U.S. Grand Prix Top Ten

I’ve been a fan of F1 racing for many years and attended Grand Prixs in Phoenix, Italy, France and the UK. And I’m talking real GP racing- not local Indy Car street races or local weathermen racing go karts around a parking lot.

COTA Map2016 marks the fifth year for Formula 1® at Circuit of the Americas (COTA), and the triumphant return of real Grand Prix racing to the United States. I look forward to someday attending the USGP in Austin since it’s only an 8-hour drive away.

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Permanent USB Power Plug

It’s easy to hardwire auto and motorcycle accessories with a handy 12 volt to USB cable. Instead of screwing around with clunky cigarette lighter adapters you can purchase a special cable on eBay. These drop the vehicle’s 12 VDC line voltage down to the standard USB output of 5 volts. They’re available in Micro USB, Mini USB and other common connections…

USB Vehicle Cable

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Time to Dry Your Shock Absorbers

I’m not sure why a damp shock absorber would work any better than a dry one.

But apparently a wet shock works better. Proof of this can be found increasingly in the automotive press as references to “increased dampening” keep popping up. Or is there another explanation? Hmmm…..

A shock absorber is known as a damper in the UK.

So the action such a device might impart would be damping. Making an adjustment or calibrating a shock absorber might involve a change to the damping properties- not the dampening.

I’ve seen this gaff in numerous publications. And I’m talking about real magazines- not just personal blogs or Twitter!

Still Your Buddy?

The popular website and mobile app GasBuddy has been acquired by Oil Price Information Service (OPIS).

GasBuddyThis is probably good in the near term, as it means better access to a database of wholesale gasoline prices. Most of the current pricing information provided by Gas Buddy comes from volunteer price spotters. But consumers should probably prepare for more ads as the integration with OPIS matures. They plan to accelerate development of OpenStore, a system for c-store owners to promote their car wash and burritos through social media.

Gaithersburg, Md.-based OPIS, a subsidiary of UCG, is a leading source for worldwide petroleum pricing and information It publishes daily spot prices for all refined products, more than 30,000 wholesale gasoline and diesel rack prices and more than 110,000 retail fuel prices Through its subsidiary, Axxis Software, OPIS also provides software for petroleum marketers to automate price collection, data storage and repricing of dealer and commercial accounts.

Source: CSP Daily News

A Yellow Alfa

Those of you who remember the Maduko World Headquarters Building in downtown Tulsa might remember Trent Fowler. He was an associate at the firm who helped me stretch Italian car parts, antagonize patrons and generally terrorize the neighborhood.

I recently discovered a blog about his first car. It was an Alfa Romeo of course, so it seemed worth sharing.

It’s a touching tale of  the wind in your hair on a crisp October morning- and your sister chauffeuring you around in your own car.  I laughed. I cried. See what you think…

Trent’s First Car.




For Sale: 1966 Batmobile, Low Miles, Extras

Holy Lincoln Prototypes, Batman!

Image courtesy Wikipedia

The real-live and original Batmobile is going on the auction block in January. But did you know the car in the TV show was originally a spectacular show car in its own right?

George Barris created the Batmobile from the 1954 Lincoln Futura. The Futura was a prototype designed by Ford’s Lincoln Styling Studio.

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