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Feeling Nostalgic? Here's a Car for You!


In February 2014, the BBC sent reporter Charlotte Stacey to Oxfordshire to meet John Bitmead, the mastermind behind the only known road-legal, drivable, life-sized Little Tikes Cosy Coupe constructed from a Daewoo Matiz SE 0.8. Just over a year later, Bitmead is ready to part ways with his oversized toy.

Bitmead told BBC that it took his brother Geoff and him 1,000 hours to build the car, which required the equivalent of $6,200 to complete. The brothers are no strangers to unique rides. Together they own Attitude Autos, a company that operates with "a passion for historic, classic and contemporary vehicle restoration and modification" according to its website.  

Impressed? Well there's good news. You can now buy this car!

The brothers have put the car up for auction on eBay, hoping to find an owner that will continue to use it for charitable causes. They're asking £21,500.00, which equates to around $33,300. The car has 65,000 miles, 5,000 of which have been driven since the car went through its highly documented makeover.

May the highest bidder win! Although,we're almost certain this father-son duo from Texas will probably end up taking it home. They've got a thing for fast cosy coupes.

Don't think it will sell? Well Wayne thinks differently. Cute DOES sell. 

That's a Big Tube


It's not everyday that you see a 2.08 million pound monstrosity on the highway. YouTube user, 181josh uploaded a video of exactly that to the site and within two days hit 300,000 views.

This massive metal tube, presumably an industrial fractional distillation column holding petroleum, was recorded heading to Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada for installation. It took five semi trucks to tow the load along the closed-to-traffic highway.

Fort McMurray is an urban service area conveniently located near the Athabasca Oil Sands, the world's largest single oil sand deposit. Oil sands contain bitumen, a sticky and heavy form of petroleum found most often in dirt and sand. In 2013, the production from the oil sands accounted for more than half of Canadian oil output, according to the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and is a large contributor to the economic state of the entire providence.

Unfortunately, this area of Alberta and this process of converting naturally found petroleum into usable energy is in the midst of a financial crisis thanks to the declining price of oil, according to the New York Times. What once drew the world's top energy companies and nearly $200 billion in investments, is declining at a worrisome rate. Read more about it here

The New Graveyard Carz


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Graveyard Carz (GYC) is back!

I'm looking forward to sharing the new season with all of you. As some of you know, we have undergone some changes since the last time you saw us. We finalized our move into the new shop—thank goodness—and it's truly amazing. The growth of Graveyard Carz has been exponential over the past few years and we're busy!

The new GYC is exciting, fast-paced and chocked full of work on the most desirable Mopars on the planet. We have eight vehicles in the shop at any given time, in various stages of restoration and we take you through the painstaking tasks of making old cars look new. The tutorials and information on the show this season reach new heights. 

Our new painter, Will, is phenomenal at what he does. I taught him everything he knows, so what else would you expect? The fun thing about Will is that he's worked for me for almost 15 years, so he knows my routine and can snap back quicker than anyone. Allysa, my daughter, is back at GYC. She's doing our research and learning the finer points of OE detailing. Allysa, much like Will, has been around me most of her life, so I have my hands full keeping them on their toes. Royal is back! My life-long friend is returns and has always been the steady worker that gets things done. Mixed in with the new cast and crew, Royal is at the top of his game.

Make no mistake about it, Graveyard Carz is here to stay. Great shop, great cars, great team and all of the fun you've come to love.

Selfies and Cars Don't Mix


If you're an adrenaline hunter and adventurist, chances are you own a GoPro camera and a host of filming accessories. Documenting deep-water dives, car drifting, and off-roading has never been so easy. Unfortunately, the ease of the equipment doesn't stop people from focusing a little too much on capturing beautiful footage and a little less on their surroundings. 

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Alex Lopatnyuk of Oakland, Florida was headed out with a group of friends to track and hunt alligators when he decided to utilize a selfie-stick for the first time, according to YouTube. His attention was diverted from the dirt road and the white pickup he was trailing. His Jeep Wrangler's windshield took quite a beating. 

A new Wrangler windshield could put Lopatnyuk back a few hundred bucks, but luckily, no one was injured in the selfie mishap. The two videos Lopatnyuk uploaded to YouTube after the crash boast over 2 million views. Lopatnyuk took to Facebook after going viral: "This is why you shouldn't text and drive or try to take a selfie and drive, this is a PSA!". 

Getting to Know You: Dallas Car Sharks' Martha Davis


33065_ep201_021Dallas Car Sharks returns with an all new season Wednesday at 10/9c only on Velocity.
Martha Davis hails as the only female shark, but she doesn't let anything stand in the way of showing the boys who's boss. Be sure to keep up with her on Facebook and Twitter.
What’s the number one thing you look for when purchasing a car?
Martha: The first thing I do is research the market and economy before I even go to the auction. It's not what you buy but if you are going to be able to sell it. To me, the market dictates what I buy. I may love a  certain type of car that isn't marketable that week, so I am a flexible buyer. When I look at a car I want to buy of course looks draw me in just like a retail customer. I don't care what year it is, newer or older, but it has to draw my attention. Then I go for smells-- such as smells in the engine-- whether I smell an oil burner, or antifreeze leak. Smells tell a lot about the car, after that I listen to the engine to see how it sounds. Like everything, it's still a toss of the dice, everything is a gamble.
What’s one modification a new owner can make that can really revamp their new used car?
Martha: The first thing to do on a car you buy is to change fluids, so that you know what mileage to follow, and can maintain from that day forward. Then get a full detail, if it wasn't already done. That makes it feel like a new car to you. A compound and buff can do wonders for a used car.

Is there a car you’ve bought that you’ve immediately regretted?
Martha: Of course over the many years there are cars I have said I wished I hadn't bought thats why this business is not for the faint of heart!
What sets you apart from the other sharks?
Martha: The main thing that sets me apart from the other sharks is that I'm a woman and also the longevity of time I've been in the car business.
What’s your favorite aspect of an auction?
Martha: The auction is all about making a deal. You make your money when you buy the car, but with so much competition that's not an easy task. Having the experience to know what my shop can repair and what I can restore and still make money on is a blessing. I would not want to be new in the car business in this day and time!
What’s your best piece of advice for the average car buyer looking to purchase a used vehicle?
Martha: GET A SECOND OPINION! Check out the car at a reputable mechanic shop, hopefully someone you are familiar with. If its too good to be true, beware! Don't impulse buy.
What occupies your schedule when you’re not working on Dallas Car Sharks?
Martha: Work takes up a lot of time but after that it's my family. My husband and I are empty-nesters now that the boys are grown and my daughter is a senior in college. We had to develop life after kids. We have been going to cooking and wine classes and have really enjoyed trying different dishes. Also we have gotten into seeing some of the Beetle clone groups Fab Four and Hard Days Night. Maybe we will become Groupies!
What’s your go-to song while driving?
Martha: I don't listen to the radio in the car at all, its the only quiet time I have!
What’s your favorite car?
Martha: My favorite car is the one that makes me money.
When did you learn to change a tire?
Martha: I learned at an early age. Call somebody to change a tire, though. There are more important things to learn. That's why they make Fix-A-Flat. 
What’s on your key ring?
Martha: My exercise place fob.
What is your favorite food?
Martha: All food is my favorite especially if I made it.
If you have a custom license plate, what would it be?
Martha: Mother hen.

#DallasCarSharks returns in just a few days with a brand new shark!

Posted by Velocity on Sunday, September 13, 2015

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