- Motoramic1 hr ago
We've seen the movie Snakes on a Plane, but what about Snakes in a Cab? Comedian and former cab driver Jimmy Failla decided to make it a reality by enlisting a 10-foot albino python to help scare the bejeezus out of his passengers.
Failla, who has a new book coming out, rigged his yellow cab with cameras and hit the streets, picking up unsuspecting New Yorkers. He then proceeded to direct the non-poisonous snake through the dividing window and towards the helpless passengers. As you can imagine, even the most intrepid victims freaked out almost as much as that guy that was kidnapped by Jeff Gordon.
- jhyde1 at Motoramic5 hrs ago
It was seven years after World War II before Mercedes-Benz returned to motorsports, but when it did, it brought forth one of the world's most iconic sports cars. Using a then-revolutionary tube frame to reduce weight, the 300SL (the SL stood for "sport light") revealed to the press on this date in 1952 had several innovations, including advanced aerodynamics, aluminum bodywork and the first use of direct fuel injection. Because the frame needed the space where doors usually went, Mercedes engineers moved the hinges to the roof, creating what Americans call the "gullwing" and French call "papillon," or butterfly.
While it lacked the power of competitors, the 300 SL was immediately successful, sweeping the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Carrera Panamericana Mexico. At the urging of its U.S. importer, Mercedes built a customer version of the 300SL in 1954, etching the gullwing into history. In 2012, an all-aluminum 300SL sold for $4.62 million. Here's what the 300dSL sounded like in full wail during its first glorious year:
- Motoramic20 hrs ago
How do you create a hot rod capable of winning the coveted Ridler Award? If you ask J.F. Launier , owner of JF Kustoms in Osoyoos, British Columbia, attention to detail is key.
That meticulous eye helped Launier become the first Canadian to win the award since 1987, dazzling the crowd with his custom 1964 Buick Riviera.
As the main attraction of the Detroit Autorama, the Ridler Award is one of the two most sought after honors in all of hot rodding , along with the slightly older America's Most Beautiful Roadster award. Both require contestants to spend endless hours — and a whole lot of money — developing a car that shows ingenuity, an ability to stun, and above all else creativity. Named after the late Don Ridler, the promotional genius behind Autorama in the mid-1950s, eligible hopefuls must bring an entirely new creation to compete.
- Motoramic22 hrs ago
Oh sure, the Tesla Model S may be the "best car sold in America" per Consumer Reports, and it may be a Wall Street darling and perhaps the only electric vehicles for which demand exceeds supply. But that didn't stop regulators in New Jersey from ordering Tesla to shut down its stores by April 1 because the company doesn't use dealers like every other automaker.
In a hastily called meeting packed with Tesla supporters, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission approved several rule changes that essentially shut down Tesla's two factory-direct stores in the state — not only barring automakers from selling without dealers, but also the mall showrooms that Tesla had used in place of a traditional stand-alone dealership.
- Motoramic1 day ago
While the weather that recently terrorized California was a headache for the locals, it proved to be a stroke of luck for those test driving General Motor’s latest line-up of full-size SUVs during the last week in February. As we made our way from Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada mountain range to Napa Valley in the heart of tranquil wine country, the climate changed from a driving snowstorm with high winds and white-out conditions, to a mix of sleet and rain, to pouring rain with patches of dense fog, and finally to beautiful clear skies and sunshine. We couldn’t have asked for a more diverse variety of climes under which to push these extra-large people movers to their limits.
For the first time since 2007, GM is completely overhauling its line-up of full-size SUVs -- namely the Chevy Tahoe; its long-wheel based cousin, the Suburban; and the GMC Yukon. (The all new Cadillac Escalade is not due till later this year.)
- jhyde1 at Motoramic1 day ago
Paul Jaworski was a pioneer of crime. In the early '20s, the Cleveland-raised gangster and his Detroit crew known as the Flathead Gang made a number of daring robberies — none more so than the first heist of an armored car. On this date in 1927, Jaworski and associates planted explosives beneath a road near Bethel Park, Penn. When an armored car carrying cash for a coal company rolled past, the gang triggered the explosives — enough to send the armored truck hurtling through the air and onto its top, and creating a crater large enough to swallow the patrol car close behind. Jaworksi's crew made off with $104,000 from the heist, which surprisingly killed no one — but the gang was soon apprehended, including Jaworski, who was executed in Pennsylvania in 1929 for other murders. After the Flathead Gang heist, armored truck builders soon switched from using wood floors in their vehicles to metal.
- Motoramic1 day ago
The all-new Lamborghini Huracán, shown here courtesy of Antoine Beck, replaces the successful Gallardo, and made its first public debut at last week's Geneva motor show. Some critics say it looks too tame - too ordinary, while others say it's straight up beautiful. With the old Gallardo selling over 14,000 units, the Huracán has big shoes to fill. Will a new dual clutch gearbox, lighter body and 610-hp be enough?
- Motoramic1 day ago
What if your car displayed the precise speed you needed to drive in order to hit every green light? And what if that same system told you when the light was about to change color?
That's the future, according to Audi. And with beta testing in full force, it's a future that's rapidly approaching.
At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, Audi revealed its "Traffic Light Recognition Technology" and offered brief demonstrations around the streets of Las Vegas. We sampled a very pre-production version last June in Berlin, and were initially impressed.
- Motoramic2 days ago
When a new sibling is born, the formerly youngest child in the family will often demonstrate signs of what is known as regression, attempting to compensate for the loss of a privileged status by dropping down a few developmental milestones. He might give up on achievements like using the toilet, feeding himself, and sleeping through the night in the hopes of returning to being properly pampered. What is less frequently discussed is the countervailing force of progression. The former lowest rung on the birth-order ladder will take the opportunity of the newborn’s appearance to define himself in opposition to this interloper. He’ll acquire new skills and capabilities that were within his grasp, but not seen as necessary or useful before. He’ll thus use the birth of the adorable and guileless new baby as a means to demonstrate the ways in which he is not a baby anymore: taking a jump and learning to read, or dress himself, or get a job.