In a wild race that ended more than 21 hours after it started, William Byron won his second NASCAR Xfinity Series event in seven days, taking the checkered flag in overtime in Saturday’s weather-delayed Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.Byron took the lead from Joey Logano on lap 98 of a scheduled 100, when off-center contact from Byron’s front bumper sent Logano’s No. 22 Ford plowing through the infield grass below the backstretch.“I was just trying to push him to make it a two-man race,” Byron said after following up his victory last week at Iowa Speedway. “There was some room, and I got him a little squirrely.”Byron picked up his first win at the 2.5-mile superspeedway and the second of his career, two weeks after finishing second to Denny Hamlin by .012 second at Michigan.The race, which started on Friday night but was postponed after 11 laps, ended under caution when NASCAR threw the yellow … [Read more...] about William Byron wins long, action-packed NASCAR Xfinity race at Daytona
Claire Williams has “categorically” denied that Williams have been in talks with Honda about a possible engine deal for 2018. Earlier this week Swiss newspaper Blick reported that Williams could join Sauber in the Honda fold next season. The report stated that Williams would become the new works team for Honda thus paving the way for the expected McLaren divorce. Williams, though, insists she won’t be walking away from Mercedes any time soon. “We had a fantastic relationship with them back in the 1980s, but I can categorically say that we have not talked to Honda,” the deputy team boss told Sky F1’s Rachel Brookes during The Grand Prix Show on talkSPORT 2. “We are not a cause of the break-up and we are not here ready with a press release saying we are joining forces with them in 2018. We haven’t talked to them.” She added: “We have a great partnership with Mercedes. They helped drive us to third place in the championship up … [Read more...] about Williams categorically deny Honda reports
Get your Korben-Dallas-Multipass ready: Ride-sharing giant Uber is now promising flying taxis by the year 2020. According to our calendar, that's fewer than three years away, and even at this early stage we suspect that the the flying taxis probably won't look like the '60s American cars previewed in the Luc Besson classic "The Fifth Element." But let's face it: Land-based self-driving cars are soo last season. Uber has partnered with aviation giants Bell, Embraer, Pipistrel, Aurora and Mooney to develop small multi-prop VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) craft that will be piloted by the company's own professional employees (for once), rather than independent contractors working in the fun new gig economy. The Uber Elevate vehicles will be able to carry a small number of passengers between relatively short preset routes. The first point-to-point routes will be in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and around Dubai. Uber has announced a partnership with a real estate firm to create the … [Read more...] about Get your Korben-Dallas-Multipass ready: Uber promises flying taxis by 2020
Super bike companies are creating some really fast machines allowing enthusiasts to throttle to the maximum limit. Some riders throttle up on tracks while some on road. I still get goosebumps whenever I see movies like ‘Too Fast Too Furious’ and I still remember the scene from ‘Gone in Sixty Seconds’ where Nicholas Cage uses NOS to throttle up Shelby Eleanor close to 300 km/hr. I remember the quote “Records are meant to be broken and history is meant to be rewritten.” A guy in Dallas did rewrite history. William Pfohl is the name of the biker who was sort of chased down by the Dallas Police Department. I would rather say the police could not chase this biker. William claimed to have topped a speed of 305 km/hr on Dallas roads. The chase started when the police department thought that it was a bike stolen from Florida. The biker had no intensions of giving up and resisted the arrest. The pursuit lasted for a whopping 117 kms. The police later admitted … [Read more...] about Dallas Cops Fail To Keep Up With Speeding Biker Doing 300 km/hr
Just like some of its rivals, Williams has unveiled its 2011 Formula 1 contender during the first official test session at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, Spain. However, this is not the final version of the car. The team’s technical director Sam Michael has confirmed that the FW33 seen here with interim livery will be given an aero upgrade and fans will get their first glimpse of the car at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix. Williams revealed that the FW33 is compliant with the latest Formula 1 rules set by the FIA including a 640-kilograms minimum weight and the ban of the double diffuser system, which was controversial in 2009. Among the technical features that have been made known to the public, is the FW33’s 7-speed transmission which is the smallest ever produced by the team. Williams has also opted for KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) which recovers the kinetic energy present in the waste heat created by the brakes and the exhausts. The energy is … [Read more...] about AT&T Williams debuts the FW33 during testing in Valencia
1 of 22The glovebox lid features a heroic Colorado cowboy pursuing a longhorn bull.Photo by Murilee Martin 2 of 22On the door, noble Ute warrior resting on his horse.Photo by Murilee Martin 3 of 22The decades have not been kind to this truck's paint.Photo by Murilee Martin 4 of 22It's not a Western mural without a stagecoach.Photo by Murilee Martin 5 of 22I think these might have been painted using stencils, which means there may be identical images on other vehicles from the same era.Photo by Murilee Martin 6 of 22Appropriate artwork for a High Plains pickup.Photo by Murilee Martin 7 of 22Of course, this might be a truck from Wyoming, New Mexico, or Kansas, finishing its days in Colorado.Photo by Murilee Martin 8 of 22If you're going to have cowboy murals, you need stripes.Photo by Murilee Martin 9 of 22And flames.Photo by Murilee Martin 10 of 22This wouldn't be considered particularly rusty in Michigan.Photo by Murilee Martin 11 of 22I counted at least a dozen … [Read more...] about Junkyard Treasure: 1972 Ford F-250 with High Plains-style Cowboy Mural
Hello Sajeev, I comment on TTAC as Tree Trunk from the frozen tundra in interior Alaska and am looking for advice on how to deal with an out of control repair of an old beater. I have a ’95 Isuzu Rodeo with 130K that until recently had been a pretty low maintenance, reliable ride. Out of the blue the check engine light came on and the engine stalled. A handy friend checked all obvious things to get it running again without success. It would start up run for a few min before reving wildly and then die. Luckily I thought, it broke down close to a reputable shop (NAPA certified) so we towed it there. Seven weeks and two thousand dollars, not to mention the rental car cost I am back at square one. First they diagnosed bad PCM, a rebuild unit was in five weeks later, two weeks behind schedule. I made it half a mile down the road before it stalled again. This time around it was supposedly a slack timing belt hitting the crankshaft sensor causing the engine to stall. Week and another … [Read more...] about Bad ECU, Cowboy? This Ain’t my First Rodeo!
Following the success of the Ford Trimotor, one of the first successful commercial passenger and cargo airplanes, which was introduced in 1925, Henry Ford got the aviation bug and decided to build what he called a “Model T of the air”, a small, affordable single seat airplane. He first proposed the idea to the men running his aircraft division, Trimotor designer William Bushnell Stout and William Benson Mayo but based on Henry’s design brief, neither experienced aeronautical man wanted anything to do with project. By then Henry Ford had bought out all of his investors and partners. All of Ford Motor Company stock was owned by Henry, Clara, and Edsel Ford, with Henry having the greatest share (49/3/48) so the firm was effectively Henry’s private feudal empire. Mr. Ford simply moved the project to a building in the Ford Laboratories complex. To design the new plane, named the Ford Flivver, after one of the Model T’s nicknames, Ford turned to Otto Koppen. … [Read more...] about The Model T of the Air
Pickups are essentially the official vehicle of the Lone Star State, and manufacturers aren’t shy about offering special editions that make it easy for buyers to stand out from the herd. The latest to bust out of the Ram corral is the 2017 Lone Star Silver Edition, a Texas-only rig that made its debut at the 2016 State Fair of Texas. Built on the successful Ram 1500 Lone Star, currently the brand’s best-selling truck in Texas, the Silver Edition is essentially a cosmetic treatment that includes a new grille with a blindingly bright chrome surround and mesh inserts. Additional brightwork includes a set of 20-inch polished wheels and front tow hooks, chrome exterior side-view mirrors, chrome wheel-to-wheel side steps, and bright beltline body cladding. A milled aluminum Lone Star badge on the grille announces the package with all the subtlety of a cowboy’s belt buckle. It also signifies the truck is a member in good standing of the newly announced Ram Care service … [Read more...] about Cowboy Deluxe: Ram 1500 Lone Star Silver Edition Shines at State Fair of Texas
Football is about as American as apple pie and the Ford F-150. At least that’s the mindset in Texas. So it comes as no surprise that Ford is building a limited edition Cowboys-branded F-150. Production is limited to 400 examples and it’s only sold at a select number of Texas dealerships. The truck helps recognize Ford’s partnership with the Cowboys football program and the completion of the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas – a high-tech training facility for the Cowboys and athletes in the Frisco Independent School District. The facilities features practice fields and a multipurpose indoor stadium with seating for 12,000 fans. It will also serve as the corporate headquarters for the Cowboys franchise. The idea of a Cowboys-themed F-150 isn’t new, however. Back in the mid-1990s, Ford launched a similar F-150 edition. “It has been 22 years since Ford and the Dallas Cowboys offered a Cowboys edition F-150,” says Greg Wood, Ford Dallas … [Read more...] about 2017 Ford F-150 Dallas Cowboys Edition
Two pieces of Voltron: and the parent company of Subaru, Fuji Heavy Industries, are considering collaborating on a sports car, according to the presumably super-dry Japanese newspaper Asahi. Currently, Toyota is without one following the demise in 2005 of the MR2 Spyder, and Subaru has never built a dedicated sports car (sit down, guys—the XT and the SVX weren’t sports cars). It is not known if the two-seater will be mid- or front-engined, but the target cost is apparently in the mid-teens, and power will reportedly come from a version of Subaru’s familiar flat-four engine. Don’t put a for-sale sign on your Miata quite yet, as this sporting two-company compromise probably won’t arrive until 2011 at the earliest. Boot-scootin’ boogie: Police officers in Trenton, Florida, may no longer wear cowboy boots after a squad car plunged through the front of a Smokers Express shop there. Veteran officer (does that mean he should know better?) Michael Herko … [Read more...] about Subaru-Toyota Sports Car, Cowboy Boot Calamity, and the Enzo Crash Mystery
I’m on my third LeMons race in as many weekends— New Jersey to Michigan to Texas— and the regional differences that make one region of the country stand out from another have become quite clear: East Coast racers like BMW E30s and VW Golfs and Midwestern racers are partial to Neons and Camaros. The Texans? They like Ford Taurus SHOs. Because the North Dallas Hooptie, held at Eagles Canyon Raceway in Decatur, Texas, takes place on Easter weekend, many of the teams ducked out at the last moment due to holiday/family pressure. The serious teams— maybe 40 of them— aren’t worried about the stuff the squares will be doing this weekend. They’re racing!completely ignored.Ununexium Legend of LeMons Medal winner John of Hoonatic Racing, there will be live streaming video coverage of the North Dallas Hooptie, starting Monday morning. Check it out! … [Read more...] about Huggy Bear, SHOs Galore, and a TR6: BS Inspections at the North Dallas Hooptie 24 Hours of LeMons
Don’t mess with this Texan pinko. Writes reader Red5: “This travesty of both the eye and Collin Chapman was seen by me parked outside a restaurant in a section of gentrified Oak Cliff in Dallas Tx. The picture doesn’t do justice to just how big those color matching wheels are.” PS: Frau Schmitto-san, our in-house specialist for the graphic arts, calls the color “cherry pink, an American pink.”: … [Read more...] about Shoot The Pink: Elise Does Dallas
The meat of the package lies with the engine overhaul which includes a 434cid LSX Block with performance induction LS3 heads, a single plane intake, RC 120# injectors, a Dallas Performance spec’d custom Twin Turbo Kit and a TR-6060 transmission with C6 ZO6 differential. All of this adds up to 1,250 kicking ponies all squeezed neatly into the Twin Turbo C6. It’s a beautiful thing. Speaking of beautiful, the Corvette doesn’t look too shabby on the outside either, with a glistening black paint job, carbon fiber rims, and a new set of much needed speed adapted tires. Don’t know about anyone else, but this sure looks like the perfect American icon to us. Dallas Performance has six different packages for the Corvette that start off with 590hp at $3,280 and end up with over 1,000hp with prices starting at $51,580. Yes, the price seems kind of crazy, but so does the horsepower, and they’re both worth it in our speed-hungry minds. Video of the Dyno test after the … [Read more...] about 2005 Chevrolet Corvette Twin Turbo C6 by Dallas Performance
From the land where bigger is always the norm, comes a tuning company that isn’t afraid to take one of their tuning packages and improve on it...again and again. Dallas Performance out of Texas began their quest with the Lamborghini Gallardo with one upgrade package that took the standard 520 HP to a whopping 650 HP. This was done with the addition of a twin turbo setup, but other items proceeded to be thrown into the mix for a total of four tuning packages and a whole lot of horsepower. Stage One took the Gallardo to 650 whp with 93 Octane Fuel and 800+ whp with E85 or VP C16 Race Fuel with the added turbochargers. Stage Two brings back the turbochargers, but adds forged engine internals for a total of 800+ whp with 93 Octane Fuel or 1050+ whp with E85 or VP C16 Race Fuel. The highly modified engine of Stage Three brings the horsepower up to 1000 whp with 93 Octane or 1200+ whp with E85 or VP C16 Race Fuel, while Stage 3R replaces the standard V10 with a race-spec engine for a … [Read more...] about 2004 – 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo by Dallas Performance
Hello Sajeev, I comment on TTAC as Tree Trunk from the frozen tundra in interior Alaska and am looking for advice on how to deal with an out of control repair of an old beater. I have a ’95 Isuzu Rodeo with 130K that until recently had been a pretty low maintenance, reliable ride. Out of the blue the check engine light came on and the engine stalled. A handy friend checked all obvious things to get it running again without success. It would start up run for a few min before reving wildly and then die. Luckily I thought, it broke down close to a reputable shop (NAPA certified) so we towed it there. Seven weeks and two thousand dollars, not to mention the rental car cost I am back at square one. First they diagnosed bad PCM, a rebuild unit was in five weeks later, two weeks behind schedule. I made it half a mile down the road before it stalled again. This time around it was supposedly a slack timing belt hitting the crankshaft sensor causing the engine to stall. Week and another … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: Bad ECU, Cowboy? This Ain’t my First Rodeo!
Following the success of the Ford Trimotor, one of the first successful commercial passenger and cargo airplanes, which was introduced in 1925, Henry Ford got the aviation bug and decided to build what he called a “Model T of the air”, a small, affordable single seat airplane. He first proposed the idea to the men running his aircraft division, Trimotor designer William Bushnell Stout and William Benson Mayo but based on Henry’s design brief, neither experienced aeronautical man wanted anything to do with project. By then Henry Ford had bought out all of his investors and partners. All of Ford Motor Company stock was owned by Henry, Clara, and Edsel Ford, with Henry having the greatest share (49/3/48) so the firm was effectively Henry’s private feudal empire. Mr. Ford simply moved the project to a building in the Ford Laboratories complex. To design the new plane, named the Ford Flivver, after one of the Model T’s nicknames, Ford turned to Otto Koppen. … [Read more...] about Henry Ford’s Flying Flivver: The Model T of the Air
I have a sickness. I can’t stop shopping for classic cars I’ve no hope of buying. While I’ve been shopping eBay, Craigslist, various forums, and other classic sites over the years, I’ve never spent much time looking at auctions. The prices seem inflated — especially when the auction house’s cut is considered. But perhaps that’s a good thing. Private party sales via classifieds introduce a significant element of risk, either via outright fraud or the natural problems of handing over either a title or a wad of cash to an outright stranger. Classic car auctions are appealing since there is a nominally neutral third-party involved in the transaction. So, I’ve decided to virtually wade into the crowd and see what’s coming Across The Block. In an occasional series, I’ll pick out several interesting cars coming up for auction that weekend, discuss them briefly, and make wild guesses to their eventual hammer price. By … [Read more...] about Across The Block: Mecum Auctions, Dallas
Public relations people say the darndest things. Shills for the car companies that chose to speak to the press at the 2009 Dallas Auto Show were no exception. The folks at Chevy are still “excited about the Camaro” a full three years after they excitedly announced the product. What impressive stamina they have. Buick intends to “shatter the myth that Buick only builds sedans for old people” Good luck with that. Chrysler Corp. claims twenty-four new cars and trucks are under development. “If taxpayers can support us, we’ll have some sweet products for you to test drive.” Goodie, maybe I’ll get to drive another redesigned Sebring. That’d be super sweet! But the biggest story coming from the show is what the PR refused to talk about. “We’re here to talk about product,” the Dodge mouthpiece declared. “Any questions ’bout the company will be referred to Corporate.” This was a common theme. GM’s … [Read more...] about Our Man Monty Reports from the Dallas Auto Show
As the Brits say, it never rains; it only pours. The New York Times reports that pickup truck sales are falling into the same bottomless pit that swallowed-up full-size SUVs. Apparently, “the precipitous decline in pickup sales has been greater than many auto executives had expected.” Sure, ’cause the domestic automakers’ suits are so good at forecasting sales, or preparing for their forecasts to be wrong, or reacting when their forecasts turn out seriously awry. I’m not so sure the decline contains as much precipitation [sic] as the Old Gray Lady suggests. “When pickup sales were at their peak in 2004, the segment accounted for nearly 15 percent of all new vehicles sold. This year, pickup sales represent about 10 percent of the overall market.” And remember: even with enough cash on the hood to test their suspensions, pickups are still Motown’s number one money maker. How scary is that, Mr. GM owner? Anyway, it’s the cultural … [Read more...] about Quote of the Day: Urban Cowboy RIP?