hopes of opening a car museum.  When his financial empire collapsed, he was forced to sell some and abandon the rest.

In 2014 his grandchildren inherited the estate and discovered this treasure trove.

A few weeks ago this collection was auctioned off, fetching $28.5 million for the estate and setting several records for sales.

The prize of the collection was a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB.  It sold for a record $18.5 … Read the rest