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Henry Ford Museum preparing Driven to Win: Racing in America exhibit


Driven to Win: Racing in America is the title for an exhibition opening in June in the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan. The 24,000-square-foot display will be housed within the museum’s extensive Driving America exhibit area and will “the first comprehensive exhibition covering various forms of American auto racing” for the facility.

The museum promises to provide visitors with “an in-depth look at the people, the experiences, the culture, the spectacle, the risks and the innovations centered in the world of American auto sports.”

“Racing is such a multisensory experience,” museum president Patricia Mooradian is quoted in the news release. “With Driven to Win, we hope to bring to life the excitement fans get at the race track and inspire our guests with the passionate stories of those innovators who have dedicated their lives to this exhilarating and game-changing sport.”

Driven to Win: Racing in America exhibit at Henry Ford Museum

Though housed in the museum named for Henry Ford, the exhibition is being sponsored by General Motors.

“General Motors is proud to present this amazing new permanent exhibition at The Henry Ford,” said GM president Mark Reuss. “Our motorsports heritage goes back to the days of Louis Chevrolet and beyond, and it has always remained a big part of who we are, and what we do, especially in terms of driving engineering excellence and implementing the transfer of technology and innovation from the track to the street.”

In addition to cars ranging from the 1906 “Old 16” Locomobile to Indy 500 and Le Mans winners and speed record-setting 1965 Goldenrod, the exhibition will expose visitors to driver fitness and race car design and engineering displays and offer 15-minute experiences in racing simulators. A 4D movie experience, “Fueled by Passion,” also will be part of the exhibit.

This article, written by Larry Edsall, was originally published on ClassicCars.com, an editorial partner of Motor Authority.



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New Jersey gas station dates from 1922

New Jersey is the only state that outlaws self-serve gas stations (Oregon allows limited self-serve), so filling up in the Garden State is always a bit of a retro experience, sitting in the car while an attendant fills your tank. But RetroRoadmap.com, at website that chronicles vintage roadside attractions, recently came across one Jersey service station where filling up is even more of a retro experience: Guy’s Auto Service in Washington, New Jersey, which dates from 1922.

Guy’s has been in the same family for three generations, when the current owner’s father (the original Guy) bought it 60 years ago. His son, Guy, now owns it, and his son, also Guy, works there. It’s not just the building that’s vintage, the pumps are, too. One dates from the 1950s and others are from the ’70s.

The station originally was affiliated with Standard Motor Fuel of New Jersey. Today, it’s an independent gas station. And just like filling stations of old, Guy’s also does service and repairs. If you find yourself in central Jersey and are feeling nostalgic, use voice commands to set your GPS navigation to 237 W. Washington Avenue, Washington, NJ, and say, “Fill ‘er up.”

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2020 Mazda CX-30: 5 Things We Like (and 3 Not So Much) | News from Cars.com



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The new-for-2020 Mazda CX-30 is marketed as a subcompact SUV with a little more room —and the automaker hopes it’s the perfect size for American buyers. In a saturated category of SUVs that include competitors like the Honda HR-V and Nissan Rogue Sport, the CX-30 may have found its niche. Based on the Mazda3 compact car, it slots between the subcompact CX-3 and compact CX-5 SUVs in Mazda’s lineup. With the extra space, Mazda has packed in a powerful engine, a host of standard safety features and fresh, coupelike styling to boot.

Related: 2020 Mazda CX-30 Review: Stylish Small SUV Right-Sized for U.S.

For full details on the CX-30, be sure to follow the related link above to check out Cars.com reviewer Fred Meier’s comprehensive take. If you want the abbreviated version, here’s a quick list of things we like (and things we, let’s see, how should we put this? Um … don’t) about the 2020 Mazda CX-30:

Things We Like

1. Comfy Cabin

There’s more room inside the CX-30 than the Mazda3 it’s based on, but the interiors are relatively similar. The newly redesigned seats hold you comfortably in place. The top Premium trim gets perforated leather seating surfaces, as well as a layered design on the dash. The cabin is also remarkably quiet thanks in part to the speakers, which are located under the dashboard rather than in the door panels.

2. Storage Space

From front to back, the CX-30 packs a lot of storage in its subcompact interior. The center console and door bins have ample space for passenger items. Cargo room — mid-tier when compared with subcompact competitors — is still quite good (and certainly greater than its cousin, the CX-3). The 20.2 cubic feet of space improves if you fold flat the 60/40-split seatbacks.

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3. Power in a Small Package

The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine puts out 186 horsepower, more power than most subcompacts can manage. It’s mated to a quick-shifting six-speed automatic transmission that seems tuned to get you more mpg.

4. Standard Safety

There’s an impressive amount of safety and driver assist tech in the CX-30 for a subcompact.  Standard are a front collision system with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane departure warning and driver attention alert, among other features. If you climb higher up the ladder of trims, you can also get rear cross-traffic alert and a blind spot warning system.

5. Handles Well

In his review, Meier called the CX-30 “easily the driver’s small SUV,” and that praise comes down to its controlled handling. The standard Mazda G-Vectoring Control Plus system improves upon an already quick and accurate steering response. The brakes feel strong and predictable.

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Things We Don’t

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1. Maddening Media Controls

The 8.8-inch multimedia display sitting on top of the minimalistic dash is not actually a touchscreen — unlike older Mazdas, in which the touch functionality works when the car is stopped. The rotary knob and buttons on the center console are clunky and not so easy to use with Mazda’s built-in multimedia system, which is full of menus that complicate even simple functions with lots of steps. It’s especially difficult to operate Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, which are optimized for use with a touchscreen.

2. Bad Backup Camera

The image relayed from the backup camera takes up only a small portion of the multimedia screen on the dash. And when you turn the steering wheel, the grid lines don’t track with where your tires are going. For a city-sized SUV, the backup camera is not equipped for city-style parking.

3. Can Be a Bumpy Ride

While the ride is comfortable at higher speeds, rough patches of road expose just how firm (read: bumpy) the ride can be.

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Fast and Furious 9 Trailer Drops Today: Watch The Livestream Here


It’s been a few years since we last saw the full Fast and Furious family on the big screen. The Fate of the Furious – perhaps better known as Fast 8 – hit theaters back in 2017 and was the first film in the franchise made after the death of Paul Walker. It was certainly an action-packed car flic worthy of its Fast predecessors, but it stretched reality even further than previous films had, and it was ultimately met with very mixed reviews. With three years to ponder the future, will the new film fare better?

The full trailer will drop at 3:00 PM today, and you can watch it live right here. For now, we know Dom is daddy Dom now, and though he says he can’t live his life a quarter-mile at a time anymore, we suspect that will change real quick if his son is threatened. 

We also have boots on the ground at the Fast 9 party happening in Miami right now, so we’ll do our best to grab photos and pry secret info from the celebrities around us. Considering John Cena is among them, we’re not optimistic about our intimidation techniques being effective. Stay tuned.



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UFGTRS 2019 M2 competition build- 1 Year Journey


2019 M2 Competition, BSM, DCT.

Special thanks to Ryan @IND, Ken Mori @ Dent Dominator, Mike @ Midwest Premier Transport, Britney @ BMWPARTSPROS, Ahmed @ VividRacing, and getbmwparts for helping me with my build.

CURRENT MOD LIST

EXTERIOR
HRE R101 LW F: 19X9.5 R: 19 X10. Stone clear.
Michelin Pilot Sport 4S F: 255/35/19 R: 275/35/19
M performance carbon fiber hood
M performance CF Trunk
M performance CF fenders
M Performance CF winglets
M CF Front Splitter
RKP CF roof
M performance CF mirror caps.
M performance CF rear diffuser
IND Front painted reflectors
Acexxon F87 M2 Rear Reflector Insert Set (Honeycomb)
IND keyhole cover
OE blackline taillights
Pinnacle Stratos 40 tint

DRIVETRAIN
M performance carbon fiber engine cover
DINAN CF CAI
Akrapovic evolution exhaust

INTERIOR
Uniden R7 hardwired/blend-mount
M performance pedal set
M Performance Carbon + Alcantara Interior Kit
IND M1/M2 matte red SW button
M matte CF steering wheel trim
IND floor mat set
IND Alcantara/blue stitch knee pad
IND Alcantara stitched armrest
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It’s been almost one year since I purchased my 2019 BSM M2C. My initial plan was to not modify the car except for possibly an exhaust and other minor modifications, as I think the car is already excellent from the factory, but unforeseen events changed all of that.

One of the interesting points of this journey began with me flying to Appleton Wisconsin on January 25th, 2019 to purchase a 2012 M3 competition. I sold my 2013 E92 M3 in August of 2018 and regretted that decision immediately, so I searched for a replacement and located a Melbourne Red E92 in Wisconsin. I flew to Appleton to purchase the car with a plan to drive it back to Raleigh North Carolina. Upon inspection however, I was not happy with the condition of the car and decided not to buy it. The dealer had two new 2018 M2s that were nicely discounted and sitting at the front entrance, but I had seen the M2 competition at the LA auto Show in December and was thinking of doing European delivery in the summer on a M2C. I asked my CA, “do you have any M2 competitions?” At that point, I was already searching on Expedia for a flight home. He said, “I may have one,” as he searched through his inventory sheet. I didn’t think he would have one as I didn’t see any on the lot and the M2Cs were hard to find. He confirmed that he had one; I remember asking, “is it here or en route?” with excitement. He pulled the car into the service bay; it was covered in snow, a fully optioned black DCT M2C with black competition wheels. It was also discounted to my surprise, so I decided to buy it. I completed the paperwork and was out the door in about an hour.

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It was blistering cold in Wisconsin with temperatures in the -15 to -3 degree range as the northern polar vortex was afflicting the entire region. I began my drive back to Raleigh and encountered heavy snow in Indiana on summer tires (Yikes!!!!!). I was barely able to reach the parking lot of a hotel that luckily had availability. I spent the night and completed a fun uneventful drive the next day.

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Fast forward to the afternoon of Monday May 13th, we were hit by what was described as a microburst of activity, bringing with it what felt like 60+ MPH wind and baseball size hail. My M2 Competition was destroyed; hood, roof, A + C pillars, doors, quarter panels. I was hoping for a replacement but insurance would not total it.

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Ken Mori, owner of dent dominator, did an amazing job by removing all of the hail damage on the fenders, trunk, doors, A+C pillars and the rear quarters, with plans to replace the hood and roof. Needing to replace the hood and roof, and seeing the fantastic work IND has done for our cars and community, I decided to go all in and despite having the fenders and trunk repaired, I shipped my car to IND to have the BMW carbon fiber hood, CF trunk, and CF fenders painted and installed, along with the RKP carbon fiber roof.

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Alfa Romeo: Ti farà sentire meraviglioso! (it will make you feel wonderful) | ClassicCars.com Journal


The Pick of the Day is a 1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT Veloce for sale by a dealer in La Jolla, California is a pure red-blooded Italian with Bertone lines. I have always loved watching the GTA race in the vintage under-two-liter Trans-Am classp they were formidable competitors back in the day – unless you faced off against Peter Brock’s Datsun 510s in the hands of John Morton.

This example, which has no milage reported, is the lower-powered version of that Veloce race car. It’s sporty handling with power from a 1,600cc twin-cam inline 4-cylinder engine that made 109 horsepower. Match it with a 5-speed transmission, a curb weight of 2,231 pounds. and ATE disc brakes, you may find yourself flying down the road singing “o sole mio.”

According to the dealer advertising this car on ClassicCars.com, The Alfa is, “A matching-numbers, colors example in very nice condition. Older repaint in original color red. Recent service work to include all suspension, corners rebuilt, brakes brand new, shocks new. Fuel tank removed and resealed. Engine serviced. $2,500 paint detail. Still with original interior. A wonderful example of a very rare step nose Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT Veloce.”

The 105-series Giulias were produced beginning in late 1963. Some 6,000 examples were built in 1967. The ultimate example was the Sprint GT Veloce of 1966-68. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro for Bertone, the Giulia remains one of the most-loved Alfa Romeos from this period.

According to the seller, “Known as the ‘step nose’ because of its front hood design. The Veloce is the ultimate 1960s 105 Series Alfa Romeo short of a $450,000 alloy-bodied GTA.”

The newest sedan Alfa introduced to America is the Giulia Quadrifoglio. I drove one at Willow Springs Raceway a couple of years ago and was immensely impressed. It’s a real driver’s car.

However, considering the several Quadrifoglios I have seen stalled at stoplights and a good friend who needed his replaced after just a few thousand miles, the simplicity of the old Alfas seem simpler for roadside repairs – after all, it IS Italian.

Add some bellissimo romance to your life: pack a picnic and take your best friend for a ride in the country. The asking price is $59,000.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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Toll fares on PLUS highways reduced by 18% from Feb 1 – no change in rates until concession ends in 2058


As agreed under the terms of its concession extension, PLUS has announced that it will implement the 18% reduction in toll rates as defined by the government on all its highways from midnight on February 1 (Saturday). Highways and tolled routes operated by the concessionaire that will see the toll reduction are the:

  • North-South Expressway (NSE)
  • New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE)
  • North-South Expressway Central Link (ELITE)
  • Malaysia-Singapore Second Crossing (LINKEDUA)
  • Seremban-Port Dickson Highway (SPDH)
  • Butterworth – Kulim Expressway (BKE)
  • East-Coast Expressway 2 (LPT2)
  • Penang Bridge (PB)

New fares for closed system toll collection, for passenger vehicles (Class 1), taxis (Class 4) and buses (Class 5). Click to enlarge.

The lower rates come as part of PLUS’ renewed concession on all of its highways, which has been extended from 2038 to 2058. The company will continue maintaining and operating the roads without relying on the government.

The toll reduction will cover all passenger vehicles (Class 1), taxis (Class 4) and buses (Class 5) and will remain unchanged until the concession ends. While toll fares for lorries (Classes 2 & 3) remain unchanged, PLUS said that the rates will not be increased until the end of the concession in 2058.

New fares for open system toll collection, for passenger vehicles (Class 1), taxis (Class 4) and buses (Class 5). Click to enlarge.

Some of the new toll rates were listed in a series of tables provided by the concessionaire, with major stretches highlighted. As of tomorrow, those in a passenger vehicle making the drive to KLIA from Petaling Jaya via the Damansara toll plaza will pay RM6.07 for a one-way trip compared to RM7.40 previously. On the NSE, one way travel on the Jalan Duta-Juru stretch, which used to cost RM43.30, will now cost RM35.51.

Elsewhere, customers passing through the Tanjung Kupang Toll Plaza at the Malaysia-Singapore Second Crossing Highway (Linkedua) will also enjoy the toll reduction in addition to the off-peak discounts for all passenger (Class 1) and taxi (Class 4) and bus (Class 5) vehicles.

The toll reduction will also cover passenger (Class 1), taxi (Class 2) and bus (Class 3, 4 and 5) vehicles at the Penang Bridge toll plaza. Class 2 vehicles registered with PLUS and those working and residing in Penang will enjoy the 18% reduction on top of the existing 20% discount.

Despite the 18% toll reduction, PLUS said it remains committed to offer better highway services for its customers. These include aspects of its highway operations and maintenance as well as travelling experience on its highways.

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Jaguar Land Rover CEO to step down


Ralf Speth will step down as CEO of Jaguar Land Rover in September after leading the company for the past decade.

He won’t be cutting all ties with the company as he’s set to stay on as non-executive vice chairman. He will also remain on the board of JLR parent company Tata Sons.

Speth chose not to renew his current contract which ends in September. In a statement released Thursday, he said he was “looking forward to new and exciting challenges.”

Ralf Speth

News of his retirement came just one day before the January 31 deadline for the United Kingdom’s split from the European Union, the so-called Brexit, which Speth has been a vocal critic of. He’s also leaving the company at a time of slowing sales, particularly in China. JLR posted sales of 557,706 units in 2019, which was a 6-percent decline on the previous year.

Nevertheless, Speth has prepared JLR for the new decade as the company is on the verge of introducing a modular platform capable of battery-electric powertrains and establishing a new plant that will be responsible for EVs and EV components. The first model on the new platform will be a redesigned Jaguar XJ due later this year.

A replacement for Speth will be named at a later date.



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Huge X-ray rigs are screening vehicles going into Super Bowl stadium

As one of the biggest events in the United States and one of the largest sporting events in the world, the Super Bowl will always be regarded as a potential target of attack. No security cost is seen as too overboard, which is how Hard Rock Stadium ended up with gigantic X-ray machines to screen incoming trucks and other vehicles. The mobile scanners, which are attached to commercial Ford trucks, were recently captured in action by WPLG in Florida. 

To be clear, there is no known plot or information that suggests any tangible plan to attack Super Bowl LIV, which will be played this Sunday, February 2, in Miami. According to WPLG, however, federal and state authorities sent out a joint assessment warning that discussed foreign and domestic terror attacks. It also pointed out heightened awareness due to recent tensions with Iran. Again, this is just a warning, and all security, which has been in the planning for 18 months, is preventative.

Although this type of technology is not new, as these types of machines have been used for border control and cargo screening for many years, the device is not cheap. According to WPLG, each unit costs approximately $1.2 million. 

The million-dollar trucks will be put through their paces, as every single truck and vehicle that comes into the area will need to be scanned. Similar to waiting in line at the airport, each vehicle will be checked before entering Hard Rock Stadium. The mobile scanner drives over a vehicle, and the image is processed and displayed within seconds. If the operators notice any sort of anomalies, the vehicle will be checked further. Additionally, several other safety measures such as K-9 units will be on hand, as well. 

For more information on the security surrounding the game, head to WPLG.

 

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2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe: Recall Alert | News from Cars.com



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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 550 model-year 2003-04 Pontiac Vibe hatchbacks equipped with a front passenger airbag assembly replaced under a prior recall

The Problem: The replacement airbag may not unfold as designed during inflation in high-temperature conditions, possibly resulting in the airbag not inflating properly, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the passenger airbag module, as necessary, for free.

What Owners Should Do: Pontiac manufacturer GM will begin notifying owners March 9. Owners can call the automaker at 800-762-2737, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer. To check for other recalls, and to schedule a free recall repair at your local dealership, click here: Pontiac Vibe

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