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2017 Moab Easter Jeep Safari Concepts

Kamil Kaluski March 30, 2017 The News!

It has become a tradition that each year Jeep shows off a series of really cool concept cars Jeeps at the Annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari. This year, for the 51st safari, Jeep introduced seven new (or six new and one resto-moded) concepts:

  • Jeep Grand One celebrates the 25th anniversary of the 1993 Grand Cherokee ZJ
  • Jeep Safari delivers optimal views for all passengers while providing protection from the elements
  • Jeep Quicksand is a hot rod-inspired Wrangler built for sand dunes
  • Jeep Trailpass delivers Compass Trailhawk capability with added utility and cargo
  • Jeep Switchback boasts added capability with 4-inch lift kit, 37-inch tires and Dana 44 axles
  • Jeep CJ66 makes its Moab debut, fusing a trio of vehicle generations and fueled by a Mopar 345 Crate HEMI® Engine Kit
  • Jeep Luminator delivers the ultimate in lighting performance

Pay close attention to some of the Wranglers. The Quicksand and Safari both look like they have the grill from the upcoming JL generation of Wranglers

We covered these concepts in 2015, 2016, and most of the Jeep concepts in years prior. What we always admired about these concepts is that they utilize a lot of factory parts, are fully functional, and in many cases can be replicated by an average idiot. Hit the jump for full details on each of the concepts. 

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24 Hours of Lemons Buick will race again!

The Park Bench Racing Team (PBRT) will be back in action this May at the The Real Hoopties of New Jersey race taking place at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Milli-Vanilli-ville, New Joyzee. Our continually evolving and always improving ’02 Buick Regal “race car” is the same it has always been, because it’s difficult to improve on perfection. We therefore expect the same perfect mediocre performance and promising but always somewhat disappointing, at least trophy-free, result. 

Our team captain is the awesome guy named Andy, who you’d know only if you ever met him. He’s got his shit together and really runs the team. Then there is Rafal, our fastest driver, who is very handy and quickly solves our constant problems, but best communicates with his hands and grunting noises. Then there is me, the guy who takes pictures and bribes the judges with food. A new addition to the team for this race is rookie George Kennedy who is an automotive journalist (Boston Globe, Boldride, Autoblog, US News, CarGurus, etc), which means he will probably be a shity driver and bound to make a visit or ten to the penalty box. 

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Pornhub will plow you for free in Boston and New Jersey

According to the Boston Magazine, the porn website Pornhub.com (we’ve never heard of it) will assist anyone who “wants to get plowed” free or charge. The company is sending out more than a dozen PornHub branded plow trucks to plow anyone who wants, or needs to, get plowed. 

Pornhub Vice President Corey Price told Boston Magazine:

“The Pornhub team understands that by this time of year, most cities have run up their budget in snow removal, and we thought we’d lend a hand in getting our fans plowed.”

Isn’t that sweet of him. The company says that it will be plowing the streets and small business lots on demand, but they won’t plow private driveways. If you want to get plowed in the Boston area send an email to phubplows@gmail.com.

Apparently this is real. Pornhub had similar promotions in the past where they gave America wood by planing trees and breast cancer awareness where profits from certain browsing categories on the website were donated.

We will be out on the streets on Boston today watching for these trucks.  

Thanks for tip, Craig

Quick Pic: Overlanding in a Land Cruiser

Kamil Kaluski March 10, 2017 Quick Pics

FJ Summit is sort of like a car meet except that they don’t meet up in a mall parking lot and take pictures. Instead they drive their various Toyotas over mountain passes and take pictures. The results are much better than the typical Icy Hot Stuntaz. Check out the gallery on OutsideOnline.com

If you are interested in doing something like that, you can join our own Russ Ross Ballott at FJ Northeastern’s 10th annual Northeast Run at Rausch Creek Off-Road Park on April 28th to April 30th. It’s no Colorado but few things are. 

Review: 2017 Acura MDX Advance

I was loading up this MDX for a family ski weekend trip when I received a text message from a friend. The message consisted of just two pictures; a loaded Toyota Highlander and an identical Acura MDX into which I was just trying to squeeze more stuff than anyone should be brining for a weekend.

“I’m on the fence… what to do, what to do? Volvo tranny will die within a few days and I have analysis paralysis on what to buy” my high school friend asked.

“Get a Pilot. The MDX is too small. I’m literally loaded up to the roof for a ski weekend” was my quick response to which I attached the below picture.  

Yes, the Acura MDX is a smaller small three-row SUV than most but after a weekend and 500 miles I learned that the size is really its only downside. And it is not necessarily a downside, either.

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2017 RUF CTR – Yellowbird Tribute

While RUF is recognized as an independent vehicle manufacturer, its vehicles were always heavy based on Porsches, or they were heavily modified Porsches, depending on your perspective. Now RUF introduced the new CTR at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show. Despite the car’s look, RUF says that it is not a Porsche. Rather, it is an all new, all original, carbon monocoque-based vehicle. While it does significantly resemble the original Yellowbird, according to RUF only the flat-six engine and transmission are Porsche based.

Over at The Drive there is a Porsche worshiping writer named Bradley Brownsport, or something like that, who ruins perfectly good cars when not writing about them. He recently wrote an article on the new 2017 RUF CTR and how he was totally not impressed with it.

He is also totally wrong. Allow me to explain. 

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For Sale: Tupac’s Bimmer and Biggie’s Suburban

Sometime ago the BMW 750iL (E38) that Tupac Shakur was shot and killed in was offered for sale at one and a half million dollars. We are not certain, but we don’t think that it sold yet. Now news comes that the 1997 GMC Suburban that Biggie Smalls was shot and killed in is also for sale, and also for one and a half million dollars. 

If that seems more than an interesting coincidence, it’s because it is. The family that currently owns the Suburban saw the bimmer for sale and decided to try to make a quick buck by selling the vehicle. They didn’t even know the history of their vehicle, which they have been using daily, until 2005 when the police asked to see it for a wrongful death trial.

It should be noted that the bullet holes in the bodies of both vehicles have been repaired. There is a bullet hole through one of the seat belts in the Suburban. 

So, those with three million dollars burning holes in their pockets can now buy those two cars and have a good chunk of the east coast-west coast rivalry right in their garage. Those without that much money can spend about $5000 on two identical vehicles that don’t have repaired bullet holes and hidden blood stains. 

2017 Honda Civic Type R – A Retrospective

Kamil Kaluski March 7, 2017 The News!

Editor’s note: Today Honda revealed the highly-anticipated Civic Type-R in production form at the Geneva Motor Show. It’s the first of its kind to ever be confirmed for US sale. It’s kind of a big deal and there’s only one hoon qualified enough to talk about it in the context of the cars that came before it…

What made the original Civic Type R and Integra Type R, and similar Hondas of the era, (depending where in the world you live), so special and popular in the mid-1990s had a lot to do with the market at that time. There were no Subaru WRXs and STIs, no Ford STs and RSs, no BRZ or 86s, and no Evos. The hot-hatch market was limited. The biggest competitors to those cars were the VW GTI and Diamond Star trio of Eclipse/Talon/Laser.

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Heel-and-toe versus clutchless shifting

Kamil Kaluski February 16, 2017 All Things Hoon

Watch the pros from the Team O’Neil Rally School explain how you should be shifting while hooning. Don’t feel bad if you still get properly heel-and-toe, it isn’t easy, and as the video explains there are several ways of doing it. Practice makes perfect. 

Shifting without a clutch is not so much difficult as it may cause damage to the transmission if not done right. I have tired it many times with mixed results and I always kept my foot over the clutch pedal just in case. Wyatt Knox, the guy in the video who I have met while hooning the Challenger GT, makes it look easy, perhaps too easy. 

Impounded Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Left to Die

Kamil Kaluski February 16, 2017 All Things Hoon

Somewhere outside of the Prague is a police impound yard. Like thousands of other yards like it around the world, cars come and go in and out of that yard. Some are wrecked, others are stolen, some are impounded from drunks and druggies. And then there is something like this Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren which has been in the impound yard for six years and is not going anywhere fast. 

The story is this. In 2009 famous Czech footballer, Tomas Repka, bought himself a toy car. That car happened to be this white Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. It was perfect – fast but relatively understated, exotic but not obnoxious. He bought it used which means he probably got a great deal on it. Except he did not.

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