Monthly Archives: January 2015

Iconic “Gone in 60 Seconds” Eleanor Mustang Heading to Auction

Iconic “Gone in 60 Seconds” Eleanor Mustang Heading to Auction

Crossing the block at Mecum’s Austin 2014 auction, December 12th and 13th, will be one of the three famed original Eleanor Mustang hero cars from the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds”. The unlikely star was specially built for the 2000 remake by Hollywood’s Cinema Vehicle Services. Inside, Eleanor resembles your typical top-of-the-line Mustang, with period accurate ’67 dash, gauges, steering wheel, and enhanced of course with the ‘Go-Baby-Go’ shift knob. Underneath the hood the sweet girl packs enough punch to match her high powered looks. The Mustang fits a burly 351-ci Ford Racing crate motor, complete with a Holley 700 four-barrel carb and backing up to a four speed manual gearbox. A positraction rear end and 17-inch Schmidt wheels help put that power to the ground. Although it’s designated as the seventh of 11 Eleanor Mustangs built for filming, this fine exampl ... read more

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Latest High-Tech Cars May Keep Your Hands Off the Wheel

Latest High-Tech Cars May Keep Your Hands Off the Wheel

These days, it seem that you can’t open a newspaper (if anyone still does that), or read the news without hearing about Google’s latest invention. Now the internet giant is venturing into the car business and trying to improve road safety. The new ground breaking technology being: the driverless automobile. A prototype of Google’s new self-driving car—a two-passenger electric vehicle with buttons to turn the car on and off, but without a steering wheel, accelerator pedal or brake pedal—was unveiled in May. Without a driver at the wheel, the automobile is instead guided by a light detection and ranging (LIDAR) rotating sensor on the vehicle’s roof that scans the car’s surroundings to determine its driving route, as well as to identify such everyday obstacles as pedestrians, bicyclists and other cars. Although they don’t expect any of these automated vehicles on the road until 2030, this will vastly improve the amount of collisions on the road

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Get a Better Grip About Driving on Wet Roads

Get a Better Grip About Driving on Wet Roads

Your eyes can thank the abundant rainfall for all of the lush greenery popping up everywhere this season. And as your personal experience has probably taught you, the wetter roads also make driving potentially hazardous. Russell Shepherd, a mechanical engineer for Michelin North America and self-proclaimed “tire nerd,” had earned his informal title with his 15 years of driving in almost every type of weather conceivable. His most concerning? Driving in the rain. “Most people don’t realize how much wet roads affect their driving,” says Shepherd. “When roads become wet, it takes longer to stop and more time to react, making it more important than normal to pay attention to your car and other drivers.” For the average driver, Shepherd suggests getting to the bottom of things first—starting with the tires. Here are some tips to help: Check the tires regularly for tread wear and pressure. Different seasons and temperatures will affect ... read more

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