This is the Only List You Need

08/31/2015

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A simple web search of "Bucket-List" accumulates scores of links to articles telling you that you must travel to the world, you must skydive, and you must learn a foreign language before you pass away. However, there is only one list you need to be concerned about if you have a need for speed, a love for the open road, or a sense of adventure. Forget kissing in the rain and try driving on two wheels.

The List, a digital series created by the folks at Autoblog, is out to check off 1001 car things to do before you die. So far, they've conquered tasks like visiting the birthplace of the Ferrari to escaping a vehicle as it sinks to the bottom of a body of water. To top it all off, there's a familiar face on the show! Former All Girls Garage star Jessi Combs joins host Patrick McIntyre. 

Check out the highlights from when The List conquered off-road racing for a glimpse at what the excitement is all about.

Off-roading not your style? How about a more relaxing experience, like a scenic drive along the Alps?

After seeing how much fun The List was having, Velocity wanted to join in the bucket-list trend. Our first quest? Getting The List on our team. 

This week, we can finally check off our first bucket-list item as we welcome The List to our programming on Wednesday nights.

The Classic Cars of Glacier National Park

08/25/2015

Today marks the 99th birthday of the National Park Service and believe it or not, they don't just preserve nature, they preserve the nostalgia of classic cars. Well, mainly one in particular. 

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Meet the Red Buses of Glacier National Park, made by the White Motor Company in 1914. The classic 17-passenger vehicles were designed by Count Alexis de Sakhoffsky, an industrial stylist who collaborated with the White Motor Company and the Bender Body Company, in order to transport sightseers along the mountainous glaciers. To this day, tourists flock to Glacier National Park for a ride back in time. 

 

Here are some fast facts about the vehicles:
(provided by Glacier National Park Lodges)

  • The color of the Red Buses comes from the Ripe Mountain Ash Berry found within the park.
  • Of the 33 buses on the road today, 17 are from 1936, 11 are from 1937, 4 are from 1938 and 1 is from 1939.
  • The Red Buses have oak frames.
  • The drivers are called “Jammers” because they could be heard “Jamming” the gears of the red buses going up Going-to-the-Sun Road when the buses had standard transmissions
  • There were over 500 White Model 706’s made for different national parks in the US.
  • Women were discouraged from riding in front because they distracted the male drivers.
  • No tours were offered in Glacier between 1943 and 1946 due to fuel rationing caused by the second World War.
  • The Red Buses received their first automatic transmissions in 1989.
  • On the bottom of the grill of the Red Buses, you can still see the area were the crank start used to be.
  • The Red Buses, on average, transport 60,000 tourist each summer through the park.
  • Ford Motor Company donated over $6 Million to restore 33 buses to keep them in operation.
  • The fleet of 33 buses in Glacier are widely considered to be the oldest touring fleet of vehicles anywhere in the world.
  • Each red bus is estimated to be worth $250,000. The Red Buses originally cost $5000 each back in 1936. 

Yearning for more vintage vehicles from the early 1900s? Look no further than this 1903 Ford.

Amazing Footage Captures Lightning Striking Commercial Airplane

08/20/2015

According to Air and Space Magazine, nearly every active commercial airliner gets struck by lightning each year. It may be a frequent occurrence, but rarely is it felt or observed by passengers-- until now. According to YouTube, a Delta 737 was struck by a bolt of lightning while sitting on the runway at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia on August 8.

The YouTube video comes from user Jack Perkins who appears to have joined YouTube for the purpose of disseminating this incredible video-- his account was activated the same day of the flight.  Check out the insane footage below.

Thankfully, there were no injuries or damages reported as a result of the strike. Most aircrafts consist primarily of aluminum, which is known to effectively conduct electricity, and keeps the dangerous electric current on the exterior of the plane. Lighting, however, remains a serious concern for aeronautical engineers as the increased magnetization can cause glitches in a plane's electrical system. The last confirmed crash of an American commercial plane due to lighting occurred in 1967, as reported by Scientific American.

Electrical problems can be caused by lightning, but what happens when there is no one or nothing to blame but a careless car owner?

American Dream Cars

Editor's Note: Contributor Ken Visser is an Automotive Photographer and Concours Judge, as well as a Computer Tech at Discovery Communications. He's an enthusiast of generally anything that moves and is excited to share his work with Velocity fans. Reach out to him about his incredible photographs at karmakvisser@yahoo.com. 

When speaking of dream cars, we have to look at our American market for some inspiration.  Even so, we have to break up the American market into segments.  I thought I would start with Muscle cars.  

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The 1965 Shelby GT-350 photographed at the historic Churchill Downs in Louisville Kentucky.  I was invited to judge the Ferrari class at the inaugural Louisville Concours d'Elegance.  You can see the famous twin spirals in the background.

This is the real deal, first edition of the Shelby GT-350 that really had a raw element to it.  Back seat delete, battery located in the trunk (this was changed during the production run for 65),  Koni adjustable shocks, special semi-racing Goodyear tires.  The motor was bumped up to 306 hp plus heavy duty braking gives you a pretty stoudt package.

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The 1967 GTRX Hemi 440 was a very classy looking muscle car with some very good styling cues.  The above car is one of 7 that year with a 4 speed tranny.  375 hp and and 480 lbs of torque made for a smokey tire stew. 

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OK, so maybe its not an American car but its still ultra cool.  It comes from the Garage of Andy Cohen of Junkyard Empire.  The car started life as a 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon Coupe and then modified to fill its role in the first Mad Max movie.  Andy recently got the blower working on one of his episodes.

 

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Stars in Hilarious Viral Video

08/19/2015

When he's not on the zooming on the racetrack or working hard to help underprivileged youth, NASCAR god Dale Earnhardt Jr. is helping the legendary YouTube stars of Dude Perfect depict driving stereotypes. The hilarious video has over one million views since it graced the internet with its presence on Monday.

From the "Dad Inspector" to the "Rage Monster" and "Bumper Sticker Steve", no one is safe from the jokes and jabs. If those jokes aren't up your alley, the video is worth the watch because Dale Jr. rocks out and lip-synchs to Shania Twain and the Spice Girls while riding in the passenger seat. 

Check out when another NASCAR legend was surprised with by Ray on AmeriCARna belowl.


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