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    Lucky duck of the month

    This incident was recorded by a member of another forum yesterday, July 4th, 2019. The location is near Pocatello, Idaho. The car carrying the camera is traveling at the 65 MPH speed limit. According to him, the camera didn't come close to capturing the sparks-and-fire show when the second...
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    2019 F1 Season thread

    X2. (1) Vettel's car control was fantastic - catching a car on slicks sliding on grass and correcting it's path to the point where it not only didn't spin, but also came back on the track pointed in (generally) the right direction. (2) Lewis miscalculated, thinking that he had enough time to...
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    Other Random Car Sightings [Photo Required]

    Thanks for thinking of me! Since my wife passed away in January, my life has been filled with meetings... lawyers, financial types and those taking care of all the bits and pieces that follow someone's death. I also took over for her as treasurer of her church and an associated pre-school, which...
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    Other Random Car Sightings [Photo Required]

    Something not all that unusual for you out-of-the-States folks, but very interesting here... A little over a year ago, my friend Justin imported a Nissan Carry mini-truck from Japan. He's had so much fun with it that he decided to import a Suzuki Cappuccino. He brought it to our SCCA meeting...
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    McLaren 720s

    Once again, our friend Chris Hunt has brought something really interesting to our small-town-USA Memorial Day Parade. This year, he showed up with a brilliant white McLaren 720s. He really wowed the locals, blipping the throttle on the 710 HP turbocharged 4-liter V8, making all sorts of...
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    Best BMW forum?

    Being a bit lazy here. For some time, I've been thinking about thinning the current herd of wheeled critters hanging around my property. I've been considering buying another BMW, but I don't have a lot of experience with the newer ones. (I've only owned three 2002s, all of which were sold long...
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    Lost my wife

    This is a tough one to post. Last Tuesday, my wife passed away. She had battled cancer and heart problems for the last 16 years. We had been married for 46 years - we did get to celebrate our 46th anniversary before she passed. Nothing anyone can do, but I feel a bit better letting my friends on...
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    And now for something different... I don't usually take photos of trucks, but this one was so different that I couldn't resist. It was parked on the outer edge of a Walmart parking lot, just idling. I'm guessing that the driver was taking a snooze. This thing had to cost a shit-load of money...
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    Well, once again, I can't create a new topic, so I guess I'll post this here for now. Lately, there's been much upheaval in the small space that is U.S. stage rally: It looks like RallyAmerica (RA) has folded its tents and disappeared into the desert. This follows two years of very contentious...
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    Looking for input on buying an audi

    First, A4s seem to be good cars that provide a lot of usable mileage. I've had two good friends who own/operate repair shops that specialize(d) in European cars and yours is a fairly common question. Audis, BMWs and Mercedes are complex cars, so it's important to find a shop or dealership that...
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    Craig(B)'s List - Oddities and Weird Stuff

    Something on the order of 15 years ago, my friend Bob built a Maverick like this as a street/strip car. He completely gutted it and had a friend who built roundy-round cars construct an 8+-point cage for it. Two old-style fiberglass bucket seats comprised the interior. Then he did a Mustang (II...
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    The "Things that annoy me" thread

    Before I retired, I worked in a department with about 30 other people. Trying to get people to throw away old food that was in the refrigerator was like pulling teeth. One day, one of the secretaries had had enough and asked me if I'd help her clean out the 'fridge. Back story: we had one lady...
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    Timing off on an 06 Aveo

    I'll probably catch some grief for this statement, but changing a timing belt is NOT a job for someone who isn't an experienced mechanic/tech. As your friend found out, things CAN go wrong. I'm certainly not a Chevy Aveo expert - I stay as far away as possible from them. That said, if he tried...
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    Craig(B)'s List - Oddities and Weird Stuff

    Michigan has 3 colors of titles: Green - used car in OK condition, no problem re-titling Orange - what most states call "rebuilt" - wrecked & rebuilt, stolen, municipality owned, etc. - must be inspected and certified by the state police as road-worthy before it can be re-titled Red - salvage...
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    The "Things that annoy me" thread

    Between the addition of unnecessary apostrophes and the misuse of words ending in 'ly', there are times I just want to bang my head on the keyboard - or the nearest brick wall! :wall: