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3 ‘Real Money’ Tips to Read Before You Buy a Car

By ABC News

The Smiths of Atlanta have a full house, four young children going in four different directions and just one car to get them where they need to go.

Maria Smith, a stay-at-home mother, said the family’s car – a 2006 Honda Odyssey – had 160,000 miles on the odometer.

“We drive everywhere,” she told ABC News. “We travel a lot.”

She and husband Cedric Smith, an IT specialist, said they were in the market for a safe, used car but did not want to be taken for a spin.

“Buying a car was one of the most stressful experiences ever,” she said. “I mean, honestly, I’ve been putting it off for a long time because I just, I hate the idea of it.”

Tricia Whitlock of the popular tech blog Hypepotamus said consumers could put the brakes on car-buying stress by following her simple tips.

1. Find out what others are paying for the exact same car, new or used, with apps like True Car, and use the information to negotiate at the dealership.

2. Know when to buy. Good times are the end of the month or the end of the year. And avoid Saturdays.

“You’re much better going in the middle of the month, picking a car that’s right for you and then going back at the end of the month when those sales guys are going to be hitting their quotas,” Whitlock said.

3. Buy online. If you want to avoid the middleman when buying a used car, and save thousands of dollars, consider purchasing a car at an online dealership like Carvana. Carvana does a 150-point inspection on its used cars so there are no surprises for the consumers.

Article source: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2014/09/3-real-money-tips-to-read-before-you-buy-a-car/

California Car Accident Lawyers Allen Flatt Ballidis & Leslie Release Blog …


California Car Accident Lawyers Allen Flatt Ballidis Leslie Release Blog About Drunk Driving Car Accident Involving Actor Dwayne Johnson’s Family

PRWEB.COM Newswire

PRWEB.COM Newswire(PRWEB) September 17, 2014

California car accident lawyers Allen Flatt Ballidis Leslie have just released an informative blog on a drunk driving car accident that involved the family of actor Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock. The original blog can be seen here.

The blog shows the picture from the accident that Johnson posted on Instagram and Twitter and reports some details. In the blog, the California car accident lawyers Allen Flatt Ballidis Leslie would like to thank Dwayne Johnson and his family for sharing their story. It is hoped that with continued publicity from famous people about drunk driving, incidents like this will be reduced in the future. If it can happen to them, it can happen to anybody, the blog states.

Social media photo shows the car accident.

Professional wrestler and actor Dwayne Johnson, also known as The Rock, posted a photo on Twitter and Instagram of the head-on crash his mother and cousin were involved in with a drunk driver, CNN reported on August 11 in “Dwayne Johnson’s mom survives crash; the Rock says, ‘hug your family tighter.’”

CNN reported that Johnson admitted that his first reaction was to want to “do unrelenting harm” to the driver. He then realized that he should instead be focusing on the most important result of the accident: his family survived.

Johnson advised his social media followers to take some time to hug their families and tell them they love them.

Johnson’s cousin, WWE wrestler Lina Fanene, was injured in the crash, along with his mother. The extent of their injuries was not reported.

Victims of drunk driving crashes should call a California car accident lawyer.

Allen Flatt Ballidis Leslie helps victims of drunk driving car accidents recover their losses every day. For more information on California auto accident claims, visit http://www.allenflatt.com or call 888-752-7474 today.

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Tesla Updates Car Software, Wins Lawsuit in Massachusetts – Analyst Blog

Tesla Motors, Inc.

(
TSLA

) has provided a software update for its Model S cars. Among the
new features offered in the update, the ability to name the cars is
becoming popular. Model S owners can set a name for their cars on
the “About Your Tesla” screen. The name will then appear in the
Tesla Mobile App as well. Apparently CEO Elon Musk has named his
car “Old Faithful”.

Meanwhile, on Monday, the Supreme Judicial Court of
Massachusetts ruled out a case filed against Tesla by the
Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association and two dealers.
According to the court, they did not have the legal standing to
file the case.

The lawsuit was seeking to ban Tesla from directly selling
vehicles to consumers in the state. The association claimed that
the automaker was operating a showroom in the state without the
requisite license and was also violating a law that bans auto
manufacturers from operating dealerships in the state.

However, the court contended that the law covers only those auto
manufacturers and distributors who have an affiliated dealer or
dealers in the state. It is meant to protect the dealers from
unfair trade practices of such manufacturers and distributors.

Since Tesla does not have such an affiliation with any dealer in
Massachusetts, it is not subject to this law. Moreover, the company
has obtained a license to operate a sales office in Natick, MA.

Tesla is facing opposition to its direct-selling model in some
other U.S. states as well, including New Jersey and Texas. In June,
the New Jersey Assembly voted in favor of a bill that allows direct
selling by zero-emission vehicle manufacturers, provided they run a
service center in the state. However, the bill needs to be approved
by the New Jersey Senate before it becomes a law.

Ohio has passed a bill to allow Tesla to directly sell cars,
although it has restricted the maximum number of stores to three.
Even in New York, the company is not allowed to open new stores,
although the five existing stores have been permitted to sell cars.
Tesla will have to use the dealership model for new stores in the
state.

Tesla believes that direct selling reduces car prices and
encourages buyers to opt for electric vehicles. Use of a dealer
network not only reduces the profit margin of Tesla but also
affects its sale as car dealers may not spend the time required to
inform consumers about the benefits of electric cars.

Currently, Tesla sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). Other auto
stocks worth considering in the same sector include Advance Auto
Parts Inc. (
AAP

), O’Reilly Automotive Inc. (
ORLY

) and Fox Factory Holding Corp (
FOXF

). All these stocks have a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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St. Francis Wood home with 8-car motor court for $6.5 million


285 San Anselmo Ave. in St. Francis Wood recently returned to market at $6.5 million.


The home has a 8-plus-car motor court.


The 1920 home has 6,700 square feet.


Foyer


Large living room with fire place


Another view of the living room


Formal dining room


Casual dining area off the kitchen


View of the modern kitchen from the eat-in area


Another view of the kitchen


Family room


The family room is located right off the kitchen.


Main floor bathroom


Grand staircase leading up to four bedrooms and four bathrooms


The large master suite


Another view of the master


The master bath


The master closet


Dressing area


Another bedroom


Another view of the bedroom


Another bathroom


Third bedroom


Ensuite bath


Fourth  bedroom


Double closets in the bedroom


Ensuite bath


Another bath


Office


Laundry room


Stairs to the lower level


Media room


Guest room


Lower-level bathroom


Game room


Another view of the game room


Gym


Garage


The courtyard


Outdoor dining


Grassy backyard


Another view of the yard


A view down to the front patios and motor court


Stone patios


View from the patio


More of the park-like grounds


Your fleet of Rolls Royces, Lamborghinis and/or Teslas have finally found their home. 285 San Anselmo Avenue in St. Francis Wood has room for three cars in its large garage and at least eight more in its circular motor court—with a fountain in the center, no less. At nearly half an acre, the property is one of the city’s largest residential lots.

Of course, a large chunk of that lot is occupied by a 6,700-square-foot subtly Mediterranean-style house. Built in 1920, the home has been updated throughout, sporting not only a sleek kitchen with cabinets in Ferrari-red (to match the one in the driveway?), but also Lutron dimmer lighting, Nest temperature controls, Niles audio, a security system and multi-level adjustable landscape lighting and irrigation.

Interestingly, even with all the updates, a few of the four bedrooms upstairs could use some work—unless you like primary-color carpeting. No work needed in the master, however. The huge, neutrally styled retreat has a lavish bathroom with dual sinks, counter space galore, a jetted soaker tub and separate glassed-in shower. There’s also a walk-in closet (staged with Chanel shopping bags) and even a dressing room. The lower level has another bedroom (suggested for the “au pair” in the floor plan) and bathroom, plus a media room, game room and gym.

The home last sold in 2001 for $4.1 million and first came to market last November listed at $6.85 million. It didn’t move at that price point, however, so the listing was dropped to $6.5 million in May and eventually removed from market altogether. It recently returned to market at the same $6.5-million price tag. Time will tell if car connoisseurs rev their engines this time around.

Emily Landes is a writer and editor who is obsessed with all things real estate. She also has a DIY problem that she blogs about at pritical.com.

Article source: http://blog.sfgate.com/ontheblock/2014/09/16/st-francis-wood-home-with-8-car-motor-court-for-6-5-million/

Should car companies do more to prevent hot-car deaths?

Let me just say one thing: I know people in the comments are going to be excited to jump in and say “I’d never forget my child in a car!” “How can a parent do such a thing?” “What kind of person remembers their purse but not their own flesh and blood?”

I’ve heard it all. All I can tell you is that most parents think this could never happen to them, yet it continues to occur far too often, and I’ve personally met parents who never thought something like this could happen to them, but it did. And last year alone 44 children died in hot cars according to Kids and Cars. Many of them left unintentionally.

The weather may be cooling down but children still die in hot cars every month out of the year. It happens to parents of all income levels, with all types of careers. It can happen to anyone.

While I’ve never left or forgotten my child in the car, the idea of the possibility has been on my mind for years.

My children don’t go to childcare every day, and when they do, most of the time my husband will drive them. There have been a couple of times where, out of the ordinary, I’ll take them, and I’ve passed, or almost passed, the babysitter’s house heading straight to work because my child(ren) was asleep or very quiet in the back and I had momentarily forgotten they were with me. Lucky for me, my story didn’t have a tragic ending, but I’m not naive enough to think it could never happen to someone like me.

Okay, now that we have that out of the way, my question is why hasn’t there been technology applied in cars to keep this from happening?

That’s the same question lawyer Lindsey Rogers-Seitz is asking. Her 15-month-old son died in a hot car this July when his father accidentally forgot him in the car after missing daycare drop off. It was only about 80 degrees outside, but inside the car temperatures reached higher than 110 degrees.

Dozens of babies lose their lives this way each year. We have airbags, backup cameras, parking assist, GPS, push-button door unlock and start, even that annoying alarm that sounds when you leave your car lights on. Why can’t we use some of this technology in preventing leaving children in the car?

After reading this Time article, and several more, I’ve found a recurring answer: Fear of liability.

Car manufacturers are aware of the problem, the technology is definitely possible, and car companies have been researching and testing this for years. But they say the technology hasn’t developed to a point where it would be effective enough, so instead they’re focusing on public awareness campaigns.

Janette Fennell, president of child safety group Kids and Cars told TIME the automakers’ concerns about liability are legit. Manufacturers are concerned that if their product malfunctions or parents use it incorrectly, they may face expensive lawsuits.

Car seat makers are also taking a stab at finding a solution. ANEIROS is developing a car seat that could sound the car alarm and even start the air conditioner if a child gets left alone in for a certain period of time.

So while we wait for one of the automakers, or a fancy car seat to step up and take the lead in this potentially life-saving feature, how can we keep this from happening to us, and help our friends be more aware?

Kids and Cars shares some of these tips:

-Get in the habit of always opening the back door when you arrive at any destination. This is called the “look before you lock” campaign.
-Keep a large stuffed animal in the child’s car seat when it’s not occupied. When the child is placed in the seat, put the stuffed animal in the front passenger seat. It’s a visual reminder that anytime the stuffed animal is up front you know the child is in the back seat in a child safety seat.
-Make arrangements with your child’s daycare center or babysitter that you will always call if you’re late for drop-off. That way if a mistake occurs, you may be reminded before it’s too late.
-Keep your purse, cell phone, or briefcase in the backseat near your child’s car seat. When you get out of the car you’ll be reminded to check the backseat.

You can read more tips about kids and cars here.

Do you think car manufacturers should provide a feature to remind adults of children left in the back seat? Would you pay to have that feature in your car?

Featured Image: Flickr/ Ryan Dickey

Article source: http://blogs.babycenter.com/mom_stories/grieving-9152014-parents-urge-car-companies-to-help-to-prevent-hot-car-deaths/

Buy a car? The DMV may owe you money

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The DMV may owe you money. (Photo: istockphoto.com)

If you bought a car from a private party in California, the Department of Motor Vehicles may have over-charged you in taxes, state officials said Tuesday.

The Board of Equalization said the problem, which goes back many years, involves the use tax that buyers pay when registering a vehicle with the DMV. That tax is typically the sales tax rate for their area — 8.75 percent in San Francisco, for example, or 9 percent in Oakland.

But BOE member George Runner complained in a recent letter to the DMV that the state had been using zip codes to calculate tax rates, even though “zip codes are often split between cities and counties that employ different tax rates.”

The BOE — which said it is now working with the DMV to finally fix the problem, though there’s no timetable — is offering a tool for consumers to look up their proper tax rates (Click here). Claims for refunds require this form and information on filing can be found here.

Consumers can also contact Board of Equalization customer service at (800) 400-7115.

Article source: http://blog.sfgate.com/stew/2014/09/16/buy-a-car-the-dmv-may-owe-you-money/

LeMons Northern California Inspections: Peugeot 404 vs Renault 10 vs Corvair …

26-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014

26-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014
We’re back at Northern California’s Thunderhill Raceway, where the temperatures hit the three-digit mark, the penalty laps were handed out in generous quantities to many a BMW and Honda, and the largest number of teams to be accepted into a LeMons race (thanks to the recent expansion of the Thunderhill course and resulting room for more cars) showed up: 242 entries! With so many cars, we don’t have space to cover the boring fast teams, so let’s check out a few of the better Class B and Class C entries.

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19-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014
If you like vintage GM machinery, why get yet another second-gen F-body when you can get a ’77 Pontiac LeMans for less money and have more fun racing it?

03-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014

03-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014
Class C is going to be the struggle to watch this weekend. This Rover SD1 will be representing the pride of Britain.

06-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014

06-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014
Can the Rover use its V8 to beat this rally-bred Subaru RX for the class win? So far in its LeMons career, the RX has been averaging about 50 laps per engine.

15-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014

15-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014
This Jensen-Healey, complete with Lotus 907 engine, looks pretty quick on paper. Perhaps it will own Class C at Thunderhill!

07-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014

07-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014
Of course, in order for that Jensen-Healey ownage to take place, the team will need to beat this Slant-six-engined Plymouth Duster.

04-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014

04-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014
And this 200cid-straight-six-powered Ford Fairmont.

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Not to mention this 1965 Chevrolet Corvair, which now boasts a mid-mounted Buick 215 aka Rover V8.

09-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014

09-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014
The LeMons Supreme Court put the Hella Shitty diesel-engined Porsche 911 in Class A for its debut earlier in the year, which seemed excessively strict after the TDI 911 got lapped by a dead-stock Toyota Starlet. This time, Class C.

10-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014

10-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014
Still, there is Total Domination Included with this car.

05-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014

05-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014
The Panting Polar Bear 1961 Rambler Classic features three-on-the-tree manual shifting and straight-six power.

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16-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014
However, another car at this race has four-on-the-tree! Yes, this Peugeot 404, which had spent the last 25 years parked in a field before being revived as a race car, has a column-shifted four-speed manual transmission. A proud day for France.

17-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014

17-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014
These Peugeot racers seem pretty confident that their 404 will do well on its first race outing.

24-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014

24-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014
Their main rival won’t be the Rambler, though, because here’s a Renault 10.

08-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014

08-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014
Some great low-buck engineering was on display. For example, this cold-air-induction system on a Buick Skyhawk.

12-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014

12-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014
The Faster Farms Chickens and their 1966 Plymouth Belvedere went into Class B this time, because their car is a touch too reliable for Class C.

11-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014

11-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014
More teams need to wear dignified chicken suits.

13-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014

13-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014
Would you believe that this “Mello Hell No” NASCAR replica is really a Volvo 244? The Chevolvo guys have some serious body and paint skills.

14-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014

14-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014
There were too many good team costumes to describe in any detail here.

02-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014

02-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014
The BRIBED stencil represented a typical Thunderhill racer cringing from the frequent PA announcements that track manager Dave Vodden is known for.

18-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014

18-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014
OK, so this whatever-the-hell-it-is car isn’t in Class B or Class C, and it got hammered with penalty laps, but it still deserves a mention here. Starting with a bunch of Fiero suspension bits, Chevy S10 and Olds Bravada body parts, a supercharged GM 3800 V6, and we’re not even sure what else, this team fabricated an amazing mid-engined racing machine that had all the spectators amazed.

20-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014

20-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014
Featuring a lot of more backyard-style engineering and a mid-mounted-and-heavily-offset Chrysler 440 V8 engine, the Bad Decisions Racing Mercedes-Benz made it into Class B. It might be quick (this time), but we’re not betting that way.

21-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014

21-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014
How about some monstrous 18″ diameter, 345 width tires on all four corners?

22-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014

22-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014
This probably isn’t what Daimler-Chrysler was supposed to be about.

25-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014

25-24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections - Thunderhill September 2014
We’ll have many more stories to tell after Saturday’s first race session, so check in later.

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Article source: http://blog.caranddriver.com/lemons-northern-california-inspections-peugeot-404-vs-renault-10-vs-corvair-239-other-teams/

LeMons Northern California Day One: 222 Cars Start, 200 Blow Up, Billy Beer …

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After we inspected the biggest group of teams in 24 Hours of LeMons history on Friday, we knew that this swarm of wild-eyed racers would be very eager to try out the new, improved five-mile course at Thunderhill Raceway Park. So eager, in fact, that many could be counted upon to spin their long-suffering engines well into the “here there be monsters” portion of the tachometer, and to stuff their cars into concrete barriers, and to cook their brakes and melt their bearings and inflict all manner of mechanical torture on their junkyardy hardware. That’s exactly what happened on Saturday, and while we didn’t literally get 200 blowed-up cars, a quick walk past the endless line of dead cars on jackstands sure made it seem that way. The competition in the three classes (A, B, and C) was exciting, the dramatic stories kept coming, and we’re sure all the local junkyards got picked clean of Honda engines. Here’s how the day went.

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We’re filling out all the forms needed to get this race in the Guinness Book of World Records, as the largest endurance road-race in history. Here’s what 222 LeMons cars look like when they line up to enter the track.

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And, of course, it wasn’t long before many of the teams looked like this. Some felt that the Audi victory in last weekend’s Colorado LeMons race marked the beginning of an era of Audi LeMons domination. Such optimism seems to have been premature.

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So, let’s get right to the class leaders. In Class A, there was a lot of switching of positions among the usual top-of-the-standings teams during the course of the day, but the checkered flag for the day’s race session waved over the usual suspects: the Cerveza Racing 1983 BMW 533i. The Cerveza drivers seem to have a sixth sense for trouble developing several corners ahead, and while other teams get caught up in 40-car tangles and go spinning off into the weeds, the Cerveza BMW stays far from anything approaching trouble. At this point, they have a two-lap lead over the P2 car.

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That P2 car happens to be the 1987 BMW 325i of The Faustest Team, and it’s much quicker than the Cerveza E28. The Faustest guys have been racing the car known as “the Devil E30” in LeMons since the early days of the series, and they’ve been very high in the standings on numerous occasions. This could well be The Faustest Team’s race, though keep in mind that being fast isn’t as important as being consistent and mistake-free in this kind of racing; the mighty Eyesore Racing Miata knocked off a best lap a full 14 seconds quicker than Cerveza’s fastest lap, and they finished the day in P5.

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Leading Class B is the Tartan Brigade and their 1980 Datsun 280ZX. This car has been terribly slow and unreliable in past races, thanks to its automatic transmission and general air of decrepitude, but everything seems to be going right for the Tartans this weekend. The ZX has a two-lap lead over a trio of Class B pursuers, so Sunday promises to be a good race day for fans of this often-overlooked LeMons class.

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The Class C win most often comes down to the team that breaks the least, and somehow the veteran 1979 Ford Fairmont of Billy Beer Racing managed to avoid throwing any connecting rods in its Ford 200cid inline-six engine. The Fairmont has just a single-lap edge over the Repeat Offenders’ Volvo 244, and more Class C combatants lurk not far behind them.

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The Hella Shitty diesel-engined Porsche 911 jumped out to an early Class C lead, but paid a time-consuming visit to the penalty box that set it back a few critical laps. This car (which is the shell of a rollover-victim parts-donor 911SC with a Volkswagen TDI swap) is just slightly quicker than the ’79 Fairmont, much to the displeasure of both 911 and TDI fans the world over.

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The Peugeot Daddy 1963 Peugeot 404 may not be contending for a class lead (currently in P176 and a massive 41 laps behind the Billy Beer Fairmont), but it’s doing very well for a car that not long ago was abandoned in an Oregon field. Even though it is running laps about two minutes slower than the other cars, the Peugeot Daddy 404 looks beautiful on the track.

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The Spank the Builder and the Can-Do Crew 1967 Cat 416F Backhoe Loader (actually an oft-cut-and-pasted Mini Moke) also gets a lot of spectator approval. P160 and nine laps ahead of the Peugeot!

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Once all the cars were off the track, everyone got busy eating, wrenching, and generally celebrating a good day at the race track. Check in later to see what happens on Sunday!

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Article source: http://blog.caranddriver.com/lemons-northern-california-day-one-222-cars-start-200-blow-up-billy-beer-fairmont-leading-class-c/

As-it-happened coverage: Biggest West Seattle Car Show ever, in The Junction

As-it-happened coverage: Biggest West Seattle Car Show ever, in The Junction

September 14, 2014 at 10:14 am | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 15 Comments

(SCROLL DOWN for the newest photos/updates as the show continues)

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
10:14 AM: The seventh annual West Seattle Car Show is officially on – ~220 cars already, and it’s looking like the biggest one yet. That means the show is using the full street-closure footprint – same as Summer Fest – California midblock between Genesee and Oregon, to Edmunds; Alaska between 42nd and 44th, and there are cars along every stretch of street in those boundaries. Come buy a 50/50 raffle ticket at California/Alaska – the prize pot goes half to the winning ticket holder, half to charity. And get here before 3, which is when the awards ceremony is scheduled – participants will start departing after that.

10:26 AM: Yes, we know the game’s just a few hours away:

Lots of spirit, not just the Seahawks variety!

On the south end of the show zone on California, there’s a car Alice Cooper fans won’t want to miss:

And of course, it wouldn’t be a car show without an Elvis sighting:

(You thought we meant Elvis the SINGER?) Meantime, some of the participants are indeed taking advantage of the fact all years are allowed for the first time – this is a 2012 Aston Martin V12 Vantage:

And on the other side of the timespan, here’s a car from 1933:

Whatever year an entry’s from, you just might see an extra touch:

This might also be the best weather we’ve ever seen for the show – clear from the very start of the day – so even if you’re not a big car fan, come out and enjoy the sun. It’s a great tribute to the man who founded the show in 2008 and shepherded it every year, Michael Hoffman – gone too soon earlier this year, at age 47. You’ll recall that two local businesses – West Seattle Autoworks and Swedish Automotive (both WSB sponsors) – stepped up and asked if the community wanted the show to go on. Consensus was “yes”; they and a core group have been working on it ever since, including some changes, and the result of a beautiful day with big participation. Don’t miss the chance to help vote for the “People’s Choice” Award before 2 pm – come get a ballot at the booth next to our table alongside KeyBank.

11:44 AM: This is likely the biggest entry:

Not far east of there is one of the overflow zones – you haven’t seen everything until you’ve walked Alaska all the way between 42nd (where we took the photo) and 44th, and California between Genesee and Edmunds:

Along Alaska on the west end of the show, by 44th and the Farmers’ Market, the Zucchini Races are on (until 1 pm) and Pagliacci is tossing dough.

And while you’re on the north end of the show, pop over to 44th and Genesee for a fundraising lemonade stand:

Jen sent the photo – her kids are donating half their proceeds to the South Seattle College Co-op Preschools.

12:30 PM: Lots of families here:

Someone asked us if there’s a food court. Nope – lots of local restaurants to visit, both sit-down and take-out. We also hear the West Seattleites who run the Cookie Counter vegan-ice-cream-sandwiches truck are up by Greentree on California north of Oregon for the duration of the show – their vehicle, a classic VW bus, could be an entry even minus the treats! And of course, there are vendors at the Farmers’ Market – we’re told the empanadas are especially popular today. Meantime, a multimodal sighting:

1:30 PM: Half an hour to vote for the People’s Choice Awards. Meantime, we’re well aware the Seahawks game is on, so we’re posting updates at our table, just in case you’re here and without another quick way to keep updated (Twitter, etc.). And if you’ve seen a drone over the show, nope, not ours (we don’t even have one). Meantime, on the ground:

Meet the Hell’s Belles, who joined the West Seattle Car Show team as hosts this year.

2:07 PM: Just under an hour to get here and be able to see everything.

The judging is wrapping up, and the amazingly cool trophies (designed by Mindi Katzman, fabricated by Brian Walker) will be awarded at 3 pm.

If you’re here at the show, they’re on display on a table right behind ours (SW corner of California/Alaska). *Update*: People’s Choice Award voting has been extended to 2:30 – ballots are on the SW corner of California/Alaska.

2:58 PM: Right across from us – motorcycles next to the truck dubbed “The Kenworth.” Including a 1971 BSA:

Almost awards time!

3:23 PM: The awards have been announced – we have the list and photos and will be adding it when we’re back at HQ in a while.

8:38 PM: That process has been interrupted by a few things, but here we go. First – Best in Show, the Michael Hoffman Memorial Trophy, this 1955 Packard:

AND MORE: “Best Import,” this Opel Kadett:

“Best Antique,” this DeSoto:

“Best Muscle Car,” this Hemi ‘Cuda:

“Best Classic,” this Nova II:

“Best Motorcycle” was the BSA shown higher up in our coverage. Still a few more to add but we have to consult with our photographer again in the morning!

Article source: http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/happening-now-biggest-west-seattle-car-show-ever-in-the-junction/

Google Street View Car Spotted in Brooklyn Heights

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Article source: http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/70230