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Preparing Your Car for Storage

If you find yourself in the position of needing to store your car for a long period of time, you will want to take specific steps to protect it. Leaving it in a friend's driveway, even with a car cover, is far from ideal. You risk not just faded paint, cracked vinyl, and sun damage, but rust, mildew, and even rodents or other pests infesting your car. In order to ensure the vehicle is in prime condition when you need it,...

Cost of Sponsoring a Race Team

Every race fan knows that their favorite driver couldn't compete with sponsorships -- and lots of them.  All those patches on the uniform, all the logos on the car itself, each represents a financial arrangement between a company or brand and the team or driver. If you own your own business maybe you've dreamed of someday having enough money to sponsor a race team. That may turn out to be a pipe dream, unless your company has a huge marketing budget. ...

Great Tip for DIY Repairs

If you have joined the 21st century, you probably use your tablet or smartphone to access repair schematics, manuals, DIY videos, etc.  And when you're working on your car, that means getting the screen and buttons greasy, oily, grimy.  Not good. The folks at Haynes Manuals have a great solution -- which makes sense given that they publish thousands of digital repair manuals!: ...

Be Car Aware in National Car Care Month

April is National Car Care Month, and that means taking a moment to do a few things that can save you thousands of dollars. The month was designated for April by the Car Care Council, as a way to remind drivers of the need to take care of their second most expensive purchase. Cars that are poorly maintained are unsafe, pollute more, cost the driver more money, and have lower resale values. “Preventative vehicle maintenance pays off all year, every year,”...

24 Hours of Daytona Revisited

The inaugural race of a new series is where officials sweat the small stuff. Unfortunately, high ranking IMSA officials are humans too, and they proved it at the 24 Hours of Daytona on January 26th. The 24-hour endurance race had a somewhat infamous ending for the GTD class. The No. 555 Ferrari 458 Italia, driven by Level 5 Motorsports’ Alessandro Pier Guidi, had been battling with the No. #45 Flying Lizard Audi R8 LMS piloted by Markus Winkelhock for the last...

Formula 1 Changes in 2014

2014 is shaping up to be a year of big changes for Formula 1. Here is what you need to know to get up to speed before the season starts. Tracks The season opens down under with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 16th. Oz has not hosted a Grand Prix in 10 years, but the street circuit is a driver favorite, so it should be an entertaining race. Enjoyed watching the Winter Olympics? Need more Russia in your life? You...

Self-Driving Cars: The Future is Here

There is a scene in the 1993 Sci-Fi movie Demolition Man where Sandra Bullock commands “Auto drive!” and her electric car takes over and easily drives itself down the highways of the future. Although this action film is largely forgettable, the autonomous car scenes offer a look at the future, and it’s a lot closer than predicted. Autonomous, self-driving vehicles have been coming for a long time, with automakers experimenting with them for the past several decades. Just 15 years ago,...

JD Power Survey Shows Decreasing Reliability

Forget what you thought you knew about newer cars. They are actually getting worse. Well, some of them are. For the first time since 1998, JD Power’s annual report shows a decrease in average vehicle reliability. Independent information service company JD Power released their 2014 Vehicle Dependability Survey on February 12th, and it shows a six (6) percent increase in problems for 2011 model year used cars. This is a drastic change, as vehicles had been getting more reliable. "Until this...

Hydrogen Cars – The Future is Here

With Toyota and Hyundai both recently announcing production hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, it seems like the zero emissions, no compromise vehicle is finally here. As usual, the reality is a little more complex than the public relations announcements. The American car buyer likes big, gasoline powered vehicles, even in times of gasoline costing well over $3 a gallon. This is seen in sales of the 268 horsepower Camry selling over 400,000 units last year, but the electric only Nissan Leaf selling...