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Several States Equate Concept Cars with “Full Production Automobiles” Several States Equate Concept Cars with “Full Production Automobiles”

In moves that have already been challenged by the Federal Trade Commission and American Civil Liberties Union, more than seven US states have declared that concept vehicles – those in the earliest stages of design – must be seen through to production unless they are canceled very early in the process.

$kaybait, today from Barber Motorsports Park $kaybait, today from Barber Motorsports Park

The Barber Historics was a very quiet Sunday, but my son (8), dad (71) and I (??) got to enjoy a breeze to help offset the mid-80s mugginess. There’s some decent carspotting in the background here, too:

Celebrities Call for Boycott of Georgia Film Industry over Widespread “Donk” Car Culture Celebrities Call for Boycott of Georgia Film Industry over Widespread “Donk” Car Culture

Actress Alyssa Milano, best known for her role as the abducted daughter in the 1984 Arnold Schwarzenegger action film Commando, is calling for movie and TV actors to boycott Georgia over what she believes is an obnoxious and unsafe car culture.

Subaru Receives Major Award for Promotion of Continuously Variable Transmission Rights Subaru Receives Major Award for Promotion of Continuously Variable Transmission Rights

Subaru Motors was honored at the National Association of Transmission Awareness (NATA) Wednesday with an award celebrating their work towards encouraging acceptance of the Continuously Variable Transmission, or CVT.

Automotive DNA Test Kits Provide Insight, Confusion, Anger Automotive DNA Test Kits Provide Insight, Confusion, Anger

Ancestry.com, in conjunction with Indiana-based Blackstone Laboratories, recently unveiled a groundbreaking series of genealogy tests for vehicles to give their owners a more detailed look at their cars’ lineage. For many customers, such tests can provide them valuable, interesting insights into aspects of their car’s…

California Woman Invents “Gun-Shaped Wallet” to add Levity to Traffic Stops California Woman Invents “Gun-Shaped Wallet” to add Levity to Traffic Stops

Laguna Niguel, California, entrepreneur Stacy Watkins never imagined she’d be at the center of nationwide attention.

Another Boeing/FAA "whoops" from 1969 Another Boeing/FAA "whoops" from 1969

My old man just sent me this one — he was a young flight instructor (21 years old) in New Jersey when he saw a fireball on the ground ahead and requested to be redirected from Atlantic City to Cape May. His student was wearing an IFR hood and wasn’t able to see out of their plane, which is probably good.

Atlantic: The Problem Isn’t Twitter. It’s That You Care About Twitter.

The above article (LINK if Kinja’d) sums up my feelings on twitter and social media pretty nicely. Worth a read, but here are a few tl;dr excerpts:

Outbreak of Preventable Car Failures Blamed on Misinformation Campaigns Outbreak of Preventable Car Failures Blamed on Misinformation Campaigns

Over the past several years, auto mechanics have reported a troubling resurgence in mechanical and electric failures that many believed had been eradicated decades ago. Critics blame this trend on widespread misinformation campaigns, especially on social media, that lead car owners to believe that preventive…

NEWS FLASH: Classic Citroen Burns; Parisians React with Sadness, Optimism NEWS FLASH: Classic Citroen Burns; Parisians React with Sadness, Optimism

Late Monday afternoon, a vehicle fire suddenly broke out on Paris’s famous Ile de la Cite. Fire brigades were quickly on the scene and, after several hours of work into the evening, were finally able to declare the car – a classic Citroen — salvageable.

DITADPL (Down in the Audi Dealer Parking Lot) DITADPL (Down in the Audi Dealer Parking Lot)

Taken by my dad this morning — all three belong to technicians at the Audi dealership.

Damn nature, you scary Damn nature, you scary

Louisiana marine biologists dropped a gator carcass into 7,000 feet of Gulf of Mexico goodness. It gets disembowled by giant roly polies. No thanks.

Rope time! Rope time!

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that hanging a big-ass rope 23’ off the ground is easy. Just a small price to pay to intimidate my neighbors...with how ripped I’m about to get!

Review: Disabling Honda's V6 Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) Review: Disabling Honda's V6 Variable Cylinder Management (VCM)

For over a hundred years, cylinder deactivation has been used (with varying degrees of success) to improve fuel economy and give drivers “the best of both worlds” for efficiency and power.

More 737 educated speculation: Runaway Trim and pilot training

My dad just shared an email conversation he had with an aviation colleague. My dad also added that surprise “runway trim” situations were almost always included in his simulator training for 6-10-seat turboprops back in the 80s and 90s.

Detailing: 25% off at Autogeek!

I just got some Klasse - a 10oz All in One cleaner and 16.9oz Sealant Glaze for just over $30 shipped.

"Offense Archaeologists" and the Court of Public Opinion (politics/Tucker Carlson) "Offense Archaeologists" and the Court of Public Opinion (politics/Tucker Carlson)

This just came out this morning from The Atlantic and I think summarizes the issues pretty well. Buffer image because that’s how we roll around here.

VW Refuses to Cancel Golf
R Kelly Edition Despite Backlash VW Refuses to Cancel Golf R Kelly Edition Despite Backlash

Auto industry critics have regularly cited VW for its bad timing: From long delays in offering a three-row crossover to its heavy-handed push for Diesel-powered cars at the expense of hybrids and EVs, the world’s third-largest carmaker is frequently chided for questionable business decisions.

UPDATE: East AL tornado — 23 dead, some still missing

Update: This single storm has already more than doubled the total national death toll from tornadoes last year. Ouch.

Camero trolling Camero trolling

Seen on a walk today. Would be better if debadged, but hey.

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