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Wayne Carini Visits the Elegance at Hershey

08/04/2015

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. 

The Elegance at Hershey just held it's fifth iteration at the Hotel Hershey.  This is a top notch concours d'elegance featuring Pebble Beach quality modes of transportation.  And where ever you have a collection of fine automobiles like this, you have a good chance of Wayne Carini from Chasing Classic Cars showing up in something befitting the occasion.

And what day isn't brightened by the genuine smile of Wayne piloting a rare beast on a fine lawn?  (or brick path)

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Here we see Wayne Carini pulling up in his 1933 Ford-Auburn "Louis Special" Roadster. The radiator is a cut down unit from a L-29 Cord.  The fenders were apprehended off of an Auburn.  The power comes from a 37 flat head 221" Ford.  David R Addison put this all together and then raced the Ford-Auburn at Bonneville in 47 and then again at the Pebble Beach road races.  The car was "discovered" in a container in California back in 2004.  It was restored and took a class award at Pebble in the late 90's.

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Dream Cars, Did Someone Say Dream Cars?

08/03/2015

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. 

So Velocity is running Dream Car Week.  That got me to thinking about what are my dream cars? That's a tough question to digest.  I had to break it into genres of cars.  So I figured I'd start with some exotics.

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You might be hard pressed to start with two more exotic automobiles.  On the left we have the McLaren P1.  It only produces an anemic 903-hp gas/hybrid from its 707 hp V8 plus 170 electric motor.  If you are one of the 375 lucky potential owners, you'll cough up a good 1.2 million.  That hefty price gets you zero to sixty in 2.7 seconds and the governor restricts your top speed to 217 mph.

And what about that redhead on the right?  That's your very mundane LaFerrari.  Here we have a 6.3 liter V12 creating 788 hp at 9250 rpm redline.  Then you add the 161 hp electric motor. 499 people will have the chance to land one for 1.3 million dollars.  That bags you zero to sixty in 2.4 seconds and a mfr limited 217 mph.  

The photo taken at the Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance last year.  It took some convincing of the handlers on both sides.  We had a 918 on site as well (see below) but we couldn't find the keys to the Porsche.  Interesting to see them in proximity.  Take note of the similar door structures and other details. 

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Dream Car Week Lineup

07/29/2015

Wake up because Dream Car Week is right around the corner. To help you plan ahead, here's a list of what Velocity is offering, so you can clear your hectic schedule or set your DVR. 

MONDAY--- How It's Made: Dream Cars

Superformance GT40 (9/8c)

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Falcon F7 (9:30/8:30c)

Porsche 918 Spyder (10/9c)

McLaren 650S (10:30/9:30c)

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TeenDrive365 Takes Over All Girls Garage

07/23/2015

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Since last October, students across the country have been combining their passion for video production with an important issue: carelessness behind the wheel. Teen drivers have a higher risk of death when driving than anyone else on the road, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A 2013 study out of the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute found that teens used their cellphones while driving an alarming amount of times. In a 30 day period, 80 percent used their phones at least once to make a call and 72 percent sent text messages. 

Knowing that teens have a tendency to listen to their peers over their parents and teachers (remember peer pressure?), Discovery Education and Toyota initiated the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge. 

IMG_2123In May, the winners were chosen and this past week, the 2nd Place finisher and the People's Choice winners traveled to Tampa, FL to visit the set of one of Velocity's hit shows. The lucky five got to spend the day with the talented trio of Cristy Lee, Bogi Lateiner and Rachel DeBarros. The day was spent checking out the set, learning about the production behind All Girls Garage, and interacting with the shows' stars.

"It was so much having the contest winners on set with us, and seeing how excited they were to see the behind the scenes workings of the show," said Latiener. "Their energy and enthusiasm was inspiring." 
 
"I had watched their video submissions online," said DeBarros, chiming in. "In a time when it seems like driving is treated like a chore that gets in the way of our on-screen entertainment, it's inspiring to see so many young drivers leading by example."
 
"It was such a pleasure to have such young and inspirational teens and their families on our set," costar Cristy Lee added about experience. "It was so rewarding learning each of their stories."
 
The push to unplug from cellphones while behind the wheel is obviously driven by the frightening statistics and unfortunate deaths, but DeBarros had added another perspective to the mix.
 
"As a car enthusiast, I'm excited to see others unplugging to create a safer environment where we can turn our daily commutes into opportunities where more people rediscover their love of driving again," said the new AGG star. "It was the simple feel of the engine coming to life when I stepped on the gas, the soundtrack coming out of my exhaust, and the grip on the road as I took those corners as a teenager that got me hooked into exploring what more I could do with my car."
 
The video challenge encouraged different perspectives on the issue and hoped for a wide variety of concepts. From October to March, 60 to 90 second Public Service Announcements were submitted and reviewed. Judges included representatives from Discovery Education and Toyota, educators and community leaders, according to the contest's rules. The panel looked for striking creativity, useful content, and presentation quality.

Since 2010, Discovery Education and Toyota have partnered together to develop a comprehensive program for Teens and Educators, designed to help teens avoid distractions and stay safe behind the wheel. TeenDrive365: In School offers a range of tools designed specifically for the people who can have the greatest impact on a teens driving: educators, and the teens themselves.  

Check out the impressive second place video, submitted by Demi S, here:

Below is the winner of People's Choice, created by a group of four:

To watch all of the winners click here.

If you are passionate about making the road a safer place for everyone, consider taking the Velocity Drive Smart pledge here. For every pledge, Velocity is donating to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. 

Toll Collector Fired for Being a Friend

07/22/2015

Toll collectors typically blend in. They reach out their hand, accept drivers' payment and continue the routine until they clock out. Sometimes, though, there are individuals that defy the stereotypes and consistently brighten the lives of the people they interact with. 

Vladislav "Sam" Samsonov was one of those people and his friendliness wound up costing him his job- the one he held for 30 years.

Check out this news story from the folks at NBC2 News in Fort Myers, Florida. It has over 400K views and has been featured in publications like People Magazine, Huffington Post and USA Today.

The town's newspaper, The Boca Beacon, published a thank you to Sam for his years of service, free dog treats, and lollipops. It calls him a familiar face, a "Gasparilla Island fixture" that was taken for granted and the perfect representation of the people you can find in Boca Grande.

According to Sam's daughter, he has no immediate interest in fighting for his job. Instead he will enjoy his retirement and pick up hours at the local hospital, volunteering to keep busy. His family, however, is considering legal action.

To keep up with Sam click here.

It's important to be passionate about your line of work. Learn about the passion that fuels Junkyard Empire and Demascus Motors below.


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