zaterdag 26 november 2011

Pedestrian Burdens: Sidewalk Atrocities in Bensonhurst, LIC, and Vinegar Hill

At 295 Avenue P, in Bensonhurst, surface parking takes up the entire ground floor. Photo: Joseph Kodransky
Here they are: the first set of reader-submitted “pedestrian burdens,” courtesy of Michael Kodransky, co-author of ITDP’s recent report on European parking policy innovations.
In this photo series, Streetsblog is cataloging the parking lots and garages that erode New York’s [...]


François Hesnault Taki Inoue

Thanksgiving Food Drive Nets Nearly 10,000 Pounds for Area Food Banks

Infineon RacewaySONOMA, Calif. (Nov. 22, 2011) – Infineon Raceway distributed nearly 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH), St. Vincent de Paul Sonoma and the Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa on Monday following the raceway’s 11th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. In total, the raceway distributed 9,657 pounds of...more»


Peter Gethin Bruno Giacomelli

The 2013 Lincoln MKT Gets a New Face and Loads of Tech

Lower your harpoons! A new grille means the 2013 MKT no longer looks like a whale. Just like the Ford Flex with which it shares its platform, Lincoln’s big MKT is receiving a mid-cycle refresh for 2013. The three-row crossover gets a restyled grille that’s less mouthy than before, a power bump for its base [...]


Fred Gamble Carl Edwards

vrijdag 25 november 2011

Report: Ferrari to offer right of first refusal to elite cadre of customers

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Ferrari SA Aperta

When an automaker like Ferrari comes out with a limited edition model, the entire run usually spoken for before we ever see a single photo or detail. Which is fine for the automaker in question, but can often irk many of its best customers, who would gladly shell out whatever the asking price for the opportunity to own the rarest of Prancing Horses.

According to Automotive News, the issue could lead Ferrari itself to form an elite owner's club. Membership would be limited to just the top customers - like those who own five or more Ferrari models, of which there are about 300 in the world - who would be given right of first refusal on special editions like the SA Aperta (pictured above), the 599-based roadster of which only 80 were made. After all, if your garage already has five Ferraris, you probably deserve for Maranello to give you special treatment.

Ferrari to offer right of first refusal to elite cadre of customers originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 25 Nov 2011 17:07:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Video: Indian talent show goes overboard with Suzuki

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The show's called India's Got Talent, and we're certainly prepared to say that India's got The Warriors of Goja but we're not sure if what they have is called talent, bravery or just plain crazy. The aforementioned warriors put on a lengthy display of what, in a circus, would be called 'amazing feats of strength' that includes breaking rocks on every part of their bodies with sledgehammers and eating florescent light bulbs.

Admittedly, most of this seven-minute long video doesn't have anything to do with cars, but then they bring out a Maruti Suzuki five-door and use a comrade to show tricks that, off the set, would probably be both illegal and fatal. And in the middle of the stunt, they randomly add a motorcycle to the mix. As said by the person who uploaded the video, "I have no words for this.. just AMAZING." That's about right. You'll find it all after the jump, the Maruti action starts at 2:40.

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Indian talent show goes overboard with Suzuki originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 25 Nov 2011 19:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Carl Edwards pre-race review


Gus Hutchison Helmuth Koinigg

Video: Leaky tanker covers PA turnpike in 40 miles of sticky black goo

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Drivers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike were met with a sticky surprise Tuesday night after a tanker trunk with a leaky valve spilled between 4,000 and 5,000 gallons of a tar-like goo all over the highway. The spill, initially characterized as tar, was later revealed to be a driveway sealant.

Some 150 cars were disabled as a result of the incident, but fortunately no injuries or serious accidents were reported. Road workers got on the job shortly after the spill, covering the spilt sealant with sand and pushing it off onto the shoulder with snow plows.

The spill affected a 40-mile stretch of the eastbound portion of the turnpike, between New Castle and Oakmont, and principally the right-hand lane. However, some motorists on the scene wondered why officials hadn't closed down the highway completely as they were met with ice-like driving conditions that severely inhibited safe driving. Follow the jump for the video report from the scene.

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Leaky tanker covers PA turnpike in 40 miles of sticky black goo originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 23 Nov 2011 13:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jeffrey Tyler Burton Beppe Gabbiani

donderdag 24 november 2011

Video: Chevrolet Corvette redefines curb rash during autocross

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Autocross critics are quick to tell you that the pastime is a good way to learn bad habits behind the wheel. We say that, while it may be true, caning a vehicle around a parking lot while dodging a few cones is a good way to have a lot of fun behind the wheel in a fairly low-risk environment. Most autocross courses are designed to keep the speed down and the technicality up, which keeps both drivers and their vehicles safe from any real damage. Or at least, that's how its supposed to work.

A driver behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Corvette recently found out just what can go wrong when there isn't enough runoff around a cone slalom at a Speed Ventures autocross. According to YouTube, the driver had just returned from a break, meaning that both the track and the vehicle's tires were cold as he came into the esses. The vehicle's rear breaks lose in a slow, drawn out slide that culminates with the entire passenger side of the vehicle getting cozy with a nearby curb. It's gut-wrenching at best. Hit the jump to check out the carnage for yourself.

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Cliff Griffith Mike Hawthorn

St. Louis County: We Don’t Build Bike Lanes Because No One Bikes

Great news from greater St. Louis: Communities from across the region put their heads together, and after 16 months of labor came up with a bike master plan that includes a 1,000-mile cycling network.
St. Louis county has made no accommodations for cyclists on its roads "as a matter of policy" because they say hardly anyone [...]


Richie Ginther Joseph Francis Nemechek III

De la Rosa excited by HRT challenge

Pedro de la Rosa says he is extremely excited about joining HRT as a racing driver, despite conceding that both he and the team have a huge task ahead.


Phil Hill Brian Gubby

Wittmann wins qualification race

Marco Wittmann won the qualification race for the Macau Grand Prix on Saturday with a controlled drive at the head of the field, as the event finished under the safety car. The Signature driver's job from pole position was made easier when front row starter Antonio da Costa's Hitech car broke its first gear when the lights went out. Wittmann held on to the lead all the way down to Lisboa, and from there he pulled out a 1.5 second gap over Carlin's Felipe Nasr, which he maintained throughout the 10-lap race.


John James Miguel Ángel Guerra

woensdag 23 november 2011

Daytona International Speedway Offers “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” Ticket Specials

Daytona (Fla.) International SpeedwayDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Race fans can give the gift of racing excitement at Daytona International Speedway with the “World Center of Racing’s” “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” Thanksgiving holiday ticket specials. On Friday, Nov. 25 (Black Friday) and Monday, Nov. 28 (Cyber Monday), Daytona International Speedway will have the following $49...more»


Richie Ginther Joseph Francis Nemechek III

Porsche Announces Customer Delivery Center and Track in Los Angeles

Somehow, Porsche has managed to carve 53 acres out of the crowded Los Angeles basin to build a test track and customer delivery center; the facility is slated to open in 2013. Echoing a similar facility that will be built near Atlanta—which will also have Porsche’s new North American headquarters on site—the Porsche Experience Center [...]


Danny Kladis Al Herman


NHRA BROWNSBURG, Ind. Monday, 21 November 2011 With his 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel championship in hand, Al-Anabi driver Del Worsham decided late last week to retire, it was announced today. Having fulfilled his career-long goal of an NHRA...


Helmuth Koinigg Denny Hamlin

Petrov apologises for Renault outburst

Vitaly Petrov has apologised to the Renault team for the outburst in which he criticised the squad's performance during the 2011 season.


Aldo Gordini Virgil Ernest Irvan III

dinsdag 22 november 2011

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Last call for 2011


Matthew Roy Kenseth Sterling Burton Marlin

Rankings: Huff moves to all-time high

Rob Huff moved to an all-time high in the Castrol EDGE Rankings despite losing out to Chevrolet team-mate Yvan Muller in the fight for the 2011 WTCC title. Huff, who led the championship for the opening 16 races, trailed Muller by 20 points heading into Macau, where he had won three times in the past three years


Clint Bowyer Jean Pierre Jarier

Name That Shifter, No. 50: 1988 Toyota Celica All-Trac Turbo

On Monday we presented this week’s shifter and asked you to identify the make and model of the vehicle from whence it came. This week marks the—cue dramatic music—50th Name That Shifter contest, so our winner will receive a special prize. Many of you recognized the shifter as a 1980s Toyota unit, but the first [...]


Oscar González Kyle Busch

NASCAR past champions (Yahoo! Sports)

Year Driver Wins Top 5s Top 10s Poles Starts Crew chief Owner Make 2011 Tony Stewart 5 9 19 1 36 Darian Grubb...


Johnny Herbert Copart Ford

maandag 21 november 2011

Nasr rues lack of dry running

Felipe Nasr believed that a lack of dry running in Thursday practice had hindered his chance of finding a set-up that could take on the dominant Prema and Signature teams in the Macau Grand Prix. The Carlin driver finished second behind Daniel Juncadella, and reckoned his chances of overhauling his rival was limited because he did not have enough speed in the city section of the track.


James Hunt Romain Grosjean

2013 Porsche Panamera GTS Announced: Like a Panamera Turbo Without the Turbo

Porsche comes up with a way to charge $100K for a naturally aspirated Panamera. People who need to apex at max g while taking the kids to school will have another option next spring when Porsche brings forth the 2013 Panamera GTS. Basically a sportier version of the current Panamera 4S, the $110,875 GTS will [...]


Leslie Johnson Lucas di Grassi

Dahlgren, Barth ruled out of Macau

Robert Dahlgren and Freddy Barth will both be forced to miss the season finale of the World Touring Car Championship in Macau on Sunday following their accidents earlier today.


Lewis Hamilton Narain Karthikeyan

Piquet adds Nationwide programme

Nelson Piquet is set to combine a second full season in NASCAR's Truck series with a partial Nationwide schedule in 2012. The 26-year-old Brazilian will return for a second full season in Trucks with Turner Motorsports, while adding up to seven Nationwide outings to his 2012 schedule.


Nico Hülkenberg Brian Hart

zondag 20 november 2011

The Continental’s L.A. Notebook: Bentley’s New Direction, a Lambo SUV, BMW’s i8 Saves Weight with a Three-Cylinder, and Some Designer Talk

Each week, our German correspondent slices and dices the latest rumblings, news, and quick-hit driving impressions from the other side of the pond. His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we simply call him . . . the Continental. Bentley’s new boss, former Porsche R&D chief Wolfgang Dürheimer, is beginning to put his stamp on [...]


Clint Bowyer Jean Pierre Jarier

vrijdag 18 november 2011

Q and A with Dani Clos

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Phil Hill

Vergne remains on top in Abu Dhabi

Red Bull driver Jean-Eric Vergne headed the final morning of the young driver test in Abu Dhabi, setting a best mark just 0.436s off Sebastian Vettel's pole position time for last weekend's grand prix. The Frenchman, who also topped the first two days of the test, improved on his best time by over a second to top the times by 2.430s from Ferrari's Jules Bianchi. Oliver Turvey returned to work for McLaren after sitting out yesterday's running in favour of Gary Paffett.


Sterling Burton Marlin

2013 Honda Fit EV: Production Model Debuts in L.A.

Introduced at the Los Angeles auto show, the Honda Fit EV joins the Scion iQ, Fiat 500, and Chevy Spark in the tiny-cars-that-have-been-converted-to-run-on-batteries brigade. But the Fit EV’s rollout, set to begin next summer, will be small and contained: Honda expects to produce and distribute only about 1100 of the cars over the next three [...]


Floyd Anthony Raines

donderdag 17 november 2011

Trevor Bayne, No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang Homestead-Miami Speedway Preview

Trevor Bayne - Photo Credit: Jason Smith / Getty Images for NASCARTREVOR BAYNE Race: Ford 300 (200 laps 300 miles) Team: No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang Crew Chief: Chad Norris Chassis: RK-613-Last ran at Charlotte, October 2011, Finished third Broadcast Information: Saturday, November 19, 2011- 4:00 p.m. (ET) ESPN2 and 4:00 p.m. on...more»


Matthew Roy Kenseth

Wittmann leads wet Macau practice

Marco Wittmann led the way during a wet opening practice session for the Macau Grand Prix, which had to be red-flagged twice because of incidents. With the track soaked, drivers adopted a cautious approach in early running - but that did not stop Hironobu Yasuda running wide at the Melco hairpin twice.


Lucas di Grassi

Skirts and Scuffs Takes on The Chase: Duel in the Phoenix desert


Denny Hamlin

F1 boss: US Grand Prix threatened by contract row


Max Jean

woensdag 16 november 2011

2012 Jaguar XKR-S Convertible Debuts: Just 25 Will Come to the U.S.

Jaguar makes its super coupe available as a super convertible, albeit in very small quantities. With its 550-hp supercharged V-8, snarling exhaust note, and no-ordinary-housecat body mods, the 2012 Jaguar XKR-S coupe is a serious performance machine. But for every coupe fan, there is another person—often the coupe fan’s spouse—that would prefer a droptop. Allow [...]


Armour Vienna Sausage Kroger Chevrolet

Caption this winner: Ella


David Lee Blaney

Ezpeleta: MotoGP must change now

Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta believes MotoGP cannot continue in its current state, saying that change is needed right now and that an era is over. The championship has struggled to fill the grid properly this year, with just 17 bikes competing regularly. In contrast, the Moto2 championship has a 32-rider field, with 125cc also fielding over 30 bikes in each race


Toyota Kimmy

Unbeatable Ferrari takes ILMC title, Scuderia AF Corse take team title

Ferrari 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup Zhuhai, China. Sunday 13th November 2011 Zhuhai circuit in China was the scene of the final round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and Ferrari has taken the Constructors' title in the GTE PRO...


Mike Hailwood

dinsdag 15 november 2011

Eric McClure, No. 14 Hefty® BlackOut™ / Reynolds™ Chevrolet Impala Homestead-Miami Speedway Preview

No. 14 Hefty® BlackOut™ / Reynolds™ Chevrolet Impala (Eric McClure) - Photo Credit: Chris Graythen / Getty Images for NASCARPhoenix Recap: The 32-year-old driver posted a 19th-place finish at PIR, This finish, McClure’s best at the speedway, allowed the driver to advance one position (19th) in NASCAR Driver Standings. Final Race of 2011 Season: -...more»


Damon Hill

A season of many first-time winners


Kenny Dale Irwin Jr

Richard Childress Racing, 2011 NSCS Ford 400 Race Previews

Richard Childress Racing (RCR)Race: Homestead 400 Date: November 20, 2011 Location: Homestead-Miami Speedway Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Notes: One Trophy Missing from the Shelf … Homestead-Miami Speedway has been a bit of an Achilles Heel for RCR and is one of the few race tracks where team owner Richard Childress has...more»


Kevin Michael Harvick

Brian Vickers to appear on The CW's 'Hart of Dixie'


Charles Robert Hamilton V

maandag 14 november 2011

Drivers slam ‘inconsistent’ penalties

Bruno Senna and Pastor Maldonado have hit out at the blue flag penalties they received in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and claimed the officials lacked consistency.


Jeffrey Tyler Burton

Team amazed by Button’s drive

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has praised the job that Jenson Button did in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - as he battled race-long KERS problems to deliver a podium finish. Although the Woking-based outfit's focus was on seeing Lewis Hamilton deliver a dominant victory, Whitmarsh said the team was just as delighted in seeing Button overcome his own difficulties to finish third.


Timo Glock

Tony Stewart Vs. Carl Edwards at Phoenix

Edwards, Stewart Vie To Be “Penultimate Warrior” This weekend’s race at Phoenix International Raceway is the penultimate race of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, with the victor inheriting the title of “Penultimate Warrior.” (By no one in particular, of course.) And the manner in which the latter half of this Chase for the [...]


François Hesnault

2011 NNS WYPALL 200 Race Results

Sam Hornish Jr. takes his first NASCAR Nationwide Series checkered flag on Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. - Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for NASCARPenske Racing’s drivers Sam Hornish, Jr., and Brad Keselowski finished 1,2 respectively in the NNS WYPALL 200, as Hornish captured his first career series win with victory at...more»


Danny Kladis

zondag 13 november 2011

HRT aims to run 2012 car in first test

The HRT team says it is hoping to have its 2012 car ready for the first test of the pre-season next year. The Spanish squad will enter its third Formula 1 season in 2012, having made its debut in 2010


Romain Grosjean

donderdag 10 november 2011

Nissan Reveals 2012 NV3500 HD Passenger Van; It Carries Up to 12 in Slightly Less Heinous Style

So remember the NV commercial van Nissan released last year? Of course you do, because it’s awesome (you can read our review of an NV2500 here, and a post about its platform and potential future here). Nissan has just unveiled a new passenger version of the burliest model, the NV3500 HD, and the people-carrier exchanges [...]


Max Jean

Ecclestone appearance delayed in corruption trial (PA SportsTicker)

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone was scheduled to take the stand Wednesday in a German courtroom bribery trial, but his testimony was initially delayed after the defense filed a motion accusing the panel of three judges of bias.


Jean Pierre Jarier

woensdag 9 november 2011

Pedrosa quickest again as test ends

Dani Pedrosa and world champion Casey Stoner were first and second as Honda wrapped up its dominant MotoGP season with another commanding performance on the final Valencia test day. Riding the new 1000cc bike, Pedrosa set a best time of 1m31.807s in the morning to edge team-mate Stoner by 0.161 seconds.


Matthew Roy Kenseth

zaterdag 5 november 2011

COPO Comeback: Chevy Shows a Drag Camaro Concept and a Pair of Worthy Engines

Let’s call this Camaro COCO for now, because it’s still a concept. We’d be surprised, though, if the COPO name isn’t revived soon to do battle in the NHRA Stock Eliminator classes with Dodge’s Challenger Drag Pak and the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet. For the uninitiated, COPO stands for Central Office Production Order. The acronym [...]


Jeffrey Tyler Burton

Patrick still open to Indy 500 return

Danica Patrick says she still hopes to return to race at the Indianapolis 500 following her full-time move to NASCAR.


Patrick Gaillard