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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 04:14
You already know you get a lot from reading Real Car Guys––news, tech info, and downright weird stuff about cars––but if you think the goodness ends at the end of each post, you’re wrong. Just ask Richard Benson who won the Real Car Guys stereo giveaway contest for participating readers who commented on various stories ... and drove away with a premium sound system for his car.
“It may be the best sound system I’ve ever had,” says Benson, who installed it himself in a 1965 Ford Galaxie XL he bought on eBay. The car was in good shape when he got it, but in true Real Car Guys fashion he couldn’t leave it alone. He installed new carpets, an electronic ignition, and new rims and tires, and replaced a lot of the small trim parts.
And now, thanks to Real Car Guys, Benson’s Galaxie also boasts a killer sound system, consisting of an Alpine CDA-117 head unit, SPX 13Pro rear speakers, SPX 17Pro fronts, a 10W7 JL subwoofer in the trunk, a PDX-F6 speaker amp, and a PDX-M6 sub amp. "Everthing came from an online store Woolfersect.com, and they were great. They called if there was a problem, they even held shipping the system because I was out of town. I would use them again in a heartbeat. All I can say is Valvoline let me win something that I could never afford to buy but would love to have," he says. More...
Monday, December 26, 2011 13:49
You may have seen the video of the two boneheadedly incompetent drivers racing and wrecking their Corvettes on Thanksgiving Day in the Houston area. We’ll simply refer to as Brian Andrew Herbert, 23, and Roy Wayne Bowden, 44.
If you haven’t seen the video take a moment to watch.
According to myfoxhouston.com, the two are charged with racing on a highway causing bodily injury. I’m pretty sure these are felony charges. But it was in Texas, so who knows?
Reports said Herbert concocted a story for police that wasn’t exactly accurate. Then Herbert’s mother called and demanded that police take her baby to the hospital. Cops released Bowden because the kid’s mommy prevented Herbert from taking a ride to the station.
They both would’ve gotten away with little more than bruised egos, but the video surfaced. The video convicted Herbert of the most foul of offenses: “Contempt of Cop.” (From Rodney King to Occupy Wall Streeters, many have been severely punished for this offense.)
Some (of many) lessons from this:
- Don't disable the electronic stability control when you can’t drive a nail into soft sand.
- Don't lie to the cops. You can remain silent. Or you can channel your inner Forrest Gump (which should’ve been easy in this case) and say I dunno. But don't lie.
- Today, someone is always nearby with a video camera.
Thursday, December 22, 2011 05:01
How does a Republican discover all the ghosts in his closet? Run for President.
Though not a Republican, I'd be a great candidate. As I made my announcement, some blogger would ask, “How many speeding tickets have you had?”
A California cop asked me that once.
I was NOT intending to be a smart aleck, but I came across as one: "You mean in my life?" "Yeah, in your life.”
I knew that if I’d told him, “There have been so many, I can’t remember,” I was gonna get another one.
So I dropped into my deepest native Southern drawl and said, "Wail, Ah got mah furst un ‘n 1970. I was driving my Daddy's ’65 Jeep Wagoneeyer. Three on the tree with the 258 straight six. I was doin' 54 in a 40. I didn't get another until...Wail, I was driving the Torino, '71 with a 302, in Memphis. It was ’73...no '74.”
At that point, I said to myself, “If he allows me to get to the end of this, I’m going to jail.” Fortunately, he’d tired of my Jeff Foxworthy imitation. He said, "No, no, no, I mean THIS year." My truthful response: "My license is clean."
See, he was asking ‘bout my California license. He didn’t ask about my less-clean Tennessee license. (This was pre-September 11.) A good ol’ boy will never lie to you, but he might not tell the whole truth, especially if you don’t ask for it.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011 01:46
If you’re a teenager and you’d rather sit behind the wheel than in front of a computer, you might be an endangered species. That’s because the people who think about these things have discovered that American teenagers would rather spend their time and money chatting online with their friends instead of driving to their houses to see them IRL, which stands for “in real life”, and if you already knew that, you might be among the growing majority.
Ever since the car was invented it’s been the dream of just about every teenager to get a driver’s license and a car, not necessarily in that order. But a survey revealed that almost half of today’s 18-to-24-year-olds would choose internet access over owning a car. Among baby boomers, who grew up in the 1950s and ‘60s, only 15 percent would take a keyboard over an ignition key. The other 85 percent were probably not the cool kids in high school.
Last year only 4 percent of people 19 and under had driver’s licenses, the lowest percentage since 1978. There’s speculation that the decline in due in large part to tougher license tests and graduated licenses requiring drivers under 16 to be accompanied by a licensed driver 21 or older––seriously, what’s less cool than having your big sister in the shotgun seat nagging you about left turns?––but the effect of social networks, high gas prices, and the poor job market can’t be dismissed, either.